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I keep asking and I've been very, very good, but I still haven't gotten what I've wanted.  So I'll ask again for next year....

Peace on Earth

It seems we all want it so it should be an easy one.  It costs nothing.  In fact, it would save a whole lot of money.  Or free up a large amount of money for other things that are needed.  And it would make everyone happy.

Single Payer Health Care

Another no brainer that would save money in the long run.  Our current profit driven system costs way too much because everyone from the health insurance companies to the health care institutions are more interested in scraping profits than ensuring that people get care.  Way too many people don't have any access at all until things get so bad (and usually far too late) that they end up at the Emergency Department requiring the most expensive care which will be cost shifted onto those with insurance coverage.  

Justice for All

Injustice continues and the ability to avoid responsibility and accountablilty has escalated for those with money, influence, or power.  The prisons are over capacity, but the biggest crooks (the ones who wear suits) remain outside the walls and continue to enjoy being above the law.

Equality

This shouldn't be a tough one, but every time we take one step forward it seems three more steps are taken backwards.  Sexism, racism, homophobia, religious intolerance, and other irrationalities are shamelessly roaring back.  Unfortunately, while there is condemnation, it's coming from too few voices.

Fairness

As my sig says, the rich are still winning the ongoing Class War.  And they're winning even more big than ever.  The 6 Walton heirs own 30% of this nations wealth- more than over 191,000,000 Americans combined.   However, even efforts to create a more reasonable tax code are doomed to fail in a system of Government by Auction where he who has the gold makes all the rules.  Similarly, efforts to improve our incredibly low minimum wage or assist those who are economically vulnerable face failure on the altar of Shared Sacrifice where the sacrifices are made by the many to enrich and empower the few.

The End of Government by Auction

It would be great to live in a democracy.  We don't have one anymore.  We have government on all levels that has been bought and paid for by the highest bidder.  Government serves them well and delivers on everything they desire whether it is the lowest tax rates since the Great Depression, peeling back or not enforcing regulations that interfere with profits, failure to prosecute financial, corporate, or environmental crimes, or taking away what little the poorest and most vulnerable have to enrich those who already have far too much.

We will have no change until we get the money out of our politics and our elections and end the rewards washed up politicos or government employees or staff receive from their corporate masters once they are out of office.

I'd Like My Constitutional Rights Back

They're missing because we've apparantly become a nation so afraid and cowardly that it is now necessary to massively surveil everyone with cameras everyone, look at all our our communications, sneak into and search our homes without warrants, pepper spay or rubber bullet anyone seeking to assemble publicly to redress grievances, apprehend and detain us indefinitely without any charges or due process, and kill us if we're suspected of whatever the government chooses to define as "terrorism".  We're apparantly happy with the Second Amendment, but not so much with the rest of them.

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It's not too much to ask.  There's no cost or wrapping involved.  No shipping expenses.  Santa doesn't have anything to deliver.  And we'd all be much better off.

Well, there's always next year......

Best wishes for the holidays.

PS:  On a more personal note, may I have a new really great Democratic Governor of Wisconsin along with Democratic control of the State Senate and Assembly?  Please?  Pretty please?  There's an awful lot of stuff that needs to be put right here in Wisconsin.  We've had a tough 2011, so a better 2012 would be a blessing.  Thanks in advance.

Originally posted to Puddytat on Sun Dec 25, 2011 at 12:11 PM PST.

Also republished by ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement and Friends of Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow.

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  •  Tips for getting what I want (138+ / 0-)
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    next year.  I'll try to be good again this year.

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Sun Dec 25, 2011 at 12:10:51 PM PST

  •  me too, I'll try to be better (14+ / 0-)

    I might even get around to smashing the State this year

    Präsidentenelf-maßschach; Warning-Some Snark Above"Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Sciant terra viam monstrare."

    by annieli on Sun Dec 25, 2011 at 12:31:25 PM PST

  •  A few thoughts (0+ / 0-)

    "Justice for All" - I suppose this is where I look to Bastiat's The Law and recognize that though law is supposed to promote justice, law can and has been made to be injustice. All different stripes of people get into office to plunder for themselves what is actually another's.

    What you have under the subtitle of "Fairness" has a lot that goes against what I believe. For instance the minimum wage seems to counter what the effect of it is supposed to do, though people will disagree on that point. I'm for a reasonable tax code, but I think fairness in this regard cuts both ways. For instance, if it's fair to have higher earners pitch in more money by using a percentage, then why can't that percentage be the same through out the people? I guess what I mean is some sort of flat tax. I argue that it's fair enough that people with more money pay more, but that with a progressive income tax, it is more than should be. I.E. fairness that they pay more, but it should also be fair that we all pay the same percentage. Those with more money would still pay more since it goes by percentage (10% on $100 = $10 and 10% on $1,000 = $100).

    "The End of Government by Auction" - Lobbyists. I don't like them at all. I wish there were a way to end that practice. I'm not quite sure what to do about it, honestly. I actually think this is a topic that both sides of the aisle agree on. It'd be nice to find a remedy for this.

    •  I oppose a flat tax (28+ / 0-)

      because it is far too light on the rich and far too burdensome on the poor.  It appears fair, but in reality it is far from fair.

      Fairness to me means that everyone has the basics and that no one does without what they need whether it is a safe place to live, heat, utilities, health care, education, clothing, or food.  There is, similarly, no good reason why a person who works hard should ever be poor or a person who is unable to work due to lack of jobs or disability should be poor.

      I'm no socialist, but there needs to be a better distribution of bounty than currently exists.  If you study hard, work hard, have gifts of brilliance or talent, that should be rewarded.  It isn't.  Our most hard working and brightest students "can't afford" college and that speaks volumes.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Sun Dec 25, 2011 at 12:49:29 PM PST

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    •  because the relative effect of (18+ / 0-)

      x percentage on the wealthy is infinitesmally smaller than that same percentage on the poor.

      I mean look.  Say basic needs (and some comforts can be met at, say, 40,000 a years.)  A 10% tax takes 4,000 out at that level, so they've only got 36,000 left.  cutting DIRECTLY into core aspects of a comfortable family life, transportation, etc. etc.

      Now, say you're making 4 million a year.  In terms of pure monetary value, that 400,000 you're losing is a hell of a lot more than the 4,000 the first person is losing in taxes.  But you've also got 3.6 million left.  Perhaps you were planning on buying another yacht with that 400,000, but still--you've gone so far beyond 'basic needs' by so many orders of magnitude, it's difficult to sympathize with a progressively higher rate.  In any case, you're a member of society, and you've reaped SO MANY BENEFITS from your position in it (often by pure luck), so i don't see any problem in asking for more from that end.

      •  Insofar as (0+ / 0-)

        the person in question having 3.6 mill leftover, yeah, it seems like a helluva deal they'd getting. At the same time, not every person is the same. There are those who actually practice some form of philanthropy at levels someone like myself could never donate. I feel it is wrong to put everyone in the same boat as another based on only what they have earned, as apposed to taking into consideration what they practice as well.

        Forced government philanthropy seems to give less of that tax money to those who need it, and inserts middle-men everywhere, who mostly shouldn't be necessary, in my opinion.

        •  Please review what Elizabeth Warren (16+ / 0-)

          had to say .....

          There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

          by Puddytat on Sun Dec 25, 2011 at 01:40:51 PM PST

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        •  I don't think you've thought this through (9+ / 0-)

          Go back to Bevenro's example, and expand upon it.  Carefully examine what it costs to achieve some kind of minimal standard of living; a home for your family, nutritious meals, clothing, utilities, vehicle cost, maintenance, repairs, tires, brakes, and fuel, education for your children and for you which includes a computer and high speed internet access, cell phone, healthcare, etc.  Now figure into that, putting aside savings for painting the house, a new roof, replacing failed appliances, replacing the vehicle.  And because you want your children to do well, put aside savings for college education including tuition, books, meals, housing, clothes, etc.  And of course put aside savings for retirement, including healthcare, and all the other costs that there will be no wages to cover.  And because you care, throw in some unexpected things like the costs of taking care of a family member who has had a catastrophic illness.  The total costs of all of this is essentially the minimum level of what the average American would think that he or she should be able to provide for their family.  The expectation in our society is that you send your kids to college and you provide for your retirement and healthcare; and reflected in our society is the fear that if you can't do these things that you have somehow failed.  And we haven't talked taxes yet.

          So figure that number up.  If a family's annual income is less than the amount required to do these things, then it becomes problematic to expect them to pay some percentage of their income in taxes.  In an economy like the one we have now, if you're making ends meet, but not able to put money aside for college and retirement and healthcare, then asking such a person to pay some large percentage of their income toward taxes will serve to hold them down.  And as these middle income people start borrowing on credit cards and equity lines of credit, they start digging themselves deeper.

          And we haven't even talked about low income people working way more than 40 hours but failing to even make ends meet.

          Now that number you figured up, the one that represents the basic costs of a family that's doing all the right things to provide for the education and care of their children and for their own retirement and healthcare.  Now subtract it from say an annual salary of $1 million; and also subtract from that $1 million a percentage representing a fair tax rate.  The number left over is huge.  In just one year, after basic costs of living and after taxes, the guy making a million has a huge surplus.  And no, that surplus will not all go to philanthropy.

          The rich are in a much better position to contribute to making our communities, whether they be the city we live in, the state, or the nation, better places for all of us.  It is better for all of us, rich and poor, if we take care of our infrastructure, if we take care of our air and water, if we take care of our natural resources and our planet, if we take the steps necessary to quickly move from a fossil fuel dependency to a clean energy economy, if we provide healthcare for all of our neighbors, local and national, if we insure that our food and drugs are healthy, if we fund medical science and basic science, if we do so many things that we could indeed do if those who are best in the position to contribute would indeed contribute.

          Government is simply a community of people coming together to accomplish common goals.  When we as a community work together toward those goals, we all benefit.  Some of us contribute by showing up at the mill and working our shift every day, and then returning home to help our children with their homework.  Some of us contribute by volunteering with meals of wheels, some of us contribute by writing, singing, creating, sharing.  And some of us contribute through taxes.

          The goal here should not be to die with the most toys.  The goal should not be to always have more than everyone else.  The goal should be to live in a world where we all work to make it better for everyone.  There are those who are gifted in their ability to be with the sick, the aged, the infirm, the homeless, the destitute, the mentally ill, the depressed, the despondent, and to make those people feel better physically, mentally, spiritually.  There are those who are able to focus on exceedingly technical and specialized skills.  There are those who have the physical strength to do needed work that so many others can't.  And there are those who have the resources to contribute monetarily where others can't.

          The higher one's income is above the basic levels of costs for getting by in America, the better able one is to contribute to our community, to our world, the one we all live in together.  And it is through our government, we the people, working together, that a world that works for all of us is best achieved.  Our government is essentially all of us in the form of those whom we elect to represent us to do the things that will make our nation work best for all of us.

          A progressive tax system is a very fair way to address the inequalities that are now causing so much suffering.  Asking middle income and low income Americans to pay higher taxes now, when so many find themselves in untenable financial situations, is not a reasonable solution to turn our economy around.  Asking the wealthy, for whom a significant tax increase would have little real effect on the quality of their lives, to contribute more to help turn our economy around and to make our world a better place for all seems to me exceedingly fair.

          But that's just my view.  It is certainly understandable that the events of your life have led you to a different view.  All of us are unique.  Each of us has walked a unique path to get to where we are now.  We all see the world through a unique perspective.

          •  Heya davehouck! (0+ / 0-)

            Do I take that you are talking regressive taxation in your examples in the first few paragraphs? Admittedly, my wife and I make little money (<40g a year). We do have problems with trying to save for college and the like, though we have basically given up portions of the taxes we get back to let our son go to a private school. Thankfully they work with us on payments.

            I'm not saying that wealthier people aren't in a better position to help out. On the contrary, I know they are. However, I don't believe that the money they have can get rid of any ills better than what I may have to offer. It is definitely more plentiful, but I don't want to, by force, have them hand over money to a system that I think is more bureaucratically oriented than it should be.

            But of course all of their surplus doesn't go towards philanthropy. That is a given.

            I agree that government should be a community of people coming together to accomplish common goals. I don't think that is what's happening though. Obviously something else is going on. Just look at how people go into office with modest income, and come out stinking rich. There is a certain amount of self-gratification taking place which I don't like a bit. This leads me to the conclusion that something must be done to change the hands that are in the pot; there should be no hands in the pot. Mankind isn't perfect, and those that would abuse any authority they obtain should be replaced with those that may not have those same inclinations. It's all a judgment call on our part (the voters).

            So my perspective is that we need more in office that won't rob us of money to give to any other source, other than the truly needy. I think the best way to find the truly needy and help them the best with the lowest cost, is by getting closer to the people. States are more close to the people than an overarching federal entity, I think.

            Thanks for the time you took to formulate that response. It didn't fall on deaf ears. It just hit the ears of one who sees a different path.

        •  Add this to the mix. There are about 400,000 (3+ / 0-)
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          upper crust folks who have enjoyed the smallest income tax ever. They have let the 1% in our nation fight the war for them, keeping oil and energy low, giving huge subsidies with our tax payer money to those oil and gas industries. They have had their taxes cut during a time when we were fighting two wars.
          At what point did it become okay to not pay for what you get in this society?  At what point did we think that NOT paying for wars, NOT paying fair share of taxes (and be aware that a lot of the 400,000 mult BILLIONAIRES are paying less a percentage than you or I) when did that become acceptable. When did you decide that you had to support this? What math genius made you think this was acceptable?

          Add to that, the upper upper crust now do not have to pay death taxes (inheritance taxes). Because they are small business people? (Like the WALTONS?) or farmers?  As if!

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          by glitterscale on Sun Dec 25, 2011 at 05:00:34 PM PST

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  •  I guess Santa couldn't fit... (1+ / 0-)
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    A hot threeway with women who love my kids and want a long term relationship in my stocking...

    /snark

    One of these days, I'm gonna learn that I'm only really good at convincing people when I'm being a wiseass. Reviewtopia.net

    by detroitmechworks on Sun Dec 25, 2011 at 12:44:17 PM PST

  •  Shoot, I've been wishing for those things (21+ / 0-)

    every year, and for my birthday, too. I haven't given up hoping. Tipped & recced.

    PS - is that really true about the Walton heirs? That's the most frightening bit of info I've learned in a long time.

    "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

    by sidnora on Sun Dec 25, 2011 at 12:58:06 PM PST

    •  True (13+ / 0-)

      about the Waltons.  Quickest link I could find was from Forbes which stated the facts a bit differently than other sources I've read.  

      Between them they have $93 billion.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Sun Dec 25, 2011 at 01:04:48 PM PST

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    •  Here's a better (9+ / 0-)

      link.  I'm going to add it to the diary in case doubters decide to challenge it.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Sun Dec 25, 2011 at 01:08:39 PM PST

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      •  I wasn't challenging you, (7+ / 0-)

        I was just...gobsmacked. Though a link never hurts, especially when the assertion is this astonishing.

        Something is very, very wrong with this country. Even Sam Walton would have agreed.

        "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

        by sidnora on Sun Dec 25, 2011 at 01:19:26 PM PST

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        •  I know you weren't challenging it (8+ / 0-)

          but your request made me think of those who would.   You have missed the reporting of this atrocious fact.  I remember it because I was astonished at their level of wealth compounded by their continuing amazing greed.

          Sam Walton is probably rolling in his grave.  He was very proud to feature American made products in his stores.  His kids did the reverse - demanding that their suppliers outsource their jobs to slave labor countries.  I haven't shopped there since.

          There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

          by Puddytat on Sun Dec 25, 2011 at 01:27:08 PM PST

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          •  I don't know how I missed it. (1+ / 0-)
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            It's just amazing.

            And you are so right about Sam. He wasn't just proud to feature American products, he refused to stock anything that wasn't completely American-made.

            Back when he was still alive and running the company, I was working in the garment industry, and my company was dying to get some product placed at Walmart - the numbers from just one item would have made the season for us. We sent people down to Bentonville to beg, plead and cajole...

            The problem, though, was that like much of the garment industry, we were already manufacturing overseas, at least in part. We put together the most domestically-manufactured line we could, and they still wouldn't take it, because it wasn't 100% made in the US (I think some of the fabrics had been made abroad).

            "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

            by sidnora on Mon Dec 26, 2011 at 07:46:39 AM PST

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            •  Sam also was a much better (1+ / 0-)
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              employer.  He provided decent salaries and benefits.  His employees were proud to work there.

              His kids just threw the business on its head and did just the opposite.  For greed.  For the unquenchable desire for more and more and more.  

              There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

              by Puddytat on Mon Dec 26, 2011 at 09:35:27 AM PST

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              •  And if they hadn't had (1+ / 0-)
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                the brand that he built to start with, they probably would never have gotten away with it.

                "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

                by sidnora on Mon Dec 26, 2011 at 03:01:04 PM PST

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          •  PS - (1+ / 0-)
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            I never shopped there back in those days, because there was no Walmart in my area (NYC). Now we're fighting tooth & nail to keep it that way, and of course I would never shop there.

            "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

            by sidnora on Mon Dec 26, 2011 at 07:48:03 AM PST

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    •  Me too. (2+ / 0-)
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      I've been wishing for peace on earth and all those other things as far back as I can remember.

      Knew my wish would not come true again so this year so I lowered my standards a bit and got my wish.  Nice clean floors with the help of my "adorable" teenage slacker son but still have hope for peace on earth....

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      by sweettp2063 on Sun Dec 25, 2011 at 10:50:53 PM PST

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  •  I am way to much of a socialist economically (9+ / 0-)

    to agree too much with States Rights.  I really think most of them can't lead, follow and just get in the way.
    Look at Wasilla Sarah.. She ran Alaska ?  Really.....
    I think she was a mess of a governor and now Tea Party governors are destroying some of the states which caused the rise , of pople in the streets.  Seriously the tea party legislature and governors have brought this country to ruin so I got nothing for States Rights for the most part.  Most things should be federally mandated when there are Depts on a Federal level ......

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    by Vetwife on Sun Dec 25, 2011 at 01:33:26 PM PST

  •  Tipped and rec'd (13+ / 0-)

    and I really really hope you get a Democratic governor when the recall happens!

    Let me also say "thank you" to you, and your fellow Wisconsinites, for being the first in the nation to stand up and say "NO!".

    Peace!

    Equality. It ain't complicated!

    by SueM1121 on Sun Dec 25, 2011 at 01:36:26 PM PST

  •  I just wanted a day off. (17+ / 0-)

    So I could have a full two-day weekend for the second time this year (the first was when I took all the vacation I'd accrued from working in this shithole for a year and took off for a Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday off in September in addition to my normal days off of Saturday and Wednesday).

    Nope. Here I am. Looks like, due to the call volume, I'll be here until 11pm, at which point I will have missed the opportunity to spend any appreciable amount of time with my family on the one day a year that they're all gathered together.

    So, where do I direct my anger? At the people so inconsiderate they think it's such a national emergency that they can't figure out how to install a router on Christmas that they have to interrupt mine, or at the people so inconsiderate they have a business of any kind open today?

    "You should put signs on places. All it takes is a sign to turn an RNC office into a Sexeteria." -Danny Willis

    by Geiiga on Sun Dec 25, 2011 at 01:39:48 PM PST

  •  This song is a pretty good encapsulation of what I (10+ / 0-)

    want. Always makes me cry, too.

    http://www.tomsmithonline.com/...

    "This is about the human heart, and if that sounds corny, so be it." -- Keith Olbermann

    by allergywoman on Sun Dec 25, 2011 at 02:25:32 PM PST

  •  True happiness... (5+ / 0-)
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    ...is not found in getting what you want, but wanting what you've got.

    Which isn't to say we should settle for what meager scraps we're given, but don't spend so much time fixating on what you do NOT have that you don't appreciate what you do have.

    Right now, this very moment, I have almost everything I ever wanted in life.  I have more than I ever thought possible.  I have my beloved husband, we have a good house, a purple car.  Regardless of where my life ends up, right now, life is good and I am very appreciative of it.

    "And, spite of pride in erring reason’s spite, One truth is clear, whatever is, is right." Alexander Pope -Essay on Man

    by DawnG on Sun Dec 25, 2011 at 03:38:01 PM PST

  •  hope someone is listening... (2+ / 0-)
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    "It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment." Ansel Adams..............................................................."Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." Will Rogers

    by Statusquomustgo on Sun Dec 25, 2011 at 04:30:41 PM PST

  •  We need and deserve all of those things (3+ / 0-)
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    I am so afraid that we might get some token thing and people will say "that's it, we don't need to ask for more!" and stop pushing for more.

    Historically that is what has happened.

    Congress is at 9% approval rating - within the +/- of making herpes more popular than congress! - Webranding

    by glitterscale on Sun Dec 25, 2011 at 04:47:36 PM PST

  •  During Vietnam, my high school friend and I were (3+ / 0-)
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    saying to our parents ...we want peace on earth and an end to the war.

    Her father spent 2 holiday seasons away from Home during WWII, my dad a Christmas in Korea during that war.  

    My friend's mother also served in a volunteer capacity during WWII in various endeavors to support the troops. She also had a beautiful singing voice.  I will always remember her soothing, lovely, voice as she sang this classic song , these voices.

    And in Despair, I bowed my head
    There is no Peace on Earth I said
    For Hate is Strong and Mocks the Sound
    Of Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Man.

    Then Peeled the Bells more Loud and Sweet
    God is not Dead nor doth he sleep
    The Wrong shall Fail, the Right Prevail
    With Peace on Earth Goodwill toward men.

    Interestingly , friend's mother was an agnostic, my mom's best friend but she meant God in terms of Higher Power or Our Better Angels that live in all of us. She said we must never give up hope and keep working and doing our part in our own way to be kind, generous, peaceful in our neighborhoods and be an example to the world.

    My parents, her parents, are all gone down.  But I remember that Christmas and her mother's voice as clearly as though it had happened just today.

  •  A Mother's Christmas Letter to her Gay Son (2+ / 0-)
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    Her Wish that she could gift wrap and give her son, equality for Christmas.  

    This is beautiful, I cried like a baby.

    Mothers Christmas Letter to her Gay son.

  •  Your list is my list. (2+ / 0-)
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    ...And two of them have to be fulfilled before we consider moving back to the USA: health care and restoration of rights. We enjoy living in Europe, yes, but there are times when I feel like we are in exile here.

    May 2012 bring significant progress in all domains.

    Just because it's made up doesn't mean it isn't true.—Plan 10 from Outer Space

    by mofembot on Sun Dec 25, 2011 at 11:55:43 PM PST

  •  It is important to stay with it.... (0+ / 0-)

    I have people in my life that think I am nuts to think that we can overturn Citizens United but the fact of the matter is that it is imperative that we do so.

    We do not need to reform campaign finance, we need to eliminate it.  

    The thing I have noticed is that people on Daily Kos are all over the board and I am one of them.

    I think that what has happened in Ohio and South Carolina in regards to battles one over Voter Suppression are key to gaining one success at a time needed to chip away at the injustices in the world.

    Wisconsin is going to be a huge step in telling the Koch brothers that we are on to them on every respect... Money is not speech.

    I have decided to become interested in the constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United decision and overturn Buckley v. Valeo. All private money must be removed from politics.

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