May I let my voice be a clarion call. I will use these words for justice. I will use these words for truth. And humour.

Thursday, April 23, 2009


Why are we forced to pay twice to make politics happen?

I just decided that I'm pretty upset about something. I watched this ad from and agree with its sentiment. I strongly agree with it.

What upsets me is that even in this video, our elected president, President Obama, says "I do not accept a future where the jobs and industry for tomorrow take root beyond our borders..."

The key phrase, from the original email I received, is:
key Democrats are wavering in the face of a flurry of Big Oil ads claiming America can't afford clean energy

We have elected Mr. Obama, and other representatives to do the right thing. And many of us even contributed quite a bit from our not-really-all-that-deep pockets to get them into these positions. Now, we have to PAY AGAIN to put ads on the air to sway popular opinion, as if the votes we cast were only preliminary, and our representatives' votes depend on their own polls? That is a load of corruption. Doubly so, actually.

First, there is the problem with campaign financing. Those who donate large sums to candidates' fundraising feel entitled to ask the candidates to vote their way. And candidates feel compelled to oblige them.

Second, there is the problem with candidates listening for popular opinion before voting. People make calls to their representatives based on the advertising they see on TV, the radio, and the Internet. And then the candidate responds to it, even if it is stirred up by massive sums of advertising money. The people who call to express what appears to be popular opinion have been spurred into action by monetary donations to advertising campaigns.

We pay, and then pay again.

My real question is, "Why are the candidates we elected like so many leaves blowing in the wind?" They ought to KNOW that the right thing is to invest in American jobs, and to invest in renewable domestic energy sources such as wind and solar. Why are they not more robust from advertising campaigns in the mass media? They should vote according to true moral principles. We live in a republic for a reason: namely, that the populous doesn't completely get it, so we elect people who are better than the average person (who is swayable by TV ads, etc), so they will do the right thing. In the end, the proof will be in the pudding. In four years, or at the end of their term when they're up for reelection, if they vote along with popular opinion swayed by Big Oil, the people will be worse off, and ironically, won't be as compelled to vote for them. If they vote against popular opinion (and with a stronger moral code), the people will be better off, and in their satisfaction, will be more likely to vote for them. To those elected representatives permanently on the flip-flop fence of straw-polls, grow a spine!

Because when dollars buy political advertising, then votes and popular opinion are much more easily purchased by the wealthy. When politicians can't be bought, the corruption goes away.

lyrics: "My advice for those who die... Declare the pennies on your eyes, 'cause I'm the taxman."
From Taxman, by the Beatles.

colors: Still red white and blue.

mood: Poor.

chant/prayer/mantra: May democracy one day break out in America.

pax hominibus,
agape to all,

*Here is the text of the email that linked to the ad:

If the jobs of the future are in wind and solar, where will those jobs be located? Unless we act quickly, this picture shows the answer:

Massive wind farm in China

By the end of the year, China will be the world's leading manufacturer of wind turbines.1 The U.S. government's investment in wind is tiny compared to China's, and that means American workers are missing out on millions of new jobs.

All that could change: In two weeks, there's a vote on President Obama's plan for a new energy economy. But key Democrats are wavering in the face of a flurry of Big Oil ads claiming America can't afford clean energy.

We're ready to counter with a new TV ad about all the great manufacturing jobs we could create by building clean energy tech. That's the message that'll convince Congress, but we need to raise $100,000 to put it on the air this week—can you chip in $50 to help out?

If we don't pass this bill, we'll lose our chance to create millions of good, green jobs for laid-off workers. We'll lose our chance to give our kids a vibrant economy. And we'll lose our chance to pay down our national debt.

U.S. investment in wind power lags far behind, but when it comes to solar power, the story is even more infuriating: In the 1990s, the U.S. actually led the world in solar cell manufacturing. But in the Bush-Cheney years, China, Japan, and Europe all zoomed ahead of us in solar production.

We can catch up, but only if we start quickly.

Obama's plan would aggressively scale up American wind and solar production—creating millions of new jobs and tackling climate change in one fell swoop.

But the latest ads from dirty-energy companies are scaring away key Democrats in Congress. We've got to ramp up our grassroots campaign, starting with a new national TV ad to frame clean energy as one of the best ways to create good, new jobs.

Can you pitch in $50 to help win the upcoming vote on Obama's clean energy jobs plan?

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