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Somebody throw that man a duck ...
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So I guess I'll title this last, if I can think of something. Read first, which was a larger mistake than normal, as both bradhicks and nebriscj were posting even-more-coherent-than-normal well-justified rants against the treasonous murderers currently occupying the government of the country we share.

I'd last tried calling my Senator's office yesterday, and got the usual flunky brush-off; "Your opinion will be reported." I will reiterate my oft-stated opinion that there are no Senators or Representatives currently in office who do not deserve to be torn limb-from-limb by their constituents. Specifically including mine.

So, at least in addition to being corrupt they are also incompetent; if they were actually *capable* of doing something they'd be much more actively dangerous.

But that doesn't help me figure out what *I* should be doing. At this point I'm starting to agree with my brother's prediction from '04 when he left the country, that the USA would be either a fascist dictatorship or in open, bloody civil war by '10. And I'm not sure which would be the worse option. But again, what should *I* be *doing?*

The best I can come up with is to try to build good community and family where I am with the people that I have. Any other hints, suggestions, or requests are eagerly solicited; if there's *more* I can be doing, I want to be doing it.


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For one, vote for someone who deserves to be in office.

Have been, to the extent I can find such. None of 'em get elected.

best,

Joel

here are no Senators or Representatives currently in office who do not deserve to be torn limb-from-limb by their constituents

Even Waxman? I'm pretty fond of him, all in all.

Shoot the bastards.

No but seriously, I wish I knew. I think I'm just going to pack my bags for the Netherlands.

In the meanwhile, I make better decisions with my money, spending more of it locally instead of Big Box places that are (IMO) ethically remiss and no doubt some of the big policy influencers/campaign donors. Being an empowered and informed consumer sort of takes the edge off of being politically impotent.

>Shoot the bastards.

You want my trigger finger to fall off from exhaustion?

Your consumer idea is a good one, but as a semi-pro cheapskate I largely do that already.

best,

Joel

I will reiterate my oft-stated opinion that there are no Senators or Representatives currently in office who do not deserve to be torn limb-from-limb by their constituents. Specifically including mine.
Is Boxer that bad? She's not stellar, I know that. But I thought she was half-decent. And who's your Rep? In any case, my Rep, Holt, is someone I'd give my body to protect if you or anyone else comes after him with the intent of carrying out your fantasy. NJ's Senators, OTOH, come close to deserving your assessment. Menendez actually does deserve it, but he's the sort we have to keep around until he can be replaced by somebody better. There are plenty who are worse. Lautenberg doesn't quite so much deserve being torn apart, but I'm sad he's running again. He's about where my (perhaps false) impression of Boxer is. He would've probably been replaced with either Pallone, which would have been good, or Andrews, which would have been about like Menendez.
But that doesn't help me figure out what *I* should be doing.
Not what you should be doing, but what I'm doing is resuming my non-Bush-related activism and trying to get in to the Woodrow Wilson School's masters programs for Fall of 2009. in addition to being useful on the issues I'll work on directly, maybe I'll be better placed to help fight the next, and perhaps final and cataclysmic, round in the assault on our democracy.

Boxer seems to have become inert; DiFi has become a Rethug in a donkey suit. Back in Joisey I'd known Menendez personally, though not well; he doesn't have enough forehead to tattoo "Asshole" on.

I'd forgotten Holt, and agree with you he's worth saving. My thanks for the reminder.

best,

Joel

Food, water, ammo, gold bullion, and range time.

All good things, yes -- though being a husky guy living alone, my defense needs are largely met by a stout stick and a few throwing rocks.

It does seem to me, though, that making friends and being a contributor to my local geographic community is at least as important as any of the concerns you mention.

best,

Joel

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