Today’s entry is about a man who followed his personal truth and political convictions through to their inevitable upside down conclusion which our government is sure to sweep under the rug!
Sometimes going through the normal political maze to state your point is frustratingly slow and usually manages to get flushed down some political rat hole, so Doug Hughes, a 61 year old Florida postman decided on a more direct route. He put together 535 letters (with proper postage) for all congressional members, loaded them onto his homemade gyrocopter and after informing his friends of his intentions, flew to Washington DC and landed on the US Capitol lawn!
What’s his main gripe with politics? Since I don’t know Mr. Hughes personally, I can only surmise that money in politics and the power money has in directing (or re-directing) political thinking seems to play a large role in his frustration. Speaking for millions of pissed off USA voters, it’s probably wrapped around the Supreme Court Citizens United decision, and campaign finance reform period.
Do I personally agree with Mr. Hughes 100%? Well, I certainly agree with his ethics and his political message 100%. I just don’t think I’d have the guts to fly what he calls a “flying lawn mower” through that maze of security to make his point! For that, he gets my everlasting 100% admiration and unwavering support. As long as he’s the one doing the flying and not me, I’m happy! Does he, like so many of us do, see our current political system as a cesspool of dysfunctionality and warped thinking? There can’t be any doubt that he does, and he might be right since it’s currently rumored the Koch Brothers are planning to spend close to 1 billion dollars to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.
Mr. Hughes, I share your frustration and salute you.
The other end of my rant this week is against all those big oil company ads talking about “Fracking Safety”.
Early last week, a “fracked” well near Windsor, Colorado had an equipment failure which caused a lot of steam, some fire, and a hell of a lot of concern for local citizens. The local writers had this to say;
“A damaged natural gas and oil well north of Windsor that spewed greenish-brown “flow-back fluid” and steam for upward of 30 hours etc. etc.”
What’s in that greenish brown flow back fluid? I’m sure I don’t know and neither do millions of others since the companies doing the fracking wont tell us, and our “bought and paid for” government sees no reason to reveal those secrets to us! That’s what we get for our hard earned tax dollars right?
I always like the TV ads of the young Mom herding her offspring out onto the playground while she’s telling me about the virtues of fracking, it’s safety, how big oil is right there to help out with a guarantee of a beautiful flowery future, free from foreign oil and everything after that! RIIIGHT!!
Next, we get treated to a TV ad bought and paid for by British Petroleum. It features a BP employee, Mr. Bob Fryar, extolling the virtues of BP while the cameras pan across the fresh wild grass growing up through the gulf waters etc., and how they are spending every conceivable dollar committing to a “safer BP!” Oh really? What they don’t tell you is how they cut every possible corner on safety to get that well drilled and producing and the lives those cuts cost. So, Mr. BP, thanks for all your pretty commercials, but I would rather you would spend your money repairing the lives and livelihoods you ruined while you were causing the worst environmental disaster in history!
Those are my frustrations this week. Now that the 2016 Presidential Election campaign has begun, I’m sure there will be plenty more where that came from!
To my latest hero Mr. Hughes, you have a friend in Denver!
Please send me your comments and critiques, I’ll be sure to read them all and use them if I can.
Have a great week everybody!