This is what it is about…domestically and internationally.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
Wishing everyone a Happy and Pensive Martin Luther King Day!
Frameworks for a viable, sustainable and, thus, thriving future:
International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
The Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany (Germany’s Constitution) Germany has signed, ratified and implemented all treaties and covenants associated with The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, including the above, which we have obviously not ratified nor implemented.
Health care cannot be left to “free”-market mechanisms and ideology. This is not in the public’s interest. Our health care industry has been proven to cause horrific waste and inefficiencies for the public while generating massive profits for shareholders and others who are invested in this industrial complex. It, in essence, destroys the quality of life for millions of Americans and costs us lives.
Please take a moment to watch the following interviews with Stephen Brill, the author of Time’s Bitter Pill article. Bitter Pill addresses one of the main foundations of the dysfunction within our health care system, namely, its exorbitant and unjustifiable cost. In the interview below, Stephen Brill highlights the long-term limitations of the relief that the Affordable Care Act will be able to provide due to our ignorance or lack of will power to take “bottom line” profit motives out of this industry.
Excerpts from Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show:
Stephen Brill Extended Interview, Part I
Stephen Brill Extended Interview, Part II
Health care should be a service…a public good…a right, not a commercial industry.
I am absolutely ecstatic about the release of The Shriver Report. I am equally ecstatic that (MS)NBC is giving the issues that are being raised in this report their just due and significant airtime. Here is an executive summary of the report to help familiarize yourself with it before you begin to explore the website and its resources.
Furthermore, please click here to find informative and important links to upcoming live events, documentaries, charts and graphs as well as essays from OUR FRIENDS addressing various perspectives on women and poverty.
In order to give you a little more insight into what to expect from this report, this essay denotes one of my greatest concerns in regards to a comprehensive approach on the war on poverty and the war on women. We cannot eradicate poverty as long as religious leaders espouse and promote false and archaic belief systems that marginalize women. Those who do not believe that women can and should lead are fooling themselves and their constituency, costing us all. I am particularly adamant on holding religious leaders accountable as they have the power to effect positive change en masse and to reverse the evil that certain beliefs and dogma have wrought on womankind. As Sister Chittister so aptly prescribes:
“It is time for religions to repent the acceptance of assumptions about the social place and roles of women—assumptions that spring from theological definitions of women as less fully rational, less fully human, and less fully essential to the public arena than men.
It is time for religions to repair this distortion of the will of God. Like Galileo, it is time for both women and men to contest such untenable conclusions. For all of our sakes and for the sake of all humanity, it is time.” – Sister Joan Chittister
Policies and teachings that promote anything less than full equality in word, deed and access are inhumane and can neither be taken seriously nor should they be followed. People who do not promote the full equality of women are not operating from divine principles. They are operating from a malicious power principle whose sole purpose is to control and dehumanize human beings in the name of the divine. The effect of which is ungodly.
Click here for the cross-platform schedule for The Shriver Report for this week.
We have withstood an onslaught on our beings by patriarchal systems and leaders for millennia. Our sense of self-worth has been defined by people who are either ignorant or afraid of womanhood. We have been programmed to turn this insidious hate on ourselves and other women through the validation of malicious rhetoric, policies and scripture and have allowed anti-female systems to perpetuate and flourish. We have, as a result, denied our own self-actualization by ceding control over our intellectual, emotional, physiological and spiritual well-being to people who want to keep us marginalized and disempowered.
In reading Vagina: Revised and Updated by Naomi Wolf, you will be given new and deep insights into yourself. An insight that will awaken you and lend you not only the tools and power to question patriarchal societies and systems but a foundation to realize who you are and who you are supposed to be. With no apologies…
Vermont Approves Single-Payer Health Care: “Everybody in, Nobody Out”
I am looking forward to watching Vermont take the lead on universal health care in this nation. I, like so many others, have long advocated that we have to take for-profit incentives out of health care in order to achieve a single-payer system. We have to make a conscious choice to de-privatize the industry in order to make health care a basic human right and, thus, a high-quality and effective public good. Here’s why (please click on the links in the article for additional information): The U.S. Health Care System is Terrible, In 1 Enraging Chart
Revisit A Drumbeat on Profit Takers for more on the necessity to take “for-profit” out of the health care and pharmaceutical industries.
This is what the White House sent out this morning. This self-defeating argument can be flipped on its head to justify current cuts and future cuts. On the other side of this graph are its real effects…rising poverty rates and skyrocketing inequality. Why do we prioritize sectors of our economy that will only destroy our future prospects? Why do people we have elected to office continue to play The Deficit Game instead of addressing the country’s problems and correcting our course? Don’t they realize that this is a distraction that only those who do not want to provide opportunity to everyone in our country can utilize to their advantage? Or are Democrats, Independents and progressive Republicans, alike, simply woefully unaware or much worse, incapable, of understanding the issues?
Please take a few moments to read The Great American Ripoff: The High Cost of Low Taxes to gain more insight into how we fare against more socially democratic nations and why. In general , our problems stem from our expectations of civil society and government’s role in our lives. We must expect more from ourselves, our public and social infrastructure as well as our government and stop placing our destinies in the hands of the free market and its profiteers. The people’s representatives have to awaken to this fact, inform themselves and educate the public. Our nation and the world need this. Our democracy must become a social one.
Stop playing The Deficit Game.
If Dwight D. Eisenhower were alive today, he would say, “I told you so.”
We feed the military-industrial complex, but don’t feed our kids. We ensure that the military has funding to develop or acquire state of the art equipment, but we refuse to adequately fund public education and scientific research not essential to the military. We fill our ammunition and warheads with depleted uranium while refusing to sanely protect our environment and people. We send our people into glorified war scenarios with questionable wages and benefits and then bring them home to an unknown future with few guarantees of continued support and assistance through the military or our public assistance infrastructure.
We lavishly pay for the ravages of war but maliciously refuse to invest in life.
His farewell address in full:
America will make quantum leaps in society when we stop creating wars and conflicts to feed the military-industrial complex.
Let it starve.