The Politics of Irony

By Alberto Pupo

Irony! That is the current state of politics today.  The Department of Homeland Security, Bush’s pet project, the ship that launched a thousand wars, is being denied funding by Congressional Republicans. Has the world gone mad? Have the hawks simply embraced irony alerttheir more dovish side? How can a Department which did not exist until the beginning of the Bush monarchy, suddenly be denied funding? Have they seen the error of their ways? Do they want to make amends to the American people can give away with a department that for more than a decade dedicated itself to internal suppression and destruction of American Civil liberties?  The answer to all these burning questions is unfortunately a little more mundane.

Homeland Security was brought into Continue reading

A debate?

By Alberto Pupo

With a measles outbreak raging through 15 states in the United states, some right-wing luminaries have now decided that the time is ripe to attack vaccines? The media naturally in pandering to the lowest common denominator has now started to claim that there is some sort of a debate going? The right-wing politicians are beginning to pander the lowest common denominator by touting that vaccines for routines illness like measles should not be compulsory and creating an atmosphere of choice ( an idea dripping in irony). But for Vaccine-yes_nothose of us who live in reality, is there really a debate?

 

To debate something would mean that there are competing theories and ideas each holding a valid possibility. A debate would imply that the ideas all have merit and that there is something that needs to be settled. When the media calls the idea of vaccines a debate this is what is being implied. Vaccines are not some flyby night enterprise. Successful vaccines have even eradicated or nearly eradicated certain viruses that plagued society and posed public health issues. For example, measles Continue reading

Clown Show 2016!

By Alberto Pupo

The circus is coming in 2016. The mad dash to hop into the Post-Obama world is already turning into a mad scramble (especially in the Republican circles). Already thousands of inane conservative candidates, and Koch buddies are leaping and running at the chance. Meanwhile even Mitt threatened another run but was short lived as the realization that he will not be able to successfully portray himself as “mother Teresa”. Yet even without Romney 2016 is shaping itself to be a fantastic clown like atmosphere.

 

Palin is back! (and no not the one of Monty Python acclaim) the Empress of Wasilla is Circus1flirting with a run to add to the list of the mentally unstable who are running. Right now this mad menagerie is struggling to find money, (most of them will be bowing to the Kochs soon enough).Yet one thing is abundantly clear this new crop of rabblerousers is heavy on the flash and soundbite, but lacking in the substantive. Instead of policy ideas, and methods of perhaps moving America forward, we are simply getting vapid statements which are yielding nothing. In this field of forward, looking brilliant philosophers not a single valid policy idea has been presented. Instead we simply get the same refrain of moving into the “Post-Obama world” yet there is not a Continue reading

Time for a Change

By Alberto Pupo

Tomorrow is MLK day, a Federal Holiday and a celebrations of a civil rights icon. Yet in 2015, as we are about to engage in this celebration there still people in parts of the Nation (typically but not always of the southern persuasion) who revel in the use of the N word and still wax poetic about the majesty of the “boys in gray”, and something rising. Yes in 2015, there are still people who act as if the year is 1815, and there are still whispers of the “negro problem”. However many suggest this is not the case and that we live in a “post modern America” they constantly point toward the fact that we have a “black president”, yet even with all that being taken into account there is still amazing amounts of disgustingly vile racism even the “black president” is not spared of this venom. So as we mlk_day_mediumprepare to celebrate another MLK day we should really evaluate the philosophy of the man and see what we as Americans can do to live up to the creed of not judging based on the color of their skin.

 

Racism, is a disgusting viewpoint of those with an authoritarian bent. In the deep south this mindset continues to flourish, despite the fact that our society should have progressed. The virulent racism permeates throughout much of the Tea Party, sadly this is the year 2015, and this racism is still present in our society. In 2015 there is still talk of a Congressman which has ties to Continue reading

Romney again? : The Hubris of the Wealthy

By Alberto Pupo

Mitt Romney, is seeking the presidency in 2016… Yes Mr. 47%  is going to once again attempt to make 1600 Pennsylvania his home. If at first you don’t succeed keep throwing money at it! lots and lots of money! Hubris, plain and simple. Romney’s notion that he can re-package the same shit and sell it once more four years later is an example of how theMitt Romney wealthy truly feel about America. It is an example of a 1% that has not only lost touch with most of reality, but wants to dominate through dictatorial means even if it means purchasing the Presidency outright!

With a thin field of candidates with all the personality of cardboard and a Continue reading

The Boys are Back in Town!

By Alberto Pupo

Congress is back in session, after a time of idling (which they love). So now they are back and more Conservative than ever with the Senate under Republican control. With snow falling over the Capitol, in a rare appearance the new Congress swears to stand for injustice, the rich, and all that is wrong in America. Now they stand ready to govern, ready to make sure that America languishes for at least the next two years.

 The legislative proposals came fast and furious. Another not so veiled attack at “Obamacare”, another push for the Keystone environmental destruction plan, and finally that old time classic from the New deal era, attack Social Security at all cost. Brand new2015-01-06-NBC-NN-NewCongress1_0 Congress same old shit. Outrageous attempts to destroy the poor and middle class. Further attempts to strengthen the rule of corporations and the ever illustrious 1%. Once again Congress will ignore its constituents and strictly stick to old standbys and finding new ways to make America a hellhole.

 

With the same old dance one must wonder why these cretins even run for public office. Clearly, public service is nothing but an empty Continue reading

Works Kills!

By Alberto Pupo

Keep working America, Work until you no longer can, neglect your family, children, friends etc. Because after all the only thing that should matter is work. American work ethic involves sacrifice, working should be the central point of life, who needs leisure? Who needs fun? Work 80 hours a week, go home and continue to work, and then work through Signs of working stressevery holiday in almost obsessive fashion. It is good for you it is healthy, and furthermore anything else is simply un-American.

 

Since childhood Americans are taught that work is the meaning of life. Any in hour and hours of non stop work is a lazy moocher and more importantly a Communist sympathizer. Americans are taught to love and venerate work. Yet this popular myth, is nothing more than that, just a myth. The irony is that the wealthy who extol the virtues of work, are simply trying to make everyone but themselves work. After all historically it is the aristocracy who invented the very idea of leisure. The wealthy of course know this little Continue reading

Welcome 2015…

By Alberto Pupo

2015 is here what lies in store in our political world? Very soon Republicans will control both chambers of congress. Very soon reactionary forces will hold our legislative fates in their hands. The year is 2015, but the mentality of those who govern is very much yearning for 1815. Conservatism, what exactly is it that they want to conserve? Is it hatred of all minorities and women? Is it hatred for the poor and middle class? The future 2015is here and what does 2015 have in store for America?

 

Gridlock, obfuscation, sound and fury signifying nothing. If the previous Congress was a legislative stalemate, the new one will feature a complete legislative stalemate. Prepare for a year of insane bills to be proposed most likely featuring some sort of social cultural oppression, or Corporate economic subsidy. Prepare for a Congress who Continue reading

Clash of Generations

By Alberto Pupo

Progress… have we moved forward as a Nation in 2014. Sometimes it feels that way as a 55 year old cold war against an island Nation may be coming to an end.. but then there are time where we seem to be devolving into a highly racist society, in which state power is being used to kill minorities. The year also featured a Nation aware of legislative gridlock who has decided to go back and reward the group of people who have done nothing but obstruct legislature and shutdown the government. As 2014 rides into the xysunset, what will 2015 bring for America? Will we see a move more akin to the progressive thinking executive behavior we have sen recently. Or will our nation fall back to a pattern of vicious racial inequality or other regressive type of behavior. We stand once again at a fork looking for the best path.

 

America is a Nation at constant stalemate, this is especially true in our Nation as of today. America id Nation where sometimes progressive ideas can come to the forefront. Where the Continue reading

Too little too late…

By Alberto Pupo

Congress vacationed, idled, and was constantly mired in gridlock for what has been nearly three years. They have barely passed any legislation, and passing a single budget was something akin to the tragedy of Sisyphus. Yet the last week something strange has happened, where once there was idleness and deadlock, now was a sudden surge in productivity. Suddenly out of the ashes arises an omnibus of legislation, the result of pent 140805142519-congress-one-word-word-cloud-story-topup legislative goodness bursting forth… Yet somehow we the people can help but find this to be terribly wrong? contrived? A genuine cluster fuck indeed. Congress has gone from legislative apathy to a new found artificial productivity which will ultimately do more harm than good.

 

With topics as diverse as marijuana, to fattening lunches, deregulation of Wall St. et al.. The new monstrous bill is trying to make up for years of lost time. Yet this massive bill is simply throwing out many damaging pieces Continue reading