9.30.2005

Much to Ado about ...




Illustrated...


I got this illustration from the site I looked at below...they ask you 30 questions, and then some general ones on abortion, gun control, death penalty, etc...


It is interesting place to see how labels work....I didn't realize Gandhi was pro-choice and pro-death penalty...I did have some idea that GW might be close to a fascist though...And Jefferson being close to anarchist, well just ask the British..."God save the Queen", here comes Thomas! Anarchy in the US of A!





















So maybe the last illustration was too generalistic(happens with labels)...lets try the intro picture of the site...

Adam Sandler? I guess Happy Gilmore is libertarian leaning democrat...never would have guessed...And next to him? Martin Luther King, I bet if he was still around, he would have another dream, to not be associated with Mr. Sandler...Whoopadedooooooooooo!!!

John Kerry is a centrist? I guess flip flopping put him in the middle, or he has a very large head...

Pinochet, a fascist? Mass murder might adhere that label to person, I guess those US foreign aid dollars help to do a lot of killing...


The capitalist holy trinity, Reagan, GW, and the Don...

Jerry Falwell, Osama Bin Laden and the Pope are on the same axis...Axis of ____?

Joseph Stalin and Darth Vader...I think Death Star employees had a nice pension plan...

Gorby, Hillary and Gandhi? Who doesn't fit in this picture? Hillary, she has hair...waxen, flaxen, growing, flowing, hair, hair, hair....

I think Eleanor Roosevelt is hiding behind Hillary Clinton..I wonder if Eleanor would be for civil unions?

I surmise there are aren't any libertarians or anarchists in the world...Johnny Rotten, where are you?

Lastly, this all means nothing, but it is fun to opine....

There are socialists around here...




9.28.2005

Bruce D'Gnome for President 2008

Paid for by Gnomes for President Action Committee

What is "decenter"?

What is "decenter"? The idea for this blog came from a blog I read on what it meant to be a "centrist"...None of the bloggers could decide what being "center" meant.

The reason being there is no center. You can give one question to everyone and claim the center as the majority answer. One question will beget another, and another about itself. Abortion for example. Pro-Choice vs. Pro-Life? Lets say for argument Pro-Life is the answer. Then the question is pro-life from conception? When is conception? Is abortion okay if medically necessary? or rape, or incest? Is 1st trimester permitted? 2nd?

The point is to illustrate the idea of "decentering"...the more dynamic life becomes the further from a political center(any center for that matter) we become...Life is not a simple yes/no question/answer. An individual can have a center because there is no reference points. Again we don't live in a vacuum by sheer numbers the center comes apart.

So what's the big deal about "decenter", it is the concept that holds promise, it is the idea of treating all questions without preconceptions that might come with them. The preconceptions are labels. Labels are the lazy way out of making choices and decisions. He is a liberal so I don't have to listen to him. She is a bible-thumper, she lives in the stone age.

The illusion of center is that idea of something being set in stone...abortion is murder or abortion is choice...these are just examples of absolutes....

This doesn't mean that we can't have opinion about subject matter, it just means that we need to deconstruct foundations of the subject before we can come to a pragmatic answer.

"Decenter" comes from wordplay on being a "centrist"...it also comes from the writings of Derrida. He wrote entensively on the idea of "deconstruction" and "decentering"...

9.27.2005

The Hell with Political Correctness...

Bettis
Earlier this week, while getting a tattoo of my dog on my left calf...my tattooist, John and myself started into small talk...something to keep the time going as he put ink to skin...

Small talk morphed into the history of corruption...Hitlers' Nazis bullying into controlling Austria and surrounding countries; the omnious phase of the "New World Order" coined by GHW Bush; Hugo Chavez, The Motorcycle Diaries, Iraq War, Oil, Renewable Energies, Wal-mart, socialism, capitalism...

I was a bit uneasy at first approaching any of these topics...and that is a problem I have realized that occurs in American life daily. We are conformists by nature, we want to fit in, regardless of the outcome....

The idea occured to me that our school system model could be a great place to start...our scholastic system is very outdated, it was setup to teach children to be on time, follow directions from authority figures outside the home. Why were/are these traits so important? The model is to make as many factory workers as possible...now it is service workers...as in ...can I take your order please?...Attention Wal-mart shoppers there is a two for one sale on hunting rifles...Original thinking is frowned upon in our school systems, students are taught to regurgiate a circulum that will not leave them behind. There is a connection. Federal/State governments set up guidelines to be met, if they are not met, they take away dollars. So schools will only get money if they teach what the federal/state government subscribe. And what do these governments like to taught? Science is taboo. Religion is science. World History is European history. American History is proproganda. Civics? What is civics? Is that the study of Honda?

So why is our government not helping or at best shuffling its feet at this outdated system? Simply put, it helps them. Keep us fat, dumb and happy and they can keep making money.

The older I get, the more I appreciate "1984"...it just becomes more and more prevalent everyday....

9.25.2005

Decenter

The Center, it doesn't mean anything, it is just a label. GHW Bush was a centrist, Clinton was a centrist, this according to many political observers.

GW Bush is a neo-con, and/or a conservative. How is GW actually a conservative? It isn't his actions obviously. Deficit spending, nation building are tags for the liberals. So maybe it is just a label in name. Advertisment, to put himself in with bible thumpers, Nascar dad, soccer moms.

Conservative means Christian. Conservative means America. Conservative means family values.
Liberal means atheist. Liberal means Communist. Liberal means Abortions.

I have to admit those conservatives are fantastic with the media. The conservatives have done so well that liberals find themselves leaning to the right, sometimes so much they look like one of those palm trees after Katrina.

Senator Clinton is one of those leaners, softening her stances on choice, going after the video game industry. Hillary, this isn't Kansas, you don't have to do that. Well, unless you want to be President. I can't wait to see her in a tank like Michael Dukakis. Go get yourself some terrorists, Senator!

Labels, labels, labels...new and improved conservative...compassionate conservatives...neo-cons...new and improved liberal...centrist...*sic* Republican...

We are an oligarchy...According to Webster's, oligarchy is "a government in which power is in the hands of a few." Sound familiar? It can all be traced back to the undue influence of money...I enjoy capitalism like the next person, but when economics becomes the power in a government then we as people have a problem. It would be very difficult to get undue influence of money out of our government...it controls elections, it control judical appointments, it controls the media...

It is time to put the power back in "we the people"...of course I might be labeled many things by others for saying that....*insert label*