Good writing. The answer, as usual, is somewhere in the middle. Do you think that will play in Peoria?
So, In These Times is sympathetic to terrorists...as long as they're Caucasian
Good to know
These men and their silly fantasies are simply depressing. Great piece.
Quite revealing how american liberals side with the ruling class when militant action is seen against the US police state. So far no "liberal" media has reported the eyewitness account of Ficicum's murder by the US police state. The eye witness, Victoria Sharp, reported that Finicum's arms were in the air and his vehicle caught in the snow. The FBI unloaded 120 rounds into Tinicum's vehicle, 3-4 killed him. Americans really do deserve their police state. They prefer to live as cowards, on their knees...and when militants act against their precious oligarchy, they support their ruling class.
RE: the Poem.(The entire essay raises opinions and questions too complex to properly address, so I'll limit myself to only one of the inaccuracies)California and Oregon ("blue" states, if any ignorant composers of bad poesy would take a look) alone produce by far most of the nation's fruit and vegetables, exporting them to the other states.About 96% of US cattle are NOT raised in mountain states, but in the Mississippi valley. Some of those states are not pink at all.
Both major political parties strongly favor agriculture, although the red one mostly supports large corporate ag while the bluish one tries to help small individual agriculturalists.I receive weekly to daily reports from USDA, and if you yourself sign up for them, you will see a far stronger agricultural support program than occurred under several overbeloved red presidents. Matter of fact, it was the New Deal Prez, F.D. Roosevelt, who created the best support for agricultural interests. It was Hollywood's ignorant Reagan who began the destruction of healthy rural America. And entire red party has since indulged in stripping support for the 99% of the US population who do the most valuable work.Y'all may not understand that the most popular college postgrad degree, the MBA, has so overloaded America with people who involve themselves in the business of inserting their greedy hand BETWEEN producers and consumers, creating the investment structures and tools so prized by that Wall St. and Chicago Board of Trade (commodities) for profiting without work, and who constitute most of the corporations that are now regarded as more persons, than are YOU or me.It was the Judiciary put in place by Reagan and the Bush dynasty, that ruled that money is free speech, and that speech is what is polluting the water you and I and Nature need, uses "eminent domain" to take away farmland owner rights for poison-leaking pipelines, and assuring that farmers are paid as little of the present market value of food as possible.So, there you have a more accurate overvieww of what the red state legislators do, than was previously understood by you, whether in poetic fiction or blind support for your actual red enemies.
I "enjoyed" the insight into the mindset of the group, similar to many of my neighbors in Montana once you scrape the surface. Great discussion of Federal land use. I would have liked to see the discussion of the Spotted Owl and Sage Grouse shown as a Federal conservation effort using charismatic indicator species of a collapsing ecosystem, as "the commons" are laid waste by destructive local interests. A point that is nuanced, but important within the discussion.
Nice! Your piece isn't about politics per se, but it is about federal policy which a functional president does oversee... I'll look for more of your work. :)
Good call, I put it back in.
Appreciate your response! FWIW I would have liked the "rose colored glasses". :)
Thank you for reading dus7, and good point about Alaska. Re: the SOTU bit, looks like I'm catching some heat for that. It was intended not as a sycophantic endorsement of the speech (or the administration), but rather as a well-timed response to the anti-federalist mindset I'd just experienced—one that felt coincidental on the drive back. I had a line that employed the phrase "rose colored glasses" but it didn't make the final cut.
Nice piece, unique and honest, well-written. I only noticed a couple things I wonder about: Alaska is 60-61% federal lands, #2 after NV, but not mentioned (maybe not relevant to point being made), and more importantly, "the President’s final State of the Union Address came on.... it was nice to hear some optimism." Seriously?
I can sympathize with the poet in his frustration with the disastrous environmental policies of the federal government. But there should be no subsidized water, grazing, timber, or mining of federal lands.Some of the 640 million acres of federal ownership constituting 28 % of the land in the United States might better be sold and then taxed. But any resource extraction, either on public or private land, should be subject to a severance tax.
A couple of digs, a couple of compliments. Overall, the Democratic/Socialist (DSA) party will be happy with your spin.
Excellent piece! Thanks.
By the Numbers: A Look at Consolidation in U.S. Agriculture