Happy Thanksgiving

Today I am going to attempt to temporarily suspend fixation on the past atrocities associated with this holiday, the massive injustices being committed against the original inhabitants of this land as I type these words, and the systemic inequalities and divisions that plague these United States of America.

I am going to spend quality time with my family, enjoy the fruits of the harvest, and acknowledge the multitude of blessings that have fallen into my lap.

Tomorrow I will avoid rabid consumerism that only serves to feed the Beast.

Be grateful for the little things that we all tend to take for granted.  Seek contentment however fleeting.  Spread unconditional love.  Embrace humility.

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10 Steps to Fix The United States of America TODAY

Food for thought.

Step 1.

Election Campaigns are funded entirely by taxes. No exceptions.

Step 2.

No lifetime appointments. Every position has term limits and no person may hold the position for more than one term. No exceptions.

Step 3.

Flat personal tax. Flat corporate tax. No subsidies. No exceptions.

Step 4.

No private ownership of prisons, bridges, federal land, anything. No exceptions.

Step 5.

Close military bases and CIA Black Sites abroad. Bring all troops home with the exception of those on humanitarian missions. Stop hiring private contractors as soldiers. If legitimate just war is entered into, when it is over stop awarding contracts to rebuild to corporations. No exceptions.

Step 6.

Decriminalize drug use and possession of reasonable amounts of a controlled substance. Require treatment as opposed to incarceration. No exceptions.

Step 7.

Convert to 100% renewable energy by 2025. No exceptions.

Step 8.

No privately owned utilities. Break them up. Break up the banks too while we are at it. All utilities should be owned by the people. No exceptions.

Step 9.

Immediately enact a NEW New Deal program to repair and upgrade the infrastructure of the country focusing on mass public transit. This will support achievement of Step 7 as well as bring succor to the unemployed. Upon completion a reasonable level of personnel will remain on to maintain, and upgrade infrastructure further when necessary. No exceptions.

Step 10.

Marriage Equality. Comprehensive Welfare. Universal Healthcare. Ban on Assault Weapons. Ban on pesticides. Ban on artificial sweeteners. Two years of mandatory public service in various forms. Return P.E., Art, and Music to our public educational system which should be expanded. You get the idea. No exceptions.

#nodrones2iraq

Please, please, please dearest God, Allah, Jah, Buddah, Krisna, Vishnu, Yahweh, Nostradamus, Satan, Raptor Jesus, Kanye West…WHOEVER – do not let the United States of America authorize and execute drone strikes in Iraq.

We have done enough damage to that poor country.  Let us send humanitarian aid and no more.  Any three ways you slice it, if my country sends drones I am not paying my federal income taxes next year.

I will not tacitly support war crimes any longer.  It is as simple as that.