July 11, 2007

How many roads must a man walk down...

"You want the truth? You can't handle the truth!"

My buddy cdell just put me through the hoops with some serious interview questions. Dude, I hope the answers that follow will let you know just how seriously I took your questions and the time it took you to formulate them. (Next time go easy on an old geezer, will ya?)

1. You recently had a child, how does this affect your blogging style as well as your political views.

Why, None at all. First off, I blog for an adult crowd and I am not going to change my target audience just because I now have a child. My posts have never been geared towards children and they will not be so in the future.

As far as my political views go I am even more passionate about them. We are in a very precarious situation right now and whatever actions we initiate or fail to initiate will directly affect his future in a very positive or potentially negative manner. That said, my political views are a bit different than those of a lot of my fellow Liberal compatriots.

I am currently quite frustrated with the young liberal thinkers I see in the world around me, both in the real one and that of the blogosphere . I really believe they are missing the real issues and getting caught up in the two party rhetoric of confrontation. Too many young people are caught up in an emotional outrage in which the primary focus of their attention is the war in Iraq and a desire to see the impeachment of George W. Bush. They are an angry mob seeking what they believe to be justice but in their anger they are striking out against the wrong targets.

You see, George W. Bush is not the real disease. He is simply a symptom of a far greater sickness. Most people do not remember how hard George tried not to be a candidate for the presidency. That’s right, he did every thing he could to say no to the men who gathered in secret meetings at the ranch in Crawford and laid out the strategy for obtaining the White House and why they needed him to run. George W. Bush knew the job was out of his league and to his credit he tried to avoid the office. Do you know why the puppet masters chose young George as their candidate? Because they knew senior citizens would confuse his name with that of his father and with the votes they knew they could pull from the cognizant-conservative-base the giants of industry could finally put one of their own in the White House. It is the group of men controlling George who are the darker evil that need to be dealt with, not the simpleton they manipulate.

Just because Richard Nixon (a truly evil man and not simply stupid like young George) and the Vietnam War were the primary focus of the sixties and early seventies political movement does not mean that the current president and the war in Iraq should be the primary focus of a political movement now. The sixties and early seventies were a different time. Our problems then are not the same problems that need to be addressed now. War is not the only issue that ever needs addressing or is capable of becoming a bandwagon issue. We are missing the true rallying point right now.

The president and this war are symptomatic of a greater ill that needs to be focused upon and dealt with as soon as possible. Sometimes politics is not about which party is in control or whether policies are Liberal or Conservative in temperament. Sometimes politics is about using the power of the people to address a social ill or a broken societal mechanism that threatens the health of the entire country. Right now in the course of our nation the real issue of concern is not Conservative versus Liberal and it is not Republican versus Democrat. The greatest single danger to our democracy today is the completely out of control amount of influence the corporate business organization is wielding over the political institutions including the congressional body and the office of the president. Follow the money trail. Is it going to the White House? I’ll tell you where it is going, it is going into the pockets of the industrialists producing the goods of war who could care less whether it ever ends or not because the money they are making is just so good.

2. You have won many awards for your blog; what is the key to creating a successful blog?

Don’t set out to create a successful blog. Success in anything is a byproduct and not a goal. Be honest, sincere and true to who you really are. Don’t worry about being perfect and focus instead on being genuine. Don’t be afraid to anger someone. We live in a world of millions of people with as many opinions about twice as many topics. Someone is always going to be at odds with something you say and angry because your world view is not the same as theirs. Be human, in the long run it is what people seem to respond to the most, whether your opinions agree with theirs or not.

3. Looking at your generation and your son's; Where do you think that problems started and what advice would you give to them when it is their go at the whole running the planet thing?

Again, it does not matter how or where the problems originated. This current generation is far too concerned with finger pointing; it’s the Conservatives, it’s the Liberals, its men, its women and god only knows how many other demographics are pointing fingers at one another attempting to assign blame rather than accepting personal responsibility for finding a solution that benefits everyone. Placing blame solves nothing. Rolling up our sleeves and working together for the common good of us all does.

I would tell the future generation exactly what I said in a comment box several days ago at Wet Coast Women in response to a pretty good article posted there. In fact, I’ll simply repeat it here word for word.

I believe in the power of one human voice. It becomes even more powerful when one more voice joins in, and then another and another.

We would be achieving a lot more together if we stop expecting every voice to be perfectly in sync with our own.

So she smokes…

So he is not vegan…

So they are Mormon…

So he and his wife are (Fill in the blank)

The sixties and seventies movement succeeded because we came together in spite of individual differences or belief systems.

How often have you failed to network simply because someone did not believe exactly as you do?

Each time that happens an opportunity is missed…

The movement fails to gain strength and our voice is diminished.

They win.

And they laugh at our impotence and they revel in the power of political correctness to keep the masses from coming together and unifying into a choir of discontent.

If we can’t defeat our own personal intolerance of individual differences we will never come together as a WE, and all of us will continue living in a sick society ruled by sick and pathetic leaders.

If you can’t look past the differences in each other, try closing your eyes when you speak amongst yourselves…

Then you will begin to hear the common suffering in us all, and in that shared revelation truth will dawn upon our hearts and souls and it will set us free.

Only then will we become the army of light we must become in order to win the war which faces us today.

4. Famous endorsement of your blog who and why.

Hands down, Melissa Etheridge. She is right on target with her message and in her words I hear my own heart speaking out at it’s best. She is a voice crying out in the wilderness and I wish more people were listening to her message. When so many men are failing to stand up for truth she is a prophet who stands in the light of day and does not falter in pouring out a holy and righteous call to action by all of us for all of us.

After watching the debacle that was Live Earth I was so anxious to see what the reviews would say about her performance. Dead silence... All I’ve seen in any review of the show has been about Kanye West and the Police or Sharkira. If you want to be really politically active, stop buying music from the corporate ass clowns who only promote garbage that keeps you wiggling on the dance floor when you should be out in the streets demanding social change. The corporate music moguls don’t want you buying music that makes you think, question and rebel. They want you buying music that dulls your intellect and titillates your base pleasure zones. Stop listening to vacuous ass clowns and engage your minds in art, music and literature that enlighten the mind instead of simply tickling it.

5. If you could trade blogs with someone for a week who would it be and why.

Again, this is an easy one for me to answer; it would be Danielle over at Modern Musings. Not too long ago I acted like an ass clown myself and stepped in a big pile of hot steaming poop. Danielle contacted me to find out what was going on before she formed an opinion or jumped on the crap wagon to berate or criticize me in any way shape or form. She asked me if I’d learned from my mistake, and when I told her I certainly had, she forgave me and never brought the incident up again. She has been a friend since the very first time I ever met her in the blogosphere and she has never wavered in her friendship for any reason at all. She accepts me for who I am no matter what I do or say. I would trust her with my blog and I would do my very best to maintain her vision and her voice at her place. Danielle is another voice in the wilderness crying out for social change. She lives what I said about voices coming together... I really dig that about her.


Blogger Pepper said...

Another excellent post.

George is definitely not in charge. I will agree to that.

One question for you -The root of all beginnings is family. What is your feeling about the deterioration of the family unit? I see it everyday, worked with it for to damn long. Who is raising the children? In most situations, it is the babysitter followed by school. Values, morals are not being taught by the parents but by the institution raising these children. Think about it.

July 12, 2007 12:19 AM  
Blogger Dirk_Star said...

No one is raising the children.

The educational institutions,the religious institutions, and every other institution you can think of are failing the children.

Go rent the movie, "Kids". It will open up your eyes and tear your heart out.

It is a warning to the world.

Be afraid, be very afraid...

July 12, 2007 12:27 AM  
Blogger Danielle said...

Now didn't your momma teach you not to make girls cry;}. I may have to take you up on the offer after the Blogathon. I'll tell you blogging has awakened me. I am vibrating on a roller coaster of dedication and focus, man. None of my "real" friends are aware let alone active, and of those I have a sparingly few. I am far different from my immediate family in terms of awareness but my Mom is the Queen of Recycling on her block so there's hope. Your comments were so right on over at Crunchy's {Thanks for the intro, again}. I haven't quite put it into words but there is a common thread that if tended to would change the game. Some of the information that I've found via Alex Jones, S.P.P. involved in the N.A.U. and 9/11 has this thinker, thinking. I get such a kick out of seeing ultra right wingers share the same conclusions I have made but they decide to stay in the box of familiarity. See the answer is truly blowing in the wind. I am merely sitting back with an open jar and I say look what I have found. I would get such a kick outta taking over the reins of this here blog. You are far more unapologizing in your delivery than I am. I have a wide and vast audience in mind and try to design the message so it's easier to swallow. I speak a little more loudly in other venues online like commondreams.org, alternet and have begun testing the waters at MySpace. You are dead on with the anger behind the youth's call to action."I" feel like an old fart when I am deemed an inspiration. Oh yeah, how didja like Lotus Tribe? Now when Jason said I'm an inspiration and is sending me a handmade {by them} lp, I was floored.

Much love and believe me we will meet one day. I can just see my boys and Micah together and can't wait to met Felicia.

Support Progressive Change

July 12, 2007 12:34 AM  
Blogger Pepper said...

Did you cut off your hair?

I have to go back; the doctor isn't through torturing me.

Watch a movie, Dirk? No, professionally and personally I have seen enough. It is a sad situation. Very sad. At least with my children, they remained in contact with their dad and I raised them with their grandparent's assistance. The school failed all three of my children. That is why I encourage my boys to drop out. They took courses at night to obtain their diplomas. One went into the navy and then college. The other son is a waiter/ bartender. He is also following in his father’s musical footsteps. My daughter took a year off from school at the age of 15. The school didn't miss her. She still graduated 6 months early and moved to the big city at the age of 17 1/2 years old. She is currently in college and working full time. . I taught my children independence, to think, and not to be afraid.

Obviously, the school failed all three of my children. Who are raising the children? Institutions are and they, as well as the parents, are not doing their job. Yes, it is scary.

July 12, 2007 12:56 AM  
Blogger I think you're crazy just like me said...

I believe schools and parents have to be PARTNERS and that parents have to teach their kids to be independant thinkers and for the kids to take responsible for their education as well.

If parents become blase and just sit and say "Oh the school can do that" the kid will not succeed to his full potential.

BE involved in your child's life and education, all the way to the end. Parents are kids first teachers and it doesn't stop just because they are in a different building from 9 to 3.

See, I may not have much to add on your political posts, because I feel lost and I really have a simple view of "why can't we get along".

But talk about family and kids and I can happily contribute. If a child is doomed to labled because of the schools failure, then you have to look at parents who let them be. Take more part, demand to kept in the loop. DO NOT SETTLE when it comes to their education.

July 12, 2007 10:32 AM  
Blogger Dirk_Star said...

crazy like me - Why I think you fit in with the politics discussed here just fine...

July 12, 2007 11:38 AM  
Blogger C-dell said...

Great answers. I will go easy next time. I go easy. Thanks for letting me interview you it was a pleasure.

July 12, 2007 2:28 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

Damn, that was pretty impressive. Great answers to great questions.

July 12, 2007 7:46 PM  
Blogger Crabby said...

Damn. I really want that shirt.

July 13, 2007 6:58 AM  
Blogger just me said...

I came, I read, and am amazed. The big businesses that profit from this war would could probably care less about the human cost. Just the cost of lumber alone jumped enormously as the rebuilding of Iraq started. Maybe its little things like this that some of us need to look at more closely.

Thanks for stopping by my humble little blog.

July 13, 2007 8:44 AM  
Anonymous crunchy carpets said...

You are amaziing.

And Danielle...same here...since blogging I have become more and more angry or elated about the world around me.

I speak out more.
I am constantly bugging my city council about the bull that goes on in my own city..

Action is fermenting in me and I can't keep still or quiet anymore.

July 13, 2007 10:13 AM  
Blogger Bardouble29 said...

Very impressive my friend!

Much thought was put into these questions...

July 13, 2007 10:31 AM  
Blogger Alien Citizen said...

_I think you're crazy just like me_, keep speaking out about education. Children are everything and the school system is inextricably linked to the political system...afterall, the public schools are part of state government. But schools are influenced (directly even) by policies beyond those enacted by local and state governments. Federal policy, like No Child Left Behind, shapes the direction of schools across the country in fundamental ways. So basically, we can't care about education and not care who our policy/lawmakers are, who is in office.

...the second or third time I've visited, Dirk :-)

July 14, 2007 3:23 AM  
Blogger DNR said...

Fantastic post.

I especially like #3.

July 17, 2007 8:50 PM  
Blogger Sornie said...

I wholeheartedly agree with your response to the question on political views. I don't even remember the name of George W. Bush being even mildly important early on in 2000. Your puppet master theory is dead on.

July 18, 2007 7:18 PM  

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