Now, I'm not saying that I care more than anyone
else. In fact I am probably among the laziest
SOBs on the entire internet. But I did take
5 seconds on google and
I went to find the website of the
'US Attorneys Office' in Iowa to give them
a piece of my citizen-mind, but guess what?
The site was in that vague state between 'down'
and 'this site will be updated shortly'
which can last from 1 hour to
5 years. . I don't really feel like finding
their 'snail mail' address. I just chalk it up
to another faceless heartless soulless bureacracy, obsessed only with
'doing its job' and being flippantly slashdottish
about anyone that wanted to tell it that it was
doing its job wrong. So much for democracy,
I think, and
I am off to do something else.
Actually, wait, another 5 minutes on google gives me
Iowa - Northern District
Charles W. Larson, Sr., United States Attorney
Post Office Box 74950, Cedar Rapids 52407-4950
PHONE (319) 363-6333 FAX (319) 363-1990
*320 6th Street, Room 203, Sioux City 51101
(712) 255-6011 (712) 258-1821
OK, so ... what does that mean? Why are there
two addresses? What is that little * by
the second one? Damned If I know. See what I mean,
inaccessible bureaucracy. If I wrote, I bet
they would send me to a different department
of the government, probably 'complaints' or something.
Meanwhile, our country is
drowning in debt caused
by imprisoning 1 to 2 million people for paltry
You want to know why so many high tech jobs have
to import people from India and China? Mostly it
is because there are really smart people there
( i mean you are drawing from a pool of 2 billion
people rather than 300 million...)
who went to good schools and want to live better
in the US and perhaps be free of tyranny and oppression.
But it is also becuase we take most of the people
in the US, put them in shitty
public schools with no books, and then hope
they will be our slaves making injection molded
plastic or getting our happy meal assembled
Our supposed freedom slips into something
resembling communist china,
where people are
routinely murdered or made slaves in factories and farms
for simply disagreeing with the government. No,
we are not there yet, but since 1. we are headed
that way and 2. nobody seems to give a shit,
the end result to me seems pretty logically inveitable.
In History class we supposedly learn how the US
is full of people fleeing tyranny and oppression,
and that over time the US fought to rid itself
of slavery, bigotry, etc, and today we are the
'leader of the free world', we protect freedom
and democracy and accountable and fair government
across the planet.
However from the news and from attempting to participate
in the last elections, I have come to see that
America doesn't really seem to care that much
about freedom or democracy.
The Green Party
the Reform Party and other parties didn't even get on the ballot in several
states, not because they didnt gather tens
of thousands of signatures, but because the entrenched
political system denied them (and millions of voters
like me) a voice in the process. They did this
sometimes due to police and government harassment of people
attempting to gather signatures.
Hundreds of thousands of poor people are in jail for doing things
that rich kids in college do every weekend, ie
using and selling drugs. People can get locked
up for 15 years on meaningless technicalities and
the general populace could care less, preferring
to say 'he deserved it'. In fact, I bet alot
of people would think twice before telling the
government how wrong this was, because they fear
the corrupt government will put them on some
kind of 'black list' and make their life a living
hell. Is this what freedom and democracy are all about?
I have heard alot of people say 'freedom
does not mean the freedom to spray shit
all over my web forum.' but now I have my own
retort: freedom does not mean the freedom
to let the government murder and enslave people
for no reason.