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Let Them Eat Oil President Jimmy Carter - Address to the Nation on Energy copyright © 2008 Betsy L. Angert. BeThink.org In a nation, where appeasement is condemned, Americans are anxious. The people have been pacified for so long they can no longer recall what it means to be other than indulged. On June 6, 2008, Congresspersons, uncomfortable with the notion that they might have to use the rod, concluded, for now, it is better to spoil the already pampered Americans. Lawmakers said, as they have so often, "Let them eat oil!" After all, the people love petroleum. Rather than rescind policies that contribute to global warming, or the related scarcity of food and water Legislators declared defeat. Hope for change was put off for the future, just as it was one score and ten years ago. Now, nearly a decade into the twenty-first century, the United States Congress concluded a bipartisan Bill, intended to control climate conditions must die. The hope was postponed, again. The dream differed until 2009. Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, cautioned climate change is “the most important issue facing the world today.” However, apparently, it is not imperative enough to counter the cries of despair heard from the American people. Citizens in this country think cash in hand counts for more than the health of the planet. The public is easily able to dismiss evidence; Mother Earth is in trouble. Extinction threatens every species. Even humans are at risk. Pollutants fill the air that men, women, and children breath. Poison is found in the rivers and stream. Toxins travel through the ecosystem. There are consequences to what we do. Global warming is but a warning, one not heeded by Americans who prefer to remain sheltered from talk of environmental storms. Co-authors of the measure designed to...
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Fight The Smears; Silence is Not Golden copyright © 2008 Betsy L. Angert. BeThink.org Today, change has come. Contrary to the reality that has filled centuries of history, a Presidential candidate has chosen to Fight the Smears. Barack Obama, a man whose first name is defined as my own, "blessed," has opened a door. He has unlocked a window. Thankfully, the propitious aspirant has risen above supposed ceilings. Presidential hopeful Obama has endorsed a principle that I discovered as a child. Secrets are the source of sorrow. Barack Obama's campaign revealed a Web site this morning entitled "Fight the Smears" -- aimed at, . . . beating back misinformation, half truths or downright lies being spread about the Democratic nominee via television, the Web, radio and, most pervasively, e-mail. "The Obama campaign isn't going to let dishonest smears spread across the Internet unanswered," explained campaign spokesman Tommy Vietor. Intentional slander causes great pain. Individuals who malign advance untold misery. Only the truth can set any of us free. However, few wish to speak of what they know. Most repeat the proverb, "Ignorance is bliss." Yet, in life, we may realize, when we are quiet, gospel is often fleeting. Americans witness an amplified effect of silence each election year. What was intentionally withheld and accidentally revealed, or what was not explained well in advance to the electorate reverberates as it rolls through the press. Barack Obama understood this before he began his Presidential bid, or possibly, he did what was his habit.. In his biographical accounts, Dreams From My Father and The Audacity of Hope, the Senator honestly revealed some of what might have been considered character flaws. Perchance, he only exposed the ways one works through a rite of passage. My Mom, a wondrous woman who believes, we must "never suffer" would have been impressed by a...