I just read an angry post allegedly by;{ The New York chapter of NOW just released this press release about Ted Kennedy’s endorsement of Barack Obama:}

To make a long story short. They claim to have both thanked Kennedy for some of his support and had forgiven him for many of his poor moves and compromises. Now he is against women for picking a guy over a woman period, with exclamation points!

There is something terribly wrong with “progressive” politically correct politics, if race or gender is the only criterion for voting for a candidate. We already have people, good people, who vote for their(?) religious candidate, proclaimed by some authority as authentic, just over a claim.

NOWs NY chapter goes on to call Kennedy’s endorsement of a guy, a betrayal. Is it now a betrayal for a Jew to vote for a Christian or the other way around? Perhaps voters over and under 50 should not vote for those on the other side of that fence.

Frankly, I believe Kennedy would endorse Obama over Bill if he was running, that would then be a betrayal of what, your own race?

Now my opinion of the two candidates has its ambiguities; both represent barriers in need of breaking. No offense to Obama, but I am of the mind that we would all be better off if women ran most of the government, overall they prove themselves much more responsible for life than men in general. I have a slight suspicion of Obamas on high speaking tone, oratory hints of Kerry, I wonder who they think they are impressing, or talking down to?

I am even more suspicious of the political style and associations of Clinton. The campaign has made me both more sympathetic to her as an individual, yet more suspicious of her ways of manipulating logical connections in debate (not looking forward to many years of that!) and her glowing promises so representative of Mr. Clinton. Doomed to the same fate?

Now don’t mistake my opinion overall; conservative interest of the world feed of of their turf conflicts. That Republican notion that the terrorist win if you vote Democratic, is actually the opposite of the case. It is the surety of no understanding, thank you very much, between vying conservative dominator ideologies, religious, socio-economic, or political, that generate converts to each sides cause. Keep fear alive! This guarantees perpetual conflict instead of working on the underlying solutions to the conditions that breed the fanatic mindset. How are these groups going to fit in with the corporations, and religious attempts at globalization, guiding the battles over earths resources; human and material?

Even though I believe Obama would break two barriers in the US that would be symbolically helpful in the general war on terror and inspire some who felt permanently left out of the presidency (as would Ms Clinton’s), democracies public remains water-boarded; with elections compromise by hidden techniques and unverifiable recording; control of ideas deemed valid, manipulated by wealth’s access to social functions of society; and money determining candidate access to the public to a great degree. Just three things overthrowing democracy that I hear nothing from the candidates about. Not to mentioned the undermined, compromised, and so, failed fourth estate, which was to be our guarantor of free flowing information and ideas necessary for a free and forthright nation.

But betrayal for valuing your reasons over what one thinks you owe them for their alleged loyalty to you? What has that to do with the truth we are in so desperate need of to live from facts rather than fiction?



I would come home at lunch from grammar school in the late 1950s and watch “Love of Life”, I believe the soap opera was. It seemed like you could get closer to the life of actors and narratives that you were not fully aware of in your own life. I also liked seeing the pretty women. Before you knew it, you knew who were the good guys and who were the bad.

I did not revisit the soap opera phenomenon until the early 1980s. It was even more clear what the basic reoccurring lesson from them was; when bad people manipulate, things go bad; when good people manipulate others and situations, things can easily go bad.

It is an addictive scenario if you identify with the narrative personally, some actors have even been assaulted for playing the bad guy, fans thinking the narrative is accurate to who they see.

I got tired of having my emotional strings repeatedly pulled this way, same reason I stopped watching almost all sports ages ago, I did not want my testosterone strings pulled up or down over narratives that amount to nothing in the real world. I have my own real life to lead and there’s not that much time. I know, these phenomenon do direct their influence into the real world, but I am not the addict supporting the habit.

I do wish that the worlds political leaders were soap opera connoisseurs however. They might have learned something about manipulation of power relations and how it inevitably backfires. But on the soaps, you can see the power of manipulations seduction as believable emotional fantasy: When someone tells another on the soap; “I won’t let any harm come to you! Darling. My Love!” It means, not only will that promise be broken (future cannot be guaranteed), but it probably will be directly related to some action from the loved one with the promise. As in politics; promises, promises, promises, especially after we manipulate the situation to teach someone a lesson.

Unfortunately for the lure of manipulation, it has a snake eating its tail like inspiration of the benzine ring, it becomes hard to tell which action started the linking reaction. Around and round we go until what is true begins to seem like a dream.


Remember how in childhood, the one called a tattle-tale was not popular. This individuals emotional narrative is one of insecurity, perhaps an impression they were always to relay the truth, and maybe persecution real or imagined. They tell an authority figure to gain respect and honor points. Even if true, authority gives them a point for relaying a truth, but might tell them not to be such a tattle tale! Why? They know how the other kids are adding up negative points for them, and one day may be that negative payback.

In grammar school I was in the extreme troublemaker class, known to drive the lay teachers to extinction, leaving the room in tears. On occasion, the next days were spent with everyone writing lines all day long, cause we would not “squeal” on a gang of boys who we knew would “get even” with us.

(This classroom was like the riotous ones in movies. After the thrown pencils, rulers and books, overthrown desk and vile words on the blackboard, chalk and papers everywhere, it would seem as if we had endured a tornado, something that room would actually one day experience.)

The authorities (teachers) manipulation was; everyone deserves punishment for not, in effect, bringing vindictiveness upon themselves. We then lost most all respect for that authority, even if they were the boys real target—-to pick at a perceived weakness=their manipulation. That class was my 8 years of same classmates, just another year of hell at school. That lay teacher one year allegedly left education as a profession after her breakdown. The bad boys remained triumphant, proving life is not fair?

But what have they learned? They did not know or care how the rest of us (and they!) were punished or held back in our missing education. They did not care, seemingly, what we thought of them (except that we did not “cross” them), but I bet if they have not changed from this kind of gang loyalty reasoning they had, it is their lives that remained in hell, even if they have a big white house, title and fancy car.


A small but right portion of the population in 2003, knew from what they had seen and heard as proof, that the upcoming war was bound to backfire from professed abstract emotionalized narrative. That small number, knew the ways of the bully and the ways of deception, they were right out in the open! If you knew how to pay attention to what is true and what is manipulation masquerading as fear based truth, a kind of shame was felt for the easy followers of overt deceptive tactics. Those followers considered the truth itself–anti-American. Cable networks became the reverberating megaphone of false associations, and finger pointing and innuendo as to those who questioned trickery called authority.

We were set up like soap opera characters or fans who think the script is real, or wed to “our team” allegiance, to believe in something false as factual, if we felt bound to the characters narrative. Transfer that narrative to the nations own alleged security interest, and the might makes right plotters plot was hard to resist.

Citizens seem to have come to their senses some, too much is set up against them(us) to not fall victim to false narratives again. They will look so compelling. A promise to keep harm from us, or some other fundamentally flawed extension into the future, that our insecurities might mistake as a ladder, out of a bottomless black hole we had some part in manifesting.


Check the dial please! Stand back from propaganda impersonating the truth, and Jingoism dressed in patriotism’s flag. Those bullies are aways out there. It is your patriotic duty to question authority, by having a healthy critical mind. It is up to you and I to clear our heads of a seeming narratives fog of attachment to what seems near, reliable and full of promises only a God could give. Change the channel, clear the mind, research the facts in the attempt to discern truth from smoke and mirrors called your interest. Get out of the addictive cult and act like the free and independent light you were meant to be.

If we do not do this, we will go down with the lie, only this will not be a trivial TV show or other entertainment competition. It will be our lives, and those of the future.