for letting everyone know about Larry's passing. I've known about Larry and his herculean efforts against MTR. Not long after moving to a mountain valley in Tennessee I learned of MTR, found I Love Mountains and signed and have shared this information through my internet travels.
I know that Larry was pushing it a bit in age but still...I wonder....
I just learned of DU's existence this evening and Larry's story was the first I noticed and clicked on. I wanted to know if it was Larry. Sadly, it was.
I used to think that stacks of faxes and phones ringing off the hook at the white house and congress would make a difference, cause change. obama got away with the NDA. He got away with going after whistleblowers. He got away with his drone kill list and using Al Quada in Syria. He's gotten away with a great deal.
The only way to know if those stacks of faxes and ceaselessly ringing phones would still make a difference, change things is to orchestrate a campaign and know that it's out there far and wide enough to really get their attention and see if it makes a difference.
I'm certainly not saying that we might as well do nothing (about MTR for instance) not by a longshot! I'm just not sure if calling Congress would be effective anymore is all. The lobbyists run the place (you know, the ones that obama was going to go after and ensure that a certain number of years had to pass before they could work in their respective fields?).
Wasn't the NDA signed on christmas eve? Sounds like the way the Fed Reserve came into business (jekyll island). Underhanded shit...
I'm not sure what it would take to turn this country around. There's no difference at all between the two parties anymore. Corporations are people (what a joke), the keystone pipeline continues, permits for offshore drilling without shut off safety valves continue, fracking is picking up speed and every bit of our electronic lives are captured to be read at their nice new Utah home that our tax dollars build. Man, the list is long. Where would we start? They have armies working around the clock to do their dirty deeds...
Well, I think I stepped on my soapbox without hardly noticing. I'm angry at the loss of Larry. I'm heartbroken that MTR still continues. I'm outraged that our Constitution seems to not even be an afterthought for tptb anymore (but for the few heros).
I look forward to looking around here. It's said that it's darkest before the dawn. The economy tells me it ain't even dark yet so there's a long road to go. Always nice to know that like-minders are about.