The Pacifica Evening News, Weekdays, for February 25, 2013 - 6:00pm
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I was listening today to the February 25, 2013, Pacifica Evening News (I listen a day later because I’m on the east coast and this is more convenient for me) and in hearing the BP story and potential or possibility (or not) of billions of dollars to be paid out for the economic and environmental devastation done by this company and its subsidiaries and contractors; and my thoughts went to prior and underlying regulatory, sovereignty and constitutional concerns. My thoughts and concerns are these.
If the William Jefferson Clinton/Albert Gore government, taking up from the Reagan administration, had not accelerated the disestablishment of government and its responsibilities to the people, the public good, of this country, the United States and its people would find themselves constantly behind another rolling boulder in crisis. U.S. officials create crises by their failure to do their jobs, uphold the constitution, on behalf of the public good. The BP hype is like big-name drug arrests or hunting and capturing another twin towers’ culprit or al-Qaeda operative; it is theater, political grandstanding and waste of government time, waste of money on contracting lawyers, nonprofits, NGOs.
It seems to me that the compelling issue here is the matter of sovereignty ─ together with constitutional protections of the common defense and general welfare. Protection of this nation’s sovereignty requires the continuous monitoring and regulation of all industries (foreign and domestic) operating within its borders (government officials have no problem militarizing, committing continuous aggression, against people at home and abroad on behalf of weapons and war-making industries who regularly line officials and politicians’ pockets).
Protection through regulation and monitoring should be required of government service, without partisan or ideological conditions ─ whether the industries are or are related to oil, gas, mines, aviation; food, water, air, lands, wildlife; housing, banking, telecommunications; all that affects the environment and habitation must be monitored and regulated for the public good.
People may or may not ultimately receive some washing-hands payment from BP and/or its subsidiaries and contractors (THINK what is the worth of hundreds of wildlife and healthy waters, lives and livelihoods; what is the worth of a Pakistani, Afghan, Yemeni, Somali, Iraqi child or adult killed by UAVs or U.S. missile or ground personnel); but the more pervasive problem facing the United States ─ one not being addressed by government officials, mass media or people generally ─ is the moral issue but also a legal one: the breakdown of U.S. constitutional guarantees, the breakdown in government service to the United States of America and its people.
[I like The Pacifica Evening News very much and sent my modest contribution toward helping reach the winter fundraising goal.]
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