This is a rant about humans and the problems we face.
I saw a comment in an article about Bernie Sanders that struck me wrong. The article was about how Sanders had come out with a statement about the so called “historic” Paris climate agreement. Sanders had stated:
“While this is a step forward it goes nowhere near far enough. The planet is in crisis. We need bold action in the very near future and this does not provide that,” Sanders said in the statement.”
The comment, which was on a popular partisan Democratic party blog and received over 40 “rec’s” went thusly:
“My opinion, completely separate from the diary, is that Sanders is never happy with anything. It is almost like he doesn’t realize we live in a big world, with a lot of countries. Sometimes for the betterment of the world, you have to make compromises and agreements to get other countries on board. “
This reminds me of discussions and observations I’ve had over the years regarding U.S. imperialism or as those that want to ignore the imperialism like to say, U.S. foreign policies. When I’ve pointed out the cost to human life should require no more compromise with our politicians, including Bernie Sanders, it’s invariably met with excuses such as the above. “You have to make compromises, that’s the way of the world, that’s the way it’s always been, don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good, that’s politics”.
While people die and the planet slowly becomes uninhabitable.
It also reminds me of voting. In recent years I’ve become a proponent of a boycott against the U.S. representative political system, i.e., a voting boycott at the national level. I do this because I’ve come to believe we can no longer compromise by participating in ruling class systems that perpetuate their rule. It’s getting too late. Too many wars, the climate, economies, everything. We have to force a major change of how humans live on earth.
We don’t live in a democracy and everyone with a brain knows it so exactly what are we voting for? We know the 535 people that are elected to represent over 300 million of us are not representing us, they’re representing the rich and powerful who control our government. We know that. But when the question of a voting boycott comes up, many can’t go there for various reasons. But when we vote, we’re compromising all right. We’re letting it continue because that’s the only thing we know, the only thing we’ve been conditioned to know as our way to participate in American “Democracy”.
Bernie Sanders, although correct in his assessment above, is another example of compromise. I’ve been against Sanders’ candidacy from the beginning because of his support for U.S. imperialism and Israeli Zionism. I’m also against the fact that he’s running as a Democrat but even if he ran as an Independent I would not support him because of the above two issues. I am not willing to compromise the lives of millions of people affected by U.S. imperialism and Israeli Zionism in exchange for fifteen dollars an hour and expanded Medicare. Sanders supporters are able to look past his stances on those issues (compromise) because of his faux socialist rhetoric and his more progressive stances than the crazy republicans and the eveeel Hillary Clinton.
The commenter above and many others based on the large number of approvers, feels it’s normal to compromise on an issue such as the Earth’s climate in the 21st century. It’s being called an “existential” crisis that we have little time to address and they feel it’s OK to compromise because that’s the way of the world. In other words, they’re willing to compromise EVERYTHING.
Fuck the way of the world. That’s how we got to where we are. This is the mentality that led us straight to this place we inhabit with wars, environmental destruction, unbelievable inequality, and outright fascism enveloping the planet.
That’s why I say, no more compromise. Humanity and the planet are not something we can compromise about any longer. Hopefully enough people will eventually get to that point, before it’s too late.