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Illogical Thoughts/things that make perfect sense #9 Many Americans can’t define capitalism, socialism or democracy


A man’s shadow is seen on a banner in 2010. (©Jason Andrew/Getty Images)

For two words that inflame such passion, Americans sure don’t seem to know what  “socialism” and “capitalism” mean. Those two words are tied atop Merriam-Webster’s list of 2012 Words of the Year, which are ranked based on how often they’re looked up.

Not surprised and neither should You

Thomas Jefferson stipulated that a democracy can only work if its people are educated. Actually let me let the man speak for himself:

index “Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories. And to render them safe, their minds must be improved to a certain degree.”

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“I think by far the most important bill in our whole code is that for the diffusion of knowledge among the people. No other sure foundation can be devised, for the preservation of freedom and happiness…Preach, my dear Sir, a crusade against ignorance; establish & improve the law for educating the common people. Let our countrymen know that the people alone can protect us against these evils [tyranny, oppression, etc.] and that the tax which will be paid for this purpose is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priests and nobles who will rise up among us if we leave the people in ignorance.”

If this is to believed then I have some predictions for my fellow Americans  in the near future stay tuned for part 2

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FRom the Merriam Webster Website

Words of the Year 2012

SPRINGFIELD, MASS., December 5, 2012—Merriam-Webster Inc., America’s leading dictionary publisher, has announced the Top Ten Words of the Year. Based on the volume of user lookups at Merriam-Webster.com, this list sheds light on topics and ideas that sparked the nation’s interest in 2012.

Two words, socialism and capitalism, share the top spot due to discussion and debate around the presidential election. Socialism saw its largest lookup spikes during coverage of healthcare but also saw peaks in the days following both conventions and each of the presidential debates. Capitalism, although looked up somewhat less often, rode the same waves of interest.

“We saw a huge spike for socialism on Election Day itself, but interest in both words was very high all year,” says Peter Sokolowski, Editor at Large at Merriam-Webster. “Lookups of one word often led to lookups of the other.”

The word socialism refers to governmental ownership and administration of the production and distribution of goods. Capitalism refers to private or corporate ownership of the tools used to make and transport products whose prices are set by competition on the free market.

“It’s fascinating to see which language from a campaign or debate speech resonates with our users,” says John M. Morse, President and Publisher at Merriam-Webster. “With socialism and capitalism, it’s clear that many people turned to the dictionary to help make sense of the commentary that often surrounds these words.”

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More Americans want to eat turkey with Tebow than Obama & A quote from David Foster Wallace


Americans revere athletic excellence, competitive success, and it’s more than lip service we pay; we vote with our wallets. We’ll pay large sums to watch a truly great athlete; we’ll reward him with celebrity and adulation and will even go so far as to buy products and services he endorses.

But it’s better for us not to know the kinds of sacrifices the professional-grade athlete has made to get so very good at one particular thing. Oh, we’ll invoke lush cliches about the lonely heroism of Olympic athletes, the pain and analgesia of football, the early rising and hours of practice and restricted diets, the preflight celibacy, et cetera. But the actual facts of the sacrifices repel us when we see them: basketball geniuses who cannot read, sprinters who dope themselves, defensive tackles who shoot up with bovine hormones until they collapse or explode. We prefer not to consider closely the shockingly vapid and primitive comments uttered by athletes in postcontest interviews or to consider what impoverishments in one’s mental life would allow people actually to think the way great athletes seem to think. Note the way “up close and personal” profiles of professional athletes strain so hard to find evidence of a rounded human life — outside interests and activities, values beyond the sport. We ignore what’s obvious, that most of this straining is farce. It’s farce because the realities of top-level athletics today require an early and total commitment to one area of excellence. An ascetic focus. A subsumption of almost all other features of human life to one chosen talent and pursuit. A consent to live in a world that, like a child’s world, is very small.

David Foster Wallace 1995 String Theory

I really wasn’t surprised then to read that Tim Tebow, Big Bird and Lady Gaga  topped the list of America’s most wanted dinner guests for Turkey Day. The world’s most famous backup quarterback polled first in the Destination America survey, with 23 percent of respondents saying they’d want Tebow to bless their spread.  Big Bird, came in second, and pLady Gaga finished third. The trio polled ahead of President Obama, who despite winning re-election, had only 5 percent of this popular vote.

What do you think ?

MrMary

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Responce to Bill O’Reilly’s: The white establishment is now the minority,”


The aftermath of the election is as wild as the aftermath before the election. I wanted to write a few of my thoughts to share. I normally do not write about politics but I also cannot hold my tongue. Before I respond let me first present the evidence:

“The white establishment is now the minority,” O’Reilly said. “And the voters, many of them, feel that the economic system is stacked against them and they want stuff. You are going to see a tremendous Hispanic vote for President Obama. Overwhelming black vote for President Obama. And women will probably break President Obama’s way. People feel that they are entitled to things and which candidate, between the two, is going to give them things?”

Let me just put it in context for you :

 

My Live tweeting of my Voting Experience 2012 Part 2


Showing you my Tweets, show me Yours

Can You Dig It?

@MrMaryMuthafing Im voting for: My selfish concerns 2012

@MrMaryMuthafing The polls are in and we have a declared winner, Now once I leave this strip club I will make my voice count !!!!

@MrMaryMuthafing After the election is over Trump will return 2 his tower of moral somnolence ’til 2016 when he asks Obama 4 his library card records

@MrMaryMuthafing the porn industry drives down the cost of waxing, dont let Mitt give the business 2 the dirty business so U can keep your business in order

@MrMaryMuthafing I felt this election was about more the battle 4 supremacy of party politics not so much the needs of the American people #Poliginity

@MrMaryMuthafing I wore my luckily underwear today, it is very old & full of holes or options as I call them #votingwithluckyundies #poliginity

@MrMaryMuthafing Responsibilities aren’t cool and neither is Votings, if voting was cool there would be lines of people waiting to do it… uhm hmmm ok brb

 

@MrMaryMuthafing What should I eat to prepare me for the long lines at the voting place Subway ?

 

@MrMaryMuthafing Does having 3 black people working at Subway make them pro Obama or pro Romney

 

@MrMaryMuthafing About to feed my dogs then go vote then see my bitches or did i get that wrong

 

@MrMaryMuthafing Ok i shouldnt have to bring a sperm sample with me right ? Gov Id ok ?

 

@MrMaryMuthafing There is a guy smoking refer on the corner of the voting place
@MrMaryMuthafing I voted I feel sleepy and want to cuddle. Anyone want to cuddle with me
@MrMaryMuthafing Obama Won !!! The Prophecy of a handsome black dude (me) voting for the first time and changing the fate of the election has come true
@MrMaryMuthafing Since Obama won I can finally use this clip from Passenger 57 4 sumthing more than Track & Field

 

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Something to Reflect Upon as this Election Plays Out


To often we enjoy the comfort …

To me the election was more a narrative about the battle for supremacy of two political ideologies tangentially focused with the concerns of everyday Americans.  I think it was easy to get caught up in the divisive political rhetoric and forget that we each face many of the same challenges daily.

Both voting without action and democracy without education are effete. The fact that many people had to be jailed, killed, hosed down, mauled by dogs beat by cops to give us the opportunity to vote shows me that voting itself while effective, is lacking without careful planning and action  inclusive of everyone beyond ideology. It’s great to get out and vote but it’s a shame if that’s where the momentum stops. We need to think of things beyond opinions and that’s just my opinion.

-MrMary