Haiku Friday

We had a such a great response on our first Haiku Friday we’re giving it another go.

We’re asking readers to go to the jump and write their own haiku.

The rules of haiku are simple. Three lines. First line has five syllables. Second line has seven syllables. Third line has five syllables.

Often nature makes an appearance in haiku. And the last line sometimes has an unexpected twist.

city of angels
barbed wire smog traffic douche bags
roses like melons

Now it’s your turn readers!

Politics With a Human Face

When some bureaucrat at the Department of Defense sent a memo to Congress opposing Sen. Al Franken’s amendment to protect victims of rape, the neo-liberal bureaucracy was doing what bureaucracies always do. It was erasing the human in deference to a system, and with it all hope of morally defensible action.

In my own case at least, this points to just one of many colors the right wing gets wrong in its portrait of progressives. I’m skeptical of the State, this one and all future ones. I believe disciplined vigilance is necessary to protect us from the tendency of bureaucracies to put themselves above the flesh and blood lives of individuals.

Unaccountable corporate bureaucracies, of course, have proven to be far more dangerous than democratic governments, which still face some form of voter scrutiny, however diminished by years of conservative anti-democratic efforts. This is one reason I’d rather buy my health insurance from government. When the time comes I can at least climb out of my sick bed long enough to vote out the bureaucracy-enabling bastards that put me there.

Don’t get me wrong. Addressing the problems and opportunities of a nation of 300 million people takes organization. Libertarians can’t wish this fact away. I can’t build my own road, keep my money safe in my own uninsured bank, or educate my kids and my neighbors’ kids in a backyard little red schoolhouse. We cooperate with one another in the creation of a government to help us do these things (and more).

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