“Who is the government? We are! Who elected these people? Few of us did. Since few Americans go to the polls to elect our representatives we are stuck with who we get. Get to the polls and vote, the radical like Sarah Palin and her other tea party friends are charged will get their people to the polls while the rest of us sit home. That would be a disaster similar to the Gulf oil spill.
The American people are to blame as well, we want cheap gas, cheap food, cheap goods and with all the money we are saving buying cheap products we want cheap taxes. It does not work that way.
Please people stop blaming, we all need to all takes responsibility and help. There are so many things we can do. Vote, car pool, recycle, plant a garden, turn your lights off, ride your bike, walk more, look at labels when buying products, visit your local farmers market, eat less meat, ......Turn off 24 hour news, read the paper, educate yourself...... see the list goes on and on. You don't have to wait for the government to ask you, oh we are the government. So ask yourself. How can I help?”
“BP agreed to not pay their share holder their dividends to help the people in the Gulf. They should also be asked to suspend all campaign contributions and send that money to the Gulf as well. Then watch with DC. Do you think any lawmakers will volunteer their campaign contributions to the Gulf?”
“Why do we have to be asked to sacrifice? Come on stop pointing fingers or looking at your neighbor, stand up you can be the leader. Do it because it is right.
Try to car pool once a week, visit your farmers market, plant a garden or a window box with lettuce, recycle, compost for that lettuce, try and one or two meals a week without meat. Shut the TV off for an hour a day. There are so many ways you can sacrifice and you won't even know it. Except you will feel better. How much energy have you spent convincing yourself that: 1) I can't do it. 2) I won't make a difference 3) My neighbor isn't doing it 4) the president hasn't asked me. 5)..........on and on
Make a list, sit down with your family and brainstorm.
Prove to yourself that it is not easier just to complain.”
nmaddog7 on Jun 17, 2010 at 00:21:28
“Don't you think we need to examine why people aren't willing to make what in the long term is the best decision? Isn't saying,like Bob does: "they won't do that!" a little fatalistic.
In my neighborhood, a man rode a pedal powered electric car for the 90s. Others admired him, but the neighborhood was made up of families. We were seeing an increase in SUVs on the street, and people simply aren't going to risk the lives of their children in an electric car like that, unless others drivers are in them which makes it safe.
What is clear is we need as Greens the Tea Parties energy to overthrow rules and change society so we can make the choice to ride small electric cars if we want. Considering the stakes, don't you think the comparison to the founding fathers is warranted?
An aside, in the nytimes an article was telling the story of a "freegan" who had the blood of a founding father in his veins. The author,non ironically wrote: "he was decended from James McHenry, on of the signers of the Constitution. However George McHerny was born a nonconformist."
Uhhhhhh, weren't the founding father nonconformists? Wouldn't they be up in arms and activating the community, getting groups,small at first to make collective changes(dropping SUVs from the road isn't a sacrifice in my opinion).
This personal sacrifice thing is just so the elite like the author get to feel better than everyone else.”
“Thank you. Even if we are hundreds of miles away from the spill we can make a difference.
I do not believe whatever we do is insignificant. If we do not change all those oiled animals will have died in vain.”
“Stop blaming and get to helping. Can you drive less? Shop at the local farmers markets, grow and garden even if it is small, check your grocery cart and put back things like water in plastic bottles and other things that will go right to the landfill oh yes bring your own bag to the grocery store. This is our oil spill and we all need to take responsibility and help even if we are hundreds of miles away. We should not let this moment go to waste and hope that all the oiled animals and family jobs lost did not happen in vain.”
Christian on Jun 14, 2010 at 22:45:59
“Considering that I am setting in a wheel chair right now, I have cut my gas use quite a bit thank you. I'm an artist with my studio at home and need not stick my head out for days on end. Hence I am sure I use far less gas than you and 99% of the people. Oh, and did I mention I am a grown up and don't need lectures. My carbon foot print is about as small as they come. Except for my cigarettes, that one has been the kicker!”
priscianusjr on Jun 14, 2010 at 21:15:13
“Don't confuse the long-term problem with the immediate problem at hand. What you say is true, but this oil disaster demands specific executive, administrative and legislative decisions ongoing and day to day.”
“Thank you for writing those words. Not only are we addicted to oil, we are also addicted to the profits that our 401 plans are making. Does that make us shareholders? We want cheep oil, cheep food, tons and tons of plastic products, and the stock market to continue to rise. We need to change. Take a moment and reflect on what we can do to reduce the impact we are having on the environment. We cannot continue to use natural resources at this rate and believe any will be left for future generations. I hope the president will ask us as Americans to save. What one thing can you change? Then try another, we may find it is not so painful after all. We can make a difference one person at a time and we should do it without being asked.”