Why can’t we just be free?

September 5, 2009

The original concept of this post was going to be to do an “about Bush” section and an “about Obama” section and relating them to ‘we the people.’ I was going to write about Bush’s terrible patriot act and Obama’s failure to fix it (which was predictable). I was going to write about Bush’s bailouts and how Obama (predictably) did the same thing. I was going to write about how neither party is truly different from the other anymore – only in trivial issues. I was going to write about how both are bought and paid for and employed by the same wealthy parties and that nobody in our Government has been working for the American citizens since President John F. Kennedy.

I changed my mind however because that post was going to turn out to be incredibly long. I realized that if people truly want to know who owns their Government, the information is easily accessible. Just follow the money, and research the Federal Reserve Bank. It does not take even remote intelligence to realize that we are all being fleeced.

At first, I wanted to write about the Revolution and remind everyone why we broke free and created America. The thought of freedom – true freedom to do whatever it is that we want resonates in me very strongly. A quote I think of frequently is this “if we are only free to make good decisions, are we truly free?” I also think – if we are only free to spend two thirds of our paycheck, are we truly free? If our money is spent against our will for golden para-shoots for finance oligarchs, given as bribes or earmarks… are we truly free? If we can’t choose our schools or doctors are we truly free? If we are surveyed against our will as the Patriot Act allows, or if we can be secretly put on lists for our party affiliation are we truly free? This list could go on and on.

As you can see, writing about the fallacy of Bush, Obama, and Government could go on forever and be *almost as long, complicated, and confusing as our taxation code. Instead I just thought I’d post what I believe in, and invite readers to educate me – why are my beliefs impossible?

I believe in freedom – I believe individuals should be able to make whatever choices they want as long as those choices do not hurt another person legitimately.

I believe two consenting people should be free to marry regardless of what others think.
I don’t believe they require permission form anyone, especially the Government.
I believe non violent religion should be free to practice in any way they wish. I believe they can endorse or condemn whatever lifestyles they want no matter how others see it.

I believe people should be free to spend their money how they wish – heaven forbid if they don’t give any to charity. I pray to God we all would choose to – I know I would and do.
I believe (on average) one third of your paycheck required to the Government is far, far too much. However, if those who enjoy taxation wish to give 50% or 75% to the Government they should feel free to do so.
I believe only sales tax should be required. Income tax has only been recognized by the Supreme Court since 1913 (coincidentally the same year the Federal Reserve was created) which means that in our prime we operated without income tax and should still be able to do so.
I do not believe that people will realize that Government has destroyed everything it has touched (education, post office, medicare/cade, aamtrack, social security, the list goes on forever).
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I believe in my fellow men and women and do not think we need to be micro-managed.
I believe these two parties are tearing us apart. Part of me believes that this is by design. If we fight with one another, we won’t fight with ‘them.’
I believe elections work like a Don King fight where both parties are puppets of the same wealthy influences.
I believe if we all truly understood freedom – live and let live – we would all see how both parties oppose us in our pursuit of the American Dream. By definition “Government” is to Govern – unfortunately it is the opposite of living freely.

I believe that the country we created has turned into the country we tried to escape from and unless we ‘wake up’ it will continue down that path. Quick example: one of the primary reasons we created America was to escape the manipulative central bank of England which was committing economic crimes against the people, much like our Federal Reserve Bank does today.

Sadly, I don’t believe that anyone will read this or anything like this.
Even more depressing; I don’t believe anyone will even think these thoughts of true freedom.
I think people will watch football and American Idol and entertain themselves to death while their civil liberties and their freedom is stripped away from under them.

It’s been said that people do not truly want freedom, they just want to be well fed and entertained. I do not believe this is true, but I believe we are too entertained to know that what we do truly desire is freedom.

To anyone that made it to the end, thanks for letting me vent. If anyone can help me understand why the freedom to choose our own lives and paths won’t work please explain it to me.

-first response

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Advancements in technology and digital media allow mass audiences to interact with the television show creating almost a “choose your own adventure” type of reality. VIA the Internet and phone lines viewers are empowered to eliminate contestants on the show. From a marketing prospective, it’s the masses telling the producers whose album they are most likely

This show does not deserve your time.  Dont be brainwashed.

This show does not deserve your time. Don't be brainwashed.

to buy; that way the producers don’t have to guess who to push into the marketplace. American Idol is an enormous “product survey” for the record producers. Audiences feel ownership over the winner because they helped “make” them. They feel more of a personal relationship with those artists than with the ones that have been more blatantly marketed to them so they are more likely to want to “support the artist” and purchase the CD. The producers have no problem with this whatsoever naturally. The question becomes this: is Carrie Underwood more talented than the acoustic guitar player at your local coffee shop?

American Idol is glorified Karaoke. The performers need only one thing: a good voice. The vast majorities of American Idol contestants have never written a song and probably don’t even play any instruments. Throughout the duration of the show, they will not write their own songs, and they will not play their own instruments. None the less American Idol winners are some of the most broadcast artists. Meanwhile folks like the acoustic guitar player at your local coffee shop will probably never hit the radio waves. So if American Idol contestants really can’t do much, to what do we attribute their success? Welcome back digital media!

Commercial songwriters today are broken into two teams of people. One team writes the lyrics and the other team writs the music. Most of them are probably incredibly creative and talented but too unattractive to become stars themselves. As a result, they’ve agreed to sell their souls for tons of money. They write songs and give them to artists (not just the American Idol winners, by the way). Unfortunately most of them operate as ghost writers (for even more money) so we may never know which Stars deserve it and which stars are money making manipulations. Digital media is re-introduced into the equation with the presence of MIDI files.

Remember, people are dying of thirst in other parts of the world.

Digital media is re-introduced into the equation with the presence of MIDI files. Think of MIDI files as digital sheet music. When a musician plays any instrument or sings any song, they sing on a timeline. Each note they hit is placed at a particular point in time and with varying levels of volume. MIDI files memorize digital signatures of when and how loud notes were struck. In other words, if a pianist was playing a keyboard that was recording MIDI information, the computer would log exactly when a note was played, and exactly how hard the key was struck. Later, the musician can take this file and open the timeline. When he or she does this, a timeline will open with dots and lines indicating the keystrokes. The pianist can then click on the dots and lines and move them around, manipulating the performance. This means that if the pianist accidently hits a note a few seconds too soon, they can simply go into the MIDI file and move the note back into place. If the pianist decides he or she should have played that note an octave higher or a bit louder – no problem; then note can simply be edited. MIDI files allow even terrible musicians to record tracks in perfection.

and there you have it

and there you have it

Utilizing MIDI files, the artist can go far beyond just correcting performance mistakes. Notes can be completely added. Perhaps the pianist can’t play a blues riff. No problem – the musician can click in the MIDI timeline and indicate where a note would need to be, and how loud the computer should play it. Remember also that MIDI files are only recording when in time the note was struck, and how hard the note was struck – not the actual instrument that was used to strike these notes. In other words, a pianist can record a banjo solo on his or her keyboard, take it into the MIDI file, and simply apply a sampled banjo sound to the MIDI track. It is possible for a musician to record an entire album complete with everything from a full string section to a didgeridoo and not know how to play a single instrument.

http://davidmay.wordpress.com/2008/10/03/why-celebrities-dont-deserve-our-love-or-money-part-1-of-many/

http://davidmay.wordpress.com/2008/10/04/where-is-all-of-our-money/

-dm

This is a spin-off of my personal blog. I’ve decided this topic necessitates it’s own blog. Here’s the basic idea:

We are exposed to over 5,000 a day – what’s even more frightening is that it’s working. No matter how little money we have in our lives, we STILL give money to the super rich every day. Sometimes it’s paying for an overpriced movie ticket. Other times it’s going to an athletic event or concert for a mega-artist. Meanwhile the things that truly matter in life are falling to the wayside. Consider this.

If you like football – play football with your family as opposed to giving more money to the ultra rich athletes.

If you like music – go to the local coffee shop or a concert for an artist who is not already rich.

If you like movies – support the local community theatre, local film festival, or independent theatre.

There is a misconception out there that the best entertainment comes from the big companies. Take a look at my previous post.  It lists studio films and independent films – I’m sure after reading it you’ll give independent films much more credit.  Don’t let the studios brainwash you.  The same applies to the music industry as well – overall, the mega-artists ARE NOT THE MOST TALENTED MUSICIANS – they are simply hotter.

This blog is designed to remind you that YOU are valuable.  YOU are an important contribution to this world and you have an obligation to see that in your neighbors as well.  It’s vital to our sanity, and to our souls that we stop idolizing studio-backed talent.