We’re preparing lots of mouthwatering posts for FOF Food Week–starting today!
Images via Pia Jane Bijkerk, Design Sponge and Sunday Suppers
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Looks FABULOUS………. Yummy and sophisticated, where do I start?
This effort to rerwok America’s carefully balanced constitutional design into a lopsided structure dominated by an all powerful Executive Branch with a subservient Congress and judiciary is-ironically-accompanied by an effort by the same administration to rerwok America’s foreign policy from one that is based primarily on U.S. moral authority into one that is based on a misguided and self-defeating effort to establish dominance in the world.The common denominator seems to be based on an instinct to intimidate and control.This same pattern has characterized the effort to silence dissenting views within the Executive Branch, to censor information that may be inconsistent with its stated ideological goals, and to demand conformity from all Executive Branch employees. Gore says the theory of the unitary executive is more accurately the unilateral executive.Aren’t we talking about a period of tyranny?Gore couples that with 1) the serious damage we have seen in the legislative branches with regard to it’s power and autonomy and 2)an uninformed unengaged electorate, we the people .He blames television for #2. (a whole program right there) and the constricted role of ideas . We forget that most people are not combing the internet to get informed about issues. His characterization of the informed engaged farmer-citizen is most interesting. What a concept! Citizenship.And so the executive adds to that general ignorance it’s own assertion about the need for secrecy and control of information about what it is doing. I have felt for awhile now that our collective ignorance is being played like a string on a fiddle to make music only for those who seek total power.Fear, another string on the fiddle.Gore again: Fear drives out reason. Fear suppresses the politics of discourse and opens the door to the politics of destruction. Justice Brandeis once wrote: Men feared witches and burnt women’. This just is what happened after 9/11.The only antidote to this starts with awareness and understanding though discourse and discussion. And for that we need freedom of communication.Gore: It is particularly important that the freedom of the Internet be protected against either the encroachment of government or the efforts at control by large media conglomerates. The future of our democracy depends on it. Finally,. Gore did not say the word, but I was thinking it. Would we recognize that happening here? Not possible?
“Eye candy” for sure!