The Bully has been challenged


Today is the beginning of the end for the people of Greece. No longer are they willing to bow to the demands of the hierarchy of Europe. We have to admire them, they have been beaten down for so long and they feel they have nothing more to give, so it’s time to take a chance and stand up to the bully. Their lunch box has only crumbs so to hell with it we will fight back. However, to fight the bully, you sometimes need the backing of your family and friends urging you to fight back and their reassurance that they have your back. The people of Greece had this backing from their government. They gave them the courage to fight they stood by them and instead of handing over the crumbs in the lunchbox they said to the people of Greece, we are all in this together and you have your say. This is what democracy is all about. Now, no matter what happens the Greek people have won. They will come back from the brink, and at last the bully is standing speechless with it’s open hand empty.

On the other hand, the people of Ireland did not have the backing of their government, they were alone and were told to give to the bully, you have no other choice, it’s in your best interest. We must give to the bully in order to survive and we know best so trust us, we cannot ask you to choose because we are so scared you might want to fight the bully and we are too scared to support you. And so, off they went to Brussels and with our lunch box and gave away our lunch. However, this government of ours, still have their lunch and we have nothing. We struggle everyday to survive and in doing so we have lost our souls. We battle every day to keep our homes, our jobs, our sense of what it is to live on this earth. We have no one to turn to and so we begin turning on each other. Fighting each other for the scraps. Putting down those who are less fortunate and blaming them for their demise. Meanwhile the bully, living in luxury smiles and taps our government on the back and says ‘Good lads, this is how it is supposed to be, fuck that democracy shit’.
The question is ‘When are the Irish people going to have what the Greek people got? A government who is brave, speaks the truth, and stands with us as we say to the bully ‘enough is enough you are not getting our lunch box today’.

The Legal Drug of “Commodities”


Two young women are currently awaiting their destiny in a prison in Peru for drug smuggling. As a parent I can only imagine how their parents must be feeling. It’s frightening. Parents don’t raise their children to be drug smugglers they want the best for their children, but what is “the best” in this crazy world we are living in?

Well we want a good education for our kids that will lead to a good job with great money and they can enjoy the “finer” things in life, and maybe grab some “power” on the way, now that would be good then you can boss people around and show you are better than them. Ah yeah that’s a good life isn’t it? This is what living is all about having the money to buy what you want and having power over people, well this is what we have come to in society today. This is what parents and children are brainwashed into believing is the framework for a good life. Capitalism breeds societies of people whose only love is the love of money and what it can buy. It rids people of all feelings of love for each other, and for themselves. While they think having the latest designer gear i.e Iphone, smart television, designer clothes, bags etc. need I go on, I’m sure you get what I mean is loving themselves, they haven’t got a clue about who they really are or what they really want. Capitalism tells them what they want, and tells them not to worry about who you step on to get it. It’s a loveless life and the world can’t carry on like this. It will crash, just like the property bubble crashed and it all came falling down. This ideal of “out with the old, and in with the new” is killing the world and it’s frightening, because we haven’t a clue what to replace it with.

These young girls are prime examples of the breeding of capitalism. Have what you want and at whatever cost. They don’t see the drug addict who cries in pain because he needs this stuff and will rob or sell themselves just to get this drug. They don’t see the families of these drug addicts who are broken hearted and all out of ways of helping them. They don’t see what this will do to their own families. None of this matters to them, what matters mostly is the shoes with the bling on them, the fancy phone, the designer clothes, the holidays, the false nails, eyelashes, hair and god knows what else. This is their drug, but this drug is legal the need for the next new commodidity, and they will do anything to have it because society says they must have it or they are not up to scratch. They wont fit in they are weird. This drug is more lethal, because a person addicted to cocaine or heroin, can, with the help of drug councillers get off their drug, but there are no councillers to help those who are addicted to these commodities, to an ideal  that breeds a society of people whose need for sparkle overrides their love of human beings. This is the legacy of  those like Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Regan. Don’t worry about your community, you look after yourself. So how can we sit in judgement of these two young women, when they were born into a society that encourages the lifestyle they are addicted to.

We have some great men and women who are trying to fight this drug, and they speak out against it, they think outside the box and rather than consenting to the “status quo” they speak about bringing about change and ridding our world of the drug, but unfortunately they are classed as “crazy” people and ridiculed by the media and our governments, and of course by those who own  the drug, the big corporations mass producing commodities that only have a short life span, so the addict must find the money to buy the next new “drug” on the market.

We need more people to think outside the box and we need to start listening to those who do, and instead of a world feeding on a drug of commodities we can create a world where we feed on a drug of “love” for ourselves and each other.

BANKING THE NEW CRIME


Well, well, well can you believe it? Our bankers hold us the people of this country with the greatest contempt. They screwed us over big time, and now as I sit at my kitchen table reading the transcripts from these tapes I wonder do our politicians feel the same contempt for us? If ever we doubted that there is an elite in this country who are being treated extremely better than we are the proof has just been laid bare before us, and when I say “is” I mean there still is an elite who are classed as a better breed of people than we the ordinary working class people are. We are the working class who keep the wheels of industry turning in our country, and for our troubles we are repaid with contempt. The “plebs” of society who are here to be treated as slaves and looked down on because we didn’t have the same opportunities as these elite. We must work for the elite and do as we are told for the mere pittance and the privilege of working for these people. Isn’t it sickening? How much more will we take before we rise up and demand that we be treated with respect and that our children will no longer be treated with contempt.

The bankers that have brought this country to it’s knees have no respect for us or our children. The culture that feeds into their minds that they have the right to do what they like has turned them into a bunch of self-righteous bastards (sorry for the language). They still believe they did no wrong it was everyone else’s fault. So those who steal cars, rob from shops, etc. are “scum” but not these lads, they are highly educated men who have every right to steal and they deserve to be paid large sums of money for their troubles. They don’t see themselves as crooks or bad people they have been brought up to believe that because they had a better academic education than the rest of us, and came from a better side of town than us that anything goes. That’s the way it is, it is our culture. Look at what this culture has done to the rest of us. People with disabilities are suffering, children with special needs are suffering, unemployed are suffering, and not only that, but being branded as lazy because they get too much on the dole, people are losing their homes, people are committing suicide, need I go on I’m sure you all know the rest and I’m sure if you are reading this you have been affected in some way, or know someone who is.

I don’t know about you, but I do not want to hear politicians in the Dáil next week blaming each other. I do not want to hear Enda Kenny or Michael Noonan shouting across at Michael Martin that it was his party that created this. We have gone beyond this now. I want to see the politicians that we voted in to work for us working together to bring about a complete change in the way banking works and to stop telling us that they must pay these high salaries or they will go abroad. This is the culture that gives them the idea that they can do what they want because we need them so much. This is not true this is socially constructed and can just as easily be deconstructed and it has to be done now. If our politicians are not willing to bring about this  change then it is up to us the people to break this culture and doing things differently ourselves. Think outside the box and find other ways of doing our financial business, just boycott these banks altogether. I am sure if we all put our heads together we will find a way. We just cannot sit back and allow this one to just sail by and do nothing.

I will watch this space now and watch how our politicians handle this  one. We must hold them to account on this. They have pulled the wool over us for too long now. David Drumm is in America living it up while we are forced to pay property tax, water rates and the rest. When those that killed Veronica Guerin, they had overstepped the mark and they were punished, these guys have overstepped the mark and need the same treatment we must ensure they are treated equally. Just because they wear suits and were highly educated (although listening to them you wouldn’t think it) does not mean they are allowed to walk away, and if I hear any tittle tattle in the Dáil this week from Enda Kenny, or Eamonn Gilmore I will be contacting them I hope you do too.

Our Children’s Welfare vs Capitalism


In a society where GNP and GDP matters more than the well being of the people of the country we can expect nothing else but the appaling mistreatment of our young children which we saw tonight on RTE’s Prime Time. These poor children leave the comfort of their homes every morning and are led by the hand of their parents into a den of wickedness. These poor little children do not understand why they are being left here and why they are being treated in this way. They do not know why their parents are not their to protect them from this behavior.

The reason why this is happening is this. We live in a society where profits are put before the care of our children and our most vulnerable people. The care of our young children has been put into the hands of those who use it as a business, and they want the parents who pay mortgage rates to pay for these services to pay for the training of those who work there, while those that own the business retain their profits. The other reason for this is that our government do not want parents at home looking after their children they want them out there paying their way in society. They don’t see caring as a career that contributes to society. Well how wrong are they? Being a parent is the hardest job one can have. Parents ensure that the future generation are a well balanced generation and in doing so these children will one day give back to society when they evolve into well balanced adults. We all know the first six years of a childs life are so important and what happens in these years will determine how they develop as teenagers and eventually as adults. If they are presented with this type of behavior every day it is only natural that they will have problems as they get older. We will then ask the question in a few years “Why have we so many problem teenagers”? The answer, “Because our government didn’t care”.

We listened to our Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald day after day and night after night when she wanted us to vote yes on the childrens referendum, but where was she tonight when Prime Time asked her to appear and speak about this behavior? She was unavailable and couldn’t even be bothered to send someone from the department on the show to speak. Once again we see our politicians only speak to the people when they require us to vote in their favour, once we have done this they no longer want to bother. This is not good enough. How long are we going to accept this from our governments? We need to demand that they come out and speak to us on issues as important as this. She cannot be allowed to shy away when it suits her. The government, through their policies are forcing parents to leave their children every day in institutions that are opening their doors to young children just to make money. These parents are going out to work to pay the pensions of bankers and politicians who have destroyed this country and in doing so are putting young children through this disgraceful abuse. Isn’t it time now we stood up for our children and grandchildren?

Hello Folks


It’s Friday morning, the sun has just gone back in as usual. He doesn’t seem to like Ireland much he is visiting us less and less each year, and God knows we could do with his presence a bit more. Things don’t seem to bother us as much if we have Mr. Sun with us, and he gives us the umph we need to get up and do something. Ah well we will just have to make do with our few days with him, he spends a lot of time in Australia I hear, but then who doesn’t these days half of our young people are there and some of our older ones. Not for me are the blue skies of Australia I will stay here in Ireland and continue to watch the madness that is this crazy country. Politicians like children shouting at each other across the room like young children “he said” no “she said”. Every day trying to get one up on each other rather than running the country.

I am now sitting at my kitchen table writing this blog. I have not blogged in a long time as I have been so busy getting my assignments done for college. Now we are finished and I graduate next Thursday, I want to start shouting on my blog again. I have really enjoyed my time at college and I have achieved grades I never thought I could. I am quite proud of myself, I must say, and I wish my Father was alive to see it. He loved education and was always telling us how important it was, but such is life that we don’t listen to our parents until we get older and realise they were so right back then, and regret not listening to them. Ah well best late than never. I have done it and I’m sure he is looking down giving me the thumbs up. I have applied to Trinity College and got an interview, so fingers crossed I get it. There are only 3 places for mature students so I would be very lucky to get that the Da would really be proud of that.

Well I just wanted to let you all know where I am at, at the moment that’s of course if you are interested, and hopefully my blogs will be more prolific now that I have more time. Ah Mr. Sun is back looking in my kitchen window he must like my blog. I hope he stays around now for another while, and I hope he is looking in your kitchen window too. Have a great weekend folks.

What next from our leaders?


If you are someone who lives in England, and are unemployed, therefore receiving social welfare, and you are overweight then the government class you as “lazy” and want to put further oppression onto you by telling you if you do not do something about your weight you will have your social welfare cut. They will starve you, basically, and this will ensure you lose weight.

These people who are elected to take care of people in society, and I mean “everyone” in society not just those who are sitting pretty at the top, are running out of ideas, there creativity is lacking, and they are now reaching the lowest point. Again it’s the vulnerable that are targeted, and just like any oppressor they try to tell you “It’s for your own good”. If you read Paulo Freire you will see this is what the oppressor does in order to relieve the guilt.

I have no doubt now our governement here in Ireland will come up with something like this. They always replicate the British. Another lack of creative minds. They just assume that overweight people on social welfare are lazy. This is not true, and maybe they should  treat people with more respect and give them more credit, and begin to look elsewhere for their savings. Shouldn’t it be lives they are trying to save rather than money?

Death by Oppression?


The death of the junior minister Shane McEntee is very sad. As I watched the removal service on the news tonight my heart went out to his family, and to the man himself. Why, I asked myself did this man, in the prime of his life, with a young family feel he had to take his own life?  The reports from the media are saying it was because of the abuse he was getting over his remark last week about the respite cuts for the careers. For those of you who don’t know what the remark was, it was reported Mr McEntee said “You could stay in a top hotel for €700 a week” and that people just have to get on with it”. There was a lot of anger expressed at the junior ministers comment, and seemingly he was finding it hard to cope with the comments expressed. If it is true that this poor man felt the only way out of this distress was to take his own life, then surely it it time we looked at our political system, and not at the way tweet messages are aired on radio and tv shows, as former Taoiseach John Bruton states.

Last week we heard a lot of politicians say they were wrestling with their conscience when deciding which way to vote on the austerity budget, that was going to cut respite allowance for the careers of this country, and the child benefit which is going to push people of this country further into poverty. The political system here is not democratic, as any of these politicians who do not vote with their party loose the whip and are forced out. Therefore they have to decide do they consider their own political career, or the people that elected them in to create a better society. Róisín Shortall, Willie Penrose, Tommy Broughan, Patrick Nulty and Colm Keaveney all from the Labour Party have been expelled because they decided the people that elected them were more important than their own political careers. I admire these people greatly. They are genuine people who care, but they should not have to sacrifice their career, they should be allowed to continue to fight for the people who put them in to work for them. This form of politics is no longer acceptable in our society. These politicians stood up to a system that is oppressing the marginalised in our society, and was forcing them to take on the role of oppressors. The politicians themselves, therefore are oppressed, and the system that creates this oppression needs to be dismantled.

I wonder did Mr McEntee make his remark to show solidarity with his oppressors, or did he really believe that those wonderful people who give up their lives to care for their loved ones should “just get on with it”. Maybe if this man felt he could vote with his heart, and not have the threat of expulsion from the parliamentary party he could have voiced his real opinion. This awful pressure should not be forced on our politicians. I admire greatly those who have stood up and came on the side of those of us who elected them. They will go to sleep with a clear conscience, their battle is over, and they won the battle. If we can only get more politicians to come out and say “enough is enough”, and realise that they are also oppressed by this system.