Partial Eclipse over Tromsø, Norway 6-1-11

Partial Eclipse over Tromsø, Norway 6-1-11 by Lights In The Dark on flickr

These are times where our representative government, and especially the Executive Branch (I’m looking at you, Obama) could emulate bold ideas from the past, and help people who are suffering and do all sorts of good in all sorts of ways.

But no. There is not even a Fireside Chat coming our way. Instead there is this austerity lunacy that permeates the Elite’s thinking and their Media blathering, thinking that there’s this some imaginary “balanced approach” which doesn’t include billionaires sharing anything.

Let me share some wise words with you:

These are not just policy failures. They are failures of a broken politics –a politics that rewards self-interest over the common interest and the short-term over the long-term, that puts our government at the service of the powerful. A politics that creates a state-of-the-art system for doling out favors and shuts out the voice of the American people.


We will start by renewing the American Dream for a new era – with the same new hope and new ideas that propelled Franklin Delano Roosevelt towards the New Deal and John F. Kennedy to the New Frontier. We will provide immediate relief to working people who have lost their jobs, families who are in danger of losing their homes, and those who – no matter how hard they work – are seeing prices go up more than their income. We will invest in America again –in world- class public education, in our infrastructure, and in green technology –so that our economy can generate the good, high-paying jobs of the future. We will end the outrage of unaffordable, unavailable health care, protect Social Security, and help Americans save for retirement. And we will harness American ingenuity to free this nation from the tyranny of oil.
Those wise words are from the Democratic Party Platform of 2008; adopted here in my town of Denver, and reneged upon much to their shame, our sorrow, and ultimately the ill of the Country.
It’s a sin, somehow, that that light is changing to shadow.


On the turning away
From the pale and downtrodden
And the words they say
Which we won’t understand
Don’t accept that what’s happening
Is just a case of others’ suffering
Or you’ll find that you’re joining in
The turning away

It’s a sin that somehow
Light is changing to shadow
And casting it’s shroud
Over all we have known

Unaware how the ranks have grown
Driven on by a heart of stone
We could find that we’re all alone
In the dream of the proud

On the wings of the night
As the daytime is stirring
Where the speechless unite
In a silent accord

Using words you will find are strange
And mesmerized as they light the flame
Feel the new wind of change
On the wings of the night

No more turning away
From the weak and the weary
No more turning away
From the coldness inside

Just a world that we all must share
It’s not enough just to stand and stare
Is it only a dream that there’ll be
No more turning away

Kelly Canfield

Kelly Canfield