|Words by F LoBuono|
FULK SMASH!!!!!! FULK RAGE!!!!!! Where is the public outrage? What is happening in Arkansas is completely unacceptable. A PRIVATE company is dictating to the Government, to THE PEOPLE, the way this situation is to be handled, how it is to be presented, and therefore, how it is to be PERCEIVED! They are accomplishing this by controlling the flow of information and restricting free, unfettered access by The Press. The Freedom of The Press is such an important element in a democratic society that it is included in our Constitution by the addition of the 1st Amendment. So, the question is, why is this being allowed to happen?
This is an issue that, to me, should transcend politics. Every American should support a Free Press. It is essential to a free society. But, unfortunately, this IS political. It goes to the core of what we believe in and how we want our Country to move forward. Exxon is the darling of the Conservative Core of the GOP. They contribute tens of million of dollars to Republican candidates and causes. The Oil Industry is the backbone of the GOP power base. Do the Kochs' come to mind? It butters their bread. THIS is why the Conservative GOP will do everything in its power to prevent the passage of even reasonable Environmental Restrictions on business - ones that may help to prevent "accidents" like the one that is currently unfolding in Arkansas!! The GOP will claim that ANY restrictions on the Oil Industry is bad for the economy and, therefore, bad for America. Well, how good is what's happening in Arkansas?! This is the price we pay for GREED. And that's all it is, GREED - the worst of human nature.
So, I ask again, where is the outrage - especially from those so-called "Constitutionalists" who hide behind the Constitution and the 2nd Amendment during our current debate on gun control? This is an insidious move to restrict YOUR freedom, too. This is BIG BUSINESS flaunting the Constitution. Exxon is looking you in the eye and saying, there is no need for you to know more. WE will tell you everything that We need you to know. And you will accept that??
Well, I, for one, will not. Not now. Not ever. Perhaps, it's the New Yawka in me, but I'll never accept we'll tell you what we need you to know. Perhaps, because I'm a child of the Vietnam War era, I have a healthy mistrust of those who would tell me how to think. I made a statement years ago concerning the Exxon/Mobil Corporation; from the day I learned about how badly they handled the Valdez Oil Spill off the coast of Alaska, I never purchased fuel from them again. Not once. It's a small statement, but it's MY statement. I believe that the only thing they understand is money - the profit and loss of it. Well, it's time for them to understand this: you won't be getting any of mine. It's time to unleash The Fulk. FULK SMASH!!!!!!!!!!!!! FULK RAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't be afraid to unchain your inner beast- Righteous Rage can be a good thing.