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WORDS AND ACTIONS SUPERHEROS!


Words and actions!  For the most part we use words and actions to come to conclusions about  politicians and their fitness for the offices that they aspire to.  For me, what they say and what they do fully defines them.

I fully understand that for a large portion of the electorate, the only thing that matters is their candidate’s party affiliation.  But what about those of us who actually make an effort to evaluate a candidate before deciding whether or not to cast our votes for or against?  We look at words and actions.

I will admit that there are times when I stare at my television or computer screen and shake my head in total disgust.  Some of the thoughts uttered by candidates for office are so incredibly offensive that I can’t help but wonder if anyone is really that ignorant.  Yes, ignorant.  I thought that sounded better than “stupid”.   “Stupid” is such a combative term.  “Ignorant” just seems a little tamer to me. 

Today’s Words and Action SuperHero is Rand Paul, currently running for the Senate in Kentucky.  Let me try to set the scene for you.  BP  (British Petroleum) is one of the oil industry’s major players.  About 6 months ago, a horrific explosion on  their Deep Water Horizon oil rig off the coast of Louisiana cost eleven men their lives.  The ensuing oil leak poured  thousands of gallons of oil into the gulf daily for months.  The devastation to the marine environment may never be measured fully.  It may be impossible to measure the devastation to the individuals who make their living in gulf-related industries.  Suffice it to say, it was our countries worst ecological disasters and a major economic disaster.

 

Simply stated, the disaster was caused by deliberate, calculated actions of  British Petroleum.   BP operatives from the top of the corporate ladder on down ignored attempted governmental regulation of their day-to-day operations.  Their actions caused death and destruction on a grand scale.

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill From Space

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

 

Obama Administration decided that it was time to make BP pay for their lack of regard for the safety of its workers and the environment surrounding their oil well.  Only time will tell if BP’s actions can be proven to be criminal.  (Republicans blocked the ability of the administration to effectively investigate this issue).   The Obama Administration took actions to hold BP accountable for their actions.  The damage done by BP was horrendous.  The response from the Administration was completely justified.   Enter Rand Paul.  What does Rand think about the government seeking to make BP pay for their actions?

“What I don’t like from the president’s administration is this sort of, ‘I’ll put my boot heel on the throat of BP,'” Paul said in an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “I think that sounds really un-American in his criticism of business.”

Message to Rand Paul: This wasn’t just an accident, it was a calculated business decision designed to pump more profit out of their well.  Evidently you believe that holding business accountable for business decisions that destroy lives, livelihoods, and the environment is “Un American”.  In other words, the rights of the corporation supersede the rights of individuals that their actions impact negatively.  Individual rights are diminished by the rights of the corporate world.  Really?  Is that what you wanted to say?

Rand Paul, your words define you.  You are now officially a “Words and Actions Superhero”.   There will be more members of your club added in the future.

Comments Always Welcome!

 

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2 Responses to “WORDS AND ACTIONS SUPERHEROS!”

  1. How was BP allowed to ignore attempted governmental regulation? Did the govt. really seek to regulate them? Why weren’t they effective? I know Libertarians that would say it’s because the government’s interest is in doing whatever profits them most. Did BP buy them off?

    • I am not one to jump on the Libertarian point of view that the government of the country is completely corrupt. However, there are certainly plenty of instances of behavior by elected officials that indicate corruption. The Nixon administration in the early 70’s is a glaring example. All indications are that the regulators laid down the requirments to make deep water drilling sites more safe, BP smiled and ignored them. In this instance, regulations were in place, and enforcement of the regulations was lacking. The Republican party squashed efforts to get to the bottom of the problem. Their just say “no” to everything has hindered legitimate investagation into the problem.


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