Saturday, May 29, 2010

BP Spill

As we all wait to hear something, anything that might even resemble good news about this blow out under the ocean in the Gulf of Mexico, a few things come to mind.
One, is that my heart goes out to those that live along the gulf that are affected by this the most. They're still dealing with Katrina, now another blow. No one deserves that and I can only hope that they get all the help they need from now till whenever.

On the other side of the coin, there is BP. Companies like BP are the enemy of what we all say we believe in most, even above the so-called "free market": Democracy. They are ultimately responsible for this. And other than the most cynical apologists for them (idiots like Rush Limbo) everyone wants to make sure that all the facts come to light and that those responsible are held to account.

My immediate worry is that we've come to the point where BP and others hold so much power over those that are supposed to uphold democracy (both here and in other countries) that they will never truly been held into account. Why should we believe that this will happen in this instance? It never happened to Exxon after ruining lives and fouling an entire ecosystem in Alaska.
So long as there are just a handful of people running a couple companies that control so much wealth, power and resources, democracy is in danger.

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