Welcome to the home of the Pirate! My name is Ed. I wrote the song and played the pirate character in the video. Although I wish the credit for the great vocal performance was mine, that belongs to Nick Nicholson, currently of Phoenix, Arizona. For more info on Nick, check out the link on our “Friends of the Pirate Page”.

Wake up America - We're being screwed!

A few years ago I heard a story about a regular guy who, through no fault of his own, kept losing jobs due to outsourcing and insourcing. That story is what prompted me to write “I Wanna Be A Pirate”. This man's factory was shut down and the manufacturing was sent to China (probably with the help of your tax dollars). So he went back to school and got an IT degree. Guess what? He lost that job too because there is a visa program that brings folks into this country who will generally work for less than Americans. That's what it's like to be an American worker today! While all our politicians are talking about creating jobs, behind your back they have voted to pass trade agreements that end up sending your jobs to China, India, Mexico, anywhere cheap labor can be found. This started under President Reagan, but really took off under the Clinton and Bush administrations. That's right – no one party is to blame. Mark Bello, an attorney I met online, reminds me that, while many Americans are losing their jobs, many more Americans are being damaged from tainted products being imported from China, etc. So we lose our jobs and are then rewarded with cheap, dangerous products.

It costs a lot of money to run for re-election. Did you know a good part of your elected officials time is spent trying to raise money for this very thing? Where do you think they get that money? They get it primarily from lobbyists who represent special interests. So while your elected official is telling you how much he or she cares about your issues, they are really doing whatever special interests tell them to do. Our hope for America's future is being destroyed because our politicians are for sale to the highest bidder.

We are now engaged in a never ending war against “terrorism”. I don't have enough room to list all of the defense contractors and subcontractors that have and will continue to make fortunes while our young men and women are killed, maimed, and psychologically scarred forever.

After our first “energy crisis” in the 70's we created an Energy Department. After more than 30 years, we are more dependent on foreign oil than ever. Sounds to me like big oil is giving a lot of campaign contributions.

While we are fighting amongst each other over racial or ethnic issues, who can marry who, the pledge of allegiance etc. our entire way of life is being destroyed. We need to stop fighting each other and start fighting back. If you have not read 1984, you should do so.

In conclusion, I want to say that I belong to no political party. If such a thing existed as an anti-incumbent party, I guess that's where I would belong. In a nutshell, I would like to see: 1)public financing of campaigns – we need to keep special interest money away from politicians, 2)term limits-12 years total service max, 3)no earmarks-period, 4)a real energy policy with a goal of total energy independence that offers incentives, not penalties, 5)real Wall Street reform, 6)stop and reverse the outsourcing of jobs, 7)real and permanent health care reform. All of this should be done in the light of day. No more backroom deals. As you know, it's my opinion that the special interest groups pretty much tell our politicians when to jump and how high. It's vital that we somehow get their attention and drill it into them that their job is to work for us! How to accomplish this seemingly insurmountable task? We need to get involved, stay involved and, come every election, if they don't listen to us, we'll just have to make them walk the plank!