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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Big Money Equals Power Equals Corruption

I can only surmise how it must feel to subscribe heart and soul to a political world view which can only come into power by spending massive amounts of money and blanketing the media as the Nazi fascists did -- not so long ago.  Heaven only knows the arch-conservative philosophical stance cannot win through an appeal to intelligence.  It has long been said, that it is not necessary to be what Aldous Huxley, in his remarkable novel, Brave New World, termed Delta Minus's, (low scorers of IQ, i.e. janitors, etc.) in order to be conservative; but, interestingly, those with less than moderate IQ tend to be conservative.

Generally speaking, as we have seen in past presidential elections, Americans are liberal leaning toward progressive. You may argue, yes, but what about Bush/Cheney?  The reality we must all face, is that the Supreme Court of the land interfered illegally in that election, (the Constitution provides only for the electorate, and the Electoral College to decide elections.)  But Unconstitutional partisanship ruled the Supreme Court then -- as it does now.

If the GOP were an honest and upstanding political party, Gore would have been president.  Bush/Cheney would have been out with the bums where they belonged.  And more than a million of the Iraqi people's lives would have been spared; which the Bush/Cheney administration termed mere Collateral Damage.  But the moneyed interests, largely oil, pushed hard behind Bush and won.

Thus did our soldiers murder whole families, innocent families, by the way, remember Falujah, where the soldiers went from house to house killing everyone in the house; Fathers, mothers, sisters, grandmothers, and children.  And the American people -- still reeling from 9/11, said nothing.  Like sheep set out for tigers' meals they kept largely silent simply noting what little truth was made available to them.  And what lies were told to the American people by way of the Main Stream Media, were legion, and appalling, were also told to the Congress.

Remember that Bush/Cheney allowed no dead soldiers to be photographed!  Journalists were forbidden to photograph those flag draped coffins.  Instead, Bush said to America:

"Go shopping," he said.

The Republican Party is the party of ultimate wealth.

And whose only function is to serve the rich!  Especially those who don't like to pay taxes, just as everybody must pay taxes.  But they want you to pay taxes -- while they luxuriate tax-free on their yachts.

To subscribe to them is to proudly proclaim that your values are corrupt.

The Republicans may criticize Democrats, but they have nothing to offer We, the People.  As I noted above, the entire pupose of the Republican Party is to serve the few, the American oligarchy.  Said oligarchy was exactly what the founders of this country feared might come into being; and now it has.  And now they don't want you to know their true motive, so they muddy the waters with threats of lawsuit of  President Obama, and with Mitch McConnell's threat to shut down government again.

No wonder they need to spend so much money on elections.

Nothing the conservative can do or say can be of benefit to the American people.

Here in Oregon we have outvoted wealth and the spending of hundreds of millions of dollars, and we have elected whom we wanted.  The super rich fear us, more than any other.  They fear our intelligence, education, and our independence of spirit.

Let's do it again!





Monday, April 28, 2014

The Oligarch's War on We, the People




As I discussed briefly in the previous essay, various government agencies, especially the secret agencies, The FBI, CIA, NSA, and who knows what other secretive agencies, are engaged in war against the American people.  It's easily shown that all three branches of the Federal Government as defined in the U.S. Constitution, are aligned against us: from the Supreme Court; The Congress, and the Executive branch. They all share one common trait.  As of the McCutcheon decision recently, the Supreme Court has now demonstrated that the Robert's Gang of Five is aligned against the people and for the monied.  This might not be as dreadful a blow to democracy in America as it is if we had the other two branches working for us.

But we don't!

You may have noticed that the Congress passes any bill that is supporting the Corporations, and they pass them in both houses of Congress in a matter of days, sometimes of hours.  But anything that the American people want, that for some reason despite the constant assurances that Congress is on our side, for some reason or other it just doesn't seem to happen.

So sorry, say the polititians.  I wish there was something we could do but our hands are just so tied.  You know how broken Washington is.  And well, this is just one of those things which shows how bad things are, don'chyaknow?

So these are some things which begin to percolate as I am watching the documentary on Gene Sharp's work on How To Start A (non-violent) Revolution!  It has already worked for several dozen countries.  It even worked in Egypt.  Trouble was that after the downfall of Hosni Mubarek, and the successful democratic election of Morsi, the people thought it was all over and they could safely go home.  But they did not see that the military was waiting for their chance to fuck things up!  And so now, even though the revolution non-violent, Egypt still has a tyrant government in the form of the Military Generals.  First the generals questioned the results of the election.  Then sensing that Morsi's government being new, was weak they marched in and arrested Morsi and simply took over whether anybody liked it or not!

So there goes the carefully worked out theories of Isaah Berlin at Cambridge University.  Berlin delivered some years ago, a lecture in which he said that violent revolution always produces a brutal dictatorship, the very opposite of it's original intention.  Egypt is therefore an important development in the evolution of political dissent and revolution by the oppressed peoples of the world.  One must be wary of the stupids!

The Blockheads!

The Military!



(To be continued.)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Secret Agencies A Danger To America




I have long suspected that the FBI is not a friendly agency for America but that thought really came home when I read that the entire campaign of systematic police brutality in dealing with the Occupy Movement was worked out as a result of a meeting between the FBI and Wall Street Banksters.  It seems the Security agency and the monied interests had a single vision when they sat down together to work out a strategy of suppression.  Suddenly it all made perfect sense.  Of course.  The FBI and the CIA and the NSA -- all the secret agencies supposedly working on behalf of the American People.  The 99%. All of us Americans who have a political view of government. A view which does not see eye to eye with Big Brother.

The trouble is that these secret agencies which we can see are spinning out of control,  at the end of the day, we find they don't work for us, the American people.

They work for the traitors.  

The Anti-Americans.

The plutocrats and oligarchs.

That would be the Koch Brothers, the Sheldon Adelsons,  Karl Icahn,  Jeffrey Immeult, CEO of General Electric and protege of Jack Welsch, Capitalism's most monstrous creation; Lockheed-Martin, Halliburton, Nestle, Coke, Jaime Dimon of JP Morgan Chase, Citibank, Bank of America, Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan,.. you get the picture.  And that is merely the short list of persons and corporations dangerous to America.  And the list would not be complete without the Department of Homeland Security which at last count employed more than 250,000 people.  And last but by no means least, The Supreme Court's very own John Roberts' Gang of Five; all five of those justices need to be removed from office. Scalia is simply a scoundrel;  Clarence Ding Dong Thomas is a liar, not very bright and a follower of Scalia, and Alito who felt the president has unlimited power until Obama got into office.  Then Alito felt the president should have no power at all.  Roberts himself an obviously abused little boy trying to be good and conservative at the same time.  And the conservative swing voter, Kennedy.

And not only much of the corrupt judiciary, but the Executive Branch as well. Not to forget the Military. The Pentagon.  Not all of these are secret agencies, granted, but all of them are ready to violate the US Constitution at a moments notice.  Especially --  the above are ready to eliminate your civil rights with the greatest of alacrity. 
  
Why?

Good question.

The only thing which comes up is:  the rich, the billionaires have all the money.  And have bought out the Senators and House of Representatives.  Obnoxious as it seems, it does explain in every way why the Democrats are so wimpy about real issues.  Why they will never stand up to Wall Street.  Or the Republican Party.

I wouldn't really care if they all were at war with each other.

But they are not.

They are are united in their War on the 99%.  



Saturday, March 22, 2014

Colin Powell's Party





Colin Powell's candid statement exposing the blatant racism of the Republican party is a bold step forward. Bravo, sir!  Referring to the president as "shuckin' and jivin'" is indeed deeply and perversely racist.  As Powell points out the term is a holdover from the heinous days of slavery.  The slavery economy, the time when an entire country's system was based on white men making money selling other men into so abject a condition that they were valued not as men at all, but as lower than a horse.  A dog had more freedom.

This alone, makes me ashamed of my American background.  I am glad to see that my people arrived in this country from Ireland some time after the Civil War.

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Powell is correct.  Racism is indeed, despicable.  And yet while he criticizes the GOP, there is nothing in him which would reject Republicanism.  He cites the fact that his father and grandfather were Republicans.  

So what?

I grew up with a grandmother who hated FDR so badly that one could not bring up the name in her presence without it being noted that you were asking for trouble.  My mother voted for Reagan.  I had a very difficult time forgiving her for that.  Wouldn't even speak to her for several years. 

Not until she lay dying.  

If I could overcome all of that sort of Republicanism then surely Colin Powell, who has achieved so much more in this world than I.  I am a zero.  Powell is a giant.  So what is stopping him from doing the right thing. Namely, walk away from the Republican party.  It isn't what you think it is.  The GOP is now the cradle of more corruption than Powell can imagine.  Dishonorable men, altogether.  Liars, frauds, war mongers and mediocrities.  And proud of it!

Just as I overcame the Roman Catholic Church's indoctrination.  Granted, I still love a great cathedral.  I just don't buy the doctrines, dogma and all the rest of the crap from the Roman Church.  The Inquisition was reason enough for the Church to cease its existence and if it were in any way a decent religion it would have recognized its gross error and walked away from all spiritual claims.  In my view, the Roman Church has just a little too much compassion for itself.    

And as for Republicanism:  Well, let me simply say to Colin Powell, this:: 

"When you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas."



  

Saturday, March 8, 2014

From Decadence to Dust




Recent readings confirm for me --- as if it needed saying yet again, --- that a civilization in which each person works only for him or her self, with no regard for the common good, is headed in one and only one direction:

Decadence unto Death.

So much for the culture of selfishness and greed.

The great American architect Frank Lloyd Wright put it best.  Wright's observation went like this:

America is the only country in recorded history to go from primitive to decadent with no discernible intervening culture.

So where did we go wrong?

Well, here is a nice little word for you:  COMPASSION.  Chew on that one for a while.  Take your time.  Chew thoroughly.

Compassion is the only mode or path by which a civilization may survive.

I am not talking about Compassion as a nice little extra which may or may not enter the fabric of culture according to the whim of the individual.  Quite the contrary.  Without compassion as the outstanding characteristic of any given culture, it will fail sooner rather than later.  Such a culture does not have a chance.
History is filled with fallen civilizations. Indeed lost civilizations are more the rule than not. Even the longest lasting and highest achieving civilizations such as Egypt, China, and India, which recorded history for 4,000 years each, eventually fell to decadence.  And from decadence to dust.

And those are just the civilizations which lasted long enough to be recorded or to leave behind a record of their passing.  It seems the only destination of any human civilization.

If you want to make war, or exploit a people, go right ahead but keep in mind that you will ultimately fail.  Or if you don't fail you will lead your tribe into failure.  It is written in the DNA of Selfishness and Greed.

Medieval Christianity was correct in naming GREED as one of the 7 DEADLY SINS.

Rome, and Byzantium had their heyday and then got mired in excess.  Greed, Gluttony, Slavery, led them into decadence.  In fact, those are a few of the very qualities of decadence.

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Milton Friedman was one of the most influential economists of the latter 20th Century.  Friedman came out of the Chicago School of Economics, at the University of Chicago, when the department was headed by one Friedrich von Hayek, who, himself, came out of the so-called Austrian School.  Friedman was so important an economist, hawking as he did, Capitalism with a big C.

One of Donahue's questions had to do with Greed.  Friedman came back quick and asked Donahue "Do you know anybody who isn't greedy, Phil?"  And when Donahue had no quick and easy answer,  Friedman followed it up with this:  "Of course you don't. Greed is a universal human trait. And everybody has it." Friedman touted greed as if it were a virtue to be cultivated.  

But history has posted its warning over and over again.  Now America must choose which path it wants to take.  The naked greed of Wall Street and the oppression from the Fascism which comes naturally from all the wealth being held by 1% of 1% of the population.  And really the proportion is considerably smaller.

Or shall we rise up as a people, nobly and with honor.  And say with Thom Hartmann, you may have One Billion Dollars BUT, you may not have more than One Billion Dollars.  Period.


Friday, February 7, 2014

NSA, Fascism, and Right Wing Media




What is most disturbing about the National Security Agency revelations which we have as a result of Edward Snowden's heroic stance as a whistleblower,  is the fact that the people of America just don't seem to give a damn.  They seem to be living in fear of another 9/11 terrorist attack.  They have been groomed by high priced Public Relations (PR) firms and ad agencies.  What those tools of conservative thought did not do the think tanks and right wing media did.  If you should mention the gravity of the situation, say at a wine and cheese neighborhood get-together, such as in my neighborhood, you will see people suddenly look over your shoulder and excuse themselves the better to greet a long lost friend.    

But here's the point:  all of the evidence gathered from the WTC ruins point to a false flag inside job.  And when anybody of importance steps forward to point this out publicly, all of the mainstream media suddenly pile on him to try to make him or her look like a nutcase.  


So the real conspiracy is right there in plain sight:  Why does media persist in trying to make anybody who steps up with hard evidence look trivial, ridiculous or worse, insane?  Traitorous, even!  

I can think, offhand, of some very good reasons.  They are reasons nobody even in liberal media wants to spell out, though the evidence points overwhelmingly in one direction. Namely, that since the right wing media (and it is all or 98% of it, right wing media.  This bullshit fable of Liberal Media, while once true, is now a myth used by Right Wingers to fight off charges of treason.  

Very quietly, first Reagan, then GHW Bush, and then GW Bush castrated the FCC.  George W Bush placed Colin Powell's son as its Chairman; of which there is no more loyal Right Wing extremist!) So the Right Wing marched in and said all media can be owned by whoever wants to buy it.  Whereas originally, one could only own one or two sources of media in a single community, now you can own it all.  

But not so fast!  

The Right Wingers snapped it all up during that window known as the Bush administration.  And that is why Warren Buffet famously has said that "...America is definitely engaged in class warfare..." 

And his side is winning.  

Actually, the one percent has already won! 

And all of the owners and publishers of media, The Suits, are members of the Tribe of Righties.  They know all about the who, what, why, and where, in fact, responsibility for 9/11 and more, much more, lies. 

But they are keeping mum.  

For at least the next 50 years.  

You know how it goes.  Now, after more than fifty years some real information is leaking out about the JF Kennedy and Robert Kennedy assassinations, as well as the death of Lee Harvey Oswald, and Jack Ruby, not to mention Sirhan Sirhan, and even the CIA agents who were photographed at each of those assassinations.  It is also true that such information can be found on the Internet.  Now do you begin to understand why Comcast, and Verizon and any of the large corporations are so hell bent on acquiring the exclusive ownership of the Internet?  

Today, all American based multinational corporations are Fascistic in their corporate culture.  Big Agra, Big Pharma, Big Oil, Coal, and so on.  All of them are anti-American liars!  Oh, yes, Fox News!  Populated entirely by LIARS!  I will talk more about Fox's disposition toward lying outright, bald faced lying.  And makes no bones about it!  They lie the way you drink coffee in the morning.  Of course, they are owned by one Rupert Murdoch, who, although one of the worst criminals in the world, is still strolling the boulevards and most likely will never be brought to trial.  Rupert Murdoch has powerful protectors in Congress.  

Newt Gingrich is one of Rupert Murdoch's most ardent protectors.

After observing the scene for many years I can only conclude that the entire right wing conservative movement is nothing more than a collection of pirates, liars, murderers and traitors.


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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Koch Brothers Exposed




Thanks to LINK TV I finally have gotten to watch the Koch Brothers Exposed documentary.  And it is now understandable as to why they wanted it blocked on PBS.

These are very bad people.

Their father made his money in Russia in the 30's with the help of Stalin.  So to start with, the Kochs are
anti-America.  It is fair to say that everything that is wrong with America right now, all the negative reports about Obamacare, all the climate denier reports, the fracking, is the result of  deliberate campaigning by the think tanks formed by the traitorous brothers.  Everything you have heard about the buying and selling of the United States Congress, your senator and representative --- and mine ---  is all due to the heinous activity of the Koch brothers.  And they have not stopped at the Congress, the 2 now entertain the radical conservative elements of the Supreme Court.

Parasites.

Hanging is too good for them.