My senior year in high school (no, I will not tell you) I won the Veterans Affairs Voice of Democracy speechwriting competition for the central section of California. When I think back to the soaring prose and metaphors I used to describe how I felt about the land of my birth in those days, I can almost hear the mortars and gunfire on the beaches of Normandy, juxtaposed with the granite faces of El Capitan and Half Dome. In those days, veterans ate that sort of naïveté up. The horror of the treatment of Korean War and Viet Nam War veterans had yet to fully sink in to the brains and nervous systems of the veterans of “the Good War.” Now that the handiwork of Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld have hit home for the veterans of the Gulf War, I don’t think we need to be shrieking our disappointment at the veterans coming home from Afghanistan; we need to be preventing our children from volunteering for the slaughter in the first place.
You see it was not the alleged incidents of spitting on returning Viet Nam veterans by Californian peri-adults, nor the warnings by commanding officers to vets heading stateside to “remove your uniform,” that represented the real threats to veterans of the US military. The military-industrial complexes’ desire to hide the evidence of its misdeeds coupled with its burning desire to avoid taking responsibility for the consequences of its actions represents the real and grave danger to America’s citizens in uniform.
I bring this point to the floor not because it will motivate you to vote or not vote this Tuesday. I mention the love affair America’s elites have had with fascism (corporate power coupled with governmental authority) because it is the real arch-enemy of every sentient being walking the planet at this very moment. It is not just the willing defenders of “freedom and democracy” around the world who have been placed in mortal danger, but everything any of us have ever lived for, smiled for or bothered to live another day because of that we are placing at risk by refraining from engaging in a repeat performance of the voter turnout of 2008.
No, the Democrats are not any better at defending their constituents than are the Republicans; they are, however, slower in the uptake and more likely give America’s grass roots more time to secure a suitable response to what the global power structure has had in mind for our country since, at least, the mid 19th century; since, at least, the beginnings of the formation of the nation-state of Israel in the mid-19th century. Since, at least, the return to hegemony of the global banking establishment at the conclusion of the American Civil War we have all been conditioned to believe had to do with a difference of opinion between North and South over the issue of “slavery.”
No one who presently works in or around a large corporation in 2010 can seriously, consciously believe “America the Beautiful” gives a tinker’s damn about anyone’s freedom much less whether that freedom is morally dispensed. More likely the divide between North and South had to do with the South’s willingness to accept Feudalism as a mode of operation while the Northern establishment remembered all-too-well what had happened when the British East-India Company had the Colonies in its talons. It was a social fissure that the global banking establishment, also known as the House of Rothschild, wanted to exploit for the purpose of furthering its plans for global enslavement.
The ugly truth of so-called “capitalism” is that it does not work as an economic system. G’head. Go back to that Junior Chamber of Commerce project you did as a naïve child and rather than paying yourself zero dollars for your time and effort setting up your “little business,” pay yourself and your employees a “living wage” and see how successfully your little project turns out.
Without significant subsidies on the part of government and/or labor, capitalism is simply a rehashing of the Feudalism from which it was spawned. Capitalism IS Feudalism in disguise and Feudalism is all about “earning your keep.” Those who become too old to remain gainfully employed or who begin a “search for truth” at an inconvenient time, are deemed to be unable to “earn their keep,” are left outside the castle’s walls and battlements, and become the perennial victims of evil knights, disease and the elements of nature we thought we had become civilized to ameliorate.
“Earning your keep,” was the reason why America became, “like a dream,” to working people all around the world. Here, in America, surrounded by the twin motes of the Atlantic and Pacific, a person who felt a need, as most of us do, to give something back to a world that is worthy of their efforts, could feel fulfilled and motivated to do so. Most people who live and work under the auspices of the global banking establishment do so because they are forced to do so under a real and significant threat to their lives. Not so in the America that Jefferson and the Founding Fathers had envisioned and begun to build. Here, sir, the People govern.
Not anymore. Get over it. Accept it. Move beyond the limitations of perception and ego and dare to live that original dream.
Vote for Greens and Democrats on Tuesday. America the Dutiful will work on how to deal with all the moral lepers once the awareness of a national nervous breakdown, punctuated by Jon Stewart’s closing remarks this past Saturday, begins to sink in to foment the catalyzing event that needs to transpire to undo the damage done by the feudal fascists on September 11, 2001.
Nonsense. Voting in a rigged system provides the illusion that the game is still on, that the plan has not been preempted.
There is no way, statistically, that the Republicans should be winning anything given the difference in sheer numbers between Jon Stewart’s rally and Glenn Beck’s. This fact cannot be driven home if freedom-loving people stay home.
We vote not for a dream, but as a strategy to preserve the dream. The dream is alive and well and living in Sweden, Denmark, France and, soon, Greece. People will take to the streets and rid this world of the Tyrants.
If we allow the US to fall, we cede power to the elites and with it our right to live and work in a clean and healthy environment to ends that serve our vision of a global humanity of compassion and mercy.
voting in a sham system is unethical
Because one person, or even a baker’s dozen, says that voting in a “sham system” is unethical does not maked it so.
The ethics are situational and we have not been in control of the situation from the get-go. The situation has been structured to stun us into inaction because those who manufactured it do not have the burden of a moral sense. They are not only thinking, “outside of the box,” they are thinking off a wall none of us have ever bothered to inspect before.
Think of it as a psychopath’s “gum wall.”
Under these kinds of circumstances, an ethical person needs to consider the needs of the many for a civilized society impervious to the onslaught of the mortally antisocial.
We know elections are all about who “counts” the votes. It’s all about the black boxes. Besides, it doesn’t matter. The game is rigged, the winners are pre-ordained. The corrupt politician with the most corporate money wins. To believe otherwise is wishful thinking.
Jon Stewart’s rally was embarrassing and maddening to anyone that knows that a fascist coup has occurred in this country. For comedians to tell Americans to chill, sit down and shut up and play nice should make any real activist livid with anger. It does me.
We should probably stick to the topic at hand.
I know it’s wayyyyy past time to expect that voting will *really* fix our problem. However, we can use the farce and its clandestine intent against those who have made it a farce in the first place.
I’m not suggesting we vote and then walk away; I’m suggesting we vote to stall and then organize.
But I’m easy. I know that once the fascists have us by throat, as they did with the Weimar Republic of old, the natives will become *really* restless.
I just wish there was a better way than to wait for random violence to start killing people in droves before we get organized. It is the leadership class that needs to hurt. It has been their mistakes that brought us to this point.
I appreciate and return respect.
Many are bankrupt and cannot afford it.
Side commentary tends to break down into these snits that don’t really add any value to the conversation.
What did you mean about my disrespect towards you, personally? I don’t see it or recall it. If you took something I said in that way, I apologize in advance.
Calling someone, “monkeyboy,” is demeaning and childish.
I am very sorry, I had to stop reading the article when it said the “the International House of Rothschild”. Fuck your anti-semitic, Jews rule the world in secrest horseshit. Try harder next time to NOT let this drivel slurp over your bib.
Since when do the Rothschild’s represent all Jews, or all semitic Jews?
The Rothschild’s do run the world in relative secrecy. If it weren’t for their shenanigans, the world would be a more peaceful place.
Truth is what it is. It is beyond belief. Even the beliefs that suggest that no goy dare utter an unflattering word in any direction where a Jew might choose to stand, sit or kneel. That’s baloney. It’s antisemitic to even think that way. Hell, it’s antisemitic for zionists to treat the Palestinians as they have since the late 19th century. Very literally.
And, as much as one’s brainwashing might protest, there is a difference between a zionist and a Jew.
cindercreep is not welcome on this site, so I’ve removed his comments.
Pretty ironic that he comes whining back to the very sites that he disses. guess he has no readers for his bigoted, misognynist, anti-Semitic ideas so has to come slithering back whining to the very people he hates.
awww, feel bad for you, old man. go back to the rock you crawled out from under.
methinks this democracy was murdered by the banksters nigh a century ago, but certainly by the CIA in the 1960s when the People’s Choice was taken out four times.
a little comic levity
The puppy muttering in katakana was priceless.
“I’m affraid I have intimidated Flakstopper. I didn’t think he would leave on account of it”
You didn’t intimidate me, you creep. You had the stupidity to defame my family, and I quit the group in rage. You don’t know me and you don’t know my name. One day you will be introduced to someone and it will be your bad luck that it will be me, and you will wake up without your teeth. You certainly haven’t intimidated me. Your luck is not that good.