This is the time of year when corporate media “journalists” present their year-in-review programs, which enable them to look back on all the events they distorted, the narratives they concocted, the propaganda they catapulted, the whistleblowers they smeared, and the 4,758 “interviews” they conducted with Leslie Graham and John McCain. They love doing those programs, because they can finish off any barely breathing facts that managed to survive until December somehow, and reassure the Lie Creators who sign their paychecks that they can be counted on to do it all over again next year.

I could try to counter all of that distorting and concocting and catapulting by providing a summary of what really happened this past year, but I think it would be more productive if we all simply heed the advice of Satchel Paige . . .

Don’t look back, something might be gaining on you.

There are tidal waves of trouble gaining on us . . .

Like warrantless wiretapping 

Like media consolidation 

Like 300 million guns 

Like global warming 

Like global poverty 

If this is the moral arc of the universe bending towards justice, I’d hate to see what bending away from it looks like.

Well. No one said it would be easy. And it’s not.

Contacting the politicians in their Beltway offices certainly isn’t . . .

Hello?
Is there anybody in there?
Just nod if you can hear me.
Is there anyone home?

Sometimes they reply. It goes like this . . .

Come on, now,
I hear you’re feeling down.
Well I can ease your pain,
And get you on your feet again.
Relax. I need some information first.
Just the basic facts,
Can you show me where it hurts?

Yeah. We can show you where it hurts. We’ve been showing you where it hurts for fifty years. So Dr. Nixon gave us a prescription, Dr. Ford gave us a prescription, Dr. Carter and Dr. Reagan and Dr. Bush gave us a prescription, Dr. Clinton and that other Dr. Bush and Dr. Obama gave us a prescription, but all those prescriptions did was make us sicker.

What good does it do to analyze politics here? Politics can’t cure this sick country because politics has become nothing but a painkiller. It has no effect on the causes of the sickness, all it does is deaden the pain. For awhile. And then the pain returns with a vengeance.

Can’t we just throw the pills away, Firedoglake writers?  There are already too many Netroots website pill gulpers addicted to them. If you’re bound and determined to keep gulping pills, you can go to Daily Addictions, or Talking Addictions Memo, or Huffington Addictions, or any of the thousands of smaller pill pushing pharmacies available to you. Take your pick, it doesn’t matter, they’re all receding from reality like distant ship smoke on the horizon . . .

Politics isn’t the cure for all that’s wrong with this country, it’s the cause of most of it.   When are we finally going to understand that?    When the polar ice caps are gone?  When superstorms hit us once a week?  When resource wars ignite and escalate and the horrific death toll makes World War II look like a minor disagreement?

All of that is coming our way unless we start redeeming ourselves and our world through the sanctity of civil disobedience.   Moral courage and solidarity will cure us, addiction will destroy us.

Don’t write about painkillers, write about cures.