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We’ll Take a Cup of Kindness Yet

12:06 pm in Uncategorized by Rusty1776

photo: pjguyton2002 via Flickr

Too many New Year’s Eves will come and go before humanity drinks from that Cup of Kindness Robert Burns spoke of in his classic poem, Auld Lang Syne. When that day comes, it will be because people in this degraded world finally listened to writers, poets, singers and songwriters, who’ve been the conscience of humanity ever since the lies of the first kings ignited the first wars and four thousand years of killing for gold and power began on the ancient battlegrounds of the Middle East.

In Artists of Resistance, Howard Zinn emphasizes the critical importance of artists who communicate universal truths through poetry, music, and literature. They have always spoken truth to power, their voices are needed now more than ever, as shock doctrine capitalism intensifies and humanity itself is targeted for destruction. If we keep retreating, if we keep surrendering without a fight because fighting back might offend the criminals who are beating the hell out of us, all that is human within us will die, it will be gone forever, and the nightmare world of 1984 will become reality.

George Orwell . . .

Never again will you be capable of ordinary human feeling. Everything will be dead inside you. Never again will you be capable of love, or friendship, or joy of living, or laughter, or curiosity, or courage, or integrity. You will be hollow. We shall squeeze you empty and then we shall fill you with ourselves.

A corporate final solution on a global scale. The ultimate holocaust.

Chris Hedges . . .

We have been gradually disempowered by a corporate state that, as Huxley foresaw, seduced and manipulated us through sensual gratification, cheap mass-produced goods, boundless credit, political theater and amusement. While we were entertained, the regulations that once kept predatory corporate power in check were dismantled, the laws that once protected us were rewritten, and we were impoverished. Now that credit is drying up, good jobs for the working class are gone forever and mass-produced goods are unaffordable, we find ourselves transported from Brave New World to 1984. The state, crippled by massive deficits, endless war, and corporate malfeasance, is sliding towards bankruptcy. We are moving from a society where we are skillfully manipulated by lies and illusions to one where we are overtly controlled.

Too many people still believe the lies, too many are afraid to speak out, too many are still clinging to the illusion that what’s happened so many times before can’t happen here. Well it is happening here, and as it escalates, too many people will just accept it, they won’t resist and will turn their backs on those who do.

Resistance is a long, hard road to travel, but many men and women have traveled it before. Every mile of it. We won’t be on our own, we won’t have to find our way through the darkness alone, they’ve shown us the way . . . Read the rest of this entry →

Bonfire of the Insanities

3:09 pm in Uncategorized by Rusty1776

Bobby Kennedy . . .

Whenever we tear at the fabric of life which another man has painfully and clumsily woven for himself and his children.  Whenever we do this, the whole nation is degraded.  Too often, we honor swagger and bluster and the wielders of force, too often, we excuse those who are willing to build their own lives on the shattered dreams of others.

The degradation is far worse now than it was in the last year of Bobby Kennedy’s life.  Those who build their lives and careers on the shattered dreams of others control everything–the corporations, the banks, the media, the House, the Senate, the Supreme Court, and that presidency Obama has turned into a dream shattering ride into a firestorm.

Welcome to Dresden.

Welcome to the slaughterhouse of shattered dreams.

Where the only thing the votes of We the Pigs determine is whether we burn or bleed to death.

This firestorm began like firestorms always begin.  It was ignited by corruption, it was stoked by greed, it was fueled into a nationwide conflagration by propaganda and deceit.  The Bonfire of the Insanities is burning coast to coast, it’s raging at a fever pitch, it’s going to keep raging because the fire trucks are all stuck in that ditch Obama keeps talking about.  He hasn’t pushed any of them out and he’s not going to push any of them out.  His bipartisan bicycle with the flat tires and that hopey changey horn on the handlebars is he only thing he’s pushed out of that ditch.  It’s the only thing he’ll ever push out of that ditch.

Corruption has ignited this inferno, deceit has shifted the blame, there is more treachery ahead of us and malice behind it.  Those who speak to us from that White House that shames us, those who speak to us from that Congress that is no longer ours, those who keep pumping gasoline on the flames tell us we have to tighten our austerity belts while we burn, we have to hand Wall street a trillion dollar tourniquet while we bleed to death, we have to pick ourselves up by our blood-drenched bootstraps.  If we don’t, the Four Horsemen of Socialism/Communism/Atheism and their godless gay legions are going to saddle up, ride into this wasteland that used to America, and ruin everything for everybody.

What a shame that would be.

History is repeating itself.   It tends to do that when the Bonfire of the Insanities gets lit and the lessons of the past are forgotten . . .

Story Time Is Over

2:13 am in Uncategorized by Rusty1776

History is always written by the winners. Native Americans know it, African Americans know it, Palestinians know it, working class people in every country in this world know it, every gay man or woman who has ever lived knows it. Everyone who has ever been beaten into submission by the power of armies, by the power of economic might, by the power of entrenched religion, entrenched conformity, entrenched bigotry, entrenched conservative ideology knows it . . .

History is always written by the winners. When two cultures clash, the loser is obliterated, and the winner writes the history books, books which glorify their own cause and disparage the conquered foe. As Napoleon once said, ‘What is history, but a fable agreed upon?’

And what is Obama’s healthcare reform bill, but a fable agreed upon?

By Reid. By Pelosi. By the Democrats. By the reciters of fables at Daily Kos. Check out the recommended Fable List there and behold all of the happy endings. Hansel and Gretel follow the trail of crumbs to incremental change and everyone lives happily ever after. Snow White ate the Poison Option and fell into a purist coma, but Prince Charming kissed her and she awoke in beautiful Healthcare Reform Land, where everyone, even the Three Bears and Three Little Pigs and Rumpelstiltskin and Pinocchio and most of the Seven Dwarfs got to take a first step towards having affordable health insurance.

That’s one small step for the Three Bears and their friends, one giant leap for the health insurance industry.

Triangulation Base here, the Vulture has landed.

But I digress . . .

It doesn’t matter when you check that place out, they’re always off to see the Wizard. Everyone is dancing down the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City of More and Better Democrats, where Steny the Tin Man will get a heart, Harry the Cowardly Lion will get courage, and Barack the Scarecrow will finally get a fucking brain. Whatever you do, don’t tell them they’re on a Yellow Brick Road to nowhere, the big bad wolves of Kos Communications Inc. will huff and puff and blow your house down, clean slate or not.

Happy endings at Daily Fables are only for the true and faithful believers in Humpty Dumpty. I’m not sure what they’ll do when Humpty falls off that Wall of Centrism, and all of Rahm’s horses and all of Rahm’s men can’t put him back together again, but if their past attitudes are any indication, far left fringe Naderites, Docudharma deadenders, radical Teabagger empowering firedogging firedoggers, Cindy Sheehan worshipping attention whore purists, and instant gratification political neophytes like us will get the blame.

Since those Pied Pipers of two-party system politics like fables so much, they should read The Emperor Has No Clothes, they might learn something.

What is the defense budget, but a fable agreed upon? By the politicians, by the generals, by the profiteers of the Military Industrial Complex. Well, contrary to that fable they tell every day on NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, and FOX, America doesn’t have a defense budget, it has a conquest budget. America doesn’t have news broadcasts, it doesn’t have political debate forums, it doesn’t have investigative journalism.

It has Story Time.

Story Time with Brian Williams, Story Time with Katie Couric, Story Time with Wolf Blitzer, sponsored by America’s wonderful corporations and filled with fables from beginning to end.

What is the official version of 9/11, but a fable agreed upon? What is “free market capitalism”, but a fable agreed upon? What is "American democracy" in the 21st century, but a fable agreed upon?

So dark the con of man . . .

But so bright the light of truth.

If enough people keep it shining, if enough people seek the truth and aren’t afraid to tell it, if enough people turn away from rigid ideology and corporate propaganda and religious dogma, if enough people finally understand that the darkness will consume us all if we don’t shine the light of truth on the dark cons of Wall Street, the dark cons of Washington, the dark cons of the corporate war machine, corporate drug profits machine, corporate oil profits machine, corporate fuck-everyone-and-then-fuck-them-again machine.

Progressives have a bloodline. It reaches back to the ancient Greeks, who founded democracy and were guided by reason. We are their heirs, we are the heirs of Pericles, of Marcus Aurelius, of Voltaire, of Rousseau and Locke and Jefferson. We are the heirs of Roosevelt and Kennedy and McGovern and Wellstone.

We have a code. But it’s not hidden, it’s not complex, there’s no need to decipher it, it clearly proclaims who we are and what we stand for. We the People is our code.

We are the people, we stand for democracy, we are democracy, we are the only reality left in this country. It’s time to turn to the last page, it’s time to close that Book of Fables and toss it into the trash where it belongs. Story Time is over. Reality Time is here. We can overcome the power of armies, the power of economic might, the power of entrenched religion, entrenched conformity, entrenched bigotry, and entrenched conservative ideology because their power is derived from nothing but fables. Expose the fables, expose the false foundation of their power. Keep doing that, keep doing it and their power will crumble.

They have fables.

We have the truth.

So keep telling it. Keep telling it and speaking it and thinking it and breathing it.

(Cross-posted at Docudharma and Wild Wild Left)

A New Language To Describe It

2:33 pm in Uncategorized by Rusty1776

The Founding Fathers gave us democracy. We have the moral responsibility to restore what was given to us, to take back what has been taken away by corrupt politicians of both major parties. There is no longer any doubt that the two-party system has been used to Establish, Maintain, and Expand corporate Tyranny. It has been used to divide and conquer, to prevent We the People from uniting in defense of our rights as citizens.

The false paradigm of We the Left against We the Right must be rejected. Americans must embrace a new ideology of Citizen Empowerment, they must speak a new language of Political, Social, and Economic Activism, they most forge a new movement, a local, state, and nationwide alliance encompassing the values and goals they share in common. They must cast aside the dead language of We the Left and We the Right, for among the victims of corporate Tyranny, there is no We the Left nor We the Right anymore, there is only We the Powerless.

A Declaration

When in the course of outrage after outrage, it becomes necessary for American citizens to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with the Democratic and Republican Parties, and to attain empowerment as We the People, our common respect for the Constitution and the rule of law compels us to declare the causes which impel us to this separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that both major parties are complicit in war crimes, in massive Wall Street fraud, in crimes of banking and finance so malicious and extensive as to beggar description. The repressive corporate agenda of both major parties has been exposed, it is self-evident that they no longer believe that all men are created equal, they serve only the corporate masters of America, they have granted them unalienable Rights, that among these are the right to plunder the Treasury, the right to control the media, the right to subvert the banking system, to corrupt the electoral system, to ravage our economy and reap the illicit profits of shock doctrine capitalism.

Tradition dictates that a political systems long established should not be rejected for light and transient causes; but when a long train of two-party system abuses and betrayals, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce an entire nation under corporate Despotism, it is the right of We the People, it is the duty of We the People, to condemn that system, and to establish a new system for our future security.

Such has been the patient sufferance of Americans; and such is now the necessity which compels us to dismantle the corrupt two-party system. The history of that system is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of corporate tyranny over the United States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world:

Both major parties have refused to pass campaign finance reform, which is most wholesome and necessary for the public good, thus investing in K Street lobbyists the power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

They have refused to enforce oversight and regulatory Laws of immediate and pressing importance, they have refused to enforce the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, they have utterly neglected to conduct themselves in accordance with the foundational principles of representative government.

They have refused to investigate the corrupt banking industry, and have empowered corporate interests to bribe and intimidate our elected representatives, thus rendering American citizens powerless to defend themselves against repeated exploitation and abuse.

They have kept among us, in violation of the Bill of Rights, NSA spies who are monitoring with impunity every phone call we make, every email we send, every form of communication we engage in no matter who we are or where we are.

They have engaged in punitive and arbitrary taxation without representation, for being ignored cannot by any measure be called representation. They have confiscated 10 trillion of our taxpayer dollars and given it to the Federal Reserve, which has handed it over to Wall Street criminals with no oversight and no accountability.

They have engaged in systemic abuses of power and obstructions of justice, in violation of our Constitution and unacknowledged by our laws; giving their Assent to unconstitutional Acts of repressive Legislation such as the Patriot Act and the Military Commissions Act.

They stand condemned:

For enabling the Bush Administration to launch wars of aggression and occupation in violation of the Geneva Conventions and international law.

For protecting them from criminal investigations, thus conferring upon them legal immunity from prosecution for war crimes, torture, and other heinous assaults on human rights and dignity.

For decreeing that telecoms engaged in massive violations of the 4th Amendment are above the law and immune from criminal or civil action, thus ensuring that they will not be held accountable for their crimes:

For complicity in depriving American citizens in many cases, of the benefit of habeas corpus and Trial by Jury:

For complicity in transporting them beyond the Seas to be tortured for pretended offenses:

For complicity in abolishing the regulatory system which protected our banking system and economy from corporate exploitation and Wall Street fraud, establishing therein an Arbitrary government of Plutocrats with unlimited power:

For complicity in taking away our Bill of Rights, for complicity in abolishing our most valuable Laws, for complicity in fundamentally altering the Forms of our Government, leaving only the illusion of democracy behind:

For complicity in plundering our Treasury and burdening us with monstrous deficits in blatant disregard of the consequences.

For complicity in torture, inflicted with Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy of a civilized nation.

For complicity in funding and funding and funding yet again large Armies of troops, Blackwater mercenaries, criminal contractors, and CIA operatives in in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, with consequences counterproductive to our national security, and productive only to the furtherance of defense industry profiteering.

In every stage of these Oppressions, Americans have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms, but our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated betrayals. The Republican and Democratic Parties, whose destructive legacy has been characterized by every act which defines corruption and moral bankruptcy, are unfit to be supported by any American citizen.

We have reminded the politicians of both major parties time and time again of our grievances. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, we have implored them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably sever our connections and support if they continue.

But they have been deaf to the voice of justice, they have been deaf to our repeated appeals. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity of declaring our Separation, consign the Democratic and Republican Parties to Oblivion, condemn the two-party system as an abusive and corrupt anachronism, and call upon every American to grab the nearest shovel and bury it in an unmarked grave.

We, therefore, the citizens of the United States of America, appealing to the Supreme Judge of History for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name of, and by Authority of the Founding Fathers who gave us this democracy and asked us to preserve it, solemnly publish and declare, that we will embrace a new ideology of Citizen Empowerment, that we will speak a new language of Political, Social, and Economic Activism, that we will forge a new Movement encompassing the values and goals we share in common, that we are Absolved from all Allegiance to both major parties, that all political connection between us and those mercenaries of corporate power is and ought to be totally dissolved, that we will unite as We the People and take our government back.

As American citizens, in support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance upon one another, with unwavering support for the Constitution and the rule of law, we mutually pledge that we will restore American democracy, no matter what sacrifices are required, no matter who stands against us, until this Dark Age of Corporate Tyranny ends, and government of the People, by the People, and for the People in America shines once again, shines as it was meant to shine, as a Beacon of Empowerment to every oppressed human being throughout the world.

(Cross-posted at Wild Wild Left and Docudharma)