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We’ll Take a Cup of Kindness Yet

12:06 pm in Uncategorized by Rusty1776

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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 →

The Only Thing We Need

3:45 pm in Uncategorized by Rusty1776

As soon as you’re born they make you feel small,
By giving you no time instead of it all,
Till the pain is so big you feel nothing at all
. . .

A working class hero is something to be . . .

Americans have lost $5 trillion from their pensions and savings since the economic crisis began and $13 trillion in the value of their homes. During the first full year of the crisis, workers between the age of 55 and 60, who have worked for 20 to 29 years, have lost an average of 25 percent off their 401k. Millions of Americans are reaching a point where the unemployment benefits they have been living on are coming to an end. More workers have already been out of work longer than at any point since statistics have been recorded.

They hurt you at home and they hit you at school,
They hate you if you’re clever and they despise a fool,
Till you’re so fucking crazy you can’t follow their rules.

A working class hero is something to be . . .

A record 20 million Americans qualified for unemployment insurance benefits last year, causing 27 states to run out of funds, with seven more also expected to go into the red within the next few months. In total, 40 state programs are expected to go broke. Due to the fact that we now have a record high six people for every one job opening, companies have been able to further increase the workload on their remaining employees. They have been able to increase the amount of hours Americans are working, reduce wages and drastically cut back on benefits.

When they’ve tortured and scared you for twenty odd years,
Then they expect you to pick a career,
When you can’t really function you’re so full of fear.

A working class hero is something to be . . .

We have over 50 million people who need to use food stamps to eat, and a stunning 50 percent of U.S. children will use food stamps to eat at some point in their childhoods. Approximately 20,000 people are added to this total every day. In 2009, one out of five U.S. households didn’t have enough money to buy food. In households with children, this number rose to 24 percent, as the hunger rate among U.S. citizens has now reached an all-time high. Personal debt has risen from 65 percent of income in 1980 to 125 percent today. Over five million U.S. families have already lost their homes, in total 13 million American families are expected to lose their home by 2014, with 25 percent of current mortgages underwater.

Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV,
And you think you’re so clever and classless and free,
But you’re still fucking peasants as far as I can see.

A working class hero is something to be . . .

The mainstream news media will numb us to this horrifying reality by endlessly talking about the latest numbers, but they never piece them together to show you the whole devastating picture, and they rarely show you all the immense individual suffering behind them. This is how they "normalize the unthinkable" and make us become passive in the face of such a high causality count.

There’s room at the top they are telling you still,
But first you must learn how to smile as you kill,
If you want to be like the folks on the Hill.

Capitol Hill Pictures, Images and Photos

If you’re tired of voting for smiling killers, if you want to become the change you seek, well just follow me . . .

We are One Nation, born from many, determined to build a more united America, with jobs, justice and education for all. We are young people, frustrated that society seems willing to spend more locking up our bodies than educating our minds, yet still we find ways to succeed and shine.

Join them in Washington on 10-2-10 . . .

We are students and newly-returned veterans, persevering in the face of mounting debt, determined not to be the first generation to end up worse off than our parents. We are baby boomers and seniors who saw hope killed in 1968 and will not let the dream of a united America be taken from us again.

Stand with them . . .

We are workers of every age, faith, race, sex, nationality, gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and ability who have suffered discrimination but never stopped loving our neighbors, or our nation. We are American Indians and Alaska Natives, citizens of Native nations who maintain our cultures, protect our sovereignty, and strength America’s economy.

Forge unity with them . . .

We are the new immigrants, raising our children in the torchlight of the Statue of Liberty, while confronting the shadows that are bigotry and mass deportations. We are the native born. We inherited the divided legacies of settlers and American Indians, black slaves and white and Asian indentured servants. And yet, in this moment of shared suffering, we rejoice in newfound friendships and new alliances.

Speak truth to power with them . . .

We are people who got thrown out—thrown out of our jobs, schools, houses, farms and small businesses while Wall Street’s wrongdoers got bailed out. We are families who pray every day; for peace and prosperity; for deliverance from foreclosures; for good jobs to come back to urban and rural America.

Demand economic justice with them . . .

We are unemployed workers, forced to watch hopes for bold action dashed, because some Senators threaten filibusters, and other would-be champions fold in fear. And yet, we are the majority, fueled by hope, not hate. We have the pride, power and determination to keep ourselves and our country moving up and out of the valley greed created. And most importantly, from ensuring women are treated fairly at work, to expanding health care coverage for millions, we have been victorious whenever we worked together. We have proven the only thing we need to succeed is each other.

The only thing we need to succeed is each other.

If we take a stand together, We Shall Overcome.

The Light That’s Lost Within Us

11:50 am in Uncategorized by Rusty1776

Some progressives are dreamers. Some progressives are fools. I could provide you with more links to prove that than Wellpoint has policyholders hostages, but links aren’t required to confirm that reality, the healthcare reform fiasco has confirmed it beyond any doubt. We have to remember though, that the Progressive Movement is still young, enduring broken dreams and indulging in foolish rationalizing are part of the process of growing and maturing.

A few Friedman Units ago, when one BushCo thunderstorm after another was deluging the nation, progressives decided something had to be done. So on the brave and crazy wings of youth, we went flying around in the rain. Acid rain. A rain of blood. A rain of corporate crime. A rain of lies and deceit and corruption. Our wings were torn and tattered, but there was still a light within us. It was flickering, it was almost extinguished, it was almost lost, but it was still there . . .

Progressives were angry back then, we’re still angry at the way the earth is abused, by men who’ve learned how to forge her beauty into power. We’re angry at the way humanity is abused, by men who’ve learned how to forge illness into profit, how to forge torture into patriotism, justice into injustice, law into lawlessness, and capitalism into a global death march into oblivion.

They’re good at that.

They’ve had plenty of practice.

We’re struggling to protect ourselves from them, but we’re losing that struggle. The sand is slipping through the opening. We’re running out of time.

With the energy of the innocent, we were gathering the tools we thought we’d need, but we’ve all seen how much good that did. We reached for the golden ring of single payer, but were told we had to settle for the silver ring of the public option. Then, when the Progressive Caucus collapsed because collapsing is what they do, we were told we had to be satisfied with no ring at all, we were told we had to settle for speeches praising it from the Democrats who took it away.

And when the smoke cleared, as Democrats took a victory lap around K Street, as Hopey McChange high-fived them for pulling off the biggest fucking back room deal of all time, as the light of reality went dark within too many Progressives, those of us who still have that light within us are turning to each other for refuge.

Because we know the Deluge is coming.

Obama got elected and many Progressives we’re optimistic. But that optimism faded as BushCo war criminals and torturers were assured they would not be investigated, as Wall Street criminals were protected instead of prosecuted, as the war in Afghanistan was escalated, and as high priests of hackery like Baucus and Conrad were put in charge of the ritual sacrifice of healthcare reform.

And now, despite a year of ritual sacrifices the Druids would have been proud of, the praises of Democrats are still being sung at alleged reality-based blogs like Daily Kos.

Those Stonehengers wouldn’t know a chessboard from a slab of granite, but they said we were all witnessing a dazzling display of 12 Dimensional Chess. They said Obama’s multidimensional brilliance would be revealed by and by, they told us Obama getting checkmated 50 times in a row by the RePugs was nothing to be concerned about. He was just setting them up for the most annihilating defeat any political chess player in any dimension known or unknown had ever suffered. It would be an epic triumph of such magnitude that awed political strategists of the future would still be talking about it a thousand years from now.

Well take a look at the progressive principles you say you believe in, Stonehengers. Take a good look at them. How many of them have been enacted into law? I’ll give you a second or two to count them all.

Finished?

That didn’t take very long, did it.

You’ll never admit it, but you’ve traded your tired wings for the resignation that living brings, the light of reality within you has died, you’ve exchanged its bright and fragile glow for the glitter and the rouge, otherwise known as Change We Can Believe In, a very strange mental condition I’ll call Stonehenge Syndrome for obvious reasons.

Diodorus Siculus hasn’t posted here for quite awhile, so I’ll share with you one his observations about Stonehenge Syndrome and the disturbing impact it had on the Druids . . .

These men predict the future by observing the flight and calls of birds and by the sacrifice of holy animals. In very important matters, they prepare a human victim, plunge a dagger into his chest, and by observing the way his limbs convulse as he falls and the gushing of his blood, they are able to read the future.

There are eerie similarities between the Druids and the Democrats, who as far as I can tell, formulate political strategy by observing the flight and calls of birds, and by the sacrifice of holy animals such as Dennis Kucinich. In very important matters, they prepare the progressive victim, plunge a dagger into our chest, and by observing the way our limbs convulse as we fall, and the gushing of our blood, they are able to discern how many K Street contributions they can get for their reelection campaigns.

So they can stay in power while their corporate masters continue to destroy the middle class, so they can snuff out the last light of reality within the Progressive Movement, so they can keep partying through this long last night of corporate debauchery before the Deluge hits, and buries America under a tidal wave of Shock Doctrine Capitalism consequences.

And in the naked dawn only a few survived,
Still not understanding that menace so simple and so huge,
That swept away all they had known in the Deluge.

(Cross-posted at Wild Wild Left and Docudharma)