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Now remember, when things look bad and it looks like you’re not gonna make it, then you gotta get mean. I mean plumb, mad-dog mean. ‘Cause if you lose your head and you give up then you neither live nor win. That’s just the way it is.”
– Josey Wales
Been awhile friends but the bad man is back, back with a vengeance and like the avenging spirit that was the famous Clint Eastwood role in High Plains Drifter I am getting ready to paint the town red. Red with pigs blood that is, of course in post-democracy America, in our all-seeing fascist surveillance society I speak in purely figurative terms, lest the midnight knock come and the jackboot of Homeland Security kick down my door. This is what it has come to, it’s nut-cuttin’ time, time to throw down, stand up, be counted and dispense with whatever passes for resistance in this electronically lobotomized lemming colony. Face it, things are never going to get better for the average person in Murka, the entrenched rot of corruption is too deep, can’t be easily cut out, the financial system lies in smoking ruins thanks to a gangster government and the failed political system that has facilitated it. The swine and swindlers will continue to bleed this place until there is no blood left and then it will run in the streets, likely when the fascists and their propaganda pimps begin calling for the inevitable pogroms. Any moves to somehow ameliorate the suffering, take for instance yesterday’s surprise announcement of the tapping of the oil reserves to stop the psychotic speculators and their masturbatory greed will be harshly and immediately attacked by a corporate media machine determined to keep the game rigged at all costs. Enjoy today because today is the best day that you are going to have for the rest of your lives, each subsequent day will be a gradual erosion of living standards, whatever remains of your rights and one toehold deeper into the abyss. This is the new American birthright for to be an American is to be a fat bovine creature, swaddled in stars ‘n stripes ensconced in front of the precious television that provides the sweet, sweet spike for tens of millions of addicts.
I have been away from it all for awhile, just not much inclination to write much. The ‘death’ of our Emanuel Goldstein, Osama bin Laden felt like a good place to end it all, the closing of the circle of the big lie of 9/11 that I have railed against for the past six years since I have been doing this. I certainly did consider it and did so very seriously, there are other projects that I would like to do, maybe some fiction, a book, other forms of media but the situation is too grave and there are too few fighters. I have made the journey since mid-2005 when I first started to blog, primarily to keep my sanity as those were still the worst days of the Bushreich before the abhorrent little twit was exposed as the impotent borderline retard that he always was by the wrath of nature combined with capitalist greed that was Hurricane Katrina. Bush never was quite the same after that and it was hard to believe that the peak of the fascist right-wing freak show that was the siege over the still breathing corpse of one Terri Schiavo had only occurred a few months prior. Bush and Cheney continued to cut a category five swath of destruction through the country and the world but it was slowed and the ouster of the criminally psychotic Tom DeLay from power jammed up the machine albeit briefly. It was my outrage against the right-wing scum, the traitors that manifested itself in the Republican party that drove me to raging against the machine in the first place.
I originally identified with the left (or the putrid excuse that passes for it these days), still having some idiotic and naive sort of faith in the Democratic party being able to provide some semblance of a return to normalcy were it to regain political power. While I am and always have been a registered independent I bought into the lesser of two evils meme, especially when the greater of the evils was just a notch below Satan. I broke into blogging at a number of liberal sites, quickly learning my lesson that intolerance and censorship was not the sole domain of the right when I ran afoul of the turds at Daily Kos, when it all comes down to it, and I have said this before Markos Moulitsas-Zuniga, who built a perfect mousetrip, somehow being trotted out as the voice of progressives and liberals is when it all comes down to it about as left as Stalin and his rotten blog is a cesspool of idiotic political correctness, elitism and bad writing. I was run out of there very quickly as have been many others with the ability to transcend the bullshit and think for themselves. I bounced around on a number of lesser blogs as a regular contributor, one a fairly prominent one run by a self-proclaimed Democrat who wears her party alliance on her sleeve. I had a chance to become more widely read had I hewed to just doing political attacks and screeds on Republican Nazis but early on I understood that the entire fucking system was rotten, I was too much of a renegade to be mainstream. I made other alliances, the people who I worked with were passionate and devoted but few were able to grasp the bigger picture, with the election of Obama in 2008 there was no longer that common enemy and the ‘left’, basking in their imagined triumph rapidly began to fragment into the collection of competing identity based groups that they are in order to divvy up the spoils. They did not as I warned continue to wage war against the fascists and they came to embrace the ongoing murders of civilians, brown-skinned, non-Christian ones as long as their tolerance for immorality was cloaked in humanitarian bullshit like women’s rights, they became cruise missile liberals. I officially made my split from them with my blistering goodbye entitled A Farewell to Arms: Why I Left ‘the Left’ from which I excerpt the following at length:
To HELL with the ‘left’! I am finished, done, disillusioned and over it, the divorce papers have been filed and are now finalized and I am not going back. As of this day, I will no longer allow myself to be affiliated or endorse the ‘left’ in any way, shape or form. So long folks, it was real and it was fun but in the end it was unfulfilling and dare I say, a waste of time and effort. Is this overly harsh? Perhaps it is but the break has to be made and it can no longer be put off. I assure you, this was no hasty decision but rather something that has been a slow and agonizing process, a steady drip…drip…drip.., like Chinese water torture and suddenly the mind goes, the spirit breaks and the ugly reality of the situation cannot be denied or disguised. So to all of my good friends on the left I wish you the very best but I am no longer one of you and maybe I never was, it was never dogma to me only a desire for some sort of social fairness and a fair shot but the American left being a shell of it’s former self with labor broken and the DLC corporatists having taken over the Democratic party it has been reduced to shills for the Democrats and squabbling identity groups each with an agenda that prevents any sort of unity necessary for a mass movement for real change. Sucks but that is just the way it has to be.And –By choosing to focus on wedge culture war issues no matter how noble the cause may, be the ‘left’ has failed abysmally in only providing gasoline on the fire that is being ignited on the extreme right and this is going to be costly in impossible to overstate terms in the future as a new, ultra-virulent strain of cult of personality, anti-intellectual, Christian fascist vengeful malignancy percolates throughout this country. There is an ideologically driven cataclysm coming and it will have every bit the force of the Nazis, Stalinists or Khmer Rouge and the gutters will be filled with blood, the streets with violence and no guarantee of personal or family safety by the law or militarized police who will protect the wealthy and elites only while the shock troops hunt down liberals, gays and today’s Juden, the Muslims who have been so easily demonized by the Pentagon and the Zionists who seem to have reasserted an ugly but more subtle form of control with the newest blown out of proportion ‘terrorism’. The king of the Israeli fifth column in America, Senator Joseph Lieberman will soon be using his position as head of the Senate Heimat Security Committee to launch witch hunts and hold show trials which will rival those of Stalin and McCarthy and people like you and I will be accused of being ‘terrorist sympathaziers’, the propagand about white al Qaida has already been getting some mileage as the creeping cat feet of fascism march onwards. Just how important are social issues when the task of rolling back American fascism renders all else irrelevant?Myself and others have warned about the triumphal premature celebrations in the defeat of the extreme right, electoral victories and half measures at silly centrist governance have allowed this vicious hydra to regenerate. The failure of the ‘left’ to generate the cohesiveness necessary in order to form a viable political mass movement and the embracement (no matter how tepid by some) of the corrupted Democratic party and the amateur that is Barack Obama has set up the dominoes perfectly for the perfect storm once the economic collapse finally does occur. The plethora of gay marriage iniatives in the early days of the insipid Obama administration smacked of a sort of arrogance among limousine liberals, as though the enemy had been vanquished and it was time to exact that revenge which would both terrible and satisfying in rolling back the dark ages iniatives or the Religious Right roundheads. But that focus provided cover for the rats that are the corporatists, banksters and lobbyists that rode into power tucked away inside Obama’s Trojan Horse and whose plunder and subsequent fall into public disfavor have driven Democrat and Obama’s poll ratings down faster than whaleshit sinking to the bottom of the sea and allowed the American fascists to regroup and now in the aftermath of the underwear bomber false flag, with the fear fresh anew the sheeple will tolerate ANY police state measures to protect their putrid little lives as they cower and submit.I have a lot of friends on the left and I mean them no malice or insult in my breaking ranks, they are good people, probably better than I in that they are pure of heart and always seek to build a better society, to nurture and to foster love instead of hate. Sadly though, in the real world butterflies, zebras, moonbeams and fairy tales are just that, illusions when confronted with an enemy that recognizes no rules, decorum, compassion or fairness and when the time comes will happily leave liberals and progressives with only their eyes to cry with..if they are even that generous. You see, my friends never understood the nature of this war, and it is war and only those of staunch spirits, strong stomachs and the righteous tenacity to climb upon that wall and fight the bastards on their own terms are ultimately going to have a chance. As the ‘left’ is comprised today it can be dismissed, laughed at and generally ignored by the rotten bitches, bastards and corporations that run this system and that is exactly what Rahm Emanual, his sock puppet ‘boss’ and the rest of the establishment are doing, they are doing. Liberals and the ‘left’ have this view that ‘we are better than they are so we don’t have to stoop to their level’, but in the end they always lose.And –As Nietzsche spoke of fighting monsters and warned of the abyss well it does look back but ultimately humanity is doomed to war, it is out nature and to deny that is the ultimate form of self denial. The best resistance against militarism, the police state and war is coming from the libertarian front, for example Justin Raimondo’s Antiwar.com, I also have long admired the Ron Paul movement for calls for ending the Federal Reserve although I have been more than a bit dismayed to see it so easily co-opted by the corporate teabaggers and the Dick Armey of Darkness, the Palinazis and the idiot buffoon racist Birthers and religious fanatic Birthers and so has one of the founders of the movement. There is however a good deal of misdirected but righteous anger out there that is too easily hijacked and misdirected into the fascist brigades that the ‘left’ has failed to take advantage of to bolster it’s power and rally around some sort of real cause rather than the agendas of identity groups seeking government action to redress a history of injustice.I have always been an independent with views more compatible with the old left, the labor left and the intense focus on social issues in which the activists ignore basic economic fairness, antiwar, pro-civil liberties matters in order to waste energy tilting at windmills. Let’s face it, no matter how moral that the crusade for gay marriage may be (basically another civil rights fight to eliminate the sad fact that in 21st century America that there are still people who are treated as second class citizens and face institutionalized persecution) – it’s a loser with large demographic blocks that nothing short of a mass die out over a period of a few decades is going to resolve and while it sucks, it’s the truth, shit, millions of morons are ready to launch a civil war because the fucking President is black and until the numbers of these anachronisms are reduced America will always be defined by the hatred of the other, which of course will always be exploited for maximum political gain by fascists. The younger generations do not care about whether one is gay or straight or has a different skin color, they are far more tolerant and acceptable than their parents or grandparents but the reality is that as America is currently constituted this is a loser for the ‘left’ and energy would be better spent in fighting imperialism, economic royalism, a vast for profit prison gulag and a militarized police that is determined to keep it full.Also, global warming (the carbon footprint is akin to a carbon jackboot stomping up and down on a human face while the speculators get richer than Midas), immigration ‘reform’ and the ugly sort of imperialist liberalism that supports more war, military spending and murder to promote pet causes such as women’s rights and other emotional based malarkey is just intolerable. The Empire is broke, women are oppressed by institutions within our own borders and the cycle of militarism will not be seriously challenged as long as there are cruise missile liberals determined to use force to be Team America global police. I saw an ugliness among too many liberals and progressives during the past summer’s Iranian uprising, the ‘Green Revolution’ not to be confused of course with ‘Green Shoots, or ‘Green Energy’ and the ‘left’s’ piling on the regime of the devil Ahmadinejad only served to reinforce the incessant neocon propaganda and Zionist right-wing warmongering that has the doomsday clock ticking towards World War III. In all liklihood, Israel will attack Iran at some point in the coming year, Obama’s infatuation with the phony war on terror will ensure that the U.S. is sucked in which will be catastrophic but now that the antiwar movement has been marginalized by the foulness that is the Democrat party, now that Cindy Sheehan has served her purpose and been unceremoniously dumped and now that the ‘left’ has once again failed to mobilize around any serious issue that has crossover appeal we are all helpless to stop it.I will devote my energies to trying to assist whatever remains of the antiwar movement (which isn’t much after most of the larger groups were co-opted by the filthy corporatist Democrats and Raht Emanual), continue to support the abolishment (or at the least auditing) of the Federal Reserve, fight for a reigning in of excessive corporate power, rail against the abuses of civil liberties, the police state, torture and surveillance and the menace of globalization. In a sad land of ignorance and hostility that has institutionalized torture with about half the population being down with it just how long is it going to be until they actually start to torture the other half?The ‘left’ is too fragmented and there are far too many internal squabbles to mount any sort of a counter-movement against this irrational, ignorant and mean army of darkness that is suckled at the teat of the imperialist warfare state and lives in a world of unreality fed by a lifetime of indoctrination to illusions and lies and I am getting off of that woebegone merry-go-round once and for all before it either kills me or drives me totally fucking batshit.And –Loose the Rats: I remember once when I was in my early twenties, a certain restaurant that I had worked for had become so intolerable that there was a parting of the ways (mutual of course) regarding employment. Well, said restaurant naturally had a pretty high turnover rate so myself and a fellow former wage slave conspired one night over many a beer (and I must admit a bit of weed) to seek revenge against the owners. We would go in on a stealth mission and create a disturbance that would be guaran-fucking-teed to cause maximum chaos. So we went to a local pet shop and purchased two live rats which we smuggled in during peak hours in our backpacks and while we swilled a few beers in a booth in the back, ate chicken wings and were generally looked at as scum by our former co-worker wait staff we had a hard time not pissing our pants. Well, when we were finished, we paid our bills and let the rats out of the backpacks and just left the fucking place….we never knew what happened and that was the beauty of it. Maybe the rats caused a total scene and a mass evacuation and maybe business was forever wrecked for those satanic pricks who owned the goddamned place – somehow I doubt it because the damned place stayed in business. Perhaps though, the owners found the rats first before they ran off the paying customers and caused a pox of word of mouth advertising that was up there with the Bubonic Plague and changed their ways, I don’t know and shit, I really don’t know exactly were I am going with this little thread so I digress…..Maybe the moral of the pet shop rats is that it was a shock that could have actually have been naïve enough to think that such a futile and stupid act would have changed hearts and minds but that was back in the 80’s when things were different and there was still some semblance of actual fucking sanity in this rotten shell of a country, back when it was STILL POSSIBLE to avoid the coming forced anal probes by militarized Darth Vader police goons in local shopping malls. Nothing that I was ever going to do on the left, much like loosing the rats on those miserable, skinflint, authoritarian pricks who ran that shithole of an eatery was going to do a damned thing to change anything or any body, it was just plaintive wails from planet shit directed at the choir…amen.So to those on the ‘left’ who I have joined in battle with over the years only to realize that it is ultimately a futile struggle I say good luck and may your efforts bring fruit and some degree of satisfaction so long as they do not conflict with mine. I am going it alone from this point onward, bound by no loyalty to ideology, faction or any group, that only belongs to those who are allies the bigger fight at hand now. I would implore you who are able to transcend your past prejudices, ideals and indoctrinations to become a bit less dogmatic and much more pragmatic in reaching out to those who not only can be saved but who also are trying to break free from their own conditioning.
Granted it was a long excerpt but it pretty much expressed my feelings at the time, for better or worse I struck out on my own. For some reason that I still can’t quite understand myself I thought that I could actually work at trying to salvage some of the wretches from the media creation that is the Tea Party, really just a collection of pissed off people with reasons to be pissed off but nowhere to go thanks to the abysmal failure of ‘the left’ in this country that was hijacked by cynical political operatives and deep-pocketed, tax chiseling plutocrats like the Koch Brothers. Being that a good amount of the pseudo-movement, other than the re-branded browshirts of the GOP base are remnants of what used to be the Ron Paul revolution, which due to the anti-interventionist, pro-civil liberties and anti-Federal Reserve stance of Dr. Paul I long had been sympathetic to despite my loathing of libertarian economic theory. I got into this thing, writing and raising hell out of the need to stop fascism at all costs so I have always been of the opinion that a progressive-libertarian alliance would be sufficient to slow the machine, there was enough common ground and the other things could be hashed out later on after the fascist cancer was cut out. I followed up “A Farewell to Arms” with another piece entitled In Defense of Joe Stack that ensured that the break with the ‘left’ would be permanent. It was about as subtle as the attack on Colonel Kurtz’s compound at the end of Apocalypse Now.
I tried to work with the disaffected and even reached out to my local Glenn Beck teabagger klavern to try to talk sense but it was useless, those people are just too far gone, to propagandized, too angry and too deeply infiltrated by the dead enders of the the Republican base and the Religious Right, there is nothing left of what used to be the Ron Paul movement, like the party itself all non-adherents to the Ayn Rand doctrine of “Fuck You I’m Rich” and the Neocon dogma of imperial conquest and the sanctimonious place on the planet for the wart on the ass of humanity that is fortress Israel any who don’t drink the Kool Aid have been ousted. So much for that Idea. I have only worked sparingly on writing over the past year and a half, largely out of a sense of total disillusion and the absence of any sort of organized resistance to the ongoing destruction of what remains of the country that I was born into.
But the lone wolf thing just doesn’t work that well, not when the economy continues to collapse, with an assist to a fanatical Republican party that will block any effort by the extremely disappointing Obama to mediate and somehow get people back to work. The GOP has long been a bastion of a certain fascism, at least since the end of World War II and the tracks of the oligarchs along with their descent into gangster capitalism through their affiliations with rescued Nazi war criminals, rogue intelligence networks, stone cold military psychopaths and organized crime are easily traceable for one who devotes a bit of time to the job. What is ongoing in America today is a textbook example of how the capitalist mafia, the CIA operates abroad, Robert Parry’s recent piece entitled The GOP’s CIA Playbook: Destabilize the Country to Sweep Back Into Power is a must read and I excerpt the following:
Modern Republicans have a simple approach to politics when they are not in the White House: Make America as ungovernable as possible by using almost any means available, from challenging the legitimacy of opponents to spreading lies and disinformation to sabotaging the economy.Over the past four decades or so, the Republicans have simply not played by the old give-and-take rules of politics. Indeed, if one were to step back and assess this Republican approach, what you would see is something akin to how the CIA has destabilized target countries, especially those that seek to organize themselves in defiance of capitalist orthodoxy.To stop this spread of “socialism,” nearly anything goes. Take, for example, Chile in the early 1970s when socialist President Salvador Allende won an election and took steps aimed at improving the conditions of the country’s poor.Under the direction of President Richard Nixon and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, the CIA was dispatched to engage in psychological warfare against Allende’s government and to make the Chilean economy “scream.”U.S. intelligence agencies secretly sponsored Chilean news outlets, like the influential newspaper El Mercurio, and supported “populist” uprisings of truckers and housewives. On the economic front, the CIA coordinated efforts to starve the Chilean government of funds and to drive unemployment higher.Worsening joblessness could then be spun by the CIA-financed news outlets as proof that Allende’s policies didn’t work and that the only choice for Chile was to scrap its social programs. When Allende compromised with the Right, that had the additional benefit of causing friction between him and some of his supporters who wanted even more radical change.As Chile became increasingly ungovernable, the stage was set for the violent overthrow of Allende, the installation of a rightist dictatorship, and the imposition of “free-market” economics that directed more wealth and power to Chile’s rich and their American corporate backers.Though the Allende case in Chile is perhaps the best known example of this intelligence strategy (because it was investigated by a Senate committee in the mid-1970s), the CIA has employed this approach frequently around the world. Sometimes the target government is removed without violence, although other times a bloody coup d’etat has been part of the mix.Home to RoostSo, it is perhaps fitting that a comparable approach to politics would eventually come home to roost in the United States, even to the point that some of the propaganda funding comes from outside sources (think of Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s Washington Times and Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.)Obviously, given the wealth of the American elites, the relative proportion of the propaganda funding is derived more domestically in the United States than it would be in a place like Chile (or some other unfortunate Third World country that has gotten on Washington’s bad side).But the concept remains the same: Control as much as possible what the population gets to see and hear; create chaos for your opponent’s government, economically and politically; blame if for the mess; and establish in the minds of the voters that their only way out is to submit, that the pain will stop once your side is back in power.Today’s Republicans have fully embraced this concept of political warfare, whereas the Democrats generally have tried to play by the old rules, acquiescing when Republicans are in office with the goal of “making government work,” even if the Republicans are setting the agenda.Unlike the Democrats and the Left, the Republicans and the Right have prepared themselves for this battle, almost as if they are following a CIA training manual. They have invested tens of billions of dollars in a propaganda infrastructure that operates 24/7, year-round, to spot and exploit missteps by political enemies.This vertically integrated media machine allows useful information to move quickly from a right-wing blog to talk radio to Fox News to the Wall Street Journal to conservative magazines and book publishing. Right-wing propagandists are well-trained and well-funded so they can be deployed to all manner of public outlets to hammer home the talking points.
It’s pretty simple to see that the Republican party, which IS by definition a terrorist organization is hellbent on letting it all burn, so intent are they at mobilizing their millions of haters to defend a system that quite simply is as much a failure as the Communism that they for the better part of a half-century used to justify their plunder of nations, drug trafficking and money laundering and racketeering scams. Now fully metastasized, the menace of full blown carnivorous capitalism has come home to feed, those who really run this lunatic funhouse will continue to exploit economic misery, racism and fear using their media messaging machine and Operation Gladio style entrenched stay behind network until Americans are in the streets killing each other while they continue to suck the blood from the dessicated carcass of what used to be a land of opportunity. That day is coming, while our corporate media crawls around in the semen stained underpants of Anthony Weiner or peddles more tabloid pornography about dead children to the lemmings, electronically colonizing their brains the world is erupting outside of our borders, look at Greece, soon there will be a triggering event and the chaos will come home, progressives, liberals and non-politicized folks are going to have to make a choice, kill or be killed, it’s the law of the jungle and it has been embraced by those who run it. GABOS. – Game Ain’t Based On Sympathy.
Plumb Mad Dog Mean: The system has failed and the day of reckoning is coming, best saddle up and get prepared lest you be destroyed by it, read some history on what happens when the thugs are unleashed. If you happen to have children ponder how you would like to see them raped in front of you, the last thing that you witness before your own murder. The armies of darkness are already connected and are awaiting their orders from their handlers on the right-wing propaganda machine, the real economic conditions continue to create misery and the always convenient scapegoats are produced.The time has come to cast aside any notions of being able to rationalize with these people because it isn’t going to happen. One could always flee the country, much like the Jews who could see the writing on the wall fled Nazi Germany before Hitler’s murder machine was operating at peak efficiency but that is expensive, prohibitive and let’s face it, the rest of the world, save the Muslim countries is under the control of the same type of elitist rich pigs that America is and the war machine is hellbent on destroying the Muslim world as surely as the American Indians were laid to waste to make room for expansionism and capitalist greed. The time to fight is now, no more fucking around, especially with the political process – it just doesn’t work!
Embracing a New Radicalism: The only way to fight back against the fascist endgame is to return to our past, prior to the “New Left” that arose out of the protest movements of the Sixties and that which to this day far too many continue to embrace despite it’s outdated model. There will be no more mass protests, the days of turning out into the streets is over, the right-wing has ensured that not only will there be no media coverage but their goons ala the scumbaggers are drooling over the prospect of being unleashed, like the Rockefellers of yore who bussed in murderous freaks to break strikes so will the front groups of Koch Industries and their ilk bus in vicious haters to bust up the hated libruls [sic]. Those who cling to a resurgence of that form of mass protest are as delusional as those who still believe that change can be affected at the ballot box, While there continue to be suckups, sycophants and self-infatuated groupies who continue to buy Brand Obama and the even worse Brand Democrat a return to the radicalism of old, rather than the sign carrying, keyboard thumping ineffective form of activism that exists on the pathetic remnants of the “professional left” today. It is not effective and shooting a few marbles from a slingshot is not going to put a dent in the Deathstar that is the American fascist capitalist infrastructure, it’s militarized police state, high-tech surveillance and disinformation machine and legions of trained activists and spokespeople. For what is needed, I would suggest listening to Chris Hedges, a man as reviled by the “professional left” and it’s venal gatekeepers like HBO’s Bill Maher and his ilk as he is by the mouth-breathing fascist droogs on the right. Hedges has always been a hero of mine and his work has continued to rise in order to address the threat that we face today. Hedges, who recently wrote a scathing book entitled The Death of the Liberal Class is taking his game to the next level, his recent work and speeches, like this one on The Myth of Human Progress are essential for those who are serious about surviving. Hedges addresses the rancid putrescence of the failed liberal establishment and doesn’t mince words:
We will be saved only with the birth of a new militant radicalism, one that defies all formal power structures including the Democratic party.The failure of the liberal class whose role in society is designed to prevent unchecked assault by centralized power is discovering what happens when you tolerate the intolerant. Let hate speech pollute your airwaves, let corporations buy up your courts and state and federal legislative bodies, let the Christian religion be manipulated by charlatans to demonize Muslims, gays and intellectuals, discredit science, sanctify unfettered capitalism and become a source of personal enrichment, let unions wither under corporate assault, let social services and public education be gutted and stripped of funding, let Wall Street carry out fraud, deception and plunder with impunity and you roll out the welcome mat for fascism.The liberal class and much of the left has busied itself with the toothless pursuits of inclusiveness, multi-culturalism, identity politics and tolerance.. a word Martin Luther King never used and forgot about the primacy of justice. We chatter about something called the American Dream now that the oligarchic elite have regained control of all of the levers of power that dream is being exposed as a cruel hoax and we are being shoved back into the cage. Slick public relations campaigns, the collapse of public education .. nearly a third of the country is illiterate or semi-literate…the rise of amoral politicians such as Bill Clinton and Barack Obama who pose as liberals while selling their souls and betraying basic liberal and democratic principles for corporate money have left us largely defenseless.The last vestiges of unionized in the public sector are reduced to protesting in states like Wisconsin for collective bargaining – in short the right to ask employers for fair working conditions. This shows how far labor and the country has deteriorated and it looks as though even this basic right to ask as well as raise money through union dues has at least for the moment been successfully revoked in Madison. The Democratic party and the remnants of organized labor steered passions in Wisconsin away from a general strike where workers should have gone to tepid attempts to recall legislators. The public debate meanwhile dominated by corporate controlled systems of information, ignores the steady impoverishment of the working class and absence of legal and regulatory mechanisms to prevent our reconfiguration into a neo-feudal society. The airwaves are saturated with good looking and charming corporate apologists. They ask us why public sector employees have benefits sneeringly called entitlements while non-unionized and working class people are denied and the argument is ingenious, it pits desperate worker against desperate worker in a mad scramble for scraps. It is of course the wrong question, why we should ask don’t working men and women have health insurance, pension plans, job protection and living wages and until we again speak in the language of open class warfare, grasping as those who went before us did, that the elite will always promote itself at our expense, we are doomed to a 21st century serfdom. The elite with no check left on their greed and criminality are gorging on money, while they are slashing basic services, budgets for schools, fire fighters and assistance programs for children and the elderly so WE will pay for the fraud they committed when they wiped out 14 trillion dollars of housing wealth, wages and retirement savings.
Hedges is reviled by the same type of vapid, self-righteous cretins who I chose to disassociate myself from when I left ‘the left’, I refuse to be a “team player” in the “post-partisan era” and for those who would crucify one as myself on the cross of political correctness for my rhetorical flourishes – they can go and fuck themselves. I have been called everything: whack job, fascist, misogynist, Jew hater, homophobe, heretic and reactionary, coming from feckless weaklings with no stomach for the rough stuff I suppose that is a badge of honor. Being that I am now totally dispensing of all bullshit let it be known that first and foremost that I fucking hate everybody, spare me the pox of political correctness that is what drove me away from the butterflies, moonbeams, zebras and fairy tales crowd in the first place. Others should shun those who would negotiate with fascists who should be destroyed and tolerate the most intolerant in order to wear their high-hats, they would be arguing that “they are better than that” by not engaging those who wish to destroy them while they are in the cattle cars being trucked off to the gas chambers and forced labor camps.
So, it is with this that I now return to my roots, a rhetorical bomb-thrower hellbent on engaging and destroying the fascists, collateral damage be damned. Time to get plumb mad dog motherfucking mean because you don’t bring a protest sign to a knife fight.
A nickel’s worth of my two cents