April 2, 2002
to understand the junta in power? Its as simple as G - O -
P: we've got the Guns; we'll take the Oil; anyone who objects
And, its just as simple to remember who supports this policy:
the Military/Prison industrial complex supports spending the
taxpayers' dollars on guns and guards instead of health care,
social security, or education. The energy industy supports
depending on oil, reviving nuclear power, and forgetting about
conservation and technical innovation. Finally, fundamentalists,
of all denominations, are in charge of payback.
We have racist fundies who have been given the green light
to go after Muslims, as long as they soft-pedal their anti-semitism.
We have theocratic fundies who continue to assault a Constitution
and a country that have more religious freedom and observance
than any other first world country. We have economic and political
fundamentists who want to demolish what little non-military
governmental activity remains. We have military fundies who
think world domination (a.k.a. full-spectrum dominance) is
our patriotic duty. The Miami Cubans are an especially rabid
group of fundies who have been doing CIA wet jobs for 40 years.
And we have all-purpose hate radio for bashing anyone who
is "different". This country is very ecumenical when it comes
America today resembles Cicero, Illinois during the reign
of Al Capone. Gangsters have bought themselves some seats
on the police board - after all, we are a representative kleptocracy;
and gangsters are entitled to vote with their dollars too.
The gangsters have decided the police should stick to handing
out jaywalking tickets so that the bank robbers can get about
their business without harassment. While they were at it,
the gangsters appointed crooked lawyers to run the SEC so
that crooked companies can cook their books in security. They
appointed industry lawyers from the major pollluters to eviscerate
the EPA, apparatchiks from the mining industry to rape the
Department of the Interior, and a religious fanatic to supervise
the deconstruction of the Establishment clause and the rest
of the Bill of Rights.
For thirty years, the Republican Party has behaved towards
the American system of government the same way that a thief
pursued by cops in a museum treats the exhibits. That is,
if the exhibit can be used as a weapon or a hostage, the thief
will do it - either to save his skin, kill the cop, or make
off with the loot. So, whatever branch of government the GOP
got their hands on, they treated it as expendable. They use
it as a weapon, loot the funds, and leave that institution
for dead on the roadside. Richard Nixon abused the Presidency
and caused Congress to weaken it by passing the War Powers
Act. Ronald Reagan bankrupted the country and ran Iran-Contra
to circumvent Congressional oversight. George Bush, up to
his eyeballs in that mess, pardoned the chief perpetrators.
The 1994 GOP Congress tried to ruin Clinton and shut down
the government; they accomplished nothing positive. The reactionaries
on the Supreme Court abused States Rights to wreck Federal
laws until the GOP had need of Federal intervention to subvert
the 2000 election and to interfere with "liberal" state laws.
In keeping with this Alice-in-Wonderland parody of government,
our sabre-rattling cowboy commander resembles a fire chief
who happens to be an arsonist. After a decade including the
Gulf War, in which total American casualties were less than
one holiday weekend's traffic fataliites, it seemed like militarism
was declining. But, hey, if you want to be fire chief, you've
got to have fires. So, the chief had all those underemployed
firemen hang kerosene lanterns in hay lofts around the world.
And, surprise, surprise, some cow kicked one over! Oh, boy!
Now he gets to ring the bell and crank the siren on the big
red truck that daddy lets him pretend to drive! Sometimes
he even gets to pour more kerosene on the fire.
Speaking of Alice, we have to mention the magic mushroom
diet that the conglomerated infotainment octopus has been
feeding the American public for the past ten years. I mean,
short of hallucinogens being dumped in our reservoirs, how
else can we explain American's suspension of critical thinking
about this slow-motion coup-de-cheqier? How could the American
people, savvy folks we are constantly told, be fooled so long?
Just remember: you don't have to be a genius to commit the
perfect crime; you just have to be in charge of the investigation.
And how does one become "in charge" in America? One pays to
be in charge. So, first, they bought the press. The press
is in charge of informing the electorate, both about matters
of public interest, and about the scandals of politicians.
Once in control of exposing political chicanery, it was simple
to hide the wolfishness of the thieves while condemning the
barking of the sheep dogs. It was Gresham's law of political
reporting: bad reporting drives out good politicians. As decent
politicians left in droves, the result was a reactionary Congress
and a partisan farce of an impeachment.
Payback coupled with an infinite supply of cash is very hard
to beat in the long run. In the 2000 election, the money boys
paid the press to lie about Al Gore and not to tell the truth
about George Bush. The gangsters supplied the muscle - Congressional
aides bussed to Miami (surprise!) to stage a "riot". And,
just for insurance, a court packed by the gangsters validated
the whole rotten deal in a weasel-worded disgrace of an opinion
that may well serve as the tombstone of American democracy.
Slouching towards the trenches
My personal opinion is that the "W" in George W. Isuzu, Jr
stands for Wilhelm - as in Kaiser Wilhelm, Jr (the second).
Wilhelm II was a brittle, shrill, strutting popinjay in love
with the military, although never at any risk himself. He
happened to have inherited the most powerful country in Europe
from his father, by whom he was always overshadowed. Wilhelm
II dispensed with the wise counsel of Bismarck, scared a friendly
England into an alliance with his enemy France by trespassing
on the British Navy's superiority, and constantly disturbed
the harmony of the Victorian era with his macho braying. He
blundered into World War I, became a figurehead in a military
government, and ignominiously fled to Holland after the surrender.
The Germans, like the GOP, were also good at Guns and Payback,
but not so good at Oil. Perhaps that is why they lost. Twice.
Unless we want to be yet another example of Santayana's people
"who do not remember history", we had better speak up fast.
A third world war, which no-one except some Pentagon fanatics
wants, is being put on the rails by military planners operating
in secret. Timetables are being drawn up for walking straight
into a mid-East quagmire that will make the Western Front
look like a Queens-rules boxing match.
I remember history. I remember that once the shooting started
in August 1914, all the labor leaders and all the opposition
leaders followed their armies, leming-like into the slaughter.
Once the draft machinery was running and the casualty lists
came in, the war was unstoppable. And, it was a war like no
one had ever seen. They talked of cannon-fodder and mechanised
death. And that was with the technology of a century ago.
I also remember that the sad-sack anarchist who started it
all spent the war comfortably in jail, and lived to tell about
So, whether you are left or right, whether you think the
perpetrators are terrorists or freedom fighters, the time
to think is running out. If you want democracy to have a chance
in a world of Drug Running CIA/ Mossad spooks, false-flag
provocations, IMF loan sharks, off-shore banks, Hot Money,
and Enrons, speak now or they will forever hold your peace.
Get off your asses. Its about to be "Mourning in America"