Let me start by telling you I’m not a writer, or some academician so if my grammar is off, or I don’t get the syntax’s correct everywhere I’m not going to lose sleep over it, and neither should you. This isn’t a studious academic paper that hopes to inform or change anyone’s mind. This is just a plain old rant. That said, before you read any farther stop, yes stop, and take a minute to visualize these words.
Now try this one,
Do these words affect you? They affect me. Should they affect any rational human being? You say yes of course they should. But they don’t do they? Some want to argue the semantics of the implications and meaning of these words for political reasons. That confuses me. I just can’t understand it no matter how hard I try.
I grew up in family of old left union people. My father was a life long Democrat and many times as a child I remember union meetings and political meetings going on at our home. I was familiar with phrases like position papers, and strategies. I didn’t understand any of it really, but I liked the people that came, and I remember their passion to want to make life better for the working classes. I remember the red baiting, and arguments over American exceptionalism.
In the sixties I entered the world of the New Left, where position papers, and strategies were causes for confrontation, both verbal and physical. The New Left was so much more interested in semantics, and the dogmatic belief in having the correct position that we spent all of our time fighting each other, rather than the true evil. It regressed even more after Reagan and the greed generation. The state did a superb job in infiltrating and dismantling us for all practical purposes. We were marginalized, and we deserved to be. We were / are stupid and naive. The right organized, created alliances with diverse organizations, set up think tanks, raised money, spent energy infiltrating political parties, we marched, and sang Cum-ba-ya.
It’s 2007, and now we have candidates running for president that don’t believe in evolution, hell some are probably members of the Flat Earth Society, wouldn’t surprise me. We have Democrats now who are more like Republicans. There is really only one party this country and that’s the MONEY PARTY, debate it if you want, but prove me wrong and I’ll buy you a beer. The rest is superficial bullshit to continue to let the population think they have a choice when they vote. The right now has total control over the media, and how any information is disseminated and any debates on issues are framed. They control us using the fear mongers trick of keeping us scared Americans trembling about when the next “terrorist attack” will happen.
I remember a time when Americans would have stood up and said “Fuck you, we’re Americans you assholes don’t scare us, we can kick your ass and anyone else ass that messes with us”. That American attitude has been washed away by the “war on terror”, created so masterfully by the right. So if Orwell was a visionary, what has stopped us from becoming his vision? Nothing, nada, it’s here, only more insidious than we could have imagined. Corporate fascism has become entrenched. And we can only blame ourselves. That’s right, no one else is to blame. We as the citizens of America are the problem. We got what we deserved by believing voting could change things. We now accept democracy-lite as normal. Our politicians are bought and paid for by corporations. This is not news to anyone. This has been said for 50 years, but saying it and changing it never seem to cross paths do they?
We are constantly sucked into the belief that if the Democrats really gain control things will change. This is the stupid shit that led us to where we are now. Some of them talk a good talk, but only two or three walk the walk. A well known “liberal” from California Dianne Feinstein voted for Michael Mukasey, after of course explaining in the LA Times why she was selling out, and voting for legal immunity for telecommunications companies that spied on you illegally for the government. The democrats are spineless with more excuses than Musharraf, because they just want to get re-elected. They are a class now, not elected representatives of the people. They could give a shit what the public wants. The only thing that matters to them is what they want, and how to get it from interests that pay the most to get their ear. The majority is against the war in Iraq, but the “elected class” isn’t, so they find every fucking excuse to avoid ending it. They’re making money so fuck you is what they’re really saying to us.
I don’t claim to have the answers, but deep inside you know what it would take to get real change and democracy don’t you? But you also know that you, or me, or any of us, just don’t have the balls to really do what it would require, so we all will just continue to be outraged, and blame someone else.
To believe that this corruption will simply evaporate when the Bush presidency is done is to underestimate the permanent erosion inflicted over the past six years. What was once shocking and unacceptable in America has now been internalized as the new normal. So now, actually think about why our country would even have to discuss what torture is.
Anonymous in OB