Indian Chief ‘Two Eagles’ was asked by a white government official, ‘You have observed the white man for 90 years. You’ve seen his wars and his technological advances. You’ve seen his progress, and the damage he’s done.’
The Chief nodded in agreement.
The official continued, ‘Considering all these events, in your opinion, where did the white man go wrong?’
The Chief stared at the government official for over a minute and then calmly replied. ‘When white man find land, Indians running it, no taxes, no debt, plenty buffalo, plenty beaver, clean water.
Women did all the work, Medicine man free. Indian man spend all day hunting and fishing; all night having sex.’
Then the chief leaned back and smiled. ‘Only white man dumb enough to think he could improve system like that.’
Originally found at tshtf.info
I was having a Facebook chat with Jay a few nights ago. It was enjoyable because Jay´s such a bright kid that I not only can go into very deep discussions of the political economy with him, but I always come away from our conservations or reading his writing with information that teaches me something or knocks me over with ironic coincidence.
Two examples that come to mind are his discovery of a redacted document that showed the size and leverage terms of anti-US dollar derivative positions held by the 10 largest banks in the world and as far as I know, no one else has discovered the document or even commented on Jay´s blog post which has it other than myself and Dr Torrance Stephens. Jay, while particpating as a caller to T, Sista GP and my “Raw Dawg Buffalo Radio Show,” raised the only contrary position which posited no violence in the USA if the dollar does crack and hyperrecessflation creates widespread starvation, thirst and mayhem. Many people, accurately I believe, have posited that this epoch will see the imposition of extreme martial law and, naturally, the use of the FEMA camps to the fullest.
I don´t think Jay disagreed with that necessarily but he approached the issue from the point of view of the American people, not those enlisted into the social control goon squads. It was Jay´s opinion that while there would be martial law and use of FEMA camps as centers of imprisonment of dissenters, the displaced, and those just fighting hard to get food and water, the mayhem would likely be less widespread and less intense that most believe. It was a very profound opinion but one that was simple, understandable, and a lot of people missed even considering it: NO MATTER HOW BAD THE ECONOMIC DEVASTATION GETS, THE TVs WILL STILL BE BROADCASTING INTO THE SAME MILLIONS OF AMERICAN HOMES AND WHATEVER DOCILITY AND IGNORANCE THE TV HAS CREATED AND PROMOTED IN AMERICANS, WILL CONTINUE TO BE CREATED AND PROMOTED. This, Jay believes, will mitigate a great deal of relentless and necessary survival and self-sufficiency on the part of The Sheeple even when their children are dying of thirst.
It´s such an obvious bit of reasoning but for some reason it has escaped a lot of smart people who have paid attention to the socially-distortive potential of US fiscal and monetary oolicy. I could list 1000 people way smarter than me who understand economics, who, like me, assumed civil war rather than sporadic violence contained by TVs that will still be in homes and still in control.
If Jay has decided to take time off from writing, it´s our loss, but having done the same myself, there are times you feel like doing it and times you don´t or can´t. Because, he and I are still in regular contact though and because his mind has no stopped working, I´m happy to convey the mind-blowing stuff he uncovers in my spot here until he´s ready to reanimate “JayMidnyte” and/or “ThoughSwirl.”
I don´t know if anyone remembers Jay´s piece on the present day active and passive participation in the American system of Imperialist Corporatism. He posits that, though the USSR was hardly in great shape either, their psy-ops were a good deal stronger than those of the USA and their generational predictions and active psyop distortions against the USA are a explanatory variable not only of The Sheeple but of Obamabot/Democrat/”Progressive” wing of the present state of fascist play in the USA.
Jay illustrated this with a late 70s/early80s clip of an interview with KGB defector, Yuri Bezmezov, who explains both America´s corporatist imperialism of the time and future and how KGB psyops PROMOTED THAT with the use of demoralization following on psychological subversion of that generation and the baby-boomers. Bezmezov is not a perfect predictor but having done the work before defection he knows of what he speaks and his predictions from 27 years ago are pretty damned amazing.
I don´t remember exactly which clip Jay used but this one´s close enough.
He pretty much calls everything perfectly with the exception of one guy he gets wrong — Daniel Ellsberg, who was always non-partisan, non-ideological, and a strong anti-fascist peace activist. Odd that of all the others like Jane Fonda (and if there was a Michael Moore phenonmenon then, he´d be perfect, too) Bezmezov gets exactly that once they realized that the “market” in the USA would no longer want what liberals were selling, the “liberals” made the easy switch to pro-USA Imperial Corporatism, as a confused and demoralized nation stared at the idiot box. There are a lot of Bezmezov videos around and you get the same perceptiveness from all of them, but for that one goofup on Ellsberg who is so much like America´s Bezmezov. He told the truth about the American system after having been trained by it and never stopped telling the truth.
Walter Mondale (CFR, Trilateral Commission, etc), Tom Hayden (Prison Industrial Complex Advocate and Obama/Hillary´s chess piece in advancing coup in Honduras as stifling desposed center-left pan-Latinist president Mel Zelaya), and Jane Fonda (went from pro-Stalinist, pro-Maoist, pro-Pol Pot “Hanoi Jane” communist extremist to uber-American corporatist whose love of money knows no ends) were bulls-eyes for Bezmezov´s predictions. Jay´s greater point with all this is that the demoralization that set in once ignorant reflexive pro-USSR American elitist group-think morphed into pro-USA American elitist imperial corporatism which seems to have reached its apotheosis with Obalism. I still think it´s going to get worse and just as what Obama sells is just that much worse than what Bush sold, the next head-of-sales in the USA will be selling an even WORSE product than Obama is.
I´m sort of recapping my recent conversation with Jay here in which we reviewed much of our previous conversations and written work. Then, apparently just using my saying that Bezmezov had been right that Jane Fonda would turn into a true fascist, Jay googled away and with those key words found another soothsayer, the classical conservative John Flynn who predicted pretty much exactly how America became more and more fascist from the FDR period to the present. Ironically, Jay caught this interesting piece with the key words “Jane Fonda” and “fascist,” but it´s not Jane Fonda´s present-day fascist imperialism and greed that comes up in Flynn´s writing. Rather, it´s his constitutional defense of her right in earlier times to be a Marxist-Leninist if that´s what she chose as a point in defense of classical conservatism as against neo-conservatism.
“The Coming US Fascism
In 1944 the Old Right journalist John T. Flynn wrote:
“The test of fascism is not one’s rage against the Italian and German war lords. The test is – how many of the essential principles of fascism do you accept and to what extent are you prepared to apply those fascist ideas to American social and economic life? When you can put your finger on the men or the groups that urge for America the debt-supported state, the autarchial corporative state, the state bent on the socialization of investment and the bureaucratic government of industry and society, the establishment of the institution of militarism as the great glamorous public-works project of the nation and the institution of imperialism under which it proposes to regulate and rule the world and, along with this, proposes to alter the forms of our government to approach as closely as possible the unrestrained, absolute government – then you will know you have located the authentic fascist.
“But let us not deceive ourselves into thinking that we are dealing by this means with the problem of fascism. Fascism will come at the hands of perfectly authentic Americans, as violently against Hitler and Mussolini as the next one, but who are convinced that the present economic system is washed up and that the present political system in America has outlived its usefulness and who wish to commit this country to the rule of the bureaucratic state; interfering in the affairs of the states and cities; taking part in the management of industry and finance and agriculture; assuming the role of great national banker and investor, borrowing millions every year and spending them on all sorts of projects through which such a government can paralyze opposition and command public support; marshaling great armies and navies at crushing costs to support the industry of war and preparation for war which will become our greatest industry; and adding to all this the most romantic adventures in global planning, regeneration, and domination all to be done under the authority of a powerfully centralized government in which the executive will hold in effect all the powers with Congress reduced to the role of a debating society. There is your fascist. And the sooner America realizes this dreadful fact the sooner it will arm itself to make an end of American fascism masquerading under the guise of the champion of democracy.
“It should be equally clear that all this is in no sense communism…. [A] reason for the confusion is the character of the men who are authentic and honest New Dealers but who were not communists…. They began to flirt with the alluring pastime of reconstructing the capitalist system. They became the architects of a new capitalist system. And in the process of this new career they began to fashion doctrines that turned out to be the principles of fascism. Of course they do not call them fascism, although some of them frankly see the resemblance. But they are not disturbed, because they know that they will never burn books, they will never hound the Jews or the Negroes, they will never resort to assassination and suppression. What will turn up in their hands will be a very genteel and dainty and pleasant form of fascism which cannot be called fascism at all because it will be so virtuous and polite.” (As We Go Marching [Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, Doran & Co., 1944], pp. 252-255.)
In 1969, at the height of the so-called Sixties, a New Right essayist – alarmed, apparently, that Jane Fonda still enjoyed freedom of speech and that college administrators were too spineless to have the police clear student radicals out of their offices – called for “some variety of expediential fascism”:
“The very nature of the situation creates competing codes and doctrines extreme in content and alien to the balancing compromises of liberal polity. The stringent demands of such a rudimentary struggle of power and ideas invites political approaches that are totalitarian in nature: not quite in the original fascist sense that puts all aspects of life under the aegis of political authority, at least in the general sense that political theory can no longer restrict itself to general conditions and procedural rules, but must offer a comprehensive, authoritative resolution of a number of specific political and social questions.” (Donald Atwell Zoll, “Shall We Let America Die?”, National Review, December 16, 1969, pp. 12-62-1263, italics added.)
The phrase emphasized above (“political theory can no longer restrict itself to general conditions and procedural rules”) abolishes constitutions and expresses the long-standing wish of some “conservatives” for a Government of National Emergency. FDR and Truman taught them well. National Review lives in a mental state of siege. There may be no antidote for it, but the following quotations may be of some use:
“Perhaps it is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad.”
~ James Madison, 1798 (italics added)
“Is it not just possible that we may become corrupted at home by the reaction of arbitrary political maxims in the East upon our domestic politics, just as Greece and Rome were demoralised by their contact with Asia?”
~ Richard Cobden, 1850
“Wartime brings the ideal of the State out into very clear relief, and reveals attitudes and tendencies that were hidden. In times of peace the sense of the State flags in a republic that is not militarized. For war is essentially the health of the State.”
~ Randolph Bourne, 1919
Copyright © 2001 LewRockwell.com
Jay and I read this piece at the same time and we were so blown away by this fellow´s predictive powers that it kind of ended our conversation. There have been a lot of unconventional forecasters like Bezmezov, Ellsberg, Flynn, and old-time Louisiana governor Huey Long who seem to have describe America on Christmas Day 2010 from decades in the past. There are forecasters of present vintage like Gerald Celente, Max Keiser, David DeGraw, Ron Paul, Peter Schiff, Cynthia McKinney, BUELAHMAN, and a whole bunch more who´ve been uncannily correct in their foresight. These people have all been basically disregarded and called “conspiracy theorists” for the trouble.
So, if there´s a lesson in all this that people who read BuelahMan´s Revolt can take away from my account of my conversation with Jay, it´s that one of the better ways to be patriot Americans (in the sense of pride in your country and belief in a democratic-repulic of the USA, peaceful, free and just, TRUST YOUR OWN OPINIONS SO LONG AS THEY´RE YOURS. AND IF THEY FEEL LIKE “CONSPIRACY THEORIES,” THEY PROBABLY HAVE A LOT OF RETROSPECTIVE AND PREDICTIVE QUALITY!
I´m going to enjoy the last few hours of this Christmas Day with some of the great leftover pork roast and turkey from last night.
My Dad, the “Old Soldier” wasted much of his life in the tours he did in Vietnam. It rendered him incapable of clear thought and propagandized him into believing that America’s leaders could and would do no harm (unless, of course, they were Democrats). When I pointedly asked him if he thought that George W Bush would lie (in regards to the Iraq War), he relied, “I do not believe my Commander-in-Chief would ever lie to me.”
It was one of the most idiotic things this seemingly smart man could have ever said. It showed me that intelligence can be thwarted and that some people would desperately do or say ANYTHING to keep from thinking logically or make it impossible for some to see the obviousness of his delusion. Does he even know that the Gulf of Tomkin incident NEVER happened. That the one thing that dragged us into that war that turned his brain into mush was a bald faced lie?
I have been to The Wall in DC with him and witnessed him sob over the ones that didn’t come home. I have been in the theater with him when he saw “We Were Soldiers” and hugged him as the atrocities played out in what he called the most real portrayal he had ever imagined. How we spent the trip home discussing the movie and how it helped him open up and tell many of the horror stories he had lived while in country.
I have been very cautious about blaming the grunts and calling them out for their participation in these latest illegal and immoral wars. Many are hoodwinked into believing the lies… many others see no other way to support their families and are forced to do so, just to make it. But, I have a personal stake in this that transcends all the others who have been duped or forced into conscription.
Old man, it is YOU that could make a difference. It is YOUR type that could stand up and begin to tell the truth.
Until you do, you are nothing but a contributer to the ongoing killings. Until you do, you are instrumental in the never-ending wars and the deaths of those that followed in your footsteps.
Old Soldier, it is time you and the rest of you brain-washed assholes start to raise your voices in anger and hold the cabal in account. It is time.
Until you do, you are a coward and a fool who will never obtain my respect.
Captain Nivens, I call you out for your insouciance, lack of character and your drunken stupor that has kept you from saying what you know is true and has allowed you to keep silent as those brave young men fight and die in bogus and corrupt wars of profit and Empire.
“I have to teach this Obama something about capitalism” — Hugo Chávez.
This was in the wake of the government takeover of GM, chronicled very well right here by B´Man who used this piece by Greg Palast to make the same point Chávez made.
The latter, of course, is a bright man with a very needling yet accurate sense of humor. He knew that while he calls his government “socialist,” it is hardly that, and he knows his reputation in the American propaganda is as some kind of communist dictator, so he took an opportunity to make a very deeply finessed joke. The essential truth at the heart of the joke is while the “socialist” Republic of Venezuela is, like almost all countries, an economic mix of public and private ownership of productive capacity. They vary as to percentage, but all self-governing nations can be said to be “capitalist” in the main with greater or lesser degrees of “socialist features.”
The United States is not one of those countries because it is neither “capitalist” nor “socialist” nor the common blend of the two. It is a CORPORATIST EMPIRE. The wealth and productive capacity of the USA is largely controlled by a triad of the largest banks and corporations, all branches of government by mostly the executive and legislative, and a PRIVATE CENTRAL BANK the world knows as THE FEDERAL RESERVE.
Thus, the country which claims to be the example of capitalism in action, has no respect for the natural rules of capitalism and I don´t need to discuss the role of regulation and/or oversight either to prove it.
One of those natural, commonsense, laws of capitalism is THE LEVELS OF SENIORITY OF CORPORATE FINANCE. Without the existence of this ladder, capitalism could not function. There would be no incentive to lend money and there would be no incentive for any single person to commit themselves to any job at all. The only logical choice would be, as was in the case of the USSR, for everyone to steal everything that wasn´t bolted down at their place of employment.
Palast lays out the case of the government takeover of GM and concurrent theft of workers´and lenders´money and rights to benefit itself and the banking-cartel, at the expense of the natural order of seniority of corporate finance.
(An aside: Chávez and Argentina´s President Cristina Fernández De Kirchner have bragged about allowing the process of seniority of levels of corporate finance to work itself through failing companies and have created 1000s of millionaires out of normal unionized workforces who were able to use their top rung on the ladder of finance to take over failed companies and make successes of them. 1000 millionaires are better than one billionaire screwup, no?)
So, EXHIBIT A, in exactly how the USA is a corporatist empire, not a democratic republic with a mixed economy. H/T again to B´Man for his post from the Summer of 2009.
It is not just the executive and legislative branches of government of the USA which violate another natural tenet of capitalism, THE ILLEGALITY OF FRAUD.
Another aside, this one with more American relevance!: while I have a great deal of respect for Ron Paul, I certainly don´t agree with his free-market absolutism because it does not appear that he has thought through the endgame of it. All that would happen is, while the government might be severed from the corporations, the result would be overt feudalism in the country with the world´s greatest wealth and income concentration. To be fair to Paul, however, he asserts that the laws against fraud properly enforced are better than a corporatist government whose regulation and oversight are themselves fraudulent. I agree with this part of his explanation, though I find it necessary, but hardly sufficient, because the laws pertaining to fraud are completely disregarded as the Palast piece and the following show.
So, EXHIBIT B in our ongoing case against corporatism.
The judicial branch of government at the behest of the banking cartel and executive branches is participating in a cruel fraud against the American homeowner by creating a quasi-governmental, quasi “private,” agency called MERS to rob homeowners of their rights and to speed up the foreclosure process as a gift to the banking-cartel.
Once you´ve read it, and understood why it´s a fraudulent entity, watch this video of Matt Taibbi explaining to Cenk Uyger why this is so.
Now, have a look at a chart which partially shows the slicing and dicing and repackaging and sales and trading of mixed mortgages.
My point here is to emphasize that the dispersion of millions of tiny pieces of millions of mortgages to entities far and wide and completely unaccounted for leave any fraudulent entity like MERS or any special courts meant to speed up the foreclosure of homes are not LEGAL. They violate federal laws against fraud, conspiracy, obstruction of justice, restraint of trade, and are wholly unconstitutional because they violate due process and the so-called “takings clause.”
What Taibbi alludes to and I specify is that the “plaintiffs” in these “judicial foreclosures” are not necessarily entitled to pursue foreclosure because as it seems, THEY ARE NOT THE BENEFICIAL OWNERS OF THE HOME LOAN. Thus, they are not the “aggrieved parties” to any foreclosure court proceeding and have no business trying to force anyone out of their homes. Only if the actual beneficial holders of the loans are able to repackage them into the original loan itself (or some threshold percentage of it) can they bring a claim of foreclosure against a homeowner. A bank which briefly owned an MBS/CDO and no longer has any title to any tiny slice of any mortgage in it is plainly not an aggrieved party and ought by law, normal business practice, and the US Constitution, have no right to try to seize something they don´t own only to make yet more free money and oppress yet more people.
But if you look at these two examples, you see that in the Imperial Corporatist States Of America, THERE IS NO LAW, THERE IS NO NORMAL BUSINESS PRACTICE, AND OBVIOUSLY THERE IS NO CONSTITUTION.
There is only a corporatist empire, a police state and all the oppression, coercion, expropriation, and RULE OF FRAUD that accompanies an empire.
Pretty much over the sickness (finished the bout of antibiotics yesterday, even tho no one showed me any test results indicating any bacterial infection). The dizziness and fever seems to be gone and physically I feel fairly normal. As I have said previously, this was the sickest I have ever been in my life.
It would almost seem as if I could have taken some time to develop my thoughts on this post, but they don’t seem to be gelling, as normal. I have this deep insistence that we are right slap-dab in the middle of “The Fall”. That the pols are ram-rodding various “laws” (under the guise of protecting us), but in reality are further restrictions and bounds for us as free people. Everywhere I look in the world, shit hitting fan is splattering all over: the UK, Ireland, Asian and almost everywhere else. People are angry (well, except for the Sheople-like Americans, who are still thinking we are “free”).
Greg posted a great article at the Goon Squad regarding some of this and included a prophetic video from Easy Rider in which it is explained that freedom is an illusion, no matter how much the status quo swears we have them. That is, UNTIL those same powers realize that there are some folks who WILL pursue freedom at any cost:
Read the article to see how that particular film shows what really happens to “free folk” when the powers see the free folk taking freedom seriously.
Israel and its America-controlling arm, AIPAC, are paying off our corrupt, money-grubbing politicians and ensuring that we, one of the few ass-licking, Zionist-defending countries left on the planet, NEVER back any REAL solution to the Zionist-regime’s Nazification of Israel and the lands they steal with abandon.
Even on a personal level, many of my conversations with friends lately end up with them saying things like, “Something bad is in the air.” Or, “I feel like something bad is about to happen,” etc. People who are attuned feel it, don’t you? I do.
I watched a video yesterday of that crazy Elitist elbow rubbing guy, Lyndsey Williams, on DProgram and he is saying the end is near for the Euro, the EU and shortly thereafter, the USA and the dollar. Now, besides the fact that this was an Alex Jones interview and that I have little respect for Baptist preachers (for the most part), I don’t know about that dude, but much of what he said actually melds with my thoughts, so I can’t discount them altogether.
I also note that the Economic Collapse Blog has a list of 25 Signs That The Coming Financial Collapse Is Now Closer Then Ever and I can’t seem to find an issue listed that I disagree with (except, maybe that that 40% of Doctors will leave their practice, which I seriously doubt). Most everything else names and claims what appears pretty obvious to me.
Things seem headed towards some bad ending for the world, don’t they? Or is it just me imagining things (maybe the fever is still here and I don’t realize it).
But maybe there is something else afoot?
As the Dog Poet transmitted recently, he also purports to have some sort of connection to some supreme being and that supreme being is telling him things may not be so bad (or, at the very least, something is going to be done about it all):
I’m here to announce that the ass-kicking is in progress and it is about to go turbo. Powerful figures and self-important jerks around the world have been informed of what’s coming… sort of. Those employed by them have been notified and told that it is going to go very badly for them, if they don’t turn on their employers and go public with everything they know. Everyone is being given an opportunity to inform on everyone else, which is ironic given all this Wal-Mart, Nazipolitano, nude scanners, Wiki-Lies and assorted. I’ve been told this is a Christmas gift for the world and that all kinds of people are going to get gifts and some not.
I’ve been told, over and over, it’s happening right now and you are going to see some mucho surprising things very soon. The all powerful, is going to show up right while they are doing shit and nail them; he’s going to expose them in their media and he’s going to render them powerless to resist. He’s going to shut off their power all over the world and he’s going to render their weapons useless. He said, “watch and see how clever and devious, how ingenious and diabolical I can be. I am both of them anyway, aren’t I? Watch the Satanists when they come to their master and ask for help and sanctuary. They’re going to hear, ‘hey, I only play the devil to catch people like you.”
I’m supposed to say something that I don’t want to say but I have to. Some of us are friends of the supreme and have his favor and everyone is going to see just what that means and how valuable it is. He says he is going to shake the world and that’s starting now. You are not going to believe what is going to be happening and there’s going to be as much amusement in it as there is going to be knee shaking fear.
Everything is under control and I’ve been getting a steady dose of that for two days and some of it has been unpleasant initially but very pleasant now. The degree of absolute and universal control is total. Whatever thinks it’s running around free to do whatever is only being allowed to do this for reasons that are about to be shown.
The hoaxes of history are about to be exposed and some of us are being used in that direction but… no matter what the helpers do, it’s happening regardless. Nothing is going to stop any of this and nations and individuals better get a clue and they can’t say they haven’t been told because they are being told in many different ways and I am supposed to tell you that if you don’t think you’re being told that’s going to be put beyond doubt shortly.
Israel is going to be exposed for everything she’s been up to and become a pariah nation and all those associated with her are going to be held in withering and enduring contempt. She’s going to be rendered powerless and largely emptied of the invaders who will be hard pressed to find somewhere to go. The media is going to be taken out of the hands of those who are running it and/or forced to do what they are told. The bankers and the undeserving wealthy are going to be bankrupted and much worse.
Entire nations are going to get the asses kicked for being self-indulgent, selfish, stupid, indifferent and all the rest of the things the supreme does not like. The changes and transformations are going to go beyond anything anyone imagines and it’s happening right now. Things are being suppressed in the media and they are going to get forced out now. People are going to start saying things on TV that they have no control over. The whole false system of control is going to be torn apart and ‘visible… watch how diabolically clever and ingenious I can be. Watch how everything they do now turns against them in real time.’
I’m supposed to say that anyone who hasn’t gotten busy looking for ways to be helpful had better start now because there is a great opportunity at hand for those who take advantage and “for those who have been serving and helping all along, watch what I do. Just watch and see what I am about to do for those who have had the faith and industry to be about my business, no matter how invisible I seemed to be. Business as usual is over and I only let it go on like this for my own reasons. Now I’m going to be proactive.”
I’m supposed to say that some will know right away how real this is and some won’t and those who don’t or won’t are going to be shown in surprising ways because the supreme is going to enter into the lives of everyone on Earth and dispense what’s needed. Take that however you like.
I’m supposed to say that the supreme knows exactly how it looks right now and just how gruesome and unpleasant its all gotten to be and to tell you that is about to end, real soon. Don’t be surprised at anything and those who have the capacity to believe who is behind it are going to reap some fine rewards. Even now, people all over the world are starting to feel some new things and this is only the beginning.
He says he is going to start opening people’s eyes right now and ripping the cover off of everything. People are going to suddenly wake up and know what’s been going on and who’s been responsible. The blessings are going to become very evident very soon and those who aren’t getting them will be seeing why and what they have lost. Some are going to be getting things formerly supposed to be unobtainable. There are no limits and that’s going to be apparent across the board.
Who knows? Will I be the one to say that this dude is a fruitcake because he hears from God?
All I will say is that I HOPE it is true.
Maybe things are coming to a head and that someone, somewhere is going to illuminate it all and truth with prosper and spread.
I’d be lying if I didn’t say I have my doubts.
I watched hours of his
filibusterspeech and was impressed enough to share it with several people. They, too, were impressed with what one of the few “Independents” had to say. But allow me to clarify one thing, this was no filibuster. The filibuster (or “talking out a bill”) is a tactic used to STOP (or delay) a vote (and generally attains that goal, as history notes). In this case, the vote is and was always scheduled for Monday, Dec 13, 2010. Mr Sanders’ office said the Senator’s intention was to “speak as long as possible against a tax deal between the White House and congressional Republicans.”
Now, unless Mr Sanders gets his ass up there again on Monday and actually attempts to STOP the vote, this is nothing but rhetoric and a means to appease the masses of people that are pissed off.
I am not suggesting that Bernie Sanders doesn’t believe what he said, for I was taken by his passion and truth… he told it like it was. But, to me this is only Kabuki Theater meant to appease. For, IF he were actually filibustering, he would be there tomorrow and ensure that this does not take place, in the first place. Steve Lendman writes in “The Fix Is In: Expect Democrats To Buckle“:
Real filibusters don’t quit without succeeding. According to Senate historian Donald Ritchie, they occur “to prevent the majority from casting a vote.” Sanders spoke on Friday. A Monday vote is scheduled. Doing it then is what counts with others holding the floor nonstop.
Instead, after what he called “a long speech,” he concluded saying:
If “the American people are prepared to stand – and we’re prepared to follow them – I think we can defeat this proposal. I think we can come up with a better (one) which better reflects the needs of the middle class and working families of our country and, to me, most importantly, the children of our country. And with that, Madam President, I would yield the floor.”
No assertion he’ll be back on Monday, staying there with others uncompromisingly to kill the deal for a better one American families deserve. Instead, rhetorical bluster substitutes for resolute action, assuring wealth again defeats popular need. Democrats are as culpable as Republicans, showing not a dime’s worth of difference between them at voting time when it counts.
The real deal will be what you saw from O and his boss, Bubba Clinton. In that clown’s speech is where you will find what will actually happen on Monday.
So, rally everyone in support of Bernie for POTUS and waste even more time as they secure the coming austerity measures against you and the mass of multi-millionaires protect their money and take what is left from you and your children.
And say, “Baaa”.
(OK, that’s just bizarre.)
America: What a wonderful country. A country with the bestest justice system in the world.
We have a POTUS that can arrest any person in the world just by his word and if that ain’t good enough for you, he’ll just have you killed (yeah, by his word).
Our “allies” can manufacture terrorist hijackers with box-cutter wielding skills so phenomenal they are able to totally disarm our air defenses and then supposedly kill thousands of our fellow citizens, yet we attack another country (well, hell, the war plans were already drawn up, so we can’t waste that, can we?)
Our type of “justice” makes it acceptable, no, PREFERRABLE to attack innocent countries over a pack of lies and when those lies are shown to be what they are, you know, LIES, then we stay anyway, build the largest embassy on the planet and then set out to control then via fear, murder and mayhem. You see, they told us that if we broke it (and believe me, we DID break them) we had to fix it. How convenient. I suppose that means our justice keeps us there forever.
And that pack of lies I just mentioned that caused us to kill all those millions and displace even more and sicken more with dirty weapons and the nasty shit they do ( not to mention the harm done to our folks) were instigated by this man:
American Justice makes it possible that a calculating murderer is able to get off from their countless atrocities by asking those that he benefitted the most in these bogus and illegal invasions to simply pay for it.
Of course, having an even more corrupt, but better lying Dick come in the office after you leave and his efforts to protect you and your minion’s (W) thievery and murder never seems to hurt. (Kudos O-Bummer)
American Justice is wonderful, isn’t it?
Ironically, there´s a kind of capitalist (NOT CORPORATIST) lesson the World Socialist Web Site´s piece on the ouster of Kevin Rudd as Australian PM
Good lesson indeed on how not to handle the American Empire as the leftish-leaning leader of some other country.
You get those deals done with BRIC or APEC as fast as possible upon taking office, whether it be open-auction leases of natural resource realization, or real estate, or hotel/casino/resorts, and/or hard and fast fair-trade agreements. You do not fart around trying to split the difference and attempt to deal with the evil empire at arm´s length, yet sort of kind of remain “Western” because you´re Anglo.
That is how Ecuador with a $110BLN GDP is stronger and more independent than Australia with an $850BLN GDP. Once the Bolivarian movement President Rafael Correa won the election handily, he bought out the sub-market RoyalDutch/Shell lease which had been arranged as an “austerity” diktak by the IMF in exchange for a debt-bailout to the dictatorial Noboa government and got an above-market price from Rosneft. That allowed him to boot out the US Military and tell the Bush Administration that if he still wanted a US Army base in Ecuador, Bush had better be willing to let him have an Ecuadorean Army base on Collins Avenue in Miami Beach. The Russians are sure happy with the lease even though they paid premium at the time.
So, that allowed Correa to buy back the water supply from Vivendi which had been privatized under IMF “austerity” fiat during the Noboa period. And then tell the IMF to go f**k itself and try collecting on its “bailout loan” because it may have been legal under dictatorial rule but not in a self-governing Bolivarian republic. Then the Ruso-Latino Defense Pact was signed in 2007.
Hillary Clinton paid a call on Correa to try to get him to bend on various “free” trade agreements and maybe to get in between Correa and Chávez, but he said no thanks, any trade would be at fair market value and neither the empire nor IMF would ever have any special leverage. Nor did it have any business lying to him about his closest ally.
This frustrated Hillary, Obama and the IMF, so unable to get rid of Correa by corrupting the inside of the PPA (Partido PAIS Alianza), they made a half-assed coup attempt by having the usual suspects turn a routine negotiation between the government and police union into an attempt to overthrow Correa. With the Rosneft deal on the lease and the pipeline JV, plus the Ruso-Latino Pact signed, sealed and delivered in Belgium, Correa told them all “go ahead and kill me now and see what happens.” Well, we know what would happen — WW3. Coup thwarted.
Kevin Rudd´s mistake was not getting the deals done with China and Japan fast enough, leaving him unprotected when Hillary came calling. Rudd, while certainly different from the neo-con Howard and the neo-lib Beazley, just dawdled basking in his massive approval ratings which at the time were close to if not higher than Obama´s AND Bachelet´s. He kind of fancied himself something of an Anglo Obama/Bachelet cross even.
You have to give Hillary some sick credit here for smelling weakness and ego and not giving Rudd a chance to get anything going with BRIC or APEC. Without the protection of these deals making Rudd not Beazley China´s contact (and perhaps Brazil´s, India´s and Russia´s as well), he surely couldn´t tell Clinton to go fuck herself or “just kill him and see what happens”! So, he was the easiest kind of prey for the US. And what else do they have now in Australia in addition to a compliant neo-liberal like Beazley in charge? Well, look at the WSWS piece. They have more US military bases and none in exchange for an Australian base hard by the Delano Hotel.
I understand that the handful of self-proclaimed American state-socialists dislike the Bolivarian movement because it´s a unique socialist-capitalist-Englightenment “conservative” blend without a “dictatorship of the proletariat” or any intention of getting rid of capitalism at all. They use the tools of Adam Smith and Irving Fisher and the basic natural rules of corporate finance to get to a very egalitarian result with a budget surplus. Well, do American state-socialists like neo-liberal toadies like Berlusconi, Blair, Brown, Merkel, and Rodriguez Zapatero better?
I´m not saying that Bolivarianism is perfect in any way. No system nor government is ever really more than 60% good. Chávez, himself, says so far it works about 15% as well as he had hoped, and he is not a modest guy! But it was a new idea that has worked for 13 years now. And unless a country´s government is willing to be a client-state of the American corporatist empire and international banking-cartel, they are out there on their own. They better be ready with a new idea that is even just partly a peoples´movement. They have to be fearless and they must be ready to do capitalist business according to the natural rules with the strong nations outside the Empire´s Axis. Sure, it means BRIC and APEC and Iran and Turkey and Kazakhstan, etc. While with determination, creativity and a good idea, peoples´movements via an orderly, fair, electoral process with many differing parties represented, can work outside of America and its client states, e.g., Israel, the UK, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, the Gulf Emirates, Colómbia, Perú, Rwanda, and the EU to greater and lesser extents. Right now the Bolivarian nations of Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia and the Bolivarian-influenced Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and El Salvador seem to be the only nations which have successfully tried this new concept in varying culturally appropriate ways and seem to be solid and both independent and interdependent.
Brazil has been the most successful of the major powers in adapting its own way of being a strong, wealthy republic with the unique task of being a bridge between the Western and Eastern Hemispheres. Of course, they were lucky enough to have as their first non-dictatorial president, Lula da
Silva, an extraordinarily bright and capable man. The world should hope that his successor Dilma Rousseff continues Lula´s policies and reach. I think she can, but time will tell as it will for the newest nations to emerge from dictatorship, Paraguay and El Salvador.
Honduras, sadly, did fall to the best efforts of Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Zbigniew Brzezinski and Henry Kissinger, despite the center-left Zelaya government attracting some Eastern investment in Tegucigalpa and having economic growth in every year of his presidency. The Zelaya government was just not prepared for a military coup with maximum CIA and “contractor” help. At least, the USA´s puppet president, Pablo Lobo, has not been recognized as the rightful president of the “republic” except by the USA, Israel, Canada, and the rest of the usual suspects.
So, what is to be done inside the home base of the Corporatist Empire since there is obviously no galvinzing force like a Chávez, Correa, or Morales to lead a peoples´movement which would set things to rights. In American terms, that would mean becoming for the first time really a democratic republic, not a corporatist empire? Can it be done BEFORE the dollar cracks and hyper-recessflation brings about starvation, thirst, chaos, martial law, and ,yes, finally the use of those FEMA “camps” which are anything but a conspiracy theory?
I believe that first of all it has to be — in the same way Bolivarianism V 2.0 suited Latin America — a new, non-institutionally political system-based concept that is culturally right for America. I believe a first step happened in 2008 but everyone was too caught up in the moment to notice. I am not speaking about Obama´s ersatz “history-making election.” I am talking about Ron Paul´s “Third Party Conference” in September of that year in which he moderated a panel of the off party presidential candidates McKinney (Green), Nader (Independent), Baldwin (Constitutionalist), and the absent Barr (Libertarian). They each represented different philosophies, but they all agreed on a handful of core principles based upon anti-imperial corporatism. I include the video which is long but interesting and has a few really surprising moments.
There is also something new which formalizes a lot of what came out of Paul´s conference and is even less institutionally political than that was. It has gone through a number of name changes, but I kind of like “Project Mark Twain” best of all because that captures the same historical spirit that Chávez, Correa & Company used when they came up with Bolivarianism. (Simón Bolivar was the Latin leader who liberated Latin America from Spain and was acquainted with Thomas Jefferson). The idea is the brainchild of a leftist named Kevin Zeese who ran for Senate in Maryland from the Green Party and a classical conservative professor at Alabama named Dr David Beito. I understand Ralph Nader has joined them and they have written a book about their idea. Mark Twain´s portrait´s on the cover. They adopt some of the basic principles of peace, personal liberty, economic sanity, and an end to the EMPIRE. This is a good interview with Zeese and Beito conducted by Scott Horton of Antiwar.com Radio.
Gerald Celente the forecaster who is Director of the Trends Research Institute believes some non-partisan or multi-partisan popular movement rebellion is very likely in America. He doesn´t give the Tea Party much chance of viability, but its existence is a piece of evidence that despite Americans´seeming apathy and ignorance there is a great hunger for a real movement that can give the 1-party Demopublican/Republicrat system a strong challenge if electoral political success is a necessary first step. Personally, I´d like to see something like Project Mark Twain gain tremendous popular support and overturn the Corporatist empire, Federal Reserve, MIC, police state, drug war and bankster cartel, and then splinter off into varying shades of non-institutional peoples´ parties which are very different yet share the core principles. If something like instant-runoff voting comes along with this, a “tyranny of the majority” can be avoided at more or less every level of self-governance with the minority parties having 1/(Number Of Different Parties) worth of power and voice plus the ability to caucus together.
John Pilger, in his famous “Obama As A Public Relations Creation” concludes that while all chances for a democratic republic of the USA seem remote, he has found in his career as a journalist that the MSM always get it wrong and miss the peoples´movements when they bloom. He cites the Prague rebellion of 1968, the fall of the USSR, and the Latin Wave all as examples that nobody in the media had a clue about until the deed was done.
I apologize for running on long and covering a lot of ground, but this is my first post here in nearly a year and I have only just gotten back the desire to write again. I also apologize for boring anybody. I always do that, but I write what I know about that I think might be new for some readers, and let the chips fall where they may.