Saturday, August 06, 2016

Party Time in Philadelphia

Party time in Philadelphia

I spent some time in Philadelphia helping train reservists for the Fourth Marine Corps District back in the day. It was good duty, with a lot more time for partying than I was used to.

We had a party one night. A few Marines, our girl friends and a few other friends. It was on the second floor of a row house in Philly. The place was somewhere near the University, in an area where lots of university students lived, and some lived on the first floor of that row house. The second floor was Joe and Riley's place. Joe was a full blooded Cherokee Indian from South Carolina, and about the toughest guy I ever saw to this day. He stood about 6'-4", and looked about four feet wide. I swear, his fingers were at least an inch wide across at the tips, the biggest hands I ever saw on any man. I once saw Joe hit a guy, a big guy, so hard he did a complete somersault and land several feet away. Joe told me one time if he ever got a clean hit on someone who didn't go down, he always took a walk around back of the guy to see what had him propped up.

I remember one time we got called out for ceremonial duty to a huge American Legion club somewhere in the western part of the city. We were the rifle and color guard for the funeral of a Marine killed someplace. It was volunteer duty and we did lots of those kinds of duties in Philly because we knew if the guy was Irish or Polish American, you could always count on a big party afterwards, a 'wake' they called it. The Irish and Polish Catholics were famous for that around Philly, and there were a lot of them in that region. This was one of those deals, and after the graveside ceremony we Marines were invited inside the club, taken to a couple of booths and asked what we wanted to drink. Whatever you asked for, they brought out a full fifth each and sat it in front of each man, and brought us delicious roast beef sandwiches on rye and pickles too. Beer flowed freely everywhere as well. There were maybe 200 to 300 people in this club at the time, with eight of us Marines in full dress blue uniforms camped,out in a couple booths against the wall.

It wasn't long after that when the party really got going. There were folks of all ages, including some children. Some younger folks got to dancing and raising hell on the dance floor. Joe was this big handsome guy, with his dark swarthy complexion, sardonic grin, and this big hooked beak nose like a fierce eagle's beak. The girls always swarmed him. So Joe's out there on the dance floor innocently boogying with this attractive girl when some guy sneaked up behind him with a full pitcher of beer and smashed it down on the back of his head. Turned out it was the girl's boyfriend who she was trying to make jealous and it had worked. Joe just looked sort of surprised, then turned around and clobbered the guy, knocking him unconscious.

At that the fight was on, as it usually was when Marines, booze, partying and a fight got all mixed up together. All the Marines piled out of the booths and started knocking hell out of anyone handy. In seconds it was a general melee, with the entire place in a brawl, women screaming, children running and crying and lots of folks running and falling down and some even joining in the fun punching each other. Chairs were thrown and the adrenalin was flowing everywhere so hard it made your ears pop. In the midst of all this, this short, chubby Irish looking guy ran up behind Joe and tried to pin his arms from behind. It looked almost like Joe was peeling off his undershirt when he reached over his head behind him and grabbed the guy by the scruff of his neck. I remember seeing that poor guy flipping through the air, even though I had some guy by the throat while I was pounding his head myself at the time. I bet that poor guy flipped at least three somersaults before landing flat on his back screaming and with the ceiling tiles crashing down all around him.

The club was soon pretty well cleaned out with people scrambling out all the exits running for their lives and screaming. That left just us Marines, one chubby Irish-looking guy sobbing on the floor and a few tentative legionnaires in their cute little caps. Turned out the poor guy Joe flipped was the visiting Congressman from that district and we Marines were all in hot water indeed. To this day I still think that damned Congressman was one complete and utter damned fool for believing he could make himself the hero by stopping that big, bad-assed Marine. On the other hand, aren't most Congressmen kind of narcissistic and stupid that way? Anyway, the rescue squad came and collected the Congressman while we Marines all left as quietly as possible. We all had to face the music the next day, but that's another story entirely.

Joe was later killed in Vietnam - in a whorehouse I heard, which the Charlies blew up with everyone in it. They had mined the place earlier I think, knowing Americans favored the place. The VC had no qualms about blowing up the girls along with the Americans. I guess poor old Joe went out in his own style. We were great friends and I loved that guy. Still do too.

Riley was this fiery red-headed guy from Kentucky and tough as an oak burl. He was much smaller than Joe, but they were great friends too. He would fight a buzz saw at the drop of a hat, and you could count on him to win too. I stole Riley's girl one time and figured I'd have to fight the little bastard over that, but he just laughed and shrugged his shoulders about it. I later paid $600 for that girl to get an abortion and nobody knew who was the papa, as if it mattered. This was in the days before Rowe-Wade too, but abortions were available if you knew the right people. And $600 was a pile of money back in the mid-sixties too, let me tell you. You could buy a brand-new car back then for less than $2000. As I remember, I think Riley may have kicked in a couple hundred too - maybe he had a guilty conscience, and he was an upright guy in any case. I don't know whatever happened to Riley, and maybe he's still surviving somewhere today.

 And boy, that gal was a good-looking thing too, a leggy blonde, and good German Catholic girl who lived to party. You have to remember that confession absolves a lot of sins for Catholics. I have no idea what the penance was for all her sins, but I'll bet it was pretty harsh for her. Maybe she had to sleep with the priest or something, who knows? She was about 22, and loved country music, which was pretty odd in Philly in those days. We used to love to rock out to 'Proud Mary' at the clubs. Go figure. Hell, she used to make a regular road trip with her girl friends from Philly to Memphis about every two months to take in the Grand Ol' Opry!

Actually, that's probably where she got knocked up, on one of those road trips, come to think of it. Ah, well.

But, back to Joe and Riley's party. It was a good party, and everyone got well boozed and loosened up. The HiFi was going, there was loud talking and laughing, you know the drill. People drifted in and out and no one paid much attention until Joe's girl came in and said something to him. She was this lovely nurse from one of the local hospitals. For some reason I was paying attention and I saw his face go dark, if a full-blooded Indian's face can get any darker. But I knew the look as I had seen it before. He jumped out of his chair and headed for the door. A couple other Marines saw it too and we followed him down the stairs. Turned out the students on the first floor were having their own party and many had been drifting up and down the stairs and crashing our party too, but no one seemed to mind or had said anything.

But one of them had said something pretty gross or insulting to Joe's girlfriend, and he really ought not to have done that, especially if he had known whose girlfriend he was messing with. There were about thirty people in the downstairs flat, all partying and laughing too. About two thirds of them were guys, and Joe charged right into the midst of them headed for this one guy who started back peddling to get away. But, he got trapped in the kitchen and Joe hit him so hard he went through the back window and fell to the ground. Those old row houses are built over a raised basement, so the distance from the window to the ground is something like ten feet. And, I don't know what it is, and I have always been puzzled by this phenomenon which has no logic to it at all. But, as soon as one your own guys smacks someone in another group, there is an instant explosion of action. Just ask anyone who has been in a brawl and they will tell you the same thing. It is involuntary and you will instantly knock hell out of the nearest guy in the other group yourself. I think it is the prime instigator and motivator of any so-called brawl.

It also shocks the hell out of anyone who it hasn't happened to before.

And that's exactly what happened that night. Four Marines descended like a tornado on twenty or so bewildered and terrified young students and beat the living hell out of them. The fight didn't last long because they were either huddled on the floor covering their heads in the foetal position or running for their lives out the door and down the street. It was both funny and sad at the same time. After this first burst of violence the four of us looked at each other a little chagrined and embarrassed, and then began helping the remaining poor terrified guys up from the floor, brushing them off and apologizing. After a bit we convinced them we meant no real harm, and before long we were all having drinks together. All except for Joe and the guy he knocked out through the window. Joe had to go hide out at my place for a few days and rescue squad came for his victim lying on the ground outside moaning. Joe had a way of providing more than his fair share of business for the rescue squad. But, like I said, I still loved the guy.

The police came, looked around for a little bit, asked for Joe, and since no one knew where he was they left. They had been through this kind of stuff before.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Denial Ain't Just a River in Egypt

People believe what the want to believe and facts don't matter! I see the proof this over and over again, usually with people who are considered 'conservative'. Sure, there are some radical 'liberal' and 'progressive' people who do the same thing but is more of a conservative trait. Progressives are usually defined as being far more open-minded than conservatives.
I live in a very, very right-wing region of the country where a majority are far more aligned politically with Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona than Barrack Obama, or Hillary Clinton. People where I live are religious, anti-abortion, anti-gay, anti-immigrant, anti-gun control and generally racist (black or white), though most officially deny the racist bit. About the only things they seem to be 'for' are 'our southern heritage' ('states rights', Confederate flags), white supremacy (in fact, if not so stated) and war for the slightest perceived reason and hang its consequences. (Maybe it's all that Confederate heritage stuff coming out and boiling to the surface?)
Occasionally I engage in commentary on various news stories of interest to me. Recently I did so on a story on a local murder/suicide in our community where the subject of gun control came up. I am for, as all rational people ought to be, the reasonable control of access to guns. I am not a radical on the matter, and in fact I own several guns myself. There are certain people however, who in my opinion, should not be allowed to have a gun. Such a person was the main actor in our recent local murder/suicide. I was roundly attacked of course for my mention of gun access control, and all facts I pointed out were simply ignored and skipped over - all as I had expected.
The shooter was a man who had been recently arrested for domestic violence and 'terroristic threats' against his wife. If there was ever a type of person who ought to be disarmed, it was this man. Yet this man apparently still had every right to possess and use firearms, which he did with deadly effect by killing his estranged wife and then himself, leaving several children to fend for themselves - and become wards of the state I imagine. You might say 'good riddance' about the killer, but I don't think you can say it about his victims. In fact, they were victims in more ways than one, since the the authorities failed - it sure seems to me - in their sworn duty to protect them from the threatened violence - threats which were officially recorded well ahead of time by said authorities!
Sadly, unfortunately, this is a story heard all too often in our times.  Somehow the gun lobby using our sacred 'Second Amendment' has successfully subverted almost any sensible gun control or gun access legislation in the United States - all in the interests of  more profits for the gun industry apparently.  They have created near hysteria, and, hang the cost in tragedy, misery, lives and money to the rest of the country so long as their profits keep increasing. Such is the 'American Way' and the Capitalist system!
The gun lobby has so successfully propagandized and frightened so many fearful people, and created so many millions more, who will now run out and buy up ever more stockpile mountains of firearms and ammunition at the slightest suggestion of any meaningful gun access legislation. They have so frightened, and/or defeated any legislator who dares suggest gun acess control they are essentially now writing themselves blank legislative checks. All this in the face of about 70% of the population of the United States who support reasonable gun access control. It is a topsy-turvy situation, which the rest of the civilized world is watching with amazement, wonder and horror.
Gun deaths are now forecast to exceed traffic deaths in the United States in 2015.
And, no matter how many facts, statistics or evidence you present to the totally convinced Second Amendment people, that sensible gun access control laws work, save lives and money, protect more people, and so on and on and on, they are so propagandized that nothing penetrates. In the face of raw facts and statistics, they dissemble, obfuscate and deny, or present straw men arguments. They are CONVINCED - and nothing else matters! There is no reason or sanity there, just raw opinion, which overrules everything else. It all reminds me a great deal of a bumper sticker I once saw about Christianity:

Yep. A lot of those are some of the same folks all right!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Never Trust a Fart - Ever!

I see it has been quite I while since I have posted to this blog. My excuse is many other things have taken my interest in the interim time. Now that I have a brand-new computer it has motivated me to add a bit to this blog. I pass along these words of wisdom to anyone who is getting on in years who is interested in a comfortable, ripe old age. At more advanced ages it is important to recognize the things you can and cannot do - or control. Here are a few pointers:  
Hearing and Seeing: There is an old cliche' about believing 'none of what you hear and only half of what you see'. In my experience this is based on pure unadulterated fact. I have noticed our world is full of those who will say anything to sway you one way or another or relieve you of money and property. Think politicians of all stripes, and various charlatans of mercenary natures. The bigger the corporation too, it seems the worse they are about this. The older I get, the more I realize most of humanity - outside your own circle of family and friends - are on the make one way or another, at everyone else's expense. The lesson to the wise and wary elder is to suspect anything you read or are told, and lots of what you may see with your own eyes - until thoroughly proven otherwise.
Dealing with the Younger Crowd: Try not to challenge a younger and stronger person directly, especially physically unless absolutely necessary; instead, use the things you have learned through your many years of hard-earned experience to call up all the guile and treachery you need and are capable of to control and defeat them.  While this might seem callous and cruel, you are actually helping your opponents become stronger and better persons. While they may not see things this way, for sure if you are successful, you will have taught them respect!
Dealing with People your Own Age: Deal with other older persons with all the tolerance and kindness you are capable of. After all, you likely will not know the kinds of lives they've had to live or the struggles they've had to deal with through their lives which make them what they are today. Give them all the slack you can, and above all, DO NOT JUDGE! Not even if he or she is the most miserable, sour, politically contrary S.O.B. or bitch you ever heard of. You simply will not know what kinds of things made them what they are today. And never forget, they will need to make allowances for you too!
Staying Interested: One thing which really helps the enjoyment of your elder years is to be and stay interested in something - or many things - which appeal to you. 'Exploration' is one of life's great joys, so don't allow yourself to 'vegetate' or refrain from doing things because it's hard, or takes effort. Hobbies, projects, activism, whatever - working at and having a passion for things will surprise you at how the aches and pains will seem to leave your body, and even after your efforts wear you out, there's always rum! Or its alternative!
Eating: Eat moderately and healthily, and the closer to natural the better. If Mother Nature had wanted you to subsist on crap foods, that stuff would grow on bushes and trees. Don't ingest things not naturally meant for you - if you were meant to drink cow's milk for example, you would go around on four legs mooing today. Do not eat the highly processed stuff designed solely to make others rich. Do eat the natural things that feel right and taste naturally good to you - Mother Nature is almost always right about that.
Drinking: You should have learned by now to be moderate in drinking alcohol, otherwise you would likely now be planted in a place where weeds won't grow. It just is not worth it to overdo it. You will be hungover and feel like crap for much longer in your older years than you did when you were twenty. Just don't overdo it! This is not to say you should not enjoy a few drinks when you want to, and even get a little tipsy once in a while - just be warned you will pay for any overindulgence!
Sex: Flaunt it if you have it. I's not going to get any better!
Smoking: If you are reading these lines and ever smoked in your life, you very most likely quit such an incredibly stupid thing years ago. (As I did!) Otherwise your dead ashes would already be mixed in with all those cigarette, cigar or pipe ashes and other dirt.
Doing Drugs: Unless they is prescribed for you, don't do them, especially the hard ones. And, use even prescribed drugs with wisdom and moderation. While I do subscribe to the notion of 'better living through chemistry', don't overdo those either. It is all well and good to moderate pain and anxiety, but just remember, Mother Nature sends pain (and anxiety) along for a reason. And, that is to let you know when you need to correct whatever you are doing wrong to and for yourself.
Churching: If you have ever been a churchgoer, don't waste any more of your time which is probably fast running out anyway. Going to church and acting pious may be a comfort for some, and that's a positive of course. But, my experience is all churches in one way or another are merely archaic organized scams for control and for stripping you of as much of your money as possible. (See 'Hearing and Seeing' above.) And think of all the joy and fun you will have missed in trying to live by churching rules and making other churchgoers believe you are holy! Go out and have some fun while you can and to Hell with all those pious-acting hand-wringing do-gooders who are judging you. Go ahead and have the satisfaction of giving them heartburn.
Leaving an Inheritance: Outside of sentimental remembrances, most inheritances end up being burdens to the beneficiaries, serving mostly to weaken them.  It is a rare bird who has had a happy or satisfying life with an inheritance, and almost surely they will not be anywhere near the same strong person who made all that money in the first place. Sure, free money may be great to get, but it almost always is detrimental to the recipients in the long run. Help make them stronger by helping them fend for themselves. If you want your descendants and friends to enjoy your money, live it all up with them while you are still kicking.
Compromising: You have to learn to live with the notion you may not be able do many things you used to do. You can't dance all night anymore, or run as fast a a twenty-year-old, or do the same manual work you once could do without breaking a sweat. That is one fact of your life you must recognize and accept as reality, and it comes to all of us eventually. Don't fight it, just do what you can and don't worry about what isn't possible anymore. That is what I call compromising with realities . . . and never regret the things which are simply not possible anymore.
Having Fun: Having fun and laughing plays a big part in what makes life splendid, so enjoy all you can. Spend money, have a hoot and to hell with anyone who decides you aren't 'acting your age' or are being foolish. Do the things that YOU enjoy and which feel right to you regardless of what any of the sourpusses say -  most try to tear you down only because they are simply jealous inside anyway. Just smile at them and don't be too sarcastic when you make snarky remarks back to them - and I know you will!
Tolerating Crap from Anyone: JUST DON'T! You don't have to - and don't let anyone fluster you either. Make it your business to get right in the face of anyone giving you crap, and that includes the IRS and similar outfits. What have you got to lose anyway? What are they going to do, put your raggedy old ass in jail? Frig 'em, let 'em fart themselves to death!

And Finally, the most Important Rule: NEVER trust a fart - ever! You never know when that sucker just might come out in lumps, or even worse yet, as a soupy brown chowder. As a corollary, never miss a chance to take a nice comfortable crap when you can, and never fail to answer your inner signal to take a leak when it's convenient too! These simple things seem to become more important as you get older, and paying a little attention to them will make your life so much better.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Michelle Bachmann & Rick Perry on First Mars Mission!

Mars One is a Dutch company recruiting people for a trip to Mars in 2022 - one way. Selected candidates never to return to Earth. The reason is both economical, since return transportation is too expensive, plus the fact the technology doesn't yet exist for the return trip. The company reports thousands of applicants, who send in $38 each for a chance to draw a slot for the mission. Total mission cost is projected at $6 Billion for the first mission.  The first manned mission will be preceded by at least one autonomous supply mission to provide supplies and and a ‘settlement rover’ mission intended for habitat. To put the costs in context, NASA reports spending $2.5 Billion for the Mars Curiosity mission.

Only four people will be selected for the first mission - two men and two women, but specifically not couples. Another mission is scheduled for  2025, and others would be scheduled periodically thereafter.

My initial impression was thinking “who would volunteer for a one-way mission to a hostile planet?” But apparently there are many more than willing to make the epic voyage. There is no shortage of candidate volunteers.

But upon further reflection, I thought, “Wow! what an opportunity to send people our dear planet Earth would be so far better off without!”  Why not send hostile people to a hostile planet! What a great idea!

Send  Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Palin with Rush Limbaugh and Rick Perry on the first mission! Send Ann Coulter and Pam Brewer with Herman Cain and Darrel Issa for the second mission! Not to wish anything that bad on a sister planet or anything, but hey, it’s already a hostile planet, right? Take that, Mars!

Besides, those people are all already certifiable Space Cadets!

Think of the grief, angst and money saved in getting such bizarre and poisonous people off our dear planet Earth. There is absolutely no shortage of ideal candidates. For Christ's sakes, we can fill at least a hundred missions from Congress alone! We should start a process for drafting candidates right away, by a vote of the people. You know, like those reality shows where they vote people off the island - well, except in this instance we vote them right off our planet! Whoopee!

And, $6 Billion dollars? Pshaw! Mere peanuts compared to the damage these kinds of self-important and toxic people cause. I am sure enough individual contributors will easily be found to fund any amount, and the possibilities are endless too. We could speed up the process and send one mission per month, or even oftener!

The sky’s the limit, to coin a phrase! Here’s my $38!

Friday, April 05, 2013

Our Myths of Democracy and Flag

We call our nation a democracy and our leaders talk about the ‘democratic tradition’ incessantly. We even go war to ‘bring democracy and freedom’ to other nations.

But, let’s take a good long, hard look at the actual definition of ‘democracy’:

From Wikipedia:  

“a form of government in which all eligible citizens have an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives”


“1. by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.

2. a state having such a form of government: The United States and Canada are democracies.

3. a state of society characterized by formal equality of rights and privileges.

4. political or social equality; democratic spirit.

5. the common people of a community as distinguished from any privileged class; the common people with respect to their political power.”

But, are we actually a democracy by these definitions? Really? Of course not! Not even close, by any definition!

Are we all treated equally in the decisions that affect our lives? Get real. Let’s read the fine print and get reacquainted with actualities and realities! Wealthy people in our country - and throughout the world for that matter - can buy far more influence over the political decisions which affect all of us.1 Whether we like it or not, money is power, and thus it has always been so. A few powerful wealthy people working behind the scenes can and do influence and produce legislation favorable to themselves and onerous to everyone else, almost on a daily basis. Now that corporations are officially defined as ‘persons’ in the United States by the US Supreme Court, that is doubly true. In fact, corporate influence now has far more influence over the laws, regulations and political decisions than any other group of interests. There are hundreds, nay thousands, nay even more than thousands of instances of this. The total amount of public treasure expended on behalf or corporations and special interests is beyond calculation. And this has been true almost since corporations first came into existence. That is reality. Money = power = political influence. Period!

We are constantly propagandized about our ‘democracy’ and ‘freedom’ and ‘liberty’, none of which are actually true. We are all beholden in one way or another to those working furtively and secretly behind the scenes pulling strings which affect everyone. Most of their activity is for their own interests, with just enough benefit provided to common citizens to avoid actual revolt or revolution. Sometimes the powerful overstep themselves and heads roll, literally. History provides examples, as with the French revolution in 1789 and Russia’s in 1917 and Communist China in 1946 being noteworthy. Historians claim our own revolution of 1775 was about taxes and representation, which of course it was, but it was more than that. Our own revolution was really a revolution by the wealthy and the business entities of the day pulling the strings behind the scenes. And their coiled rattlesnake flag on a yellow field with its belligerent ‘Don’t Tread On Me’ inscription is even being fiercely recycled today by the exact same type of behind-the-scenes manipulators, i.e., the Koch brothers, et al. Yes, history really does repeat itself sometimes! The monied classes of the 18th Century were no different from any other time - and money respects no national boundaries. More on that point later.

You see this today with all the so-called ‘offshore corporations’ operating world-wide with impunity, and by their own rules, being more powerful than many nations. If there is a hassle with any government anywhere, they just paper over it with money, buying influence where needed in accordance with their objectives, with common citizens usually taking it in the shorts. 

The money invested in influencing legislation or buying favors by whatever means necessary is generally repaid back to them many times over. A corporation’s sole reason for existence is to ‘make money’ and there is nothing wrong with that as far as it goes. But, the power of money apparently mesmerizes those who wield it, and at some point often turns corrupt. Once that happens, the corruption seems to take control. That seems to be the greatest fault of the so-called ‘capitalistic system’. At some point the powerful always seem to default to a greater or lesser degree of corruption. The excuse many times is, ‘but, we have to do it to compete’. Sometimes there is serious kickback, as in the Russian revolution, and Cuba, and more recently with Venezuela. When that happens political leaders of ‘democratic’ nations go into hysteria-driven overdrive. All the propaganda organs start screaming ‘socialism!” and ‘Communism!”, which of course it usually is, thereby providing even more fuel for the hysteria, and a ‘cause’ to fight for.

It is a vicious cycle, and darned if I am not now almost convinced this is what our controlling masters have designed into the system. If we did not have those rogue nations to go into conniption fits over, they would probably need to invent them.

I am currently reading a book called ‘Critical Path’ by R. Buckminster Fuller which clarified some of these notions for me - wiped the scaled from my eyes so to speak. Fuller was definitely a ‘maverick’ type who was never shy with his opinions. He died in 1983 but left behind many unusual inventions and a large body of writing. 

Fuller had a tendency to invent words and ways of using compound words which makes him hard for many to read. He also had some quirky notions such as ‘devolution’ wherein he believed humans were first and some then actually ‘devolved’ back to the ape and monkey stages. But, he also had unusual access to economic statistics and figures on the national and international levels, and was amazingly prescient on many topics, especially energy and climate change. He was a sort of economic historian as well, tracing trends and the evolution of economic systems. One thing really jumps out to me in his book, and that is how our national flag actually came to be, and how iconic it is for what our country is today. Forget all the Betsy Ross myths - mostly due to her grandson’s claims, and stories about how George Washington ordered a flag to be made.

Hold on to your socks now, because this little largely unknown truth may short you out!  You earnestly and sincerely believe the myths and stories about our flag and its stripes being based on the thirteen original colonies? WRONG! Our US national flag is actually a corporate flag based on the British East India Company’s flag! What could be more fitting and  iconic for our *corporate ruled nation today? 

The way our flag actually came to be is this way: The  Boston Tea Party (1773) story was not really a protest by citizens as we are commonly propagandized, but by a group of Boston merchants calling themselves the ‘Sons of Liberty’. Their motivation being the tax on tea levied by the British Crown in the Crown’s attempts to derive revenue from colonial citizens - sound familiar? It so happened the British East India Company had three ships in the harbor loaded with tea at the time. The merchants first boarded a ship named ‘Dartmouth’ and threw a few cases of tea overboard. Someone noticed the company flag flying at the masthead - the traditional place for a company flag as the national flag normally flies at the stern of the ship. A man was sent to the masthead to bring down the flag as a trophy. The company flag consisted of thirteen red and white strips with a blue field in the upper left corner, with a combined St. George and St. Andrews cross in white sewn in the field - exactly like our flag today except for the cross in the place of our stars.

Don’t believe me?  Here it is:

Strange, eh?

This flag trophy was given to an officer in the Continental Army, and eventually made its way to General Washington. Washington thought it could be used as an appropriate flag for our army, while not a British flag per se, it still showed an implied loyalty to the crown which was a common hope at the time. The flag went through several iterations over time until **1777 when thirteen stars were officially added to represent the thirteen colonies - and not inspired by Betsy Ross!

What can be more fitting today than to have the flag of a corporation flying over today’s White House?

(Thanks to R. Buckminster Fuller for pointing this out to me!)

* ”Fascism should more appropriately be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." - Benito Mussolini

**Congress passed the Flag Act of 1777 on June 1: "Resolved, That the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation."

Interesting links:

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Republican Election Day Meltdown

Though most are being unusually quiet lately, a few ‘conservative’ friends and relatives continue sending me RW propaganda.  Some are really sweet fantasies, and maybe it helps to sooth all the burning new assholes Republicans received on election day all over the country. If so, to all my RW friends and relatives, welcome to your solace. I hope it helps.

However, I have taken the liberty to answer by sending them the ACTUALITY as coming from a conservative Republican viewpoint. A link* is provided at the end for anyone who wishes to enjoy the unedited entertainment value of reading it in its entirety from the source. And, I gotta tell you, it is about the most entertaining thing I’ve read in quite a while.

(This comes from *“”, a blog written by someone many conservatives love because he is a foaming-at-the-mouth far right conservative gay. The guy’s name is Kevin DuJan and he describes himself this way:

“Gay conservative political analyst, essayist, author and radio and TV commentator on politics, pop culture, LGBTQ issues, and current events.”)

The following is Dujan’s live blogging on election day starting at 4PM. It is most entertaining and enlightening to watch because it demonstrates so well the doctrinal blindness, self-deception, denial and outright obtuseness of repeating failures which led to the Republican Meltdown this past election in the first place. Many conservatives have already thrown Karl Rove, Chris Christy and Charlie Crist under the bus, big time and continue daily to eat their own.

Much of the blog and timeline is left out here or truncated, but the following gives the gist of it and, not meaning to gloat, it is all hilarious - at least to me. Not so much perhaps, for ‘conservatives’.

In the timeline below Kevin DuJan’s remarks are in red, interspersed with comments from those subscribing to his blog in black. From an Independent, liberal or Democrat viewpoint it is an wonderfully perfect look at how the meltdown went down for the far right. The saddest part is that the commenters don’t seem to have learned anything from their traumatic experience, and seem to be plodding along with their ‘if you fail at something once, just keep on doing it forever” philosophy.

I now understand why some righty loonies committed suicide after this election, thereby in my opinion, improving the overall gene pool somewhat. My guess the ones we know about are only the tip of the iceberg. This gets really fun along about the 8 PM timeline.  Enjoy!:

(Begin quotes):
“What:  This is the official 2012 Election Results Watch Thread
When: 4pm CST – midnight (or longer) on Election Day 11/6/2012
Format:  This is a live transcript for history of the Election Results as they were reporting on MSNBC on Election Night
Kevin Dujan: Below you will find my live coverage of election night, as the results start coming in.  I’ve been up since 9am covering everything MSNBC did today. 
400pm CST — MSNBC is reporting that Barack Obama is spending time with Reggie Love right now at the East Bank Club, “playing basketball”.  I swear that’s not a joke.  They’re really talking about him and Reggie spending time together on Election Night as a tradition.  Isn’t that something you have with your wife (or boyfriend)…an intimate tradition like this?  WEIRD.  You’d almost think Obama was gay or something (wink).

Chris Matthews’ Hardball is starting soon. I have been waiting for four years to see Matthews meltdown when Obama loses.

Throughout the day, Democrats have kept pushing that Nate Silver is a prophet and if you do not agree with his projection that Obama has a 90% chance to win then you are a witch who must be burned!
Chris Matthews is going on right now — at 413pm CST — saying that his brain can’t see any way for Romney to win.
Obama decided against having a giant rally in Grant Park like he did in 2008.  Why hold the election night event in the fortress-like convention center that’s cut off from the city by a giant highway and is MUCH harder for people to get to than Grant Park?  Makes no sense…unless Obama knew they would not be celebrating and would instead be giving a Concession Speech to a small crowd.
430pm CST —  . . . something interesting happened:  they started talking about how President Romney won’t be that much different than Obama because Congress never wants to get anything done and he won’t have more success than Obama.

It felt like they were starting to enter into ACCEPTANCE a little bit in the stages of grief.  
440pm CST — Reince Preibus the RNC Chair says that he expects the election to be called for Mitt Romney at 1030pm.
I’ve noticed something today:  all the Democrats who come on look like death and the Republicans look calm and confident.  Are you noticing anything like this?
WARNING!!! MSNBC is starting the exit polling freakout game.  DO NOT BE FREAKED OUT.
They are playing games now to affect the votes out west.
I can’t stand John McCain and everyone from his campaign.  The only good thing John McCain ever did in his life was to elevate Governor Palin to the national scene.
532pm CST — Please consider saying a little prayer for our country right now.  .
I am visualizing every saint, angel, and soul I’v ever known swooping down from Heaven to make the numbers go up and up and up for a President Romney.

I picture all of our great presidents intervening with energy to direct the election to their chosen successor, Mitt Romney.

Please pray for our country in your own way too, if you are so inclined.
544pm CST — I have a friend in McCormick Place right now.  That’s where Obama is having his Concession Speech. It is nearly empty in there.  People are on edge and “look like they are going to throw up”.

Not much going on there. No energy.
547pm CST — this is nonscientific, but every Democrat out there speaking tonight looks like they are going to throw up too.   The tension is thick.
MSNBC is filling time until Virginia’s polls close.  When Romney wins it, Maddow, and Matthews, and Alex Wagner and those people are going to FLIP  OUT.
553pm CST — it’s a commercial break, so let’s check to see what the Left’s doing on Facebook.
HuffPo has called the election for Romney, and the Left is angry at HuffPo for writing that.
600pm CST — Virginia still too close to call
Romney wins INDIANA
Romney wins KENTUCKY
Obama wins VERMONT
Claiming it is too early to call Georgia (weird!)
South Carolina too early to call
Romney 19 EVs, Obama 3 EVs.
602pm CST — So far MSNBC is not freaking out.
Okay, Chris Matthews look like death right now.  Earlier he opted not to guess who would win.
Rachel Maddow looks like she has no idea what’s even happening.  Matthews is white and pale and sweating.

I know you are feeling tense right now.
Just breathe deep and trust in God and the good of the American people.

We are in this together.
Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Fail.
        John Grady Cole says:
2012/11/06 at 6:12 pm  (Quote)
Lines out the door all day here in South Florida. Our voting location ran out of ballots mid afternoon Some people left out of frustration.

Catholic Churches in Dade, Broward and on the Southwest coast around Naples are giving out voting guides and asking congregation to vote out Obama over Religious freedom issues. This confirms earlier reporting that is is happening across the country.

Steve L says:
2012/11/06 at 6:14 pm  (Quote)
I caught a glimpse of MSLSD early this morning before I voted. It wasn’t what they said but the look in their eyes that gave it away. Chrissy and Angry-a looked totally spooked!
Any of you living around Juneau, Alaska driving the Glacier Hwy north of Auke Bay tonight, look on your left toward Lena Point – my sister and brother-in-law will be shooting off a huge box of fireworks as soon as the election is called for Mitt.

635pm CST — STILL TOO CLOS TO call in Ohio. Friends of mine on the ground in Cleveland say local news is reporting HIGH voting in the Cleveland suburbs and low turnout in Cleveland itself, which would be for Obama.
Only state Obama won so far is Vermont.
Romney just won South Carolina.
Clevelanders are actually a lot like me.
Abbey on the ground in Cleveland says that the local news looks sick on tee-vee.  They are upset.  They want Obama to win, so them being upset is a good thing.
643PM CST –
Cleveland city of light, city of magic…don’t fail us.
650-724pm CST —Charlie Crist is accusing people of voter suppression. This guy is such a sleaze.
From what I am reading, Romney wrote no concession speech but Obama did.  Romney confident of Florida and Ohio wins.
728:  Charlie Crist says that Republicans engage in voter suppression.  He wants to run for Senate as a Democrat against Rubio.  We really need to go after this guy in the future.
         scrubjay says:
2012/11/06 at 7:01 pm  (Quote)
Via The Blaze:
Romney Expresses Stunning Confidence: I’ve Only Written a Victory Speech
That’s the spirit!

         papacooljing says:
2012/11/06 at 7:03 pm  (Quote)
I am just listening to some mars hill church sermons and keeping out of the news viewing till no earlier than 9pm est
R&R will win so go to a movie or out for dinner and relax.

732pm CST — Arkansas is for Romney.
Chris Murphy won the Senate race.
This was a surprise, because I thought McMahon would pull it out.
Charlie Crist, man.  What a skeeze.  I can’t get over what a lizard he is.
Karl Rove is saying Ohio, Florida, and Virginia look strong for Romney.
I know that Mitt Romney wrote no concession speech but Obama did.  I know that Democrats look like they are going to throw up and Republicans are being calm. I also want to make sure that every terrible thing Democrats did in this election is documented.
740pm CST —  Exit polling is bunk.
She’s talking Chris Christie hurting Romney.  They are doing this to damage Christie going forward.  They want Republicans to attack Christie and start a Republican civil war.
This is because Democrats will have a civil war come November 7th between the Clinton Restoration and the Obama Remnant.
Folks, I know you are stressed out, but my home town of Cleveland has got this for us.
Cleveland will not let you down…it will not give the Democrats the votes they need to win the state and Romney will take Ohio and the presidency.
Believe in the Cleve.
Believe in the Cleve.
Believe in the Cleve.
         Tonawanda says:
2012/11/06 at 7:43 pm  (Quote)
At 7:41 EST I am watching MSNBC and am euphoric. The Leftist panel is talking about why BO SHOULD HAVE won. They are so unaware, they don’t get what they are doing, which is implicitly admitting defeat.
These folks look terrible. Chrissy needs a lot more scotch, that much is obvious.

746pm CST — 749pm CST —Coming up next is the batch of states with Wisconsin and Michigan.  I really think we get a win in Wisconsin. If there was ever a year we could get one, it’s this one.  It makes no sense that Scott Walker won the recall but Romney won’t win the presidency.
So far we have had no surprises.  All the really interesting races are being held back.
I think this might be for drama’s sake.
Remember:  news is a business.  They are making decisions on what states to call and which ones not to.  Polls are still open on the west coast and in the western states.  They won’t want to reveal Obama has lost until those states close so that it does not collapse his support there.
800pm CST — Romney wins Texas, Obama gets NY, Romney gets LA and KS…Obama got New Mexico easily.  Romney gets Nebraska, at least 4 of votes there.  North Dakota Romney.  South Dakota Romney.  Wyoming is Romney.  Romney leads Arizona but too early to call.  Obama lead-in Minnesota.

OH, VA, NC, NH still close to call but Romney leading more or less.
Missouri has Romney in the lead but too close to call.
New Mexico is officially as safe for Democrats in the future as Delaware is.  That’s one I expected.  Not sure why that is, but it is.

Michigan went to Obama…Wisconsin too early to call and Colorado too close to call.
Racine Wisconsin ran out of ballots and lines are too long.
Romney’s in position to win Florida, Virginia, Ohio, and Colorado.
805pm CST — Chris Matthews says “the polling has been really good!”.  None of the swing states are called yet.  Matthews is telling people to stay in line.

811pm CST — UPDATE:  Cuyahoga County’s votes are in for Ohio….so that was the big area that Obama needed to win the state.  It did not give him enough to sustain him for a win. The republican counties in Ohio are still coming in.  The panhandle of Florida is not in either.
         JoleneAL says:
2012/11/06 at 8:05 pm  (Quote)
I just turned it off Fox — my BP is already spiking .. Dear God please —

         Tired Warrior says:
2012/11/06 at 8:06 pm  (Quote)
All of these networks have special complex computer models loaded with an something called bullcrapium. It’s just mathematical guessing based on previous results. Which in this election DON”T COUNT!
I just patiently wait for the real votes to go up.

         Kelly says:
2012/11/06 at 8:12 pm  (Quote)
I’ve already consumed a half a bottle of red and can hardly take the drama. If it weren’t for frequent updates from my 14 year old I’d be happily oblivious until tomorrow,.

815pm CST — Obama won Pennsylvania.
It’s official.  Pennsylvania is not a swing state ever. If it did not go Republican this time, it never will.  It is not going to go Republican for a very long time if this year it didn’t go to Romney.
821pm CST — Stephanie Cutte in Obama headquarters is talking.  They show the campaign office behind her.  They don’t look excited or happy…they look terrified. No smiles….they are staring at screens and are shaking.

         Christopher Hedges says:
2012/11/06 at 8:23 pm  (Quote)
Kevin, I am watching the live cast on The Blaze, and I am really worried. Tell me to just take a breath, please!

         Zac says:
2012/11/06 at 8:26 pm  (Quote)
I can’t take it Im too nervous I need a Xanax. How could one person vote for Obama is Beyond me. I don’t know what to do. Im stressing out huge do you guys really think R& R will win? Im getting really down here

 826pm CST — Romney takes lead in Florida!!!!!
832pm CST — Wisconsin goes to Obama.
That is disappointing. It was a dream to win that state.  This means that Wisconsin and Pennsylvania and Michigan can never be considered swing states.
Be calm.  Deep breaths. This is much closer than it should have been because Americans do not understand the dangers of unlimited spending and big government. Which is scary.

         Zac says:
2012/11/06 at 8:30 pm  (Quote)
why is Obama is the lead now, this cant be possible how long will it take to get the final results in 6 hours? Im freaking out, really I dotn know what to do.

         Kathy says:
2012/11/06 at 8:31 pm  (Quote)
Carl Rove just saying on Fox that it’s good news so far for Virginia, Florida and Ohio. Some of the counties that needed to come out for Obama in Ohio have almost half the turn out which mimics the anecdotal info from the ground there. If all the other anecdotal evidence I’ve seen in the other states holds it will be a great night….I’m starting to breathe a little easier.

         Nola Girl says:
2012/11/06 at 8:35 pm  (Quote)
7:33 pm CT — Thank you Karl ROve for your insight into FL & OH. Hope alive and growing!
942pm CST — The big takeaway so far folks is that the Left is much more powerful than we ever thought.
Have faith.  Be calm. Breathe deep.
It’s in the hands of God and the voters.
The election really will be close, but Romney will win.
         Tonawanda says:
2012/11/06 at 8:43 pm  (Quote)
A person I really do not like (but sort of do), Mike Huckabee, just stated (about 8:35 PM EST ) that this a Chik-Fil-A election!
(A Hillbuzz poster [I don't remember who] used that comparison earlier).
Absolutely. Hukkabee said the outer regions of states will be reported later and will be for Romney.

952pm CST — Minnesota goes to Obama
The big questions to see resolved now are if Nevada and Iowa are really permanent Democrat states.  Is Iowa really a Democrat state, or did it get swept up in the Obama fad 4 years ago?
Does America really want four more years of weirdness and suffering?
It’s a bizarre and unthinkable thought.
A friend has told me she thinks this will all end up in courts.
So we might not really know the result tonight.

         Zac says:
2012/11/06 at 8:53 pm  (Quote)
Im hyper ventilating and pacing around the house, I live in Florida Dick Morris says were behind? is that true I cant look Im only on this site. has Ohio Gone red yet?

         Paul in N. AL says:
2012/11/06 at 8:58 pm  (Quote)
This is way too stressful.

         Tonawanda says:
2012/11/06 at 8:59 pm  (Quote)
Folks need to calm down.
This is a Tea Party election.
The big voter turnout is a Romney turnout.
There is no question that demographic changes have been significant. That is why this is a 1980 election, but without the gigantic 1980 results.

         Kiki says:
2012/11/06 at 9:09 pm  (Quote)
Dear Kevin:
The talking heads are making me crazy. The exit polling data does not sound good. Sounds like women are voting with their “lady parts” and “the folks” think that The One understands them better. I have been praying so hard all day. Thank goodness you are here. I was actually hoping we could pull out NH and MI. UGHHHHH!

         Dorothy Margaret says:
2012/11/06 at 9:28 pm  (Quote)
Obama just won Wisconsin.
I’m getting depressed.

         Lee says:
2012/11/06 at 9:44 pm  (Quote)
Oh God, what are we going to do if O wins? I don’t know how we’re going to survive. My husband and I are 69 and 64. We were going to retire. I don’t think we’ll be able to if O wins, and we can’t keep working forever. And there’s Obamacare.
I’m so scared I can hardly think and so is he.

         Leanie says:
2012/11/06 at 9:52 pm  (Quote)
Fox is playing other games as well. Hard to take.. They just announced Murdock lost to Donnelly and I am not sure whether to believe them.
Fox is easier to watch because they don’t have as many nutzos but they seem to like drama also. Go Romney.

         Justin says:
2012/11/06 at 9:55 pm  (Quote)
I’m freaking out a little bit here they have called WI for O and it looks like PA is out and OH is slipping tell me why I shouldn’t be losing it right now

1000pm CST — Romney wins North Carolina
Romney wins Idaho
Obama wins Washington and Hawaii
Obama wins California.
They didn’t call it, but Obama will win Oregon and Romney will get Alaska.
George Allen lost the Senate race in Virginia, but Romney has a slim lead there.

         Help! Married to an Eeyore says:
2012/11/06 at 10:09 pm  (Quote)
I honestly thought this *would* be a Chick-Fil-A election. I am in shock. Hellllp!!!!

         Tonawanda says:
2012/11/06 at 10:10 pm  (Quote)
Fox is saying basically that Romney needs to draw an inside straight to win (10:10 PM).
But here we are.

         Jacquelyn Nicholson says:
2012/11/06 at 10:13 pm  (Quote)
FL and OH not looking very positive at the moment – I would love to see Rove’s county by county analysis right now as I am nauseous…

10007 pm CST — Missouri for Romney
1014pm CST — Barack Obama has won Ohio, and with it reelection.
This is stunning.  Absolutely stunning.

        myengine says:
2012/11/06 at 10:20 pm  (Quote)
Any hope left? Florida and Ohio look lost.

         Derrick Ruiz says:
2012/11/06 at 10:43 pm  (Quote)
I can’t watch or listen to anything but hillbuzz. Trying to stay away from fear porn, not easy. God be with us.

         bob loblaw says:
2012/11/06 at 10:48 pm  (Quote)
“But I believe Romney will win Colorado, Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida and be our next president.”
From your keyboard to God’s eyes, Kevin. Praying . . .

         Jim says:
2012/11/06 at 10:50 pm  (Quote)
Okay, we lost. Now, where do we go from here? Clearly the demographics don’t favor us, but here’s something to consider: whites are still 72%. So is the problem that we don’t get any minority votes, or is the problem actually that we still have 40% of whites that have no clue what’s going on? We need to inform whites of what is actually going on in the country.

         Me, That's Who says:
2012/11/06 at 11:06 pm  (Quote)
This is depressing.

         Nich says:
2012/11/06 at 11:28 pm  (Quote)
Karl Rove on Fox right now saying that Romney campaign is NOT yet conceding Ohio. This is at 11:27 pm EST

         Ben in MN says:
2012/11/06 at 11:30 pm  (Quote)
Everyone, calm the f*** DOWN! This is not over. 20% of the vote is still out in Ohio and this is looking like 2000 all over again. REPEAT, IT. IS. NOT. OVER.
         jenb says:

2012/11/06 at 11:32 pm  (Quote)
Wow…I cannot believe this. I cannot stop crying. Please tell me this is a very bad dream.

         Debbie says:
2012/11/06 at 11:36 pm  (Quote)
I am literally nauseous.
Now, we push Bengazi.

         RWC says:
2012/11/06 at 11:52 pm  (Quote)
First off, Kevin, F you!!!
Ok, now that i got my frustration out
WTH happened here folks?
Seriously, i didn’t think we were that far gone.
Only silver lining is that Obama will be front and center when all of the new EPA regs drop, Obamacare is fully implemented, etc…
Like an addiction, there are many trap doors to fall through before you truly hit bottom. And we WILL hit bottom in the next 4 years.
God Bless America..we are going to need it.
(and I am damn glad I bought my AR before the election)

         cocozines says:
2012/11/06 at 11:53 pm  (Quote)
Wow, when/where do we secede? This makes me want to throw up.

         Willow says:
2012/11/06 at 11:56 pm  (Quote)
Romney is ahead in OH and Fox still has it in Obama’s column.
This is fear porn to keep us refreshing all night.

         Amy says:
2012/11/07 at 12:04 am  (Quote)
Wait. Both CNN and Fox Maps show that Romney is up by about 20,000 votes in Ohio. Maybe they called it too early.

         Kevin DuJan says:
2012/11/07 at 12:12 am  (Quote)
If it was just Ohio, it would be litigated…but Colorado was just called for Obama. Florida will now probably go to him too, so Romney will concede tonight most likely. No courts now.

         Erin says:
2012/11/07 at 12:23 am  (Quote)
I hate ALL media and that now includes Fox News.

         flyegirl says:
2012/11/07 at 12:34 am  (Quote)
I agree Kevin, this is stunning. Maybe the polling was off all along? Maybe we don’t understand the American person any more? I don’t know. We came close, much closer than last time. But close is not good enough for next time.
HillBuzzers, take the time you need to de-compress, we will live to fight another day.
God Bless

         Mimi says:
2012/11/07 at 12:47 am  (Quote)
During the last presidential debate I became very frightened by Romneys behavior. He look like someone had gotten to him like perhaps the Bilderbergs who may have told him, look, you have been used. You are not going to win so don’t make our guy look bad. It was like Romney was agreeing with all of Obama’s foreign policiy decisions and had no issue with Benghazi and Spring Time for Hitler and the Muslim Brotherhood. I also believe that the Bushes set Romney up for defeat. H. Bush lost re-election because he was not a true conservative. They new if Romney was the nominee he would lose to Obama and their son Jeb could run in 2016. The Bushes are evil progressievs and are the reason we have a Barak Hussein Obama for president. They are global elitist, progressives and destroyed the party from within just like Communists and Free Masons corrupted the Catholic church from within. Sarah Palin is right. The republcan party will go the way of the Wiggs if they don’t find the courage of their convictions.

         Heidi says:
2012/11/07 at 12:48 am  (Quote)
Tomorrow we are going out and buying more ammunition, This is one of the saddest days of my life.

         ElinorRose says:
2012/11/07 at 2:46 am  (Quote)
To add to the sadness of the situation, Lt Col Allen West has lost his house seat.

         backhoe says:
2012/11/07 at 4:04 am  (Quote)
Well, it just means we now work on impeachment.

         Nelson martin says:
2012/11/07 at 6:35 am  (Quote)
I am inconsolable. I don’t know what’s going to happen to our country. First thing I thought….. Supreme Court appointees.
We’re doomed….done.

         BostonRN says:
2012/11/07 at 10:08 am  (Quote)
I am sad and dismayed like all of you too.
I am beginning to seriously reassess End Times in the Bible.
What is ethical and of value does not mean anything …
Eliz. Warren took MA and that says it all right there.
Deception and lies and having no experience counts far more than truth, a good and solid work background which is all inconsequential today. Bluffing and good sound bytes even if it is all lie count.
Good guys finish last, for sure!

         olgawankenobi says:
2012/11/07 at 10:15 am  (Quote)
Is this a bad dream?

         Mr Lucky says:
2012/11/07 at 10:28 am  (Quote)
Folks, Christie destroyed Romney. That was the plan by the crime syndicate of Rove and the Bushies. They want to run Jeb in 2016, and in order to do so Romney had to go down in defeat. Christie was promised the vice-presidential slot if he stuck the knife in Romney. Et Tu Fattie?

         B Rock "The Islamic Shock" Superallah Obama says:
2012/11/12 at 2:02 pm  (Quote)
Thanks for the laughs! I read the entire thing for pure schadenfreude!
Hillary 2016!”

(End quotes)

Pardon me while I recover myself . . . . .


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Our Breaking Political System

It is obvious to everyone. The US political system is breaking down. To some, it is already broken.
No one trusts politicians of either party - and with good reason. Congressional approval ratings are in the toilet and have been for a long time. The country is polarized into warring factions. No one will have a reasonable discussion with their opposition. Avarice, greed, fraud and corruption are the hallmarks of today’s political scene on all sides. Most people today wouldn’t trust the typical politician to watch their dog.
Dollars now decide most elections and large multi-national corporations spend lavishly to control politicians;  They sponsor and achieve legislation in their favor at the expense of everyone, and have become 'too big to fail monsters' in their own right;  Corporations are now ‘people’; legally, but, corporate political decisions are made by their CEO’s and board members who ruthlessly ignore the political wishes of many of their stockholders; ‘Freedom of Speech’ today means that dollars can and do vote, and very copiously at that. The environment and quality of life for all citizens suffers while corporations take advantage and fight any and all efforts at protections. The top leadership of corporations pay themselves at several hundred times the rates of their lowest paid employees;
Corporate kingpins live on an elevated plane, isolated from the problems they have willed for all others; They hide their wealth overseas while taking advantage of favorable legislation paid for with corporate dollars for their personal benefit; They fight tooth and nail against anything benefitting others while demanding further tax cuts for themselves; They engage in massive, expensive and duplicitous propaganda campaigns to enlist the help of the very people they economically control to protect their own special interests.
Big Money are deliberately employing hot button ‘red herring’ issues like abortion, immigration and homosexual life styles to divert, divide and control the electorate in political sleights-of-hand designed to cloak their true designs. If you doubt this, do a little research for yourself on the ALEC group.
‘Capital’ is now in political control in the US and much of the developed world for all intents and purposes. Capital is busily solidifying its grasp by whatever means will work for it. It is a classic and obvious case of ‘the ends justify the means’ from the standpoint of capital. But, since the system is breaking, it is also becoming seriously and increasingly out of balance. Things which are seriously out of balance can not sustain for long, and unless brought into equilibrium again, will end up destroying themselves and things around them. Guaranteed. It is not unlike a flywheel out of balance which if not repaired, will eventually disintegrate, tearing out its shroud, freezing its engine and bringing everything to a crashing and disastrous halt.
That’s precisely where we are today. The world is impacted by myriads of problems, from over-population, to global warming, to water shortages, wars, starvation, human diseases, lack of access to medical treatment, endangered food resources, to ‘ethnic cleansing’ and racial injustice, nuclear proliferation, and so on and on and on. Meanwhile, our systems for dealing with such problems has been captured, and their resources diverted to the further enrichment of empirical corporations and those who run them. Indeed, rich corporation often find things to their financial advantage to quietly ignore problems, or encourage things like warfare and disease. Keep one thing always in mind: The bottom line is the one and only thing that really actually matters to any large corporation.
One might think the rich could see where this is heading, and the danger that is in it for them. Several times in the world’s history similar situations have arisen on national levels, and the results have not been pretty for the people who were in control at the time. In fact, historically, this has always, without fail, resulted in oceans of bloodshed, followed by a ruthless retrenchment of society more draconian than the one it replaced. But, apparently our ultra-rich today are oblivious to history, or believe they are smart enough to maintain control forever. They may be right, but I seriously doubt that - and no sane person who studies history should. 
Both the Occupy Protesters and the Tea Party people on their respective sides of the political spectrum are manifestations of social dissatisfaction with the political status quo. There is a growing consensus in the nation that we are being ‘had’. Big Money has attempted to use the Tea Party of advance their agendas, not realizing the danger they may be unleashing upon themselves. I believe they are now starting to perceive this which is one reason the Tea Party has quietened down lately - their backers have backed off.
The pressure is building, and it is past time for ‘We the People’ to take back our country - peaceably if possible - but take it back we must. Otherwise, we are in for a bloody explosion sometime in our future, and fairly soon in my opinion. 
Who can fix things? Not me, certainly, but I have been giving this some considerable thought and believe I have some ideas which can help. I will lay those out in a future blog posting as soon as I can find the time to write them down.