07 January 2011

When will we get pissed off?

A question for all Americans. When will you all, or at least a majority of you get really pissed off? How much crap are you going to take from "our" government? How many lies are you willing to believe?
I ask this because we should all be very pissed off by now. Pissed off at the damn fool idiotic wars of choice that consume untold amounts of money. Remember this, "we" are fighting these damn fool wars with borrowed monies. Yeah, the US government is borrowing the money to conduct the wars. China holds some where in the neighborhood of $1 Trillion dollars worth of US government bonds. Yep, "we" have in truth borrowed one Trillion(!!) dollars from communist China to conduct the wars we are still stuck in, with more yet to come. Even now, we are expanding these idiot wars. We have been bombing Pakistan and no doubt, ground troops in that country cannot be too long in coming.
Iraq, where despite the pronouncement of Gobomber, we are still at war. Afghanistan, Pakistan (drones only so far), Yemen (drones and no doubt "advisers"), Somalia (drones and who knows what else), and other countries in Africa for certain. 
This does not even take into account our "ally" Israel where it could be any day that the IDF will be back in action in either Gaza or Lebanon, maybe both. Of course the IDF is paid for by the US tax payer, remember that the Zionist entity gets approximately $1 Billion every year from old Uncle Sammy. Are you pissed off yet?
The "new" Congress is set to make all sorts of cuts to the federal budget. Not any at all to "defense" though. THAT is "off the table". Yep, while the country goes broke faster and faster each day, "we" will NOT cut any "defense" funds. Now any of the "entitlements" CAN be cut. Things that people really need, like Medicare, Social Security, education, health care, Medicaid, housing, and unemployment benefits. Those things, "our" Congress seems quite willing to cut., but NOT the "sainted" military. No way, nope, never gonna happen. 
Now are you pissed off? The items that "our" Congress is so willing to cut are things that actually help Americans. The programs to be cut are even needed by our fellow Americans. And yet, "we" cannot even talk about cutting the "defense" budget, let alone talk about honestly ending any of the damn fool, idiotic wars of choice that "we" are stuck in or in the process of starting. Remember, North Korea is "still" a charter member of the "axis of evil" and we need to remember that Iran is among that "axis" and they still refuse to give up their legal rights to process uranium for use in civilian nuclear power plants. Why, how dare they! How dare the Iranians demand that they be allowed to do what is legal according to international law? Just who do they think they are? Why, they are acting like an independent country, a sovereign nation! How dare they? 
Imagine that, foreign nations who dare to act in the best interests of the citizens of their own nation! Why, it smacks of heresy! Don't they know that they need permission from the Empire in Washington D.C. for everything? How dare they to act independent of the clowns in D.C.? Why, the entire world must bow down to and comply with every whim of Washington. Quaint relics like the U.N., the Geneva Conventions, and the rule of international law are just that, quaint old relics that the folks who "run" the world give lip service to every so often, when it suits their purposes.  Yes, they must be taught a lesson, that the folks in D.C. (and by extension, in Tel Aviv) rule the whole world. 
Now are you pissed off? The infrastructure of America is crumbling, but there is no money to repair/maintain our roads, bridges, railroads, airports, dams, and other needed infrastructure. There is no money for these things because "we" MUST fight this war OF terror all around the globe. Why it is the very "duty" of 'Merikkka to shoulder this burden. If "we" don't do it, why, who will?
Well, the short answer is NOBODY!  Nobody would be so damn stupid as to even think of a "war on terror". Terror is a tactic NOT a being or even a thing that can be fought. Terror is one of the last resorts of the oppressed, the outnumbered. It can be a tactic of guerrilla war, similar to what the colonists did against Britain during the American Revolution. You cannot fight a "war against terror" as terror is just a tactic. Even our own military leaders have acknowledged that for every civilian we kill in Afghanistan, Iraq, or Pakistan, we create many more "terrorists". This is because every one that "we" kill has family who want revenge. 
Just as in Vietnam, "we" have gone into wars with peoples and cultures "we" do not understand.  "We" do not understand what family means to these peoples. Their families matter greatly, even their extended families.  Kill one of these peoples and they have parents, children, brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts, uncles, etc.  Now look at how many enemies that one death made for us. And realize that I am greatly underestimating that extended family in my example here. I was just giving the broadest of outlines. No doubt the actual situation is worse in the number of "new" enemies that "we" create with every person killed by US and/or NATO troops/drones. Now are you  pissed off?
We "need" more and more money for these damn fool wars, yet "we" are going to cut social programs that actually benefit honest, hard working Americans. You should be very pissed off by now.
Indeed, every American should be highly pissed off at the bullshit "our" government has thrown at us over the last decade. Actually since "saint" Ronnie of Raygun, but I'll confine this to the recent past, since 2000 just to keep it more manageable, easier to remember. 
Shrubbie has now come out and stated clearly that he authorized torture of the "enemy combatants". A US president who said out loud that he authorized torture. Yeah, I did repeat that, I want you to think long and hard on that. America is supposed to be better than that. Torture is against US law, it is against international law. And yet, a former US president  has said out loud that he authorized the use of torture! THAT should get every decent human being highly pissed off. Oh, but it gets worse folks, much worse. Our current president, old Gobomber, does not think that our former president who authorized torture, should be prosecuted! Our current president has said, out loud, in public, that "we" should look forward and not backward.  Yep, just like "we" have let the "too big to fail" banksters get away with causing the near total collapse of the world economy with their slice and dice "investments" that were just a huge scam. You remember what I am talking about, the "liar loans" and the "mortgage backed securities"  and all the other "instruments" that Wall Street found suckers to buy. And then "we", the tax payer HAD(?) to bail these very same crooks out of their own folly!
Man, it sure must be nice to be that rich. Only in America do the very rich get to pull off a scam like Wall Streeters did and have the government bail you out of your losses. Other countries put criminals in jail. Just look at Russia, where they sentenced one of their own super rich to real jail time for assorted crimes. When will America even prosecute the Wall Street crooks?
These same Wall Streeters still got huge bonus checks, even this year. These folks nearly cause the entire global economy to tank, they get the tax payer to bail them out, and they still get a huge bonus? Wow, only in America. Where the rich get away with every sort of crime and the tax payer foots the bill to clean up the mess. Just as we, no doubt will be paying to try and clean the Gulf of Mexico. Oh, you think BP will be paying for that? LOLMAO. Sure, they may pay some small amount for a short time, but, in the end it WILL be the US tax payer who will fund the clean up of the Gulf.
Now  you should be very pissed off.  And I have not even mentioned the odd die off of birds, fish, and crabs in the recent last few days. So far, nobody has any idea what caused these die offs. Still trying to figure this one out. No doubt there is more than one reason as the areas where the dying occurred are wide  spread and there are different species involved. Where is Sherlock Holmes? We sure could use his help.
 There is another item I want to touch on before I end this post. I read a good bit most every day. There are some web sites that I check every day and I even read the comments on more than a few. Recently I have noticed that some folks ARE getting very pissed off at what is being done in our name. The only fly in that ointment is that they are afraid of what the government may do to them if they speak out too loudly. To that I say bullshit. No way should we be afraid of the government. I believe it was old Tom Jefferson who said that government should fear the people, never the people should fear their government. Yes, I am getting "on" in years, I hit 63 recently. I survived the imperial war in Vietnam. I have managed to continue after becoming permanently disabled. I refuse to let the government frighten me though. Oh, some will say, be careful what you say, they might put you in jail. What? For exercising my First Amendment RIGHTS? Well, they can try whatever they decide no doubt. I will fight that. I was born in America, I still love this country, but I refuse to be silenced. I do not want violence. I do not want insurrection. I want the government to start being accountable to us, the people of America.  I want our money to be spent taking care of America and Americans. End the damn fool wars. Bring ALL the troops home and let them defend America.  Close all those bases "we" have in foreign countries. I want Americans to remember that Congress works for us, the citizens of America.  Yes, THEY work for US, we do NOT work for them. Every election is basically a job interview. EVERY elected official works for us, the people of this country. they are NOT our "betters" in any way. Yes, they DO act as if they are, but that is wrong, they work for us.
Now a change of pace. This entire post has been about many of the things we all should be highly pissed off about.  And I DO think we should be pissed about these things. However, I don't want to end this on a negative note.
I am asking each of you who read this post to try something.  The next time you go anywhere, try to treat all the people you come in contact with the way you would like to be treated. Just do simple things, like say "hello" to them. Maybe give them a smile or some friendly gesture. You just may be the only one who does this to them. You just might make somebody very happy, if only for a moment. It might even make you feel nicer. In fact, it may feel so good that it could become second nature to you. Any way, give it a try.
semper fi


john francis lee said...

I'm afraid that the rise of pissed-off Americans will come about only after the collapse of America. But I may be wrong.

I certainly agree that there is no one here to look out for our interests but ourselves.

And that the cure for what ails us is radical structural reform : the R2I (recall, referendum, and initiative amendment), the UEA (uniform election amendment), and the CFA (campaign finance reform amendment).

In the mean time, make a list of your requirements for each office you are a constituent of and vote only for someone who meets your requirements.

gesneri said...

Well, I'm pissed off, but my age and home responsibilities mean that I don't do anything really substantive about it. I do vote, frequently utilizing my ability to write-in a candidate I feel I could support, and I try when I can to talk to people who seem unaware that the status quo can't exist for too many more years. I'm discouraged, but I do try to be pleasant and friendly to people I encounter each day because snarling at them certainly won't make any of us feel any better.

Maybe the collapse of America is the only thing that will end the insanity. In the not-too-distant future, I can easily see the country fracturing along almost the same lines it did in the civil war. Maybe the rise of states' rights precipitated by the appalling "healthcare" act will slow the collapse. At least some states may start getting things right and serving as models for others. I would truly like to see some of the Red states try to exist without the despised government spending most of their citizens aren't even aware they're receiving.

charlie ehlen said...

Well, it looks like somebody was very pissed off. A Congresswoman in Arizona was shot today, 8 January 2011. She and at least 12 others were shot as she was holding a meeting with her constituents.
Yes, we have had other politicians killed, the Kennedy brothers and Dr. King come to mind. Malcolm also was assassinated.
No news yet as to who the shooter is.
It does look as though too few have taken my request to treat others as you want to be treated. While we should be very pissed off, we must stop the violence. It will do us no good and will just now impose more restrictions on us all.
This is NOT the American way. Not the America we were taught.

David G. said...

Charlie, keep in mind that the French Revolution was violent but it brought about real change and got rid of the parasites!

Sometimes there is no other choice!

David G. said...

Charlie, keep in mind that the French Revolution was violent but it brought about real change and got rid of the parasites!

Sometimes there is no other choice!

charlie ehlen said...

Very true of course. The American revolution was also very bloody.
I heard that Gobomber gave his speech on the shooting and said that violence has no place in a free society. Well, that is funny, America IS a violent society. It has been for decades.

Anonymous said...

Charlie, I AM pissed off. Amazed that it all has gotten as far as it hs gotten so seemingly efficiently. With people like Bushes, Cheney/ Halliburton back there from the beginning with subtle, then drastic changes to Government, to the present.

There are so few of them; these oligarchies, in number, really. But why do they make themselves enemies with their own people? Which we human beings are. Unless they see themselves as something different and other than human? I see them as people. Same flesh & blood and need clean air and clean water.

Living in California, if we would have kept going in the 1970's with our solar power and employment for all and college for all, housing, etc. back when we were a role model for our World, I think - what a different place this would be. No, we had one draconian cut after another. Death by a million cuts. Now the Prison Union is the strongest union in the state. It's one of the biggest employers in our state. Its the dark ages!

Well, I am pissed off.

This Johnny Cash song is how I feel aboout my Country:

I keep a close watch on this heart of mine
I keep my eyes wide open all the time
I keep the ends out for the tie that binds
Because you're mine, I walk the line