27 April 2011

More disgusted every day

Every day the country seems to go further downhill. Every day I get more and more disgusted with what passes itself as our(?) government. Every day the elephant gang keeps on trying to defend the tax breaks for the rich and the corporations.
Ah, but there IS a bit of good news. According to some reports at the web site Think Progress, some people ARE starting to fight back. At some recent town hall meetings some republican Congress critters have had to make a swift exit. More than one of  them has been challenged by the "common folks". That IS good news, because it shows that some people have awakened and are tired of the outright lies and bull crap being force fed to us. 
While this does make me a bit happy, I still cannot help saying "About time folks!". 
My personal opinion is that the working class has for far too long been silent and just gone along. Yes, the old "go along to get along" routine that has been more or less standard practice for the working class of America in the recent past. ENOUGH! Enough of giving the entire country away, lock, stock, and barrel to the rich and the "too big to fail" gangsters. YES, gangsters, as that IS just what they are. Wall Street, of course, leads the way in the rip off of the working class. Wall Street caused the economy to collapse back in 2008. They are the ones who demanded, and the got, the huge bailouts in the fall of 2008. It was old W. Shrubbie who singed away the country to bail out those gangsters, right before the general election of 2008. While Gobomber has been a total bust, it was W. Shrub who started the ball rolling downhill for the working class and the poor in this go round. (I still hold "saint" Ronnie of Raygun responsible for the start of the economic failure of America. His tax breaks for the rich got us into our current mess and every president since him has just continued that program of giving more to the rich while everybody else gets less and less.) Wall Street made sure that they all got their standard obscene bonus pay. That is where a good deal of that "bailout" monies went to folks. NOT to "jump start" the economy, but to pay the damn bonuses of the already very rich of Wall Street gangsters. Doesn't that make you all feel some nice and warm? Does it give you a "fuzzy, warm feeling" as you watch your pay stay the same, year after year, or even go down, while prices rise and the rich get ever richer? Yeah, me too.....NOT!
One report said that representative Allen West(R-Fl) only accepted "pre-screened" questions at his recent town hall meeting.  Now that makes an old radical (me) smile. It shows that the damn elephant gang is running scared and they refuse to take open questions from "we the people". My view, it shows cowardly behavior. This is not the way a republic functions folks. Pre-screened questions? This is how "our"(??) politicians are now going to "interact" with the common folks? This is beyond disgusting. 
So, yes, reading that the members of the elephant gang are now getting nervous about going to the general public, it is still not enough. For far too long, the majority of us Americans have allowed the government to dictate to us. We have allowed  ourselves to be afraid of the government. This is wrong people. The government should fear US. When the people are afraid of their government we end up with something like the Stalinist Soviet Union or Nazi Germany or Fascist Italy. America was set up as a republic of the people, by the people, and for the people. What we have become, through our fear of the government, is NOT a republic any longer. We are now a corporatocracy. We are now ruled by an oligarchy that is totally beholden to the "too big to fail" gangsters. We the people are ignored and some are only now just starting to wake up and talk back. Again, while this IS good news, I still say, about time. What took you so long?
Around the world, the US is still trying to take over more and more countries. Libya being just the latest war of conquest. The war in Libya is not about the oil. Libya only produces about 2% of the world total production, Saudi Arabia could very easily make up for the loss of Libyan oil. No, Libya has approximately 144 tons of gold in reserve. Libya is NOT beholden to the IMF, the World Bank, or to any of the "too big to fail" gangsters. THAT is what the Libyan war is all about. As the saying goes, follow the money. 
Yes, old Gaddafi IS a odd character, you might even say a nut case. Still, he has used the money his country gets from oil sales to improve the quality of life for all Libyans. One very large improvement is the "great man made river" which brings fresh, clean water to the population of Libya. He has also invested money in projects in other African countries that have aided the people of those countries. Libya has the highest standard of living in all of Africa.  I am NOT a "fan" of his though. 
Syria looks to be the next target of the imperial wars. A very worth your time article is at; www.champress.net/index.php?q=en/Article/view/86507 This report shows the extent that the imperial warriors and their supporters will go to for "regime change".  
Of course this "democracy" promotion is only for a select few countries. Example, Bahrain, where those who were demanding change got stomped on and quickly, by the Saudis. No democratic changes for Bahrain. Egypt was not supposed to fall either, but that one got out of the control of the masters of war. Good for the Egyptians, so far any way. We have yet to see how Egypt will play out now that they have rid themselves of their dictator.
The "Arab Spring"  seems to be ending all too soon. Too bad we did not have an  American spring. 
So, yes, there IS a bit of good news from the US as some people are finally starting to talk back to the elected representatives. It is a start, but only a start. This needs to grow and spread across the entire country. We cannot allow the people that we elect to rule over us. The republic was set up so that those who were elected were supposed to work for us, the people, not the corporations. The Bill of Rights has been tossed aside by the "too big to fail" gangsters. We the people must stand up and demand that our rights be respected. Enough of the endless damn fool wars of choice. Enough of the rule by the corporations and the super rich. Enough of police state garbage like the "patriot act" and the military commissions act. Enough of the endless detention in places like Gitmo. Enough of the outright lies and bull shit fed to us by the government and the media. Enough of the obscene bonuses for the Wall Street gangsters. Enough of ignoring the needs of OUR country. 
America is falling apart at the seams and the moronic Congress is doing all they can to cut all government spending, except for the military and the damn fool, useless wars of choice. Every chance we get, we must stand up and tell those whom we have elected that we will not just sit back and allow them to dictate to us. It is our country and we demand that we be heard. It is time to restore America and that cannot be done by cutting government spending. We need a true national health care system, like a Medicare for ALL. We need a new public works program to rebuild and repair the infrastructure of our country, like a new WPA or some such program. We need to end the damn fool wars we are currently stuck in. Bring our troops back home and put them to work rebuilding America. Close the overseas bases and bring the troops home, to stay. We need to realize that there are only two reasons for war; 1) to defend OUR homes and 2) to defend the Bill of Rights. Those are the ONLY reasons Americans should ever go to war again. We need to remember what the founders of the republic told us, fair trade with all nations, entangling alliances with none. I really do believe that we can do all this. I truly do believe that we must do this or what is left of our country will not be worth living in. 
semper fi

5 comments:

David G said...

Great post, Charlie! You've spelled it out very clearly and strongly. You are a good American, a caring American, a wise American.

It's time America was run by people like you not the carpetbaggers and the con-men and the obscenely rich!

Well done!

charlie ehlen said...

David,
Thank you for your kind comments. I never have, nor will I ever call myself a "good" person. I try to do what is right, not just for myself but for the common good. I will never have any political power and I would not ever want any. I am not a leader, just a good worker.
YES, America needs to rid itself of the selfish money lovers who have ruined the country and are taking us all further down the road to becoming a third world country. If I can help to wake folks up, then that is fine with me. I just do not, cannot, see myself as being of any great importance.

john francis lee said...

I agree that we are all just bozos on the bus Charlie... and that's the way it's supposed to be. No pigs on their hind legs. It's just that we have to learn to act collectively, to create our own analyses and prescriptions for actions just as you do regularly here, and then act to implement them. We bozos need to take control of the bus rather than look out the window as it's driven off the road and over the cliff by the pigs on their hind legs.

charlie ehlen said...

John,
Thanks John. Dave Lindorff has a good article on his web site about us seniors getting started on collective protest/actions to wake the critters who populate government from their slumbers and their crimes. I will post a link if I don't have it already.

charlie ehlen said...

The link to the article by Dave Lindorff is in the latest post here at the corner.