can america be salvaged?

September 20, 2009

 

flagI do not know —

The answer to that question. It looks less and less probable as I watch the new president, allegedly the answer to all our woes, skip opportunities, allow his Green Man and to hear it told the voice of America’s youth to be drummed out of Washington, distance himself from the progressive economic advisers who strategized his election win, sell out to Big Pharma, extend the Patriot Act, celebrate a big signature on closing Guantanamo Bay and then fail in any way to follow through leaving it up instead to the Senate to block closure of what is essentially an American concentration camp while Pentagon lawyers hedge on the date for closure, humor Wellness Insurance’s Max Buacus’s $856 billion dollar “let’s force thirty million people to buy new insurance policies and fine the fuck out of them if they don’t” bill while totally ignoring smarter, better ways like the HR 676 single payer plan [which would by the way save $350 billion dollars a year and flat out pay for itself] — the more I see, the more I think Obama is just another corporation whore who really likes being on TV [Hello, Mr. President, contrary to your advisor’s counsel, you are not Angelina Jolie and I really WOULD like to see you in the office MORE and on TV LESS] and it is maybe time for one slightly used American screenwriter to start looking for means of employment in France.

But this is a very good essay you should read it.

 


Excepted from Can America be Salvaged by David Michael Green

… The moment correlates precisely with the peaking of the empire several decades ago, now further exacerbated as the deep wells of remedial pillaging — our credit cards, our mortgages, our children, a rising Chinese middle class, brown people everywhere, the environment — have disappeared entirely, with nothing but despair and moral dessication left in their place. Moreover, the folks most aggrieved and most estranged from their senses of late are precisely the people who were bought off of their sanity at every turn with the latest form of bigotry du jour, used to assuage their ever-diminishing sense of relative social status. Over and over again, the people I see on my television screen acting absolutely and incoherently stupid in their senseless rage seem to be little more than fat, white, Southern, sixty-something racist good ol’ boys.

Well past their sell-by dates, they’ve of course gotten tremendous help cranking it up again. That’s no surprise. I’m not sure these crackers are smart enough to even be stupid without coaching. As Lyndon Johnson used to say: “Couldn’t pour piss out of a boot if the instructions were written on the heel”. Lucky for them, those marching orders come from a host of politicians and media whores who, in an even moderately just world, would receive a wee taste of Abu Ghraib in repayment for the reckless destructiveness they’ve fomented upon the always precarious edifice of liberal democracy. There’s special place in Hell reserved for these shouters of “Fire!” in crowded theaters, these bloodsucking bottom-feeders, especially since they are being paid so handsomely for their faithful service as prolocutors for predators —

 


:::continue reading:::

 

where that article comes from :
that is from david michael green
published at commondreams.org

where the art work comes from :
that is from king of the wild frontier

7 Responses to “can america be salvaged?”

  1. max said

    [Cripes I hope all those links work if any of them do not throw me a word so I can fix that.]

  2. Patrick said

    Just because President Obama has a “D” after his name doesn’t mean he gets a free pass when he lets those of us who voted for him, contributed to his campaign or pounded the pavement to get him elected down. We meant it when we said we wanted an end to the 8 year nightmare. We meant it when we voted for change. He’d better mean it when he said he would give us the change we demanded, or we will hold his feet to the fire via blogs, emails, the media and, if necessary, pounding the pavement again.

  3. Kitty said

    Ah, this is the post I was looking for, I didn’t look far back enough.

    Can America be salvaged?

    I do not think so, this is and has been a plutocracy. People are going to have to get a hell of a lot more educated to understand how weak us citizens really are.
    As long as we allow corporations to run everything (and take up for them when their ass is on the line), little will change. Charismatic president or not, a promise of change is just that.

    I hate to be so pessimistic, but I live in Texas where all my votes get devoured by the republicans. I am completely powerless here. When I write my senators, they respond with push poll letters as a reply. The bastards.

  4. max said

    Patrick, exactly.

    Kitty, in college, I fought long and hard against drift net fishing for tuna. I boycotted. I wrote letters. And more letters. I got really insulting letters back too. Just stupid form letters that were nonsensical and just told me, Hey, drift net fishing is okay. But —

    I got one smart letter. It was from Bumblebee Tuna. It addressed my letter’s subjects specifically and said the company was discussing policy. And, when tuna companies started to change fishing practices? Bumblebee was first to stop backing drift net fishing. And now tuna cans are labeled, drift net or not drift net.

    [And I am a huge protein eater and practically live off tuna that is not drift net tuna types and only buy one brand to this day, guess which one you Charlie peeps? Yeah, your loss.]

    And years ago, I started that little website, skinthefox. You were there. It wasn’t national or huge and it was hard to keep up but even when I couldn’t keep updating I still kept it online because it got enough traffic it seemed important to at least keep it out there. And now, okay, years later, but enough people have gotten pissed off enough to boycott Beck and that is costing Murdoch cash. And that is a start. Not enough, but a beginning that has gotten bigger and bigger over time and is growing.

    Fights are long and hard and take years sometimes but they start with one step, maybe a letter, maybe a phone call, maybe one dumb almost unknown little website, but fights grow from there and sometimes, once in a while, you win one small victory. That leads to another smallish victory. That leads to another maybe more substantial victory. And sometimes, to fucking complete victory.

    Don’t give up. Don’t stop. It does matter.

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