The threefold rise in hate crimes against Muslims since the Paris and San Bernardino attacks and the acceptance of hate speech as a legitimate form of political discourse signal the morbidity of our civil society. The body politic is coughing up blood.
The times we are enduring have sent me back to Sinclair Lewis' "It Can't Happen Here" (1935). As I read, it is far too easy to put Donald Trump in Buzz Windrip's shoes. I had hoped he was playing a clown to show how sick society is, but am far too afraid he is the clown to exploit how sick society is.
"When you're born you get a ticket to the freak show. When you're born in America, you get a front row seat."
Chris Hedges: you see through the glass all too clearly. Your analysis frightens me, but I recognize the truth.
Hedges: 'Extremist groups, embodied by the Christian right and Islamic State
(also known as ISIS and ISIL), have distorted Christianity and Islam to
sanctify their mutual hatreds and bloodlusts.'
Hedges commits his own distortion here...sorry if this is offensive, but Christianity, like the Judaism which inspired it, is a bloody religion which executed alleged 'heretics' until the early 19th century and committed atrocities too numerous to recite in this forum.
Yaweh/Allah/God is the original totalitarian, and a literal belief in this being and in the books he allegedly wrote logically inspires violence.
Despite this, I agree that the so-called Islamacist violence is mostly political in nature. The point is that if we want a better future, we best be honest about our own past.
Yaweh/Allah/God is not a being of peace, this is a modern concept that tries whitewash an extremely violent history.
The Media is Mightier Than War ©
I am a Marine Vietnam Veteran For Peace and former Community Organizer trained by Saul Alinsky's executive team in the mid-70s after returning from my second tour in Vietnam as a diplomatic courier in our embassy in Saigon. Permit me to strongly suggest you and the other speakers of truth document and broadcast how individuals, faith-based entities and organized communities can WAGE PEACE here and abroad.
Follow are some ideas I sent to the State Department soon after it announced its Digital Diplomacy Initiative, 6/11...
We The Peoples’ Network (WTPN)
Americans have a long, challenging, courageous and often treacherous history of implementing democratic social change based on their inalienable rights and self-interests. (See Howard Zinn's "A Peoples History of the United States.") However, they have been systematically blocked and unable to participate, let alone influence US Foreign (Folly) Policy and its devastating impacts on our serving military, veterans and their families, communities, cultures, countries, environments and economies. (See Dr. Andrew Bacevich's "Breach of Trust.")
A rare exception is possibly the Peace Movement which ended the tragic folly of the vile war against the Vietnamese, Lao and Cambodian people. However, it was not sustainable and mostly ineffective since then ~ Latin America, Iraq and Afghanistan, environmental degradation, nuclear and nonsensical weapon systems proliferation…etc.
Engage ordinary Americans via social media, institutional channels, national veterans organizations and organizing entities for collective action to determine Why, and Who serves, sacrifices, suffers and pays for US combat operations, and their vulgar and brutal consequences! Secondarily, rationalize current media platforms and teaching methods for sharing unimpeachable history, knowledge, scholarship and public intelligence to openly engage local communities in foreign policy debates starting in high schools.
WTPN will form/enhance vibrant strategic alliances, creating trustworthy social media channels communicating awareness, purpose, principals and values, thus stimulating citizens’ imagination, acknowledging their Constitutional obligations and achievements within and among our communities, and our vigorous participation in determining our nation’s role in world affairs; AND defeating the "creeping villainy" of hatemongers politics.
It will engage ordinary Americans to rethink our political and diplomatic relations, passionately reflecting on and changing the values and allegiances that continue to have profound and brutal impacts on hundreds of millions of men, women, and children. Americans must stalwartly influence our foreign policy decisions, protecting them for Seven Generations (Iroquois Wisdom). This task will take incredible “moral courage” as intense and sustained as our honorable warriors serving in harms’ way purportedly protecting our nation and way of life.
WAGE PEACE for OUR CHILDREN EVERYWHERE.
Treasure Life & Semper Fidelis.
PS: You and Jon Stewart...et al., could invite Malala to meet the Muslim Americans Gold Star Families in our national veterans cemeteries where their Sons are buried and conduct memorial services that are broadcast nationwide. Why?
Legitimacy of moral life depends on the willingness of men and women to struggle with such questions before they decide what to do. Karl Jaspers, a Jewish-tainted German WW II philosopher notes, “all men, like all nations, are tested twice in the moral realm ~ first by what they do, then by what they make of what they do. A condition of responsibility denotes a kind of second chance: men are, as if by a kind of grace, given a chance to repay to the living what it is they find themselves owing the dead.”
Arthur Engendorf, a fellow Vietnam Veteran author notes, “healing is the way we restore ourselves...with a little help from our friends, we can heal ourselves, even from war...healing culminates in a renewed vision of what is possible for us and our world. In light of this vision, our individual healing shifts from being the center of attention to an instance of much more encompassing possibility ~ healing for all humanity.”
Get 'R Done.
Scientist & Independent Presidential Candidate Harry Braun
provides a history lesson on the oil-based U.S. Foreign Policy
Harry Braun is shown in his office above with Lockheed solar ocean thermal hydrogen production systems behind him on the left and "Windship" hydrogen production systems on the right that were developed by engineering professor William Heronemus, who served as a former superintendent of shipbuilding for the United States Navy. Both systems could have been mass-produced in the 1800's, and either one of these technologies could replace all fossil and nuclear fuels in the USA and worldwide while providing a vast sanctuary for the remaining fish and other marine organisms in the three-billion-year-old global ocean ecosystems that are now the final stages of being hunted into extinction by mindless Free Market Forces.
December 21, 2015
All of the other Republican and Democratic Presidential Candidates are advocating that the U.S. drop more highly-radioactive bombs on unknown people in foreign lands for oil, most of which is going to China, in spite of the fact that American taxpayers have already spent over $18 trillion for the resulting Oil Wars and tanker protection services in the Middle East just since 1970, which is roughly equal to the current U.S. National Debt.
In sharp contrast, Harry Braun is recommending that the majority of American citizens, which he is seeking to empower with his proposed Democracy Amendment, should end the bombing and Oil Wars immediately, and use those unspent trillions of dollars to replace the oil and other highly-toxic fossil and nuclear fuels that are making the Earth uninhabitable, with 2.7 million two-megawatt wind-powered hydrogen production systems, which are no more difficult to mass-produce than the 17 million automotive vehicles sold each year in the United States, although only about three million of those 17 million vehicles are now "assembled" in the USA.
Few if any automobiles are now truly made in the USA, and while Donald Trump repeatedly blames China for stealing American jobs, the reality is that it was multinational corporations whose only loyalty is to making more money, who dismantled the tooling and manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and shipped them to China, which had slave wages and no environmental regulations. And this is exactly what Trump and the other Republican presidential candidates want for the USA.
Both Republicans and Democrats, however, continue to advocate a U.S. foreign policy where multinational oil corporations use the U.S. armed forces and military intelligence assets to install repressive governments worldwide, who will allow them to extract fossil fuels and minerals, leaving hundreds of millions of indigenous Muslims in poverty in a contaminated wasteland, which is the fundamental reason why the radical Muslims now hate Americans.
Hillary Clinton, Lindsay Graham and Marco Rubio are all considered experts on U.S. history and foreign policy by the corporate censored news media, yet these so-called “experts” now state that killing Saddam Hussein was the right thing to do, in spite of the catastrophic chaos that the war has unleashed in the Middle East and now Europe. These so-called experts are obviously unaware that Saddam Hussein’s Sunni Muslim Baath party was put into power by the United States CIA during the Kennedy Administration, which was not revealed to the American public until 30 years later in a page one story in The New York Times on March 14, 2003.
American president’s talk about supporting democracy abroad, but since the Oil Age began, U.S. governments lead by both Democrats and Republicans have supported brutal and undemocratic regimes worldwide for oil and gas, minerals and other multinational corporate interests, in countries such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, Iran, Vietnam, Chile, Indonesia, the Congo, the Philippines, Pakistan, and Iraq – to name a few. According to disclosures by the U.S. Senate Committee on Intelligence, the CIA provided lists of hundreds of suspected communists and leftists to the anti-communist Baathists, who then proceeded to murder them. Many of the people killed were Iraq’s highly educated elite, including doctors, lawyers, scientists and other political and military professionals. Britain and Israel supported the coup, while France and Germany opposed the action.
But after the coup, Hussein and the Sunnis became loyal U.S. allies to president’s Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Reagan, and the Sunnis established the only secular country in the Arab Middle East, which allowed complete freedom of religion for Jews and Christians, while allowing woman to have absolutely equal rights as men in all aspects of Iraq’s society and law. The U.S. supported Hussein in his war against Iran, including providing Iraq with toxic chemical weapons, and before Hussein invaded Kuwait, he first met with the U.S. Ambassador April Glaspie and James Baker to discuss his intentions to reclaim the former Iraqi land that was then owned by Kuwait. The New York Times (23 Sept 1990) documented Glaspie provided the following message to Hussein:
“We have no opinion on the Arab-Arab conflicts, like your border disagreement with Kuwait. I was in the American Embassy in Kuwait during the late 1960s. The instruction we had during this period was that we should express no opinion on this issue and that the issue is not associated with America. James Baker has directed our official spokesmen to emphasize this instruction. We hope you can solve this problem using any suitable methods via Klibi (Chedli Klibi), Secretary General of the Arab League) or via President Mubarak. All that we hope is that these issues are solved quickly.”
Thus Saddam was given the green light to invade Kuwait, yet for some unknown reason, president George H.W. Bush did not get the memo, and the result was the first Iraq War that killed untold thousands of innocent Iraqi soldiers and civilians who were doing their best to defend their country from a Superpower. And this chaotic and illegal war is now evolving into World War III, where over 60 million people have lost everything and are invading Europe, and the Republican’s blame it on Obama.
But no one mentions that the only U.S. national security interest in Iraq and the Middle East is oil and other fossil fuels, which the National Academy of Sciences has testified to Congress are rapidly making the Earth uninhabitable from the chemical contamination and climate change superstorm chaos that is already destroying food production systems worldwide, and its going to get exponentially worse as orders of magnitude more carbon is now being released as the polar regions continue to melt.
Thus rather than nation building, the Bush/Cheney administration used false intelligence to destroy Iraq by spending approximately $2.5 trillion of U.S. taxpayers money to attack and kill Saddam Hussein and his family by dropping over 265,000 uranium-tipped bombs and munitions, on the Cradle of Civilization from 1991 to 2010. Moreover, an additional $6 trillion is also going to be spent on the over 500,000 wounded U.S. soldiers who survived, which is $12 million per soldier.
Yet none of the presidential candidates, including the so-called conservatives, ever talk about the staggering costs of the ISIS war, or the fact that the existing U.S. bomb supply is rapidly being depleted, and such munitions take years to build once the money is authorized by the Congress, which thus far has taken no action. While the Obama administration has depleted the bulk of the bombs on some 30,000 rag tag ISIS fighters, that means the U.S. would be forced to rely on its aging and corroding nuclear weapons in any armed conflicts with both Russia and/or China, especially given the tensions that now exist between these countries as an inevitable and highly-predictable result of more and more people competing for fewer and fewer resources.
According to a CBS News 60 minutes report on Dick Cheney’s 30-year career prior to the Iraq War, when Cheney was moving between being the CEO of Halliburton and holding some of the highest offices in the Pentagon. Thus he was able to secure secret, no bid, cost-plus contracts with the Department of Defense for Halliburton -- and all he needed was a war. Chris Matthews on MSNBC reported that after the election of the Bush/Cheney administration, but before they were actually sworn in, Cheney contacted the Defense Department requesting detailed information on only one country, and that country was Iraq -- which was long before 9/11. But 9/11 was used as the excuse for Cheney’s war, even though the hijackers were from Saudi Arabia and not Iraq.
As such, Iraq and the Cradle of Civilization was destroyed for the profits of Dick Cheney and Halliburton, and Halliburton is still very much involved in the Oil Wars now underway in the Middle East and Ukraine. Yet after the Iraq war, The New York Times reported that most of Iraq’s oil in Southern Iraq went to China, which dropped no bombs. And the only lease that was provided to a U.S. oil company in the Northern Kurdistan region of Iraq was provided to Hunt Oil, a relatively small Texas oil company that was a major financial backer of George W. Bush, which then turned around and sold the lease to ExxonMobil and its fracking partner Halliburton.
In addition to the trillions spent on the Oil Wars, Princeton and Harvard University studies have documented that oil company lobbyists also secured well over $10 trillion from American taxpayers for oil tanker protection services since 1970. This is more than twice the $4 trillion cost of building the 2.7 million, two-megawatt wind-powered hydrogen production systems that would permanently displace all of the oil and other fossil and nuclear fuels, chemicals and products now used in the USA by making zero carbon solar-sourced hydrogen from water with electricity.
Although as Henry Ford demonstrated in the 1920's, the least expensive hydrogen, ethanol and plastics that were 10 times stronger than steel, was made from cannabis, which is the real reason oil lobbyists made it illegal in 1937 with no recorded vote in either the House or Senate, and without the constitutional amendment that was required to make alcohol illegal as per Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution.
Marco Rubio was interviewed by Wolf Blitzer on CNN when he stated that wind power was useless because it cannot provide fuel for our automobiles and aircraft. Thus Rubio is both historically and technically illiterate, since he does not even understand high-school chemistry, whereby electricity from the wind can create carbon-free and completely renewable hydrogen fuel from water.
This “electrolytic” hydrogen production was first demonstrated in the United Kingdom in the year 1800, long before the Oil Age began, and it has now contaminated every man, woman and child in the USA and worldwide, including the unborn who now soak in a witches brew of oil -based poisons from the point of conception. The result has been an epidemic of super sticky “amyloid” plaques that Wikipedia has reported are the molecular cause of a broad spectrum of diseases, including cancer, Alzheimer’s, and Autism. And such candidates without a knowledge of environmental toxicology and true history of U.S. foreign policy are essentially people without a memory, who because they are bribed by oil money keep repeating the same mistakes, exactly like Hillary Clinton and the other presidential candidates who think they are so intelligent.
These are just some of the reasons why the majority of Americans are going to ratify Braun's proposed Democracy Amendment with the Article V Citizen Ballot that can be downloaded as a verifiable paper ballot from the DemocracyAmendmentUSA.net website, who will then proceed to elect Harry Braun as the first and founding President of the American Constitutional Democracy in 2016, which will be directed by a Universal Mind of over 60 million citizens. Copyright © BraunforPresident.US.
BraunforPresident.US | Phone 770-905-7000 | hb@BraunforPresident.US
I thought this interesting in light of all the hyperbole over "Muslims enforcing Sharia law".
This girl was sent home from a school in Kentucky because what she was wearing was deemed "too revealing" and would distract the boys in the class. No it not Sharia law.
I'm a subject of the U.S. Empire. I don't care about a piece of cloth or the killers who serve it. I wish all of them would come back home in coffins draped with it, if they can't come home any other way, so we could be done with empire. I also don't give a damn about our slave holding, elitist, tax dodging, founding fathers whose only concern was protection of their privileged, propertied, white asses from the majority they exploited and wouldn't even allow to vote. They were, as are their ruling descendants, not only despicable human beings but are almost all genocidal sociopaths. Since the United States was founded in 1776, she has been at war during 218 out of her 239 calendar years of existence.The first hundred years they spent killing an estimated 30 million native people and 40 million enslaved Africans. and both groups are still being terrorized. There are also the uncounted constantly demonized and exploited immigrants, most from imperialist impoverished countries.
Then it was onto illegally taking Hawaii and killing 200,000 Filipinos in the Philippine-American war which quickly followed the Spanish-American war, the 1898 founding of the U.S. Empire. Today the empire is bombing people all over the world to bring them "democracy", proudly using predator drone hellfire missiles to kill thousands of innocent children.
I am deeply ashamed of being a citizen of this awful, hateful, empire which is the bloodiest empire in history. It's been 409 years of brutality and genocide here and abroad since the 1607 founding of Jamestown, Virginia, as the first permanent English settlement in North America. I can't join the fear ridden chorus singing "God Bless America" while I hear the world's screams and cries of "God Damn America". I cannot robotically pledge my allegiance to the horrible abomination we call a republic, steeped in the blood of others, as I hold a higher allegiance to the whole human race.
The average citizen is brainwashed and conditioned from birth to obey and trust authority. Any honest discussion of the U.S. as the world’s leading terrorist nation would run up against immediate disbelief and denial so most will remain comfortably unaware of the hideous nature of their nation. Besides the average citizen is kept too busy working to bother giving much thought to anything else and only wants a little entertainment after a hard day’s work.
A condemned place this land where few heads lay easy. Where success is measured materialistically as everything and everyone is a disposable commodity. Corporations as people and their money as free speech. Corporate greed over human need. A land where half live in poverty and yet whose taxes mostly go for war and to corporations with social programs constantly under attack and underfunded while tens of millions of little kids go to bed hungry every night. And it's empire does even worse for the rest of the world.
And yet the rest of the capitalist world is not much better and keeps proving, when given opportunity, that it would do the same as the U.S. Empire.
We need to take a radically different course and that radical course must be a socialist course otherwise the present U.S. Empire will be succeeded by an even bloodier, more malevolent one, if the U.S. Empire does not, somehow, destroy the human race in its downfall.
From Pol Pot to ISIS: The blood never dried
"socialism or barbarism"
There is no reformist way out of the crisis of capitalism – Part One & Part Two of Two
5 Facts About How America Is Rigged for a Massive Wealth Transfer to the Rich:
The Myth of the Middle Class: Have Most Americans Always Been Poor?
by Alan Nasser
Let Your Life Be a Friction to Stop the Machine
A brief and crucial history of the United States.
Chris Hedges "Brace Yourself! The American Empire Is Over & The Descent Is Going To Be Horrifying!"
"Low Wage Capitalism" - Lecture by Fred Goldstein
CAPITALISM AT A DEAD END
Job Destruction, Overproduction and Crisis
In the High Tech Era
A Marxist View
By Fred Goldstein
You've Got to Stop Voting :
On Western Terrorism: From Hiroshima to Drone Warfare
By Noam Chomsky and Andre Vitchek
The American Empire
Let me guess? Yet you live here. Pay taxes here. Function as a part of this empire. This - your own part in it you excuse because you rant about it? You are an absurdity because your words are only words but your deeds speak volumes.
Move someplace else and then claim that you aren't part of it. Then don't participate but you can claim that you are above it all. Maybe you don't understand?
Most people don't want the worst but they have as little choice in the matter either. Their kids go to school, they have jobs and responsibilities. Many oppose the course the neocons have plotted etc but they are grown up about it.
By the way telling people to not vote is pathetic. It tells them to pretend they are purer than others while they are exactly the same as anyone else. Except that they pretend they aren't.
If you want to oppose then oppose. Do not pay taxes. File a protest and place your tax money in an escrow account and fight in court. Then you oppose in deed and not just in words. Not voting is a joke that only helps the rightwing with a low voter turnout. That favors them. Libs and progressive don't vote didn't you know? That is why the right wing shills encourage the left not to vote.
Always the simplicity from you. First off you don't live here yourself, Secondly I never said that now did I. I said oppose it in deed not just words. You really have no choice but to see the simplistic point of view. Gee sorry.
Look I am sorry if you can't grasp the more nuanced view. You just want to rant but it is boring. All ranters are boring. It is like they never stop to think that we've all heard it before and it accomplishes nothing.
How wonderful that you express yourself okay. Anything else? Do remind yourself just how many times that you and others repeat the same things over and over again. Yes you don't like America ... we know already Sheesh!
Like a kid...
Thank you for posting this. Although it might be impossible to get it done it is still a better choice to try to bring about a direct democracy than wasting time and effort voting for either of the two big business parties and their plutocracy.
Oh really? So how does it get done? More importantly, don't you think that voting for the person is more important than voting for the label?
Look at how the democratic party (DNC) screwed Bernie? He is still a democratic candidate nevertheless. The label democrat seems more or less irrelevant except that in a two party system he has to run in one or the other to get elected.
Those who claim we need to build a third party look at Trump and his fascism straight in the face and talk about years even decades in the future. There is no possibility that a third party can be built in a few months during an election year. If people were truly serious about building a third party then they would start building it during the non election years not wait until now.
I happen to think a third party is exactly what we need but then my preference would be a proportional house in Congress where seats are elected according to representational support. If 10% of the country votes for the platypus party then 10% of the seats in congress would be platypus party reps.
In the meantime Bernie is not the status quo dem candidate but Hillary is and Trump is looking damn scary.
Telling progressives and lefty people not to vote helps Trump and in fact helps keep the status quo including Hillary
Then spare us all the defeatist bile and baloney. If you think that ranting incessantly is useful then you are nuts.
You know the drill and how it has gone down over the decades. wasn't Reagan enough? Wasn't Bush/Cheney even worse? Yeah they were. The right wing prefers low voter turnouts. They manipulate them as it is.
Crime increases and increasingly goes unpunished as empires enter their finale stages.
Lol. Maybe they do but i'd like to point out that the world appears to be entering a final stage (in terms of civilization - not the end of the world literally).
Our way of life - flawed that it has been is in deep doo-doo (an economics term). Climate change and overpopulation will not be skipped over so if you want to watch the system hit the fan then just stick around.
But no empire gets out of this alive. Not us not them not nobody. Ring around the rosy ...we all fall down!
After that is anybody's guess. I figure it will all start up again pretty much like it is but heavily fascistic and pretty much crazy shit but people will eat.
Corporations are building a new empire and that is the end of that. Good luck kiddies... seriously... Good luck.
The good old USA will look a lot better once the world is under the corporate boot... you might even miss it.
Chris is once again spot-on here; maybe as usual his writing is pretty "dark", but it hits home. And I , too, agree with "Wereflea" in that I can't stand this "don't vote" message/attitude. If not voting helps any cause, it's the cause of the oligarchs/CEO's Big Oil, etc., etc. Your "Non Vote" actually IS a vote-for the very person/party you abhor the most.
It's anyone's right not to vote, absolutely; but when you don't vote, don't complain (and I know that just complaining doesn't do much, but when everyone DOES complain, consistently, it's a darn good start) about the chaos taking place around you.
I know Hillary is a corporate candidate, and I also know that it is very possible for Donald Trump to get the Rep. nomination. Do you really want that? Wouldn't voting for SOMEONE/ANYONE besides him be better than seeing him get into power? I'm voting for Bernie in the Primary, and third party in the general, if Bernie doesn't win it. But I am voting. Because not voting, in my opinion, will make it just a wee bit easier for Trump/Rubio/ Cruz/ Paul to get into the White House.
You just need to argue and rant while I need to debate or discuss. You announce that there is no hope and tell people to just give up. I find that there is no point in participating in what appears to be a useless conversation. Okay so you have given up and want to share that fact. So go ahead then.
Why you attack people because they don't want to give up says something about ranters though. I suppose you'll never figure that part of it out.
So you think give giving up means that you are a patriot do you?.Sorry I don't agree but if ranting is your thing then have fun and (to paraphrase) ...
Rant on baby! Rant on!
I want to share on observation. As I have stated before, I retired to Ecuador in 2012. Due to Ecuador's history (and the history of many other South American countries), the people understand the importance and the value of their vote.
Democracy: one person, one vote. Everyone's vote is meaningful and has value ... even if we do not agree with another person's vote. The aspect of one person, one vote is more important than many people realize.
Vote - your vote matters! Voting is your participation in, and demand for, democracy. The opportunity to vote is like your right hand; you don't understand its true value until you lose it.