This Fourth of July, America’s working families should rebel against President Trump’s bait-and-switch economic policies that leave them worse off while further enriching the wealthy. The new GOP tax law mostly benefits the rich and corporations — including oil companies, health insurers and big drug firms — while the Republican economy increasingly squeezes ordinary Americans.
“Just like in 1776, Americans are getting fed up.”
Actually, Americans are getting ground up. Ground up into Soylent Green, that is, at least metaphorically. The bread and circuses model has so eviscerated the American culture, if ever there truly was one, that most of the population only serves as consumers of soda pop, beer, candy, infotainment passing as news, a cornucopia of sports, hate speak, etc. As long as their gaze is averted from the hand that is continually picking their pocket they willingly donate their lives to the uber wealthy. The time is right for revolution, but the couch is way too comfortable and familiar. “What time is Oprah, the big game, my favorite rerun, … on anyway. Oh look, Cheetos and Doritos have fornicated to yield a new treat. Let’s go down to the Burp & Slurp and get a bag–jumbo size, of course.”
At the end of the day a thinking person wins by thinking the most thoughts that fulfilled them and the fewest that did not.
I kinda hate to say it, but … duh.
Didn’t you watch the news last night. Lamestreet media was touting that Tuesday was the biggest travel day ever by car or plane. Back up freeways and airports all over the country and gas prices were just oh well. How is that explained? none of them looked poor. I am just saying, it was confusing.
Hopefully they were heading to their state capitals or DC to protest this President? I won’t hold my breathe.
… And just like in 1776, it’s time to stand up and fight back.
Fight back, yes, but forget 1776. When this corrupt political system crashes, as it surely will, and people take to the streets, the American landscape will have little in common with 1776. It will result in a society-wide and culture-wide destabilization. It will be like nothing this country has ever seen. I pray I can live out my days before it comes.
It was a good idea – once
inalienable rights and the abolition
of tyranny , but
we’ve mucked it up, this great
our own inbred aristocracy madder
than noon-baked Englishmen with
crimes and usurpations running amok,
torn bodies and new hatreds in every
in every pocket
an ear in every conversation and a
knife at every throat
and we wage-slave
descendants of the free
the not free
sinking in the refuse of yesterday’s bargains
punch clocked and jackbooting our way
to the fossil record at the speed of credit
with no payments 'til January –
a toxic spoor of ruined
places, broken lives and gulags.
We had a bad run but it’s time
to come clean,
to admit our failure, to
examine the bloody Manifest
of our imagined Destiny.
Time to Repent
for mass graves and wars of false premise,
for all those dictators, our murky turkeys lurking
in every hot satrapy with trained goons keeping
bloody order and a quota of disappeared.
Time to admit
it was all a mistake
made in the bravado of our youth and
rejoin the Commonwealth
stop seeing stars and turn in our
be British again
take tea and healthcare claim
our place, lordless
in the house of commons where
Empire is only a memory
– Al Markowitz
Happy Independence Day! Celebrate Corporate Rule.
Independence has it’s price.
Perhaps the price is a “Go Fund Them” page for a group of Ninjas to deliver us from the Evil that has befallen our country.
It would be money well spent.
“Independence has its price” indeed.
Those who signed the Declaration of Independence committed what British law considered a capital offense. Jefferson, Franklin, Adams and the founders that we are most familiar with were the survivors. British retaliation include driving signers from their farms to outright murder.
The 2018 “revolution will not be televised” - Gil Scott Heron
The alternative story about the causes of the revolution.
I know, I know, it’s on Sputnik radio, Russia, Russia, Po is a Putin puppet, bleh, bleh, bleh.
Dr. Horne is a distinguished historian. He has written fifty books or so. You should read one sometime starting with The Counter-Revolution of 1776. And by the way, you will never, ever hear him interviewed on NPR.
Add to this the “Treaty Of Quebec (Or Quebec Act)” something US Historians will not touch with a ten foot pole as they continued to advance the notion the revolution about “Freedom from Tyranny”.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
This from the Declaration of Independence and the CONTEXT is simply ignored.
After the end of the French and Indian wars, and when France finally lost their Colonies in North America to the British Empire the “Treaty Of Quebec” was signed. An element of this treaty was to transfer all of the Ohio Territories to the jurisdiction of the Province of Quebec. The French had friendly relations with most of the First Nations peoples for much of their presence there and those relationships were predicated on trade.
The New Plan was to close off the Ohio Territories to further Colonization by Europeans and deal with the First Nations peoples there on a “nation to nation” basis. The Crown was spending a lot of Gold to defend the Colonists against the First Nations peoples even as it was those COLONISTS that were stoking the conflict by moving into those territories to sieze lands.
The signers of that Declaration were of the opinion that the First Nations peoples were an inferior and brutal peoples and that the lands they held were destined to be ruled by Europeans. When The Ohio territories were to be declared off limits to more expansion , and the number of Colonists sent to the New World curtailed , the moneyed interests in the 13 Colonies (Yes this includes “The Destroyer of towns” one George Washington) (this coupled with the move to end slavery in the Empire) , you had the spark for your Revolution.
It had nothing to do with taxes and tyranny.
Yeah, we weren’t taught History in school but what we were taught sure was quite a story.
Once again, it’s necessary to point out that GOP economic policies equal Democratic economic policies equals neoliberalism. It’s a class war, people. Always has been.
The next “independence” to fight will be from the capitalists.
Thanks for posting this link, Po.
This article provides an excellent summary of the U.S. people’s dire predicament.
Common people fighting in the revolution were fighting for INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM. Political ,social , and economic freedom. We need a real discussion about the meaning of FREEDOM(and guns have nothing to do with freedom-the real revolution will be non-violent). The COMMONS are real -nation states are an illusion-------the flag ,the national anthem are all UNAMERICAN—People come to this land to be free not enslaved.
Today we are looking in the mirror of all the hate