We hear a lot of arguments for policing the planet. All vaguely reference shadowy groups who threaten us in some even more-vaguely defined way. No more blatant example than our crisis du jour: something called ISIL.
Yes, the same ISIL of whom few if any of us had even heard, until a couple months ago, except that they were one of over 1,000 groups we were going to arm (or stupider yet, pick among to arm certain ones) to overthrow Syria. NOW – just a couple months later – we must drop everything and stop them from overthrowing Syria. We must spend unlimited cash we don’t have, and can’t back with any liquify-able credit, and do so for as long as it takes. There is – of course and conveniently, again – not one mention of what we do once we “beat” them, or by what benchmark we will know that has occurred. In other words, there is no endgame. We must do this because a masked guy, with visibly white skin and an obvious British accent (and almost certainly his first language, according to our own linguist experts) murdered a handful of people…in another country.
Go back and re-read just the last exchange between Winston and Big Brother in “1984”. Then tell me with a straight face, that we are not living it. Orwell’s ability to describe 2014 back in the 1940’s is not short of prophetic. 1984 always blows me away, for its accurate depiction of the redistribution of our sovereignty which we are currently allowing. Even the methods by which it is stolen are right on…as they are currently ignored.
We’re Building Empire
900 military bases in 153 countries is not defending anything. It is unsustainably expanding empire. I see no evidence that either team in the duopoly, both highly compromised by funding from war profiteers, will ever allow significantly different foreign policy, until we are bankrupt.
That’s great. But Vermont US Senator Bernie Sanders tells us that:
1) 400 Americans own more wealth than half of America – over 150 million people.
2) Median family income has declined by almost $5,000 since 1999.
3) Over half of the American people have less than $10,000 in savings.
I’m not an economist, but looking around all three seem correct. And yet, “We” have plenty to go fight someone we had never heard of a few months ago. Someone whom we were going to arm to overthrow the same Syria we must now save from them. It is going to become an increasingly hard sell among these US families. Or I hope it does. #SomethingsGottaGive
Let The Rich Pay to Play
Saudi Arabia is the fourth largest defense spender in the world. Let them defend the royal Saudi family, their neighbors, and the global corporations their wealth is co-dependent upon. Barring that, why not the Uber-Rich?
…Or The Other Rich?
They are not “so-called rich”, as their few and shrinking defenders call them, to dismiss growing calls worldwide for them to pay their share. They are documented as “Uber-Rich”. To the point they can’t even fathom how rich. Oxfam tells us that 85 people hold the same wealth as the poorest half of the planet (3.5 billion); Forbes says it is 67 people. Wall Street Journal (no bastion of liberal media) tells us that 400 Americans have more wealth than half of the USA, over 310 million. The Guardian reports that this trend is increasing, and that economic recovery ‘skewed towards wealthy’:
Folks want to rightly and justly take a lot from the rich’s hoarded wealth, which serves no purpose than to boost their egos, and give it to everyone else more fairly. The Pope seems to concur with us, which will help us get 50.0001% who bother to show up to figure out that Trickle Down is a scam (and was 30 years ago). Then, we are good to go.
The System is Broken
It can not and does not represent us. Our Declaration to the last gov’t which did not represent us to our satisfaction declares that “governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government.” We have a duty to do so. This will occur soon, under our current system’s own dead weight and irrelevance, and has started as we speak.
“The war on drugs has been a war on communities of color,” the director of the ACLU’s Center for Justice Vanita Gupta told us recently. Gupta is a probable nominee to a leadership role in the USDOJ.
“I am convinced Socialism is the only answer and I urge all comrades to take this struggle to a victorious conclusion. Only this will free us from the chains of bigotry and exploitation,” the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai recently told us.
Gupta or Yousafzai don’t have all the answers. But they both seem to have as many good ones – regarding any sovereign’s foreign policy – as any current “experts” leading our empire.