The Great Betrayal

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For 40 years I have been told be patient, work within the system, elect more Democrats.  In all that time I have seen few victories and most of those merely symbolic (ooh, they increased the minimum rage by 15 cents an hour), and these anemic victories have been overwhelmed by the horrendous losses the American people have suffered time and time again.  There has been a steady erosion of our Constitutional rights, economic inequality has increased, the working poor and the middleclass have been robbed at every turn by the filthy rich and our government has become more corrupt, more warlike and more evil.  We now openly torture our prisoners and publicly argue that it is our right to do so.

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For 40 years I have watched the knuckle-draggers and the greedheads as they dragged us backwards into a feudalistic nightmare where ignorance and greed rule over intelligence, science and progress.  For all their blathering about values, there is not one American value that these creeps have not spat upon and torn asunder.

I once blamed it all on the Republicans, conservatives and neocons.  But after the past few years, that conception will not hold.  While those loathsome traitors have clearly led the charge, it is now undeniable that they have been aided and abetted by the Democrats – maybe not ALL of them, but the vast majority.  And what they together have achieved is the overthrow of America and the installation of a neo-fascist police state.  America has been stolen from its rightful owners, the American people.

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To any who would now counsel be patient, work within the system, elect more and better Democrats (they had to add the ‘and better’ to try and inject some life into this tired old advice), I ask do we really have another 40 years to wait and see if these dynamics will somehow magically reverse themselves as a result of our doing what we’ve always done but doing it harder?  I think the answer is obvious.

It’s time for heads to roll in this damned country but what is going to happen instead?  Bush, Cheney and all their thieving traitorous buddies are going to skate scott free – courtesy of Nancy Pelosi and the Vichy Democrats.  I can’t believe she has the unmitigated gall to show her traitorous mug at Netroots Nation.  I hope we boo her into oblivion.  With Democrats like her, who needs Republicans?

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Why are the war criminals skating?  Because the Democrats are in collusion with them.  They are in on it.  That is the only answer.  The corporatocracy and the military industrial complex are firmly in control of fascist Amerika, and the American people are nothing more to them than the butt of the joke – and it ain’t very fucking funny.

Electing Obama will not turn us back into a democracy either.  Even if that’s what he endeavors to do (and I give him the benefit of the doubt – though that’s getting harder and harder), he is going to inherit a huge pile of horrendous problems – and the military industrial complex is going to sit squarely on his chest just as they have with Bush and previous administrations.  If he withdraws us from Iraq (which is doubtful IMO), we’ll find ourselves in some other war in order to feed the ravenous gods of war profits.  Mark my words.

So, what to do?  You tell me – but don’t you dare tell me to be patient, work within the system and elect more and better Democrats.  I’m sick of hearing it, and we’re running out of time.

It’s time to either give up or rise up, and I’m not sure the American people have any fight left in them.  Personally I’d rather be shot down in the street than sit by and watch the American dream turned into a nightmare for the entire planet – as Nero fiddles, Rome burns, and the biosphere loses its capacity to sustain life.  It’s never been more serious than this, and we’ve never been so nearly out of time to do anything about it.  If we don’t get our collective head out of our collective ass and reorder our priorities pronto – we’re fucked.

I say again, its time for heads to roll in this damned country.

“”The liberties of our country, the freedoms of our civil Constitution are worth defending at all hazards; it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors. They purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood. It will bring a mark of everlasting infamy on the present generation – enlightened as it is – if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of designing men.”

Samuel Adams

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    • OPOL on July 10, 2008 at 6:39 pm
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    • Alma on July 10, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    I think I would have labeled them as traitors.

    Conyers today on his blog mentioned a busy day in the judiciary and “more on that later”.  Wanna make a bet he doesn’t fill his bloggers in on it?  He seemed such a different soul before he got his gavel.

    Todays one of those days I just feel tired and ready to give up.  Thanks for the shot in the arm OPOL to keep me going.  🙂

    • Edger on July 10, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    But what would people do without self-delusion to get them through their days?

    Thanks for telling it like it is, always has been, and probably always will be, OPOL…

  1. Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines everybody is saying, or else you say something true, and it will sound like it’s from Neptune.

  2. And he, with the rest of the founding fathers, put his life on the line to bring us this government and this Constitution.  They earned our respect, and we owe it to them to preserve the liberties they were ready to fight and die for.

    • brobin on July 10, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    What other possibility could there be?  

    If you and I are the only two people in the room and the manually opened window that was closed and locked a few minutes ago is now unlocked and open, one of us did it.  Perhaps both of us did it together.  Unless one believes in the supernatural, that is the only possible outcome.  

    The window’s are open in our Halls of Congress and Liberty has left the building through them.  The Republicans and Democrats opened those windows together, with the express purpose of giving Liberty the boot.

  3. I really hope the coming months give us all a chance to meet on the streets.

    I would point out one more thing about the system. Even if Obama turned around and was just the greatest thing since sliced bread, his term would not last forever. Sooner or later we would be back in the clutches of the corporate-owned politicians. This is the trouble with a monarchy. Even a philosopher-king sooner or later will give way to Ivan the Terrible or Caligula.

    We carry a new world here, in our hearts. That world is growing this minute. –Buenaventura Durruti

    • geomoo on July 10, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    Options are limited.  A massive uprising would provide the perfect ending to the neocon dream–openly declaring martial law and rounding up all the trouble-makers.  I think you’ve pretty well exposed the futility of the patience route.  Democrats may be the white stuff in the middle, but they’re still part of the oreo.  Where to turn?  What to do?

    Perhaps now it’s just a question of personal conscience–go Sophie Scholl with idealistic and futile protest for the sake of future generations (if there are any), or make like Voltaire and tend one’s own garden, or continue to fight a rigged system just to handle the mirror in the morning.  I don’t have a clue.

    Thanks for saying it so well.

    • OPOL on July 10, 2008 at 7:54 pm
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    anybody going to Austin next week for Netroots Nation?

  4. (at least for me it is), and OT, but Pelosi Says House Judiciary May Hold Hearings on Kucinich Impeachment Resolution.

  5. A hearing or two which will go nowhere, because Conyers and Pelosi have a different agenda.

    Do they really think that anyone–either the criminals or the pubic–is impressed by such feeble gestures?

  6. There has been a steady erosion…

    Absolutely, the gains the poor and middle classes have made over the past century are being undone. What was once a steady erosion, now is a flood heading forcing us back to the time of the robber barons of the Gilded Age.

    I’m convinced, however, that most Americans haven’t noticed. What they see is rising gas prices and think we can drill our way to salvation or, if only, we had fuel-efficient hybrids.

    Rather than think how we must fundamentally change, they want to prolong the 20th century oil-based America. It simply will not work. I believe we have to rethink what it means to be American and what the American Dream is. A house in the ‘burbs and four wheels with a full tank of gas isn’t it anymore.

    I think we’re heading into the “starving time”. Americans aren’t going to be worried about their rights when they’re hungry and shivering in the cold and dark.

    America has been stolen from its rightful owners, the American people.

    I dunno… seems to me like America was stolen first from the Native Americans.

    The problem I have is I don’t see a Golden Age of America. I do not see a time when we were a democracy. Always, we have disenfranchised someone, some group. I am not saying let us not fight, let us lie down and let the tanks roll over us. Of course we should resist, but lets not fool ourselves thinking America had once achieved perfection. It hasn’t and may likely never will.

    The big difference between now and the past is America is more opening doing abuses like torture, trampling on rights, and waging class warfare. But the change is, we’re not pretending it doesn’t happen.

    And I think this is a good, positive development.

    Yes, the oligarchy is in control, but when have they not been? They formed this Constitution, they shaped this system of government.

    But, change is coming whether anyone wants it or not. Thanks to us and our inaction, the earth has made sure of that.

    How do we want to go forward? Do we even want to stick around in the U.S.A.?

  7. I agree, patience, nice-nice does not cut it!

  8. Don’t know if you’ve seen this yet, but you must. It made me cry, in a sad sweet way. It is an animated interview of John Lennon. Much wisdom.

    I met the Walrus

  9. By expressing the outrage that everyone feels, your journals draw people in and get them to open up. Thanks for what you do.

    • Viet71 on July 11, 2008 at 12:37 am

    Everyone here is of the same mind.

    The U.S. is going down.  But hey.

    Things here on the deck are OK.

    No reason to rebel.

    Everything is OK.  Post your thoughts.  Have a drink of red wine.

    Hey.  Sleep and dream well.

    • jim p on July 11, 2008 at 1:02 am

    “The lesser of two evils is still evil.” And we’ve been choosing that for my 40+ years of political awareness. Who could have foreseen…?

    Maybe we need to employ, in person, in our millions (I include ALL Americans, not just the Left, who regard our government as non-representative) our 1st Amendment right “to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

  10. in their effort to increase the public awareness of the crime that is this latest FISA debacle. Sign on HERE to add your name to the list of named supporters of their efforts to challenge telecom immunity,  which will appear in their print ad to major newspapers.


    The ACLU is preparing to challenge the unconstitutional FISA Amendments Act in court and protect your right to privacy.

    In addition, the ACLU will be taking out a full-page ad in a major national newspaper announcing the lawsuit and expressing outrage at this abandonment of our Constitutional principles. Their goal is to run an ad containing the names of tens of thousands of Americans who believe in the Constitution and want Congress to hear our message loud and clear: next time, stand up for our rights.

    There has never been a more important moment to demonstrate to our leaders that we believe in freedom – not fear.

    Nancy and Harry are not our friends. The ACLU and EFF, on the other hand, have our backs.

  11. Personally I’d rather be shot down in the street than sit by and watch the American dream turned into a nightmare for the entire planet – as Nero fiddles, Rome burns, and the biosphere loses its capacity to sustain life.  It’s never been more serious than this…

    I would just like to try to make sure that it is a way that would really make a statement, an attention getting statement to wake the people up to the tragedy we are in right now.

  12. I put on these FISA glasses & saw the fourth amendment.

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