They Better Hope We Don’t Wake Up

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“Bullshit is the glue that binds us as a nation.”

George Carlin


Our government is not our friend.

Does anyone else see a problem with that?  I bet testvet does.  I bet Winter Rabbit does.  I bet anyone who is struggling to put food on the table or pay the rent or who are desperately trying to find a way to stay in their homes do.  I bet those torn between providing for their own well-being and that of their aging parents do.  I bet those who are wondering how they’re ever going to send their children to college do.  I bet everyone facing layoffs, medical disaster or financial ruin do.  I bet all the people my age or older who are distraught at our catastrophic failure to build a better world do.

Our government of, by and for the people is none of the above.  Those who run our government, at any time in modern history from either party, do not care about you and me.  They care only about themselves and their ultra-wealthy overlords.  The proofs of that statement are legion.  I defy anyone to give me one solid reason to think otherwise.

They have brought us to the brink of economic collapse and are now using that pathetic fact to blackmail us into giving them the last crumbs in the pantry.  They are so besotted with greed that they can think in no other terms.  To them, it’s all about stealing everything that we have.

Myriad cultural historians have noted the American belief that success is a sign of God’s favor. Over the past couple of decades, He has had a downright lovefest with the already-rich — so much so that the richest 400 Americans now have more money stashed away than the combined bottom 150 million Americans. Some $1.6 trillion.

This was accomplished by selling off or shipping out every available asset, from jobs to seaports, smashing usury and anti-monopoly laws, raiding the public coffers and manipulating the medium of exchange and blackmailing the peasantry regarding common needs such as health care and energy to keep their asses warm, to name a few. The ultimate coup was to convince the entire nation that the well-being of the rich, meaning the well-being of Wall Street, was indeed the common man’s well-being.

Joe Bageant on Alternet

Things will only get worse until we replace this den of thieves with a government that is our friend…as it should be.

Know this, and mark my words, we have been brutally raped and left for dead, and NONE of this will be fixed by legislation or by the existing government.  They are the enemy.  Our reluctance to recognize that has only hurt us.

Just to be clear, am I saying that our very own government here in the US of A is actually in fact our ENEMY?  Yes I am.  If they haven’t proven this to you by now, you’re not paying attention.

It took ten years to raise the minimum rage a buck forty.

And now we’re being stampeded into a disastrous bailout deal by the same traitorous motherfuckers who have rammed down our throats the:

USA Patriot Act

Military Commissions Act

Domestic Spying

Retroactive immunity for violators of FISA

The abomination of the Iraq war

The torture of helpless prisoners

Suspension of Habeas Corpus

Dismantling of Posse Comitatus

Free Speech Zones

The Katrina nightmare

Deregulation of Everything

Mercenary Armies in America

All while ignoring everything that really matters:

Climate Change


Pollution of land, sea and air

Diplomacy and World Peace




Sustainable Agriculture

Universal Healthcare

Alternative Energy

Veterans’ Rights

The General Welfare


Now these same lying, cheating, backstabbing sons-of-bitches want us to fork over $700 Billion that we ain’t got, while they say we must be very very afraid and must do exactly as they say without question.

If at this point we have any trust in these bastards at all – we are fools.

They will fix nothing.  They will simply steal anything that is left.

Coup de Grace

So why do we keep believing their bullshit?  Why do we believe in this ‘rescue’ package?

“Nobody questions things in this country anymore … people are too fat and happy; people are way too fucking prosperous for their own good. Everyone’s got a cell phone that’ll make pancakes and rub their balls now.”

George Carlin

George Carlin.  Funny man.  The Hippy Dippy Weatherman.  Turns out the dude was a sage.

What happens when our cell phones won’t make pancakes anymore – or rub our balls?  What happens when our prosperity gets sucked back into the blackhole from whence it came?  What happens when there is, finally, nothing left to steal?

Will we at some point grow angry enough to hunt these bastards down, smoke them out of their mansions and throw them into the dungeons they have built for us?

I live for that day.

We need a new government.  We need a government that IS our friend.  We need a government that will do the right things for the American people.  We need a government we can trust.  

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. – That to secure these rights, 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, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

The Declaration of Independence

They have fucked things up so badly that we are all going to suffer for it.  We’re better off with no bill at all (IMHO).  These are the same assholes who have reamed us for 8 years running.  Why would we trust them now?

This bill helps no one but the fat cats who caused it all in the first place, and only stalls things a bit.  We are going to go through a deep recession/depression and it’s going to hurt like hell – but there is no avoiding it, the damage has been done.  It would be foolish to enter into it by borrowing another $700 Billion just to give it to the bandits who have so shamelessly done this to us all.

We should be locking those sons-of-bitches up, not bailing them out.

Why would anyone trust these lying, cheating backstabbing sons-of-bitches?

When they say “be very afraid!”, say “fuck you!”

Just say NO to these thieving bastards.



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    • OPOL on October 3, 2008 at 19:07
  1. Our government has been bought cheaply by corporate interests. Wall Street’s investment of $64 million on politicians have landed them a huge return of $700 billion.

    In McClatchy Newspapers today, Lax oversight? Maybe $64 million for D.C. pols explains it

    Since 2001, eight of the most troubled firms have donated $64.2 million to congressional candidates, presidential candidates and the Republican and Democratic parties, according to data from the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics…

    Both political parties have become beholden to Wall Street.

    The system has been rigged so working Americans think their best interests are with Wall Street. From IRAs to 401(k)s, the middle class has been enticed into paying in their money into a vast transferal of wealth.

    When Wall Street didn’t get the bailout money they wanted on Monday because the House said, by 12 votes, “no”, the market reacted by taking the retirement investments of working Americans and chopping off 5-10% of their value.

    Instead of the middle class reacting by saying putting our retirement money on Wall Street is insane, we must make sure Social Security is strong and Medicare is strong. Many call they senators and representatives demanding that Congress do something to “protect” the dollar value of their investments. It is true madness.

    Peoples anxiety over retirement and college investments are coloring their views on the bailout and having to go against their own best interests.

    What is needed is to decouple people’s retirement from Wall Street. We need a Retirement Defense Act of 2008 instead of a Wall Street bailout.

    A Retirement Defense Act would be an acknowledgment that many Americans are being “held hostage” by having IRA and 401(k) plans that tie their retirement security to Wall Street performance.

    The Act would would remove the cap on earnings for social security tax and increase social security payments.

    It would also remove a person’s 401(k) plan from their employer’s control. The employer may make contributions to a 401(k) plan an employee controls with options he or she chooses – including investments that are not on Wall Street such as Treasury bonds.

    Wall Street has convinced working America that what is good for Wall Street is good for them. Despite proof to the contrary, until alternative options are available, people are going to believe them.

    • RiaD on October 3, 2008 at 20:22

    you’ve nailed it!!

    you say what i’m thinking better than i EVER could.

    love you


  2. You thieving bastards!


  3. Valtin spoke the other day of “eating shit” and now it’s on the table!

    I kinda’ had a feeling this is the way it would go.  When Congress voted the bailout down on Monday, the DOW plunged some 600 or more points, then, the next day it went up around 500 or so — it had to have been in anticipation of the Senate vote, which we now see worked for everyone, and then the Senate was, thereafter, able put the screws to Congress, now it works for all of them all the way around, and we have been raped once again.

    Goldman Sachs Bribed Senate To Pass Bailout Bill

    Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) Says Congress Threatened with Martial Law If Bailout Bill Is Not Passed

    On advice of a blogger friend:  “The best thing you can do right now is to try picking up as much debt you can afford with a fixed rate, and put it all into foreign currency.”

    I think I’m going to take that advice, or just update my passport!

  4. Kucinich: Why? Why? Why?

    Submitted by davidswanson on Fri, 2008-10-03 14:18.  

    Rule of Gold Replaced Golden Rule

    Washington D.C. (October 3, 2008) – Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today gave the following speech regarding the proposed Wall Street bailout on the floor of the House:

    “We have come a great distance in seventy-five years; from the New Deal to the Raw Deal, from having nothing to fear but fear itself, to being afraid of everything. We traded democracy’s warm heart containing the ideals of faith, fairness and frugality, for the greedy, cold calculations of the Dow Jones ticker. The New Deal saved free market capitalism with jobs and regulation; now both sink in the swamp of speculation, manipulation and capitulation. The Golden Rule of “do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” is submerged by the rule of gold, “do unto others before they do unto you.”

    “Some people will ask of this Congress, what were we thinking? Why did we give $700 billion bailout to Wall Street without fixing what caused the problem in the first place? Why did we rig the free markets for security fraudsters? Why didn’t we explore alternatives to let Wall Street solve its own problems? Why didn’t we have money save millions of homeowners, create millions of jobs, and a green economy? Why didn’t we stop the speculators? Why wasn’t there accountability? Why didn’t we take time to make an intelligent decision?

    “Why? Why? Why?”

  5. Woman, 90, Shoots Self Inside Foreclosed Home |

    A 90-year-old Akron, Ohio, woman who shot herself as sheriff’s deputies tried to evict her from her foreclosed home became a symbol of the nation’s home mortgage crisis Friday.

    Fannie Mae foreclosed on the Akron, Ohio, home of Addie Polk, 90, after acquiring the mortgage in 2007.

    Addie Polk is being treated at Akron General Medical Center after shooting herself at least twice in the upper body Wednesday afternoon, her city councilman said.

    U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, mentioned Polk on the House floor Friday during debate over the latest economic rescue proposal.

    “This bill does nothing for the Addie Polks of the world,” Kucinich said after telling her story. “This bill fails to address the fact that millions of homeowners are facing foreclosure, are facing the loss of their home. This bill will take care of Wall Street, and the market may go up for a few days, but democracy is going downhill.”

    Neighbor Robert Dillon used a ladder to enter a second-story window of Polk’s home after he and the deputies heard bangs inside, Dillon told CNN affiliate WEWS-TV in Cleveland, Ohio.

    “I just thought she may have fell or couldn’t get up or something,” he told WEWS. “I didn’t know [she had shot herself] until I got in there. And even when I got there, she was breathing, but she wasn’t saying anything to me. I knew she needed help then.”

    Dillon said he saw blood when he put his hand on Polk’s shoulder. . . . .

    • EmilyD on October 3, 2008 at 22:09



  6. is to admit that both major parites are at fault and have worked in the interests of the bosses for the past x number of years (I’d say with the Dems it started in earnest with Carter, which is probably why Ted ran against him).  This includes both Obama and Biden.  A vote for them is a vote for a continuation of the dominance of the bosses.

  7. It’s true.  This haunts me.  When I hear the bastardized versions of the values of my generation screaming at me from the television, I want to scream something true.

    And throw a shoe.

    Or two.  

  8. My problem is that I don’t know what to DO with all that.

    I can yell “NO” all I want – but I feel like I’ve been yelling “NO” now for at least 8 years. It doesn’t seem to have changed much.

    My experience is that when I actually get to the point of finding something to DO, its usually small, feels inconsequential, and most often requires compromising with other people. As Bernice Johnson Reagon said.

    There is an offensive movement that started in this country in the 60’s that is continuing. The reason we are stumbling is that we are at the point where in order to take the next step we’ve got to do it with some folk we don’t care too much about. And we got to vomit over that for a little while. We must just keep going.

  9. And damned straight I see a problem that the government isn’t our friend.

    I though this recently about our congress, that we helped get the majority, then threw us under the bus when it came to funding the war and condoning torture. All one of them would have had to have done is have a live press conference and post a blog,

    “Dear American People, the president just asked us to condone torture. I have a moral obligation to tell you.”

    What’d of happened? Nothing, just like nothing has or apparently will to w.

    We could say the same about all the things on the list (they don’t communicate, they just legislate).

    A friend would have, but I’m still an incurable optimist. I think if enough reach out and are active, this you said can become a reality,

    with a government that is
    our friend

    I don’t think it’s too late to turn it around, and I live for that day as well my friend. We live it together.

  10. lists of WHO voted HOW in the Congress:  Yeas and Nays

    What astounds me is that Democrats were the majority of WHO were FOR the bailout and the Republicans the majority WHO were AGAINST it!  Don’t know how to analyse this, was it for the tax benefit afforded the small company that produces arrowheads?  

    And here’s the Chimp all too happy and eager to sign the bailout bill, or better captioned, “WE FUCKED THEM AGAIN, HA, HA!  BOY, WE’RE GOOD!”

    Note the small, but omni-present smirk!

    and, “Super Bitch Traitor” showing her glee:

    POWER and GREED trumps all!

  11. we as a people have swalowed the bait. We mostly belive were all middle class and we as individuals have the right the God given unalienable chance to hit the big time to strike it rich, to be an entrepreneur, the next big Buffet. God forbid that these stars should be hindered with regulations and stupid laws. Could happen and it’s not fair to get in my way in case it does. It’s freedom so screw anybody who wants to redistribute the money.    

  12. almost matches one I ranted after work at dKos.

    Glad to be in such good company, lol (sob).

    If it’s any consolation, imho the only reason the American public has not yet started protesting in the streets is that not ALL the laws enacted after the rise of socialism in this country (see: Eugene V. Debs & Emma Goldman) have been destroyed: we still have laws against child labor, for example.  I don’t think even Chimpy could spin getting rid of those: although I’m sure his minions would try.

    More seriously: the 40-hour workweek plus overtime is still a standard in most industries.

    Destroy that, and people will be angry.

    Devastate that, and people will be irate.

    Nuke that, and you’ve got a bunch of people who will march on D.C. and demand their taxes back–and demand that you tax the rich.

    IMHO, we haven’t–yet–suffered enough to take to the streets and protest.

    Just my 2 cents.

  13. as it is scheduled to do so.  When modern life become unsustainable at any cost.  When food stops coming to the supermarket.  

    It does blow my mind as to why people are not rioting in the streets right now.  Even my wife, well schooled in the ways of the Illuminati has taken to watching of all things Faux News during this entire affair.  Having caught many of these assholes and their continuing “talking points” the subject has me searching.

    Where is Valtin?

    One of the more well known Illuminati watchers is David Icke.  He was seen by many of us as a deliberate dis-information agent for his wild theories about reptile space aliens taking control of world governments.  I might given the current cognitive dissonance entertain this notion.…

    • k9disc on October 4, 2008 at 14:05

    It’s time we start developing a language for this that puts the blame where it lies and draws distinct lines in this, obvious, class war: It is the Corporate Agenda vs the Human Agenda.

    This is a global phenomena and we need to treat it as such.

    I agree that our government is an agent that works against our interests, but we’ve got to lay out some clear language that helps us to convince others to flex our muscles in support of the Human Agenda.

    Thank you OPOL.

    Peace Out!


  14. this is a great essay. This an essay I could have written (if I could actually, you know, write worth a damn) on many many days.

    But it too could have been the essay I wrote to next door this morning, in response to others on the WWL.

    Now I’m going to have to cross post it, dear, for your consideration.

    I am so absolutely devastatingly TORN apart on this subject.

    Not on the part where the government is our enemy, got that 10-4 loud and clear, over; but on the what to do part.

    Ok, A Riotous Time, coming up.

    Love to you,


  15. Your standard of living is devolving. IT’s not a question only of how much money you have or don’t have.

    Public services will be cut back, transportation limited, schools, roads etc will deteriorate…


    A new currency is introduced to replace the dollar. You will have to use your dollars to buy it. One new dollar will cost you 4. You LOSE

    That’s how they get you in the end.

    Don’t vote for Obama or McCain. Vote 3rd Party.

  16. Wake up, that is. The American Trog will continue to stare, slack-jawed, at the shiny images on the TeeVee and the’ puter screen, as the people who really run  the show keep on keepin’ on. All this talk of “revolt!” and “into the streets!” is no more meaningful than masturbation: it makes you feel good, but it doesn’t accomplish anything beyond that.

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