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I have reached a personal turning point at the beginning of 2010, a year when I was young, I was certain I would meet George Jetson. I’ve been involved in political blogging for about two years now. Certainly not long compared to the impressive seven or so years some can claim, but enough to have brought me to my turning point. I’m a pretty quick study and in some ways this whole experience, among my life experiences, is similar to my dabbling with Christianity in my twenties. A couple years of that and I was also saying, “OK, I get it, what’s next?”
Why have I reached a turning point? I guess the number one reason would be effectiveness. I like to be effective in what I do and I don’t like to waste my time. I don’t need these blogs as a hobby or to feel part of a community. Life is too short. Reason number two is that I am just not into electoral politics. I’ve never campaigned for a candidate, donated money, or been involved in electoral politics in any way other than this brief interlude on the toobs. Since my anti-establishment days in the late sixties to early seventies, I just never bought into the system. Donating money in particular has always seemed sacreligious to me in a way, in how it acquiecses to that system. That isn’t going to change for me.
Life took over since those days and family and career prevented me from investing much time in politics. For those that denigrate the hippies for losing their mojo and joining the establishment, I can just say, the times were a changing after the Vietnam war. The pace of society and the machinations of the political propaganda system simply didn’t allow for another common rallying point after the war, other than the environment. As with many, I got married and had kids. What then were my choices? Go live in a commune and name my kids Moonbeam and Sunshine, or go ahead and get my piece of the American pie. I chose the pie, not that I don’t have regrets.
Then, American dream accomplished, kids grown and out of the house, I had time to check out politics on the internet. From Atari Pong to political blogging in the blink of an eye. Quite an interesting experience for sure, and certainly very educational. Not just from what I learned from other people, but how it instigated me to learn more on my own.
I guess I can credit George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, at least in some part, for my initial foray into internet political blogging. Their outrageous attempt at governance was certainly beyond the pale and worthy of fighting against. The political blogs, i.e., the democratic or progressive blogs, allowed me to join in the effort to eliminate from power the party that allowed a great American tragedy, the Bush family, perhaps the greatest political criminals in our history, to govern our land.
Mission accomplished, we got Obama. I fell for it hook, line, and almost sinker. Enough to have tears in my eyes when on inauguration night, Pete Seeger sang “This Land is Your Land” on the imperial stage set up for the occasion. In a way, I’m ashamed of myself for falling for all that. I should have known better. But I didn’t know then what I know now, and I know I’m not alone.
I have no faith in our political system. It is a tangled mess of corruption, deceit, and decay. No better illustrated than the well choreographed health care reform circle jerk our politicans have performed for all to see. Porn for the public. Maybe they did go too far this time, the public doesn’t seem particularly turned on by seeing our rich elite politicians masturbating in front of them.
The blogs continue on without having any substantive impact on the serious, systemic issues like the military industrial complex, big banks, Wall Street and the Federal Reserve, the corporate plutocracy, and the think tank/lobby/corporate/politician revolving doors in the beltway. Railing against the two party system on the one hand, while still trying to work with it.
Many are wondering what the hell can we do about it all. How can we break the oligarchy and bring actual power to the people, the working and middle classes. It would appear no one has an answer. Then again, maybe we were given the answer over 48 years ago, by a guy named Dwight. Old Ike had his contradictions, but I’ve come to think he had as good a solution as any since our early founders.
“The very structure of our society.” That’s what is involved here. Not only our society, but every country on the earth that is controlled by the hegemonic agenda of the MIC. We can talk about banking reform, progressive taxation, election reform, lobby control, until we turn blue in the face. But nothing outshines the MIC, the keystone of the oligarchy. Bringing down the MIC will have significant impacts on those other issues and is the only way to cut the oligarchy down to size.
The final reason for my turning point came courtesy of Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, the 23 year old Nigerian “terrorist”. The blind, seemingly programmed responses on most democratic and progressive blogs indicated to me a disgusting belief that we ARE in a “war on terror”. A belief that indicates it is just fine to have 1000 military bases around the world, just fine to spend $1 trillion per year on national security, because our safety is number one. Discussions and comments revolved around how best to fight it, or who was better at fighting it among the two major parties. Obama actually used the incident to say “make no mistake, we are under attack”. We are at war, the terrorists are still trying to kill us. We need to find Osama bin Laden! Based on an incident that has more holes in it than the eight bodies of the Afghan students killed recently by coalition forces.
There is no end game for the MIC. It is what controls this country. So that is my only goal now. Nothing matters to me anymore, because, well, nothing else matters. If we allow the MIC to continue on it’s merry way, there is no hope.