Is B Incompetent – Or The Last Resort?

(8 pm. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

FLASHBACK NOTE: This essay was originally posted here by me on October 11, 2007. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent.

I have to admit that as stupid as I sometimes portray Bush Obama, I really have problems with the idea that he is incompetent.

I doubt that anyone incompetent has a chance of becoming president, unless they are so unbelievably stupid that they really can be just a hand puppet.

I think it would show publicly more than it does, and I doubt he’d be able to carry off his deceptive ‘just a dumb good ole boy’ act if he was that stupid.

Bush Obama is a clown definitely, but I think stupid clown is a gross over-simplification.

Owning the World – The Great Illusion:

In the sixties and seventies, a group of right-wingers in the United States formed a society of vindictive and power hungry men who thought they could reinvent reality. Initially they received little notice and operated inside the American Enterprise Institute; that think tank became the womb for these megalomaniacs and their monstrous ambition of remaking the world. Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and Paul Wolfowitz were among them and the movement was to turn into a preposterous beast…

As the group assumed greater visibility, they established their goal as the creation of an artificial world which the U.S. empire would rule single-handedly. Ignoring history, they were set on creating an illusory world, one where they alone would set the rules, decide who would run big corporations, who would dominate the world scene, who would control the enormous oil wealth of the Middle East and Central Asia, who would dictate the fate of the world – without taking into consideration the ambitions of the rest of the world or the aspirations of human beings. This virtual universe began to turn into a frightening reality decades later when these men managed to seize power. And they did this through manipulating the Supreme Court into appointing a clown as President, a marionette to serve as their front man. The clown didn’t have to do anything other than smirk and occasionally lift his hand in a fist; they knew that would be enough to impress the world and, in particular, the American people. Oh yes, and he would pretend to be one of the people, just like your cousin Dave or your next-door neighbor.

Joshua Muravchik, American Enterprise Institute:

We got lucky with Reagan. He took the path we wanted, and the policies succeeded brilliantly. He left office highly popular. Bush Obama is a different story. He, too, took the path we wanted, but the policies are achieving uncertain success. His popularity has plummeted. It would be pigheaded not to reflect and rethink.

But we ought to do this without backbiting or abandoning Bush Obama. All policies are perfect on paper, none in execution. All politicians are, well, politicians. Bush Obama has embraced so much of what we believe that it would be silly to begrudge his deviations.

Calling Bush Obama incompetent I think is making a too dangerous assumption.

Calling Bush Obama incompetent I think might be dangerously minimizing and masking real and deeper issues:

Absolutely convinced we possess the right to pursue our “happiness” and “security”, regardless of the cost to the Earth and the rest of its sentient inhabitants, we US Americans are in a race to hoard the most toys, to eat the most food, to have the most orgasms, to be the best looking, and to be the biggest winners as we engage in a repugnant orgy of narcissistic and gluttonous hedonism.

We wage war perpetually, strip the world bare like a swarm of locusts, and give virtually nothing in return. Ensuring our “happiness” and “security” extracts a tremendous price from the rest of the Earth.

Since it rose to military and economic hegemony at the close of World War II, the United States, its proxies, an array of US-installed ruthless reactionary tyrants, and the World Bank have worked in concert to slaughter, torture, and impoverish untold millions of human beings in the “developing world” in an endless quest to satiate our plutocracy’s insatiable thirst for power and treasure.

Bush Obama, his henchmen, and their multitude of war crimes are not anomalies.

She came from Providence,

the one in Rhode Island

Where the old world shadows hang

heavy in the air

She packed her hopes and dreams

like a refugee

Just as her father came across the sea

She heard about a place people were smilin’

They spoke about the red man’s way,

and how they loved the land

And they came from everywhere

to the Great Divide

Seeking a place to stand

or a place to hide

Down in the crowded bars,

out for a good time,

Can’t wait to tell you all,

what it’s like up there

And they called it paradise

I don’t know why

Somebody laid the mountains low

while the town got high

Then the chilly winds blew down

Across the desert

through the canyons of the coast, to

the Malibu

Where the pretty people play,

hungry for power

to light their neon way

and give them things to do

Some rich men came and raped the land,

Nobody caught ’em

Put up a bunch of ugly boxes, and Jesus,

people bought ’em

And they called it paradise

The place to be

They watched the hazy sun, sinking in the sea

You can leave it all behind

and sail to Lahaina

just like the missionaries did, so many years ago

They even brought a neon sign: “Jesus is coming”

Brought the white man’s burden down

Brought the white man’s reign

Who will provide the grand design?

What is yours and what is mine?

‘Cause there is no more new frontier

We have got to make it here

We satisfy our endless needs and

justify our bloody deeds,

in the name of destiny and the name of God

And you can see them there,

On Sunday morning

They stand up and sing about

what it’s like up there

They call it paradise

I don’t know why

You call someplace paradise,

kiss it goodbye

“The Eagles – The Last Resort”



Eagles-The last Resort – MyVideo

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    • Edger on February 16, 2011 at 1:55 am
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  1. Obama is a puppet of the globalist elite. A post turtle.  A used car salesman selling lamestream ideas.

    Truthout was actually one of my first politically oriented blogging spots until they just dumped what they called the town meeting blogspot.  My comments there, now years ago were far less radical than they are today.

    • plf515 on February 16, 2011 at 3:52 am

    nor is he equivalent to Bush.

    Obama is a guy who who a modest victory for POTUS, who had a lot of congresspeople in his own party who were well to the right of him.

    Some people think Obama won a landslide.  He did not.  If you look at his margin of victory, it was about average for a POTUS from 1900 on.

    If we want another FDR, we need to have another landslide winner … 60% of the popular vote, and nearly every state.

  2. Votes have no meaning.  I am sorry to be so realistic, but I am.  Please enjoy this, and take it to heart.  Meet the new boss, just the same as the old boss.

    With the big money, it will NEVER get better.

    Warmest regards,

    Doc

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