Is the U.S. a self-deluded leper strutting about on an empty stage?

“The U.S. has fallen so tragically, that it is now just a self-deluded leper strutting about the global stage — unaware that the theater has already emptied.”

Rich beetle

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This description and analysis of the shuddering, rapidly devolving role of the bilious, bloated U.S. in the pell-mell dynamics of the global economy, is both concise, and, I feel — in the finite world within which it flounders — essentially correct. Too bad the ragged edges of that world haven’t been recognized by those that inhabit the exalted strata, since the edges seem waaaaay below, not worth bothering about. What’s worth bothering about is how to keep one’s head above the tree tops; what’s of value is to separate oneself even further from the bottom, where all the pain lives. What’s crucial is to shoot even further into space, and to conquer space, one hopes, eventually. Meanwhile, imagine how much money can be made designing, building, testing, launching, and maintaining the technology to get there!

Meanwhile, back on and in the dark, fertile ground, the 99% is exploring the edges, where human culture meets divine Nature, and is thereby transformed. We are the lucky ones. We are the ones who enjoy great good fortune. For what is priceless, we belong to.

 

In The US, Democracy Is Now A Sham

by “Ray”

cluborlov.org via zerohedge

The founding principle for this new form of government which emerged in the 18th century, was that the Common Man was the ultimate source of power. Citizen legislators would enact the laws and shape the nation’s destiny. But instead, our republic is now strong-armed by professional politicians. The two dominant concerns of these careerists are to STAY in power and to do the bidding of those who ENABLE them to stay in power. Anyone who doubts this statement might try explaining why campaign finance reform and term limits are perennially “off the table.” Actually, that is an understatement – they aren’t even in the building.

It is bad enough that the President, Congress and the Courts serve the interests of a minority that is so tiny that it is almost microscopic. What is even worse, is WHO that elite constituency is. It is exclusively THE BIGS: Big banks, Big corporations, Big agriculture, Big energy, Big pharmaceuticals, Big health care, Big high tech and the BIGGEST of them all — the military-industrial complex.

The “Vox Populi” – voice of the people is now as quaint and outmoded as telephone booths on street-corners. Even when there is a massive outpouring of disapproval for a policy – such as the enormous public outcry against Iraq Invasion 2 — the will of the people is disregarded. Instead, the “leaders” kiss the sterns of their financial backers. Ten million irate citizens cannot offset a single Halliburton.

But not only has genuine democracy vaporized, its putrid carcass is used against the ordinary person for whom it was initially conceived. Our demagogues give stirring speeches applauding our inalienable rights and the freedoms that our constitution protects. But at the same time, they barely whimper when a whistle blower reveals that the surveillance grid that is monitoring our behavior is beyond the wildest imaginings of Orwell or Huxley. And when the head of the Department of Omnipresent Surveillance admits that he lied to Congress, he is not prosecuted for perjury. Amazingly, he doesn’t even lose his job.

When the President signs the NDAA act which allows for “indefinite detention” of citizens without formal charges or without the right to a lawyer, it should be utterly clear that the boot of Soft-Core Tyranny is now on our neck. And that unchecked and almost unnoticed power continues to grow at an obscene pace. Examples of this are the militarization of small town police departments, the unending malignant growth of the Department of Homeland Security and the cessation of Posse Comitatus which keeps the military from being used as a domestic police force.

But even though our career politicians only represent the rich and the powerful, and even though they abet the steady erosion of our constitutionally ordained rights, it is even worse! That’s because despite making a mockery of democracy at home, they trumpet its virtues abroad. This is shameful Hypocrisy with a capital H.

What they are really trying to spread is not Democracy but Predatory Capitalism. They want to expand the sphere of influence of their financial backers who want greater market share in more and more markets. They do this through subtle intrusion via the IMF and the World Bank. Concurrent with this, they embrace the most corrupt and brutal local politicians they can find. The saying “He may be a genocidal dictator, but he’s OUR genocidal dictator” is not a punch-line in a joke. It is standard operating procedure for U.S. foreign policy. If this kinder, gentler approach fails, then the next steps are assassination or invasion. So the spreading of democracy leaves death, mutilation and destruction in its wake.

So, in conclusion, it appears to me that America is no longer a world-wide exemplar of how to sculpt a civilized society. Instead, it is far down the road to becoming a full-blown Corporate Police State. It has fallen so tragically, that it is now just a self-deluded leper strutting about the global stage — unaware that the theater has already emptied.

 

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0 Responses to Is the U.S. a self-deluded leper strutting about on an empty stage?

  1. Bill Chisholm says:

    Not only is it a tragedy… it pathetic to watch and experience and an embarrassment. Watching the so called leadership in this country in government and in industry is a bit like watching the funny drunk.. there may be a little humor there, but for the most part it is very sad. What these folks are doing to other human beings, to other species, to the Planet is criminal. They are irrelevant for making a new and better world, yet they have the power to destroy the whole in the name of grreed.

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