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    • #315820
      David the Gnome
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      Feeling a bit nostalgic today, I went over some of the different pieces of writing I’ve done since 2016.  So many times I pointed out the corruption of the Clintons, of the Clinton campaign – various aspects of the media, the DNC, Trump – and so on and so forth.  As I understood it at the time, Americans had had a choice – Clinton, Trump… or something different, something Bernie.  When the primaries were lost in 2016, my hope faded for a time, but I still figured that what had begun with Bernie Sanders was only beginning.  Then came the 2020 primaries – and Sanders running again.  The justice democrats, people like AOC actually telling the truth on live television.  Things were happening, bizarre things, maybe awesome things that could lead to mass change, the sort that we have needed for so very long in America.

      I could go over my reasons why these changes are needed – I could go over the long list of disasters – and even those in my own life, that have led me to my conclusions – but that’s all been done before.  Simply put… in this case… hope and passion, even compassion, became misery, despair, depression – and the growing anxiety and turmoil as Sanders was “defeated” a second time and the coronavirus sank its teeth into America.  Now we see what all of our heroes were worth – as well as what the current administration and the current “democrat” house is worth.  In truth?  Not much.

      They cannot agree that there even SHOULD be a plan for reopening.  You know, like the experts are saying regarding testing, contact tracing and so on?  Nope.  There really isn’t a plan.  There is not a coordinated federal strategy – and states, towns, reservations and so on and so forth – are all being left to fend for themselves.  The government has overwhelmingly supported large companies and corporations – Jeff Bezos is on track to become the world’s first trillionaire.  Elon Musk revealed himself as a complete and total moron – and the state in which his business operates decided that, nonetheless, they would kiss his ass – they would make exceptions for him and his company because he was wealthy.

      Over and over, we read of celebrities getting the virus – and oh, how powerful, how passionate, how desperate the struggle… for people that, thanks to their wealth/celebrity, can get tested immediately (or nearly) and can get the best private treatment available.  We are supposed to believe that these people can relate – they can’t.  We are supposed to believe that we are “all in this together” – we aren’t.  Then (2016) or now, not much has changed, if anything, the situation has become worse than before, even setting aside considerations of the current pandemic.  Corruption has gone up, our heroes have fallen or surrendered to the powers that be – and the likes of Obama (once an advocate for hope and change that millions believed in) were instrumental in making sure that that happened.

      Our leadership continues to pursue the same kind of policies that have led to so many of us being in such desperate circumstances.  As a new kind of depression sets in, whatever wealth can be created out of thin air is given, overwhelmingly, to corporations, to industries, to people who are already wealthy.  The hospital bills continue to tally up, overwhelmed nurses and doctors are, in spite of their heroic efforts, not being honored for their sacrifices and their work.  People who work in grocery stores, pharmacies, meat packing plants and so on – day after day – are getting sick and dying – and yet, more and more money goes to banks, lending companies, millionaires who, seriously, should have had enough money sitting around to keep their own damned businesses from falling in the space of a few months.

      The real small business owners, the average working class employees, those who do most of the working and paying and living and dying in America… they are ignored and forgotten.  Although some gigs, such as protesting lockdowns with guns and confederate flags and such – are available if you fit the right profile… at least until the remainder of our government finally cowers and ultimately surrenders to it, which, for the most part, is what is happening.  America is having a “grand re-opening”, in spite of our record number of cases and deaths, in spite of the cautions of experts, Doctors – and pretty overwhelmingly people with MDs and decades of experience and study.

      There is little to no relief to be had – and neither side of the political fence is even competent enough to realize what needs to be done.  There is no UBI, no universal healthcare, no logical plan for how to manage the pandemic – or even how to properly reopen.  All the while, thousands speak of liberty, of our personal freedoms being taken away.  Yet, where are the mass arrests?  The torture, imprisonment, or killing of your average citizens for refusing to abide by lockdowns/stay at home orders?  Well, they pretty much DID NOT HAPPEN.  Yet conservative media and Trump are all egging it on – go out there and LIBERATE by… well, storming a capitol building with guns and confederate flags.  Killing some poor security guard at a family dollar, breaking some guy’s arm at a Target store.  Because they said “wear a mask”.  God forbid that our freedoms be so viciously assaulted.

      Yes, the pandemic is scary – and yes, some are encouraging that fear.  You know what else people are afraid of though?  Idiots with guns.  Also idiots who, in spite of all of the science and evidence, refuse to wear masks, or gloves, or, really, to do anything at all that might possibly conflict with their personal views of “liberty”.

      Suppose I’m pissed.  Suppose I’m scared.  Anyone who claims otherwise is either on some really good shit – or lying.  Or maybe has the calm of a Zen master.

      There is no leadership, no direction, for most of us.  There is nothing, effectively, at the executive or administrative levels of government that is handling this effectively, or seems to even know how to.  This is because, over and over again, our politicians were elected based on their finances – and on their ability to beg for money.  Over and over again, measures for the common good were ignored, removed, progress was undone, this Nation has been at war for…. almost twenty years now.  Without pause.  They never called it a war, they never declared it, congress never used their supposed power to do so.  Month after month, one drone strike after another, one sanction after another, killed hundreds of thousands, displaced millions – and earned us the contempt and hatred of much of the world.

      Now those few who still believe we are “the leaders of the free world”, or those cynical politicians and media members who lie, knowing the truth, are leading us further and faster than ever down the path of destruction.

      The empire is breaking.  This state of affairs cannot continue, there are not enough resources – and the patience and tolerance of the average citizen has all but vanished.  With food lines longer than ever, unemployment hitting new records (and perhaps more to come) and everything else going on…

      I expect civil war – and even worse things to come, without some kind of miracle of reform.  None of our “leaders”, or “representatives” have any kind of path to redemption.  Where the hell are the adults who are supposed to be in charge?

    • #315845
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      We don’t.

      It will just keep on getting worse and worse until the whole rotten edifice collapses like a house of cards,the way the Soviet Union did.There might be a slight nudge from torches and pitchforks  two generations down the road.

    • #315859
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      Well, that pretty much sums it up.

    • #315864
      Ohio Barbarian
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      There’s a brisk and affordable black market between the Several States that have legalized recreational marijuana and the rational inhabitants of the Benighted States which have not done so. I’ve always kind of admired that kind of free enterprise. The sheer power of supply and demand.

      Seriously, your conclusion is probably correct. On the bright side, this sort of thing has been seen before. Both the British and French just went through sharp, rapid imperial decline not all that long ago, and they came out better than most of their predecessors in imperial decline and transformation into something else.

      Both of those countries saw their political and economic power structures torn down and reorganized, and they had their share of spectacular successes and failures. The bright side is that at least Britain and France are still there, and the British and French people are still there, even if their complexions and tastes in food have changed. The latter’s definitely an improvement for the Brits.

      Just thought I’d throw in a best-case scenario, which may still be achievable after a period of domestic unrest, strikes, general insanity, and, if Britain and France are parallels, the destruction of at least one major political party.

      Of course, I don’t know whether or not that will be our fate in the next few years. I must focus on how I live and control the things that I can in order to stay sane. The gods judge me by what I do and do not do, not by my inability to control national decisionmaking. Sometimes, being a Norse pagan who practices Zen meditation has its advantages.

      Get this excellent sample of how to write with power onto the Daily Radical, por favor.

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      • #315870
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        ..the downfalls of their empires with grace.Britain is a prime example.

        But given that we have a particularly choleric national temper,@ohiobarbarian,and that we are almost as militaristic as the Hohenzollern Empire in the days of Kaiser Bill,it isn’t likely we’ll be able to handle it well.Look at the national freakout when we actually lost a war.

        Even the Soviet Union will probably have been seen to handle the end of empire better than will we.

    • #315915
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      As we used to say about the level of unrest…gonna be a long hot summer.

      I am profoundly grateful that Governor Newsom has seen fit to declare cannabis delivery an essential service. I order online, pay with a credit card, and within an hour or so, I got weed!

      Slavery was the legal fiction that people can be property.
      Corporatism is the legal fiction that property can be people.

      "If you believe in god, I'm probably smarter than you." -- Tom Leykis

    • #315925
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      Hi David,

      The very simple, short and sweet answer to the question is simple.  We go nowhere until we are ready to engage in mass non-violent protest.  While I understand the sentimentality expressed in your post that harkens back to the propaganda we were taught in High School civics about America Government, the reality is the Oligarchs, Corporations and Banks are fully and firmly in control of all levers of political process and power.  The America you wish still existed is long since dead and has been for many, many years.  It may be hard to accept that fact and I would encourage you to prove the point wrong.  That said, I know it is a fact and many are struggling to accept the reality.


      “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
      - John F. Kennedy

      "The further a society drifts from the truth the more it will hate those who speak it."
      - George Orwell

      "It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."
      - Jiddu Krishnamurti

      "Sometimes a pessimist is only an optimist with extra information."
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