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It’s been harder and harder for me to pay attention to “politics” such as it is. I don’t really see anything happening other than a kind of mopping up operation by the oligarchy. The deed is done the Republic can be buried now.
The most consistently accurate commentator of the left (I regard the “left” to mean opposition to the current power structure not an ideology) has probably been Arthur Silber (his blog is here). I suggest you read his stuff, not just the new stuff. Sometimes he’s a bit pedantic and self-righteous but he’s earned the right to it as far as I’m concerned.
To all those who repeatedly claimed that, no matter what “mistakes” he might make and regardless of the scope of the devastating effects of those errors, Obama had to represent a markedly better choice than McCain, take note: in certain respects, Obama is far more dangerous than McCain could have been.
Why is this?
In large part, the danger represented by Obama arises from the fact that Obama’s election gutted whatever effective opposition might have existed. To their eternal shame, the Democrats never opposed Bush in any way that mattered — but at least the possibility of opposition had not been obliterated entirely. In the near term and probably for longer, that possibility now appears to have been extinguished.
He wrote much the same thing about Obama before he took office. View the disgusting scene at Big Orange and sleazebag bloggers on the left who support Obama’s militant militarism.
The mainstream of KOS and most other left blogs is not left. It is the sort of opposition that existed in East Germany — just another agency of the State. The difference was that in East Germany people kind of knew the score and it was all top down from the state. Here it isn’t quite that way. There is no “top”. Rather we have a number of players who try to please the judges (the oligarchy) in order to have a chance at fame and fortune. This can be leftists, or hit men, or clowns like Beck. It’s all part of the show folks as examined by one of the great American movies They Shoot Horses Don’t They?.
There is no hope of change, none whatsoever under current circumstances. Kossaks and people who call themselves left-Democrats aren’t at all leftists — they don’t in any way oppose the oligarchy they just make a show of it in order not to feel guilty at their own cowardice. Hey, I’ve been there and done that.
Change will come when and if a leftist movement can be grown in this country. It won’t come from the left blogosphere as it is currently constituted since nearly all of it buy into the mainstream of the media narrative without thinking and without examining it. How do they know that Osama is in a cave somewhere? How do they know anything at all about Osama or Al-qaida? Where is the proof for anything the government says about the GWT? I’ve seen none. Government officials can proclaim something and voila it is true and enters into history as the official narrative not to be questioned.
Just look at the obvious. Threats have to exist for billions and trillions to be spent on “defense”. If they don’t exist then there’s no reason to spend the money and then very powerful people who like guns and have their own private armies might get mad. So, whether “threats” actually exist or not is irrelevant. The left just buys it. Some are against escalation of the Central/South Asia but they buy that there is a threat there. What threat? Usually you get some nonsense like “bad guys”. What the fuck is that? How juvenile can you get — the very fact those terms are in play in our society is a sure sign of massive stupidity.
Is Al-qaida more of a threat than hunger in the United States? Did any Obamatron at DKOS ask that? Is Al-qaida more of a threat than organized crime that seems to have a free hand in the global marketplace where they routinely traffic in child prostitutes? Is Al-qaida more of a threat than the big banks robbing us blind, or big pharma or insurance companies that kill more people in a few months that at WTC in 2001? Why isn’t this being discussed?
There are well thought out methods to evaluate threats in business situations. None of these are being applied in the case of the national security. Why don’t people demand proof. The government lies constantly and is caught routinely in those lies so why don’t left intellectuals question all the assumptions including the most obvious bullshit story I’ve ever seen come down the pike, i.e., the 9/11 conspiracy theory.
The real left exists only where the assumptions of the media narrative are questioned. That narrative is all, when looked into carefully, engineered propaganda.