Friday, June 4, 2010

Mike Samu: The Terror Of The Situation: Watching America Unfold

The Terror Of The Situation: Watching America Unfold
by Mike Samu article link
June 4, 2010 | OpEdNews

Borrowing a term from a 20th century mystic, (G.I. Gurdjieff), we find ourselves caught in a world of illusion. We believe what we are told, as it is easier than trying to figure out answers to the tough questions confronting our peace of mind and tranquility. We go about our daily activities not even realizing that we are sleepwalking, we are not consciously aware that we are not consciously aware.

Reflection & delusions fill the day. When we get dressed in the morning we look into a mirror to be certain that our hair looks good, that our clothes are on straight and then double check to make sure our fly is not open. Well maybe that's just me. Reflections in a mirror will only tell us part of the truth. We cannot see our back side, our right-side is on the left-side, yet we never question why it is that we are not up-side-down ..... hmmmm.

The Map Is Not The Territory; The Menu Is Not Food, or so goes the basic tenant of Neural Linguistic Programing (NLP) followers. President McKinley could not find the Philippines on a world map, yet his navy had defeated the Spanish rule of the islands and they were suddenly American protectorates. I get no satisfaction from eating a menu at Denny's and some of pictures are hard to digest. The reflection I see in the mirror is not me, it's an illusion. Reflections are not reality.

We see what we want to see and we hear what we wish to hear. How many times have you missed a turn while driving along mindlessly. We watch television shows which reflect our interests. We watch only the news channels that feed our deep-seated beliefs and political persuasion and we listen to talk radio from broadcasters who think like us. All the others are propaganda, liars, hypocrites & lunatics, trying to undermine the American way of life.

American Exceptionalism; If only we were as great as we believe ourselves to be, or even as great as our dog believes we are. American leaders have always claimed that the people of this country are the brightest, most inventive, hardest working of any society in the world. OK, we helped out in winning a couple of World Wars through concerted efforts, but then we went on to loose a few after that. Through the lens of being exceptional, however, we really didn't loose any war; Vietnam & Korea were never declared wars by Congress, just police actions so you really can't count them. Iraq & Afghanistan were never declared either, so we can't loose.

Manifest Destiny was a concept that filled the hearts and minds of many 19th century. We were on a mission from God to kill off those native savages and steal land from the Mexicans. Onward to Cuba, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Hawaii, and the Philippines, it was a Divine mission the White House would tell the public.

The Bush/Cheney administration considered themselves above international laws, and they surrounded themselves with people who supported their delusions. Authoritarians are always right; no discussion. While the White House Lawyer, Gonzales (?), told Bush that he did not need to follow the Geneva Convention (torture) rules because Afghanistan was a "failed state." But nobody bothered to tell Bush or Cheney that we were not at war with Afghanistan, we were at war with a small group of freedom-fighters. With the Military Commissions Act (2006), they wrote legislation which the rubber-stamping Republican Congress passed into law and granted them immunity from prosecution of any war crimes. Chutzpah !!

We are watching the unfolding of American Democracy in real time. The First Amendment to the Constitution insures that Congress cannot make any law that limits free speech. "Speech" was not well defined in the Constitution but most every dictionary defines it as a vocalization, produced by people. But the Supreme Court has expanded the definition so the act of speaking can lawfully be attributed not only to people, those with voices, but to include those who let their money do the talking. Is this a great country or what ? The Supreme Court validated this with their Corporate Personhood decisions to support corporatocracy. But nowhere in the Constitution does free speech have an obligation to be truthful. Reagan once said "one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter." It's a relative position, which politicians seem to take as license to lie.

The Second Amendment allows people to own and use guns. In 2008, there were 9,369 homicides by gunfire in the US, while in the UK, where guns are prohibited, the number was 14. Hey, if some one does not agree with your thinking, we can just shoot "em.

The Sixth Amendment assures the accused to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury. The Seventh Amendment assures that all suits where the value of the controversy exceed $20 must be tried by a jury. Well that is sure inconvenient. So today we depend on plea bargains to lesser-charges to keep the court rooms free of unnecessary jurisprudence. The US ranks #1 in the world with the most persons incarcerated (2,019,234;15%) while China, with over a million more people only had 1,549,000 prisoners behind bars in 2008 (8.6%). And the USA ranks #24 among all nations in crime rate. We either have some pretty-good police & judges or we have a lot of lousy lawyers; it's relative.

The Eight Amendment says that "no cruel and unusual punishments inflicted." Torture is not a relative term, it's just plain wrong, so don't try to define it to fit your needs, it's illegal, it's immoral and not malleable; sorry, Dick.

The Fourteenth Amendment, originally written to remove slavery from the American culture has been twisted to induce slavery by corporations. OK, Supreme Court justices, have you even bothered to read the Fourteenth Amendment ? Corporations are not people, never were and should never be. It states in Section 1: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States are subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and the State wherein they reside. No State shall enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States, nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law, nor deny to any person within it's jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." Section 2 regards the age of representatives; Section 3 talks about being an office holder who has engaged in an insurrection against the country; Section 4 is about debt; Section 5 allows Congress to enforce by appropriate legislation, the provisions of the amendment. I have not found any act of Congress which has established corporations (or multi-nationals) as persons or citizens.

Educational misfortunes run the gamut from under-funding, under-staffing, and rewriting history, as in The Texas Schoolbook Massacre. Most schools no longer teach Civics, so people never learn how our government is supposed to operate. The purpose of education has become keeping inquiring minds occupied with rote, quieting dissensions so that they never learn critical thinking skills. It's a lot like religion, just believe, don't question. If they never know, they will never question authority. Social Studies became depositories of mis-information; many high-school graduates believe like Sarah Palin that Africa is a country and they are hard-pressed to identify Viet Nam or Laos on a map. Give them a globe and they'll walk away in disgust.

The value of a college degree has been lost. Many people with bachelors and graduate degrees are waiting tables, short order cooks or in the military because they could not find appropriate jobs. You may soon need a PhD to work at the grocery checkout register. Many of today's college graduates enter the jobless market thousands of dollars in debt.

The Bill Of Rights, Amendments 1-10 of the Constitution, was a novel idea granting persons, not corporations, certain rights and privileges. But a War-Time-President, which Bush-43 wanted to be, has the rights to limit personal freedoms in the interest of National Security. But here is the problem .... Bush-43 was appointed by the Supreme Court, not by the public in a free-election, but by suspicious election fraud. So was he a duly elected President, according to the Constitution, or a Corporate Shill, appointed by a nine member panel of elites?

The Patriot Act I & II took certain rights and privileges away from the American people under the pretense that we were at war. But Congress is the only authority in this country to declare war; they never did. War is between two international states, not between one state and a bunch of distributed tribes. We are at war [sic] with an ideology. OK, Iraq was a war, preemptive and illegal, but Congress funded it just the same. Now it is an "occupation" since Bush-43 declared victory on an aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln off the coast of California on May 1, 2003, we are no longer at war [sic]. Occupational Presidents have undefined powers in limiting citizens rights. Afghanistan remains a Police Action and not a war. So why are we still denying rights?

On September 29, 2006, the US Senate agreed to the Military Commissions Act which gives US President George Bush unprecedented power to detain and try people as part of his "War on Terror." Broadly, the Act does 3 things:

1. Strips the right of detainees to habeas corpus.
2. Gives the US President the power to detain indefinitely anyone--US or foreign nationals, from within the US, and from abroad if it (Bush-42) deems to have provided material support to anti-US hostilities (excluding Saudi Arabia), and even use secret and coerced evidence (i.e. through use of torture, Constitutionally illegal) to try detainees who will be held in secret US military prisons.
3. Gives US officials immunity from prosecution for torturing detainees that were captured before the end of 2005 by US military and CIA.

The bill was passed by the Senate sixty five votes in favor, thirty four against. Twelve Democrats joined the Republican majority according to Global Issues. You have to pay to play....

With the blind-foresight of improving the economy, Clinton signed away our country's sovereignty when we joined the WTO. The World Trade Organization was supposed to eliminate trade barriers between nations, and it came at a stiff price. The World Trade Organization is the most powerful legislative and judicial body in the world. By promoting the "free trade" agenda of multinational corporations above the interests of local communities, working families, and the environment, the WTO has systematically undermined democracy around the world. According to the WTO, our democratically elected public officials no longer have the rights to protect the environment and public health. Well that explains a toothless health-care reform.

By signing onto the WTO strategy, the US has relinquished it's authority to regulate industries. This includes the Financial. WTO has demanded that financial regulations be reduced and outlaws such things as too-big-to fail. Glass-Steagall, the separation of investment banks from commercial and insurance companies had to go. This may be the reason why the Financial Reform bill was gutted from providing real reforms.

The GATS (General Agreement on Trades in Services) section covers every service imaginable. This includes municipal services, public services in sectors that affect the environment, drinking water, health care, education, transportation services, and even postal delivery. The objective is to privatize everything so that services can be provided more cheaply by those in foreign countries, and by private corporations here. But the reality is that the government can usually do a far better job at a lower cost than private corporations with stockholders demanding a profit.

It's constraints apply to virtually all government measures affecting trade-in-services, from labor laws to consumer protection; including regulations, guidelines, subsidies and grants, licensing standards and qualifications, limitations on access to markets, economic needs tests and local content provisions.

Because of the WTO, NAFTA and other trade agreements we have outsourced millions of jobs to developing countries, dropped tariffs, and are forced to accept companies like British Petroleum to ravage our environment. Corporatocracy, Oligarchy, Plutocracy & Kleptocracy are legitimate [sic] and this is bringing about the end, not only to national sovereignty, but to democracy & mankind as well.

Watching the Deepwater Horizons Oil Catastrophe unfold before my eyes on television I am reminded of how it is a living documentary on the demise of America. Take the deregulation of laws regarding oil drilling (Cheney), the environmental consequences of lax safety regulations and inspections, as in the Massey Mine Disaster, the destruction of labor-unions and the Health Care debacle and we see a lame-duck government.

I watched as operation Top-Hat tried to cover a man-made disaster. Cover it up, maybe no one will notice; reminds me of a long history of CIA interventions in foreign lands with complete deniability. Operation Junk-Shot, forcing garbage down the throat, to shut off objectionable discontent; sounds a lot like propaganda being forced down the throat of the American people in newspapers, radio and television journalism. Top-Kill was another attempt to cement over the free-speech mother nature was exuding. And the Diamond-Saw suggests the surgical removal of American's Bill of Rights.

I finally understand what Donald Rumsfeld meant when he said: "There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't know". (~regarding WMDs in Iraq)

And the wisdom of Alan Greenspan: "I guess I should warn you, if I turn out to be particularly clear, you've probably misunderstood what I've said." and the infamous quote which explains everything: "I know you believe you understood what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant."

Gurdjieff is laughing in his grave.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The statistics on incarceration are in error. The correct percentages in the USA are not 15% but 0.74% and China is 0.09%

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