For Every Rant There is a Reason

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There's a short essay going around the tubes titled "Fuck the U.S.A.!" It's a good rant, an angry rant.

"I want to scream. I want to scream. To separate from this. This government, this country.

The world shouldn’t have to suffer one more day of American exceptionalism.

I clear the table, put the dishes in the sink, stare at the water running into the drain. Drain the swamp.

I want to scream.

Fuck you. Fuck you, Trump. Fuck you. Fuck all of you with your might-makes-right bellicosity. Fuck Obama. Fuck Hillary Clinton. Fuck George Bush. Fuck Dick Cheney. Fuck all the fucking warmongers. Fuck corporate news. Fuck the war industry. Fuck the war profiteers.

Fuck the United States of Fucking America."

http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/20884

Right on, Missy. Fuck all of this.

I've had the same thoughts about separating. I didn't sign up for this. I didn't vote for this (because I didn't vote for any of them). In no way have I given my consent for all the war, the wealth inequality, the fucking crimes being committed by the rich and powerful, the corporations, the banks, Wall Street, the military industrial complex, our government "representatives", the "deep state", and the OLIGARCHY. I don't want no fucking war with North Korea and don't know anyone that does. Why don't we count? WHY DOESN'T OUR OPINION MATTER!?

I feel her anger and utter helplessness while watching our own government drop bombs, fire missiles, threaten nuclear war, and act like evil psychopaths killing children while pretending to care about children. These fuckers are beyond the pale, as sick as they come.

I know there are those who will tell her if she doesn't like it to get the hell out. "Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out", like the partisan warmonger progressive Democrats on Daily Kos like to tell those who can't handle their conservative bullshit anymore. Or like the right wing cowboys and conservative John Wayne "patriots" who think the muslims are going to rape their women, take their shotguns from the back of the pickup trucks and make them chant Allah Akbar before they behead them. The ones that chant U.S.A. at the drop of a cowboy hat.

They don't get it, they just don't fucking get it. They've been brainwashed like a Jonestown cult member to believe what they're supposed to believe, act how they're supposed to act. That's the U.S.A. the essayist is talking about. The one where the people are so willfully ignorant of what their government is doing they won't do a thing about the massive crimes being committed in their names against others and even themselves. They're the ones saying "Please, can I have more Master?"

The first comment under the essay was someone telling her this:

"that was the most useless piece of writing i’ve read in a long time. and its not the profanity- that was the high point of the article. If she feels that strongly get off her ass and ACT to stop all these wars. get involved and DO something, instead of just whine."

I can relate to that. As a long time ranter, I've had plenty of comments directed to me indicating I should shut the hell up and find some solutions. I have offered solutions, like boycotting the election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, but very few thought that a good idea. Or like boycotting the duopoly but very few think that's a good idea. Or like an independent movement to change this political system from an oligarchy to a democracy and abolish the presidency. We don't need no fucking president. In fact, a single person over an empire is dangerous and stupid. But few are interested in that. So they go back to voting for more politicians. Or working to create a national referendum, our own election, to end rule by the rich, i.e., the oligarchy and establish a real democracy. But again, that's too hard, too unrealistic, too fucking out there, there's another election coming. I don't know what else I can come up with because I'm not going to vote for any more politicians under this system. But that's not good enough because people died for our right to vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.

Ya, people died for Vietnam too, a lot of them.

Another commenter defended the essayist's rant with this.

"Get off her ass, and do – what, exactly? Protest? You think that’s going to work? We protested against the Iraq War and we went to war anyway. We voted in “Not Bush” (Obama). And he protected the previous administration from prosecution for War Crimes.

Short of venting, and sharing opinions, there’s very little that can be done. Seriously, how do we change this country for the better (and, please, don’t say “vote”. At least not on a federal level.)?"

It reminds me of the movie Network when Howard Beale, the long time TV news anchor goes on air and gives an epic rant. It also reminds me of today, where no one seems to know what to do about the situation we find ourselves. There's no easy answer. But there are answers.

"Well, I'm not gonna leave you alone. I want you to get MAD! I don't want you to protest. I don't want you to riot — I don't want you to write to your congressman, because I wouldn't know what to tell you to write. I don't know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you've got to get mad. [shouting] You've got to say: 'I'm a human being, god-dammit! My life has value!'

So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell: I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!

I want you to get up right now. Sit up. Go to your windows. Open them and stick your head out and yell - 'I'm as mad as hell and I'm not gonna take this anymore!' Things have got to change. But first, you've gotta get mad!...You've got to say, I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE! Then we'll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first, get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell, and say it: I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!"

Basically, that's still the answer, the solution, enough people standing up and saying they're not going to take it anymore. FYI, voting for politicians in the next election to perpetuate the cycle is taking it, right up where the sun don't shine.

Let's hold our own election.

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riverlover's picture

I think it is, and it does seem to be increasing. At least textifying rage. At all levels of government. Oligarchs have control at the top. State legislatures are suspect, especially by people in other states. Marches are scheduled to continue through May now. They are slightly more effective than calling the office of one's congressperson. There is a wall there. Insulation from The People. Will anyone notice how hostile we have become?

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“It was miraculous. It was almost no trick at all, he saw, to turn vice into virtue and slander into truth, impotence into abstinence, arrogance into humility, plunder into philanthropy, thievery into honor, blasphemy into wisdom, brutality into patriotism, and sadism into justice. Anybody could do it; it required no brains at all. It merely required no character.”
― Joseph Heller, Catch 22

“It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.”
― Voltaire

“There's never been a true war that wasn't fought between two sets of people who were certain they were in the right. The really dangerous people believe they are doing whatever they are doing solely and only because it is without question the right thing to do. And that is what makes them dangerous.”
― Neil Gaiman, American Gods

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riverlover's picture

@LaFeminista and cynicism. Big Al, you were correct. Voting does not matter now. A waste of time and effort.

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@riverlover

"One of the few good things about modern times: If you die horribly on television, you will not have died in vain. You will have entertained us.”
― Kurt Vonnegut

One of my favourites of his

“The last thing I ever wanted was to be alive when the three most powerful people on the whole planet would be named Bush, Dick and Colon.”
― Kurt Vonnegut

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Alligator Ed's picture

And thanks for quoting the best rant in movie history. Ranting is good--it release destructive energy and it also alerts others of similar mentality that they and we are not alone. Rant on.

P.S.

the partisan warmonger progressive Democrats on Daily Kos

is demeaning to the concept of Progressivism. Can a snake be progressive?

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Wink's picture

any more exceptional the planet wouldn't exist.

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On the radio at netrootsradio.com On Twitter @winkradio. All about building progressive media.

mimi's picture

go to court over this damn MOAB bomb.

I think it's an insult and degradation to all mothers. Libel law suit.

Mothers drop babies, not bombs.

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Big Al's picture

@mimi But whatever it takes.

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lotlizard's picture

to do than about what their own constituents might say.

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=netanyahu+standing+ovations&t=ffsb&ia=web

Any revolution would have to break the hold the Saudis and the Israelis have over discourse among Western elites, and by media extension, over Western mass consciousness.

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Big Al's picture

@lotlizard

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Raggedy Ann's picture

I'm focused on my fight with the university that employs me. With no raises, insurance premiums increasing, and the threat of furloughs, I've begun my own mad as hell campaign. I've been fortunate enough to have my voice on the issue published in both our university rag and local rag. Quite a feat, but they must have seen the value in my calling them out for putting our most vulnerable at risk.

Read Chris Hedges speech posted on Truthdig, today. It describes my life of resistance perfectly. Until reading that, I didn't understand myself. My father, who I adored, would always try reigning me in, "don't rock the boat," he would say to me n a regular basis. I now sit in the warm embrace of my boat-rocking life.

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If you acknowledge it, you can change it.
AMERICAN PRIVILEDGE: When INTERVENTIONISM is just a word to you because it's not your front door those drone strikes come knocking on. ~Caitlin Johnstone's friend

eyo's picture

"You" being the quoted author, not the Big Al rant. Me myself and I are already past the screaming. Now I just want to barf, can't even get through two minutes, no words for what this appears to be:

Perez starts around 32m, Bernie comes after. What the fuck are those people cheering for? Unity!
Bernie, what the FUCK?! omg

I reddit there was booing, but I didn't hear any in the parts I listened in on. Look who is driving the clown car now, it is embarrassing, humiliating, defeating. Thanks for piling on the despair, hope they are playing some brilliant level chess game. I really don't think so. I think they are full of shit, lying to get money and votes for status quo. Come back after you've actually done something except talk talk talk. Democrats had the bully pulpit for eight fucking years, and wasted it on Wall Street and War. Fuck you!

P.S. Indeed! What kind of morals do these people have?

“Can you imagine the Republican leadership wanting to give tax breaks to millionaires?” Sanders asked. Then he said Republicans wanted to drop nutrition programs. “What kind of morals do these people have?” Sanders asked rhetorically.

Budget Deal Makes Permanent 82 Percent of President Bush’s Tax Cuts
Uh-huh, thanks Obama. If DNC wants to keep lying that's their problem. For shame.

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karl pearson's picture

@eyo One thing Obama and Bernie did was challenge the Clinton machine. The Clintons planned on Hillary running for president since Bill was in office. Hillary outflanked U.S. Rep Nita Lowey for the New York senate seat in 2000 so she could later run for the presidency. Few people have challenged the Clintons. IMO, since the Hairball (of all people) beat Hillary, the Clinton machine has been relegated to the junk yard, where it belongs.

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eyo's picture

@karl pearson heh!

the Clinton machine has been relegated to the junk yard

I'll believe it when I see it. That Tom Perez is a piece of work, the more I get to know him. No wonder I tuned out Obama and the Ds so fast, too painful to watch. Perez running Labor Dept was total failure for the working class, unqualified from the beginning! But with feeeling, so go on. Keep rearranging those deck chairs. Good luck.
Tom Perez has guts: US labor secretary being eyed as Clinton's running mate

... While visiting long-term unemployed in New Jersey, Perez joked that with his history of working for a handful of employers in the public sector for longer periods of time, he “would have had trouble on the job hunt” in a modern market where staying with one employer is not always viewed favorably.

Jokes aside, his résumé is impressive. After becoming the first Latino elected to the Montgomery County council and later serving as its president, Perez ran for attorney general of Maryland in 2006. However, his campaign came to a stop after one of his rivals sued him alleging that he had not practiced law for 10 years and therefore did not meet the requirements to serve. That same year, Martin O’Malley was elected as the state’s governor and later appointed Perez to serve as the state’s labor secretary.

In October of 2009, Perez joined the US Justice Department’s civil rights division as assistant general attorney. While there he had investigated the death of Trayvon Martin, who was killed by George Zimmerman in February 2012, abuse at police departments in cities such as Miami and Seattle and civil rights violations by anti-immigration sheriff Joe Arpaio. In the summer of 2013, he was tagged by Barack Obama to run the US Department of Labor.

Because of course! Yeah that made as much sense as Homeland Security appointed to head the University of California. Napolitano campaigned for Clinton too. These people and their ilk, are burrowed deep, they are not relegated to history yet.

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Eagles92's picture

@eyo Re: this BS Perez tour.

Told him I appreciate and will support him when he speaks truth to power as an Independent in the Senate. But if he thinks I'm giving one GD dime to the Democratic Party, directly or through him, he's wrong. VERY wrong.

Got an auto response: "This inbox is experiencing a high volume of mail." No shit, Sherlock.

Anyway, this isn't the level of resistance we need, but I will not be bird-dogged and certainly won't give any of my dwindling "spare" cash to those fucking Democrats.

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Alligator Ed's picture

@eyo Bad

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gulfgal98's picture

that I am now muttering to myself "I hate my country." I hate my country because of all the death and destruction we have wrought around the world in the protection of "American corporate interests." I hate my country because we have enough wealth here to feed the world and to care for our own people with universal single payer healthcare. I hate my country because we have a culture in which it is okay to beat people up or kill them over the smallest of offenses and no one pays for it except the victim. I hate my country because we outstrip every other country in the number of people we incarcerate, often over the most petty of crimes. American exceptionalism? Yeah, we are exceptional alright. Sad

I am at my wit's end as to what I can do to change this.

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"I don't want to run the empire, I want to bring it down!" ~Dr. Cornel West "...isn't the problem here that the government takes on, arbitrarily and without justification, an adversarial attitude towards its citizenry?" ~CantStopthe Signal

coloradoblue's picture

on the WWII Wehrmacht belt buckle "Gott mit uns".

Well, either God was not with the German Army or, more likely, there is no god.

And as far as getting of one's ass and doing something I think of my reply to a friend recently.

"I did get off my ass. Starting in the '70's I sat-in and marched against the Vietnam War. I've volunteered for candidates many times over the last 40 years. I wrote letters to the editor. I signed petitions. I called, faxed and e-mailed the offices of senators, representatives, governors and others. I never missed an election. I marched some more, against Iraq and for Equal Rights for everyone. I voted for citizen amendments to make the changes our "representatives" refused to make. And finally I got my "Hope" up for some "Change" and was soon ashamed I drank that kool-aid. And I'm done, Mary, I'm done. They're all corrupt. The number of elected officials who really, truly represent the vast majority of citizens and try to do what's right you can count on the fingers of both hands and have a couple of thumbs left over. Fucking Reagan, fucking Bush, fucking (both) Clintons, fucking Bush II, fucking Obama and now fucking Trump. Fuck them all and fuck exceptional America. I'm done with all of it because for everything that I and millions of others have done over too many years it makes no fucking difference. I'm done."

Sadly my friend didn't have much to say after my own rant.

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Dear Dems: You lost the WH, Senate, House, dozens of governors, state level SOS and AG and about 1,000 state legislative seats. Maybe...you're doing something wrong.

@coloradoblue when you point out the collusion of "Democrats." Most of my friends get that same look on their faces when I start in on a rant. I have recommended, once again, "Listen Liberal" by Thomas Frank, he can surely lay it out better than I ever could. I think your friend knows deep in her gut that you are right and that is hard for many. They still want to believe there is someone out here who will save us from this mess.

I forwarded the article referenced to a couple friends the day it came out. Those 3 are coming around but it takes time for them to really see it themselves. You're doing the right thing by telling your friend, even if it feels shitty when you do it. I try to tell mine I am NOT lecturing them but pointing out my very own "belief" in these people and just how misguided and naïve that was. And that's a huge part of the anger for me.

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Eagles92's picture

We need to get mad as hell.

Clearly, many of us here are already there. But how do we infuse that anger throughout our citizenry? We need a critical mass of truly pissed-off people; but sadly, all I see these days are citizens lulled into complacency by their idiot boxes. Hard to light a fire under all those butts on the couch.

(Which pisses me off even MORE).

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@Eagles92 Thanks, @Mimi, for pointing me to this excellent speech by Chris Hedges:

We may feel, in the face of the ruthless corporate destruction of our nation, our culture and our ecosystem, powerless and weak. But we are not. We have a power that terrifies the corporate state. Any act of rebellion, no matter how few people show up or how heavily it is censored, chips away at corporate power. Any act of rebellion keeps alive the embers for larger movements that follow us. It passes on another narrative. It will, as the state consumes itself, attract wider and wider numbers. Perhaps this will not happen in our lifetimes. But if we persist, we will keep this possibility alive. If we do not, it will die.

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Alligator Ed's picture

@Eagles92 Being violent not a good tactic when the enemy outnumbers you, i.e., Trumpists.

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When reality sucks most people will rant and rave and be angry, and anger has its place. Anger gets folks off their ass, but without a vision of a future, it will only be destructive.

So, I dream about a little Country on the NorthWest Coast of North America. Small, self-sufficient, and doesn't really bother anybody. Health Care is good. Public Transportation is excellent, and we have enough. Not everybody has a car, and fortunately we've made it something that you don't NEED anymore, unless of course you've chosen to live in the country.

We still have our Red and blue division between the rural and city dwellers, but it's not exacerbated by the media. Some people just don't enjoy living in close proximity to others. Some people enjoy owning and carrying a gun, which city dwellers have accepted as something that they cannot do, due to the proximity of others, and the dangers therein. It's a matter of trade-offs. You can't have everything you want, and for somethings you'll have to take the time and the effort in order to earn the ability.

I see a lot of locally sourced food, and a lot of bad mouthing from the rest of the former states of America, especially the corporations which had to relocate after they were banned by law.

It's what I hope for. A robust economy, still embracing technology, but no longer a slave to the whims of the latest technological fashion. Knowledge is free, and if you don't know how to do something, classes and universities are cheap and plentiful, teaching both practical skills and the ability to think without first casting blame.

I imagine Cascadia. It's something I'd like to make happen. I know it's Idealistic, and is what I'd rearrange things to be like, but that's because I love it here and don't want it to change. If the choice is to become a rainy version of California, or to fight for a vision I WANT, I know where I'm going to line up.

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I don't Blame Christians. I Blame Stupid. Which Sadly, is a much more popular religion these days.

that factually substantiates all of what you've been saying about US foreign policy:

The tales that Americans are telling themselves are so absurd, and so obviously at odds with factual reality, it's a wonder they can even tell them with a straight face.

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@native

OMG, thanks, that video is freaking brilliant! Can't believe I actually laughed so hard under the circs.

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this from Publius Tacticus at Sic Semper Tyrannis:

You would think that after the debacle of our Iraq invasion in 2003 (based on a proven false narrative about hidden WMDs) that the American public and media would be a bit gun shy about embracing a new claim that some guy in the Middle East has done something outrageous with a supposed weapon of mass destruction. You would be wrong. The American public, for the most part, has had an emotional erection. We are aroused, just like Brian Williams, by the sight of cruise missiles ejaculating from the bowels of a US Destroyer, blazing away into the black sky and exploding somewhere.

And this:

Looking back at the events that led to the rise of Adolf Hitler, I had always wondered how a nation as advanced and educated as the Germans of the 20th Century could be so bamboozled into shedding their humanity. Now I know. We are in the process of defiling our own culture and values. Ours is a culture of death that we inflict routinely on others overseas. We need to have an enemy. Without an external enemy we appear to have little confidence that we can remain a "great" country.

And this:

Pray for our nation. We are in peril.

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