"Ladies and gentlemen, the drinks are on the house."
Today, I read an article by Chris Hedges. What he writes may not come as anything new to those who frequent C99%. It's a "sense" or a feeling that seems to be shared here. But Hedges is such a wordsmith, so powerful and blunt, that the article is stunning, at least to me.
He starts out with a haymaker of a punch:
The ruling corporate elites no longer seek to build. They crave the unimpeded power to cannibalize the country and pollute and degrade the ecosystem to feed an insatiable lust for wealth, power and hedonism. Wars and military "virtues" are celebrated. Intelligence, empathy and common good are banished. Culture is degraded to patriotic kitsch."
Later in the piece:
"..Trump's decision to increase military spending by $54 billion and take the needed funds out of the flesh of domestic programs typifies the behavior of terminally ill civilizations."
Here is the full article. It's a bit longer than the normal "quick hit" read of 2017, but I think it's worth the time; if for no other reason than to brilliantly articulate what some of us have been thinking. *Hat tip to One Pissed Off Liberal for steering me to this article:
When I was younger than today, I saw a movie called "Hotel" starring the great Rod Taylor. It was one of the first movies for "old" people ("old" equaling 'over 21' in my mind) that I really "got". Rod Taylor plays the manager of a grand hotel. It's the 1960s and a hotel chain is trying to acquire the St. Gregory Hotel. Its aging owner (Melvyn Douglas) and Taylor try to save it, along with its identity.
They can't. They are outmaneuvered. Their only move left is to sell to the chain of hotels, rather than the other buyer who would have kept its traditions. On the last night, guests are leaving one by one. Taylor goes into the hotel bar, about half filled. He looks around and smiles, gets everyone's attention and says "Ladies and gentlemen...the drinks are on the house." He calls the owner in the penthouse and says "Better get down here, Mr. Trent. I'm giving away all your booze!" Melvyn Douglas smiles and says "I'll be right down."
If I'd been a couple years younger, I would have wondered why he let them all drink for free. But at 11 or 12, I "got" it. He's giving it away because it's all over. School's out. No tomorrow. When I finished the Hedges piece, the first thing I thought of was "Ladies and gentlemen, the drinks are on the house!"