This is a reply I made to my brother in an email. It was a conversation about a story how "high income earners are leaving high tax states". My brother is a conservative fairly right wing former republican (like alot of former democrats) who is strongly for limited government and taxes with the conservative belief that people should be able to "keep what they earn".
The only way to understand America today is to realize that the non-professional American middle class has been kicked out of its homes and is living in refugee camps.
Just because the psychopaths on one side start it, does that mean the other side that participates aren't psychopaths as well? Doesn't it take two to tango? At least for "our" purposes?
In Order to Form a More Perfect Oligarchy
If we are an Empire, who is the Emperor? There isn't one. It's a cabal. A cabal of billionaires and CEO's...integrated vertically and horizontally...united by profit...banks and money supply, the war machine, fossil fuels, big pharma and health insurance, food and seed production, congress and the courts...all while holding the big media megaphone...with tentacles reaching around the globe and into our local city, county, and state power structure. But the pressing issue of the day...and seemingly everyday...is what will T-rump tweet as the world burns?
The White House has released a summary of the Trump administration's proposed 2019 budget and although it's more a formality, it does provide a glimpse of what comes next in the oligarchy's plan to reduce federal government social programs and privatize domestic programs.
Back in September 2000, the neocon/Zionist think tank, Project for New American Century (PNAC), published a 90 page report called "Rebuilding America's Defenses - Strategy, Forces, and Resources for a New Century." PNAC was founded by neocon/Zionists William Kristol and Robert Kagan and included many of the neocons that infested the Bush administration starting in 2001.
At this writing, it's still up in the air. I won't even guess. Well, I will. I think they'll miraculously come up with an agreement to avoid a shutdown and the serfs will heave a big sigh of relief and express gratitude that their political representatives running this country for them (right?) have done a solid for the U.S. of A.
USA! USA! USA! We're number One!
It's all a charade, a mockery, an act, a masquerade, a farce.
Well, the results are in, there ain't shit we can do about IT.
Damn, I went there.
I've been asking and observing, not just here but everywhere I can. There isn't a single person who knows what to do about IT.
I ran across this quote tonight which reflects the views of many conservatives and libertarians who believe if only we would follow the Constitution everything would be A-ok. It's also the same sentiment many on the left hold.
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by Ian Welsh
So, we have had a right-wing coup in Brazil. In Venezuela, the left still controls the Presidency, but has lost control of parliament. In Argentina, the right has won the election.
OK, so it appears the two duopoly political parties are going to make some kind of "compromise" on the health care issue which will include "bailing out" the insurance corporations.
4th of July. Fireworks. Hotdogs, parades, veterans, flags, songs, parties, illusions, delusions.
Go ahead and party Americans. You are the king of the world, the purveyors of righteousness and democracy. The "exceptional nation" gets to throw down it's hair and tell the world, "look at us! we're free! and you're NOT!!"
Here's what we're dealing with regarding the United States of America national political system of government.
What happens when the banks literally own everything?
No, I'm not asking this as a theoretical exercise. Nor am I being excessively pessimistic.
I'm speaking of a scenario that will happen if current trends continues.
First time I went to Las Vegas, me and a college friend drove down there from Olympia, WA on the way to Oklahoma City via Palm Springs, CA (but I've never been to Spain). I remember we decided to stand around and study the craps tables for awhile until we figured out how to play. After deciding we had learned enough to lose money, we placed our bets. Two bucks, on red. The dealer took a quick look at our bets and plainly stated, "no action".
Two bucks, no action.
"At what stage between one and nine, did this become something other than the tale of a slave?"
I read an article by Peter Koenig last night, "Slavehood 2017". It's a good rant. I'm seeing more of the alternative writers I've discovered and followed over the years, plus new ones, going on good rants, rants AGAINST THE POWER, telling it like it is, not circling the edges with political bullshit.
After the fifth online article I read today claiming how Donald Trump has been "turned (by the deep state), persuaded (by the deep state), has had a change of heart", etc., I decided to go on a rant. Confucius say, "rants are good for the soul".
Who benefits most - Rich people.
Who benefits least or not at all - everyone else.
"Democracy cannot function without an informed public."
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.
Stardate April 5, 2017. Approx. 580 days until the next U.S. election, just over a year before the serious campaigning starts for the midterm elections of 2018. Currently Donald Trump is president, the republican party has the majority in the House and Senate and the serfs are as screwed as ever. More than ever.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report for Trump and the Republican's "American Health Care Act" has come out.
Preface: This is just my uneducated opinion...and the rantings of a mindless lunatic.
The sad state we find ourselves in today hasn't been the republicans or the democrats fault, but a combination of both corporate bought and sold political parties, not to mention a population that seems to be able to only think in terms of binary logic. "You're either with us, or against us".
I caught onto Donald Trump's game early on in the presidential campaign. I'm not bragging, many others did as well, I'm just saying that to set up the next part.
I like watching people squirm.
Not really, not in a bad way.
James Marc Leas is a patent attorney and a past co-chair of the National Lawyers Guild Palestine Subcommittee. On January 25, 2017, he posted The Supreme Court Supplied a Blueprint to Overcome "Citizens United" -- We Just Need to Use It. Perhaps not the best title, because we really don't expect anything decent to come out of SCOTUS.