Tyranny or Liberty?
This is a scathing pessimistic assessment of the state of our country and the world. I have employed histrionic literary license and apocalyptic imagery as a vehicle to illustrate the delusion that has overtaken us in this country and the world at large. The human economic state of affairs, along with our overall state of health still appears to be spun “positive” through the corporate media. Although complete economic collapse has not economically eradicated all humanity, the decimation of human economic stability and the quality of healthcare for our citizenry has occurred through political game playing in concert with corporate maneuverings.
Collusion between our elected governmental officials and big-business has created a corporatist oligarchy that is becoming more and more visible, profitable and sinister with every passing law financed by the corporate death dealers. For lack of basic human considerations such as healthcare, financial protections from legalized predatory financial practices, and right livelihood, we have all been deceived by our own greed and self-delusion.
Some Americans can still buy cars, Blu-Ray players and flat screen TVs, and rack-up huge debt, but neighbors on all sides of me have lost or are losing their homes; they are unable to have meaningful stable employment; and cannot purchase healthcare. One can be sure that the ones that are enslaved from our economic gluttony in third world countries where corporations exploit and enslave the peasantry could not purchase the merchandise that is exacted from their labors. The whole world is eating from the corporate crumb bank.
What may appear to be histrionic hyperbolic ravings in this short discourse, may in turn reveal prophetic omens, indicators that “something is rotten in the state of Denmark (Macrone, Michael. "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark." Brush Up Your Shakespeare. Cader Company, 1990. eNotes.com. 2007. 1 Mar, 2010 http://www.enotes.com/shakespeare-quotes/something-rotten-state-denmark).
Ask any of the victims of our healthcare system, or of the American workforce who have been tragically affected by the denizens of the corporatist elite. The proof is on the battlefields and villages across the planet; lying in the bedrooms of our sick family members who can’t afford healthcare, left on the slabs in the morgues and dying on our streets. The financial and physical executioners of the American people and subsequently, the people of the world:
1. are the politicians; the pushers and preachers of the opium of positive thinking that turns a blind eye to human suffering and rejects all personal and corporate responsibility to compassionately act.
2. the immoral, and, at best, amoral corporate zombies that infect and prey upon humanity at large through lack of healthcare, corporate downsizing, and warmongering.
We are still the killers of our own brothers and sisters instead of the keepers.
It is abundantly clear that healthcare reform is not in the hearts or the minds of the corporate political oligarchy. The impotent political leadership of our nation, which has long been spayed and neutered by their corporate masters, has preemptively attacked the very core of our humanity as American citizens. We the people are mere decimal place holders on corporate and government spreadsheets that through the gross computations of profit mongering corporations. The share and stake holders have demeaned, dehumanized, and relegated us to insignificance — impersonal, economic collateral damage — “its not personal it’s just business” as the mantra goes.
The study from the American Journal of Medicine in its abstract stated “Illness and medical bills contribute to a large and increasing share of US bankruptcies (© 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. • The American Journal of Medicine (2009) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/documents/american_journal_of_medicine_09.pdf).
The Washington Post who quoted from the American Journal of Medicine report wrote “Sixty-two percent of all bankruptcies filed in 2007 were linked to medical expenses, according to a nationwide study released today by the American Journal of Medicine. That's nearly 20 percentage points higher than that pool of respondents reported were connected to medical costs in 2001. Of those who filed for bankruptcy in 2007, nearly 80 percent had health insurance. Respondents who reported having insurance indicated average expenses of just under $18,000. Respondents who filed and lacked insurance had average medical bills of nearly $27,000 (http://voices.washingtonpost.com/health-carereform/2009/06/new_study_shows_medical_bills.html?hpid=moreheadlines ).
It is clear that people are the anti-profit of corporate interests and corporate expansion. Stakeholders with their stakes in hand are staking the hearts of their victims and are bleeding the people dry. The healthcare debate is lost in the un-hallowed sanctuaries of divine corporatism, whose scripture is little more than spreadsheets and cost benefit analyses, with a little six sigma thrown in for computational effect. We the people have been reduced to rows of faceless, dehumanized numbers on corporate and government ledgers.
Corporations, with governments on their leashes, have continued their imperialistic pogroms of expansion —corporate manifest destiny— and have declared the right to conquer all that lies before them as their god given right to unfettered profits. Unending war, bankruptcy, foreclosures, lack of healthcare, all fueled by mercenary forces of impersonal faceless storm troopers —lobbyists; propaganda ministers —i.e. Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, punitive pundits pounding effluent down the throats of the masses telling them that our suffering derived from corporate profiteering is trickling down to the latrine of their choice. All we have to do is stand under corporate urinals —“they're pissing on us and not even giving us the courtesy of calling it rain” (http://www.reelmovienews.com/quotes/movies/avatar/page_2.html ).
The government lackeys — our elected officials, senators and congress people, presidents and vice presidents and their secretaries, in league with the economic overlords perpetuate this wholesale economic rape and genocide of the American people and should be held responsible for the demise — the slow death and torture of our people and the people of the world — that, by all indications, will lead to the eventual extinction of the middle class and heavily diluted individual rights. The corporations are sending us the Bill for our rights and we have already put the check in the mail.
Our individual rights have again recently been overtly assaulted, for example, by the Supreme Court’s decision to grant corporations the rights of individuals, by sheer financial means to commandeer elections. “In a 5-4 decision, the court decided corporations should be allowed under the First Amendment to draw from their own treasuries to fund campaigns. The ruling also effectively overturns part of the McCain-Feingold Act restricting corporate-funded issue ads” (http://www.dailycardinal.com/news/u-s-supreme-court-overturns-campaign-funding-restrictions-1.1081144 ). Money, the influence peddled, is being extracted from the suffering and death of our citizenry. We the people have chosen 7 and 8 figure earning CEOs, CFOs, and COOs (COO-COOs), to decide our fate of who is worthy to receive healthcare, right livelihood, and financial justice. The democratic façade is fading away.
Yet we have been told through artful propaganda that corporations, capitalism and the so-called “free market” are preferable to “The People” and their government; while the “The People” at large have no say or participatory representation within the boardrooms that rule society at large. The voice of the people is silenced in vacuous boardrooms and political backrooms. Sound cannot exist in a vacuum and neither does life.
This movement to privatize and divest control from the people seems more fascist than democratic. “Fascism …comprises a radical and authoritarian nationalist political ideology and a corporatist economic ideology developed in Italy. Fascists believe that nations and/or races are in perpetual conflict whereby only the strong can survive by being healthy, vital, and by asserting themselves in conflict against the weak.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fascism).
I thought that we defeated fascism with Hitler and Mussolini. Yet the corporate imperialistic interests that run our government perpetuate war and escalate conflict over resources with ideological smokescreens. The corporate and government spin doctors, and PR propagandists lie and distort, while they knowingly and freely decide the demise of millions of people without a twinge of conscience.
Recently, empathy has become an undesirable attribute in our socio-political system, because it requires feeling, compassion and mercy, equanimity, and loving-kindness — human emotions and feelings. The undead, un-alive corporate entity —quasi-dead— do not have human concerns or emotions to be shackled by morality or ethics; they just depersonalize, justify and perpetuate their agendas. The crusades, jihads, inquisitions, pogroms of genocide, fratricide, and matricide — the Manifest Destiny of depraved corporatist self-interest — have continued in pursuit of oil, natural resources, market share, corporate enslavement, cheap labor, low prices with high human costs, profit share — the American way.
The government officials that we have elected tell us that big government is bad and that small government with large corporations at the helm —big business is good. “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help” (Ronald Reagan, http://www.quotationspage.com/quote/33742.html ). We outsource war, intelligence gathering, and torture, to corporate mercenaries to keep the military industrial complex in business. We let the corporate corpses profit and drain the people from their dignity, and inalienable rights “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness” (http://www.halexandria.org/dward245.htm ). Our corporate rulers have depersonalized, objectified, minimized, and written-off and deducted all human considerations that stand in the way of profit and their contractual survival from all checks and balance sheets.
Corporations only exist on paper, soulless and without affect. Yet corporations and the super rich behind them control the vast majority of humans and human activity, including the Fed, and the rest of the US Government. Flesh and blood human beings have their existence appraised, quantified, objectified, and trivialized by inanimate delusions of human machinations that only exist on paper — “whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean” (http://bible.cc/matthew/23-27.htm). The Trojan Horse has nothing on the well lubed insertion of the corporatist phallus that has penetrated every human orifice.
Oh no, not another tired corporate conspiracy theory conjured by the oppressed and disgruntled. Secret societies, the Illuminati and fanatical religious zealots may be conspiring in shadows behind closed doors with secret handshakes and arcane symbology. However, the most egregious predators are those that conspire in the boardrooms and political backrooms to defraud and dis-empower the American people legally and by our vote.
However, those that don’t buy into the positive thinking “keep on the sunny side” opium, that promotes social blindness and refuses to acknowledge and take responsibility for the gross misconduct that perpetuates abject poverty and human suffering, are tossed aside as naysayers and wackos by pathological spin doctors that spread a deadly viral corporate pathology (http://www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/obrotherwhereartthou/keeponthesunnyside.htm ).
Our government should not be feared, but rather be the very tool of the people to improve our quality of life and keep us safe from the corporatist predatory practices. In theory, if we elect our government, we can change our government. How is that working for us anyway? We have abdicated our authority as citizens to govern our great nation to puppets of corporations who are little more than soulless zombies that prey upon and exploit human weakness. The boardrooms and the places where stock and stake holders gather are little more than marble mausoleums where personally engraved slabs are provided for the corporate undead to decide the fate of the masses.
The corporatist government that has enslaved its own people needs to be rectified. The government “of the people, by the people and for the people, [that] shall not perish from the earth” has been ripped from our cold dying hands and has been delivered into the hands of our keepers — those that decide who lives and dies emotionally, physically, and financially (http://showcase.netins.net/web/creative/lincoln/speeches/gettysburg.htm ). The pundants, the political supplicants that grovel at the feet of economic idolatry in the corporate pantheons of profit, have lulled the eyes, hearts and minds of the American people into a lethargic trance through economic shock and awe campaigns that rewards the masses with mindless entertainment and consumer trinkets that both endears and enslaves us to our own demise — economic Stockholm Syndrome meets the Corporate Gladiatorial Games.
Since the Declaration of Independence, we have abdicated democracy and allowed another kind of dictator to rule over us. The corporate oligarchy that has enslaved the world enslaved us. The USA has become the greatest proponent and defender of corporatist oligarchic dogma and propaganda. Our religions, our schools, the very fabric of how we as Americans see ourselves and our place in history has been gradually supplanted by the empty promises and the tempter’s words of death that are sweet to the ear yet deadly to the touch for all who happen in it’s wake.
The Declaration of Independence is a poignant document that we as Americans should know and live by. Of course if one were to post the Declaration of Independence on the walls and doors of our government offices, Homeland Security would definitely have you on their terrorist watch list. These words are seditious and treasonous to the corporatist regime that has no moral or ethical center. Thomas Jefferson wrote: “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty (Thomas Jefferson, http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/t/thomasjeff169586.html).
I leave you with these thoughts…
“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness - That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men [and Women], deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient Causes; and accordingly all Experience hath shewn, that Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security” (http://www.halexandria.org/dward245.htm).