Monday, March 1, 2010

Righteous Rage: Why We Owe Cynthia McKinney & Ralph Nader (and Me) an Apology

From the suicide screed from Joseph Stack, who crashed his private airplane into the Austin, Texas, office of the IRS:
“Why is it that a handful of thugs and plunderers can commit unthinkable atrocities (and in the case of the GM executives, for scores of years) and when it’s time for their gravy train to crash under the weight of their gluttony and overwhelming stupidity, the force of the full federal government has no difficulty coming to their aid within days if not hours?
“Yet at the same time, the joke we call the American medical system, including the drug and insurance companies, are murdering tens of thousands of people a year and stealing from the corpses and victims they cripple, and this country’s leaders don’t see this as important as bailing out a few of their vile, rich cronies. Yet, the political ‘representatives’ (thieves, liars, and self-serving scumbags is far more accurate) have endless time to sit around for year after year and debate the state of the ‘terrible health care problem’. It’s clear they see no crisis as long as the dead people don’t get in the way of their corporate profits rolling in.”
Ah, "Process." As Noam Chomsky says, the best thing about having a "process" to resolve public dilemmas is that one thereby elides the need to actually SOLVE the dilemma. The "process" is both cover and excuse for continuing with already functioning operations without having to change anything.

The foregoing quote is from Chris Hedges' recent piece at Robert Scheer's invaluable TruthDig website, which commences:

We owe Ralph Nader and Cynthia McKinney an apology. They were right about Barack Obama. They were right about the corporate state. They had the courage of their convictions and they stood fast despite wholesale defections and ridicule by liberals and progressives.

Obama lies as cravenly, if not as crudely, as George W. Bush. He promised us that the transfer of $12.8 trillion in taxpayer money to Wall Street would open up credit and lending to the average consumer. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC), however, admitted last week that banks have reduced lending at the sharpest pace since 1942. As a senator, Obama promised he would filibuster amendments to the FISA Reform Act that retroactively made legal the wiretapping and monitoring of millions of American citizens without warrant; instead he supported passage of the loathsome legislation. He told us he would withdraw American troops from Iraq, close the detention facility at Guantánamo, end torture, restore civil liberties such as habeas corpus and create new jobs. None of this has happened.

The illegal wars and occupations, the largest transference of wealth upward in American history and the egregious assault on civil liberties, all begun under George W. Bush, raise only a flicker of tepid protest from liberals when propagated by the Democrats. Liberals, unlike the right wing, are emotionally disabled. They appear not to feel. The tea party protesters, the myopic supporters of Sarah Palin, the veterans signing up for Oath Keepers and the myriad of armed patriot groups have swept into their ranks legions of disenfranchised workers, angry libertarians, John Birchers and many who, until now, were never politically active. They articulate a legitimate rage. Yet liberals continue to speak in the bloodless language of issues and policies, and leave emotion and anger to the protofascists.
The hypocrisy and ineptitude of the Democrats become, in the eyes of the wider public, the hypocrisy and ineptitude of the liberal class. We can continue to tie our own hands and bind our own feet or we can break free, endure the inevitable opprobrium, and fight back. This means refusing to support the Democrats. It means undertaking the laborious work of building a viable socialist movement. It is the only alternative left to save our embattled open society. We can begin by sending a message to the Green Party, McKinney and Nader. Let them know they are no longer alone.
You get the picture, one which both the SCUM (So Called Unbiased Media), and the so-called "opposition" have carefully avoided providing.

My own participation in this drama, in the role of a bearded, stoned Cassandra, was to have been in the forefront of those who started calling "BULLSHIT on Barry" at the start...I'm ready for MY apology now, Jane, Lambert, and the rest of you delusional fux who protested my 'stridency' and shut me off....


Suzan said...
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Suzan said...

Something tells me, friend, that not only is no apology coming . . . but that the wheels of injustice are being revved up as we talk among ourselves of the necessary steps to take to reclaim our position as truth seekers and tellers.

They are readying steps to deny us use of the internet and any type of redress of past wrongs (see all the recent court decisions).

I fear that they will also stop the free flow of tourism as they know many of their serfs are planning to escape from the coming cut-rate factories and prison construction flowing from the Fed's transfer of capital to the owners of our society.

Thanks for being an early warning signal for us.

But where do we go from here?

Has anyone got a plan other than leave?


Alexandra said...

The googooism during the campaign made me ill. The left called racist everybody who didn't unquestionably support the president. Anbody who slobbered all over the republicans like that had to have some kind of defect I figured.