Obama is Not the Problem

bush-obama2Americans have a wonderful tradition of fixing things. Our inclination is to attack problems; to determine what’s wrong and and figure out how to eliminate the problem. We have in general a militaristic mind set  whereby we tend to treat the remedial processes as war. We conduct culture wars against poverty, crime and drugs. And we so admire the grit of cancer patients who valiantly fight against the ravages of their disease.

Unfortunately our urgent desire to address what we perceive of as problems, often causes us to rush into attacks on the symptoms of our problems rather than their more difficult to discern causes.

We fight cancer by attacking the tumors – rather than seek to discover the reason that the tumors grow in the first place. We battle poverty by doling our chump change to our poor – rather than figure out why it is  that the one the greatest economies in the history of man cannot fully employ it’s own people, even while employing millions of workers in foreign countries. We jail drug users at considerable expense to society – rather than addressing the psycho-social issues that lead to rampant drug abuse.

Our political process is no different. We live in an era of political stalemate where almost none of the problems and challenges which beset society can find any resolution. Conveniently herded into two opposing camps, the problems of our country are forever the fault of the opposing party and their representatives. The ills of our nations the symptoms of their misguided mismanagement and corruption.

Meanwhile in administration after administration we are subjected to systemic failure in regard to  the promotion of  our general welfare, the protection of our freedoms.

Barack Obama is the figurehead of the moment, the man chosen to occupy the office of the presidency during what were inevitably going to be very difficult times for this country. The difficulties we face today are the results of many decades of errant leadership, financial and corporate malfeasance, political corruption and overall failure to adhere to core ideals and principles that were fundamental to the growth and development of this once great nation.

Our financial institutions have been allowed to devolve from vital instruments for capital investment to something like mob-run casinos, where the crooked owners are allowed sit at the rigged tables and place their own bets against the unwary dupes like us. This unleashing of  malignant Wall Street greed has twisted our economy away from a proper focus on tangible manufacturing and production, to one obsessed with the financial agendas of the decreasingly-national and increasingly-globalist banking and corporate elite.

If you really wanted to pick someone to blame for this situation – and I know you do – Bill Clinton might be a reasonable choice. He was, after all the one who signed the bill which repealed the Glass Steagall Act which had protected us from Wall Street since the Great Depression.

But Bill Clinton is not the problem.

During the Clinton Administration, our country experienced a period of great prosperity. Millions of average americans experienced a new sense of wealth via the Dot com bubble and the Real Estate bubble economy that followed. The collapse of the Soviet Union caused a massive decline in military expenditures and the government for the first time in modern history experienced a budgetary surplus.

Then came the Bush Administration.

Improbably, 19 Saudi terrorists armed only with boxcutters were able to commandeer 4 planes, fly them expertly into 3 buildings without interference from the most sophisticated air defense systems in the world, and cause the collapse of three World Trade Center towers (one of which was not even hit) and the destruction of a financial department in the Pentagon. Bush pledged an immediate and full investigation (which was grudgingly initiated over a year later) and immediate dusted off a war plan which had been drawn up 8 years earlier to invade… Iraq.

Twelve years later we have experienced the endless, budget-busting war on terror. Military expenditures have gone stratospheric. The productive capacities of our country has been out-sourced to the third world, corporate profits and taxes are sheltered in island havens, corporations are sitting on massive piles of money, and yet we Americans suffer unemployment at levels not seen in 80 years. The Bush administration pushed through constitution-destroying measures with its Patriot Act, and ushered in a new era of Police State Fascism with the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, so that today we may have the right to remain silent, but anything we say on the phone, type on the computer can be used against us.

But even George Bush is not the problem.

Clinton, Bush, Obama… none of these men were the problem… they were merely symptoms of a diseased political system. Cut them out and another one replaces them.

See, we believe that the President is the Most Powerful Man in the World and thus endowed with the ability to impose his personal will on the massively large, mostly secret, and incredibly complex network that constitutes the matrix of power in this country and the world… this is naiveté of the highest order.

What we refuse to recognize is that there are elements in our society which are infinitely more powerful and far more persistent and long-lived than any temporarily elected official could ever be. These are individuals and organizations whose 10 thousand Lobbyists spend $3 Billion each year  to influence and control the 535 members of Congress. The same people who, thanks to the Supreme Courts dismantling of long-standing campaign finance limits, now effectively control who can run for office as well as who will ultimately win. And they are the same people who own our media, our military industrial complex, our financial, oil and pharmaceutical industries.

The real problem is that our government is owned. We persist in believing that our elected officials work for and represent us… but the sad fact is that their true constituency – the only people who’s “vote” they really care about – are the money masters who place them and keep them in office, who lavish them with privilege and wealth, and who offer them rich private sector positions once they leave government.

Obama, Bush, Clinton… they are not the problem.

The Power Elite are the problem. They have corrupted our politicians, they have rendered the electoral process meaningless, and they have for many years enforced upon our government political and social agendas aimed – not at the betterment of the American people – but focused solely on the increase of their behind-the-scenes control and the perpetuation of their power over this country and the rest of the world.

And until we become aware and recognize the true source of the problems in this country and the world… nothing is going to change.

 

 

 

 

An American Apology

Uncle Sam SorryAs an American citizen I would like to formally apologize to the world for the despotism, barbarism, corruption, violence and evil that agents of my government have perpetrated upon the world.

Our bankers have subjected your developing countries to debt slavery. Our operatives have assassinated your leaders when they dared to oppose America’s agenda. We have monopolized the oil trade, subjecting all other countries in the world to the hidden taxation of the petro-dollar system. We have propped up autocratic dictators when it served our purposes, subjecting whole populations to their violence and malign neglect. We have let loose our corporations upon the world destroying local economies and exploiting local workers and resources. We have invaded and occupied your sovereign nations and killed millions of innocent people under the false banners of freedom and democracy. Our CIA has channeled secret funds to Terrorists in order to delude us into believing there’s a threat to our nation worthy of our endless military spending. And they have reaped untold billions as they secretly support the world drug trade and launder the drug lords ill gotten gains through our corrupt banks and financial institutions.

It has become painfully clear in the course of the past decade, that the American Government and its agents are a trauma upon this world, and for this I am truly sorry.

I am sorry, too, that we have been so blind to this dark, nefarious aspect of our country’s leadership, and that we have fallen so meekly for their propaganda depicting our nation as defenders of liberty and justice, while we offer the the world Freedom only to do as the US demands, and deliver our Justice with bombs, drone attacks and bullets tipped with depleted uranium.

Although it is no real defense, I plea profound ignorance. You see, until recently, most of us Americans were under the naive impression that our country’s international ambitions were completely non-aggressive, that we conducted ourselves as an exemplary world citizen with charity toward all and ill will toward none. We persisted in imagining our national character was the same as that of our ancestors who bravely fought a war of independence against Great Britain, or our parents and grandparents whose industry and valor changed the outcome of two world wars. In our minds, America didn’t start wars… we finished them.

Obviously all of that changed. America now starts wars, invades and occupies countries, we conduct ruthless torture and operate killer drones, all without respect to borders or national sovereignty and all in the name of protecting Americans from who… you?

It must be difficult for you to fathom how we Americans could have been so blind to our country’s malignant behavior for so many years. Hell, it’s difficult for us to understand. You see, we Americans still believe that we live in an open society. Caught up in the out-dated notion of  our “free and open press”, many of us still believe that all it takes for us to be fully informed on the major issues and events of the day is to read the newspaper and watch the evening news, so for most of us any news or information that is not covered by the main stream media is by definition either untrue or unreliable.

For example, we don’t believe that there is any corporate control or government censorship of our media because… wait for it… we would have heard about it. The same circular illogic allows us to dismiss all kinds of government, corporate, military, security and financial misdeeds for, after all, it wasn’t in the papers.

And of course we could never believe that there is a hidden power structure in our country which is in fact superior to our elected government. That this group has in fact been running the country from behind the scenes for quite some time. We cannot conceive of how such a secret establishment could ever have amassed the enough power to control of the Financial, Military, Industrial and Security institutions of our country. And since no one has identified these wealthy, powerful and influential individuals, institutions and dynastic families… well they just can’t really exist.

Fortunately, many Americans are becoming aware that our country is no longer the free and open state it once was – that in fact we are living under a system of censorship, surveillance and diminishing freedoms increasingly resemble that of Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union.

I’m not sure how, or if, we can turn this around. The power’s that be are deeply entrenched and we the people are profoundly diminished. But I do feel that the first, necessary step is to admit that we have a problem, and we do… our government has gotten out of control and is now wreaking havoc upon of the world.

I hope you can forgive us our ignorance, but in truth, we knew not what they had done.