Obama targets humanity at
home and abroad. Illinoisans paying attention knew long ago. He served
as senator for the state's 13th district.
He sold out straightaway. Real estate interests had their man. Gentrification
demolitions rewarded them. Poor folks were driven out. Most were Black.
Banking, finance, insurance, and real estate interests comprised his
political base then and now. Needs of constituents he represented were
ignored. Community uplift rhetoric disguised harming people who needed
Critics called his record kick back cronyism. Convicted felons and big
monied interests funded him. Every dollar invested returned multiples.
Pay-to-play was always Chicago's way. City and state politics are notoriously
corrupt. Obama played the game down and dirty.
He earned his bona fides. He was well suited for bigger and better things
in Washington. He was singled out and took full advantage. Nationally
he betrayed the poor and disadvantaged the way he did in Illinois. Globally
it's much worse.
As US senator, his voting record told all. He supported power and big
monied interests. He backed commodifying public education. He stood
by medical providers in wrongful injury suits.
He opposed capping credit card interest rates. Mining companies loved
him. He endorsed strip mining everywhere, including on public land.
He supported huge energy company subsidies, vastly expanded nuclear
power, deregulation, harmful biofuels, other agribusiness interests,
GMO food proliferation, and privatized healthcare.
He stood solidly for corporate friendly trade agreements, fraudulent
financial deals, expanding America's prison-industrial complex, repressive
immigration legislation, police state laws, military tribunals, spying
and secrecy, controlling the media, and he was still just a senator.
Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) executive director Mara Verheyden-Hilliard
said he "eviserat(ed)" civil and human rights. He exceeded the worst
of Bush. He silenced acquiescent liberals. They support someone they
On August 1, Gerald Celente headlined "The Next Four Years," saying:
"What will it take to change" America's future? Voters have no choice.
Both candidates tout their credentials. "Obama the Osama Slayer vs.
Romney the Corporate Commando."
Each says I'm your guy. "And what will they lead us to? Economic nirvana,
world peace, environmental renewal, social harmony, cultural foment,
Campaign 2012 comes down to "who is best qualified to destroy the most
the slowest." Why can't people see what's obvious? Why do people who
should know better wear blinders?
Why do they mindlessly "drink the Kool-Aid?" At issue is stop playing
follow the leader and start "lead(ing) yourself." It can't be "bought,
given, or imposed."
Grassroots activism alone offers change. It's "having the courage not
to cower to power. The dignity to claim your rightful and sacred place
on earth. To respect yourself, demand it of others, and show respect
to all who merit it."
It means opposing corrupt political leaders "and the unprincipled and
oppressive systems they represent." When enough people change, so will
Washington and Jefferson's America "ended up led by freaks." It happened
the same way in Germany and Italy.
Bach, Beethoven, Goethe, Michelangelo, DaVinci, and Galileo ended up
Hitler and Mussolini. Modern-day equivalents await in America.
Reagan, Bush I and II, Clinton, Bush, Cheney, and Obama showed steady
downward decadence. Expect Obama term two or Romney to be worse. They're
two sides of the same coin.
European leaders and Arab League despots replicate their dark side.
They're "two-bit freaks," says Celente. "And they're dangerous."
"They start wars, kill millions, destroy nations. They steal your money
and give it to their friends." They treat ordinary people like garbage.
Why don't they resist? "(T)hey argue among themselves why (one) freak
is better than the other."
They defend what they should condemn. They let Obama, Cameron, Hollande,
Merkel, Monti, Harper, Netanyahu, and others get away with murder. If
they won't fight for what's right, who will?
America is ground zero. Policies made here affect everywhere. Wealth
extraction, mass killing, destruction, and dominance define them. Crackdowns
target nonbelievers. Expect current harshness to get worse.
Financial war rages on millions. Hot ones continue. Syrians struggle
to survive. Washington picked Kofi Annan. He's a notorious imperial
tool. He provided sham cover for regional ravaging. It masquerades as
pursuing conflict resolution and peace.
Washington's strategy requires violence and instability. It features
terrorizing Syrians to submit. Annan's a willing co-conspirator. He
got marching orders and obeyed. He's no longer needed.
On August 2, he said he'll leave end of August when his mandate expires.
He lied claiming Security Council inaction made him decide. Fellow imperialist
Ban Ki-moon accepted his resignation with regret.
They partnered with Washington, other NATO countries, and regional despots
against Assad. They blame him for Western death squad crimes. Expect
conflict to persist. Imperial strategy demands it. Willful killing and
destruction won't end.
Syrians courageously resist. They want freedom, not imperial subjugation.
They're willing to die for it.
Obama admitted what's well known. Washington aids insurgents covertly.
CIA and US special forces are involved. Heavy weapons, funding, training
and direction are provided. Secret "finding" authorization approved
Washington's war on Syria is lawless. So are other US wars. Trillions
go for mass killing, destruction, conquest, colonization, and plunder.
Homeland needs go begging.
Imagine what's coming post-election. Expect greater wealth extraction,
escalated repression, and new war theaters without end.
America's worst of all possible worlds sinks lower. Depravity defines
it. Obama's a stealth neocon faking people-friendly credentials. Paul
Craig Roberts calls hypocrisy Washington's hallmark. Global war crimes
are committed in pursuit of peace.
Humanitarian intervention is sham cover for imperial ravaging. The late
Gore Vidal addressed this and more long ago. He warned how it harms
humanity. He called America decadent. It's not worth preserving, he
He called Cuba a place of hope. He said Americans haven't a clue about
what they lost. He called US-style democracy fraudulent by design. It's
illegitimate without choice on the ballot.
He said America is "rotting away at a funereal pace." He expected eventual
military dictatorship. The late Chalmers Johnson predicted the same
thing. He quoted Pogo saying, "We have met the enemy and he is us."
He expected eventual worst of times. He and Vidal agreed. America is
plagued by the same dynamic that doomed past empires. Unwillingness
to change assures demise.
It's not a matter of if, but when. At issue is will humanity perish
with it? The possibility is terrifyingly real. Money power runs America.
Policies it wants, it gets.
A nation without enemies remains permanently at war. A secret, unaccountable
global gulag holds countless non-believers. Oppression targets anyone
who resists. Wealth extraction impoverishes millions. Mind manipulation
keeps people dumbed down.
Johnson said these policies produce military dictatorship or its civilian
equivalent. America's republic always was more myth than real. Pretense
ended long ago. It died and doesn't exist.
Democracy is a quaint artifact. Slogans and other rhetoric alone remain.
Democrats are as neocon as Republicans. Most people havenít a clue.
Others who understand don't act.
America gets away with murder with ease. Lynne Stewart says "Agitate!
Agitate! Agitate!" Nothing else works and won't now. It's needed more
than ever. "It's the system, stupid," says Immanuel Wallerstein. Change
it or it'll consume us.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
His new book is titled "How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized
Banking, Government Collusion and Class War"
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