Monthly Archives: September 2011

Fear Fest 2012 begins!

Republican Candidates Participate In Debate At Reagan Library

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Nancy Reagan meets with the 2012 Repugnican Tea Party presidential aspirants before tonight’s Repugnican Tea Party presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. Since the Repugnican Tea Party presidential contenders wish to continue Ronald Reagan’s legacy of destroying the middle class and the working class and making the filthy rich even richer, it was an appropriately chosen venue.

So I have tonight’s Repugnican Tea Party presidential debate streaming live right now (I joined it late).

The immigration “problem” is being discussed now.

The idea that the Repugnican Tea Party traitors are pushing, I do believe, is that the nation’s economic problems are due, if not primarily then in very large part, due to the “illegals.” You know, the “dangerous,” “criminal” brown-skinned ones who don’t speak English — the ones who can’t defend themselves much from the attempt to turn them into our nation’s scapegoats.

Lies are flying all over the place, including how dangerous the border areas are (despite the fact that the FBI says that crime in the border states has been going down for some time now).

Actually, it was the Wall Street weasels, most of them wealthy white people, who crashed and burned the United States’ economy — not the “illegals.” Not teachers. Not nurses. Not government workers. Not the “union bosses” or members of labor unions (that is, “union thugs”).

No, it’s not the “illegals,” our labor unions or our public sector pensions that have destroyed our nation, but the corporatocrats and plutocrats — who have profiteered treasonously via the unelected Bush regime’s bogus wars and who treasonously have stolen hundreds of billions of dollars via their Wall Street scams (for which they received taxpayer bailouts but no prison sentences) — whom the Repugnican Tea Party aids and abets.

Probably the worst of all is that trillions of our dollars have gone toward bogus warfare for the war profiteers (such as the treasonous war criminal Dick Cheney’s Halliburton) instead of to things like infrastructure, job creation and a social safety net. You can blame the stupid white men — not the “illegals,” et. al. — for that.

And memo to the Repugnican Tea Party traitors: RONALD REAGAN IS DEAD.

And he was a shitty fucking president.

Ronald Reagan’s pro-plutocratic, anti-working-class policies of the 1980s set the groundwork for our economic collapse of today.

And the Repugnican (Tea) Party plan remains the same today that it was then: to make the rich even richer and the poor even poorer, accomplished via propaganda that makes scapegoats of those who are not responsible for our economic collapse, diverting the attention of the dull-minded from our real enemies within, and having them believe that policies that harm them and benefit only the rich and the super-rich actually are good for them.

P.S. The debate is still going on. I have to note that the mention of the fact that Texas executes more people than does any other state in the nation drew raucous applaud from the “pro-life” crowd of fascists. Wow.

These fascists — these “Christo”fascists — call themselves “Christians,” but whom would Jesus, himself the victim of the death penalty, execute? This is one of the main reasons that I abhor the Repugnican Tea Party traitors: aside from their treason — their greediness, their selfishness, their short-sightedness, their anti-intellectualism and their lies that harm the nation — I abhor their rank hypocrisy.

P.P.S. I don’t believe that there was a single mention in the debate — by the Repugnican Tea Party presidential contenders, anyway — of the eight years of unelected rule by the BushCheneyCorp, of the last presidential administration of the Repugnican (Tea) Party. It’s as though we went right from Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama. Curious.

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Wake me up on September 12

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The owner of an investment and public relations firm stumbles away from the stricken World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. While we are seeing plenty of images like this one these days, we certainly aren’t seeing images like this one, an Iraqi girl whose parents were blown away by American stormtroopers in 2005 (you know, because of 9/11) —

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— or, of course, one of the many wonderful images that came out of Abu Ghraib (which I think is Arabic for “a few bad apples”) prison in Vietraq, like this unforgettable gem, circa 2004:

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Seriously, though, no nation does rank hypocrisy and self-righteousness like the “Christian” United States of America does rank hypocrisy and self-righteousness. We! Are! Number! One!

So the 9/11 decennial already has begun, with cheesy (redundant…) 9/11-related retrospective pieces already having been appearing in the mainstream media, but the worst of it should come next week, as the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, approaches.

As Ted Rall points out, we Americans have learned virtually nothing from 9/11, and this is evident from the woe-is-us fest that we’re seeing now.

And as Glenn Greenwald (also) points out, of course part of the self-serving, mawkish 9/11 commemoration that we won’t see is any official mention of the fact that the U.S. government first supported (and armed) the likes of Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden before it declared them enemies or any official mention of the tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis whom the United States slaughtered in the illegal, immoral, unjust and unprovoked Vietraq War, which the unelected Bush regime launched in March 2003 using 9/11 as a pretext, even though not a single one of the 19 9/11 hijackers was an Iraqi (15 of them, in fact, were from Saudi Arabia, as was Osama bin Laden, but the U.S. power elites and the Saudi power elites remain great oily buddies).

Greenwald concludes his piece by noting that

… the fact that victims of American violence over the last two decades have easily outweighed, and continue to outweigh, those of the Dictators and Terrorists whom we so vocally despise is nonetheless an extremely important fact that should shape our understanding of 9/11. But as usual, that’s another fact that will be “left unsaid” [in the 9/11 decennial commemorations].

What 9/11 signifies most for me is nothing like American victimhood, since the United States hardly can claim to be a victimized nation (9/11 was only blowback for longstanding U.S. oppression in the Middle East), or “patriotism” (which is just jingoism or fascistic nationalism), but it marks the lost decade of 2000 through 2009.

That decade started out swimmingly, with the blatantly stolen presidential election of 2000. What possibly could have gone wrong by just allowing a bunch of right-wing, pro-plutocratic, pro-corporate chickenhawks to steal the White House?

Then there was 9/11, then there was the Vietraq War, then there was Hurricane Katrina in August 2005 — which the unelected Bush regime was prepared for as well as it had been prepared for 9/11 (recall the August 2001 presidential daily briefing titled “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.”, and forecasters had predicted Katrina’s landfall at least two days in advance) — and then there was Barack Obama promising “hope” and “change” to a weary, Bush-whacked nation in 2008.

In 2009, with the White House, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate all in Democratic/“Democratic” hands — his best opportunity to push through a progressive agenda — what did President Hopey-Changey accomplish? Jack fucking squat. And in 2010? Ditto.

And now we are in 2011 and where are we? We are pretty much right back where we were back in 2000: the Repugnican (Tea) Party presidential frontrunner is the Big-Oil-ass-lickin’, “Christo”fascist-lovin’, dipshit governor of Texas, and the Democratic presidential candidate will be a reportedly intellectual (“elitist” in “tea party”-speak) but rather uncharismatic guy who has been in Washington for a little while now.

And yes, I can see another Texas governor going to the White House in January 2013, whether he steals it and Americans just fucking let him, a la 2000, or whether he actually wins the 2012 presidential election fairly and squarely.  Americans are that fucking stupid.

But can they — we — survive two lost decades in a row?

Fuck. Maybe I should have titled this “Wake me up in 2021.”

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