Bill Kaufman describes the problem:
We are, today, subjects of an empire, not citizens of a republic. The idea of “citizenship” has been diluted from one of membership in an organic body in which each person matters, takes part in civic affairs, to the current condition, in which you are a cog in a machine, just another brick in the wall. The role of an American citizen, as viewed by our rulers in Washington, D.C., is to pay your taxes, cast a meaningless vote every four years, and shut the hell up. You have almost—almost—no say in U.S. foreign policy. As Dick Cheney once replied when told that the vast majority of Americans wanted our soldiers home from Iraq: “So?”
And, being the brave soul that he is, Kaufman outlines a response to the problem. Anything we can do to decentralize, to devolve, to reclaim local control of our lives — since we all live locally, not globally — is a step in the right direction. The good news Kaufman seeks to share is that those of us who grasp what the great problem of our time is and have an idea about how to tackle it are no longer alone. There are a number of movements afoot coming from different directions but heading toward a similar goal:
Wendell Berry, one of our age’s sages, has noted that hopeful signs are sprouting everywhere: life-giving, life-affirming movements… everything from community-supported agriculture to homeschooling to the New Urbanism to the return of the natives that is going on all over this homesick land. People are rediscovering—reclaiming—citizenship. Berry calls this a “redemptive” movement, though he acknowledges that “in terms of standing and influence [it] is hardly a side at all. It doesn’t have a significant political presence. It is virtually unrepresented in our state and federal governments. Most of its concerns are not on the agenda of either major party.”
As I’ve noted previously, the breakup of the DC Empire is inevitable. It has already begun in the minds of its subjects. As the administration of Barack Obama has made clear to all who will see, it makes no difference which organized gang is in power. The Empire will go on dropping bombs on innocent civilians in the name of spreading democracy, subsidizing billionaires in the name of prosperity for all, and illegally spying on us in the name of protecting our liberty.
As the man said, “Every day the bucket goes down to the well. One day the bottom will drop out.”
In many years of posting on rightwing sites of a higher level of understanding, I have reminded that the “Trilats” and CFR crowd are not as hostile to our points of view as might be assumed. If you read the publications of the CFR—which I do from time to time—there are a few nuggets of surprise.
Justin Raimondo notes that the Council on Foreign Relations suggests staying out of the ISIS/Syria mess; let Assad have a free hand, and trust Iran and Russia can restore the status quo. Seems reasonable. Raimondo goes further to point out the limits of American Conservative resident non-interventionist, Daniel Larison’s critique in AmConMag.
Note Larison’s reflex anti-Assad position against Raimondo’s profoundly Rightwing argument for “optimal solution:”
As dark as that may be, Bashar al Assad is the best Syria can do at the moment, and acknowledging that is key to freeing oneself of the liberal guilt Americans are so prone to suffer.
What this might have to do with the 2016 election–this being the CFR–is anyone’s guess, but the hint is pretty obvious.
Within the civil liberties crowds, there was a great misunderstanding of the NSA revelations from Snowden—though NSA snooping dates back to the 70s and nothing was really learned in terms of scope, if some insights into application, there was a general pretend this is new meme.
As the broader picture of government snooping emerged, I wrote that evidence gathered from such sweeps wouldn’t pass in court so one had to guess the primary use was economic crime. (E.g. who shorted airline stocks prior to 9/11? The FBI says it was one firm, a one off, and the documents were shredded by the SEC.)
News that NSA Chief (and liar) Keith Alexander was day trading on exotic commodities in overseas markets not simply furthers the point, but demonstrates what worthless scoundrels find themselves in high power–Hillary’s cattle future windfall being the simpler method lacking all that snooping.
Good grief! This expletive filled tirade would make a sailor blush. I guess we’ve all heard about the alleged Palin family brawl. Well this is Bristol’s side of the story.
Part of Palin’s appeal to the conservative masses was that she was a church goin’ woman. Behavior like this from her most visible child is not helping that image.