Archives: November, 2011

Nov 21

“Thanksgiving” (updated)

by fwoan | Comments Off
DonkeyHotey via flickr
DonkeyHotey via flickr

As if the leaders of our government’s legislative bodies couldn’t be more deaf to the demands of not just those courageous enough to protest in the Occupy movement, but to long-standing widespread public opinion throughout the country, their latest campaign seen in the planned and managed train wreck that is the “Super Congress” is nothing more than barely masked austerity designed not to create jobs for the mass of unemployed, but to rob them further. Remember the Bush tax cuts, the ones that along with two costly wars has drained the ability for the U.S. government to provide even basic service to its most vulnerable citizens? Remember when Obama, who campaigned dishonestly for ending the cuts, extended them for the millionaires whilst the poorest still go without basic necessities every day? Well, looks the Democrats might have them made permanent.

In a leaked document from the committee, the Democrats seem ready to give us another of their wonderful “deals” by making the Bush tax cuts permanent. It seems another of the myriad reasons we had to get rid of Bush and the Republicans in ’06 and ’08, has become one of Democrat’s own planks, a set of ideals written on palimpsest. It seems that the Republican half of this committee will not allow any revenue increases (which will of course be offset by the permanence of these tax cuts) without this agreement, so of course the Democratic members will immediately grant these demands. Keeping membership of this committee at 12 allows our corporate lobbyists to work to only have one Democrat vote in the interests of wealth to have a majority – barely a task at all.

While thousands gather in the streets of cities across the country decrying the ever widening chasm between the rich and the poor, our leaders are simply moving ahead with their agenda, seemingly ignoring us. While children and elderly are beaten by police batons for simply giving voice to the protest of wealth, the legislators we “elected” pay no mind and fan themselves with wads of cash freshly squeezed from your wallet. Their actions, I believe, only serve to further radicalize the workers of this country. It’s like they are fanning the flames by thumbing their nose in the face of massive protest. Where these protests show only the briefest glimmer of action, the Rich Man’s Army of Police Batons comes swinging, hoping to crush dreams and bones alike.

When this week’s holiday rolls around and news of failure comes from this committee, resulting in further cuts to the lifeline of social safety, gather with your loved ones around what feast you can still afford and be thankful that these millionaires in Congress will sleep no worse in their silk sheets and gated mansions. This holiday, built around the concept of coming together as a community and sharing alike so that all may enjoy the fruits of hard labor, has become antithetical to the very country that created it and representative of ideals that our “free”-market police-state will spend the weekend working to dismantle.

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Blinding the workers of this country to the crimes of their lords is commonly (perhaps even more commonly in the current age) done with warfare. Warfare allows our lords to excite patriotism in a variety of ways which both eliminate scores of workers from this living coil, as well as blinding many of them to the very criminality of the follies they are cheering on. Our workers are convinced in scores to raise up arms against an enemy they have never met, to revenge against crimes that they have never been the victim of, and to win a victory none of us deserve. It weakens us all to fight their wars by forcing us to become their cannon fodder. For each worker that is killed in an imperialist rich man’s war, that is one less potential knife against the throat of our lords’ grasp on power.
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The so-called “Super” Congress tasked with finding a means of cutting the deficit is a pure and simple joke. A joke few, if any, are likely to fall for. It is most simply designed to further the austerity agenda and steal from the poor of this country in order to further fund this stumbling empire’s tragic mistakes. If these wise old members of our congress fail to come up with spending cuts and revenue increases by late November, the cuts get made anyway, though they are across the board. The whole arrangement is the most obvious attempt at planned dead-lock I have ever seen. Who seriously believes that this group will come up with an agreed upon solution, or that if they do, it will be passed by their peers in congress? Or beyond that, that any measures that would possibly be passed by this monied body would be satisfactory to any portion of the working classes? Maybe 9% of Americans that still approve of Congress do.
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