Tag: Sarah Palin

mkimberlin via flickr
mkimberlin via flickr

An odd man has shot and killed several people and severely injured a legislator of our United States government. The corporate-run media’s narrative is that the latest round of semi and/or outright violent rhetoric caused this man to shoot Representative Giffords and others that saturday in January. The connections are tenuous and depending on the source, one can make a convincing argument one way or the other. We could spend all day trying to decipher this and whether Mr. Loughner was a lefty or righty, which does not interest me as I am unconvinced that his actions were political to begin with. This is unimportant. It is the media’s narrative, so it is the way our culture is digesting it. Now that this narrative has survived, our government is using this reasoning to take steps to separate itself even more than it already is from the people who “elect” them.

We can talk all day about how assassinations and their attempts are not alien to U.S. culture despite this “new wave” of rhetoric. We can even debate whether the rhetoric is in fact any different than American politicians have always dished out. Hell, our politicians used to duel each other with guns and shit. I think the reason for the current panic over the events with Mr. Loughner is that America is full of revolutionary energy these days, and the power brokers of the status quo have noticed and are frightened. They can and will use this manufactured situation to enforce strategies to force passivity as I described in my last post about this incident. We are now seeing an event blamed on rhetoric used by those in power; and in the wake of its aftermath the forcing of moderation in our discourse, which in turn cuts off those with legitimate arguments about the status quo and paints them with Mr. Loughner’s brush. Now, a second symptom of this is being instituted: the further entrenching of powered classes and the separating of themselves from the rest of us.

Laws proposing plexiglas walls around congress, and a myriad of reactionary legislation that simply protects against the most recent event by a person who most likely would have done it regardless of these laws. This is standard procedure in our country as anyone who travels by plane will know about taking their shoes off, having porno scanners look into their underwear, and ounce limits for any liquids carried on the plane. Some of the proposals include making it illegal to have a firearm within 1000 feet of a federal official and some vague legislation specifically making Palin’s bullseye map illegal. Do we really think that Mr. Loughner would have called off his plans had he known that he wasn’t allowed to take his gun within 1000 feet of Representative Giffords? Or if Ms. Palin’s infamous map hadn’t been published that members of congress would never be targeted by crazy people?

What very well could have addressed the situation before Mr. Loughner acted was schools that had been designed to teach rather than provide cheap day-care that encourage kids to drop-out and do anything besides teach. Maybe schools could have recognized this young man’s issues and addressed them instead of kicking him out or passing him off as someone else’s problem. Jared might have been able to treat his depression and aggression if we had a humane health-care system that wasn’t designed to profit but rather treat our people simply because it is the right thing to do. If we had a government that was made up of workers or those with the least power instead of plutocrats that are busier perpetrating (profitable) crimes across the globe than addressing the multitudinous needs of those they rule, then perhaps they wouldn’t have any “violent rhetoric” to worry about or utter.

The bottom line is that this event will be used to further separate our legislators from those they legislate for. Events such as the one Representative Giffords was a party to will become rarer. Public opinion will be less and less represented in the actions of our government. Town hall meetings and public events will (when they even occur) look more and more like military parades as security teams assess threats and politicians are quickly jumping into a rising chopper lest any of those possibly dangerous constituents get too close.

As a side note, Sunday marked the 20th year of our ongoing war against the tiny country of Iraq.

While I was reading about this disastrous oil spill last week, I really thought that this would be all the proof needed to show the country and most importantly our president that the idea of expanding our offshore drilling is nothing short of stupid. Personally, I loved the Huffington Post’s headline of “SPILL BABY SPILL” and thought it the perfect response to Sarah Palin’s mindless droning. However, I am continuously surprised with the speed and ability of those who would defend the status quo and when I read this morning that Representative Gene Taylor of Mississippi compared the gulf’s oil spill to that of chocolate milk – I nearly fell out of my chair.
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As our country gears up for the election cycle again, we will be subjected to the tired campaigns of status quo politicians explaining to us that this year’s election is “the most important in our history” as we’re told every election cycle to make sure true democracy is stifled by inhibiting actual choice – increasing their wealth while decreasing ours. Those that continue to vote-in incumbents or seek to primary candidates within the main parties are part of the problem. How are we to ever institute social justice if we can never move beyond those who would sacrifice their sisters and brothers in the name of capital? I propose that if you don’t already, please vote third party!
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I mean, they wanted to keep destroying the environment whilst chanting “drill, baby, drill”, give the finger to labor, escalate wars, keep suspects locked away in Guantanamo, stay in Iraq, use government to help business at the expense of its citizens, and enforce discrimination against gays. You have to keep voting for the Democrats to avoid that shit, am I right guys?
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Since around the summer of 2008, a group of angry people who have currently coalesced under the banner of the Tea Party have been using every opportunity to obstruct much needed progress in our country. They march under demands and vague calls for smaller government, for “real” Americans to “take back” America, a rollback of every aspect of the welfare state, and lower taxes. They endorse mythical conspiracies about Obama’s birth place, his religion, czars, his supposed role in biblical prophesy, “big government”, and a series of other bogeymen they’ve been told to be very scared of.
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Feb 25

Who Is a Terrorist? (updated)

by fwoan | 2 Comments »

Last week, a desperate and angry man killed himself and an office worker in an attack so reminiscent of 9/11 that it begs the questions, why is this man not considered a terrorist? Could it be that he didn’t kill enough people? Maybe that he’s white? Maybe it’s that he doesn’t seem to be of the Muslim faith? Maybe the Obama administration is terrified of the response should this be labeled such. Or perhaps, what I think is most likely the issue, it’s that the conservatives find sympathy not in the actions but in his cause and given the lack of blood this becomes palatable for them.
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