Man, each day, more and more of our most basic freedoms are being stolen from us, and few of us seem to notice, or care. The neo-con oligarchy lied us into five wars, did away with human rights, and Habeas Corpus, and the Fourth Amendment. The consolidated media has banned, excluded, blacklisted all anti-war and progressive voices from public debate. Remember when bands like Lords Of The New Church, the Exploited, Discharge, and Dead Kennedys had actual record deals? If Green Day is anti-war, you'd hardly know it, since Obama took office. They're the cheerful corporate face of punk, and their Beatles and the Alarm influenced radio anthem is as vague as a feel-good, say-nothin' Obama speech. We need to hear from confrontational voices, not just the friendly, obliging, appeasing, corporate-brand bands, more concerned with cross-over merchandising deals, than promoting vital messages of conscience. The U.S. government spends more than $1 trillion a year on empire. Obama's cutting spending on the elderly, aid to the poor, and Medicare to reinvest in endless war, torture programs, and spying on the American population. As Medea Benjamin, from Code Pink, says, you wouldn't grasp the enormity of the U.S.'s commitment to militarism, if you listened to its politicians. Remarking last week on the deal he struck that slashes $38.5 billion in federal spending, Obama made like he was doing something responsible for ordinary Americans, rather than diverting all the tuition and health care and social safety net funds to the oil companies, police state, and to permanently maintaining the bloody occupations, all while giving still more tax breaks(!!!) to the top one percent wealthiest individuals, and war profiteering corporations like G.E., Halliburton, and Lockheed Martin. This guy's more rightwing than the last one. TV watchers do not understand the urgent need to organize effective third parties, and to get involved at a local level. The "American Idol" audience still thinks the Democrats are somehow less fascist, than the Republicans, when it is painfully obvious by now, that Obama is no less a tool of the far right corporatists, and intelligence agencies, as the bullshit blowhards in the big-media. Even his very own Constitutional Law professor has come out in opposition of his shameful abuse of alledged whistle-blower, Bradley Manning, along with thousands of other scholars, law experts, and human rights watchdogs, including, Amnesty Intenational, Dennis Kucinich, Daniel Ellsberg, Chris Hedges, and the A.C.L.U.! GIVE UP ON THE REPUBLIC-RATS! Both parties are irretrievably corrupt wings of the endless war-party. The stand-up comic, Bill Hicks and the much maligned Tim Yo from "Maximum Rocknroll", both warned us we were under siege by the corpoate monopolies and their marketing wonks and focus groups. Tim suggested we discourage our punk friends from entering in to binding business contracts with the global elite, and to boycott music groups and all products Nike swooshed in Chinese sweatshops. Bill urged people in marketing to kill themselves. Working in public relations nowadays is just like working for the spy apparatus. Often, literally. You lie for a living. Green Day didn't like Tim Yo, because Green Day got swooshed. Barcoded. Micro-chipped. Video-gamed. Broadway-played. Sports-drank. "Friended." I hope they had the time of their life. Same thing happened to loads of grunge people. Eddie Vedder for Target.
Most rational people seem to recognize that the Fox fraudcasting network pounds big lies into the consciousness of racist, white bread America 24/7, but the entire big media is pretty much the public relations arm of the DEATH MACHINE. They cover-up war crimes committed by the U.S., Israel, and the puppet dictatorships, they cover up the white collar crimes of Wall Street, and big corporations like Monsanto, B.P., Blackwater, etc., and demonize immigrants, Muslims, the working poor, teachers, women's rights groups, enviornmental activists, unions, and the last few dwindling liberal institutions-like Public Radio, Planned Parenthood, and the A.C.L.U. The corporate media just hammers us, night and day, with lies about the Japanese nucleur catastrophe, the covered-up oil spill in the Gulf and the suspicious profiteering of disaster capitalist spillionaires. They dismiss the untidy facts surrounding 9/11. They seldom mention the ongoing persecution of solidarity and peace activists under this supposedly liberal Democrat in the White House. The ballot boxes are still manufactured by the rightwing corporation, Premiere-formerly known as Diebold. Joe Biden seldom emphasizes his sworn alleiegence to the Zionist Isreali regime, in the fly-over states. Most Americans don't even know how brutal the Israeli occupation of Palestine is, because our media is so tightly controlled by the military industrial complex. Check out the, If Americans Knew Dot Org website. Obama and Netanyahu are invading Muslim nation, after Muslim nation, and U.S. tax payers are so involved in their own gratuitous consumption, they rarely give much thought to the idea of a government that holds people indefinitely with no charges, tortures, and sexually fondles ticket buying travellers, still insisting that eleven cave dwelling Ay-rabs, "with box-cutters", blew up all those buildings, including the one that no plane ever hit. Shouldn't folks be having grown-up discussions about these concerns, in a time like this? But no, we prefer to pick our "favorites" on bullshit TV talent contests and jive-ass unreality shows, and social networking sites. The two-tiered justice system tasers and imprisons, fines and probations, us poor folks ("we, the people..") for any petty infraction, but Wall Street's lawless billionaires, oil companies, intelligence operatives, and private mercenary war criminals can clearly, do whatever they want, with zero consequences. Obama even pressured Spain into dropping it's investigation of Bush era torturers. So much for "change we can believe in".
That guy was groomed all his life to acquiese to the power structure. His folks were CIA, much like Bush. He's gotten non-stop greenlights from the establishment, unimaginable rewards, for his accomodating personality, above average intelligence, and speech making abilities. He still talks in the cadences of a Southern preacher, even while he slashes funding for impoverished old folks heat in the winter, retirement pensions, Headstart programs, tuitions, housing for the poor, etc. He inhabits a bubble, where he must behave like Nixon-On-Steroids to enjoy all those visits from Paul McCartney and other dignataries, and Motown celebrities. Celebrity is the Religion of the druggy pharmacertical, electronic-media, consumer-tranced, middle class. "Belonging", near fame. I know some "famous" people and observe others going batshit crazy to get near them, as if they have some healing powers. A guy who got to make an album, before there were just three entertainment conglomerates, doesn't nessacarily, possess any Jesus Magic, but even the lamest band that appeared on "120 Minutes", or "Headbangers Balls", even once, twenty-five years ago, is still revered as an important member of the "Class Of Fame". "FAME!" Everything is "Glee", now, ESPECIALLY endless war. Nichole Simpson, or Rikki Rachtman, they're sippin' free champagne, pitchin' reality shows, continuing to "brand" themselves. Netanyahu wanted to meet with Bieber, in Israel. Fad haircuts and shooting Arab children, it's all part of the smile button consumerist culture. Sibel Edmonds points out how two hundred some social climbers and academics were present, the day that anti-war activist, Ray McGoven, was recently roughed-up, by Hillary Clinton's goon-squad, for his silent, Gandhi-like protest of turning his back to her, while giving a peace sign, and the truly disturbing part, was not how this hardened until nearly soulless, power monger, Clinton, could give empty lip service to the right of Egyptians to peacefully dissent, against the terrifying reign of her "family friend", Mubarek. The really scary part is how none of those present for her hollow rap, would risk losing their "belong" card, by even gasping out loud...Not even as they witnessed four thugs beating up an elderly man, as he meekly cried out, "Is This America???" I think it's because we all see cops arresting poor people who've committed no crime, most everyday, and if you even make eye contact with their cop buddies, while they push around the poor, you will be arrested, too. Cops kill unarmed civilians and their unions immediately elect them "cop of the year", while the overpaid hard-ons of talk radio, go into full combat mode, ferociously attacking their victims, character assassinating the dead, or brutalized, for somehow not adequetely, "respecting the badge, or robe, or uniform". SWOOSH!
Well-intentioned middle classers always tell you to go read a list of books, AS IF, we can all just drive our car to Borders, and purchase a stack of thirty dollar books. If you own an alternative publishing company, please consider donating copies of your books to public libraries, because that is one of the first things slashed by municipal budget cuts-library funds. The far right makes sure that plenty of Sarah Palin and Ann Coulter books make it to each and every public library in Hayseed, U.S.A., but how often, do you suppose one of these granola crunchy, nineties rockstars donates a stack of Noam Chomsky and Gore Vidal books, to even the trendiest, college library, in San Francisco? Not often enough, my friends. That's why I try to always integrate links into my over-caffeinated rants for undeground websites, to encourage you to do your own research, and find out more, on your own, without assuming you can just go buy a bunch of Howard Zinn videos. Not everybody has a credit-card, John Cusack! Anyhow, Obama's cut Pell grants, the programs for community health care, for low income housing and emergency heat in the winter for moderate income families. The good cop/bad cop ping-pong game in the big-media, the false left versus right paradigm, dupes folks into believing they should ADVISE Obama on how to hold corporate America accountable, how to stop the wars, how to defend seniors, and the poor, AS IF he even faintly wants to...Sadly, he DOES NOT STAND WITH "WE, THE PEOPLE". He asks for NOTHING from big business, except the billion dollars(!) he wants to raise for his next campaign, his budget gives more tax breaks to Bush cronies and billionaires, he does not even remotely suggest closing the torture-camps, ending the wars, or pulling the porno-imaging screeners out of our air-ports, to save trillions, does he? He is happy to bail-out the corporate criminals, the torture lawyers, the gargantuan domestic spying apparatus, he shovels more billions upwards, and totally pillages the middle-class and poor people's desperately-needed funds for schools, low-income housing, and health-care for the elderly. It's absolutely criminal, and the people in the media-class have an ethical obligation to underscore, educate, and even help protest this, but they are like high-schoolers, still in love with popular kid, Obama, yearning to sit at the jock table in the cafeteria. SWOOSHED! I will not vote for a torturer. Give me a candidate, a leader...not an ass-kissing empty-suit. Be the media, organize third parties, take action to end the wars, restore the Geneva Conventions, stop torture, and repeal the Patriot Act suspension of our Bill Of Rights. Obama was just a marketing hoax. Bush 2.0. If you're religious, get down on your knees and pray we don't get SWOOSHED again.