Obama’s constitution

John Cusack:

The AfPak War is more H. G. Wells than Orwell, with people blindly letting each other get fed to the barons of Wall Street and the Pentagon, themselves playing the part of the Pashtuns. The paradox is simple: he got elected on his anti-war stance during a perfect storm of the economic meltdown and McCain saying the worst thing at the worst time as we stared into the abyss. Obama beat Clinton on “I’m against the war and she is for it.” It was simple then, when he needed it to be.

Under Obama do we continue to call the thousands of mercenaries in Afghanistan “general contractors” now that Bush is gone? No, we don’t talk about them… not a story anymore.

Do we prosecute felonies like torture or spying on Americans? No, time to “move on”…
Now chaos is the norm and though the chaos is complicated, the answer is still simple. We cant afford this morally, financially, or physically. Or in a language the financial community can digest: the wars are ideologically and spiritually bankrupt. No need to get a score from the CBO.

Drones bomb Pakistani villages across the border at an unprecedented rate. Is it legal? Does anyone care? “It begs the question,” as Daniel Berrigan asks us, “is this one a “good war” or a “dumb war”? But the question betrays the bias: it is all the same. It’s all madness.”

One is forced to asked the question: Is the President just another Ivy League Asshole shredding civil liberties and due process and sending people to die in some shithole for purely political reasons?
There will be a historical record. “Change we can believe in” is not using the other guys’ mob to clean up your own tracks while continuing to feed at the trough. Human nature is human nature, and when people find out they’re being hustled, they will seek revenge, sooner or later, and it will be ugly and savage.

In a country with desperation growing everywhere, everyday — despite the “Oh, things are getting better” press releases — how could one think otherwise?

Just think about the economic crisis we are in as a country. It could never happen, they said. The American middle class was rock solid. The American dream, home ownership, education, the opportunity to get a good job if you applied yourself… and on and on. Yeah, what happened to that? It’s gone.

The next question must be: “What happened to our civil liberties, to our due process, which are the foundation of any notion of real democracy?” The chickens haven’t come home to roost for the majority but the foundation has been set and the Constitution gutted.

4 Responses to Obama’s constitution

  1. Tom August 24, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

    Good post Susie. Yeah, it’s the clearest election yet to vote for Green Party candidate Jill Stein. This corporatocracy has gone on for far too long and it’s going to end badly. If the economy doesn’t implode before the worst of the climate change hits (with all it’s “fun” effects like West Nile Virus, drought, extended heat waves, etc.) we’ll all be clearly seeing that the direction we’re going is toward extinction. i’m hoping for a massive uprising of the citizenry in the near future as everything continues to collapse. Notice that many people are freaking out and killing their own families (especially children), shooting strangers at random, killing cops more often and completely losing their shit NOW – and it hasn’t even gotten really bad yet!

    Hopefully the cops will realize before it’s too late that they’re protecting the criminals and beating up and arresting the good guys.

  2. Adams August 24, 2012 at 4:28 pm #

    I knew John Cusack would turn out to be a anti-Murkin socialist DFH when he ran that record store. I mean vinyl, c’mon.

    I like your take on things, Tom, but if the remedy depends on cops realizing anything before it’s too late, we’re toast.

    Tase on, pilgrims.

  3. Tom August 25, 2012 at 9:52 am #

    Adams, we’re toast anyway – and by that i mean our entire civilization is going down hard in our lifetime. Between climate change making it hard to grow food and ruining water supplies, the disappearance of pretty much all resources, constant war and the global financial collapse, it’s all over for humanity. If we add natural catastrophes, loss of the electrical grid and global nuclear meltdown to this – we’re done many times over.

  4. imhotep August 25, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    Tom, is there some compelling reason for you to get out of bed every morning? Or are you just going through the motions for the sake of appearances?

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