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How Much Is Enough?

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Here is an indisputable fact: Every American president since John F. Kennedy--with the exception, perhaps, of Jimmy Carter--committed at least one crime that could have led to his impeachment. Several of them engaged in a veritable litany of illegal acts. Among other ill tidings, Kennedy's assassination, it seems, ushered in the era of the "Imperial President," of whom Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush have been the most conspicuous and egregious examples....And now, of course, we have Barack Hussein Obama II.

It is not my objective here to lay out the crimes that each of these men (all of whom swore to uphold the U.S. Constitution) committed while in office. Most of these crimes are, after all, a matter of public record and, thus, available to those who missed them the first time around--which, clearly, many did...given that only one of the men in question was formally impeached.

Barack Obama, alas, stands tall among the Imperial crowd. A Democrat in name only, he has, in some ways, proven to be one of the most effective Republican presidents this country has ever had...and, at the same time, he may succeed in becoming the most disappointing president (of either party) in American history. A rising comet among contemporary American politicians in 2008, the (then) junior senator from Illinois campaigned as a left-of-center Democrat who vowed to lift the veil of government secrecy and stem the tide of fiscal irresponsibility, both of which had been dismal hallmarks of the Bush-Cheney cabal. He has, to date, done neither.

On the contrary, the U.S. government is deeper into American citizens' private business than ever before--via, one imagines, every method of technological surveillance possible. And, as I write this, the U.S. is the clear culprit in destablilizing Ukraine's democratically elected government (Feb. 2014, during the Sochi Olympics); in fomenting the popular uprising against the neo-Nazi junta (supported by the U.S.) that supplanted it; and is guilty of an intense, libelous propaganda campaign against Russia, which Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry insisted was culpable in the July 17 downing of Malaysian Flight MH17 (along with the 298 lives lost in the crash), though neither would deign to supply hard evidence to back up that claim, a la Iraq and WMDs in 2003. Simply put, if the United States possessed evidence that Russia is to blame for the downing of Flight MH17, it would have released that evidence by now. Its failure to do so (along with the outlandish propaganda campaign it began invoking against Russia literally within hours of the MH17 crash--days before any investigation into the incident even started) must force fair-minded citizens of the world to consider that the U.S. had something to do with the Malaysian jet's crash.

Now, I realize this intelligence may prove unsettling to some, and unacceptable to others. What should prove unacceptable to all, though, is that one simply cannot believe a word that the Obama administration sends out into the world. Not one word. The truth is not in these people. History dictates this. They are, in fact, psychopaths--in every sense of the word. Which makes them no different whatsoever from those in the the Bush-Cheney administration. And--now that I think of it--quite a few of them were in the Bush-Cheney administration. Sort of how a bunch of the Nixon folks were back in business in the Reagan and Bush administrations, less than seven years after Nixon's ignominious resignation in August of 1974.

Where are we in this country, then? Has it become as easy as just putting into office progressively more corrupt, war-bent politicians, so we will forget the heinous crimes of the previous regime?

You tell me.

The entire issue behind the situation in Ukraine (besides oil...which, naturally, is behind every situation everywhere in the world these days) concerns the United States' desire to have nuclear weapons on Russia's doorstep--so close that there would be no possibility of commensurate retaliation against the U.S., or any of its allies.

The nitwit neo-cons (Paul Wolfowitz, et al.) actually believe nuclear war is a sustainable military concept. The next step along the sordid path of American hegemony, it appears, is one of worldwide radioactivity. Indeed. Well...count me out for that one. This narcissistic focus on international domination, I confess, bores me to tears. I defy any American to refute that the trillions of dollars spent on "nation-building" abroad--in this century alone--would not have been better spent on projects related to domestic infrastructure.

This is all about falling empire--attempting to continue blowing air into a balloon that has been stricken with a formidable, yet still undetected hole. How much is enough? And could those who would obsessively pursue more at our expense ever be satisfied, anyway? I, for one, doubt it. In the meantime, they seem to have no compunction whatsoever in taking the rest of us--the world at large, as it were--down with them in the process.

Ronald Reagan once said "This is the generation that may have to come to grips with nuclear war." ...Or something that seemed equally silly at the time. Except--for me and others I know--the humor has all gone out of it. Like air out of a balloon.


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I am a solemn, yet eminently passionate student of recent American history and political science, who is engaged in ongoing research on a work of historical fiction, which, if successful, will be an autopsy of the fading American empire.

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