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There is no top to this and no bottom, there are no sides to this and no
way to contain it. It can only be held in place temporarily, only with
makeshift propaganda and truckloads of hubris. This involves us all,
every last mother loving son or daughter of us and it is inescapable,
it is our destiny, our Alpha or our Omega, a new beginning or a certain

From the power of Barack Obama to the powerlessness of Trayvon Martin,
from the violence of George Zimmerman to the violence of Robert Bales in
Afghanistan. We are a violent and bloody people who tend to excuse our
way past our own violence. Bales was serving his country as a hired
assassin six thousand miles from home as bankers were attempting to take
his home and throw his family into the street. George Zimmerman comes
off as a Travis Bickle wanna be as he says "They ****** always get

The harder the state tries to control us the more it spins out of
control, the Revolution has already begun and just because they haven't
shot at you yet, doesn't mean it isn't so. If you are a college student
you already know it. If you are a teacher you already know it. The
Occupiers know it and even the Tea Partiers know it, they might not
understand it, but they know it alright.

There are two America's, the real one and a media created imaginary one
and there's a hard rain gonna fall on the real America,. The other day
Occupy Wall Street protestors attempted to retake Zuccotti Park in New
York. Here is what the Reuters News Agency reported, "The movement has
made headlines for its clashes with police after campsites were set up
for months in cities from New York to California."

Wait a damn minute here, protestors never clashed with police. Police
clashed with protestors or to put even a finer point on it, armed men
with intent to do violence attacked, maced, pepper sprayed and otherwise
assaulted a public gathering which was occupying a public space because
the government didn't like their politics or their message. Get it?
Corporations are people and money is speech but actual people expressing
their opinions are criminals and are met with state sponsored violence.

Yet the New York police were quick to deploy half of their force the
other day to limit the public's view of this police state in action. A
new era of Perception management has been put into place as the media
couched previous reports of occupiers in Zuccotti Park with terms like
defecation and rats. Rats? In New York City? Really rats?

Recently, America's least favorite used car salesman Willard (Mitt)
Romney won the Republican primary in Puerto Rico. The media reported his
victory with grand adjectives such as "huge" and "decisive" Puerto Rico
really? Has anyone ever heard of a primary victory in Puerto Rico being
heralded as important, let alone huge?

Write it down, Romney is the Republican nominee and these events are
simply window dressing, simply more perception management. Santorum and
Gingrich hang around for no other purpose than to wound and weaken the
Romney campaign. Meanwhile, Barack Obama rides the crest of a tidal wave
of good economic news, most of which is not only not good, it isn't
even marginally good. New home sales 1963 - 560,000 New Home sales
forecast 2012 -- 307,000

2008- 485,000

2009- 375,000

2010- 323,000

2011- 303,000


But this is the perception which those in power seek to create, the
other day the Representative from Wisconsin, Paul Ryan proposed his new
Republican budget plan. His new plan is nothing more than a rewrite from
his last budget plan. In it, Ryan proposes tax cuts for corporations
and the rich and draconian program cuts for Medicare and Social
Security. His plan was so unpopular with the public in its last go
around that 78 percent of Americans polled said they wouldn't support

So Ryan and the Republicans propose this wildly unpopular budget again
during a presidential campaign with great media fanfare. Ryan was asked
if the Republican candidates will support his budget plan Ryan answers
accordingly, "of course they will." Imagine, you are the presumptive
Republican nominee spending hundreds of millions of dollars trying to
win over a skeptical public and a junior representative from Wisconsin
is deciding your economic policy for you. This is almost an exact replay
of John McCain's ill fated trip to Florida in 2008, locked in a dead
heat with Barack Obama McCain proposes cuts to Social Security in a room
filled with senior citizens, it was, an is political suicide.

Obama hit the road recently, holding a series of photo ops at new
factories and solar energy power plants saying, "We want to encourage
production of oil and gas, and make sure that wherever we've got
American resources, we are tapping into them," Obama said. "But they
don't need an additional incentive when gas is $3.75 a gallon." Once
again the Republican's will anoint a wildly unpopular candidate and the
media will present Barack Obama as the lesser of two evils. Even so, the
lesser of two evils is still evil.

The solar plant Obama visited employs ten full time workers but what
Obama is saying with his own inimitable slip sliding tongue is that the
tar sands pipeline is a done deal come January. The house passed the
Republican Jobs bill (391 to 28) and the Senate passes it on (73 to 26)
and Barack Obama smiles in approval. The bill titled Jobs is actually
more about deregulation and reversing provisions of the Dodd--Frank
legislation. All hail the one party system.

In Barack Obama you have the most right wing reactionary President in
American history. A right wing Fascist with a media created persona
perception of a moderate Democrat, presiding over an improving economy
as home sales fall nearly one percent during a month when traditionally
sales should be rising and the fall was reported by the media as good
news! The Washington Post reported in a recent story placing the blame
on the mortgage companies but in actual fact, you know already why
Americans can't obtain mortgages. The reason is the same reason they
were using the finagled mortgages of a few years past. Most Americans no
longer earn enough money to afford their own home.

Wages have been falling 1 percent a year against a rising 3 percent
inflation; you don't need to be Robert Reich to figure that one out. We
will hold an election in six months to decide which direction that "we"
the people wish to go with this nation and our choices will be a
candidate on the far right or a candidate on the near right. The choice
between a candidate who wants to end Planned Parenthood or a candidate
who thought the cat food commission's findings were "a good place to

A soldier pushed over the edge by repeated deployments shoots down
children and innocent adults in a fit of psychotic rage the president
says that it is unfortunate and then smothers the issue. A psychotic cop
wanna be shoots down a single child on the streets of an American city
as police and city officials say it is unfortunate and try to smother
the issue while the shooter wasn't even charged with a crime.
Do you begin to see what is going on here? You don't matter, your
opinions don't matter, and the lives of your children don't matter and
if you dare to complain you will be shown just how much, you don't
matter because in their eyes, you don't.

These things will never fix themselves; there is no righting the ship
here. Why can't the Occupy movement give us a clear list of demands?
Because the problems we face are too many, too huge, too manifold and
too all encompassing.

Corporatism, Fascism, plutocracy, wars, economy, healthcare,
homelessness and a growing poverty along with a gnawing anger and just
what does our representative government offer us? Tax cuts, pepper
spray, rubber bullets and neighborhood watch. This can't be fixed with a
vote but with a movement.

"One man, one family driven from the land; this rusty car

creaking along the highway to the west. I lost my land, a

single tractor took my land. I am alone and bewildered.

And in the night one family camps in a ditch and another

family pulls in and the tents come out. The two men squat

on their hams and the women and children listen. Here is the

node, you who hate change and fear revolution.

Keep these two squatting men apart; make them hate, fear,

suspect each other. Here is the enlarge of the thing you fear.

This is the zygote. For here "I lost my land" is changed; a cell

is split and from its splitting grows the thing you hate--"We lost our

land." The danger is here, for two men are not as lonely and

perplexed as one.

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And from this first "we" there grows a still more dangerous thing:

"I have a little food" plus "I have none." If from this problem the

sum is "We have a little food," the thing is on its way, the movement

has direction. Only a little multiplication now, and this land, this

tractor are ours. The two men squatting in a ditch, the little fire,

the side- meat stewing in a single pot, the silent, stone-eyed women;

behind, the children listening with their souls to words their

minds do not understand. The night draws down. The baby

has a cold. Here, take this blanket. It's wool. It was my mother's

blanket--take it for the baby. This is the thing to bomb.

This is the beginning--from "I" to "we." -- John Steinbeck

* US Housing & Urban Development


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