Just as with the great empires of the past, it's becoming harder these days even for the most ignorant of folks not to take notice of how the United States appears to be upon a predictably similar river of no return, toward its own demise. As an American, one can wonder endlessly as to what particular issue is of more urgency to the 'Occupy' folks demonstrating around the country, or perhaps, why it is that their dysfunctional government seems only capable of perpetuating the status quo, but if someone were to consult me with such queries, I would easily and comfortably offer them a simple, one word answer -- corruption.
The warning signs of an impending greed-induced doom for the U.S. are rife, it seems to me, and everywhere one might turn.
When you have got a couple of billionaires in the form of the Koch brothers for example, spending millions to create a political database (which they have named 'Themis', after a Greek goddess of 'social control'), from which to unify and to promote the purely capitalistic policies of our nation's 'well-to-do', then I am afraid that I have small choice in the matter but to have to use the words damned fools to best describe those who fail to see the inevitable sort of self-destructiveness by even allowing the existence of such a powerfully un-elected political entity. Wherever it may be that money tends to congregate in America, just as it might have been in the days of the 'Roman Empire, Senate' -- is how any candidacy for high-ranking political office will ultimately flourish from aspiration to fruition. It will be the height of hypocrisy; not to omit a rather ironic eventuality, of course, whenever one should hear or read the cries of 'class warfare' in the future, emanating; however discreetly, from the sinews of what human nature would have to dictate an inherently unscrupulous brotherhood, even as it earnestly seeks to institutionalize itself.
One obviously has to ask him or herself if the "Citizens United' Supreme Court ruling -- did not set into motion that which I have mentioned. Politically speaking, if a corporation in the U.S. is for all intents and purposes the same as a 'person', then what if anything is there currently in place to prevent a collection of conglomerates from behaving as a political unit or individual? The consequences of such a question have quickly become a frighteningly tiresome scenario to envision for this particular American, who gladly seeks whatever opportunity is available on such matters to appeal to the fair wisdom a fellow countryman's righteous senses. Especially, more than hundred years after Teddy Roosevelt said:
"Let individuals contribute as they desire; but let us prohibit in effective fashion all corporations from making contributions for any political purpose, directly or indirectly."
Since Americans as a collective, have obviously been there and done that, so to speak, there is absolutely no justification imaginable in my mind, that the elected federal lawmakers of a country such as the United States have yet to forever enshrine words such as Roosevelt's within the very 'Constitution' of the land. Makes one wonder, just what other imperative lessons that we have failed to learn from in a century's time?
Admittedly, this is the kind of article I might be capable of turning into a novella, were I not mindful of the generally limited attention span of the average Internet surfer, so I had best leave any interested U.S. citizen considering this document a very recent example of their federal representatives being unwilling to restrain themselves from inappropriate self-indulgence. According to one 'Jack Abramoff' (the convicted, infamous former Washington D.C. lobbyist), there are members of Congress; those, who for some illogical reason are not subject to the same laws as everyone else enacted against the practice of insider trading -- who have reportedly traded stocks while possessing information not known to the public, such as knowing whether or not the companies involved in their transactions were to be subjected to investigations before they occurred. Sadly, by virtue of the American mindset in general, I suspect that even if one were half as cynical on such matters as myself, that this piece of obscure news should not come as a surprise to them, much less an outrage.
If by this point in time, it hasn't become obvious enough as yet to most ordinary or average folks in the U.S. that their political system is completely ineffective and/or ridiculously corrupt -- with respect to their own everyday lives or interests; especially for one outrageous instance, when one learns of something such as the first lady, Michelle Obama, charging $10,000 for a fund-raising photo opportunity, then there is something profoundly troubling I fear, in store for the future of humanity as a whole. It's abundantly clear to me at least, that if the United States proves itself incapable of establishing or strengthening existing anti-trust legislation; in addition to passing new laws which curb acts of self-motivated greed by its elected officials (as well upon its 'corporative' politically-minded citizens), instead of as in many cases over the course of my lifetime, relaxing them, then the same kind of grass-roots revolt and anarchy which created our nation to begin with, and which has in the past eventually brought down even the most viciously enforced law and order elsewhere on this planet, will once again rear it's ugly, but necessary head -- and rightly so, carry the day.
By R.F. Goggin