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OpEdNews Op Eds    H2'ed 10/2/11

Westward Ho! For the Arab Spring

                     Westward Ho! for the Arab Spring


I am so thrilled and in such awe of what is happening on this side of the Atlantic while the Wall Street suits hang out of their office windows sipping champagne.

Remember the "Billionaires for Bush" parody team way back when? Reality is now parodying them.

What a tableau that will live forever in history. Another bastille is being stormed.

This latest challenge to our president makes the preceding three years look like diddly squat. Will he allow the carnage to continue?

There are certain union jobs that, deo gratias, can't be exported. Unions are falling into line behind us. Or will Asian and Latino scabs and others be the next recourse (no offense meant to the those groups)? Will "illegal" immigrants suddenly be in demand and greatly valued--the silver lining to their poor lives?

But while the president courts contributions from Democratic $1,000 suits (think of a designer name--I'm not familiar with that corner of existence), the storm cloud is spreading, just like the bad weather and other disasters that have so victimized disparate corners of the world in the last year if not farther back.

Let's hope that the response rate of token rescue goes a lot more slowly than even in the days after Katrina. Because the National Guard is bound to be called up far more quickly in this scenario, as if this disaster can be buried underground--even there the earth will quake.

Will Obama still rub up and purr against Wall Street and further disavow those who put him into office? What of his recent reaffiliation with us? His announced plans to tax the rich?

A strange question I have to ask, jumping to the top of the lava cone for a minute, not like Empedocles, who fell in: Why in hell couldn't health care and job legislation have been put on the table at the same time? Plenty of congressional committees around, with Dennis Kucinich chairing a subcommittee on packaged salads (he did brilliantly when C-Span filmed him doing that).

Why? A naked, false dichotomy. Which came first? I told myself one must be healthy to be able to work, but one also needs a roof over one's head and an income, not foreclosures and massive unemployment. And how many lives will be lost before 2014, when Obamacare goes into effect if it does? And how much more diluted will it become?

Is the Revolution finally here? I don't think our prison system has room for 100 million+ people, does it--even if they release all the white-collar criminals from their minimum-security country clubs?

How many people will be beaten, tased, or teargassed before the rest of the world shakes with laughter at this Land of the Free burning its First Amendment like the "piece of paper" Bush 43 called it?

But paper covers rock, and on Wall Street the concrete buildings fit many descriptions of that form of matter.

And the world's wealth floats in cyberspace or "discreet" bank accounts. How utterly flimsy. Who can stand in the way of the 100 million+ who have given up on voting? So the total jailbait out on the streets today can be even greater, and huddled masses yearning to be free on these golden shores may join us, with less and less to lose as time advances.

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