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El Pais de las Pesadillas

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Billy Joel was on to something when he sang "Only the Good Die Young." Here in America, our government does not jail its dissidents; it launches programs like COINTELPRO to pursue them (with reckless disregard for the law), and to covertly engineer their assassinations. Fred Hampton, Martin Luther King, the Kennedy brothers, and Malcolm X are but a few of "the Good" who dared to challenge the wealthy US ruling elite's malevolent domination over the poor, minorities and working class. In the "land of the free", your right to dissent (and to live) ends when you begin posing a serious threat to those who truly wield the power.

As fate would have it, John Hinckley's bullet missed its mark, enabling a malignant scourge of humanity to continue his reign of sadism. Hundreds of thousands of innocent Central American civilians would still be alive were it not for Ronald Reagan. America's steady march back to the "good old days" of Social Darwinism would have been severely retarded. Disciples of Leo Strauss's Machiavellian philosophies would not infect our government as they do today. Yet Reagan survived, social injustice is once again the predominating force in domestic politics, and millions around the world suffer and die as the US government pursues global domination.

Apparently, a fair number of Americans agreed with Joel's line that the "Sinners are much more fun..." Our government is still dominated by sadistic narcissists who shamelessly mask their avaricious, sanguineous agenda with noble words like freedom, democracy, and liberty. In the US, sociopaths like George Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, Karl Rove, and Dick Cheney dominate our government, enabling them to commit heinous crimes against humanity as they feed their obscene appetites for wealth and power. At worst, they caused 9/11. At best, they knew it was coming and allowed nearly 3,000 Americans to die so they could have the "Pearl Harbor" they desperately needed to justify the initiation of their coveted perpetual "war against terrorism". In toppling Saddam Hussein, a ruthless dictator whom it openly supported while he committed acts of genocide in the 1980's, the US government has murdered over a hundred thousand Iraqi civilians and 2,000 American service people. In New Orleans, it seized the opportunity of a natural disaster to practice its own version of ethnic cleansing. As they feed their precious military industrial complex while starving domestic programs which foster the well-being of average Americans, the blatant malefactors leading our nation are the enemies of humanity.

As I have sifted through the many emails and comments on my blog (Thomas Paine's Corner) from my more antagonistic readers over the last year, I have concluded that the power moguls in DC are reflections of a significant number of their constituency, despite the fact that the Bush regime resorted to cheating to win the last two presidential elections.

Why are there a significant number of Americans who support the morally reprehensible agenda of the Bush regime and its predecessors? One can point to an array of contributing factors such as insularity from the rest of the world, a bombardment of potent propaganda disseminated by the mainstream media, the hubris which naturally emerges from the unenlightened wielding great power, and a grossly inadequate public education system that "white" washes history. Yet regardless of the root causes, the Ugly American is alive and well. I have learned that the United States is not a particularly friendly environment for proponents of social justice, peace, intellectual freedom, and human rights. The consensus amongst decent human beings (those in the United States and in other nations) is that universal human rights and peaceful co-existence are moral imperatives, but in Pax Americana, many worship the virtual antithesis.

Utilizing snippets and quotes from a variety of correspondences I have received from readers, I have compiled a composite sketch of the narcissistic, selectively misanthropic Ugly Americans who dominate our government, and apparently comprise a fair percentage of our populace. May the Higher Power of each person's understanding help us if they truly represent a majority. Fortunately, in spite of their arrogant belief to the contrary, it is highly unlikely that they do.

"You say you are anti-war. I say I am anti-death. The difference between you and the 50% of this country who support Bush is that you need to learn the hard way there just is no such thing as anti-war when thy enemies will stop at absolutely nothing to destroy you."

CBS News poll results released on 11-3-05 showed a 35% job approval rating for George Bush. The United States government, as an entity, is an enemy to the human race. If it ceased killing civilians (i.e. the 3 to 5 million in Vietnam), it would stop creating enemies. Besides, the United States has not been invaded since the War of 1812, and 9/11 was perpetrated with the endorsement and/or assistance of our own government. Anti-death? Our government specializes in the murder of innocents to achieve its goal of hegemony. As for the true enemy, it gazes back at many of our leaders and their sycophants each time they stare in the mirror.

"Most important, Jason: Your march was not covered because the vast majority of US knows that you are silly and insignificant. That your short sightedness will only become evident to you when a terrorist sets a bomb next to you because you are a white American and you believe in Jesus, not allah (They really don't care whether you do or not Jason)."

If marching on Washington DC in support of peace and social justice qualifies me as "silly and insignificant", sign me up for a life-time contract. I will leave war, murder, hate, torture and racism to the "serious and significant" of the world. Propaganda pitting Christianity against Islam as a "good versus evil" dichotomy has obviously achieved a measure of success in America. I wonder if the 100,000 "brown" Iraqis who believed in Allah realized their "short-sightedness" as the American military machine slaughtered them.

"We balance the sanctity of human life better than any country on earth. We are violent, true, but we have had to be. Ironically, the things that have happened to us are because of our stance on human life. We could have turned the middle east to glass in three days - and kept the oil, world be damned. We could respond tit for tat with terrorists...kill one of us, we kill 100 of you."

Yes, America balanced the sanctity of human life so well in Dresden, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Vietnam, Nicaragua, and now Iraq. It is indeed tragic that US government propaganda is powerful enough that there are still people out there who believe such tripe. How gracious on the part of the US military machine that it chose not to employ its nuclear arsenal to create a sea of glass in the Middle East. Arabs and Persians, consider yourselves blessed by the wise and benevolent American Empire. I am quite certain that considerations like nuclear fallout, retaliation from other nations with nuclear capabilities, the existence of Israel as part of the Middle East, and major disruption of the world economy (and thus the flow of dollars into the pockets of the US ruling elite) have not dictated the Neocons' restraint.

We have responded to the "terrorists", far beyond "tit for tat". For the 3,000 who died on 9/11 (if one believes the fairy tale version that a handful of poorly trained men armed solely with box cutters perpetrated the atrocity on their own), the ruling elite has killed over 100,000 in Iraq alone.

"The leading cause of poverty is sex. Do you have a cure for that? Are the poor ever to blame in your world? In modern day America any black man without a job who has children is condemning them to poverty. Who is to blame for that? If your parents were poor, and you are poor, how can you reproduce? Why blame any one but the fornicators too stupid, indifferent, or under the influence, for not using condoms?"

Actually, two of the leading causes of poverty are our grossly inequitable public school system which leaves many Black Americans woefully under-educated, and an increasingly unchecked capitalist economic system which ensures that the majority of the wealth remains in the hands of the few. I thought the Eugenics Movement had died, but evidently not.

As for those of you cheerleading the deregulation of businesses, I suggest a review of history. The Gilded Age certainly showered incredible prosperity on a select few in the United States, but the majority of farmers, working class people, and the poor suffered miserably. Without oversight of a government of the people, corporations and businesses in an economic system such as ours grind their employees into dust. Is the name Upton Sinclair ringing any bells?

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Jason Miller, Senior Editor and Founder of TPC, is a tenacious forty something vegan straight edge activist who lives in Kansas and who has a boundless passion for animal liberation and anti-capitalism. Addicted to reading and learning, he is mostly (more...)
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