The electoral primary talk of the media spinsters recently was all about Sen. Lieberman's defeat to the blue blooded, trust baby millionaire turned politician Ned Lamont. Of course, we who actively dissent against this Iraq disgrace are thrilled that the Senator, a joke of a statesman, has been defeated. Ned Lamont based his whole campaign strategy on Iraq. He joined with the majority of mainstream Democrats in simply wanting to set a definite timetable for withdrawal of US troops. I can live with that. Its not what I really want- only an appetizer to the meal I wish to conjure up - duh, like impeachment, indictment and conviction? On other major issues, Lamont, the millionaire, is really not progressive at all. If elected, he will join with the other 40 odd Democrats in the Senate who refuse to hold this administration accountable for lying us into Iraq, illegally spying on Americans, torturing detainees, and failing to reduce our obscene War Economy budget. Thus, as jobs go south, east and west, Lamont, just as Lieberman has done, will turn a blind eye to the sea of foreclosures and personal bankruptcies that shall soon engulf America.
Yet, while the world is literally burning, and our nation is stumbling into a depression, my neighbors continue to drive their big SUVs to and fro the soccer fields and Nascar races. They pit stop at the multitude of fast food chains bleeding our town, stuffing that junk into the bellies of their kids and themselves. They rarely question things going on outside of town, accepting verbatim whatever the mainstream news and cable shows toss their way. They are hypnotized by fear. Fear of the terrorists, the A- rabs, the illegals ready to invade, and any poor person who will abuse the welfare system. The sad irony is that the majority of these folks are good, decent and hardworking people. They are always there when disaster or tragedy strikes, ready to help others. Yet, to them, Cynthia Mckinney is an eyesore, a big mouthed ( black) woman who got put in her place. You see, the ramifications of this Iraq invasion/occupation have not quite touched their Soccer Mom or Nascar Dad lives yet. Oh, its starting to sink in. They are seeing their property taxes skyrocket along with gas prices. No one has explained to them that, when our federal government amasses such tremendous deficits due to a war economy, the states no longer receive block grant money. This federal block grant money has been used to build or refurbish schools and roads, or help with the costs of Medicaid. Once that spigot is sealed, local communities have to raise property taxes and increase fees. You wanta war, well then you'll pay for a war! One wonders what will happen when America's all volunteer army cannot supply enough bods to patrol the world protecting Big Oil's interests. Did someone say military draft? How will Soccer Mom and Nascar Dad like it when little Johnny (or Jane perhaps) comes of age?
Just as Nero fiddled while Rome burned, Georgie boy had the audacity to tell Americans "Go shopping" right after 9/11. When will my friends and neighbors begin to realize that we cannot wait for leaders to tell us what to do. Its time to tell them what needs to be done. Until then, you can always follow Marie Antoinette's advice. A piece of pound cake anyone?
Philip A Farruggio
philip a farruggio is a small businessman, free lance columnist, part time radio talk show host and activist. He can be reached at email@example.com Many of his columns can be read online at OpedNews .com, afterdowningstreet.org, and counterpunch.com