Crossposted from Axis of Logic
The world is standing on its head. Priorities are so totally screwed up that it seems unlikely they will ever get straightened out.
There was a time when people mattered. There was a time when governments had the concerns of the people in mind when running a country. There was a time when elections had a meaning and democracy was not just an empty word. When people actually had a say in what was legislated in their country. When ethics and justice were ideals that were anchored in people's minds. When the Constitution meant something – to the Government and to the people.
No more. The moral compass was declared obsolete and superfluous decades ago. 'The Constitution is just a piece of paper.' International courts and the Geneva Conventions are 'quaint'.
So why have things changed so radically? What made these changes possible? Greed made it possible. Greed has won out over all decent attempts to keep the world livable, for us and for generations to come. There are still voices heard that demand a return to a humanitarian world order. But how can they be heard over the din of exploding bombs? How can they be heard over the screaming hatred that's tearing the world apart? That's poisoning the minds of the people who might otherwise have seen through the fog of greed and power hunger.
The greed that rules the world feeds on the hatred of everybody who is not like us. The people who hold the reins of power get the masses to toe the line by pouring fuel on the fire of fear. The flames of hatred and fear are easily kept burning. Propaganda makes them the dominant features in the life of a nation. They have become the poisoned blood of a country that was for decades looked up to by the rest of the world. But hatred and fear in the long run can only weaken a nation.
How can the masses hear the voices of those who are trying to save the planet from constant wars and from environmental disaster? How can they hear any voice of reason over the deafening noise of propaganda? What is called America the beautiful is filled to the brim with glaring billboards, with a never-ending stream of commercials on radio and television, with 'news' that is an exact replica of what the media are paid by the powers that be to serve on a platter for the infotainment of the masses. News that is anti-news. News that hide the truth, that distort the truth, that present a world which is a cartoon, courtesy of the mass media and its sold-out talking heads. Instead of the reality, we are spoon-fed baby formula propaganda. The world presented to us by our sociopathic rulers and their lackeys looks like a clumsy, black-and-white drawing by a five-year-old.
How did the world get to be so distorted? How did our vision get to be so blurred? How did our priorities become so artificial and so callous? Instead of cooperation and compassion there are wars and destruction. Instead of acceptance and tolerance, there is hatred of the Other. There are never-ending wars because our rulers want to dominate every last square inch of the planet. The arms manufacturers rake in billions. They call it Pax Americana and the masses are still gullible enough to believe that the U.S. wants to create a world of peace and freedom. Why of course, the U.S. military is in Iraq to install democracy and a better life for its people. And how devoutly they care for the lot of the Iraqi people! How can anybody still today believe in this game of smoke and mirrors?
They are bragging loudly about American values – as if it wasn't perfectly transparent to a person with a half-lucid mind that all they are pushing us into is consumerism and soulless entertainment. Those are what they call values.
The rulers of the world with hearts of stone are the leaders of the giant corporations. The corporations that dictate their script to the government. The corporations that are the government. They own the politicians, the legislators that we naïvely elect, believing that they are working for us, for the people. They own the judges and the courts that are supposed to protect our citizens' rights, our human rights. They own the agencies that are supposed to protect our food and our environment. All those agencies that we so naïvely believe are there to save the land, the air, the water, the wetlands, the mountains, the wildlife and all of nature's unbelievable treasures.
Not only are the corporations poisoning the minds of our people, they are poisoning the planet that we live on. Propaganda controls the people's minds and our echo systems are ruined by the bio-tech multinationals with unlimited power. What nature has produced with the cooperation of man for thousands of years is now being converted into one huge experimental laboratory with one destructive goal – cold profit, no matter at what price, even at the cost of the destruction of the planet.
How can the corporations get so much power? Because the media are completely in on the deadly game. Everybody gets paid off to sing their tune. And those few who try to buck the trend to lawlessness, who try to prevent the destruction of the planet get thrown into a pit of silence and oblivion. The rule is Don't buck the system!
Corporations – politicians – the mass media, the triumvirate that run the business of the planet. This triumvirate is so intertwined that there is no way of knowing where one begins and the next one takes over.
Democracy was always more or less of an illusion, but at this time more so than ever. The very concept has been fading for decades, and by now it's almost invisible. The right to a clean election, the right to a fair trial, the right to food, the right to a good education and to health care are now taken away from us. Are people even aware of what they are being deprived of?
Instead of being a word full of deep meaning, democracy has now become an empty slogan that is used as a pretext for the neocon Middle East policies. The battle for dominance in the Greater Middle East has totally different goals than spreading western-style democracy. Anybody who tries to see through the thick fog of propaganda should be able to see that the real goal is control of planetary resources, one country at a time until the world is one big United States of America.
We the people no more have the right to know what is being done in our name, what is being done with our tax money. Most of our money goes to wars and corporate profit. What used to pay for education and social services is cut back to a drop in the ocean.