On Patriots, Scoundrels and Spectators by Philip A. Farruggio

by Philip A. Farruggio
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
November 28, 2010

We need to define what words actually mean before we should use them in serious discourse. Websters dictionary gives us the following:

Patriot- one who loves, supports and defends his country

Scoundrel- a villain

Villain- one who is wicked or evil

Wicked- harmful or pernicious

Evil- something that causes misfortune, suffering or difficulty

Spectator- one who attends and views an event; an observer

There you have it. Our country, actually all nations in this highly charged and tense 21st century, are divided up into these three categories of citizens. I can suggest, that due to the utter dastardly deeds and plans of the scoundrels who controlled our nation for so long, most of our populace falls into the last category: Spectators. Look around you and observe a sea of nice , fairly decent and obedient citizenry who never question what the boob tube or newspapers tell them. They follow, like innocent lambs, the pied pipers who hypnotize them with promises, fears and delusions of grandeur. For most, the very truth itself is looked upon with suspicion. How could it be truth, when the media and the politicians tell them different? Like the crowds of obedient serfs in Orwell’s 1984, they cheer their armies and their empire as it finds newer and newer enemies to conquer. Spectators!

Mark Twain had the best definition of a patriot that I could find. He wrote in 1905 ‘ In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot . ‘ So it is now, as our nation faces a most devastating crash of our economy and our very social fabric. The patriots are out there, on the street corners of your towns. They stand in dissent to the policies that are strangling all of us. They write letters to the editor that will never be publishedfor the masters of mass communication will not allow truth to be shared. The patriots in your community speak out at city and county councils, and the too few town hall meetings by our congressional representatives. They are hated by the scoundrels, and scorned by the spectators, who see them as just another attack on their own guilt…. of doing nothing once again.

{A Meeting of A few of the leading scoundrels of our time. These are folks who usually stay out of the public eye and media attention…. Like the Mafia dons in the movies. They remain behind the scenes… But pull all the strings. These are the super rich who control the major industries, what Eisenhower labeled the Military Industrial Complex. Others categorize these people as the Bilderbergers, Tri Lateral Commission… Whatever. All that matters is the power these very wealthy families have over the political spectrum, and thus our empire’s course. }

Scoundrel # 1 – The news could not be better.

Scoundrel # 2 – You have that right. Everything is moving along just as we planned.

Sorry to seeMr. Obama get himself hurt playing basketball. That’ll be a field day for the boys at Fox News.

Scoundrel # 1 – I am so pleased with him up to this point. He has performed exactly as we directed. I mean, we got the bank bailout money for our Wall Street friends, the market is moving nicely , oil is rising, we will never leave Iraq and Afghanistan…. Perfect!

Scoundrel # 2 – Nice of our friends to get that Tea Party thing jump started. The election results were right on schedule. With the Republicans back in control of the House, and deadlock in the Senate, we can go ahead with more of our plans to totally destroy any labor movement. No one will block us now.

Scoundrel # 1 – I love it! We keep control of health care, lower the dollar for our exports, keep wages as low as feasible…. And let the lower classes rob and destroy each other…

Scoundrel # 2 – While what they call the middle class will be so frightened , that they’ll beg for a police state to protect them. Love it!

Scoundrel # 1 – Yes, Obama was the best choice ever! He kept the blacks in line, the liberals still apologize for his actions, and we move along with our plans. The last thing we need now is what is happening in Greece and Ireland, with those hundreds of thousands taking to the streets. That worries me if it ever occurs here.

Scoundrel # 2- I can assure you that it will never happen here. We have them so dumbed down and more concerned about what’s on sale at Wal-Mart to worry about…

Scoundrel # 1 – You know, perhaps we need to get the next president to be a little more decent with the workers. Maybe we should reach out to Mitt and get him to prepare a nice agenda of a few handouts for the workers in 2013. If they don’t have enough money to spend, the Chinese are losing patience…..

Scoundrel # 2 – We should send word out to our Democratic contacts to get them to push harder for some give backs to the poor slobs that are treading water. I mean, no one said we didn’t have a heart! ( He laughs )

Scoundrel # 1 – Too bad we have to deal with those purist conservatives who are making too much noise about military spending in Iraq and Afghanistan, our ‘ War on Terror ‘ and of coursetheir cherished civil liberties…

Scoundrel # 2 – What in the hell is wrong with those jokers!? I thought they were our people? Now they join up with those crazy Ralph Nader tree hugging ‘ Give peace a chance ‘ lefties!?

Scoundrel # 1 – I thought we took care of them when we picked Clinton back in ‘92. Well, don’t worry. With Obama in the White House, and our handlers advising him, we can keep them at bay.

Scoundrel # 2 – Oh , for the good old days of the Cold War. Everyone knew where he stood. It was so simple then…

Philip A. Farruggio is son and grandson of Brooklyn NYC longshoremen. He is an activist leader and free lance columnist. Since the 2000 elections, he has written over 200 columns, many posted on various sites worldwide. Recently, he is finding a home at www.dandelionsalad.wordpress.com, or at his own blog at www.opensalon.com. Philip can be reached at paf1222@bellsouth.net.


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2 thoughts on “On Patriots, Scoundrels and Spectators by Philip A. Farruggio

  1. i always think of that brilliant quote by Oscar Wilde ….”Patriotism is the virtue of the viscous”. so right on .

  2. I love this! I hear your passion and I may be biased but when you begin with definitions of words I have been accused of and in strict defense of…you garnered my attention! But, one must realize (even in satire) that all good plays do go on with the need for more voice, more roles. What I am trying to say is…Bravo, but expand this piece!

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