“The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.” — Milan Kundera
Let’s face it, most of our fellow Americans are just that: Forgetting. How many out there have been narcotized by this newest installment of the infamous Presidential Horserace? In 2008 we had the rallying cry of ‘Hope and Change‘ from the 8 repressive years of the Bush gang. Military spending was at an all time high up to that point. We had false flag invasions and occupations of two sovereign nations. In Iraq alone we had over a dozen permanent military bases. Four thousand of our young soldiers, and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians were dead. Perhaps two or three times those numbers included the permanent disabilities or slow death caused by our depleted uranium weapons, lack of sustainable drinking water and electricity (for the Iraqis… our guys at least got the very best in accommodations) … you get my drift. We imprisoned many men and women incommunicado at Gitmo for years with no hearings and no trials. Mr. Obama came in and many out there were ready for some real viable change. It never occurred. Read my lips: We will never fully end our military presence in both Iraq and Afghanistan! Whether it is a Romney or an Obama, the occupations will continue at some level or another. Whether it is an Obama or a Romney, the military industrial sharks will keep getting the bulk of our hard earned tax dollars (from previous columns of mine you should know that over 50 cents of each federal tax dollar collected goes down this sewer).
While this is all happening, where are our dear friends and neighbors? Call me crazy, but when I tune into an NBA playoff game and see the stands filled with people all wearing the same colored tee shirts and chanting those same mantras… Nuremberg rallies circa 1930s. Yes, the same passion and the same similar obedient mindset scare the hell out of me. Just like with what occurred after September 11, 2001 throughout America… obedience and hatred right out of Orwell’s 1984. If you dared to doubt the official government explanation of what brought those three buildings down (I include the very suspicious Bldg #7)… you were a ‘terrorist lover‘. When the Bush gang illegally and disingenuously took us into a war on Iraq… dissent meant treason. Phil Donahue had his truly fair and balanced cable talk show taken off the air right as we were ready to bomb the hell out of Iraq. As the fusillade continued, little lemming newscaster (?) Katie Couric shouted out through the halls of NBC “Marines Rock!“ Most Americans rallied round the now tarnished flag and did what Bush Jr. told them to do: “Go out and shop!“ When brave American patriots called for hearings on the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, or questioned the 9/11 Commission whitewash… again we were the traitors to this cause. Now, 9 years later, because we have no military draft, our 18 to 30 something young folks just want to party with their newest electronic gadgets.
Ever notice how none of the (so called) television or radio news talk shows will discuss this obscene military spending or our 800+ foreign bases in over 100 different countries… to the tune of over 500 billion dollars a year? Believe in conspiracies? Well, that must be the mother of all of them. We have a concerted effort by the entire mainstream media (and even most independent ones) to not dare mention that we are a military empire that is bankrupting our economy! No mention at all. They go on and on about the Republicans vs. Democrats on almost any other issue but that one and the other two key issues of public funding of elections and Medicare for All. Alas, the two party con job and their media whores are embedded with the powers that be. The fact that our housing market is in disarray and American workers are being treated more and more like feudal serfs… Silence! Please read Chalmers Johnson’s book The Sorrows of Empire from cover to cover. He explains it better than this writer can.
“Voice or no voice the people can always be brought to do the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.” — Hermann Goering.
Philip A. Farruggio is son and grandson of Brooklyn, NYC longshoremen. He is a free lance columnist (found on the fine Dandelion Salad site), an environmental products sales rep and an activist. Since 2010, Philip is a spokesperson for the 25% Solution Movement to Save Our Cities by cutting military spending 25%. Philip can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.