All around the world, there have been protests, revolts, and change. When will it end up in the land where FREEDOM RINGS?–KAS
In this Country at Least, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
By David Glenn Cox
Cerberus by Draco8
And so it seems a white hot flame is lit as Cerberus howls, the kettle of discontent boils over. In Belfast Ireland, protesters hurl bricks and firebombs at police vehicles. In Greece, national strikes along with rolling street battles, with protesters combating tear gas with Molotov cocktails. In Spain, thousands of protesters have taken to the streets calling for revolution. In Iceland, the people have voted twice in national referendums and have refused in both cases to cover the massive losses of private bankers. Now these people have responded to the IMF pressure and are pressing for criminal charges for these banking perpetrators.
In Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia tens of thousands have taken to the streets demanding true democracy and a more representative form of government. Osama Bin Laden had it all wrong; these people didn’t want an Islamic theocracy after all. They are not so dumb as to believe after generations of repressive secular governments that a theocracy would offer them anything more than a change of master.
In Pakistan, thousands took to the streets in that nations only port city to demand an end to the offloading of NATO supplies destined for Afghanistan. Crowds estimated at 10,000 tried to close the port by blocking the roads. The Pakistani anger is directed at the US for its raid on Osama Bin Laden and for the continued drone aircraft raids into their territory.
In Iraq, thousands protest against the puppet regime of Al Maliki demanding true freedom. The insurgency in Iraq and Afghanistan continues with car bombings and attacks on almost a daily basis. The US media barely mentions this carnage because if US troops aren’t directly involved, then it never really happened.
In Japan, 80 percent of the population no longer trusts their government in the wake of the Fukushima disaster. A government which dragged its feet by releasing data in dribs and drabs to disguise the magnitude of the crisis, a government that now finds its self painted into a corner. The nuclear plants radioactivity is turning up in dangerous amounts in products, in sewage and in Tokyo proper. From a clean up stand point it has become far worse than Chernobyl, the Fukushima plant is still hot and the water sprayed to stabilize the situation releases radioactive steam which rises up into the atmosphere. The cooling water then itself becomes radioactive toxic waste, leaking into the oceans.
The Japanese government plans to scrape off the topsoil from contaminated school grounds and to replace it with clean soil and provide the school children with radiation badges. So it’s really no wonder, why the government has lost the people’s trust. What parent would accept such a solution for their children? The government’s actions have been so inadequate and callous in favoring the needs of the corporation over the needs of its people that the losses and damage will now continue in Japan for generations to come. The Japanese products once admired around the world for their quality now face international skepticism for fear of radioactivity.
In Mexico, The government finds itself at war in two states while it battles drug gangs in a bloody roaring twenties Chicago style gangsterism scenario. Free Trade has uprooted millions of Mexicans from farming and lured them north to the Maquiladora factories where they earn around fifty dollars per week. The addition of China to the World Trade Organization kicked the props out from underneath the Mexican economy because Chinese laborers earn but twenty dollars a week. Then in 2007 the stock market crash idled 100,000 workers in Juarez Mexico alone.
Unemployment insurance is to laugh, Food stamps? Enter the drug gangs, where young men can earn $200 per week selling drugs. Give a young man a gun and a choice, to work as slave laborer for fifty dollars a week or earn four times as much money selling drugs? The violence is exacerbated by the rapid expansion of the drug gangs due to massive unemployment. The gangs fight for turf, for street corners and for access to the United States market.
The systemic corruption among Mexico’s law enforcement agencies and the army leave the populous as afraid of the police as they are of the drug gangs. It is a scenario where the government is fighting the corruption outside the state versus the corruption inside of the state with the civilian population caught in the middle.
Across the races, religions and continents of mankind the root cause is always the same. Whether that be in the form of antiquated repressive Islamic monarchies, Wall Street corporate banking cartels or well armed drug gangs. Their desire is to carve out wealth and power on the backs of the poor and powerless and to take from them with guile, gun or legal edict.
These potentates, pimps, prostitutes and pushers all claim victimhood for themselves, either blaming Al Qaeda, insurgencies or market uncertainties or just the unknown. How could we have known? Come the cries of those professionally certain which now are echoed as whimpers of the disgraced and not so certain.
Those who have maintained with professional certainty the safety of nuclear power now only offer, “yeah but.” They have condemned an entire nation to generations of a prolonged national agony of a nuclear curse. In Mexico, rather than the poison atom, the poisoned dollar. A nation prostituted as the cheapest whore on the corner must now attempt to compete with an even cheaper harlot still, and yet we act surprised when it turns to bloodshed.
The financial crisis in Europe is nothing less than attempted coup d’état by international corporate bankers using a manufactured banking crisis to usurp the rights of free peoples.
To squeeze wages and social benefits so that international bankers can reap even greater profits by having more money to lend in Asia where there is rapid growth. These bankers like the Middle Eastern and North African potentates see their rights as divine. The see it as the almighty has smiled his face down upon them to rule the whole world as they see fit.
The struggle has begun and while you may not hear the rumble of guns in the distance, to pretend otherwise is to hide our heads. In Britain, the largest public demonstration since WWII marched through the streets of London to protest cuts to social spending. The same cuts mandated by the bankers in Ireland and Spain. A second round of cuts has now been carved out in Greece after the first round of cuts failed to staunch the economic bleeding.
Of course it has failed! The ludicrous and absurd notion that you can cut your way to prosperity by sowing poverty. These cuts have condemned tens of millions of human beings to lives of misery while running roughshod over the democratic will of the people. Corporate fascism and corporate feudalism reducing elected governments to lackeys of international bankers. In their failure is the beginning of a self fulfilling prophesy as each social cut begets a further economic decline, which in turn raises social discontent. Then Cerberus will begin to howl.
In this country no amount of media manipulation can disguise the fact that after two years of neglect and half hearted, half assed attempts to repair the economy the mortgage crisis is worse, 420,000 Americans are still filing new claims for unemployment each week and Barack Obama promises to lower troop levels in Afghanistan to around where they were when he took office as the President.
Barack Obama has offered more tax cuts to the wealthy in this country than did Ronald Reagan, but the Republicans want still more. Barack Obama is prepared to acquiesce to their demands, he’s three card Monty or a shill in the crowd at the auction, Obama is a flat out Trojan horse filled with guile and deception, he works against the needs of the American people for his corporate masters. So it is no surprise that the Republican Obama promotes his cat food commission recommendations as a starting point for budget negotiations. These positions were taken directly from the Republican national platform and Obama believes taking Republican positions is a good starting point.
A deal will be struck in Congress, social programs will be gutted and taxes will be cut. In Greece, these actions brought about only further economic decline. In California, Governor Schwarzenegger’s state budget cuts brought about only economic decline. So what should we expect to happen here next?
Slowly, the sleeping will awake as poverty cuts cable’s umbilical cord. Silently and stealthily the discontented will begin to stir, gradually those on both the left and the right will see through the three penny opera of American politics. It is a formula older than Caesar, mass poverty begets mass anger and mass anger begets mass violence. In his wisdom Caesar knew that it was better to feed the people than to fight them. Any nation which sets itself upon its people is a scorpion which stings its self. The war has begun even if in this country, at least, the revolution will not be televised.
Author’s Bio: I who am I? Born at the pinnacle of American prosperity to parents raised during the last great depression. I was the youngest child of the youngest children born almost between the generations and that in fact clouds and obscures who it is that I am really. Given a front row seat for the generation of the 1960′s I lived in Chicago in 1960. My father was a Democratic precinct captain, my mother an election judge. His father had been a Union organizer and had been beaten and jailed for his efforts. His first time in jail was for punching a Ku Klux Klansman during a parade in the 1930′s. I never felt as if I was raised in a family of activists but seeing it print makes me think, yes. That is a part of who I am. We find ourselves today living in a world treed by the hounds of madness, a complicit media covering contrite parties. Multilevel media, giving more access to communication yet stunting actual communication. More noise, less voice, more sound less music, more law less justice, more medicine less life.