Yep, the American Revolution–if ever it occurred–WILL NOT be TELEVISED

All around the world, there have been protests, revolts, and change. When will it end up in the land where FREEDOM RINGS?–KAS

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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.

About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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1 Response to Yep, the American Revolution–if ever it occurred–WILL NOT be TELEVISED

  1. eslkevin says:

    End the 21st Century “Shoganaism” American-style—“Yes, We Can!”

    By Kevin A. Stoda, in semi-exile in East Asia

    This is the 3rd part of an article, which compares and contrasts Western and Eastern “learned helplessness” under the phrase (pronounced with a shrug of surrender) “Shoganai”, which in Japanese literal means: “It can’t be helped.” This part focuses more on the aftermath of WWII in Germany and Europe. It was an era when the American ideal of pursuing happiness was combined with new global responsibilities aimed towards building greater and better post-WWII societies.
    The German and Japanese sort of “it-can’t-be-helped” spirit and attitude, called “Shoganai’ (in Japanese) was historically considered fairly anti-American.
    America was seen as the land of possibilities and if one worked hard enough—or so the legend went—one could obtain one’s place under the sun. In other words, you could realize your American Dream! (“Yes, you can!” we were told encouragingly.) These optimistic ideas were embedded in us and our fore bares starting in the late 18th and ethe 19th centuries. Moreover, rail agents and other Americans marketed the USA as the Land of Unlimited Opportunities (the USA). That is, America was marketed in Europe and East Asia as the place where restrictions and traditions of the old continents (and their ethnic or familial) strife were to be left behind.

    “The term [American Dream] was first used by James Truslow Adams in his book The Epic of America which was written in 1931.” In it Adams stated: “The American Dream is ‘that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. It is a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.’”
    This image of America was relatively long lasting. When I worked in Germany in the 1980s, the USA was still called, “Das Land der unbegrenzten Moeglichkeiten”—The Country of Unlimited Possibilities. That was the American self-image that people of my generation still had nailed into our brains—even though we had lessened our chances by slowly giving up on many of our forefather’s dreams of building a Great Society by the end of the early to mid-1970s.
    I should note as well that the American “We Can Do” attitude was world famous long before Barack Obama campaigned with the phrase “Yes, We Can.”

    Officially, in our homes, in our governments, and even in the military, we had higher expectations of ourselves and others than many in other lands around the globe. This is why at the end of WWII, our politicians and our military personnel in Europe sought to build a New World order, whereby government leaders and military personnel were to be held responsible for what they chose to do—“I didn’t know.”
    Or “I was just following orders.”
    Or “It couldn’t be helped.” were expected to be phrases of the past—to be considered fascist and dishonorable, too.
    First, we established the Nuremburg Tribunal with our Allies and carried out trials before the world court of public opinions for over three years. At that time, American leadership worked with our Allies to set down key principles concerning (1) all of our life choices and (2) our related responsibilities before the UN and towards the other citizens of the World:
    Principle I
    Any person who commits an act which constitutes a crime under international law is responsible therefore and liable to punishment.
    Principle II
    The fact that internal law does not impose a penalty for an act which constitutes a crime under international law does not relieve the person who committed the act from responsibility under international law.
    Principle III
    The fact that a person who committed an act which constitutes a crime under international law acted as Head of State or responsible Government official does not relieve him from responsibility under international law.
    Principle IV
    The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his Government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible to him.
    Principle V
    Any person charged with a crime under international law has the right to a fair trial on the facts and law.
    Principle Vl
    The crimes hereinafter set out are punishable as crimes under; international law:
    a. Crimes against peace:
    i. Planning, preparation, initiation or waging of a war of aggression or a war in violation of international treaties, agreements or assurances;
    ii. Participation in a common plan or conspiracy for the accomplishment of any of the acts mentioned under (i).
    b. War crimes:
    Violations of the laws or customs of war which include, but are not limited to, murder, ill-treatment or deportation to slave-labor or for any other purpose of civilian population of or in occupied territory, murder or ill treatment of prisoners of war, of persons on the seas, killing of hostages, plunder of public or private property, wanton destruction of cities, towns, or villages, or devastation not justified by military necessity.
    c. Crimes against humanity:
    Murder, extermination, enslavement, deportation and other inhuman acts done against any civilian population, or persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds, when such acts are done or such persecutions are carried on in execution of or in connection with any crime against peace or any war crime.
    Principle VII
    Complicity in the commission of a crime against peace, a war crime, or a crime against humanity as set forth in Principles VI is a crime under international law.
    Next, we and our Allies pushed for and created “the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”
    Finally, we promoted the application of the Geneva Convention in handling soldiers, prisoners, non-combatants, and U-Name-it!
    “The Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols are at the core of international humanitarian law, the body of international law that regulates the conduct of armed conflict and seeks to limit its effects. They specifically protect people who are not taking part in the hostilities (civilians, health workers and aid workers) and those who are no longer participating in the hostilities, such as wounded, sick and shipwrecked soldiers and prisoners of war. The Conventions and their Protocols call for measures to be taken to prevent or put an end to all breaches. They contain stringent rules to deal with what are known as ‘grave breaches’. Those responsible for grave breaches must be sought, tried or extradited, whatever nationality they may hold.”
    If these Geneva Convention rules were applied in America’s war on terror in 2011, we could say that America still has a We-Can-Do attitude. However, we don’t apply such principles—we (through our inability to control leaders) are forfeiting our can-do tradtion. Something has been lost since the 1940s and 1950s.
    First, we told Germans and their allies at that time: “No, excuses. “ You always have choices you can make! You have responsibilities.
    If such rules and practices were followed in the USA and elsewhere certainly Great Societies could be peaceful nations that they are supposed to be in the Atomic age, i.e. when wars have become deadlier and more potentially deadly than ever. Only such peaceful-oriented nations can enable their citizens to reach their dreams—such as to pursue happiness, as called for in our Declaration of Independence.

    The key, America, is that one cannot fall back on the excuses, like “It couldn’t be helped.”
    Or “I didn’t break any of my own country’s official laws and practices when I butchered , experimented on or tortured others. Admittedly, in war, atrocities are made but each individual is to be held accountable for doing the right thing, too. American military code has even said so—at the latest since the aftermath of the My Lai massacre in Vietnam.
    Moreover, each citizen and each official is (before the world community and as a peaceful citizen) to show responsibility to the nation to stop our own nation(s) from butchering, experimenting on or tortured others. State officials were called on to be whistleblowers.
    Soldiers universally have been told to follow the Geneva convention—not only their commanders orders. Likewise, clandestine government agencies were also finally officially placed under the oversight of two branches of governments (following the Church Committees recommendations ) in the 1970s.

    However, with the election of an ex-CIA chief. George Herbert Walker Bush, as the Vice-President of the USA in 1980s, oversight of the military and the security agencies began to go into decline once again.
    Moreover, President Ronald Reagan (also elected in 1980) decided to ignore the international courts, especially, in the case of illegally mining the harbors of the coast of Nicaragua in the early 1980s.

    Since that time, most USA officials have no longer felt accountable to international law—and too many lawyers, justices, and soldiers advising the president and congress have also scorned the responsibilities and principles outlined in the Nuremburg Tribunal, the Geneva Convention, and the Declaration of Human Rights. (All of these rights and principles were intended to promote the common good and enable individuals to pursue whatever their ideas of happiness are.)
    In short, the Malaise that Americans in the 21st Century face is that they now live in a society which no longer actively and spiritually takes seriously the Founding Father’s calls to pursue happiness. Such pursuit of happiness came with responsibilities –even in the 18th century. This is why Jefferson helped kick John Adams out of Office in 1800, i.e. because of John Adam’s support for the evil Alien and Sedition Acts.

    Meanwhile, the large standing USA army and the world’s largest clandestine network of agencies has led many average (non-politician/ non-government employed) Americans to either throw away or to give up on the principles outlined in the Nuremburg Tribunal, the Geneva Convention, and the Declaration of Human Rights.
    In short, a nation full of irresponsible people are walking around shrugging their shoulders—and mumbling “it can’t be helped”. This is just like the Japanese–or the Germans of decades ago who followed Hitler and the Kaisar to war.
    These helpless ones (they see themselves as victims of the system) simply accept and use phrases like “collateral damage”, “acceptable levels of collateral damage” and other nonsense that means basically:
    (1) We can’t help it if we have to torture someone
    (2) We can’t help it if we have to send people without criminal charges to Guantanamo Prison or other prisons indefinitely.
    (3) We can’t help it if the terrorists force us into this corner.
    (4) We can’t help cutting assistance to the poor and the aging because big money and big business really run the U.S.A.
    (5) We can’t help it. The system is broken and someone else will have to fix it. We can’t.
    This is what American officials—whether in government, the CIA/NSA, or in the DOD—all too often tell us.
    It is what Vice President Cheney told us. It is what President George W. Bush told us.
    It is what Clinton said when he negotiated large welfare cuts. It is what Obama is saying when he continues following George W. Bush and his same military officials into quagmire after quagmire.
    It is what the Homeland Security is saying, “We can’t help it.” Or “It just can’t be helped.”

    We need to grab the bull by the horns, Americans—and stop putting off or sloughing off our opportunities to make right choices and to build a great society—not leaving our American Dreams to Wall Street, the Koch Brothers, and Too-Big-To-Fail Corporate nonsense.
    We need to quit once and for all this dominating tendency of “shrugging our shoulders” and saying. “It can’t be helped.”
    We didn’t accept such excuses or such a way of thinking concerning either the 1930s-1940s Germans or the 1930s-1940s Japanese. We held many of these irresponsible world citizens responsible and also cut up many of the fascist economic combines and oligopolies that helped run those countries. (We need to be prepared to do this same trust-busting again in America, now.)
    Stop with this foreign “shoganai” (or “It can’t be helped”) attitude and become a land of possibilities and a Great Society—again(i.e. —if we ever were one?).
    Many peoples around the world are watching and praying that America and Americans get their dreams and their sense of responsibility for their destinies back—and the sooner the better!

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