Friday, October 21, 2005

Why "We Were All Wrong" is Total Bullshit

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Bush 41, Clinton, Bush 43 -- the entire story. No punches pulled, really not partisan at all. Scott Ritter was a top UN weapons inspector. Seymour Hersh is probably, with Barbara Ehrenreich, our top investigative journalist. Broke My Lai, torture scandal, etc.

If you can watch all of this and not realize how corrupt and immoral our government has been for years, then you are a master of doublethink, ignorant, or simply naive. This isn't the first time I've heard most of this; it's just all put together here in one package. Everything I've read for years corroborates this. Buy the book; I plan to.

How can so many people have swallowed what was on the face of it ridiculous? The gullibility of the American people is directly related to the lack of historical knowledge they have of their own nation's past actions as well as of that of the rest of the world.

Add to that a simplistic good/evil view of human nature -- not surprising in a religion-mad nation, half of which doesn't accept evolution, most of which accepts that there's a man up in the sky watching over specially-chosen us (and one underground waiting to punish those of us who are unworthy) -- and you have the perfect nexus of ignorance, superstition, and self-congratulation required for civilizational collapse. It's an old story. The problem this time 'round is that the stakes are so high that our civilization, and perhaps even our species, may not be able to rebound.

Iraq is only one (wholly self-created) crisis we face; there are far more potentially dangerous threats out there -- from bird flu, to global warming, to the end of oil, to other emergent diseases, to the ongoing unsustainable population explosion and allied capitalist mantra of eternal expansion, to the ongoing inaction to lock down the world's fissile materials.

Those of you who have children ought to be out in the streets demanding true democracy, true representation, and competent government. Or at least doing something every day to force change.

If you're not, then I'm sorry but you're partially responsible for our situation by acts of omission. It's that simple, ethically.

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Blogger Demotiki said...

The heart of the Republican ethic is selfishness. While you or I might feel a real debt to society combined with a desire to make the world a better place. Most Republicans feel that the poor deserve to be poor, the sick deserve to be sick, and the innocent children whe kill with our bombs deserve to be killed by our bombs. As for impending doom of our planetary environment or the massive debt of our federal government, Republicans don't care what the future holds, they only care about their own short-term personal interests. Society be damned.

One positive note, many young kids realize that their Republican elders are trying to stick them with the bill. In the 2004 election the young vote broke heavily for the Dems. Kids know they'll be around to have to pay back the debts compiled by "drunken-sailor" Republicans. They know they'll have to breath the dirty air and drink the dirty water. Selfishness can sometimes be a good thing, it's just shortsighted.

Friday, October 21, 2005 8:38:00 PM  
Blogger Zeppellina said...

Hi Cyberpols!

Good post Doug. Demotiki is right about selfishness and short-term thinking.
The republicans are about the fast buck into the pocket.
Long term solutions require serious committments, and those get in the way of the fast buck.
This small planet of ours is facing serious problems, but the republican view is to merely pretend the data is flawed.
Cutting emmissions will mean a change in business technology and approach, but is long-term and will cost money.
Looking after the poor and the sick requires a long-term approach and will cost money.
But the war in Iraq (and Afghanistan),are costing more time and money than they realised. They once again were incapable of looking at and evaluating the long term implications of their actions.

Sunday, October 23, 2005 12:16:00 PM  
Blogger Demotiki said...

Zep,

I think that the Republicans actually do realize how much the war is costing. They know because they are paying friendly companies to supply much of the logistical support for the war. They also know because they are buying huge amounts of weapons systems from Republican contributors. While the Administration is taking care of its base, the wealthiest half a percent of the nation, the nation is crumbling around our ears. All the while the MSM declares one economic victory after another. This can't last forever. The U.S.S.R was also a command economy and suffered from many of the same problems we currently have as a result of Republican big government and big spending policies. Eventually the proclaimations of state run media were believed by only a few party loyalists. Not long after that the whole structure of corruption collapsed. Of course there are still Republicans who support the wholesale looting of the national treasury, but they are increasingly marginalized. Remember, even after Hitler was dead, there were many who fought to preserve National Socialism. The tipping point will come when supporters of a state-run economy are less than about 25% of the popular vote. I expect that this point will be reached sometime before the 2006 election.

Sunday, October 23, 2005 2:41:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Hey, Zeppellina!

Thanks! Yeah, I'm not sure we as a species have enough foresight to make it all work, but there's nothing for it but to try.

Dug

Sunday, October 23, 2005 2:59:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Guys, Zeppelina's site won an award...check it out!

Congrats! That's some amazing artwork. I really love the most recent one...

Monday, October 24, 2005 1:17:00 PM  

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