Posted 6 months ago on Oct. 6, 2013, 12:36 p.m. EST by ZenDog
from South Burlington, VT
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I've seen some argue that the Civil War was unnecessary, that the issue of slavery could have been resolved in some other way. I do not believe that to be true - for an entire social and economic structure had grown up around slavery, and concerted efforts were at that time underway to export slavery to new territories, thus demonstrating the depth of commitment to an injustice codified in law of epic proportions - it could not be relinquished without wholesale slaughter on an epic scale.
The ship of state today has been threatened with mutiny, and an argument has been put forth that this current mutiny has its roots in slavery.
I say that, as with slavery, it will not be retaken except by force.
Three decades ago a small handful of men set about stacking the Supreme Court with appointees sympathetic to the interests of money. Today we have a supreme court ruling called Citizens United, which permits the subjugation of Congressional leaders to the interests of money and does so at some considerable expense - what others would call hardship and suffering - to the people these elected officials are sworn to serve.
We see this clearly with the current shutdown of the federal government. A small minority stands in the house and insists this could all be over if only they get their way. A much larger segment within the house remains cowed, afraid to sign anything against the will of the House leadership.
All of this in the name of fiscal conservatism in yet one more attempt to delay the Affordable Care Act, or so it is said. And this at a cost estimated at upwards of $300 million each day. This on top of the $54 million already spent attempting to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
I say this is no longer about health insurance, if it ever was. This is about hubris, the kind of hubris that can produce a government shutdown as an end in itself.
This has been a long time in coming, and will not be rectified without massive amounts of blood.
Some might insist that this is no more than advocacy masked as hyperbole. I call it analysis. Consider: thanks to Citizens United, we find the creation, or the expansion, of that segment of politics we might call marketing. This creates an economic dependence.
At one time it used to be against the law to falsely advertise a product, or to engage in fraudulent marketing strategies. Yet it is, today, perfectly legal to employ any of these methods that are or that were illegal in the marketing of goods and services, to the marketing of politicians and their ideas.
This too, creates economic dependence. For without the deceit of fraud, the ideas of many of these politicians, as with the politicians themselves, would not be marketable.
This is, then, not simply economic dependence, but the means to power. It is the preferred route of the Conservative ideologue and their standard bearers; one that no longer hinges on ideas but rather on money and its expenditure harnessed to the production of lies.
Like slavery, this process will not be relinquished without the utter destruction of a majority of those who have brought it about, and they will be quite content to defend it, and do so with our lives.
If we are to stop this entire process, which is much larger than the present instance of government shutdown itself, then:
- we must eliminate those who most clearly support it by material means for political or material gain.
- By Brian Beutler | October 4, 2013 | Salon.com
- By Robert Parry | October 3, 2013 | AlterNet.org
- By Jason Easley | October 4th, 2013 | Politicususa
- By Jennifer Bendery | October 4, 2013 | Huffingtonpost.com
- Rachel Maddow | October 1, 2013 | DailyKos.com
- By Matthew Emmer | September 19, 2013 | Examiner.com
- By Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Mike McIntire | October 5, 2013 | The New York Times
- By Andrew O'Hehir | October 5, 2013 | AlterNet.com
- Josh Marshall | October 6, 2013 | TalkingPointsMemo.com
- By Eric Zuesse, Investigative historian | October 3, 2013 | Huffingtonpost.com
A bit of Activism, courtesy of Politicususa.com:
By Rmuse | October 8, 2013 | Politicususa.com
call the Department of Justice, at: 202-353-1555,