I'm a liberal.
I was at the rally in Washington and it was awesome. The turnout defeated Glenn Beck's corporate sponsered rally in attendance figures and that was something that touched my heart. No really! I'm not laughing into my glass of vodka at 5AM on Sunday morning. Actually I am. But it was something that got me all misty, especially at the end when John Stewert gave his heartfelt speech. I mean, who could not oppose a rally to 'restore sanity' to America?
I mean the whole world is behind the idea that America should be sane. Right?
Unfortunately, the whole world is a comedy show. Despite all those good and honest people showing up, 99% of which I'm sure I could sit down with in a bar and enter new realities with while agreeing on everything, there is still a shortcoming. All my new found rally friends would agree that there are things most Americans don't often get to see within the bubble of their own media, and that is the fucking military lock down that America has on most of the world's landmass.
Look at this shit.
Take a look at the map. Just imagine how the rest of the world 'feels'. Not to whip out my pussy but you see there's a big difference between intention and fucking reality. The reality is that the world is under existential siege by an American military machine that has a yearly budget greater than the rest of the world's militaries combined. Don't believe me? Let me citation that shit!
So you see how the rest of the world looks at the 'Restore Sanity" reality. Don't get me wrong, it's awesome to see you guys represent. To witness a sea of sane people in Washington is awesome. The rest of the world was impressed. But not really. Because, despite this rally, you people have no power and it's kind of awkward because the rest of the world realized this years ago. I hate to tell you that you have no power to affect change.
On a lighter note.
Now that's a date I remember in 2002.
One million people turned out on London streets protesting the Iraq War on that date. You see, I'm a fucking screaming liberal in case there is any doubt. The fact that I like to watch the bloodshed from my basement is my own fucking business. The fact that I like jerking off to war in my basement is my own fucking business. I'm dysfunctional and schizophrenic and so am I.
One million people instinctively knew the premise for war was bullshit. Fucking WMD bullshit was hilarious. Huge numbers turned out on American streets in subsequent protests. To no avail. They fucking grabbed that landmass no matter what. WMDs were the interim function to deny China and Russia of that easily extractable oil. In the global chessgame, the US made its move. What I find kinda sad, what makes be down another vodka, is seeing all those reasonable people, 215,000 American citizens, good people, reasonable people, intelligent people, all assembled in Washington for basically a reason that will be forgotten about in 30 days. Also, the assembly is arguing for things that those who run the country find contemptable. And I'm not talking Obama. I'm talking about the people who actually run the country!
You want a global analysis?
Well you're getting one anyway. Here's my dump...
...is basically scared shitless because they're surrounded by Americans; in the west by Iraqi Americans and to the east and north by Afghanistan Americans. The Indian Ocean has two US Carrier Groups doing circles off the Iranian coast, basically doing a dance and showing how much they could fuck you if they really wanted to. If I lived in Iran, I'd be shitting myself as a citizen. As a young person I'm pissed at the fucking failure of the green revolution and stolen elections but most of my protest was begging the nutjobs in charge of Iran to just be a little more friendly so the rest of the world stops hating us. Hopefully before we all get nuked! The only response from threatened people... After some thought... Nuclear program engage! It's the only way to not get bombed by the foreign haters! A logical move on our part, right?
Take the Chinese next,
Savvy intelligent fuckers run by totalitarian top down capitalistic engineers. They are surrounded by the US Okinawa base in Japan to the east, a nice dose of Aegis Cruisers between the mainland and Taiwan to the southeast, a nuclear pact with India on their Southern border, Afghanistan in the Southwest and a shitload of oil deals with the other 'stans below their immediate borders south and east of the Himalayas. China sees the Americans as dumbfucks with military superiority but declining economic power. From their point of view in the global chess game, it's easier to sit back, avoid confrontation and let the US destroy itself all by itself. A glimpse at their internal politics and John Boehner's tan means these people are already fucked.
Russia views the John Stewert rally as a lollercaust. Putin would have long ago had someone put bullets in Stewer'ts head in his building's elevator. Clean like. When the media goes shitstorm you stare in the camera and say you had nothing to do with it and then go kill a bear Russia style. Fucking brass balls. Having as many nukes as the Americans gives the Russians serious leverage. Just because the Soviet shit collapsed doesn't mean Russia feels any the less. Capitalism is dodgy and America's banking crisis and treasury rape proves it. Meanwhile, we Russians have shitloads of oil and natural gas. The US under Bush gets all snotty by planting missile intercept bases in our former buffer territories like Poland and Czech Republic? Fine, we are weaker now and you call it liberty, but we're coming for you in the long run. When your Middle East buddies run out of oil, you will come running to us and that is how we will extract our revenge. Fucking Russians are boiling quietly, you rally going Americans need to be aware of that shit.
A rally to restore sanity...
What Americans don't understand or agree on is what a global definition of 'sanity' is.
And that's why the rest of the world is subdued. What possible change can you have? Many tried it by voting for Obama but it turns out that all that change was corporate manipulation. He was bought and paid for just like every politician is today in American politics. No mention of this at the 'rally'. No mention of how elections are funded. No call for a true light shined on how decision making is made in the world's only military superpower. No mention of what corporation owns Comedy Central and therefore gave the greenlight for this rally to even happen in the first place (with ads running in the bottom bar of my Comedy Central feed).
Sadly, the whole rally achieved no purpose. I dare you to remember it in two months time and show me what it achieved.
I'm a fucking downer. I hate my life. I hate the fact that I notice this shit. But it's not my fault.
The whole world is subtley at war, gently and kindly but mostly economically.
The 'Rally for Sanity' made my day, but as far as the rest of the world is concerned, it's some strange blip, highlighting the dichotomy of what many liberal Americans believe they are about and what the rest of the world sees as their kindly inability to halt the runaway imperialist juggernaut.
Liberalism, fair dealing and calls to power to act reasonably get you nowhere in modern America politics. Neither does 215,000 people assembling in front of the Capitol. None of it will affect the mid term elections. The powers that be don't give a shit. They privately own mass media. They privately select and elect candidates based on the money they input into elections.
Democracy is a quaint idea for ancient Greeks.
Meanwhile, the powers that be know not to give a shit about rallys and public displays of reasonableness.
They own the cops and the armed forces and history says that violence is the only thing that ever changes the world.
Anyone want to go wreck some shit?
"Sanity" = codeword for joining the First World by implementing universal health care, reasonable work-life balance measures-- to join the EU, a country must mandate 20 days' guaranteed vacation-- and a reasonable, fair system of elections. Jon Stewart's contention is that if we restore sanity to the political discourse, the 75 percent who just want a better and more just society will coalesce. Since 24 of those 25 insane percent are on the right-wing, and only 1 on the left, this would be a center-left coalition.ReplyDelete
We can actually change the system nonviolently, but it's hard. Really, really fucking hard, and we can expect it to take decades, but we should look to the EU countries for models of how this works. Many assumed, wrongly, that just by electing a charismatic, decent, and intelligent person-- one man!-- to the presidency that all of this country's problems would go away. The problems are deeper than that.
I don't want a violent revolution, because those tend to be taken over by the most barbaric individuals within the movement. Idealism gives way to authoritarianism. We've seen this pattern (or, to use a software engineering term, anti-pattern) so many times in other parts of the world.
The only type of "violence" we should be considering is nonviolent property damage, preferably of an informational (e.g. computer viruses) sort. We can't beat Blackwater/Xe with guns (they will murder us and Erik Hitler Prince will rape our dead bodies) but we can shut down their payroll if we have good hackers. Same applies to health insurance problems; if we can hack into their systems, we can reverse and alter their evil decisions (rescissions) without their knowledge. If we're going to upset the corporate elite, we can do it bloodlessly using internal subversion, computer viruses, and jury nullification when our guys get prosecuted for physically harmless, society-improving crimes.
one of my high school teachers once told me about "the curse of knowledge", and I thought she was bat shit crazy at the time. the worst thing about realizing certain truths in the world is the feeling of powerlessness that comes with it. that and the fact that there is no attractive alternative for you if you don't want to play in this game. a rally is a pitiful comment on the lack of real political power held by the common citizen. it isn't easy to dispel the current modes of power because it's delocalized, it's not just the government, it's not the limited liability corporations; it's a mindset, a way of life. unless human nature suddenly is able to revert its herd like tendencies and short sighted greed, nothing will change.ReplyDelete
I'm right there with you on that pessimistic shit.
Sometimes I wish I didn't notice this stuff. I was there, I live in DC, and yeah, it sort of was inspiring, but where are we now? No real difference.ReplyDelete
Sometimes I wish I was dumber. American Idol would be the most important thing in my life. I know I would be happier.
You're pretty much the coolest, War Tard. I salute you and your talent.
I am also drinking Vodka... on noon on Monday. You might detect what my opinion is worth.
Heh. Kelly's Heroes. "All those burning bridges"... weirdest music for a war movie ever.
Thanks for the kind words Anon.ReplyDelete
Yeah, "all those burning bridges" was funny. When I was a kid, I cried for an hour because "Kelly's Heroes" had to end. I wanted to be with those guys forever.