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So Much Anger, Energy and Feelings of HelplessnessBy Gordon Duff Salem-News.com
Time for common sense to help us pick the real enemy.
(CINCINNATI, Ohio) - We are in the middle of a war and nobody is really mad. I have yet to see a single Taliban member hanged in effigy and none of us even know who their leaders are. Most people in the world are sure Osama bin Laden has been dead for years.
Here at home, every effort has been made to get us all to join militias, or go out into the streets to beat up police and burn cars to support more money to banks and insurance companies. Getting knocked in the head because some insurance company exec had to fire the pool boy at his second vacation home is not my idea of a reason for social conflict, much less a trip to the emergency room.
Let's talk about the war for a bit, but not too much. It gets depressing and, if you look too closely, we look like total idiots. Nobody wants to look like a total idiot. 19 people attacked the US. None came from Afghanistan or Iraq. Some had visited Afghanistan. Alot of people visit Afghanistan. Alot of people visit the moon, or used to.
Why did we start a civil war in Afghanistan by changing the government in the city of Kabul and pulling millions of Pakistani's into war against us and their own government, a US ally? The answer is simple. We had leaders, not a single one who had ever spent a day in combat, who loved looking tough to their Christian evangelist followers. Call it what you will, Bush saw himself as a Pope calling for a crusade on Islam. Predictably, Bush is gone and Islam is growing at record levels.
We don't have to talk about the war. Israel does that for us. They warn us about nuclear weapons, day and night. Iran is building them, the Taliban is ready to steal them in Pakistan, it never stops. Owning our TV and newspapers helps. What are we being asked to do? Its simple, we have to invade Iran, something, if you look at a map, is about as easy as invading Antarctica and do something really stupid in Pakistan that will turn our 20 year war into a 50 year war.
Israel and India will be happy as all get out. It won't be their kids coming back in flag draped coffins. Maybe that's why we needed those ten new C-17 billion dollar transport planes.
Here at home we live under constant threat from, let me think? We have record unemployment, which is a nice way of saying that you can sit home all day and watch TV, if you still have a home, electricity and a TV. I spent yesterday with one of my friends, a local attorney. He is cashing out his 401k with our surge in the stock market, breaking the 10,000 benchmark. His retirement savings were down 80% and are now down only 67%. Taxpayers gave 2 trillion dollars to bail out similar losses for the richest few Americans. The rest of us with massive losses, not just stock market, but the value of our homes, farms, bonds, anything we owned, is almost nothing.
For people who had both assets and debts, most are now technically bankrupt. Years of work, years of savings, years of doing without and now we can still "do without." Where is your money? Easy, it was stolen by the people who warn you about socialism, flag burning and gun seizures.
Ever turn on the TV or pick up a paper to read about how the rich bought our government, had the rules changed and looted everyone's savings and retirement? No? Wonder why that is.
It gets better. Our country borrowed the money to pay back only the rich while the rest of us got "klunker" money and some get extended unemployment. Who pays the money back? We do, if we ever get jobs. "They" make and keep their money "offshore."
Every time I read a paper, usually on the internet so I can make the text so big I can still see it, or turn on the TV or radio, I am being warned about Socialism or Communism. Why is so much money being spent to warn a country full of people who are totally screwed that Socialists and Communists are plotting against them?
Who could plot against us? What could they take? What do we have left?
Since all the talk about Communism and Socialism comes from rich and powerful people, warning us that "class struggle" is evil and that seizing wealth from the rich is wrong, does this sound a little bit fishy?
When folks who have so much only because they stole it from the rest of us start telling us not to take it back because we would be "Socialists" shouldn't we, just maybe, think we are being had?
Any time someone tells me something, I always want to know why they are saying it. I look at who owns the paper, who controls the website, who is behind the lie. Someone is always behind the lie. The message is usually the same. Keep busy doing something useless or stupid while we take the money out of your wallet or send your kids to fight wars whose only purpose is to help us make more money.
No sane person can disagree with this.
150 plus years ago, Karl Marx, the guy who invented Communism warned us about the class struggle. He didn't invent it. Slavery had been around since even before biblical times. Slaves became serfs in the middle ages, then became "intentured servants" and, with the industrial revolution, "wage slaves."
Only in the 20th century did workers start to live like human beings. However, for the last few years, that has been going backwards, first slowly, now faster and faster. America flooded with illegal workers, slaves in a way, wages went down, jobs moved overseas, unions disappeared, benefits went away and we were all told we had to open small businesses and become capitalists.
So, we did that, bought stock, built businesses and what happened then? Our money disappeared in a massive collapse, carefully planned as we well know, not the first time, and small business is now starving as badly as the people who used to build cars, TVs, pots and pans, and everything now being brought in from overseas.
The whole thing was another lie.
Was Marx right? Who cares? The only people who want to talk about Communism are the people stealing everything that is and isn't nailed down and calling anyone who wants them to stop "Communists and Socialists."
It makes me want to go out on the streets with a big sign: "Please, kick me, I am stupid".
Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran and a regular contributor to Veterans Today. He specializes in political and social issues. You can see a large collection of Gordon's published articles at this link: VeteransToday.com.
He is an outspoken advocate for veterans and his powerful words have brought about change. Gordon is a lifelong PTSD sufferer from his war experiences and he is empathetic to the plight of today's veterans also suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We greatly appreciate the opportunity to feature Gordon's timely and critical reports on Salem-News.com, a news organization staffed by a number of veterans, particularly former U.S. Marines.
You can send Gordon Duff an email at this address: Gpduf@aol.com
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