Notes From the Underground

It's Getting Ugly Up There

Small Government is a myth

Republicans claim they want small government when what they really want is total de-regulation so they can continue to rape us.

This election was so dragged out and filled with pus and vitriol that reality was left out. I never really doubted that Obama would win with the electoral vote but I was disappointed that the popular vote was so close and half of the people who voted were too stupid, racist and/or consumed by greed to even consider a fool and liar like Romney, not to mention Ryan who was promoting the death of Medicare and Social Security for budget reasons when neither are even in the budget; they’re self-funded by a separate payroll tax!

The banking vultures and the investment criminals literally stole the private equity of 401k accounts which were the backbone of all non-government retirement plans at the same time they wiped out home equity making retirement a lost dream to baby boomers and a faded dream to countless millions of others because the government failed to regulate them or prosecute them.

The proposal of a voucher system for Medicare was laughable. What kind of premiums would the highest risk patients have to pay? It was always about privatization and giving more money to business by taking it from the individual.

You can’t manage a “democracy” of over 300,000,000 people without government, big, well-managed government.  European governments like Greece are collapsing because of bad government and privatization deliberately forced on them by the IMF and the World Bank by criminally manipulating debt. If America is to have a future, we need to “fix” government not shrink it.

All-Volunteer Armies are Inherently Bad

All-volunteer armies sound like a good idea but that’s an illusion. They’re extremely expensive to maintain and the primary beneficiaries are Defense Contractors like Haliburton. All-volunteer armies are an easy stepping stone to war.  If you have them and pay for their upkeep and training it makes it easier to justify using them. It’s been too easy to maintain the criminal wars in Afghanistan and Iraq because everyone points to the volunteer and says “this is what you signed up for.”  In too many cases it wasn’t. In an economy like ours countless 18 to 20 year olds signed up because they couldn’t find jobs or afford to continue their education after high school.

The all-volunteer army feels an obligation to “do their duty” without challenging authority so they are much easier to deceive. Viet Nam was a 1 year committment; after 12 months in hell you got to go home. The all-volunteer army has been conned into going through seemingly endless cycles of redeployment lasting many years because the burden of combat is placed on the backs of the few. Because of that we have astonishing levels of PTSD that have destroyed marriages and allowed children to grow up without parents. Worse,  we now see an average of 18 Iraq/Afghanistan veterans a day killing themselves as a result.

The All Volunteer Army scam has allowed the US to rack up at least $4 Trillion in debt and it’s not over yet. That money went to a handful of defense contractors who charged hyper-inflated prices and have now developed their own army of mercenaries like Blackwater that they “lease” back to the US government as “security forces.” Those mercenary armies are beyond civilian control and don’t negotiate price.

The plan proposed in the Times Op-ed has a lot of merit and should be considered. Draft is a hotword that implies war and death and Compulsory Public Service sounds ominous too but a large number of modern, industrialized countries have obligatory service requirements that are beneficial to society and, in this economy, with millions of young people with no forseeable job prospects or the ability to pay for higher education, it’s worth a try.  With our current military-industrial complex and an all-volunteer army endless war is just about inevitable.

The American Endgame

The Repugs and the neo-cons know they can do as they like because the majority of Americans are either too stupid or too lazy to pay attention to what’s going on; that’s how we wind up with Governors like Rick Scott, Jan Brewer, Scott Walker and Chris Christie.

I don’t think the neo-cons expect Romney to win and are smart enough to know it’s probably better if he doesn’t. Romney will fuck it up as he always does and his gaffes will  cause too many people to take a closer look at what’s really happening as the neo-cons consolidate government control at the local level. Once they control local government, they control it all. Rather than try to impose fascism from the top down,  it’s easier, more effective,  less conspicuous and even cheaper to do it from the bottom up. State Assemblies can be bought for the price of a bucket of popcorn and a Big Gulp.

FEAR, FEAR and more FEAR, that’s their weapon. Scare the populace enough and they’ll do whatever you want. It’s all there in Orwell’s 1984. We’re all subject to any form of Big Brother surveillance and we live in a society where “Doublespeak” is comfortably accepted. “The Patriot Act” takes away most of our civil liberties. “Citizens United” would be more aptly named “Corporations United” The “Department of Homeland Security”  is just a euphemism for “The Fatherland.” It’s the same concept. The neo-cons have successfully created an “us against them” image  of the world where civil liberties are a luxury we can no longer afford, where your local librarian can be arrested for refusing to provide, without a warrant, records of the books you read to the FBI, a society where torture is not only considered acceptable but, to many, laudable. A society where you can be ordered to “produce your papers.”

So it may be “game over” politically for a while. Trying to recall RWNJ governors is a waste of energy. Mass public demonstrations and general strikes would be far more effective and that’s what the neo-cons really fear; they showed their hand with their reaction to the Occupy protests; they’re more afraid of us than we should be of them.

The battle of words will go on but the battle for freedom never has and never will be won with words alone; it takes action, intense, meaningful action. We have to fuck them so that they know they’re being fucked. We are Americans and that means something.

So Jesus Died for Our Sins

In context, Jesus died one time but knew that he would be resurrected (by his father who put him in that situation in the first place.) Granted, according to the story he was first stomped and flogged by the Romans. Three days later he was in heaven “sitting at the right hand of God,” probably with a few band-aids and sipping a Martini or a Pina Colada.

But have you considered the millions upon millions who died for Jesus, many in far more horrific ways? The Spanish Inquisition was notorious for pulling out tongues and pouring molten lead into the rectums of non-believers. (That would make anybody a believer and no Pina Colada for that Jew)

But this was all cool with your Jesus who could have prevented these and the sufferings of all the other millions who died in HIS name.

Please, if you would, take a moment to think about the real-life consequences of worshiping  fairy tale characters. No Pina Coladas, no unicorns.

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Tom Robbins on Atheism

Tom Robbins on Atheism

To emphasize the afterlife is to deny life. To concentrate on Heaven is to create hell. In their desperate longing to transcend the disorderliness, friction, and unpredictability that pesters life; in their desire for a fresh start in a tidy habitat, germ-free and secured by angels, religious multitudes are gambling the only life they may ever have on a dark horse in a race that has no finish line.

–Tom Robbins

Talking Heads Aren’t Paid To Think

Back when McCain bet the farm and went all in for Palin, politics was forever warped. The airhead celebrity candidate was born and Politics became reality TV with endless handicapping by political pundits, wise, stupid, experienced or not.

The corporations who own the networks and the media and everything else have told their producers to run endless hours of meaningless analysis of a debate between nine men and a batshit crazy woman, half of whom openly said “No” when asked if they believed in evolution.

These “debates” are an embarrassment.  We have Newt who’s only in this for the money and the offshore bank accounts. Santorum is a homophobic religious zealot. Michelle Bachmann and Rick Perry would both be Gold Medal contenders in the Stupid Olympics and Romney, a multi-millionaire capitalist thief with five homes and has no understanding, concern or empathy for the people he wants to lead and whose votes he must have to get elected. The average person is really an unknown species to Mittens and will surely remain that way if he’s elected.

And do please remember that the winner of this ass-hat competition gets a shot at commanding the most powerful military force in the world with no oversight. (“Declaring” war is so 1940s)

So as we slog through primary season availing ourselves of the punditry of Donald Trump, Sarah Palin and Joe the Plumber, remind yourself that one of these clowns could become President simply because they’re white. Doesn’t matter how stupid or insane, just white. Rove, Cheyney, Rumsfeld and the rest will take it from there.