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Listen up you little career parasites residing Forever, decade after decade, sucking off the TEAT of the TAXPAYERS, living in delusion in this filthy little joke of a TOTAL FAILURE “government” ON MY DIME:

KLEPTOCRACY DEFINED: (Source: Wikipedia)

Kleptocracies are generally associated with corrupt forms of authoritarian governments, particularly dictatorships, oligarchies, military juntas, or some other forms of autocratic andnepotist government in which no outside oversight is possible, due to the ability of the kleptocrat(s) to personally control both the supply of public funds and the means of determining their disbursal. Kleptocratic rulers typically treat their country’s treasury as though it were their own personal bank account, spending the funds on luxury goods as they see fit. Many kleptocratic rulers also secretly transfer public funds into secret personal numbered bank accounts in foreign countries in order to provide them with continued luxury if/when they are eventually removed from power and forced to flee the country.

Kleptocracy is most common in third-world countries [see USA] where the economy (often as a legacy of colonialism) is dominated by resource extraction. Such incomes constitute a form of economic rent and are therefore easier to siphon off without causing the income itself to decrease (for example, due to capital flight as investors pull out to escape the high taxes levied by the kleptocrats).

An early phase of this is driven by tenderpreneur elites who seek to capture resources for personal benefit.[1]

The effects of a kleptocratic regime or government on a nation are typically adverse in regards to the faring of the state’s economy, political affairs and civil rights. Kleptocracy in government often vitiates prospects of foreign investment and drastically weakens the domestic market and cross-border trade. As the kleptocracy normally embezzles money from its citizens by misusing funds derived from tax payments, or money laundering schemes, a kleptocratically structured political system tends to degrade nearly everyone’s quality of life.

In addition, the money that kleptocrats steal is often taken from funds that were earmarked for public amenities, such as the building of hospitals, schools, roads, parks and the like – which has further adverse effects on the quality of life of the citizens living under a kleptocracy.[2] The quasi-oligarchy that results from a kleptocratic elite also subverts democracy (or any other political format the state is ostensibly under).[3]
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So!! The Carter administration began deregulation of the entire transportation industry. Greenspan/Reagan’s policies doubled down on deregulation exponentially; and each administration since then has followed, in lock-step, the ongoing and thorough DEREGULATION of each and every other industry; along with the ongoing Privatization of ALL previously public sectors, lands, etc. Today, the only real requisite for political candidates is an unshakeable agenda; A corporate agenda of more Deregulation and more Privatization.

Clearly it does not matter who is installed in ANY branch of this detestable, crooked and wicked and treasonous U.S. government–Federal, State, Local—Idiot-Politicians, like many idiot-people, are simply rapacious beasts, forever pushing and flailing to get to the slop trough so that they too can roll around in filthy lucre; Disgracefully spoilt, grotesque and bloated, brimming with privilege so totally undeserved and that uniquely American trait, that of the enormous Sense of Entitlement.

This idiot-breed, the politician, certainly shines brightly here there and everywhere in the backwardly inbred population of The United States of America. “THEY,” the politicians, are nothing if not scabby and greasy, always on the prowl, skulking around from town to town in cheap flimsy and ill-fitting sheep costumes.

So, are we expected to see this, um, spectacle, as a “real” option? I mean, at this point, stop making excuses. Any attempt to differentiate in any way between one and another is to prop up and perpetuate outright LIES. Whether Democrat, Independent, Libertarian, Republican, they are all selfsame, identical platforms, identical interests, identical agendas; Willing collaborators and wretched criminal quislings for their true “masters,” the Corporate money interests and the perpetual furtherance thereof.

Every little idiot-marionette in this pathetic little idiot-theatre serve as a mere distraction; An intentional diversion away from the ongoing and highly successful collaboration among crass and amoral thieves to further their goals of pitiful power plays.

A reality check is long overdue. ALL politicians spend every waking moment—ON MY DIME–to run their never-ending idiot-campaigns on any “issue” that will please whichever “side” of the dull-witted idiot-voting base, all the while blatantly patronizing, impudently lying, telling us that 1. they CARE and, 2. they represent OUR interests.

In reality, U.S. politicians do not know of any such concept as civic duty, moral obligation, the common good; Indeed, most politicians, if not altogether illiterate; If not totally uneducated and totally ignorant regarding ALL topics, most curiously perhaps, U.S. HISTORY; Stupid politicians and their minions, by and large, do not even know the basics of the U.S. Constitution.

So, with ALL of the stark and obvious warnings over the last
four decades, all having been totally IGNORED by most of
the citizenry, THIS is the FINAL wake up call. If and ONLY if an
Enormous Realization, a TRUE AWAKENING, occurs, I guess that
this neo-feudal system of Peonage and debt-servitude will remain
in place; BUT, the longer the denial stays in place, the
stronger the eventual revolt, which may result in the worst
possible scenario:

Full Scale Revolution and simultaneous Civil War.

P.S.
Decade after decade, rampant, blatant, and increasingly impudent high crimes [CORRUPTION] among the idiot-class of self-aggrandizing government officials (PIGS at the slop trough); Along with their patrons, the filthy-rich who own them all outright, continues to grow worse and worse here in America.

As I look 0n in utter disbelief, as political events unfold both here in America and around the world, a rather clear pattern emerges:

Not one of these political HACKS, and not one of the criminal Robber Barons is EVER prosecuted for breaking ANY laws, whether U.S. laws or international laws. And make no mistake, these laws that these apparent “untouchables” brazenly, cavalierly and CONSTANTLY break, are very, very serious laws; Laws for which WE OURSELVES would go to jail. EPIC Fraud, EPIC Schemes to defraud, all imaginable forms of pure and utterly detestable profiteering…WAR CRIMES; the list goes on forever.

Again and again, year after year, I see these filthy bastards breaking every single law on ANY and EVERY book, and STILL not ONE of them is EVER held accountable!! FOR ANYTHING!! All the stupid clansmen that get away with every filthy crime including Genocide; Not only is this incredible, it is also unforgivable.

Just as every last one of his unconscionable predecessors, OBAMA IS A CRIMINAL. The U.S. Department of Justice?? Law enforcement agencies? THEY do absolutely NOTHING to THEM. It’s all a JOKE.

Just Remember: It was indeed the silver-tongued conman Obama who clearly stated that he would not “get involved” in prosecutions of WAR CRIMES, EPIC Bank FRAUD; He said, “I want to look forward, not go backward.”

Well, I say to him, I want to move forward by upholding U.S. Laws and international laws. If this corrupt government continues as it is to totally ignore crimes and the criminals, it only gives both the criminals and the would-be criminals license to behave as if they’re above the law. And that is exactly how they conduct themselves. Indeed this is a travesty.

The scape that is simply called the “new norm;” This particular version of “reality” is not only 100% WRONG on every imaginable MORAL level; It is CATEGORICALLY ILLEGAL and incidentally unconstitutional.

CRIMINALS? YES!!! IMPUDENCE?? IMPUNITY?? YES!!!

Indeed, the, um, “New Norm” for “the rest” is UNSPEAKABLE, UNTHINKABLE.

So…The State of the UNION?
AMERICA?
Why, it is simply REPREHENSIBLE…
With Pure Contempt,
TAXPAYER, CITIZEN
Oh, and another thing you Jackasses:

What a majority of the electorate, including supporters of corporations/capitalism fails to understand is where we really are: owned and operated by multinational corporations that hold absolutely no allegiance to any nation, Constitution or system of moral authority. Corporations who pick our leaders, buy our representatives, count our votes without oversight or confirmation, taint our food and foul our water and air, sicken our workers and benefit from their deaths. The corporations’ allegiance is to only money; nothing else. They pay little or no taxes, yet they impose policy and write laws to limit our power and unleash theirs.” (Griffon)

The Failure of the American people to Recognize, Realize, to even momentarily Acknowledge this corporate dominance or, TakeOver, IS the American Way. Total Ignorance. Total Hypocrisy. Total Injustice. This IS the American Way.

I disagree with any and all forms of corporate governance.

I disagree with American Imperialism.

I disagree with American Aggression, American Invasions and American Occupations.

I disagree with WAR; And, further, I disagree with All Instruments used for War.

The Corporate-controlled Media; the outright Propaganda Campaigns, all of which are designed to thoroughly obfuscate any Truth; any knowledge, Any awareness of the so-called Leaders’ actual policies and Laws that have been passed behind the backs of nearly all US citizens. Laws designed to ensure…Profit.

I despise Trickery in all forms; U.S. Government Propaganda is Nothing but Outright Lies and Total Deceit; Treachery and Treason; Bribery and Extortion; Theft and Fraud; Hypocrisy and MORE LIES. And More WAR.

I disagree with the vast network of other U.S. Tools used, such as the IMF and the World Bank; All Tools designed, formed and implemented SOLELY to impudently STEAL the resources of other presumably sovereign nations.

I disagree with any government that so blatantly represents the War Interests, Banking Interests, Corporate Interests and the appalling and ghastly wealth therein;

I disagree with Any Person, Any Group of Persons; Any who Represent Interests Above, Over, and in direct Opposition to the interests of the Common Good, ALL the people; “We the People,” the Tax-paying citizens of the United States; The Un-Represented; The Under-represented. That’s US indeed.

It is simply criminal and totally contemptible how any government “employees” are conducting themselves. And let us remember the fact that these “employees” are there ONLY to represent OUR interests; The interests of the Common Good; The interests of the United States’ Citizenry. The TAXPAYERS..

These government agencies and the elected workers within them are decidedly NOT elected to be mere props who LIE to the citizens. And who represent, de facto, the Corporate interests.

It is MOST egregious, indeed, that ANY government would represent, to the point of collaboration, Wealthy Corporations directly at the Enormous expense {THEFT] of the average U.S. Citizen, not to mention the poor, the needy, the elderly, the working-poor, the disabled and the obliterated Middle-Class-Cum-Slave-Class.

The facts, however, remain. The sole function, the Raison D’être, for every form of government is to represent the common interest of the electorate. Therefore, it is indeed AMORAL and utterly unconscionable what government “officials” are in FACT doing to…WE THE PEOPLE, the very ones who’ve apparently been naive enough to have entrusted these “people” in OUR Government to “DO THE RIGHT THING.”

America is in no way, shape or form “civilized;” America is One Gigantic, Laughable LIE and I will no longer support or endorse such a disgracefully corrupt and decidedly Callous, Blind, and Racist [joke of a] government.

My solution is as follows, but requires action of all citizens:

  1. Stop paying All taxes: Local, State, Federal
  2. Stop paying All Bank Debt
  3. Stop paying All “Insurance” companies
  4. Withdraw All Monies from Insolvent Banks
  5. Stop working for slave-wages

Peaceful, non-violent demonstrations EN MASSE to DEMAND that each member, in each branch of this government, vacate their positions at once.

Here is a sample letter to government representatives stating intent:

Letter to Representative Lois Capps, D-CA

Ms. Capps, You are included in the following statement, by your abject incompetence; your total refusal to address the systemic failure of this government; and your total and willful ignorance of any and all real issues, along with your continued insistence on focusing instead on trifling, insignificant non-issues.

Thus, Ms. Capps, you are very much a part of the problem:

It is abundantly clear that the U.S. government, including the entire Congress, the entire “Judicial” system, and all other government agencies that clearly do not represent “We the People.” In fact, the U.S. government is wholly owned, lock, stock and barrel, by the Corporations, in cahoots with the Banks and the Wall Street Quislings, that have enthroned themselves to UnChecked POWER. This is known as Corporatism. Look it up for yourselves.

I am, therefore, calling for all of you, each and every other member of each and every branch of this horribly failing government; I am calling on YOU to remove yourselves at once, unceremoniously and without protest, from your career seats of total DISGRACE and thorough INJUSTICE.

Sincerely,

CM

A Bit On Brainwashing:

Brainwashing through Propaganda uses fear tactics; Communism, Socialism, Terrorism; We are all force-fed outright LIES from the cradle to the grave.

I think that the most apt term is Brainwashed. Yes, brainwashing has been used throughout the ages via a myriad of tactics; One is Patriotism, Nationalism; Being taught that America (or which ever country) is Great, Superior; Also, it builds a military that won’t ask questions as they are deluded into thinking that they are Patriots and Heroes.

By the way, off topic but still a fact is that, regarding the Boston Bombings and any other act of violence, including shooting sprees in schools or anywhere else, Specifically regarding the Empire of the United States, the questions in my mind are as follows:

What creates such violent acts and hatred toward America and Americans? What turns people anywhere toward Radicalization/Fundamentalism? As I observe, it is U.S. policies, both domestic and foreign. Examples? Countless. E.g.

Imposing Oppression and Dominance through sheer brute force;
Constant Invasions and Constant War in “strategic” countries, i.e. OIL, for one;
Impudent Theft, Plunder, i.e. Stealing, other nation’s resources, using tools such as the World Bank, IMF for extraction; And, by the way, the leaders of these countries who won’t go with the U.S. program are simply overthrown or, um, Assassinated.

So, it is indeed U.S. foreign policies that are both directly and indirectly responsible for attacks on the United States. U.S. Policies incentivize war and the Military Industrial Complex is entrenched and massively profitable.

As for U.S. Domestic policies, all which increasingly say “to hell with the people,” i.e. US, do in fact lead directly to Ignorance, Hopelessness, Poverty, and many other societal ills, all of which in turn, lead to violence, crime, including the epidemic shootings, and many other acts of violent by both American citizens and foreigners.

As a matter of fact, more “Austerity” measures, if the “officials” are serious about these tactics, will, of course lead directly to much more crime, more violence, more horrible acts of desperation; All of which leads me to believe that the Powers that Be are systematically and deliberately engineering mass genocide. As if to say, let them all DIE OFF, whether in the ghettos, on the battlefields, in the prison yards, the message is becoming quite clear indeed.

Another Letter:

I am a citizen of arguably one of the most imperialistic nations in history, The United States of America. STOP the war mongering NOW. Pull the Plug on the WAR Profiteers, all of whom should be EXECUTED in a Public Forum for WAR CRIMES. Bring the poor sods who’ve been duped into thinking that they are “Patriotic” “Heroes” home. YOU go fight your OWN filthy, venal and endless wars.

Read an elementary history book; America is constantly in danger of attacks by foreign countries because it is AMERICA that reaches it’s filthy tentacles around the globe, impudently stealing other countries’ resources, literally enslaving and Repeatedly RAPING the people; All whilst forcing it’s vile form of dictatorship and twisted, loathsome and hypocritical “values,” onto innocent victims everywhere on this godforsaken planet. And in the name of “DEMOCRACY.” What a FARCE.

By the way, thanks to YOUR OWN Foreign Policies, you walleyed, deranged, fanatical lunatics and your pals in the Saudi House in the Middle East really did win!! All you filthy dirtbags sought to destroy this country and you did it!!

So!! U.S. foreign policy POSITIVELY incentivizes all your ghastly Wars; And the very Military Industrial Complex that Eisenhower warned AGAINST is entrenched and massively profitable. The United States (YOU) are NOT an innocent VICTIM;

Indeed, all of you bastard-billionaire and bastard-Trillionaire buffoons, you and all your idiot-buddies who bankroll you, have willfully and intentionally squandered every single DECENT thing that has been fought for in the last 100 years. Fuckers.

How can a WAR-MONGERING country, the UNITED STATES, expect to keep on spreading it’s pathological LIES all across the entire world without any protest?!? Well, thanks largely to America’s astonishingly ignorant, wildly misinformed, downright stupid, self-righteous, sanctimonious, voting base, it’s really no wonder; Just like Pavlov’s dog, “Patriotic” [delusional] fools keep right on electing Psychopaths into the seats of POWER. Decade after decade.

The United States of America has been ultimately over-reaching it’s filthy, greedy, witless and stunningly shortsighted tentacles all over the globe by ANY MEANS NECESSARY, usually by way of UNENDING QUAGMIRES in the most UNSTABLE parts of the world for total extraction (STEALING) of any resource possible in order to satiate America’s insatiable appetite for so-called GREATNESS. Well, Oscar Wilde wrote, “Patriotism is a Virtue of the Vicious.” And Winston Churchill said, “The best argument AGAINST Democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” They were both right.

The fact of the matter is that America, Land of the FREE, Land of OPPORTUNITY; What a JOKE. The FACT is that America ranks at the VERY BOTTOM of every imaginable demographic chart, Well below every other “developed” country in the world. America is now on par with Cameroon, Uganda, the Ivory Coast of Africa in Wealth and income INEQUALITY. Welcome to America!!

Thanks a lot, morons, for RUINING THE WORLD

 

…Yes, you worse-than-useless parasites do enjoy mightily all your tax-payer funded lifetime health care benefits, limousines, fancy restaurants. living in your very own self-involved, self-centered and thoroughly Spoilt World of Utter Disgrace and Total Failure.

Indeed, You yourselves in this miserably failing government enjoy full, lifetime health care along with endless other benefits, all on the taxpayers dime, right as you continually fight to deny your own constituents, your own fellow citizens, the very so-called entitlements that which you yourselves benefit. How dare you!And so, to you I say this:I propose a simple and straightforward bit of legislation to be given to the citizens of the United States as a REFERENDUM vote:Retract entirely every single benefit that you hypocritical parasites in our miserably failing government, every benefit that you all enjoy on OUR, the taxpayers’, hard-earned dime.

First, No more free health care. And then you corrupt, mean-spirited and unconscionable government HUMPS would all have to do just as WE ALL MUST DO: buy grossly inflated, anti-American, inhumane for-profit health care “insurance,” (one of the biggest SCAMS in history) that covers nothing at all just when you need coverage most; and then, when one of you filthy, horrible Republicans or “Blue-Dog” Democrats gets sick and is denied coverage, let the insurance company CEO immediately and unceremoniously pull the plug.

Then, I myself will form a very long line of the wretched and the doomed, right up to the doorways and into your grand offices; And, THEN, please sirs, allow ME Personally to yank you forcibly out of those Grand offices, right by your well-coiffed hair, and straight out to the squalid streets of WE the PEOPLE; And then YOU can Fend for Yourselves…

GOOD LUCK!!

And this:

The entire SLAVE-based economy is, in FACT, the political structure itself. Indeed the entire economy of the world has been and still is deliberately engineered by the very few men in and of the real POWER STRUCTURE. These very few shadowy figures, i.e. the Trillionaires, the Robber Barons, the Tycoons (take your pick) have been from the very inception of controlled human societies and communities, in Control. It is THOSE people who have been and still are pulling ALL THE STRINGS of the mere Puppets in this OSTENSIBLE government (Look Up “Ostensible”).

So these men, who themselves comprise the [WHITE] POWER STRUCTURE, have succeeded for quite some time to keep a fairly tight lid on too much knowledge, learning, awareness, fact-based truth; Since learning and discovering actual FACTS would, of course, lead to bitter protest and violent revolt, and maybe even a fate far worse e.g. similar to the French Revolution.

Religion is the deliberate suppression of knowledge and sciences and overt suppression of actual facts. Religion has been A HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL Tool. “Fervor” and self-delusion was, and still is today, accomplished through organized religion and serves to reinforce the desired effect of Abject Ignorance which is, of course, the ABSOLUTE KEY in the game of mind control; Pacification through Religion and the tireless campaigns of keeping people in ignorant FEAR and insane self-righteousness.

Further, the outright lies which are found throughout all religions, serve as a vehicle for virulent, abject hatred; Hatred is produced by ignorance; ignorance serves to instill abject and usually quite irrational fear (of the unknown, of God, of Black people, of Hell, of Satan, Socialism, Fascism, on and on). The political hacks, in this scheme, have found that the employ of so-called buzz words, notable “God” and “Guns” has been and still is stunningly EFFECTIVE. IT DISTRACTS PEOPLE; Keeps them really dumb, too. And perhaps paralyzes them to render people just too numb to react to the daily atrocities.

There is a veritable myriad of other totally intentional distractions, deliberately designed to hide the truth, real history, FACTS, specifically the global slavery massive theft by fraud, for one, and the irreversible Plundering of all remaining natural resources.

Distractions on any and every contrived “side” of the political spectrum, the entire “Left”-“Right” paradigm, for instance, is one of the most useful and effective of contrivances; People are left confused and belligerent bickering about so-called “Issues,” Abortion, Gun Rights, Animal Rights, you name it… All Contrivances designed to distract the general populace away from the really big picture.

The game, then, is to distract the fools Away from what the Robber Barons are actually doing STEALING by brute force (WAR), that is, PLUNDERING, i.e. theft of other sovereign countries’ natural resources. World Bank? IMF? Crooks.

Every technique to distract is used; Mass media, which of course is wholly owned thereby entirely controlled by CORPORATE governance; Thus, the media outlets report NOTHING useful and everything asinine and inane. No matter the technique, All are forms of intentional trickery.

Religion, though again, has worked like a charm since the day it was invented and written down (by MEN), and Religion is still, bar none, the most highly effective tool for mind control today. Well, there WAS the period in history known as the Age of Reason, the Enlightenment… Well, We all know about THAT part of history, don’t we? CRUSHED IMMEDIATELY and THOROUGHLY BY (GUESS WHO); Replaced with RELIGION, NEVER TO SURFACE Widely AGAIN.

So, skipping straight to the late 20th century, the 1980′s specifically, the emergence of Ronald Reagan, his total embracing of R-wing “Christian” Fundamentalists– Lunatics; the beginnings of the Total DEREGULATION of ALL industry; the utterly Fantastic LIE of ”trickle-down” economics; And the new “service” economy, i.e. a boatload of low-paying thankless jobs, i.e. the “new” slave.

All these conspired deliberations worked hand in hand to set the new and more all-encompassing SLAVE-based economies (Yes, that means ALL OF US) and the Modern-Day Slavery, at least a veritable form of sharecropping; Working more and more for less and less, all while never being able to climb out of debt…Sound familiar, at least? 80 hour work weeks, climbing, declining standard of living, forever locked in debt…???

So it is that every [Puppet] Administration after that old bastard Reagan–Democrat, Republican–every government tool of the REAL POWER STRUCTURE Did follow, in lock-step, the ongoing and now thorough DEREGULATION of every single industry and the Privatization of ALL previously public sectors.

Clinton, of course, was among the most destructive of these twisted, perverted white men, as he is the one that repealed the Glass-Stegal Act that had been put into place by FDR after the Great Depression of the 1930s. Clinton did it, knowing very well the history and the certain ramifications [of giving a gigantic idiot-child a machine gun, i.e. DEREGULATION]; So, doing it anyway for his billionaire buddies in the Banks and on Wall Street; That, along with the passing of the Graham-Leech Bill, took away any and all restraints, i.e. REGULATIONS, from the banking industry and the financial sector..

So, look around NOW. The “Powers” tanked the economy deliberately; They want, for lack of a better term, Zombie-Slaves that won’t think or even ask why: (IDIOT-AMERICA). And they’ve sure GOT them and they’ve got them by the BOAT LOAD.

Slavery Then and Slavery Now:
The main difference (other than race, i.e. skin color) between slavery then and slavery now, is that NOW, as the world is literally collapsing from overpopulation and centuries of destructive pillaging and ruinous plundering of the entire planet, the main difference is that those few men whom are still in cahoots and “controlling” the people, the governments, etc., are thoroughly capable of committing mass Genocide; Indeed, it has become quite apparent that now we are all headed straight toward the edge of the Abyss at their command; And Engineered genocide is a clever and historic tactic; And that works too. They’ve been doing it all throughout history. Whether by Guns, Drugs, Prisons, Wars; You name it!! The main goal is very clear: Let “them” kill each other and themselves, on the battlefield, in the ghettos, in the many privately-owned, For-Profit Prisons, etc., The message is clear: Let them ALL simply DIE OFF.

For those that Disagree:
By the way, ALL of the others, women, Blacks, et al, are MARGINAL, at BEST, in this grim little charade. Meg Whitman, for example, is rich, but she’s still totally disposible; The women, the Blacks; They’re all, in Fact, mere Dupes in this “GAME.” And actually I blame it ALL on the ENTIRE HUMAN SPECIES; The Human animal is simply put, to quote John Gray now, an “exceptionally rapacious Primate.”

And further, I blame people for sheer and stubborn stupidity. Rather than seeking actual facts, most humans willfully choose to believe ENDLESS LIES and stupid fairy tales. People, as a rule HATE FACTS. Of course, on the most fundamentally impervious and horribly pervasive levels, Absolute Stupidity has morphed into a VIRTUE in America!! And it’s a Stupidity that is so base, so wide-reaching, that the destruction is total now. We’ve now reached the point of NO Return.

CM

Mission Accomplished: The Reagan Occupation and the Destruction of the American Middle Class

by David Michael Green | June 25, 2010

Eighty years ago, something occurred in America that was never supposed to happen. An aristocrat came to the presidency and engineered a policy revolution that created a broad and prosperous middle class where it had not existed as such before.

To do this, Franklin Roosevelt and his party had to rewrite the existing rules of wealth redistribution in the United States such that the traditionally fantastically wealthy overclass (which had grown even fatter as the industrialism of the prior century concentrated wealth yet further) would become merely tremendously wealthy from that point forward, in order to leave enough for others to live a decent life.

Needless to say, this rankled the country club set, but, remarkably, they more or less made peace with this development during the early decades of the post-war era, and largely cooperated with the new economic order. So did their political representatives. The Eisenhower administration was the first chance after twenty years of the New Deal to dismantle the newly created American welfare state, and Ike not only refused to take that opportunity, but famously labeled those in his party who wanted to as “stupid”.

If Eisenhower, in his gray suit, black-and-white photos and de rigueur businessman’s hat from the era seems quaint today, so does his political restraint. By the 1980s that was ancient history, and remains so to this day, including through (and via) two Democratic presidencies now.

If Americans understood the real ambitions of Ronald Reagan and his puppeteers, and if they knew the degree to which the supposed patriotism of those folks extended beyond falsity and into the far darker waters of being an irritating irrelevance put on purely for show, then they would not only stop seeing Reagan as some sort of national hero, but would also understand that he instead launched a process far more equivalent to an invasion and occupation of this country.

The goal of the right – which cares about America about as much as it does about Burkina Faso – has been to restore the economic order last seen under Herbert Hoover, in which a tiny minority possess vast sums of wealth and there is (therefore) essentially no remaining middle class. It is nothing short of a breathtaking display of a world class greed, worthy of the ages.

It has also been a work of strategic genius (in much the same way one might appreciate the Germans’ engineering prowess in figuring out the logistics of how to mass murder ten or twelve million civilians in a year or two), one which has drawn upon deep psychological insights, absolutely sociopathic amoralism, and clever tactics that have all simultaneously pushed in the same direction. In plain English, they hired some politicians of hit-man level moral integrity, who then marshaled fear, insecurity, hate and deceit into a witch’s brew of self-destruction that would prove highly attractive to a large segment of the population already sinking from the effects of a global economic order rebalancing after decades of post-war American dominance.

Of course, you couldn’t just come right out and say, “Vote for me and I’ll give your money to people so rich they can’t even imagine what they’ll do with it (but they still demand to have it anyhow)”, so slightly more subtle tactics had to be employed. It is telling that the most honest thing Barack Obama ever said was when he thought there were no microphones in the room. But he was right when, at a presidential fundraiser in San Francisco he told the wine and cheese set that the right uses guns, god and gays (I would add Gaddafis) to scare people out of their money. I’ll believe that Republicans are serious about protecting heterosexual marriage on the day that you can’t find half of them prowling the gay bars of DC every night (and you don’t even want to know what the other half are into).

This bait-and-switch tactic worked perfectly well whenever it was applied. It didn’t hurt that the regressive Billy-Bobs who vote for these folks are as dumb as a tree. With bags of hammers for leaves. But stupid is really only the facilitating quality, and often one that is neither present nor required. What really drives this stuff is fear. If you can turn that into a loathing of fur’ners, fags, bitches, blackies and brownies, you got their vote. Then you can do what you really set out to accomplish in the first place. George W. Bush’s 2004 campaign was the paradigmatic example. All year he talked about jamming through a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. Big priority. Urgent national issue. The religitarded across America just about peed themselves, they were so excited. Then he gets elected and is brazen enough to announce that there’ll be no such effort, after all, and that his signature legislative initiative will be an attempt to hand over the fat Social Security pot of money to Goldman Sachs. The redneck dolts with their Bush/Cheney ’04 bumper-stickers didn’t know what to think. So, of course, they just didn’t.

Meanwhile, to say that this kleptocratic revolution worked really well is only untrue by means of the verb tense employed. It is still working really well. And the final leg of Reagan’s March to the Sea is now upon us. Chunks of middle class body parts have been hacked off, bit by bit, over the decades, ’til there’s little remaining anymore. Remember how they told us that ‘free trade’ wouldn’t decimate our jobs, our unions and our bargaining power? Is that why little old ladies serve Happy Meals at McDonald’s all across the country, assuming they’re lucky enough to get that job? Remember how they said that massive tax cuts for the wealthy would be ‘revenue neutral’ and would jump-start the economy? Which is confusing since the national debt doubled under George W. Bush, and then he proceeded to hand us the worst economy since the Great Depression. Remember how they told us that we needed to slash wasteful government spending on benefits? Now that we’ve become the ones who need those, they’re gone. Remember when they said that government is our enemy and corporations should be free to do whatever they want? You know, like spill oil or trade derivatives?

There’s another little trick that is about to become especially prominent in the coming years. When Reagan came to office and began his “voodoo economics” project of nearly quadrupling the national debt, after having promised to cut it instead, many people were puzzled by this. Personally, I figured that they just did the math and realized that in the real world (where governments sometimes live but campaigns rarely do) something simply had to give. If you slash tax revenues and massively increase military spending, guess what’s gonna happen to your budget? Others, however, saw a more nefarious game being played, and perhaps they were right. This is the idea that they intentionally ran up deficits so large that the national government would be forced to do what it otherwise would not, which is to slash spending on popular entitlements and other social programs.

Whether or not the conspiracy was real, it is the case that the federal government is running humongous deficits every year, which pile up further on the massive national debt. And it is also the case that we are now hearing a rising chorus on the right – especially from the tea party know-nothings – about slashing government spending as the top priority for Washington. Even though, according to the principles of Keynesian economics, this is the last thing we should be doing during a recession.

And, of course, something tells me that as the pinch is increasingly felt, the call for cuts won’t be in the domain of military spending, even though our allocation there is obscenely out of proportion to any imaginable threat in the world, and is roughly equal to what almost the entire rest of the world spends on defense – that’s one country equal to almost two hundred others, combined. I’m also guessing that we won’t be raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans either, even though they pay far less than they did in the pre-Reagan era, when the country was generally very prosperous, and even though they often pay a lower percentage in taxes than the secretaries and janitors who work for them. No, we can’t touch those folks.

Instead, the intense pressure now will be to finish the job of eviscerating the middle class and transferring every last nickel of their wealth to the oligarchs who fancy themselves masters of the universe. Unemployment insurance, for example. Never mind that we have ten percent official unemployment and closer to twenty percent in reality, or that whole cities like Detroit are being wiped out. The Republican minority in the Senate, along with the Democratic “moderates” there, are now refusing to extend expiring unemployment benefits (which are already a pittance when they exist). Nine hundred thousand laid-off workers have thus lost their meager sub-subsistence benefits, and that number will grow to more than a million-and-a-half in a few days now. Guess why. Because regressive senators – including John Kerry and Maria Cantwell – are holding unemployment insurance extensions hostage to protecting a loophole that allows wealthy fund managers to be taxed on their profits at an obscenely low percentage rate. How’s that for national priorities? How’s that for compassionate conservatism?

Next, inevitably, will come entitlements. Indeed, most of the states in the union are already heading that way, cutting pensions for employees. Not to mention certain low priority areas like education, which is getting slashed from California to New York. How long can it be before Medicare and Social Security are put on the chopping block? And why? Because we have our priorities good and straight, pal: a morbidly bloated military and pathetically low tax rates for the wealthiest among us comes first. Then, if we could somehow do it for free I suppose we could allow decent education, or health care, or retirement with dignity for our elders. But, of course, since that can’t be done without cost, those things must go.

The other strategic initiative now reaching fruition during the right’s three decade-long campaign to massively redistribute wealth in this country – literally, the crime of the century – is the evisceration of the state. This must be done (or, more accurately, it must be done in some respects but absolutely not in others) because the state is the only force capable of standing up to the power of concentrated wealth, and because the state sets the very rules by which such wealth either is or isn’t concentrated. It also must be done because the state nominally speaks for the public and the public interest, as against the private interest.

Since Reagan, regressive puppet politicians have been spouting anti-state rhetoric and sarcastic venom with increasing intensity. Saint Ron of Hypocrisy told us that government was the problem, not the solution, seemingly without noticing the irony of his massive military build-up or the government-enforced restrictions the right favors on everything from abortion to gay marriage to euthanasia. Now, as gutted and corrupted regulatory institutions have permitted massively harmful meltdowns ranging from Wall Street to coal mines to oil wells, we are forced to listen to sermons from those on the right about the incompetence of government. Well, yeah. If in fact you staff government regulatory bodies with industry shills who are explicitly ordered not to actually, er, regulate, and if you legislate away their power to effectively do so anyhow, and if you pulverize conscientious whistleblowers to within an inch of their lives, then guess what? That little bit of government will in fact be incompetent. In fact, it will be nearly as bad at the competence thing as, say, all the big banks on Wall Street (which had to be rescued by the, uh, government), or all the big auto companies in Detroit (ditto), or British Petroleum, or Enron, or the savings-and-loan industry, or…

And so, despite the astonishing illogic of it all, the American people now clamor for more harm to be brought upon themselves and more of their money to be looted for the further enrichment of the wealthiest one-tenth of one percent of the population. It certainly doesn’t help that the supposed “party of the people” is every bit as much a part of the problem as anyone else, and arguably far more so given the extra measure of disingenuousness involved. From NAFTA to WTO to welfare ‘reform’ to the Telecommunications Bill, Wall Street never had better friend in the White House than Bill Clinton. That is, until Barack Obama simply outright changed the address of Goldman Sachs’ headquarters to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. As we speak, the president and his party in Congress are busy gutting meaningful ‘reform’ of the shamelessly gluttonous finance industry, just as their masters have ordered them to do. And if you think Obama’s bad now, wait until after November. Like Clinton in 1994, he will take the trouncing he’s about to receive in the election as a signal to move even further to the right.

And thus the Reagan Occupation inches closer yet to a full-blown “mission accomplished”. The middle class is on its knees and shrinking fast. Unions have been broken into irrelevance. Government, supposedly an agent of the public interest, has become a complete tool of those it is meant to monitor. Both political parties are fully owned by the oligarchy. The public has been brainwashed into seeing its allies as enemies and its enemies as allies. We have been drained of hope that any actor on the horizon can come to our rescue.

Bad policy choices by self-serving politicians? Would that ’twere only thus.

We are occupied.

WELL THEN!!

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