Civil War Will Just Be The Beginning
Anytime anyone takes pen to paper or fingers to keyboard and attempts to predict the future … the end result is invariably wrong. It’s a fool’s game. Because anytime you play “If This … Then That” you can never know all the variables in play … so you can never know which unknown variable will change the outcome.
But I’m going to play it anyway … and hope that I’m wrong.
The two Naomis, Wolf and Klein, wrote books explaining How We Got Here.
Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism depicts how Milton Friedman and his Chicago School’s economic policies of privatization, free trade, and slashed social spending, directly caused depressions, mass poverty, private corporations looting public wealth, and the loss of democracy in the unfortunate countries that followed Friedman’s blueprint.
Naomi Wolf’s The End of America, warns we are living through a dangerous “fascist shift” as the Bush Regime follows the “Ten Steps to Fascism.” The same path of the worst dictatorships of the 20th century; Germany, Italy, Russia, China, and Chile.
When taken together, their books show how Fascism can exist without dictatorship, and Capitalism flourishes best without Democracy. If their warnings go unheeded, we, the citizens of The United States, are facing an Orwellian future, for us and for those who follow.
America has already taken the “Ten Steps to Fascism.” And the Shock Doctrine is being practiced here … now. And to add to the Chaos, The Powers That Be, as manifested in The Republican Party, are actively working to dismantle, again, the electoral process.
10/20/2008 03:29 AM
Early Voting: Machines Switch Votes from Obama to McCain
“In two West Virginia counties, early voters have complained that voting machines have switched their choice from Barack Obama to John McCain, and from other Democratic candidates to other Republican candidates.”
“In both counties, Putnam and Jackson, the elections are overseen by registered Republicans.”
This time, they are taking it to a level that proves they are literally trying to destroy the country. Their mouthpieces on radio and television are cranking out vicious lies that inspire fear and hatred among the Republican Base. The Noise Machine that did everything possible to delegitimize Bill Clinton’s presidency is working full-blast to do the same to Barack Obama. Before he is even elected. Before he even takes office. The Noise Machine is making sure that if Obama wins … the lies, distortions, and the disinformation, coupled with inflamed racism, guarantee that almost half the country will never accept Barack Obama as their legitimate president.
And at that moment … The Shock Doctrine begins to work in deadly earnest.
As Mike Davis wrote recently:
Can Obama See the Grand Canyon? On Presidential Blindness and Economic Catastrophe
“… we are looking into an unprecedented abyss of economic and social turmoil that confounds our previous perceptions of historical risk. Our vertigo is intensified by our ignorance of the depth of the crisis or any sense of how far we might ultimately fall.”
“… both candidates have endorsed … an intensified war in Afghanistan, that will enlarge the military-industrial complex, none of this will replenish the supply of decent jobs nor prime a broken national pump. However, in the midst of a deep slump, what a huge military budget can do is obliterate the modest but essential reforms that make up Obama’s plans for healthcare, alternative energy, and education.”
Obama will ostensibly inherit a 10 trillion dollar deficit and we’re still on the hook to bail out Wall Street. The 700 billion dollar bailout passed, but according to Bloomberg TV analyst Marc Faber, who may or may not know what he’s talking about, the actual cost could be closer to $5 trillion.
The world-wide investors who lost trillions of dollars expect us to pay them back. At the same time Obama wants to quit the quagmire in Iraq and expand the quagmire in Afghanistan. Will he pay for that war on the same credit card The Bush Regime used for the war in Iraq?
When these bills come due during an Obama presidency … what will happen?
Mike Davis writes:
“What took three years at the beginning of the 1930s — that is, the full globalization of the crisis — has taken only three weeks this time around. God help us, if, as seems to be happening, unemployment tops the levees at anything like the same speed.”
A sharp, fast, vicious, Depression could unhinge an already divided America.
After the fall of Saddam Hussein, how long did it take for the Sunni and Shiite sects to begin tearing at each other’s throats? How long before the “Cleansing” began? And how much money was made, and is still being made, behind the scenes of Baghdad, and all of Iraq, in chaos?
At this point you could easily dismiss all these dark thoughts of a new American Civil War with the “It Can’t Happen Here” bromide.
The American Civil War 2.0 may be my darkest paranoid bad dream but look at the spreading inflammable pools of racism, distrust, and hatred spewing from Republican mouthpieces. All that is needed is the burning match.
It can’t happen here?
The deadliest war in American history, Our Civil War, caused 620,000 soldier deaths and an undetermined number of civilian casualties.
It happened here.
Our Ruling Elite cares little for COG, Continuity Of Government. The only COGS they’re concerned with are the Cost of Goods Sold. There’s a lot of money to be made during social upheaval. Naomi Wolf has written extensively about how the Military Industrial Complex has morphed into the Military Industrial Security Complex under The Bush Regime.
We are being socially engineered into a Nightmare we might not wake up from for the rest of our lives.
The Powers That Be are systematically shutting down Democracy in this country like Keir Dullea shut down the higher functions of the H.A.L. 9000 computer in Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Dave, stop. Stop, will you? Stop, Dave. I’m afraid. I’m afraid, Dave. I can feel it. I can feel it. There is no question about it. I can feel it. I’m afraid.
But today the sun is shining and I’ll remain an optimist though I have no reasons for being so. We could pretend that this is just a big-budget version of Orson Welles War of the Worlds Halloween broadcast.
But what if it’s not? What are the solutions to these very bad outcomes? How do we prevail? Will we prevail?
Step One: Trust in our common humanity.
From Chris Hedges in his latest column:
The Idiots Who Rule America
“Our oligarchic class is incompetent at governing, managing the economy, coping with natural disasters, educating our young, handling foreign affairs, providing basic services like health care and safeguarding individual rights. That it is still in power, and will remain in power after this election, is a testament to our inability to separate illusion from reality. We still believe in “the experts.” They still believe in themselves. They are clustered like flies swarming around John McCain and Barack Obama. It is only when these elites are exposed as incompetent parasites and dethroned that we will have any hope of restoring social, economic and political order.”
“… But I do know that what is coming, as long as our oligarchy remains in charge, will not be good. We will either recover the concept of the public good, and this means a revolt against our bankrupt elite and the dynamiting of the corporatist structure, or we will extinguish our democracy.”
That sounds easy enough doesn’t it?
Civil War Will Just Be The Beginning October 21, 2008