Osama Bin Laden was killed with the classic “double tap” to the chest and head. Translated, this means he was shot twice in short succession. Suddenly everyone on TV including the 100-pound spokesmodel pretending to be a reporter on Fox, is speaking SEAL lingo. Mainstream media is really pushing the hero thing. According to both my television and my computer, SEALS walk invisibly on water and spit the fire of God’s vengeance at these detestable Muslim self exploders under the strict direction of our Commander in Chief. As a result, Obama’s already high approval rating has, for now, climbed into the stratosphere for the successful “dispatching” of “Geronimo” and “E.K.I.A.” (Enemy Killed In Action). SEAL speak! See what I mean?
Note: This announcement came as a complete surprise to me since I had previously written an article wherein I stated that Bin Laden had been dead for nine years and that anyone who disagreed with me was a delusional war monger. I have since softened my position.
Crowds congregated at ground zero (translated, that means where the twin towers fell) and Times Square to cheer at another human being’s death (admittedly that of Osama Bin Laden’s) with a fervor usually reserved for the radical fundamentalists they despise.
Interestingly enough, most of the people the author saw gathered in celebration would have been anywhere from 5 to 8 years old when the tragic events of 911 unfolded. I wondered what loss or trauma these revelers had suffered especially given their age and inappropriate (in my mind) glee.
But then, who can blame them? Look at our Commander in Chief, who despite “not wanting to spike the football” (a very telling statement in and of itself) has been drilling the pigskin into the turf at every opportunity, using the killing as an “applause getter” at every public outing since the “event” occurred. It’s only logical that God would choose sides against his own creations and facilitate the death of the filthy Muslim ones…right?
This kind of thinking is brought you by the patriarchs who won’t show us the pictures of a dead Bin Laden. We can see film of regular folks who never knew who killed them or why, jumping out of the south tower every night on cable tv, but Bin Fucking Laden with a bullet in his head will freak us out? How’s that? Uday and Qusay looked good with bullets in their heads, why not Bin Laden? Congress got to see it! WTF? Btw, who’s paying for this? If I’m paying millions of dollars to get fucked I’d at least like to have pictures, hell I want a video and not the animated snuff film I saw on MSNBC. I digress…
My point is that this kind of morbid curiosity/high five-ing does not bring out the best in us. Agreed? Throw some middle-east garb on our revelers and who could tell the difference. I was raised to believe Americans are better than that. Clearly we’re not.
A Catholic parish recently came under criticism for adding Osama Bin Laden to its weekly prayer request list as printed in the parish news letter. Many parishioners were outraged and refused to pray for Bin Laden. The story made the mainstream news along with the opinions of average citizens as interviewed on the street. Most were openly hostile at the thought of praying for the soul of Osama Bin Laden whilst claiming to be Christians. Apparently they forgot about Jesus’ clear instructions to love and pray for one’s enemies, or maybe not. How one can claim to be Christian and have no forgiveness in his/her hearts for his/her enemy, even in death, is beyond me. Jesus certainly would not approve.
President Obama will surely be re-elected on the strength of having killed Osama Bin Laden. This says a lot about American voters and a lot about Barack Obama. The fact is Mr. Obama has done virtually nothing to fulfill his campaign promises and has blatantly carried on with the Bush doctrine/agenda. Mr. Obama has proven himself a corporate puppet who works for the banks and Wall Street…period. Examining his record of leniency on banks with regard to TARP money and his failure to enact appropriate regulations, combined with his inability to create jobs leaves little room to characterize Mr. Obama as a success.
Former Obama supporter and pre-eminent African American Princeton Professor Cornel West recently described the President as “…a black mascot of Wall Street Oligarchs and a black puppet of corporate plutocrats” and also went on to say that the President “…lacks backbone”. The failed economy, high unemployment and massive home foreclosures give undeniable weight to Professor West’s words and reflect the general consensus of many liberals.
Most Obama detractors, unlike Professor West, don’t care what color Obama is, they just think he sucks. Where were Obama’s “comfortable shoes” when Wisconsin State workers needed the President to fulfill his campaign promise of marching beside them should the need arise? Obama has done almost nothing to help pass the failed DREAM Act and currently deports more people than any president in history. I know because I am currently fighting deportation, despite being a 50 year legal permanent resident and despite the fact that I am being prosecuted completely without legal cause. Many mainstream liberal pundits now openly describe Mr. Obama as “a colossal failure/disappointment in almost every regard”. Inexplicably, many progressives stand obediently by the President fearing “someone far worse from the right will become President”. Sadly, this is the thought process that currently defines the electoral process in America.
It’s time to quit high five-ing and congratulating ourselves on killing Osama Bin Laden and move on to an honest assessment of where we are at as a country and as a people. It is a stunning fact that we are in the worst economy since the Great Depression. Our infrastructure is falling apart. We’re deporting people that don’t deserve it, separating families in the process. Gays are openly persecuted with unconstitutional bills that sometimes become law before getting the kibosh from the Supreme Court. Medicare is under attack as well as any and all social programs including education. Something Barack “Mr. Education” Obama has done nothing meaningful to address. Nor will he. Instead, he will continue to spew his hollow promises of “change we can believe in” while consistently under-delivering or not delivering at all. Unfortunately the “smoke” created by Bin Laden’s killing will probably not clear in time to reveal Mr. Obama for the colossal failure he truly is, relegating the country to four more years of “change” that never materializes.
Mike Burrows blogs about his deportation among other things at http://proburrows.blogspot.com/
And he continues to kick our asses posthumously. That’s right, he’s been dead for nine fucking years and we’re still on orange alert. After years of dialysis and a less than comfortable lifestyle, despite his wealth, in December 2001 Osama bin Laden died in the mountains of Tora Bora and was buried in an unmarked grave, according to Arabic-language news network Al Jazeera.
Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said Pakistan knew bin Laden took two dialysis machines into Afghanistan. “One was specifically for his own personal use.” “I think now, frankly, he is dead for the reason he is a … kidney patient,” Gen. Pervez Musharraf said in an interview with CNN.
Even Donald Rumsfeld admitted signs of Bin Laden after mid December 2001 “were probably not valid.” I recently watched a show on HISTORY channel dedicated to bin Laden wherein a retired CIA agent assigned to the bin Laden task force emphatically stated that there had been no verifiable sightings of the man since November of 2001. He further went on to say that in his thirty years in the intelligence community he had never seen anyone “drop off the face of the earth” and “did not believe it was possible given today’s covert monitoring technology” (spy satellites, drones, etc.). Are you getting the picture here? He’s dead and the American Intelligence community knows it. So why is the U.S. keeping Bin Laden “alive”?
Three words. Military industrial complex. Look folks, when you’ve got hundreds of billions of dollars worth of kill-toys, you gotta use em. Why? So you can build new, more expensive kill-toys. This is the reality of it; Lockheed and Boeing aren’t getting paid for jets that are already flying around in the air. Those jets and high tech weapons need to get worn out, obsolete and replaced with newer better kill-toys undoubtedly as a response to some kind of cutting edge Afghani/Muslim war technology that nobody is aware of. Are you kidding me? The only decent weapons they have were given to them by us to fight the USSR during the Cold War, and other than throwing black rocks at night… Afghanistan has no stealth technology.
As I said earlier we are still on orange alert, or is it yellow alert today? I don’t know and you probably don’t either. Why? Because it’s meaningless hype created by a country who’s main export is war. Of course it’s a yellow or orange or pink alert! Got to keep people scared so they won’t make any noises about cutting back on the military budgets, especially during times of financial crisis…like the current one. Now, when I visit my elderly mother with Alzheimer’s, I have to submit to letting an L.A. gang member in an Airport Security uniform (usually), stare at my and my girlfriend’s privates so we may be allowed to board the plane. Alternately, we can be felt up by said gang members. Man, do I feel safe now.
We are not at war with Afghanistan. We are at war with a concept, terror. How in God’s name can you possibly win a war against a concept? You can’t. And that’s the whole point. We never win, we never go off some color of alert, we never stop war-ing, we never interrupt the military industrial complex and we never feel safe. Largely because of a 10 foot tall Muslim fanatic with bad kidneys who’s been dead for 11 years. I, for one, am tired of having my ass kicked by a dead guy.
The world hasn’t changed; we have. As a nation we buy into the specter of terrorism and unquestioningly do what ever we are told. We’ve willingly surrendered hard fought rights that we may never recover (the Patriot act was renewed, in part, a couple of days before this writing) and tolerate any ridiculous inconveniences we are subjected to because of the very real fear of arrest. There have been so many studies showing that our current heightened/intolerable airport security does nothing to make us safer that space prohibits me from quoting them all. Now you need a passport to go to Mexico…WTF? We as a nation have become scared little bunnies willing to suffer any humiliation for fear that the big bad Osama might eat us.
Recently I’ve watched Egyptians fearlessly stand up against a tyrannical dicatator/president. I couldn’t help comparing the bravery of Egyptian protesters to the cowardly apathy that exists in this country. Clearly, Americans are too obsessed with their iPhones and Honda Accords to be concerned with their civil rights being eroded. Also, as a country we’re not too smart. Example; Wisconsin state workers go on strike because their governor is trying to bust the unions under the guise of balancing their state budget. With out doubt there are many among them that voted for the Republican/Tea party candidates that are now busting their union. What did they expect? Republicans traditionally hate unions, or anything at all that might benefit Johnny Punchclock & Sally Housecoat. You reap what you sow. Idiots!
Osama bin Laden won; now what do we do? Well for one, we can insist that Congress repeal the Patriot Act (is that Orwellian or what?). We could stop putting up with the ridiculous requirements forced upon us should we need to travel. We could in no uncertain terms let Washington know that we view the “Terror Alert Status” as a tool of fear and oppression. Americans must make it crystal clear that unless the Government can prove that there is an imminent threat to our sovereignty we will not go to war. We must not violate the Versailles Treaty any longer by means of aggressive war or torture if we wish to be taken seriously as a nation and not hated. Finally, we have to admit some painful truths to ourselves. First, you can’t win a war against terror because it’s a concept. And second, Osama bin Laden is dead, and you cannot kill a guy who’s already dead, no matter how much you hate him.
How Much Longer Are We Going To Put Up With This Shit?
Redistribution of wealth. These are the three dirtiest words in the English language…to the 2% of Americans holding 95% of the country’s wealth. It’s of small wonder we hear politicians from both sides of the aisle condemning any attempt to even the economic scales. When the insurance companies and their corporate shills, the Republicans, claimed that national health care was a socialist plot designed to redistribute the wealth of this country, Mr. Obama and the rest of the Democrats fell apart like a toilet paper bathing suit. Good-bye single payer, good-bye public option. How could basic health care possibly be considered a redistribution of wealth in the eyes of anyone possessed of a rational mind? It makes you wonder who is representing the 95% of Americans who have next to nothing.
When your boss hands you your paycheck…that’s a mini redistribution of wealth. Guess what else? When you pay for your Japanese Toyota and buy Arab Gas, that’s a redistribution of wealth. If you hope to own a home, or a nicer home or get a better paying job, that’s a redistribution of wealth. Got it?
So do everyone a favor and don’t get all McCarthy-era stupid when you hear the term “redistribution of wealth” and start yelling “pinko commie take-over”. No need to grab the bible and load the gun. WE NEED A MAJOR REDISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH IN THIS COUNTRY! There I said it. And if you don’t agree, you are either one of the richest 2% or you’re a fucking moron.
People sit around and complain about the fat cat corporations, but fear a redistribution of wealth. How stupid is that? I have exhausted all patience for those who ignorantly buy into corporate sponsored rhetoric which ridicules/demonizes the concept of redistribution of wealth. Wake up. Corporations have more legal rights than American Citizens. That is not my opinion; it is a legal fact.
We now live in a country whose economy has “fully recovered” as far as banks, corporations, and the government are concerned. There’s one major omission from this assessment…jobs. The middle class is on the endangered species list and your government does not care. To hell with what they say! The real truth is reflected in their trade agreements and foreign policy. Most of which are designed to facilitate big corporations exploiting the cheapest labor globally available. Both Democrats and Republicans are equally guilty. Politicians all claim to “care about middle America”, but then sign bills into law and give tax incentives to corporations who exploit third world labor forces, leaving their former U.S. employees unemployed, all in the quest for higher short term profits.
As Americans we consume more now than we ever have. More goods, more services, more everything, and yet we have high unemployment and a rapidly shrinking middle class. How can this be? It’s because we only manufacture a fraction of what we used to. Instead of paying Americans to build American made products, we currently throw our money away on poor quality imported (mostly Chinese) goods that offer poor service to both the end user and the U.S. economy. But it makes big corporations rich. Talk about a redistribution of wealth! Our lust for cheap goods will likely be our undoing.
The first rule of the “Rich Guy Club” is…NO NEW MEMBERS! Be sure to keep this in mind when you hear assholes like John Boehner screaming about the redistribution of wealth being a bad thing. It is a bad thing…for the fabulously wealthy. The largest redistribution of wealth the world has ever seen is going on right now in the form of American dollars going to Arab oil nations. And yet, the politicians don’t say a word. That’s because they don’t give a damn about the redistribution of wealth, unless it’s to the masses (i.e. you and me). Corporations can shuffle wealth anywhere they wish with impunity. They own our politicians thanks to antiquated campaign financing laws that serve to undermine the governing process and leave all but the very rich unrepresented.
If this country continues to have such a huge disparity between the rich and the poor, we as a nation are doomed. Big business, with the government as its shill, would have us return to the days of feudalism. Corporations and government would lord over us and the masses would exist in a state of sub-poverty, a condition more and more people face everyday as a result of the current recession. Face it; big business doesn’t give a damn about you and neither does big government.
We have to start holding politicians accountable by not re-electing them. We need to build things. We have to quit buying crap at K-Mart and Walmart. We need to patronize small businesses instead of heading straight to the Mega Discount Store. We need to buy things made in America. We need to reject the way governments and big corporations currently do business, especially if it isn’t in the best interests of the American people and humans beings in general.
Finally, we need to embrace the notion of leveling the playing field and redistributing America’s wealth and prosperity back to Americans like you. When it’s all said and done, Americans will ultimately make America sustainable, not corporations and not politicians.