Turmoil Tuesday


The Kiss of Death.

We await the crisis. It could be economic. It could be a terrorist attack within the United States. It could be widespread devastation caused by global warming. It could be nationwide unrest as the death spiral of the American empire intensifies. It could be another defeat in our endless and futile wars. The crisis is coming. And when it arrives it will be seized upon by the corporate state, nominally led by a clueless real estate developer, to impose martial law and formalize the end of American democracy.

When we look back on this sad, pathetic period in American history we will ask the questions all who have slid into despotism ask. Why were we asleep? How did we allow this to happen? Why didn’t we see it coming? Why didn’t we resist?

Why did we allow the corporate state to strip away the rights of poor people of color and force them to live in terror in mini-police states? Why did we build the world’s largest system of mass incarceration? Did we not see that the rest of us would be next? Why did we agree that those defined by the state as terrorists could not only be deprived of their rights but be assassinated? Did we think the state would restrict itself to persecuting and murdering Muslims? Why did we remain silent as the state arrogated to itself the right to detain and prosecute people not for what they had done, or even for what they were planning to do, but for holding religious or political beliefs that the state deemed seditious? Why did we stand by and permit the state to torture? Did we not see that once rights became privileges the state would one day revoke them?

The failure of our capitalist democracy was collective. It was bred by ignorance, indifference, racism, bigotry and the seduction of mass propaganda. It was bred by elites, especially in the press, the courts and academia, who chose careerism over moral and intellectual courage. Our rights as citizens were taken from us one by one. There was hardly a word of protest.



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12 Responses to Turmoil Tuesday

  1. Den says:

    Hard truth about how we got to be where we are today.

    Now we face an enemy even more profound, ourselves.

    We must unite against the persistence of Bullyism which if left unchallenged we make us all slaves of brute power. It must not be tolerated even in the slightest, this is America; home of the brave..

    Bullies are nothing but insecure cowards, a direct challenge to their actions usually results in them backing down, we must keep up the pressure against this phony BS.

    No quarter for Bullies! Including Billionaires holding high political office.


  2. Den says:

    The trump monkey is still here:


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  4. David B. Benson says:

    Hands off Medicare!


    • º¿carol says:

      It’s already half privatized. Not only do Bob and I pay for Medicare out of our SS, we also had to buy a health insurance policy. Blue Care Advantage pays for our medical, Medicare pays for nothing except for the money they pay to Blue Care Advantage, that is. Medicare brought in a middleman quite awhile ago.


  5. David B. Benson says:

    TNYT unexciting today.


  6. º¿carol says:

    Just watched “The Shallows” with Bob. I was gritting my teeth, watching the shark go after the star.


  7. David B. Benson says:

    Even slower: TVD bridge and return in 51 minutes. Birds perched in the tall evergreen; two dark birds landed in the bunchgrass up past the bridge; a solitary duck flying north just after sunset.

    Day 3: 196+51=247 minutes.


  8. Den says:

    Christmas Tree decoration made easy:


  9. David B. Benson says:

    Home from Alice’s Junior oboe recital. Oh my, that was fine!


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