americas rome is berning

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Fool us once, shame on US

"It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit” observed that greatest of observers, Noel Coward who must have had one Bernard Sanders political revolution's shock value in mind when he quipped about our 20th century zeitgeist hangover.

Utilizing borrowed insights like his may help put in perspective how the pendulum of what we call history may be swinging favorably in spite of our best efforts at self-destruction.

A proposed five point argument may prove useful in this disquisition, to wit:

1) Occupy Wall Street: Whatever happened to this venting of our national (indeed, international, given banking's reach) pressure cooker? Well, it only disappeared from the controlled broadcast media, the latter finding the WWE-style melees afforded by sleeveless Trump-eting brownshirts in uncertain angst at an amorphous 'otherness' that was doing everything it could and then some to place and keep those angry whites down, notwithstanding their own self-defeat evidenced by their pride in knowing nothing. Now refocused upon and well beyond its deserved fury with predatory capitalism's timeless lust for easy profits dressed up for their harvesting prom in the finer-sounding silkiness of 'moral hazard', it has revived and found its champion writ so large that the M.I.A. media types gush with borrowed sarcasm from Louis the Prefect at their shocking pro-activity;

Toga Bernie Sanders
Toga Bernie Sanders

Bernard "Bernie" Sanders, born September 8, 1941, is an American politician and the junior United States senator from Vermont. He is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in the 2016 election. A member of the Democratic Party since 2015, Sanders had been the longest-serving independent in U.S. congressional history, though his caucusing with the Democrats entitled him to committee assignments and at times gave Democrats a majority. | Photo: Stipko Photo | Link |
2) Black Lives Matter: It seems that whilst Washington-as-Rome burned with stubborn resistance to a President who'd somehow managed to be chosen overwhelmingly in relatively free elections the fifty miniatures known as State Houses and Legislatures/General Assemblies took decisive action translating traditional 'known nothingness' zeal into retrograde state laws aimed at undoing lots of common sense and, perish the very thought, fair and humane things accomplished in a Washington of the past where good governance was more than a turn of phrase. The resulting cavalier attitudes prevailing locally--and well north of that quaint Mason-Dixon Line--took the nation back to Eisenhower-land, and without the contemporaneous Disney trappings;

3) Fracking: Akin to the urban sprawl deemed progress by the usual suspects of commerce the same folks who brought us 'Graduates' oil-based plastics in those heady 1950's of Eisenhower/Nixon placidity handed the baton of that enforced 'progress' off to the fossil fuel gang whose similar motto was something like the fictional Al Cervik of 'Caddyshack': 'graveyards and golf courses are the biggest wasters of prime real estate', hence, drill baby drill wherever possible, and make America energy independent---what's a little quake now and then?

4) D- Infrastructure: Hey, a 'D's a passing grade, right, ask those sleeveless thugs at those televised political rallies. What good are those expensive improvements if terrorists are able to easily bring their destructive ideologies here?! Besides, build the dang wall, that's some critical infrastructure, not to mention those F-35 fighters, right?!

5) Minimal Wages: Every real American knows how important a robust stock market is, and that depends on growing profits every 90 days. Ask yourself, if it wasn't so critical, would it be reported hourly on TV and radio? We're global, remember, trade deals, negotiated by really smart people, 'killers', that's the phrase.

One final conclusory thought concerning this truth versus deceit and the critical mass it has reached as personified by this 'Feeling the Bern' revolution in what is foolishly called 'political science', and it has as much to do with science as gravity, uttered by the only President ever to hold a scientific patent.

Lincoln warned against any attempt at fooling all the people all the time.

Such a time has come and, unlike a more recent holder of that office who couldn't seem to grasp where due shame should reside, all the people won't be fooled twice.

Because our Rome may well be 'Berning'...and the people cried 'Bern baby Bern!'

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