Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The eye of the idiot

By Capt. Fogg

"For dogs have encompassed me; a company of evil-doers have inclosed me; like a lion, they are at my hands and my feet."

 On August 28, 1963, a year short of 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King told us he had a dream.  I wonder if anyone still does. 

Watching and listening to the madness growling and the lies howling across the country, I have mostly nightmares.  If  "America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned" it's now intent on defaulting on any promise it has ever made to anyone but the corporate robber barons, the rabid Christianist insurgents and the anarchists.

We have a self described Anarchist group of US military personnel, a militia plotting to overthrow the government by violence, some members of which are now on trial for murder. We have the most popular cable news network inventing calumnies against our elected government and some of our wealthiest citizens and businesses spending billions on so distorting the truth that we can't remember how we got here and are eager to repeat everything we did to cause the two largest economic catastrophes  in the last hundred years. We have widespread attempts at voter suppression.

No, you can't get to the truth easily these days, but you can bet that if the Republicans are screaming about all the things the demon Democrats and the Beast Obama have done, are doing and are about to do at any minute, you can be sure the truth is that the Republicans have done the same or are engaged in doing it or plotting it.  Yesterday I received a thick envelope in the mail, ostensibly from John McCain but certainly written by others.  Designed in every way to generate a sense of emergency, it insisted that I take the opportunity and use the express mail envelope (postage not included) to mail $2000, or maybe a little less if I want to risk an accusation of Marxism, as AN EMERGENCY DONATION to "stop the billion dollar Obama fundraising Juggernaut." 

Whether or not Jesus cares enough to weep any more, I do.  I do at least when the growing rage allows it.   Yes, yes, I know.  You poor victims of truth, justice and common decency will tell me as you've been doing since you turned the most prosperous nation on earth into the largest debtor with a cynical smile on your face -- you'll tell me I'm simply wrong and generally stupid because I'm angry at the "legitimate rape of America."

It's the logic of liars, the argument of the evil and if God has forsaken us, or left us behind, which may be a better translation, we're still too stupid to know it. We're legitimately stupid enough to see God's will in our own evil that we nod together like hollow bobble heads and agree with the Robertsonians that God saved the Republican convention from getting wet but if an asteroid fails to fall on the Democratic convention, it will mean nothing.

But in a way, that's true. This is America and meaning is in the eye of the idiot.


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Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Wish I could disagree with you because agreeing is so depressing.

3:19:00 PM  
Blogger Mule Breath said...

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8:33:00 PM  
Blogger Mule Breath said...

"On August 28, 1963, a year short of 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King told us he had a dream. I wonder if anyone still does."

An excellent message, Fogg, and an especially pointed question. Just three years before MLK's iconic message this country elected John Kennedy as our President. I'm old enough to remember the acrimony of those days and the kind of people that tried so hard to derail the Kennedy campaign. They were using the same techniques then as today.

In those days just as today it was all about hatred and most of that was centered in the southern states. The money for those campaigns of fear and loathing came from a eerily similar source as they are today... from a pair of Texas billionaire (might have been just multi-millionaire) oilman brothers.

It's the Kochs today, and the Hunts were doing it back then. The Koch's stalking horse is he Tea Party, for the Hunts it was the John Birch Society.

Have you ever seen that " Wanted for Treason" poster that appeared as a full page ad in the Dallas Morning News the morning before the assassination?

Nothing has really changed in the 50 years since.

8:52:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Yes, indeed I saw that Wanted Poster and I've long wondered that it gets so little play. The Grand Old Bastards have been saying the same dastardly things about every Democratic president I can remember too. the process of accusing the opposition of your own motives and crimes probably goes back forever.

In the case of Kennedy, they actually got their wish.

But of course these "conservative" vermin have stood against any advance of freedom from 1776 to the present and they will support any King that promises to let them shine his boots.

9:46:00 AM  

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