December 14, 2008

Told You So

From David Sirota:
Please, forgive me for saying it. I know it's a tad annoying, but it has to be said to America's ruling class in this humble column space. Because if it's not said here you can bet it won't be said anywhere else in the media, and it needs to be said somewhere on behalf of the millions of citizens who were right.

We told you so.
He's talking about the economy, but he could just as easily be talking about Iraq or Afghanistan or CIA secret gulags or 911 or a host of other issues.

The true nature of the Bush administration has always been obscured to the public by a compliant media and secretive officialdom, but now it is revealed as basically a Kleptocracy, built to steal every cent for the ultra-rich. Everyone is now asking where all the money went, but it's long been channelled off-shore.

The mega-rich today are not bound by national boundaries and the people of the USA will never see that money again, unless they happen to take a holiday in Sint Marten, Bermuda or the Seychelles.

The same thing has been happening elsewhere, of course, to a greater or lesser extent.

So now what? Do we queue up for handouts from these mega-rich criminals? Do we let their money keep controlling our governments around the world?

There has to be some kind of a popular revolution on the way. Hopefully it is a peaceful one, but probably it won't be. And it could take decades to arrive - I might not see it in my lifetime, and I'm only 44.

I think there is a line in Lord of The Rings where a huge, defining battle is looming and somebody cries out, "Pity the man who has lived to see this day!"

At least some of us, including those of us who "Told You So" long ago, already CAN see what's going on today (whether we choose to "do" anything about it or not). Millions of others still have not woken up to the grim reality.

The waking up process is not very pleasant - a bit like Keanu Reeves emerging alone and shocked from his mechanical egg, soaked in goo...

"So Saddam never had WMDs or ties to terrorists? It was just an excuse to grab the oil and control the Middle East? But that means we've murdered a million Iraqis... for nothing!"

"911 was a false flag attack? Really? But... why would they do that to us? And why didn't the media say something?"

"The anthrax killers were on the government payroll and protected by the head of the FBI? But that means they are still out there, and could strike at any time..."

"They are monitoring my phone calls and my emails? But that means we're already living in a Stalinist state, an Orwellian nightmare..."

It's past time to draw some hard conclusions about the state of the world.


Bukko_in_Australia said...

The Left was right and the Right was wrong, but they'll never acknowledge it.

Case in point, from a few hours ago. I was talking to my Mom via Skype. I've been telling her all along to dump her bank stocks, and consider getting out of most common stocks, because the U.S. sharemarket is nothing but a rigged game with prices having nothing to do with a company's economic prospects any more. She always sneered at my advice because I'm the un-patriot who deserted his country and hates America, even though she has to acknowledge I've done well financially. (Ironically, by doing what the rich people do. I suppose that makes me a bastard.)

Mom rationalised her rusted-on sharemarket position by saying "The bank stocks pay dividends. Stocks always go back up." Today she conceded that her Bank of America stock had cut its dividend in half (I told her dividends to common stock holders would be going away) and that the share price was practically nothing (I told her that when the dividend was cut, the share price would fall even further.) It's also dawned on her that she might not live long enough to see "prices come back up." (She's 75.) She also touched upon the woes of a few other issues she owns.

EXACTLY what I had been telling her all along, except now the words are coming out of her mouth. But is there any "Gosh, you were right. I should have done what you said, and I'd be tens of thousands of dollars better off." Nah. I didn't rub it in. No point in kicking one's mum, and her mental status is getting foggier since my dad died.

What is saddest is that the disaster the Left foretold, has unfolded, but the Right cannot acknowledge it. Their ideological blinders are as rigid as those of a communist or a religious cultist. All this in the supposedly "free" "information age" society. The reason why it's sad is that if they don't see it as their very bank accounts are being drained away, they will do nothing to stop it from happening again. If there is still organised civilisation around when this all plays out...

gandhi said...

I'm not ignoring you, Bukko.

Just tired.

Bukko_in_Australia said...

No worries! I don't expect a detailed response to my blather. I like to hear myself talk (or write, as the case is here) and it's an acknowledgement to you that someone's paying attention.


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