The OK Corral
- Hi Bradford:Your sense of resignation is tempting.... for me as well.Only for opposite reasonsYet, it all really boils down to whether or not we have faithin our people, our system and humanity itself.Abe told us that all of the people can be fooled some of the timeand some all of the time...but sooner or later, whether we wantit or not, we will awaken to that which is true within ourselvesand within our fellows.We are on opposing sides of the political fence, my friend.Yet that very freedom to disagree in itself says somethingwonderful about our program.Many folks are not so lucky.Yes, both sides have their oppressive monoliths.The Republicans have big corporations and monetary manipulation.Democrats have big government with exactly the same agendaand same problem.Every sphere on the Tree of Life has it's demonic counterpart.But this fact shouldn't tempt us to despair for the whole tree.To do this is to succumb to the shadowy QliphothTomorrow or the next day, fully one half of this country will awakentotally crushed.But that will pass.We are allowed divisiveness every 4 years in order to examinethose errors we have made. But afterwards we do (and always have)come together as a united yet diverse collective.The courage of self examination. Such is the strength of America.Pard...in a couple of days we will holster our irons, dust ourselves off,walk through those swinging doors, belly up to the bar and mebbe evengrab us a filly or two, just like the old days. After this terrible Tombstoneshootout, we may find we are still standing...tired and wounded but stillvertical in our horseshit encrusted boots.Br. Ron> It is three days before the election. I'm not immobilized by fear or
> dread like millions of Americans. RatherI am immobilized by
> resignation. I feel like a man on a sinking shipminus lifeboats or
> life preservers. I'm sitting in a deck chair aftwardon the Titanic,
> otherwise known as America, waiting for the end of lifeas we know
> Nothing cataclysmic will happen on November 2. Here in New Mexico
> the sun will rise over an untroubled desert andpeople will get up
> and go about their business as usual. My neighborwill walk his dog.
> FedEx will deliver packages. Cops will writespeeding tickets. Pizza
> will be delivered. Construction will plod alongon the new store
> around the corner. Outwardly everything will seemabsolutely the
> same.however a volcano is seething, angrily
> Beneath the humdrum surface
> burbling, ready to explode inour faces.
>"re-elected" or Kerry
> By midnight we will know if Bush will be
> elected to serve as the next president of theUnited States (or the
> CEO of America, Inc., as I call it, because thepresidency is owned
> by multinational corporations and rich people). Ormaybe we will not
> know because the "race" will be close and theDemocrats -- who are
> actually a Lite, somewhat more approachable,although certainly as
> corrupt and double-dealing version of theRepublicans -- will
> contest the election and the whole thing will endup in court again.
> Maybe the tension will crawl on past Christmas.Maybe the Supreme
> Court will appoint Bush again. Or maybe there will aterrorist
> attack and martial law will be imposed. Or maybe Kerry willwin and
> Bush will leave office and take the unpleasant and hatefulRegardless, the ship is going down. It's taking on water as I write
> Straussian neocons with him. Or Bush will win and Kerry will concede
> and there will be exuberant tickertape parades and boastful speeches
> on AM radio where reactionaries hold court every day.
>burdensome and will
> Our national debt is monstrous and unimaginably
> soon crush the life out of us. I don't claim toknow much about
> economics. But I know the government cannot continue toborrow money
> and pass the bill on to future generations. It'suntenable. It's
> criminal. Clinton held a surplus and Bush reduced thatsurplus to a
> whirling black hole of debt in less than four years. It isnow
> beginning to suck everything in. If you look close you can seeUnemployment. Gas prices out of control. States with no money to fix
> things straining and shuddering at their moorings. Inflation.
>roads and schools and bridges. Personal bankruptcy on the increase.
>Like a hurricane not too far off these things now merely rattle the
>windows but all too soon will violently tear the roof off our
>collective house. It's only a matter of time. And most of us are
>stories. But I can't
> I want to go back to writing novels and short
> because there are five alarm fire bellsreverberating inside my
> head. It is not simply the fact I am unemployedand the economy is
> about to crash and burn.the fact our government was hijacked by extreme right-
> It is also
> wing criminalswho are determined to invade numerous countries and
> slaughterinnumerable people. It is the fact these criminals and
> theiraccomplices have eviscerated the Constitution and butchered
> the Bill ofRights. I can't go back to writing novels and short
> stories until thealarm bells stop caterwauling inside my head. I'm
> not sure they everwill.
> I have a bad feeling about all of this. November 2 will
> anything, regardless of who is the CEO of America, Inc. JohnKerry
> has promised to out-Bush Bush in Iraq. He's onboard withindiscriminate murder and imposing the neoliberal order (some call
> thisthe New World Order) on humanity, especially those who have
> naturalresources. He's a Skull and Bones elitist. Kerry is an
> outwardly kinderand gentler Bush and if he is chosen on November 2
> nothing willchange.
>American people are
> But I don't think he will be chosen because the
> scared shitless of our engineered and pre-packagedEmmanuel
> Goldsteins who wear turbans and slice off heads and weretrained at
> the CIA's Camp Peary. Enough people will vote for Bushbecause he is
> more ruthless and mean-spirited and the people --ill-educated,
> intellectually incurious, and brainwashed by Fox News andCNN --
> believe he will do a better job of dealing with (that is to saymass
> murdering) the terrorists, many who are admittedly religious whackis a photograph of Ronald Reagan conferring with the
> jobs, although they are whack jobs initially financed and trained in
> the United States (our government spent $6 billion to create the
> radical Muslim variety of terrorist).
> Somewhere there
> Taliban. Now thesame Taliban are killing boys and girls from
> Nebraska and New Jersey inAfghanistan where Bush and the Pentagon
> have no right to be. In Iraqthe resistance is killing boys and
> girls from Colorado and Connecticutwith weapons sold to Saddam by
> Reagan and Dubya's old man. It is ahellhole sold to the American
> people by Straussian snake oilsalesmen.
>coagulated blood and
> It is a big swooshing whorl of insanity and
> spattered guts and I have absolutely no idea whatto do in order to
> make it stop. I know for damn sure voting will notmake it stop.
> So I sit in my deck chair.
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- "Br. Ron" wrote:
Your sense of resignation is tempting.... for me as well.
Only for opposite reasons
Thanks dear friend. I raise a glass of Shiner Bock. How was it for
you, this victory?