Go Back To Sleep America
- By Jill Dalton
Go back to sleep America.Â The election is over.Â The âlesser of two
evilsâ or as Glen Ford so aptly labeled him the âmore effective evilâ
has won and all is well with the world.
You cast your faux fear
vote for your faux president who was actually selected and installed by
the corporate powers to serve the corporate police state thatâs been put
into place over the past 30 years and is now accelerating at an
alarming rate.Â The irony is many actually believe their vote matters
and global warming doesnât exist and weâre fighting the good wars and
fracking will save us from peak oil and taking our rights away will keep
us safe and weâre number one.
Sure weâre number 1.Â Number 1 in
income inequality, #1 in incarceration rates, #1 in building and
exporting weapons, #1 in military spending.Â In fact, weâre the #1
terrorist organization on the planet.Â Our main exports are: murder,
torture, death and destruction.Â Weâve managed to create terrorists
where there were none.Â Terrorism is like a cancer and when itâs
attacked it metastases and spreads around the globe.Â Our child poverty
rate is 23.1% second only to Romania.Â We rank in the low 20âs in
science and math scores so go back to sleep America.
sociopaths have taken over the asylum and are hollowing or harvesting
our country out from the inside.Â Our manufacturing sector has plummeted
from 70% in the 1960âs to a meager 17% today.Â Corporate power, aided
and abetted by our bought and paid for legislators, are exploiting us
and destroying the environment in the process.
I believe these
white male supremacist hate the feminine and therefore degrade, defeat,
demean, abuse, rape and pillage Mother Earth every chance they get and
when she fights back with a Katrina or a Sandy they deny climate
change.Â These male white supremacists treat us human women with the
same disdain and disrespect.Â They are dangerous dinosaurs that have not
evolved and are running scared.Â You only have to look at blowhards
like OâReilly or Limbaugh to see the pattern.Â But all bullies are
really cowards, hiding their fear with racism, sexism and vitriol and
when you stand up to a bully they invariable back down as youâve exposed
them for the ugly pathetic little tyrants they are.Â Their only power
lies in our silence and our obedience.
We know the truth and we
have the power.Â Our Constitution still reads âwe the peopleâ not âwe
the corporations.âÂ Itâs up to us to rise up and stand up for our
rights and our planet.Â For our mother earth, womenâs rights, economic
equality, a peaceful world, a peaceful homeland, good food, good schools
available to all not just the rich, good jobs and healthcare for all.Â
These are basic human rights.
But weâve given our power away.Â
Weâre no longer citizens weâre consumers.Â Â Weâre passive.Â We
think weâve done our civic duty and then go back to sleep till the next
bogus election comes around complete with its negative attack ads,
non-issues and corporately sponsored participants.
never discussed because that would be too dangerous to the corporate
state and the American people might wake up and ask, "Yeah, why donât I
have a good job and healthcare, why canât my kids get a decent
education?Â Why are we bailing out the bankers and Wall Street and
foreclosing on homeowners?Â Why are we spending trillions on illegal
wars?Â Why are our police forces militarized?Â Why is my income the same
as it was in 1968 while productivity is up and CEOâs are making
millions?" Â Why?Â Because the corporate state is about profit and
control and weâre merely pawns in their game of greed where, to borrow
from Chris Hedges, âthe only word they know is, MORE!â
ignore our cries. Â 50% of all Americans are either in or near poverty.Â
Our children go to sleep hungry and homeless but weâre too busy propping
up a dead system that serves the 1%.Â Itâs actually much less than the
1% but no need to split hairs here.Â Sure the economy works for them.Â
Their kids go to private schools; they have healthcare, a few nice homes
and eat non-GMO food so it works for them.
I received an email
from an old friend recently and inside was a rant from a woman
proclaiming how all these poor people are freeloading off Obamaâs
welfare state because they receive food stamps while she, on the other
hand, has to work very hard at her job and why should they get a free
I wrote back, âSeriously, sheâs concerned about a poor
family of four receiving $70 a week in food stamps?Â What about Wall
Street and the too big to fail banks whoâve been given $16 trillion of
our taxpayer dollars or 1 trillion a year being spent on illegal wars.Â
What about the tax cuts for the rich and them not paying their fair
share?âÂ Seems sheâs been indoctrinated, as many have, in the Ayn Rand
philosophy.Â Itâs the letâs blame the victim mentality.Â Letâs
point the finger at those who have no power, no voice and canât fight
Her rage is understandable but completely misdirected.Â But thatâs how the
corporate propaganda machine works.Â And with many Americans no longer
able to think and merely spouting sound bites and platitudes with no
real thought process behind them we see how dangerously misguided this
(itâs every man/woman for themselves) groupthink has become.
school systems are being privatized or corporatized, as they issue
standardized tests so students can parrot back the groupthink because
people whoâre able to think are dangerous to the corporate state.Â Itâs
much harder to manipulate and control us when weâre able to process
their crimes and connect the dots. No matter corporatizing our school
system will destroy the creativity and ingenuity that Americans are
Join NationofChange today by making a generous tax-deductible contribution
and take a stand against the status quo.âWe the peopleâ have the power
yet we stand silent to these corporate
forces and merely obey as our rights are stripped away; our jobs sent
overseas, our homes foreclosed upon.Â We turn a blind eye to Obamaâs
drone attacks, illegal wars, collateral damage, âKill List,â
assassinations of American citizens, the signing of the NDAA and H.R.
347.Â And like the Germans in the 1930âs we remain mute to these
âFirst they came for the socialists, and I didn't speak out because I
wasn't a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak out because I
wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.â
Martin NiemÃ¶ller (1892â1984Go back to sleep America.
And donât forget to numb out by watching âDancing With the Stars,â
other mindless reality TV show and fake corporate news that doesnât deal
with any real issues just like the campaign and the faux debates
because remember, âYou canât handle the truth.âÂ And if all else fails
we can always entertain ourselves by shopping for cheap stuff made in
China at Wal-Mart we donât need as long as weâre distracted and
preoccupied the powers that be have us right where they want us and will
continue to loot, murder, plunder and steal.
And now itâs time to get austerity passed.Â Itâs time for Obamaâs
grand bargain with the
Republicans, which he canât wait to install and we all see how well
thatâs working in Europe with their massive demonstrations.Â I believe
Obama was put into office to do what no Republican could ever get away
with.Â Heâs here to tell us theyâre cutting Social Security, Medicare
No one would dare mention all our fiscal problems
could be rectified by allowing the Bush/Obama tax cuts for the rich to
expire, reducing the military budget, ending these illegal wars,
bringing our troops home. Do we really need them in Germany and England
almost 70 years after WWII?
Go back to sleep America.
with the advent of Citizens United both parties have been co-opted by
big money and are beholding to their corporate puppet masters.
The Republicans make no bones about it.Â They tell us they hate everyone
who isnât white, male and rich.Â Okay, I donât like it but at least
they tell you to your face, âWe hate you, weâre stealing your stuff:
Security, killing Medicare and Medicaid because we hope you get sick and
die and weâre giving all your money to our fat, rich billionaire
friends, weâre killing all entitlements except corporate entitlements,
weâre looting the treasury and we donât care what you say.Â Weâre
deciders.â They claim to purport free trade, which is anything but and
the Ayn Rand philosophy of go f**k yourself.Â Weâre rugged âI got mine
so who cares about youâ individualist and while weâre at it weâre going
to drown government in the bathtub as we collect our fat government
pensions, free healthcare, FEMA help and whatever else the government
wants to dole out all the while proclaiming how horrible âentitlementsâ
But honestly, I guess I prefer that to the liver lilied
Democrats who feel the same way about us but lie about it to our faces
in their Bill Clinton, âI feel your painâ and âthis is going to hurt me
more than it hurts youâ bull crap kind of way.Â Iâd rather know where I
stand than listen to their sniveling excuses and lies.
So now itâs time for Obamaâs grand bargain.Â Obama and the Democrats
theyâve got our backs and the Republicans will refuse to do anything but
cry fowl and demand more tax cuts for the rich or âjob creatorsâ as
theyâve falsely renamed them.Â If that were true weâd be rolling in new
jobs.Â Then Obama will make his usual pathetic excuses, âGee sorry,
kids I tried but the Republicans are just so mean and I have no backbone
and no negotiating skills and no character and itâs the best I could do
and canât we all just get along?"
âPower concedes nothing
without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any
people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure
of injustice and wrong, which will be imposed upon them, and these will
continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The
limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they
This is why all change is and always has always been brought about by social
movements. Â It's truly up to âwe the peopleâ to change things.
Â Itâs up
to us to raise holly hell and demand our constitutional rights, demand a
green sustainable economy, demand single payer for all, demand Social
Security beÂ protected, demand an end to these illegal wars of
aggression, demand an end to the bank bailouts, demand the too big to
fail banks be broken up, demand economic equality, demand decent paying
jobs, demand an end to torture and prosecuting whistleblowers, demand
accountability for the bankers and Wall Street crooks as well as the
Bush/Cheney/Obama criminality. Â These men are traitors to the U.S.
Constitution and should be held accountable and until âwe the peopleâ
demand justice nothing will change.
I was grateful to see
Elizabeth Warren won her Senate seat along with other progressive
candidates such as Alan Grayson, Sherrod Brown, Harkeem Jeffries and
Tammy Baldwin.Â According to Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC)
progressives took 30 seats in all defeating several right wing extremists
but we cannot rely on them either.Â Itâs up to us.
As for Obama my prayer is Americans will wake up and smell the
corruption.Â Our consciousness will be raised and weâll demand our
civil liberties back, demand a stop to drone attacks, illegal wars,
assassinations of American citizens, refuse to be spied on, or illegally
searched at airports but alas Americans seem to love giving their
rights away. Â The American dream has become a nightmare.
In Nader's new book:Â "17 Solutions,â he assures us, âItâd only
take 1% of the population to take up their
civic duty as a hobby to turn this ship around.Â Itâs easier than you
think,â he espouses. Â "We must organize, attend rallies, occupy local
congressional offices with specific demands, occupy courtrooms" and
demand our rights.Â Itâs up to us to do it.Â Stop capitulating at every
We must hold this president accountable.Â Weâve put no
pressure on this guy and heâs run slipshod over the Constitution and us
and very few seem to notice or care.Â By voting for âthe lesser evil,â
(I voted for Jill Stein) the so-called liberals are not only accessories
to his crimes but have rendered themselves officially irrelevant.Â And
just because you voted for him doesnât mean heâs got your best interest
at heart.Â It doesnât matter what he says.Â Itâs what he does that
The Unions, whatâs left of them and, in fact, the entire
liberal class has sold out.Â So forget about them.Â Theyâre a waste of
time.Â Focus on solutions not problems.Â Whatever we put our attention
on multiplies.Â Solutions.Â Action. Â âWe the peopleâ have the power
like Sleeping Beauty we've fallen asleep.Â Obamaâs no Prince Charming.
Â There will be no revivifying kiss.Â His power lies in us staying
Come on.Â Weâre Americans.Â Get it together. Itâs up to
us.Â We allowed this insanity to happen by ignoring the truth and now
itâs time to act before itâs too late.Â No more excuses.Â No more
fighting over wedge issues.Â The whole point is to keep "we the people"
distracted and divided, fighting over nonsense so the corporate powers
can continue to rape, pillage and steal from us. Itâs the oldest trick
in the book.
âUnited we stand, divided we fall.â
If weâre to survive as a species and a country we must come together and
take back our rights, our dignity and our Constitution.Â We only need to
remember the truth and act.
Go back to sleep America at your own peril.Â
Classical economicsÂ is only value-free on its surface.Â In actual fact
it ignores power in the world.Â In actual fact it ignores that its
outcomes ALWAYS hurt the lesser much moreÂ than they do the greater.Â
Economics is not just the dismal science, it is the shameful fancy window
dressing of the exercise of naked power by the rich and the owners against
the poor and the workers.Â It is the condom which makes safe and obscure
the ways we are screwed.Â Â Wythe Holt 5/21/09
>ÂSolidarity grieves when a worker loses his job or sees her pension
>Solidarity is the path as well as the destination of socialism.
slashed. Solidarity cheers when a union wins middle-class pay. Solidarity
rejects the greed of insurers as the distributor of healthcare and
demands single payer for all.Â Solidarity smells the rat who divides
white from black, black from gay, native from newcomer, or America from
the rest of humanity.Â By Phillip Bannowsky
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