King George the Third

If Prince Bandar bin Sultan of the House of Saud could be known as “Bandar Bush” because of his closeness to the Bush dynasty, then President Barack Obama can be known as George the Third, because his reign in the White House has been nothing but a continuation of Reagan/Bush. Candidate Obama announced a doctrine of hope. He represented the fruition of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Dream. Awakening from a dream of hope, Obama’s presidency has convoluted into a modern American nightmare. Bush had Dick Cheney, Condoleeza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld, and Paul Wolfowitz, a combination of Big Oil and the Project for a New American Century. Domestic policy and veteran’s benefits were systematically decimated. American infrastructure fell into ruins. War profiteers saw their profits soar to new heights, as a decade of unrelenting war ensued. Obama surrounded himself with Wall Street operatives, Larry Summers and Timothy Geithner being the most overt examples. Obama continued Bush’s military industrialist complex relations with seamless fluidity by maintaining Robert Gates as Secretary of Defense. Hatchet man, Rahm Emanuel, set the tone for an Obama administration. Dissension was not only discouraged, it was persecuted. Pundits like Thom Hartmann would express their confusion over Obama’s choices for members of his cabinet, and his choices in policy. It was repeatedly suggested that brilliant, highly educated, constitutional law expert and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Barrack H. Obama was tactfully playing chess, while everyone else was playing checkers. Obama may have been playing chess, but not benignly. The president suggested emulating Abraham Lincoln in stacking a cabinet with persons who seemed to not share his views, nor the views of the majority of the American People. An adroit chess move, this allusion to Lincoln covered Obama’s complicity with Wall Street, and his neo-liberal leanings. War, in the Middle East, has dragged on, in fact, escalated, with increasing drone attacks, and now will include Syria, bringing to life the goals of the PNAC’s Rebuilding America’s Defenses report, authored by none other than Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, and Bush’s own brother, Jeb. This report called for the US to fight “multiple, simultaneous theatre wars”, performing “constabulary duties”, to bring to fruition a “new American Century”. Not limiting PNAC’s vision to the Middle East, drone deployment even includes the American homeland. So much for posse comitatus!

Who would profit from this “new American Century”? The American proletariat will pay in blood, as their offspring are sacrificed in remote regions of the world, so profits will continue to multiply for the multinational one percent. For eight years, Americans suffered under a scion of Big Oil and his menagerie of bedfellows. Corruption ran rampant, and through the likes of ENRON and Wall Street bailouts, everyone in America saw hard earned family finances flush down an enormous toilet. Now, America must endure a puppet of Wall Street in the White House. The toilet continues to flush. It is foolish denial to pretend differently. Banksters continue to run amok and regulation of their efforts roams the wilderness of irrelevance. Had candidate Obama sincerely meant to bring hope to the American People, Reagan’s destruction of the Sherman Anti-trust Act would have been reversed, Glass-Steagall,  decimated by Clinton, would have been reinstated, and Taft-Hartley would have been eliminated. Instead, Wall Street continues in its orgiastic splendor, Orwell’s unending war became reality, and Americans remain enslaved by ‘Right to Work’ legislation. A dawning of a new American Century allows the one percent, Charles and David Koch, multinational corporations, and the right-wing fanatics of the John Birch Society to appreciate a bright, sunny morning, while the remainder of the world suffers a continuing nightmare. George the Third, Bandar Bush: all in the family.

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About Stefan Jacke

MagicRobert presented me with a vellum document, composed in an insane script. We were in a well secured vault in the Michener Library. His face exploded into a broad smile, as he saw me recognize the words, "That government governs best which governs least." It was a copy of "On Civil Disobedience" in the author's own hand. The experience called to mind a conversation Henry David Thoreau had with Ralph Waldo Emerson, as Thoreau sat in a jail cell, incarcerated for protesting the Mexican War. Emerson asked, "David, what are you doing in there?" Thoreau responded, "The point is, Ralph, what are you doing out there?" Once, long ago, I jumped off of big red trucks, lifted weights, and cleaned toilets for a living. Then I wrestled drunks, ran around in circles, and got splattered with blood and all manner of body fluids for a living. Now I enjoy the stillness of early morning in my rocking chair on the porch, with a hot cup of coffee, trying in vain to forget the past. Thank you, Robert!
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