Thursday, December 2, 2010

Due Process Of Law Is A State Secret - 2

In the previous post in this series, and in other posts, we have noticed that the graphs are astoundingly clear.

The increase of the obsession the government has for "secrecy" parallels: a) the increase in government wrongs here at home and around the world, b) the increase in war, c) the increase in cold heartedness, d) the increase in income for the wealthy 1% who have most of the wealth, e) the increase in poverty, f) the decline of the middle class, and g) the decline in sanity.

The solution the politicians have is to blame "it" on other politicians, try to make it worse so as to win elections, and then lie about all of that.

The paranoia the government spouts infects the rest of us, so there are indications that our empire has passed the peak of sanity.

As it turns out now, Country Joe & The Fish had a lyric that probably sums this attitude up:
"Well there ain't no time to wonder why,
Whoopee! we're all gonna die.
(Variations On A Theme). Now we head into the winter with a chill on the congress, a chill on those whose unemployment benefits are going away, and a chill on the wealthy who want a big fat tax cut for xmas.

The previous post in this series is here.


  1. Assange is now in hiding - possibly in England - to avoid arrest on espionage related charges, and now, oh look - he's wanted on rape charges as well - from August no less! The message couldn't be clearer and is directed at all of us: cross the powers that be and we will pull out all stops to come after you - legally or otherwise.

    Ironically, Mr Assange's legacy will be a further major ratcheting up of the international security apparatus, allowing for more government secrets, more government spying and covert operations, and further crackdowns on free speech. Needless to say, it will also feed the hysterical political hyperbole machine in DC, which will certainly make for some more good entertainment, but will no doubt mean that the whole political spectrum will shift a few MORE degrees to the right, if that's even possible. Things are playing out very nicely for a hard right wing - very possibly a Christian inspired (at least in word, if not deed) outsider (Sarah Palin!) - demagogue in 2012.

    The national edifice is beginning to crumble, and national edifice's like ours don't take such things lying down. Up to now we've riding down an old potholed wreck of a highway in our dilapidated old broken down American car, but a relatively smooth paved highway nonetheless. I think in 2011 we'll begin the off-road portion of our journey, hopefully to stay on an ill-kept, rough and tumble jeep path for awhile at least. Unfortunately, in 2012-13 the one-way path ends at a cliff and the real wilderness adventure begins. Won't we have fun!