Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The State of The Onion Script

Gummit
The Script Of The Union, or SOTU, is going to once again try to pat little R and D on the head for doing such a good job this past decade of imperialism induced economic calamity.

But of course "the condition our condition is in" will not be called the era of criminal insanity, the era of no-accountability, the era of too big to jail, the era of federal, state, and local government insolvency, the age of homelessness, 10-25% unemployment, the age of ultimate environmental pollution, nor will it be called what it is: more propaganda of denial.

It is like the Hollywood script that no one remembers exactly where it came from, exactly who wrote it, or exactly what it is all about (e.g. "not exactly").

It ends up being a doctrine of "stay on message", but no one knows what the message is or ought to be, but they do know to read it just as they are told:
According to dozens of sources who have read some version of the script in the past 75 years, the film concerns a soldier coming home from war and, depending on which version of the script sources saw, is either a "seriocomic love story," a "brooding psychological thriller," a "wild cinematic joyride for the post-Tarantino generation," or "a propaganda film financed by the War Department."
(The Onion). The funny part is that everyone knows, except them, that the charade is so open that WiggyLeeks is not even needed to discern the source of the script:
Wall Street's takeover of the Obama administration is now complete. The mega-banks and their corporate allies control every economic policy position of consequence. Mr. Obama has moved rapidly since the November debacle to install business people where it counts most.
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Mr. Obama last week obediently recited the Chamber of Commerce's liturgy about governmental regulation being the cause of what ails the American economy in the pages of the Wall Street Journal. This public oath of allegiance signaled his now admitted complicity with those who supposedly had been his opponents.
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Let's make one thing perfectly clear. These actions were not imposed on Obama. They are not the inescapable outcome of political circumstances. He chose this path.
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The Wall Street plutocracy is in control -- their power reinforced and reconfirmed. Their brothers in the business world are crowing. The poor are cut loose, middle America is squeezed, public services are under the knife. The country is in a time capsule hurtling crazily through the 1920s hell bent for the Gilded Age of the 1890s. We've lost; we've lost with barely a fight. We've lost again even when given the chance of a lifetime. All the pieces were in place to restore a decent society, to cast the discredited Republicans into political oblivion. A godsend became a curse. Our champion might as well be one of them. Deep down he is.
(Huffington Post, Michael Brenner). See, Dredd Blog is not so radical.

The SOTU is the flight side of the national amygdala on display, trying to gloss over the fight side of the national amygdala, while both are united bound in a struggle for script supremacy (a.k.a. "law").

3 comments:

  1. We've lost; we've lost with barely a fight. We've lost again even when given the chance of a lifetime. All the pieces were in place to restore a decent society, to cast the discredited Republicans into political oblivion. A godsend became a curse. Our champion might as well be one of them. Deep down he is.

    Where's that sensimilla when you need it? Maybe there's hope for complete legalization yet as a palliative for the masses in the coming age of destitution and desperation.

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  2. And who was it that said Dredd or disaffected were radicals?

    It's them fellers over at huffypost what is dem liberal radicals I tells ya ...

    ;)

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  3. Only difference is, I wouldn't have pulled my punches. I'd amend the last two sentences to one and simply say: Our "champion" is one of them, and always has been.

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