Monday, April 14, 2014

As The World Turns ... Against The

The warmongering, hate-filled right-wing, together with the spineless "middle-of-the-roaders", a.k.a. spineless democrats, progressives, and independents who go along with the dark-minded, lost-in-ignorance, right-wing neoCons are in a trance (Stockholm Syndrome on Steroids? - 2).

Incessantly the McMedia induces, through its clueless trance-casters, the perpetuation of a five-decade-old mythology that was never true in the first place.

Polls and other revelations show that currently the U.S. is considered to be the number one threat to peace and stability in the world today:
"The rest of the world, almost unanimously, looks at America as the No. 1 warmonger. That we revert to armed conflict almost at the drop of a hat — and quite often it’s not only desired by the leaders of our country, but it’s also supported by the people of America." - President Carter
In 1999, political analyst Samuel P. Huntington warned that for much of the world, the U.S. is "becoming the rogue superpower," seen as "the single greatest external threat to their societies."

A few months into the Bush term, Robert Jervis, president of the American Political Science Association, warned that "In the eyes of much of the world, in fact, the prime rogue state today is the United States." Both Huntington and Jervis warned that such a course is unwise. The consequences for the U.S. could be harmful.

In the latest issue of Foreign Affairs, the leading establishment journal, David
Prey for me
Kaye reviews one aspect of Washington's departure from the world: rejection of multilateral treaties "as if it were sport."
Becoming a treaty-worthy nation [at our founding] thus conferred multiple advantages: foreign recognition, and the freedom to act at home without interference. Hegemonic power [to the contrary] offers the opportunity to become a rogue state, freely defying international law and norms, while facing increased resistance abroad and contributing to its own decline through self-inflicted wounds. (A Decline Of The American Republic - 3)
He explains that some treaties are rejected outright, as when the U.S. Senate "voted against the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2012 and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) in 1999."

Others are dismissed by inaction, including "such subjects as labor, economic
"We create our own reality"
and cultural rights, endangered species, pollution, armed conflict, peacekeeping, nuclear weapons, the law of the sea, and discrimination against women."

Rejection of international obligations "has grown so entrenched," Kaye writes, "that foreign governments no longer expect Washington's ratification or its full participation in the institutions treaties create. The world is moving on; laws get made elsewhere, with limited (if any) American involvement."

While not new, the practice has indeed become more entrenched in recent years, along with quiet acceptance at home of the doctrine that the U.S. has every right to act as a rogue state. (Why the Rest of the World No Longer Wants to be Like U.S.)
The bully always feels safe inside because the bully's victims are weak in the bully's sight (On The Origin of The Bully Religion), which is why it is bully nations that have suffered and experienced the greatest surprise collapses and catastrophes in history (On The Origin of Catastrophe).

Denial is the oldest and most socially unfit dementia in the history of civilization (Not Da Momma).

It is still National Poetry Month ... so ...

Total Criminalization
- by Frank Zappa, 1979

Eventually it was discovered
That God
Did not want us to be all the same

This was
Bad news
For the government of the world
As it seemed contrary
To the doctrine of
Portion controlled servings.

Mankind must be made more
Uniformly if
The future
Was going to work

Various ways were sought
To bind us altogether
But, alas
Sameness was unenforceable

It was about this time
That someone
Came up with the idea of

Based on the principle that
If we are all crooks
We could at least be uniform
To some degrees in the eyes of
The law

Shrewdly our legislators
That most people were
Too lazy to perform a
So new laws were
Making it possible for
Anyone to violate them
Any time of the day or night,
Once we had all broken
Some kind of law
We all in the same
Big happy club
Right up there with the
The most exalted industrialists,
And the clerical big shots
Of all your favorite religions.

Total criminalization
Was the greatest idea of its
Time and was vastly popular
Except with those people
Who didn't want to be crooks
Or outlaws.

So, of course, they had to be
Which is one of the reasons
Was eventually made

(1991 Lost Interview of Frank Zappa)

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