sports of the rich, infamous and just plain stupid
Pelosi apparently has so much time on her hands, and so few
issues to address, that she saw fit to unload on Hugo Chavez
his appearance before the U.N. in New York. Most readers
familiar by now with Chavez' provocative swipes at "Devil"
comment that the titular head of U.S. empire had left the
reeking of sulfur from his earlier appearance.
run-of-the-mill Pablum of the Poor what angered Democratic
leaders so? It could hardly have been the more substantive
in Chavez' brief address: the observation that the
veto of a few mega-powers is an undemocratic throwback that
the entire mission of the U.N. (Gasp! What insolence!). Or
refusal to issue visas to several members of Chavez' staff
political payback thoroughly inappropriate for the
host of an international organization (ingrate!).
denunciations are issued primarily because they are cheap and
political currency, a convenient distraction from events, issues
problems the denouncer might otherwise be compelled to address.
is seductive; with the world burning around them, the leaders
system and the war machine fed by both parties have nothing
say and nothing to offer, either to their own people or the
of the world.
repudiations and other useless gestures have long been
substitute for real action and a smokescreen to reassign proper
of outrage. When Nelson Mandela visited the US as the
regime was crumbling beneath his lifelong struggle, it was
of him that he "repudiate" Mohamar Khadafi and Fidel Castro.
were circulated of the supposedly embarrassing hugs that
make such "repudiation" necessary.
refused, of course, clearly seeing the absurdity of bowing to
from the erstwhile funders of his oppressors to denounce
had supported his struggle for decades. Black protesters of
Vietnam War, urged to patriotic duty to kill communists and
halfway around the globe, demurred with a similarly poignant
"No Viet Cong ever called me 'Nigger.'"
is a disturbing lesson in the pattern of those our
love to hate, and especially in our
"opposition's" complicity with the real forces colluding to
human progress on an unprecedented scale. There is
unconvincing about the party of Hiroshima
outraged by war crimes, either by the current administration or
the world. And ringing even hollower is the self-righteous
from the lips of the heirs to one of the most nearly total
genocides in human history. Three centuries of slavery,
and racist terrorism came to an end (sort of) under their
Democrats love to absorb these "struggles" and
their legacy, conveniently forgetting not only that racism was
founding tenet of huge sections of their own party, but that
desire to claim credit is ill-deserved. Until the very sunset
official American apartheid, even those most sympathetic in power
demurred, watered down, mitigated and counseled caution and
patience among the oppressed. Some heroes.
despite all historical evidence that reliance on change from
leadership down is an exercise in futility, rank-and-file
are nearly giddy at the prospect of gains to be made in the
biennial farce next month. Let's keep our eye on the ball:
leaders have more to say about Hugo Chavez than the
he is attempting to address.
opposition they have almost nothing to say about the hugest
the day: the near total inability of our society to address
any of our actual problems caused by the bloated and
war machine. So stuffed with our money that the
hemorrhages billions with barely anyone noticing, war waste
all other items and all other budgets on the planet.
on all levels is completely paralyzed by this fear-induced
even as it has more money than any other on earth. A
of course, met largely with silence from Bush's "friends
the aisle. Likewise with support for the ongoing slaughter
colonization of Palestine, a festering injustice so obvious that
sleepy US public is starting to wake up to the atrocities.
cluster bombs lie scattered over southern Lebanon, a
little ambassadors for the truth behind the US agenda in the
There is no timid or incremental solution to problems that
for radical change. Yet the Democrats with few exceptions,
beside their Republican collaborators are so engorged on
money, so beholden to interests diametrically opposed to
so convinced of the rightness of their collusion with these
so full of...well, shit, to be perfectly honest...that they
to believe that something basic will change when they take
And if they have nothing to say now, will they miraculously
to say once the Made in USA SKU labels on all those cluster
trace directly back to their own purse strings? Don't hold your
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