Cheney and Bush bet they could get away with two two wars of choice, proxy wars on Gaza and the West Bank, illegal wiretapping in America and torture, rape and murder for the corporate bottom line. And we let them.
“Bush, Cheney and company took us into some very, very dark places after 9/11, and the detention of hundreds of innocent people solely on the basis of their race or religion is just the tip of the iceberg of what the Bush administration did.
They lied us into illegal wars that killed thousands of Americans and millions of Iraqis and Afghan civilians. They also tortured terrorism suspects, many of whom turned out to be innocent, in violation of international and US law.”
But the Obama administration make them look like pikers. Not only did this administration refuse to prosecute anyone in the Bush administration, they adopted the
Bush techniques and refined them. They now have us in 27 wars of choice while they are doing illegal global wiretapping as well as more torture, rape and murder for the corporate bottom line. And we let them.
“The president maintains a “global system of kidnapping, torture, rape and murder” to demoralize and coerce those who would oppose the American-led neoliberal empire”
Now we are at a tipping point. After years 36 years of aggression, spending trillions, killing millions, creating more enemies and making us less safe… everyday people in America have failing schoools, decreased incomes, jobs shipped overseas, deteriorating infrastructure, and crippled human services. And we are understood to be the primary exporter of munitions and terror on the planet. We are now defined, globally, as a nation whose economy is based on destabilization, attacks, invasion, occupation, exploitation and avoidable wars for profit.
And we have allowed this to happen.
“Available economic, educational, and military data indicate that, when it comes to U.S. global power, negative trends will aggregate rapidly by 2020 and are likely to reach a critical mass no later than 2030. The American Century, proclaimed so triumphantly at the start of World War II, will be tattered and fading by 2025, its eighth decade, and could be history by 2030.”
So where do we go from here?
“A revolution has been unleashed across the globe. This revolution, a popular repudiation of the old order, is where we should direct all our energy and commitment. If we do not topple the corporate elites the ecosystem will be destroyed and massive numbers of human beings along with it. The struggle will be long. There will be times when it will seem we are going nowhere. Victory is not inevitable. But this is our best and only hope. The response of the corporate state will ultimately determine the parameters and composition of rebellion. I pray we replicate the 1989 nonviolent revolutions that overthrew the communist regimes in Eastern Europe. But this is not in my hands or yours.
Go ahead and vote this November. But don’t waste any more time or energy on the presidential election than it takes to get to your polling station and pull a lever for a third-party candidate—just enough to register your obstruction and defiance—and then get back out onto the street. That is where the question of real power is being decided.
An Ordinary Person’s Guide to Overthrowing the Corporate Elites
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