Donkey Punch

September 10, 2007

My people..

Filed under: Outrage Fatigue, Politics, Progosphere, protest, Radical!, Revolution, Struggle — t4toby @ 1:16 pm


I’m feeling discouraged. I have outrage fatigue. I can’t keep track of how broken our system is anymore. I have been worn down.

This is precisely where they want us. If the left, or progosphere, or whatever we are tires out, there will be nothing to ballast the extreme right’s Executive Power Grab.

The rank and file of this country is woefully ignorant. Or is it willfully? The government of this country is either insanely corrupt or criminally negligent. Our system of justice is completely compromised. No longer do I hold the illusion that this country is a country of just laws. No longer do I believe that justice has anything to do with the criminal system in this country. No longer do I have faith in America.

From where I stand, I see a system designed by the people and entities that benefit from the system, to the exclusion of a super-majority of the people. From where I stand I see a legal framework that has been gutted and rewritten to be sure that the money stays at the top and the work stays at the bottom. From where I stand, I see a whole lot of shoulders propping up very few people. From where I stand, I see the choice of oppression or revolution.

If we do nothing, we will blissfully consume and barely make it from paycheck to paycheck, purposefully putting the cognitive dissonance out of our minds, until the cloak of death whisks us off to pay whatever karmic debt we may have accrued.

If we revolt, who’s to say the resulting system will be any better? The Constitution was written with much thought to checks and balances, justice, and fairness. And all it has taken to dismantle that is a group of draft dodging psychopaths with overblown senses of entitlement. Even if we could prevail to dislodge the ruling class and the vampiric corporations from the levers of power, how can we be even reasonably certain that we can do any better?

You feelings, dear readers, would be greatly appreciated.



  1. Got the pre 9/11 blues eh?? I think the only solution realisitically is to move to another country… which one? I’m still researching.

    Comment by cognitiveD — September 10, 2007 @ 1:57 pm

  2. I just picked up Charles Bukowski’s “The Most Beautiful Woman in Town and Other Stories”. .. i open it up to page 176 randomly and here’s the title “Politics is Like Trying to Screw a Cat in the Ass”….Mr. Bukowski responds to a reader’s question of why he doesn’t write about politics or world affairs.He writes “Dear M.K.: What for? Like, what’s new? – everybody knows the bacon is burning.”

    Comment by cognitiveD — September 10, 2007 @ 2:12 pm

  3. Snap out of it friend! It’s a beautiful day. The first crisp signs of autumn are in the air, the sun is shining, the grass is green, and birds are singing. Maybe you should just take a deep breath, and perhaps a break from viewing things so much through the prism of politics. Politics is fine- I am a political junkie myself, but there is a whole lot more to life that matters. You live in the richest, free-est, most blessed, and most prosperous nation in the world- indeed in the history of the world. A large percentage of the billions of poor, hungry, miserable, oppressed people who live elsewhere in the world, would trade all their worldly possesions today for an American passport. Hundreds of millions of souls on this planet would gladly trade their left nut to have one tenth of the opportunities and freedom you enjoy every day as an American citizen. Get a grip on yourself. Yes, there are problems in this country. There are problems in every country. So what? We are certainly better off than anybody else, and we have the best social and political system too. You should be thankful. It’s NOT just a few people getting rich. The things in this country that are taken for granted even our underclass-food,transpotation,medical care, cell-phones,microwaves, I could go on- are far, far beyond the reach of even people who are considered well-off in many countries. I was watching on TV last night about a country in Africa that has 80% unemployment and 5,000% inflation. You have no idea how good you have it! The world is not going to come to an end because George Bush is President, or because America decided to invade some jerkwater country in the middle-east and tried to drag a few million muslims, kicking and screaming out of the dark ages, and into the modern world of freedom and Democracy. We wont be there forever, and the world may even wind up being a better place for us having been there. The checks and balances that the founding fathers put in place are still functioning just fine. If the American people dont like GWB’s policies, then they will elect somebody else. If the Republicans over-reach in their ambitions, the American people will put Democrats in power. And vice-versa. Trust me, it will all work out. It’s a good system. I can see that you are depressed, and disillusioned. In a way I dont blame you. I know that a lot of American are now looking for more fundamental fulfillment spiritually, and not just the aquisition of consumer goods. I can feel that search for a life of signifigance in you very strongly, and I do sympathize. If it helps, I recently wrote a blog entry called the “Most Worthless Generation” that adresses this phenomenon in some of the younger generation. At the very end of the essay, I made a few very specific suggestions as to what I think young people today could do to have a life of greater consequence, fulfillment, and signifigance. If you are looking for a different perspective that might offer you more happiness than you seem to be currently experiencing, feel free to check it out. In closing- dont’ be so negative. The world is FULL of opportunities for those who are willing to seize them and persist boldly to fulfill their dreams…

    God Bless You

    Comment by tyharris — September 10, 2007 @ 6:21 pm

  4. tyharris you are commended for your positivism but i’m afraid you lost all credibility with the dragging of ” a few million muslims, kicking and screaming out of the dark ages, and into the modern world of freedom and Democracy” bit. Ain’t happening. We’ve screwed the pooch. Plain and simple.

    Comment by cognitiveD — September 10, 2007 @ 9:53 pm

  5. Cognitive- Again, don’t be so negative! This country put men on the moon,liberated Europe, and won the cold war- with half our current population and GDP. Don’t tell me we can’t establish freedom and democracy in Iraq, just like we did in Germany and Japan after WW2.We can. The pooch is NOT neccesarily screwed. The problem is that we need to make a serious commitment to WINNING, and stop being so prone to giving up at the first sign of difficulty. Rome was not built in a day. Have some faith, and some patience. If you consider the size of the forces we commited in WW2 in response to Pearl Harbor, and contrast those numbers with the size of our troop commitment to fighting the islamic nut-jobs in response to 9-11, it’s crystal clear that the true problem is that this generation simply hasnt made a full commitment to fighting evil in their own times, like our parents and grandparent did. They want the glory without any of the pain. They are soft, fat, and lazy, and they care more about their I-pods and cell-phones, than they do about standing up and doing the right thing in the world. Consider this- The COAST GAURD alone, in WW2, was twice the size of our current troop commitment in Iraq! We havent even expended 1/10th of 1% of the strength that this country is capable of when truly roused to action. This nation still has the power to make changes for the better in this world though the use of our economic and military might- we just need to be serious about it and have some confidence in ourselves again… I wish FDR were still around to give us some “fireside chats”. If he, or Harry Truman, or JFK were alive today, I wonder what they would think of Harry Reid and Nacy Pelosi falling over themselves to see who can declare defeat the quickest, so we can all run away and hide. It’s pathetic. I suspect that all three of them would disown the party of “Defeat and Retreat”. My advice to you would be to ignore the constant attempts by the Democrats and the liberal news-media to tell us that we can’t win, and to tell us that we should just quit as soon as possible. Have a little faith in your country. We ARE capable of doing this- we just need less negativity and cowardice, and more faith and patriotism. There is NO reason why things cant work out for the best if we will just put forth our best effort- which we have NOT done so far, as I am sure you would have to agree!

    Comment by tyharris — September 11, 2007 @ 12:09 pm

  6. Ty,

    Thank you for your input. I really do appreciate the perspective.

    First off, this generation didn’t fail in its commitment because of rampant consumerism and being ‘soft, fat and lazy’. They did it because the leaders and warmongers leading this country know that their ‘Generational War’ meme would not stand up to a draft and significant taxes. They are soft due to lack of leadership. It is our leaders that are ‘soft, fat, and lazy’

    I agree on one point: If this war is so important, why aren’t we, as a nation, committed? Why are the major truck manufacturers cutting production when we can’t meet the demand for MRAPs in Iraq? Why do our soldiers have inferior body aromor, when a better product is available? Why aren’t our leaders actually supporting our troops?

    There is a very simple answer. It is because they have to fight this war on the cheap, because its justifications will not stand up to serious scrutiny.

    I appreciate your concern, Ty, but I think you are sadly deluded. A majority of Americans would be behind this war if it made any sense.

    And as far as being positive, I agree, in a day-to-day living sort of way. But being positive about this war is just whistling past the graveyard.

    Finally, I would ask you to examine your belief structure, because you list Ann Coulter as on of your favs. This is unconsciable. She is decidedly un-Christian. Jesus would not approve.

    Comment by t4toby — September 11, 2007 @ 1:13 pm

  7. Yeah, I unfortunately feel the same way. In fact, I felt that way about a year ago. Little did I realize what ELSE was to be revealed in the near future. It’s hard to find much to be upbeat about, given that there is something to be depressed about in almost every avenue of life. I was just outside, enjoying the blooming flowers, watching the honeybees go about their work, and I found myself thinking, “Well, I better enjoy the sight of honeybees while I can. They may be totally gone in 10 years time.”

    We’ll see what happens come November of this year, and January of next. Perhaps a few things will start turning around.

    Comment by zeppo — May 27, 2008 @ 1:40 pm

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