reply to post by SkepticOverlord
I've read all (to this point) 15 pages of this thread, and I, too must applaud your effort, SkepticOverlord.
But I am curious.
When this apparently, weary and worn,"Guide-to-the Underworld" confirmed your (and our) worst-held suspicions vis-a-vis our lurching government, why
did you not ask him the most important question?
What would compel an elected official (of Either/Any
party affiliation) to completely abandon his/her ideals, his/her "vision" of a
Nation/World, for such a vendetta?
I am not willing to assume that ALL
those who seek, and obtain, public office, at any level, are inherently "bad", or greedy bastards.
That would be too easy a generalization; a "cop-out" against intellectual integrity on my part.
It is said, as an arguement against homosexuality being a choice rather than an inherent orientation, that no one would ever Choose
to be Gay,
given the likelyhood of ridicule, scorn, and ostracizism such a choice would entail.
I think, in many ways the same could be said of anyone seeking to serve in an elected office.
No. There Must
be something more powerful. more over-riddingly coercive involved to turn otherwise good folks with a dream into
vengeful automatons...if that is truly what they have become.
But what is It
You did not ask.
Understandable. I'm sure the shock of the moment was overwhelming.
And perhaps, even if you had found the voice to query, it is likely that the gentleman would have no "reasonable" answer for you.
Then again, perhaps the answer would have been too shockingly dangerous to utter.
On the surface, ther seems to be an all-consuming partisan "Battle Royale" in progress, disregards the survivability of the Nation.
But is it just possible that what is actually taking place is much more serious?
We seem all too eager to blame "The Lobbyists" for our present condition. That may be a glimpse at the true nature of our predicament.
Yes, money is at the root of the "evil" that has us at each other's throats.
But I don't think the lobbyists have much to apologize for; afterall, they work for the businesses and, yes, the Corporations, many, if not most of
In some sense, their success is our success, however unequally we may share in that success may be.
I think we may be in the first throes of realizing that our nation is at war; a war unlike any we have ever fought before. A war in which we have
taken a devastaing blow, which may very well prove to be mortal.
This is an Economic
And yes, it involves traditional geopolitical superpowers, and their proxies.
And yes, like in WWII, The US has suffered an all too predictable "sneak attack".
But in this war, the enemy has targeted the very bedrock of our social structure: our ecenomy.
And the effects, as we have seen and are begining to comprehend, are far more devasting than any nuclear fullsade could have been.
This attack has set us against ourselves, playing right into our would be conquerors' hands, as those of us who have the most to lose under the
potential occupiers scramble to salvage everything they can for their own survival.
The rest of us are left to wonder WTF.
The revolution will not be televised, to do so would be to admit defeat.
economies, even those backed by so-called precious metals, are, to some extent, based on faith in the structure of
to "speak ill" of the world's current economic structure is to risk that very structure.
Our leaders (our True
leaders) greatest fear currently, is that the extent of the damage done will, if it became public knowledge indiscretely,
would cause a massive "loss of faith" in, well, everthing
Down that road lies anarchy, chaos, death, destruction, and our worst nightmares.
[edit on 12-8-2009 by Bhadhidar]