By Thomas Baldwin, Biloxi, MS 12/12/12
Insanity: “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein, (attributed)
The drama being presented for the public this month, especially from our centers of power, the totally corrupt Washington D.C. collaborating with our corporate media, is designed to make us all babbling idiots. It appears that Hurricane Sandy temporarily disrupted their script, so they created a new focus to distract us, the “Fiscal Cliff”. The visual image the public is supposed to form is one of falling off a cliff and perhaps even being shoved. This is such a disgusting political ploy, we should identify the origins of this and hang the persons responsible in the public square! It is worse than crying fire in a theater when there is no fire.
And then we have separately those fear mongers predicting the “End of the World” will occur on 12/21/12. This is based on the end of the Mayan Calendar developed in Guatemala in about 696 A.D. The Mayan’s failed to give us an update and, thus, some are being obsessed with ambiguity. Those on the radical right, e.g. Christian right leaders, will seize on this to predict another religious apocalypse. It will serve as a good time for them to recruit “followers.”
Here’s your firm December 2012 Calendar of “Events”:
12/12/12—This date is a fact and occurs only once in a century.
12/21/12—The “end” of the Mayan Calendar
12/21 or 22//12—The beginning of the Winter Solstice either 12/21 or 12/22 (and end of Fall)
12/31/12—Deadline for shoving the Middle Class, poor people, the unemployed and the elderly off the Fiscal Cliff.
12/31/12—New Year’s Eve—Get ready for Year 13!
The Politics of Fear
The U.S. has become a fear based society propagated by Washington politicians and the corporate media, especially the major TV networks. This was accelerated greatly in 2001 by the shock of 9/11. As discussed recently by Dr. Brian Moench, who wrote an article entitled, “Psychopaths and Schizophrenics are Holding America Hostage”, we are being endangered by mentally ill persons posing as leaders rather than “terrorists” in our own country. They have been elevated to positions of power in the political sector. Former V.P. Dick Cheney was one of the best examples of this and able to make himself acting president for at least four years after 9/11, having suffered from severe PTSD. Many others in the nation have been encouraged to continue their post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with no rational treatment and without even recognizing it. In Congress as well as the Executive Branch we now have an abundance of those who are suffering from mental disorders and become highly susceptible to brain washing and group think. They are addicted to both money and power; they have adopted Gordon Grekko’s philosophy from the movie, “Wall Street”, “Greed is Good.” They offer to save us from another financial disaster but are only concerned about their own prosperity and survival. It is no accident that their behaviors have led to the lowest approval ratings on record for the Congress.
Facts Surrounding the Fiscal Cliff
Nearly every night David Letterman asks his audience: “Does anyone know what the Fiscal Cliff is?” Of course, no one really tries to answer but everyone suspects our elected officials are up to no good. It is an artifact set up by Congress and approved by Obama in earlier “negotiations” created around the crisis of raising the Debt Ceiling. It didn’t become an issue during the last election because no one wanted to address it honestly. It was reserved for the lame duck session because nearly all of the people running for office were cowards afraid to address the crisis that was set in motion by Congressional and Executive Branch incompetence. It was done with the intent to generate pressure for a decision to resolve our economic crisis caused from the crooks and liars on Wall Street who want to make sure that the public pays for the crimes they themselves caused in the crash of 2008. And they won’t rest until they blackmail Congress in cutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and prevent the real cause of our debt problem which is decades of reducing taxes on the rich and corporations. It has become an excuse to drive the nation into a prolonged period of austerity when history has shown that is no solution for a serious recession.
As I described in a recent blog, Washington is always designing “Weapons of Mass Distraction” to avoid addressing the real problems. Unemployment has become a chronic problem and where even those able to find jobs do so at lesser wages including part time and temporary positions. And each month hundreds of thousands drop out of the work force and no longer appear in unemployment figures, giving the illusion that things are getting better. The Obama administration is only too happy to take credit for these perpetual lies.
No attention is given to the fact that income/wealth inequities in the U.S. are nearly the greatest in history and in the world. In fact, it will create a situation where the deficit and the debt will become even worse creating an even greater excuse for cutting “entitlements.” The psychopaths and the schizophrenics are winning another battle at the expense of the masses and the inmates of the asylum are very much in charge. In the meantime, the Executive Branch under Obama can continue to practice their international imperialistic wars (using robots) wherever possible and deprive us of our individual Constitutional rights to protest. Thanks to Obama with the full support of Congress, you can now be indefinitely detained with no rights of due process if you complain! Chris Hedges and Glenn Greenwald have given an excellent description of this and placed it in perspective.
It is also nearly a perfect example of Naomi Klein’s Shock Doctrine, the brilliant book of examples of Disaster Capitalism. Barack Obama has served nearly perfectly as the “Manchurian Candidate” or Trojan Horse acting on behalf of the corporatist class. He has totally “neutralized” the “Liberal” opposition and made the Democratic Party nearly totally impotent. So whether you want to be invited to jump off the cliff or simply wait for another asteroid or planet to hit the Earth you are about to be given a choice. You may have this opportunity sooner than you think and December may be the time for you to decide. Of course, as my colleague, Jill Dalton, wrote recently, you can also “Go Back to Sleep America at your Own Peril” but then the silence will become deafening!
**Photo by Thomas Baldwin. Cartoon from Drew Sheneman, Tribune Media Services. Lighthouse is a reproduction of a stamp of the Biloxi Lighthouse.
About the author; Thomas Baldwin, Ph.D. has a doctorate in Physics and a Masters degree in Management. He has had long careers in both physics and management consulting including university appointments as a professor both at the Southern Illinois University and Colorado Technical University. He has been a corporate consultant to many well known large firms in project management and is current “officially” retired. In the last four years or more he has been focusing on applying his skills to better understand the political sector including socioeconomic conditions which are affecting our welfare and basic economic health. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org