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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Breaking the theme and the flow for breaking news that is breaking my heart

I don't want to go too far afield regarding the nature of this blog, but it is my blog and I'm frankly mad as hell at this.

Actually, this is intimately connected to why I am here, who I am and does, in fact, belong here.

The largest, deepest reason I'm in India is to pay homage to the great tradition that has informed my life for more years than I care to remember, to honor my teachers in that tradition's different lineages and to stand in solidarity with the refugees and more recently, the spate of martyrs of occupied Tibet. At the same time, I recognize that my own country is under its own occupation. And I don't mean Occupy Wall Street; I mean, we are being occupied by either the most jerrymandered, hi-jacked and naive administration or one that I now find as venal as George W. Bush's.

I'm not merely disappointed in a number of missteps that have characterized the policies of this administration, that I voted for; I'm pissed, angry, frustrated, disappointed beyond measure. If I could rescind my vote, I would, and I'd write in Zippy the Pinhead.

Before anyone calls me on saying that Obama is as venal as W, think about it: Guantanamo's still open, Iraq isn't a done deal (if you're really paying attention), Afghanistan's not exactly drawing down, he's been extremely reticent about the Tar Sands Pipeline deal, there seems to be a sense that the various Occupy actions are under more than state or local surveillance, O doesn't seem bothered by the Patriot Act (these are just what come to mind off the bat) and now this.

“By signing this defense spending bill, President Obama will go down in history as the president who enshrined indefinite detention without trial in US law,” said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch." (from the article; I really strongly request you read the whole thing.)

Hopefully, I will return to a U.S. that isn't too badly hobbled in terms of civil liberties, isn't too wasted constitutionally and isn't terribly sovietized. No, right-wingers, I don't agree with you that Obama's a communist, I think he's in complete lockstep with your corporate interests. Hell, you guys might as well claim him as one of yours.

Hopefully, too, if I do return to the U.S. and it's not too badly, et cetera'd, I'll have the time and ability to focus into throwing in with whoever needs my meager skills to help speak truth to power. Loudly.

I really see no significant difference between either major party. Corporations rule my country and power dictates policy. If you wake up in the morning and say, "we're still the best country in the world", you need to wake up again.

We will return to regular broadcasting next time.

1 comment:

  1. Very eloquently stated, as always. It's breaking my heart, too.