Annals of Decrepitude: Entry of the Day

roflmfao The U.S. overclass has reached the clinical Freudian stage.  Its galloping senescence is now so advanced, the simplest realism and restraint are now far beyond its grasp.

Consider the remarks (caught by LeftI on the News) of Vice President Joseph R. Biden regarding the question of the United States’ long-standing illegal blockade of Cuba:

We think that Cuban people should determine their own fate and they should be able to live in freedom and have some prospect of economic prosperity.

Holy Mr. Jeezus!  As I said on LeftI:

Well, who wouldn’t want to help spread capitalism’s glorious prosperity right now?

And, of course, the American Way of determining our own fate is also at the peak of health right now, too, isn’t it? Clearly, the American People love private health insurance, Middle East wars, and handouts to failed bankers. Praise Obama, the faithful vector of our deepest desires!

Paging Dr. Fromm!  Paging Dr. Fromm!

Tis the Season…

…of trying to decide which bad, unsatisfying choice to make with one’s ballot. Vote big and ugly, or small and gestural/protest?

Personally, Biden’s breath-taking denunciation of democracy in Seattle last weekend ended any last glimmers of hope for a nose-holding Obama vote by me. In Oregon, where there are mail-in-only elections (no polling stations available), I just voted C-Mac (not J-Mac!) — Cynthia McKinney. In 2002, McKinney was targeted for the boot from Congress because of her outspoken rejection of post-911 war hysteria. In her second Congressional stint, she actually “introduced articles of impeachment against President George W. Bush as (H Res 1106)” in 2006, when the nation was about to elect the Democrats, thinking — oh-so-mistakenly, as always with the modern, Clintonoid, “triangulating” Democrats — that they were about to do such things. And, unlike Nader, for whom I’ve previously voted twice, McKinney is also trying to help build the Green Party, which I think isn’t a bad idea, given the state of the planet.

Nevertheless and meanwhile, for the best statement of the conundrum I’ve seen, I refer you to my friend, colleague, and teacher, the Gandhi scholar and freelance writer, Niranjan Ramakrishnan. On today’s edition of CounterPunch.org, Ramakrishnan writes:

My fundamental problem with Obama is not with his solutions but with his diagnoses. The problem is not partisanship, as he keeps harping. If anything the problem is the lack of partisanship – partisanship with the Common People. Partisanship with the Constitution against the Corporations. Congressional Partisanship against a usurping Executive. Partisanship of the press against those in power. Unlike Obama, I think that before we can go forward, we must first go back.

Click here to read the whole of this wonderful, thoughtful piece.

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Change You Can Choke On

For fellow students of market totalitarianism, here’s some of the latest from Joseph Robo-fucking Biden, the unrepentant-and-planning-more war criminal, Senator from MBNA, candidate for Vice President of the USA, and dissembling hater of democracy.

Speaking to a “pool” of big-wig fund-raisers at that great hall of democracy known as the Seattle Sheraton, Biden tipped his, and the system’s, hand:

[Note: Be sure to read down through the bone-chilling confessions of Obama’s war-mongering expectations/worldview, to Biden’s statement of his own political philosophy in the last few lines of the quote.]

We talk about Iran getting a nuclear weapon and threatening Israel and us. Let me tell ya something, Pakistan already is bristling with nuclear weapons, all of which can hit Israel right now, all of which can strike the Mediterranean and well into the Indian Ocean….

It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy…. we’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy. And he’s gonna have to make some really tough – I don’t know what the decision’s gonna be, but I promise you it will occur…. he’s gonna need you, not financially to help him, we’re gonna need you to use your influence, your influence within the community, to stand with him.

Because it’s not gonna be apparent initially, it’s not gonna be apparent that we’re right. Because all these decisions, all these decisions, once they’re made if they work, then they weren’t viewed as a crisis. If they don’t work, it’s viewed as you didn’t make the right decision, a little bit like how we hesitated so long dealing with Bosnia and dealing with Kosovo, and consequently 200,000 people lost their lives that maybe didn’t have to lose lives….

[Y]ou all are gonna be sitting here a year from now going ‘oh my God, why are they there in the polls, why is the polling so down, why is this thing so tough?’ We’re gonna have to make some incredibly tough decisions in the first two years. So I’m asking you now, I’m asking you now, be prepared to stick with us. Remember the faith you had at this point… remember St. Peter denied Christ thrice, you know?

There are gonna be a lot of you who want to go ‘whoa, wait a minute, yo, whoa, whoa, I don’t know about that decision.’ Because if you think the decision is sound when they’re made…. they’re not likely to be as popular as they are sound. Because if they’re popular, they’re probably not sound.

I probably shouldn’t have said all this because it dawned on me that the press is here.

Noam Chomsky has written at length about the hidden history of our elite’s long, systematic hostility to democracy.

Even for an avid Chomksy student such as myself, it is sometimes tempting to over-estimate the amount of progress we’ve made in exposing and combating this semi-secret overclass contempt for popular self-government.

But, as Biden reveals, the real conclusion is how right could Faulkner get? “The past isn’t dead and buried. In fact, it isn’t even past.”

Hara-Kiri You Can Believe In

Joseph Robofucking Biden? Are you kidding me? The lamest, stalest, office-squatting stuffed shirt in Congress, the busted plagiarist gasbag from the corporate haven of Delaware, the Iraq Invasion yes-voter? That’s fucking “change?” Stunning, even by Dembot standards of relentless, blundering false advertising and mega-betrayal.

This thing is so over, friends. Toast. Piss down the drain. History of the worst, most farcical kind.

Let’s just hope this astounding sword-dive will finally drive liberals and leftists out the front door of the sinking, stinking, election-throwing “Democratic Party” facade-half of the Business Junta’s adjoining mansions.