Support our troops - Get them out of there - Bring them home.
Click here for The Center For Public Integrity database of the 935 Lies of the Bush administration officials that led us into War.
From The Mike Malloy Program 01/24/08.
Investigate - Impeach - Indict - Imprison.
"In my lifetime we've gone from Eisenhower to George W. Bush.
If this is evolution, I believe within twelve years we'll be voting for plants." - Lewis Black
If we detain people without hearings, wiretap our own citizens, and torture people on mere suspicions, the terrorists have won, because we have given up everything our country has stood for.
Um ... Looks like we have given up everything our country has stood for.
Where We Live
I was watching the “news” the other morning when I heard someone say, “I love my country.”
I put my coffee cup down and yelled at the guy on the television, “You have got to stop hallucinating.”
If there is anything more trite than to tell a returning vet, “Thank You For Your Service” it’s got to be “I love my country.”
No I’m not grateful to someone for participating in a war crime and for the life of me I can’t figure out what America has ever done that could be termed “loveable.” And if you can find something even remotely decent this country has ever done … it is completely wiped off the Morality Ledger Books by the atrocities this country has committed … and continues to commit … daily.
The United States has never in its history intervened to stop genocide and has in fact rarely even made a point of condemning it as it occurred. The World's Longest Holocaust In The History Of Mankind took place in this country. Between 10 and 114 million American Indians were killed as a direct result of U.S. actions.
According to the 1860 census there were four million slaves in The United States.
Through genocide and slavery the empire was born.
Since 1945 the government of The United States has waged 9 wars, overthrown 50 governments, crushed 30 liberation movements, intervened militarily in 70 nations, assassinated scores of prominent foreign citizens, and has condoned and used torture abroad and at home.
How many people has America killed? That number cannot be counted. Too many millions have been murdered.
Almost five and a half million Vietnamese were killed during the illegal war in Vietnam. 1.2 million Iraqis have been killed since the U.S. Invasion and occupation of Iraq. How much higher would the death toll rise if we could accurately add the dead resulting from our involvement in Mexico and the countries of Central and South America?
This is our country.
But there have been moments when progressives fought for a better nation and though constantly opposed by conservatives, tried to realize a better America for us all.
They abolished slavery and Jim Crow laws. Their efforts brought us:
The G.I Bill
The 40 hour work week
Child Labor Laws
And The Equal Rights Act
These victories have been almost completely eliminated over the last 30 years. The right to vote was taken away from thousands of African Americans in Florida in the 2000 presidential election and ultimately everyone’s right to vote was nullified by The United States Supreme Court on December 12, 2000.
Child labor laws, the minimum wage, and a 40 hour work week are meaningless concepts when U.S. corporations establish their sweatshops in third world countries.
The Bush and Obama administrations have orchestrated the largest transfer of wealth in human history to The Corporatocracy while funding for schools, parks, and our nation’s infrastructure is in shambles as budgets are cut across the board because of huge, paralyzing, mounting deficits.
The two-party system … the three branches of the federal government … are completely corrupt. There’s only a handful of decent members from the House and Senate … a few justices on the Supreme Court … and that’s it. The rest are a bunch of swine who do the bidding of the highest bidder. I have yet to find the right word to describe … “politicians.” What’s the word that means a parasite who lives off of a leech?
Democrats did nothing substantive to stop the Bush administration’s war crimes and continue to follow the Bush/Cheney policies of illegal wars and occupations.
The Democrats could stop Republican obstructionism but do not. They could have stopped the Republican agenda years ago. But they didn’t. The only conclusion I can come to is that the Democrats share the same goals as the Republicans. Take The Money. Do What You’re Told.
The myth of The United States we’ve all been taught since kindergarten bears no resemblance to the country we actually live in. Activists like Howard Zinn did not work to restore the country to the myth … but rather worked to change the country according to the ideas set forth in our founding documents.
We can’t restore the country to the state it never was. We can only work to change it to what it might be. And the odds that working within the system will change the country for the better are right around zero.
So yeah … I’m not an America lover. I don’t know what loving America even means. Unless you’re talking about geography. The Grand Canyon’s pretty cool but I’m pretty sure the people that say, “I Love My Country” are talking about something other than the dirt.
I’m an “America Hater.” I hate what it has done … and what it does. I can’t celebrate national holidays because how exactly does one celebrate invasion, genocide, and worldwide looting? I am against this country’s policies of perpetual war in pursuit of peace. I’m against capitalism. I believed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when he said, “…the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today -- my own government.”
I advocate the non-violent overthrow of the government … but I don’t do anything about it. I’m pretty sure that’s what’s being called a “terrorist” these days. Plus it’s kind of iffy that the new government would follow The Constitution.
I’m neither a radical nor a revolutionary. I have no solutions. The Bad Guys have won and now the only question is to: Adapt or Leave? I guess a third choice would be to embrace Denial. To spend a huge amount of time and energy Unknowing Things.
But how much television can one watch?
I’ve been told that I’m just … quitting. Is it quitting to leave the casino after you’ve discovered the roulette table’s rigged or the cards are stacked against you? Is it quitting not to go into battle hopelessly outnumbered and outgunned?
The Corporatocracy does lose every now and again. The Vietnamese spent millions of their lives getting rid of the invaders. I’m not ready to make that kind of sacrifice. I don’t know anybody who is. The men who signed the Declaration of Independence were willing to risk their lives.
Which brings me back to … Adapt or Leave?
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My Favorite(?) Excerpt
The discrepancy between the kind of society many Germans thought they were building and the reality of the horror of the Third Reich presents one of the most intriguing questions of our age. How could Fascism -- have happened in a modern, industrialized, educated nation?
Click here for the excerpt from They Thought They Were Free, The Germans, 1938-45 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1955) by Milton Mayer
Books I Give To People I Know and Maybe They'll Still Talk To Me But Probably Won't
Deep Green Resistance - Strategy to Save the Planet
Aric McBay, Lierre Keith, and Derrick Jensen
For years, Derrick Jensen has asked his audiences, “Do you think this culture will undergo a voluntary transformation to a sane and sustainable way of life?” No one ever says yes.
Deep Green Resistance starts where the environmental movement leaves off: industrial civilization is incompatible with life. Technology can’t fix it, and shopping—no matter how green—won’t stop it. To save this planet, we need a serious resistance movement that can bring down the industrial economy. Deep Green Resistance evaluates strategic options for resistance, from nonviolence to guerrilla warfare, and the conditions required for those options to be successful.
Clicking on the book links to Deep Green Resistance website.
The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder
by Vincent Bugliosi
"I hope that at some time in the near future a courageous U.S. attorney general, U.S. attorney, state attorney general, or district attorney in America who is committed to the rule of law and who has dedicated his career to enforcing the law fairly against all who, big or small, violate it, will hear the cries for justice from the graves of the thousands upon thousands of men, women, and children who had their lives violently cut short because of the lies of a man who smiled through it all. And that, with a sense of uncompromising righteousness, he will take the ample case I have laid out in this book before an American jury to let them decide whether George W Bush is guilty or not guilty of murder, and if so, what his punishment should be.
Even if this doesn't happen and what I have said in this book receives all the attention of a new fly in the forest, I do know that someone had to say what is written on the pages of this book."
From The Prosecution of George W. Bush For Murder by Vincent Bugliosi, page 168.
Clicking on the book links to the book's website.
Vincent Bugliosi testifying before the House Judiciary Committee of the U.S. Congress.
Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America
by Russ Baker
How did Bush happen? How did George W. Bush, of all people, rise to the most powerful position in the world? This simple question sparked a five-year investigative odyssey by Russ Baker. What he found will force us to rethink virtually everything we thought we knew about the Bush family and its role in shaping recent American history.
In FAMILY OF SECRETS, Baker reveals that Bush, the people around him, and his policies are but an extreme, very public manifestation of what his family and its circle have always been about: an interlocking web of covert and overt machinations on behalf of a small cluster of elites-social, financial, industrial, military, intelligence-that enabled the Bush dynasty and propelled George W. Bush to the top.
Clicking on the book links to the Powell's Books online store.
Rules for Radicals
by Saul D Alinsky
"What follows is for those who want to change the world from what it is to what they believe it should be. The Prince was written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power. Rules for Radicals is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away."
In 1971, Saul Alinsky wrote an entertaining classic on grassroots organizing titled Rules for Radicals.
For Alinsky, organizing is the process of highlighting what is wrong and convincing people they can actually do something about it.
Clicking on the book links to the author's website.
The End of America: Letter of Warning To A Young Patriot
by Naomi Wolf
In a stunning indictment of the Bush administration and Congress, best-selling author Naomi Wolf lays out her case for saving American democracy. In authoritative research and documentation Wolf explains how events of the last six years parallel steps taken in the early years of the 20th century’s worst dictatorships such as Germany, Russia, China, and Chile.
Clicking on the book links to the publisher's website.
As Basil Fawlty keenly observed: but ... this is no joke.
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
by Naomi Klein
Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine advances a truly unnerving argument: historically, while people were reeling from natural disasters, wars and economic upheavals, savvy politicians and industry leaders nefariously implemented policies that would never have passed during less muddled times. As Klein demonstrates, this reprehensible game of bait-and-switch isn't just some relic from the bad old days. It's alive and well in contemporary society, and coming soon to a disaster area near you.
Clicking on the book links to the author's website.
If you like Sean, Rush, Bill-O, Savage, and dutifully watch Fox ... You'll hate listening to Mike. I listen every day.
"Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections" As the 2008 presidential elections draw near and disillusioned voters are still reeling from the election fraud scandals of 2004 and 2006, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker David Earnhardt takes a logical and factual look at just how easy it is to alter election results and undermine the integrity of the entire democratic process. By speaking with a series of renowned computer programmers, journalists, statisticians, and even seasoned election officials, chilling proof that the people may not be guiding the direction of our country after all. Click here to go to the "Uncounted" website.
"Iraq For Sale" An eye-opening exposé of the war profiteering companies raking in billions of dollars from the war, click here to go to the "Iraq For Sale" website.
"War Made Easy" exposes a 50-year pattern of government deception and media spin that has dragged the United States into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq. Click here to go to the "War Made Easy" website.