"...it's not the training to be mean but the training to be kind that is used to keep us leashed best." ~ Black Dog Red

"In case you haven't recognized the trend: it proceeds action, dissent, speech." ~ davidly, on how wars get done

"...What sort of meager, unerotic existence must a man live to find himself moved to such ecstatic heights by the mundane sniping of a congressional budget fight. The fate of human existence does not hang in the balance. The gods are not arrayed on either side. Poseiden, earth-shaker, has regrettably set his sights on the poor fishermen of northern Japan and not on Washington, D.C. where his ire might do some good--I can think of no better spot for a little wetland reclamation project, if you know what I mean. The fight is neither revolution nor apocalypse; it is hardly even a fight. A lot of apparatchiks are moving a lot of phony numbers with more zeros than a century of soccer scores around, weaving a brittle chrysalis around a gross worm that, some time hence, will emerge, untransformed, still a worm." ~ IOZ

Jan 9, 2011

Fucking Priorities

Barack Obama:

"As many of you are aware, earlier today a number of people were shot in Tucson, Arizona, including several who were meeting at a supermarket with their congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords.  We are still assembling all the facts, but we know that Representative Giffords was one of the victims.  She is currently at a hospital in the area, and she is battling for her life.

We also know that at least five people lost their lives in this tragedy.  Among them were a federal judge, John Roll, who has served America’s legal system for almost 40 years; and a young girl who was barely nine years old."

1. Congressperson, threatened power.
2. Federal Judge, murdered power.
3. Nameless dead girl, probably used as an emotional prop.

In that fucking order.

The powerful have their fucking priorities...

He continues, a little later:

"It’s not surprising that today Gabby was doing what she always does -- listening to the hopes and concerns of her neighbors.  That is the essence of what our democracy is all about.  That is why this is more than a tragedy for those involved.  It is a tragedy for Arizona and a tragedy for our entire country."

The. Fucking. Gall. This man orders the military and fiat murders of men and women, each and every day, around the world, for the crime of living on top of resources his patrons want. This "democracy," no less than a shabby sham, translates the symbolic capitulations of consent into the justifications for oppression, occupation, rape and murder.

"Democracy," a threadbare wrap, a lie.

But a priority, for men like Obama (and for each and every one of his predecessors), in so much as it continues to sacralize and justify his very real power, and the very material benefit derived from the use of it...

1 comment:

Richard said...

you beat me to it