Posted on August 12, 2012 by willyloman
(I don’t put other writers stuff up here very often anymore, but this is a good read. I was intending to write on this subject today, but time didn’t permit it.)
by Prof. James F. Tracy, Global Research
The news media’s readiness to accept official pronouncements and failure to more vigorously analyze and question government authorities in the wake of “domestic terrorist” incidents contributes to the American public’s already acute case of collective historical amnesia, while it further rationalizes the twenty-first century police state and continued demise of civil society.
Some may recall “Bugs Raplin” (Giancarlo Esposito), the resolute investigative journalist depicted in Tim Robbins’ 1992 political mockumentary Bob Roberts. After being framed as the culprit in a false flag assassination attempt by corrupt political huckster Bob Roberts (Robbins), Raplin delivers a perceptive soliloquy that among other things effectively describes the American public’s moribund civic condition and short-circuited democracy. “The reason Iran-Contra happened,” Raplin begins,
is because no one did anything substantial about Watergate. And the reason Watergate happened is because there were no consequences from the Bay of Pigs. They’re all the same operatives—the foot soldiers at the Bay of Pigs, the plumbers that got busted at Watergate, the gunrunners in Iran-Contra—all the same people, same faces. Now it doesn’t take a genius to figure out the connection here: A secret government beyond the control of the people and accountable to no one. And the closer we are to discovering the connection, the more Congress turns a blind eye to it. “We can’t talk about that in open session,” they say. “National security reasons.” The truth lies dormant in their laps and they stay blind out of choice. A conspiracy of silence.
Twenty years later amidst the vast outsourcing of intelligence and military operations many more events may arguably be added to such a shadow government’s achievements—the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the 1995 Oklahoma City Murrah Federal Building bombing, the September 11 terror attacks, the non-existent weapons of mass destruction prompting the occupation of Iraq, the July 7, 2005 London tube bombings, the shoe and underwear “bombings”—all of which have contributed to the official justification of imperial wars abroad and an ever-expanding police state at home.
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Posted on August 12, 2012 by willyloman
by Scott Creighton
UPDATE: Oh, lookie here… Ryan is the least favorite VP pick since 2000. I wonder how that could have happened…
“Americans’ initial reaction to Paul Ryan is decidedly lukewarm, with more rating his selection as vice president negatively than positively, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll taken after the announcement.
Ryan’s ratings were less positive than those for any other vice presidential pick part of Gallup since 2000, including Sarah Palin, Joe Biden and Dick Cheney.” Huffington Post
Elections in America aren’t about the will of the people, they’re about maintaining the ongoing agenda of the Washington Consensus while creating a narrative that allows the willfully obtuse to “BELIEVE” that “CHANGE” is coming.
You aren’t going to get change from the voting booth and you are definitely not going to get change in November of 2012.
The selection of Paul Ryan as Romney’s running mate serves two distinct narratives 1. the republican voters also didn’t want austerity and 2. the Romney/Ryan ticket frightened Obama’s critics on the left to come out and vote for him anyway. One is true, one is a lie. But it doesn’t matter; with Diebold electronic voting, all they have to do is come up with a plausible story, they don’t actually have to win an election. That would be democracy and as we all know, this country isn’t about that anymore.
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