Convenient Patriots, Well-buttered Words, and Machine Guns (Warrior Poet Mental Yoga 170)

A Mexican Patriot (aforementioned he also worked as an Ethiopian Patriot, a Chinese Patriot, and a Haitian Patriot) came across, to the tent of a M.M. brigadier, and confessed that while it hurt him to tattle on his own beloved country, conscience compelled him to reveal that his Mexican superiors were planning to fly over and bomb Laredo, San Antonio, Bisbee, and probably Tacoma, and Bangor, Maine.

This excited the Corpo <fascist party in control> newspapers very much indeed, and in New York and Chicago they published photographs of the conscientious traitor half an hour after he had appeared at the Brigadier’s tent . . . where, at that moment, forty-six reporters happened to be sitting about on neighboring cactuses.

America rose to defend her hearthstones, including all the hearthstones on Park Avenue, New York, against false and treacherous Mexico, with its appalling army of 67,000 men, with thirty-nine military aeroplanes. Women in Cedar Rapids hid under the bed; elderly gentlemen, in Cattaraugus County, New York, concealed their money in elm-tree boles; and the wife of a chicken-raiser seven miles N.E. of Estelline, South Dakota, a woman widely known as a good cook and a trained observer, distinctly saw a file of ninety-two Mexican soldiers pass her cabin, starting at 3:17 A.M. on July 27, 1939 <an obvious impossibility to anyone not delusional within the context of the book>.

To answer this threat, America, the one country that had never lost a war and never started at unjust one <obvious satire>, rose as one man, as the Chicago Daily Evening Corporate put it. It was planned to invade Mexico as soon as it should be cool enough, or even earlier, if the refrigeration and air-conditioning could be arranged. In one month, five million men were drafted for the invasion, and started training.

Then suddenly, America’s agreeable anticipation of stealing Mexico <whatever sovereign country> was checked by a popular rebellion against the whole Corpo regime.

These rebels had most of them, before the election, believed in Buzz Windrip’s fifteen points; believed that when he said he wanted to return the power pilfered by the bankers and the industrialists to the people, he more or less meant that he wanted to return the power of the bankers and industrialists to the people. As month by month they saw that they had been cheated with marked cards again, they were indignant; but they were busy with cornfield and sawmill and diary and motor factory, and it took the impertinent idiocy of demanding that they <the newly drafted US citizenry> march down into the desert and help steal a friendly country to jab them into awakening and into discovering that, while they had been asleep, they had been kidnapped by a small gang of criminals armed with high ideals, well-buttered words, and a lot of machine guns <Drones, Tomahawk Missiles, and the Mother of All Bombs>.

It Can’t Happen Here

Sinclair Lewis          1935

Offensive War…Only Against the Bad Guys (WPMY 139)

A government in perpetual offensive and imperialistic war with other nations will always be just as destabilizing, oppressive, and predatory to their own citizenry. It may be masked more in a psychological shroud of brainwashing and patriotic indoctrination, and present itself in a very different light and context to the people, but it will be present. It is similar to a boss who lies, cheats, and steals from his clients, yet pretends he would never do the same to his own employees.

Jeff Cribb          2016

 

Subtle Realities of the Present (WPMY 135)

6.5 trillion lost and irrelevant, because it’s all about freedom.

38 billion a great gift of peace and prosperity to the worst of entangling alliances.

Al Nusra, our comrade, confident, and ally, once again.
They Tow the line and the targets like no other.

A woman’s right to choose proclaimed,
as every cold button civil liberty is macerated in lipstick glee.

Yes We Can. Yes, Yes, We Can.

Exceptionalistic protection like no other, from a misogynistic, mega-corporate, witch-hunter, ever-revolving racist.

Make America Angry, Dumb and Dumber Again.

Hell hath no fury like that of a woman’s scorn or a comb over.

That’s for sure.

Only 250,000 trapped in Aleppo, as if you care.

Proxy-War with Yemen, but I guess someone must kill the children as they donate quite graciously to the Clinton Foundation.

The Supreme Arms Dealer in Chief blew G.W. away by a good 30 billion in sales in only his first 6 years on the job.
And domestic gun violence really is so much more tragic than global chaos and destruction.

Everyone should be proud to cheat the government, the Representatives of the People and the Common Good, out of everything they may…..foodstamps, birthcontrol, welfare, healthcare, and such. It’s great when everyone is only getting smarter.

Crucify the third party by a standard 20 fold greater than a myopic allegiance to one of two purple doppelgangers ’cause their truth isn’t so entertaining.

Hell Yeah America!

Freedom ain’t fucking free!
But ahhhh, wait a minute, it is, ain’t it…unless you’re just fighting for your own version of it…

You can censor everyone’s words and everyone’s writing, and you can trample on everyone’s natural rights, and thoughts, and freedoms, but don’t you dare, don’t you dare, trample on my flag or my party. That’s disrespectful and full of hate for me and my country.

Cribb

2016

Warrior Poet Mental Yoga 109

“And what about Hitler’s boys?” Mr. Propter asked. “What about Mussolini’s boys? What about Stalin’s boys? Do you suppose they’re not just as brave, just as kind to one another, just as loyal to their cause and just as firmly convinced that it’s the cause of justice, truth, freedom, right and honour?” He looked as Pete inquiringly; but Pete said nothing. “The fact that people have a lot of virtues,” Mr. Propter went on, “doesn’t prove anything about the goodness of their actions. You can have all the virtues—that’s to say, all except the two that really matter, understanding and compassion—you can have all the others, I say, and be a thoroughly bad man. Indeed, you can’t be really bad unless you do have most of the virtues. Look at Milton’s Satan for example. Brave, strong, generous, loyal, prudent, temperate, self-sacrificing. And let’s give the dictators the credit that’s do to them; some of them are nearly as virtuous as Satan. Not quite, I admit, but nearly. That’s why they can achieve so much evil.

After Many a Summer Dies the Swan

Aldous Huxley          1939

Warrior Poet Mental Yoga 32

The bipartisan warfare state of the USA and an exemplified historical account of such, clearly seen under the Nixon administration and the “technique” chosen for his impeachment (article exert).

 

Another reason is the bipartisan consensus in support of the warfare state. Many politicians and intellectuals in both parties support an imperial presidency because they recognize that the Founders’ vision of a limited executive branch is incompatible with an aggressive foreign policy. When Republicans are in power “neoconservatives” take the lead, while when Democrats are in power “humanitarian interventionists” take the lead. Regardless of party or ideological label, they share the same goal — to protect the executive branch from being constrained by the constitutional requirement that the president seek congressional approval before waging war.

Cribb Note: The USA has only declared war on 11 occasions in 5 encompassing events, the first in 1812 against Great Britain and the last group being in WWII. Truman essentially began the current approach of using the military in a “police action” as opposed to a war deployment (declared by congress first) in 1947 associated with the Korean “non-war”. In a continued effort to combat the threat of Communism, Kennedy followed this approach in Vietnam as did Johnson and Nixon in successive turns. This adaptation of imperial presidential action appeared to climax when Nixon’s secret bombing of Cambodia and other evidence of egregious USA war “crimes” during the Vietnam “non-war” became known to the public at large. The War Powers Resolution, aka the War Powers Act, was then supposedly passed/enacted over the veto of Nixon, to check presidential power via congressional oversight. The War Powers Act is a joint resolution carrying the weight of a bill or law. It states that the presidents use of force in deployment must be related to 1) a declaration of war, 2) specific statutory authorization, or 3) a national emergency created by an attack on the USA or its forces. Could that excuse or provocation be any broader and ambiguous in context? Congress must then approve such action in 60-90 days for the effort to continue. The problem, like a lot of other US policy, is total intentional misdirection and slight of hand by the US government to appear to the people like this War Powers Act reigns in presidential power, when in fact it allows for the easy circumvention of congress from actually and definitively enacting a Declaration of War. Again, such an antic only helps remove checks, balances, and accountability from the entire system and most importantly trivializes the act of war in its enactment and in the perception of such by the american people. It is vile and its overreach is obviously intended.

The Vietnam “non-war” lasted for 10 years and 7 months. The Afghanistan “non-war” is now the longest “non-war” in US history, having lasted 13 years and 2 months.

The strength of the bipartisan consensus that the president should have limitless discretion in committing troops to war is illustrated by the failure of an attempt to add an article dealing with Nixon’s “secret bombing” of Cambodia to the articles of impeachment. Even at the low point of support for the imperial presidency, Congress still refused to rein in the president’s war-making powers.

The failure to include the Cambodia invasion in the articles of impeachment may well be the main reason Watergate had little to do with reining in the imperial presidency. Because the imperial presidency is rooted in the war power, attempts to rein in the imperial presidency that do not work to restore Congress’ constitutional authority to declare war are doomed to fail.

Repealing Nixon’s legacy requires building a new bipartisan coalition in favor of peace and civil liberties, rejecting what writer Gene Healy calls “the cult of the presidency,” and placing loyalty to the Constitution above partisanship. An important step must be restoring congressional supremacy in matters of war and peace.

Ron Paul          9-7-14