As is too often the case, our nation’s leadership and much of its followership display patterns of thought and behavior that would have an individual sent to an institution for the extremely confused and dangerous. Consider:
After eight years of selling out on promises made to his supporters, the president pays lip service to a few that enable those desperately clinging to sanity to call him, at last, a real progressive. These empty words of a lame duck with a congress aligned against him make it safe enough for the cheapest talk since turning it into action would mean forcing not only his opposition but much of his own party to overdose on drugs, whether psychedelics, depressants or speed.
The state of the economy is such that talk of reviving the New Deal of a generation ago is coming from some conservatives as well as liberals. That 1930s deal was to save capitalism when it seemed near a state of total breakdown, which is again its condition. But it is vastly more serious now in a global situation analyzed by Marx in the 19th century as slowly moving towards disaster becoming a near speed-of-sound colossal runaway in which turmoil at one place threatens collapse all over, no matter how much denial is voiced by purveyors of capital’s party line.
Thus, Europe’s severe problems are said to be unlike an American economy, supposedly booming though more of its people are busting into hard times while a minority gets richer and richer. One part of the brain is doing great while the other is suffering more each day; does that describe a disturbed soul, a half-wit or a potential homicidal maniac? Check with the shrink, for a person, and the global community, for a collapsing empire.
As Wall Street and financial markets enjoy bi-polar progress of growth and profits galore, the rest of the nation beyond the trickle down professional classes who serve capital’s front office are finding life more difficult and losing faith at a faster pace than ever, whether in government, the system, their religion or the weather. This doesn’t always lead to democratic movements, as it has in places like Greece, Spain, Bolivia and Venezuela in the recent past, but to reactionary desires to return to something that may not have been all that good but wasn’t nearly as bad as the present, if it ever really existed at all.
The good old days can seem appealing during the bad new times, even if those days are a mix of nostalgia, wishful thinking, and lots of liquid escape mechanisms that pre-dated psychedelics, depressants and speed.
So the right has a field day in recruiting, especially where there is no left, and further down the consciousness curve people grow so disgusted they are prepared to believe almost anything they are told about how evil; government-workers-the illuminati-Greeks-Arabs-Muslims-Jews-gays-immigrants are at fault, or whatever scapegoat is selected to take their minds off the system at the root of most problems. But of course, bipolar populations are kept that way by having a confused state pass for normality and if a slightly critical phase of consciousness is reached it must quickly be moved into areas of the supernatural with mental calisthenics of an Olympic nature that can cause sentient beings to act as their crackpot leaders want them to: irrationally.
So a foreign policy of mass murder “branded” a defense against terrorism costs more money and lives while the occupants of the psycho-babble centers of power speak soothingly, often in affirmative action female rather than male voices, of acting as defenders of truth, justice and the American way. American Superman meets American Superwoman, and in the process may be giving American trannies a bad name.
As if the mass slaughter in the Middle East were not bad enough, hallucinating policy makers here are goading Russia with attacks on its borders disguised as a fight for freedom for the Ukraine. This lie is an ongoing attempt to bring that nation into the collapsing arms of the Nato-western cabal undergoing such stress it has brought poverty to more of Europe’s population and tried to blame it all on workers who have too much and are hurting rich investors who need much more; and of course and especially the Russians and the western mythologists demon despot of the moment, Putin.
While this brain rape has been convincing to innocent Americans, many of whom might as well believe the Ukraine borders on New Jersey or Miami Beach, the very Europeans expected to toe the line of their USA masters are showing signs of rebellion at demands for furthering armed conflict. Meanwhile, the bi-polarites in Washington baldly speak of peace while threatening greater war and exhibiting a smiley-faced mob of multicultural toadies singing the party line of peace while doing the frenzied dance of warrior crazed lunatics.
As a foreign head of state is invited to counter the president’s message to congress which may not have been as beholden to Israeli interest in destroying Iran as in the past, dissension among the Israeli caucus in american government threatens to lead more citizens to actually think about the madness of policy in the middle east, the lives it has taken and the billions it has cost. Hearing voices both internal and external are causing an overload to the patient but these nut cases are not simply people who could hurt themselves but a nuclear powered entity that could destroy not only itself but much of the rest of the world. Quickly, in a war, or at the continued slower pace of environmental destruction.
Time to get this patient under control. A peaceful democratic straight jacket is necessary or something much worse will happen, whether we want it to or not. Humanity matters far more than private profits but the reverse will hold true until action is taken to subdue the bipolar monster.