The Watering Hole, Wednesday, August 27, 2014.

Turn out the lights, the party’s over.

Over a hundred years ago, we fought a civil war, in part so that a government of the people, by the people and for the people might not perish.

But perish it has. All in the Name of Christ.

Remember the Christian coalition? Conservative Christians banded together to elect candidates a the local, school board level, to state offices, to federal positions, to President Reagan. Strangely enough, the economic goals of the Christian Coalition coincided exactly with the economic goals of the very rich. But the economics of selfishness wasn’t the motivating factor in getting out the Christian vote, instead, the masses were motivated by prejudice – against gays, for they were raised to think of sex along the lines of the Puritans – you know, the pious folks who burned young women at the stake upon the mere accusation of witchcraft. They were also motivated by a much nobler cause – to protect the life of the defenseless innocent, in this case, a fertilized egg.

People motivated by blind faith have little use for logic or reasoned argument. They also have no tolerance for facts that contractic their faith. They make the perfect army for those in power to keep, and enhance their power.

And so it has come to pass, that we have democratically elected representatives that have unquestionably done the bidding of the very, very few. According to a recent study, the United States is now run by an oligarchy.

We have a militarized police force across the country. Why? To uphold law and order? No – to put down civil unrest. Protest a police killing of an unarmed black kid – get arrested. Protest an unjust war – a war built upon lies – and get arrested. Do anything to upset the status quo of the very, very rich, and you’ll likely get arrested.

We, the people, outnumber the oligarchy. They survive by convincing enough people to support them – and by giving those people the power and means to support them. For some, it is as simple as giving them a newscasting spot. For others, it might mean drawing up congressional districts to make it impossible to vote them out of office. Others hold the power to count votes, and to restrict who gets to vote. Still others hold positions of judgships with lifetime tenure and virtually no accountability. Some are teachers, some are preachers.

But now, since 9/11 the most feared are the militarized police. Think about this – since 9/11 the government has had the power, and has gained the means, to monitor each and every one of our electronic communications. The government knows who we are, and what we think, say and do. Think of all your friends on Facepook, Twitter, etc. And think of their friends, and their friends friends, etc. What you have is the potential for McCarthy communist witch hunts, multiplied exponentially.

The country is run by an oligarchy. That this news was allowed to become public means but one thing: the ruling class believes that there is absolutely nothing we can do about it.

The balance of power lies with the oligarchy for now. Chiefly because things haven’t gotten bad enough for what used to be the middle class. It’s a fine line the oligarchy has to walk, between gathering more and more wealth and power unto itself, and making conditions so bad the masses rise up in revolt as they have done in the Middle East recently. So far, they’ve done a brilliant job here in the U.S. uprisings are small and disorganized. Their most potent threat, Occupy Wall Street fizzled from its own incompetence.

But the past foretells the future. At some point, a charismatic leader will arise, one whom the oligarchy cannot control, one who will destroy the current power structures. There are but two archetypes: Hitler and Ghandi.

A Hitler will rise from the evengelical crowd. A Ghandi will arise from obscurity.

We are all dead. The rest of the world can only hope that the conflagration is contained to the United States. I think it will be….if we can find another Ghandi.



25 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Wednesday, August 27, 2014.

  1. Two perfect summations of the Oligarchic agenda as spoken by one of their most visible advocates:

    “If we pursue this way, if we are decent, industrious, and honest, if we so loyally and truly fulfill our duty, then it is my conviction that in the future as in the past the Lord God will always help us.”

    “The National Government will regard it as its first and foremost duty to revive in the nation the spirit of unity and cooperation. It will preserve and defend those basic principles on which our nation has been built. It regards Christianity as the foundation of our national morality, and the family as the basis of national life.”

    Mitt Romney? Paul Ryan? Rand Paul? Ted Cruz? Rick Perry? Sarah Palin? Scott Walker? Mike Huckabee?

    Nope. Adolf Hitler.

  2. The range instructor killed by the nine year old girl with the Uzi didn’t just nominate himself for a Darwin Award, he elected himself!

    • I wonder if the nine year old will never hold another gun in her life. I guess that would be one positive thing out of it.

    • Flat Creek (in Jackson Hole) is noted for its monstrous cutthroat trout… popular fly fishing patterns are large deer hair mice and deer hair “duckling” imitations.
      The geese may be sticking to single file and staying away from the deeply undercut banks out of some residual memory of the big gulps they heard back at the end of the line in their gosling days…
      Flat Creek has a limited fishing season, it was hilarious to watch on opening morning. Men and women swarming the gates, running pell mell across the open fields, some even climbing the 12 foot high elk fence in chest waders, hoping to head others off to some favorite stream bank.

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