>> Monday, June 23, 2014
I was lent a movie last week called "Killing Them Softly." It's not a movie I'll endorse in so far as story is concerned; the film is rife with filth--particularly language. I felt very uncomfortable watching it, but I was told there was a pay-off at the end. And there was, of a sorts... a philosophical pay-off. In the very last minute of this film Brad Pitt's character, Jackie Cogan, a paid enforcer for the mob, is trying to get paid... but even the mob has had to cut back because of Obama's abysmal handling of the economy...
Barack Obama (on TV): ...to reclaim the American dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth, that, out of many, we are one...
Driver: You hear that line? Line's for you.
Jackie Cogan: Don't make me laugh. One people. It's a myth created by Thomas Jefferson.
Driver: Oh, so now you're going to have a go at Jefferson, huh?
Jackie Cogan: My friend, Thomas Jefferson is an American saint because he wrote the words 'All men are created equal', words he clearly didn't believe since he allowed his own children to live in slavery. He's a rich white snob who's sick of paying taxes to the Brits. So, yeah, he writes some lovely words and aroused the rabble and they went and died for those words while he sat back and drank his wine and fucked his slave girl. This guy wants to tell me we're living in a community? Don't make me laugh. I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business. Now fuckin' pay me.
When I heard this I was torn between wanting to defend a great American patriot, and shouting 'Right on!' at the television. In that one moment I was both Conservative and Liberal. What Jackie Cogan says is the truth. Jefferson did write those words, that "...all men are created equal." Jefferson did own slaves, had children by them, and allowed those children to continue to live as slaves. In short Jefferson was as big a hypocrite as there is. And yet we laud him for giving us this great country of ours.
The America I knew... the one I was raised to love, the one to whom I swore to 'support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic' has ceased to be THAT America... the one I was raised to love.
We have been, and are being, lied to. We've been played like puppets into a managed, or rigged game no one wins but the political class. We are being 'killed softly' each and every day by men and women we ask to represent us.
Short of dropping two, not one, nuclear device on Japan, Barack Obama is America's greatest modern mistake. He claims to be Christian, but does nothing remotely Christian in his daily life. He claims not to be muslim, but participates in muslim holidays. He goes to Mexico to speak with President Enrique Nieto, but not once mentions or asks about our soldier being held in a Mexican prison, nor attemps any negotiation for his release, but he will negotiate with terrorists for the release of another.
Liberals like to believe we are all members of one community, dependent upon one another. But this is a lie. We are not a community. We are not a village. We are not a tribe. We are not a collective of any such sort, except to say we are a nation filled with people. If anything, we are all pawns.
As Republicans and Democrats we are both fed trope and tripe of a particular bent and told to wave them like banners of truth. But they aren't truth, in and of themselves. They are only half truths. You will never find truth in any one political party. There's a little bit of truth in both, but neither one owns a monopoly on truth. Even ideologically, truth will never be found exclusively in one camp. You will not find Conservatism nor Liberalism to be sole possessors of Truth. What you will find, however, are puppet masters in both camps manipulating their followers, pulling strings and sipping tea on the beach while their troops die in waves.
Jefferson wrote, "we find these truths to be self evident..." and so truth is. It cannot be truly manipulated; truth is truth, and falsehood, falsehood.
Many are saying this country needs to be woken up. Well, I disagree. I believe each and every individual needs to be woken up. You'll say I'm mincing words, but am I really? Our country is neither awake nor asleep; ideas and borders neither sleep nor eat. But individuals do.
And while we're sleeping, political enforcers (politicians and bureaucracy both) kill us in our complacency (beds).
More to come.
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