the way things are done down there”, a country with tin shack
communities, open running sewers, a minimum wage too low to buy food...
Dark New Reality
Posted August 10, 2003 thepeoplesvoice.org
By Schuyler Ebbets
It doesn’t matter what color a person’s skin
is, it doesn’t matter if they are a Palestinian or a Jew or an American,
African, or Korean. All that matters is that everyone has a decent life, that
all people on the earth have enough nutritious food to eat and clean water to
drink, adequate housing, and appropriate work. The most important concerns for
humanity should be the improvement of the quality of life for all, and the
protection and preservation of the planet.
The Bush gang has proudly presented humankind with their dark new reality of
‘never ending war’. Perhaps Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was
instructed to say the words, ‘never ending war’, or in this rare instance
the regime has inadvertently revealed a truth. America will never know victory
over terrorism through the use of violence and war. America will never kill all
of the terrorists because terrorism is born of poverty and injustice. Only when
the cause of terrorism is removed can the world know peace. Only when
exploitation, repression, and death squads are ended can we stop terrorism. As
corrupt governments continue along their greedy course, which grinds up life and
the planet for profit, there will be more children who will grow up impoverished
and filled with hatred and revolution. As long as the rich and their puppet
politicians beat down the people and leave them but two choices, to die in
abject poverty and slavery or to die fighting that system which enslaves them,
there will be terrorism.
Instead of improving the quality of life on earth, men like
Bush and Cheney represent a 'new world plantation order', that exploits and reduces
humanity. They resist all attempts to move towards democratic systems of
government which give people a voice. The privileged few continue to extract
more profit and more resources from the earth and it’s inhabitants. They are
oblivious to the suffering and destruction they are causing and show little
concern for the future. The corporate 'right' has given names to their
unbridled greed like, ‘the free market’, 'free trade', and 'privatization'.
Bush has been quoted as saying he, “likes Mexico”, and he, “likes the way
things are done down there”, a country with tin shack communities, open
running sewers, a minimum wage too low to buy food, health care for the
richest 5%, and a privatized Social Security system. Bush cynically
characterizes himself as a compassionate conservative while openly advocating
policies that are profoundly cruel and wasteful.
For fifty years the American military industrial complex has used ‘communism’ to
justify a giant profit driven weapons industry and the killing of millions.
Now that communism is no longer a threat they have replaced it with
‘terrorism’. In the past communism might be defeated, there might be an end
to it. With an Orwellian 'never ending war', the White House has shut the door on
peace forever. America has become so economically dependent on war and
aggression that it permeates all aspects of the society. Greed
and violence are glorified, romanticized, and marketed by the corporate power
structure in a manner unparalleled. The cultural
focus has become materialistic and sociopathic in nature, lacking in empathy for the suffering
caused on the earth. The corporate media has effectively brainwashed the
American people into believing that their competitive consumer society is the
world’s model, which all countries should
strive to emulate. A society based on the survival of the fittest, the fastest,
the strongest, the richest, based on animal law and not a higher law of man.
Their leaders refuse to participate in war crimes trials or the Kyoto agreement,
an open hostility towards humanity and the planet.
More than eight hundred million people on earth are starving. Nine million
people die from hunger each year. Over one billion people worldwide are living
on less than a dollar a day. In some countries clean water is more expensive
than milk. In the United States, where twelve million children are living with
hunger, Americans spend 32
billion dollars on weight loss programs each year and 31 billion on
pet supplies, six
times the amount of money needed to end world hunger.
America represents 5% of the earth’s population and consumes 60% of the
resources, a level of waste that cannot be sustained and for the good of
the planet should not be emulated.
With America’s technology the Bush people might have built a utopia, a model
for an equitable and sustainable civilization, instead they are directing humanity
towards the apocalypse. They have chosen a path of corruption, exploitation, and
environmental destruction. Their unquenchable thirst for oil and a policy of
'preemptive war' constitutes not only a serious threat to the sovereignty of
other nations, but a threat to the eco-system and the continued survival of life
This Newsletter article is © copyright 2003 by
Schuyler Ebbets (email@example.com)
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