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Nobody Goes To Jail?

Matt Taibbi has another one of his beautiful rants up at Rolling Stone: Why Isn’t Wall Street in Jail?

Everything’s fucked up, and nobody goes to jail,” he said. “That’s your whole story right there. Hell, you don’t even have to write the rest of it. Just write that.”

I put down my notebook. “Just that?”

“That’s right,” he said, signaling to the waitress for the check. “Everything’s fucked up, and nobody goes to jail. You can end the piece right there.”
Nobody goes to jail.

This is the mantra of the financial-crisis era, one that saw virtually every major bank and financial company on Wall Street embroiled in obscene criminal scandals that impoverished millions and collectively destroyed hundreds of billions, in fact, trillions of dollars of the world’s wealth — and nobody went to jail. Nobody, that is, except Bernie Madoff, a flamboyant and pathological celebrity con artist, whose victims happened to be other rich and famous people.

Everything is fucked up and the wrong people go to jail, may actually be the better way of framing the current American status quo:

Rights abuse at Clinton’s Rights talk: Police targeted violence of Christian Vet

According to PCJ, McGovern “was assaulted grabbed from the audience in plain view of her by police and an unidentified official in plain clothes, brutalized and left bleeding in jail.”

Clinton never paused speaking according to PCJ.

“When Secretary Clinton began her speech, Mr. McGovern remained standing silently in the audience and turned his back. Mr. McGovern, a veteran Army officer who also worked as a C.I.A. analyst for 27 years, was wearing a Veterans for Peace t-shirt.
“Blind-sided by security officers who pounced upon him, Mr. McGovern remarked, as he was hauled out the door, “So this is America?” Mr. McGovern is covered with bruises, lacerations and contusions inflicted in the assault.

To hell with the quisling Democrats, but where is the Progressive Caucus?

Bernie Sanders soaked his diaper filibustering the Senate. He spoke for 8 hours, and rested on the 9th. Where were the progressives?

Imagine if the Progressive Caucus announced a marathon reading of a few Matt Taibbi articles on the Government’s coddling of Wall Street crooks and oligarchs. Every hour another member of the caucus, and whomever else in Congress would be interested in participating, let’s say, 100 uninterrupted hours of Taibbi prose belched out from the Capitol Steps.Then, at the end of the 4th day, they would all gather together and secure their reelection by announcing that they’ve all decided to quit. Not, because of some in flagrante trist caught on tape, but because their own personal decency demanded no less.

Mussolini’s ghost is stalking the halls of Congress. If it’s not exorcised, if such an act of patriotism is not embraced then we can hang this quote around their necks: “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent revolution inevitable.” —JFK

cross posted @ Mosquito Cloud

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