Some American “F” words: Fascism,
“Fucked Up!” “Fear” and “Forward!” (Along with “Fart”)
So it is around this time in the Election Cycle that I realize how “Pull My Finger” might have as much meaning as a campaign slogan for any
The TV ads let us know interesting but most probably false “facts” about election matters. For instance, the Monsanto/Big Agro ads against California’s Prop 37, that requires food labeling to identify foods with Gm materials, those Pro-industry ads tell us that each family will pay ANNUALLY some $ 400 for the labeling. No explanation of how that figure is arrived at. Since many foods already contain far more detailed descriptions, as to vitamins and calorie content, I think it is all made up on account of the need for the FEAR Factor.
Studies have shown that anyone unaware of the necessary information to make a decision on voting will usually base their decision on FEAR. Many people don’t understand the Gm issue, but they do understand Four Hundred Dollars, especially if they are told the money will come out of their pockets. This was a smart way for the Big Agro firms to have voters reject Prop 37, regardless if their claims are true or not.
Meanwhile, the Democratic leadership is not above using the FEAR principle themselves. After all, Obama has support from many people on account of FEAR. If Romney gets in, no contraception, no more Roe vs Wade, we are told.
And the Democratic leadership has en-tranced their supporters to firmly believe that it is the Republicans that have brought us policies favoring Monsanto and Gm food. Since most people in our country are unaware of the fact that about 80% of what a President accomplishes occurs inside the decisions of various agencies, Americans are hoodwinked about the relationship of Democratic leadership and Monsanto.
They think Monsanto relies on Republicans – and how false a view that is! For instance, and quite importantly, back in the nineties, it was Bill Clinton’s buddy, Mike Taylor, who came up with the “scientific doctrine” that stated that GM foods are “similar and equivalent” to conventional foods in terms of nutrition and lack of risks, simply because Mike Taylor said so.
The last time humankind saw a human being make up scientific doctrine was during the Dark Ages imposed by the Catholic Church on the “civilized” European world. Remember how Galileo came under attack by the Pope for disputing the Church’s doctrine of the sun revolving around the earth? Yes, for ardently preaching science, Galileo was placed under house arrest. He narrowly escaped the usual fatal punishments of the Inquisition.
So religious control of science has now been taken over by Corporate-Control of Science. And when Corporations control not only science, but government too, then it is necessary to say that the government itself has become fascist.
One other omen around the issue of fascism and food: recently the so-called “Monsanto rider,” was quietly slipped into the multi-billion dollar FY 2013 Agricultural Appropriations bill. This “rider” would require, not just allow, but require, the Secretary of Agriculture to grant a temporary permit for the planting or cultivation of a genetically engineered crop. This will happen even if a federal court has ordered the planting be halted until an Environmental Impact Statement is completed. All any farmer or the biotech producer needs to do is ask, and the questionable crops could be released into the environment where they could potentially contaminate conventional or organic crops and, ultimately, the nation’s food supply.
And for those Americans who need an education about Obama and agencies under his control, it should be pointed out that way back in Spring 2009, Obama appointed Mike Taylor as head of the FDA. To camouflage this event, Michelle Obama got the media quite stirred up about her “organic” garden planted in the WH Rose Garden. If I try and see this appointment the way that my Democratic-supporting friends see it, perhaps Obama made this appointment because of a gun held by Republicans and pointed at his head? But how likely is that?
For apparently the Powers that Be have realized a most helpful conclusion: that Americans will accept fascism if it is offered via the congenial, soft spoken African American and his wife, rather than the brittle and harsh personalities that appear on the political scene via the Republican party. Who cares if our civil rights have been eliminated, or if half the profit earned in this country goes BY GOVERNMENT POLICIES to the Big Financial Firms, as long as the person who makes this happen seems so calm, mild mannered and soft spoken?
And of course, there is no way to question any of this, as anyone liking Obama is already willing to simply say “Forward!” rather than to examine current policies. It is of especial importance that no Democratic Party voters ask out loud how it is that during this point in time that the for-profit wars are endlessly raging (Iran is currently in the making, and will occur before February 1st 2013 at the latest,) homeowners are still foreclosed, jobs are still outsourced, education and prisons are being privatized, health care insurance remains over-priced and unaffordable, a citizen’s civil rights are non-existent once outside their home, marijuana possession – in defiance of states’ rights issues – is an item that can get you imprisoned, or shot and killed by the DEA, local police SWAT teams.
But hey – at least if Obama gets a second term, the LGBT crowd can marry, and women will still have contraception. Plus perhaps we won’t be required to wear our underpants on our heads! (I mean, if you are like me, you think those black hoodies so fashionable at Abu Gharib seem so much more 2013!)
Democratic leadership has also succeeded in having people believe that it is the Republicans who have restructured the economy such that some 49 cents out of every dollar of profit goes to Wall Street and other Big Financial Firms. Obama’s complicity with the One Percent has a well established narrative – a person only needs to look back at how quickly Obama offered up an extension for the One Percent on the “Bush tax breaks” for the wealthy. And if you are willing to look further back than that – why did Obama appoint Tim Geithner to be Secretary of the Treasury, and re-appoint Ben Bernanke to the Federal Reserve? Why is Obama more enthused about helping out the deficit by doing austerity programs, than seeing to it hat the Seven Trillions of Dollars secretly given by Bernanke to the Big Bankers is not either outright returned, or at least TAXED!
But if you discuss this with any Democratic Party supporter, you are told simply, “The Republicans are worse.”
Yes, it is all “Forward” these days. Who wants to look back into the dreary past, when one Bennito Mussolini declared that “Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.” Plus if you look that far back, you might come smack up against his further descriptions
Fascism: 1.”Everything in the state”. The Government is supreme and the country is all-encompassing, and all within it must conform to the ruling party, as the other party is so much more Tea Baggery.
2.”Nothing outside the state”. The country must grow and the implied goal of any fascist (i.e. corporate-controlled) nation is to rule the world, and have every human either engaged in spending their monies in an orgy of consumerism that props up these Corporations, or else to shut up and watch The X Factor.
3.”Nothing against the state”. Any type of questioning the government is not to be tolerated. If you do not see things our way, you are wrong. If you do not agree with the government, you can and will be subject to Section 1021 of the NDAA rather than be allowed to taint the minds of the rest of the good citizens.
To my way of thinking, what we needed during Election Cycle 2012 was more discussion and truth, less “Forward” and less FEAR. Unfortunately, the adherents of that philosophy were all third party people, who don’t have a chance at victory this time around. If only we’d been allowed less “Forward!” and less fear, we wouldn’t have to encounter that deja vu feeling on November Seventh, that someone pulled our nation’s collective finger, sticking us with the smell of a mighty big fart.