The higher immorality can neither be narrowed to the political sphere nor understood as primarily a matter of corrupt men in fundamentally sound institutions. Political corruption is one aspect of a more general immorality; the level of moral sensibility that now prevails is not merely a matter of corrupt men. The higher immorality is a systematic feature of the American elite; its general acceptance is an essential feature of the mass society.
Of course, there may be corrupt men in sound institutions, but when institutions are corrupting, many of the men who live and work in them are necessarily corrupted. In the corporate era, economic relations become impersonal-and the executive feels less personal responsibility. Within the corporate worlds of business, war-making and politics, the private conscience is attenuated-and the higher immorality is institutionalized. It is not merely a question of a corrupt administration in corporation, army, or state; it is a feature of the corporate rich, as a capitalist stratum, deeply intertwined with the politics of the military state. [C. Wright Mills, The Power Elite, 1956]
Since the 60s
Since the days of the hippy rebelion against the stupid Vietnam War, we eccentric oddballs have been yelling our heads off about this country going Fascist. When you worship the rich and famous like we do in this country, you lose a sense of reality, a reality where everyone can't be rich. In fact, there must be poor people for there to be rich people.
I'm already watching the Fascist Republicans going about actually ruining our Federal Government. They want to privatize the world---global dominance. A privatized world means there are no regulations at all protecting world citizens. The Republicans want us all poor don't you see because royals and feudal landlords and the privileged (those who practice conspicuous consumption ---read Thorstein Veblen for an explanation of "Conspicuous Consumption") need the poor to clean their shitcans, to prepare their meals, to wash their clothes, to wait on them hand and foot, to raise and pamper their worthless offspring (those who inherit their wealth). It's a revolution alright, but a right-wing revolution, our betters enslaving us so that we'll do their bidding because in poverty men and women are desperate; the Capitalist Pig way of thinking, sees desperation as opportunity to enslave.
The trouble is, Americans worship rich people. The poor hate them, but that hate stems from jealousy and not from self-defiance and rebellion. We see the wealthy constantly peddled before us as our mentors, as those who are blessed by the god Moolah with wealth, privilege, and power. Though these Power Elite are criminals, they will never be convicted of a crime because they are God-blessed and the myth surrounding them is that these criminals are needed in order for our economy to grow. Bullshit! Our economy isn't growing and will die more than grow in the coming four long years because we refuse to tax the Power Elite and the corporations they get their Power from. We are allowing our rich and their corporations to jerk us around by the nose. I figure in a few years, we'll build chapels to the Power Elites where we poor slobs can go pray to their God, Moolah. Can you imagine a Koch Brothers Chapel on Park Avenue in New York City (this is where they live, not in Wichita) with a shrine to the three disparate brothers? Or how about the Donald Trump Chapel where we all can go in and worship the bankruptcy champion of the USA as he basks in a wealth he inherited from his real-estate mogul father?
The Fascist Republicans are already at work trying to destroy our lives as we dream of living them. They are already denying future payments to the disabled. The Fascist hate the disabled because they suck money out of the system and contribute nothing to it. This cut will also include disabled veterans. Fuck 'em, right? That's how we treat our "military heroes" once they get their poor slob asses out of combat and intrigue and return home to nothing but fuck yous from our Fascist government while hypocritically they are praising these poor slobs as heroes. Only fools join the military these days. Fools with no hope after they get out or don't get out of high school of landing any kind of good-paying job so they go join the army to save their asses.
I love a certain ad on television that's been running lately in which the jest is that a soldier coming home without any legs is now better off than he was when he had legs---for you see, the example they give is a guy who is now a champ in the disabled Olympics as a wheel-chair racer. Hey, how 'bout that! What about truncates? Heroes who lost both arms and legs? You don't hear much about them.
These Fascist Republicans are so cruel, they're seriously advocating doing away with Social Security (it's the Americans workers' money but not according to these Fascist assholes), Medicare, and Medicaid. Can you imagine such gall? Millionaires who have the best health-care taxpayers' money can buy; millionaires who are set for life even if they lose their next election because they continue to get paid on into the future---and these old fossils live forever---look at the aging Koch Bros., look at old grizzled Mitch "Fuck You" McConnell. This son of the Old Plantation South hates the workingclass, a class he's never known in his life. Now these old bastards are going to try to drive us down to a Third World nation, the very thing the Neo-Con Manifesto called for back during the Reagan years.
I worked in New York City advertising (telling lies) for tons of years. Every year I paid into Social Security and after I turned fifty, I started paying into Medicare. It's my money, god-dammit, and I can't see, though fools they be, the American retired (seniors they're called) workers letting these assholes get away with what they plan: the privatization of Social Security. If these workers allow this, then the American people are stupider than I think they are now. Remember, the American people elected these assholes to office. The fact that these assholes got millions of Power Elite and corporate money in their campaigns didn't get them elected as our media trumpets; the voters had alternatives, but, no, they in their stupidity voted the worst assholes into power. The Blacks and Latinos didn't elect these draconian assholes. The racist Whites put them in power...and don't forget that when these Fascist fools start fucking with you.
Who will be our Hitler? Will it be Hillary? Or Jeb? After all, Jeb's family took care of Hitler's banking during his effort to conquer the world with his Napoleonic complex.
Oh well. I'm a voice in the wilderness, I know. And my words are wasted on so stupid a people as those who elected this circus of clowns as our rulers.
World War III sits like a Cheshire cat on our horizon.
for The Daily Growler
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