On the Wrong Side of the Mirror
RIP Adrienne Rich. She courageously challenged The Ignorant Ones but passed on with the sad knowledge they are running everything now. Pathos or tragedy? Guess we'll find out. The Supremes listen to arguments and worry about our Freedom but where is little "Super Committee" Max Baucus? Drinking shots from a hookers shoe?
Why would we trust scientists who tell us the Arctic ice caps have shrunk 40% since the early 80s? If they lied about going to the moon and just want to regulate the free market out of existence, why should we trust them? If the Constitution guarantees us life, liberty, etc. and Montana's Colstrip coal fired power plant caused 31 deaths last year, will the Supremes care? Lots of questions, few answers.
It really seems to me that instead of the massive protests being planned for Chicago over the Nato Summit, these angry folks should be headed for the Alberta Tar Sands. Isn't that by far the real threat to democracy and justice and security and all that stuff? What if we had a giant ticker in Times Square showing the parts per million of CO2 as they rise? Actually, Romney said that Russia is America's number one foe which seems weird because I thought it was either jihadis or taking God out of schools?
Anyway, in the spirit of making America "energy independent" Obama is opening up the Arctic to drilling and the Blackfoot Nation is opening up tribal lands to fracking (why shouldn't money and the Great Spirit be One on this side of the mirror?) We could build yurts and live on kale and our well water could STILL be fucked up.
It's easy to accuse me of letting the perfect get in the way of the good. For instance when I insist that the RE-distribution of wealth is not enough, that we must look at the primary distribution.I'm not being a curmudgeon, I'm being traumatically realistic in an upside down world. The Tea Party is right, the government is cracking down on whistleblowers and cops are getting more comfortable with deadly force at the slightest pretext ( Fred Hampton RIP). But like Bruce Springsteen or Jon Stewart or the Nation magazine or the Pope, they are mistaken to think capitalism can be reformed or made pure. They need to look away from the mirror.