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FUBAR Tuesday: The Possessed

Author Tom Robbins once wrote, “that which you hold, holds you”. He could have said, “he who possesses, is possessed”. As the economy languishes or, as some would argue,  American-style capitalism goes through its final death throes and as our political discourse becomes more shrill, it may be time for a lifestyle change. Even if you have more confidence in consumerism than I have, there are lots of reasons to “go lean”.

In a similar period of economic distress and political upheaval, Nazis were able to energize the German people through hatred and fear. Hitler served up the Jews as the bogey man in order to consolidate power and lead a nation to its destruction. Currently, the Right Wing element of the Republican Party is using the same formula by serving up blacks and gays.

With Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, et al manipulating the Tea Bagger (a modern version of the Brown Shirts) with race baiting, the Right moves closer and closer to their end goal  – a race war – as an excuse to oppress and to put the finishing touches on the corporate police state.

Millions of Jews lost their lives, not because they didn’t see the danger (though, like us, they surely under-estimated it), but because they couldn’t take their material wealth out of Germany with them. They couldn’t bear to abandon a lifestyle.

As froth-at-the mouth, howl-at-the-moon, bat-shit-crazy Tea Baggers openly advocate violence, including the lynching of President Obama, as fools like Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Palin are treated as credible by mainstream corporate media, we tip-toe closer to the abyss.

I am neither gay nor black but I live in a neighborhood where whites are a minority and I understand that when the shooting starts I’m right in the cross-hairs and it won’t matter which side picks me off. It’s time to divest, to prepare to bail at a moments notice – not just from OTR or Tea Bagger infested SW Ohio, where health care and streetcars are viewed as Socialist plots, but from America, the land of the Lost and the home of the Sheep. I no longer want to live in a place where the only things that are valuable are those which can be purchased and where people are gauged by their ability to consume.

And neither should you.  


Categories: Breaking the Chains
  1. MB
    July 20, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    “They couldn’t bear to abandon a lifestyle” really gets to me. So many here are addicted to so much.

    For me – making well informed choice is valuable everywhere & the best way to advocate for lasting awareness.

    I hate the consumerism mentality! Do all that I can to avoid “stuff”.

    Would rather build awareness from within…

    …But I keep my passport current.

  2. Patti Piatt
    July 21, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    I don’t want to die in Cincinnati. And I don’t want to live here much longer either.

    People say, “Where else is better?” Although I’ve no desire to return, I’ve lived in both NYC and Seattle; and at least, I wasn’t thought peculiar for my politics. Also I’ve traveled a lot and adore Italy, but it’s too many Euros for me.

    Mebbe South America? I’m learning Spanish and reading Nicholas Kozloff. It may be the last hope of the left. Perhaps by the time the global corps completely ruin it, I’ll have departed the mortal etc.

    Other people say, “Stop reading the news so much.” Just stick your brainbox in the sand. Trouble is, watching the country go down the drain is like looking at roadkill. My inner core of serenity loses the battle every single time. Even if I could ignore it, I still retain memories of the 60s and 70s. I still remember hope.

    Any other ideas?

    • July 21, 2010 at 7:47 pm

      Hi Patti,

      Good to here from you. We are few and far between here in the primordial swamp. Read through past blog posts, if you have time, and you might find some some confirmation of your non-traditional views and maybe some entertainment as well. Find the Suffer Club posting and join us some Sat.

      I`m definitely Europe bound at some point. Ireland maybe.

      Stay in touch.


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