US presidential administrations have been nothing if, tragic almost from page one. For the literary types, I use tragic more in a Shakespearean sense than Greek.
1974 culminated one of the most tragic (for the nation) and possibly the most corrupt and criminal, though realistically judged against that of Ulysses Grant, Warren Harding and so many, many others it would be a close call.
This week marked the 40th anniversary of the resignation of Richard M. Nixon, a war criminal and criminal in most other aspects as well. Though as war criminals go that, too, is a close call. This is especially so in the case of Harry S. (for nothing) Truman who (just for grins) dropped nuclear bombs on Japan, even after the Japanese had surrendered. You’d think Hitler was Japanese. We’ll follow-up on that another day.
As a young man just out of college it was so very cathartic to have my beliefs about the reptilian brained 37th president validated. Most of the professors who taught my major and minor disciplines just loved the man. I did not.
Flash forward from the 37th to the 42nd US president, yes old Bubba Clinton whose biggest crime was enjoying sex. Bill was vilified, impeached and damn near crucified for enjoying sex outside the chafing confines of the conventional notion of marriage, between a man and a woman, foisted on us all by the control freak majority.
So, let’s take a step back. See it for what it is. What it is---is the 37th president raping, pillaging and plundering the very organic instrument that is supposed to represent this nation, as well as every one of us, to say little of the hundreds of thousands of young men, mostly minority and poor drafted straight into the jungles of Southeast Asia; all of it to satisfy his ego and inferiority complex.
Meanwhile the 42nd president did what he did mostly to satisfy his sex drive and was impeached for that active libido.
These are two distinct tragedies---one a man leaving an entire nation and its organic instruments bandy-legged and of another doing the same to one willing young woman. To the casual observer these tragedies have two different endings, but do they?
What can I say about “w’s” administrations? The man brought in lots of foxes to guard national treasures, to launch at least two military acts of aggression believed by many to have been, crusades, criminal acts of war, against sovereign, Islamic States not unlike that waged by Israel’s Zionists against the people of Palestine and still many adored him. The reptilian-brained hang together, pardon the expression, if for no other reason than to stay warm.
By way of these three different, if tragic, figures from the 37th to the 43rd presidents the national psyche is laid bare for all who are willing to see.
The thread that weaves is that all were selected from among the one-percent vetted and approved candidates by the majority controlling population.
That brings us to the ultimate responsible party, the collective voting majority population of those comprising “we the people.”
Then as now the majority voting population of bigots and misanthropic control freaks were and are more concerned with appearance and foisting personal views than in their own best interest and those of this nation.
The one-percent wouldn’t have it any other way. In the end, it’s all about the status quo, theirs.
Had RMN not been convinced to resign short of impeachment the one-percent might well have had to deal with him in some other way. No doubt, “all options were on the table.”
Nixon had a great deal of top cover and in the end that top cover put its interests above that of Nixon’s. Too much was at risk of exposure had impeachment proceedings gone forward.
With Bubba, there were no state secrets to expose just more complicity to extract. It was after this that the 42nd president signed off on the repugnant Phil Gramm’s legislation that tore down the firewall between investment banking and regular banking, the Glass-Steagall Act.
Excellent sentry and protector that Glass-Steagall was that law had done its job since being put in place some 80 years ago. The men of that time understood that the Great Depression had been contrived. It had been an act of war, class war by the one-percent against “we the people.” For that reason the firewall was put in place to keep calamities such as the 2008 one-percent contrived “financial meltdown.”
Those making up the US monarchy, the US nobility, the ruling elites, the one-percent insist on maintain the status quo. Since it disproportionately benefits them, why would they insist otherwise? And legions of one-percent adoring reptilian-brained 80ers are there to vote against their own best interests while defending the one-percent. See now that’s power and what have I taught you about power?
Regardless who possesses it, power does not give. Power does not share. Power does not relent. There is no such thing as a bloodless revolution. There is no such thing as the peaceful transition of power, only its illusion. Power corrupts. It doesn’t matter whether that truth is at the micro or macro level. That’s a promise.
The lust for power is never ending. It is a lust that transcends contrived, make-believe national borders. It is a lust shared by all races, genders, religions and tribes. If there is anything to “natural selection” then the lust for power is in the DNA of everything---and power demands the status quo.
From Texas Red: a cratered landscape of for profit prisons, deplorable apartheid public education, lack of healthcare and politicians and majority population intent on keeping it that way…