Whether it’s Egypt, Syria, Libya, Russia, China, England, the US or any other nation for that matter--- there is a common trait. There is no peaceful transition of power, there is only its illusion.
Think: Smegol, Gollum and Precious. Power is addictive, over-powering, irresistible. Sadly in our time-space there is no Frodo.
I want to believe but I know that 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. That’s a promise.
Egypt is a perfect example of what happens in the US every four years. It’s just more obvious in Egypt.
Puppet masters run the world. It is no different in this country than it is in any other.
Puppet masters in Egypt are just more obvious and visible to the world. They are more obvious not because they’re clumsy or inept. Egyptian puppet masters are more obvious because they are not US puppet masters. So citizens of this nation are more willing, not just more able, to see how things really operate in Egypt.
The last time “democracy” was exercised in the US was the well-intended but lame, disoriented and unfocused Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement. That certainly was not the enviable type people’s movement we’ve witnessed across the Middle East.
It’s been a good while since we last saw in this nation anything approaching the scale of the “Arab Spring.” Even there it is obvious that power does not share, that there is no such thing as a “bloodless revolution” much less the peaceful transition of power. It just doesn’t exist.
When you see what passes for the “peaceful transition of power” it is an illusion. Nothing more than one finger puppet replacing another.
The presidential election process has become an ongoing near endless process that rolls-over the inauguration and continues on its way as if the election never took place.
Between inaugurations there is a vetting process that usually takes the form of a parade of almost exclusively one-percenters. The reason for that is that the one-percenters determine who will and won’t be on the reality show stage that passes for a debate stage. Those “contestants” vetted by the one-percent are the “candidates” from which voters are allowed to choose.
The vetting process is at best sanctimonious and hypocritical. The one-percent approved candidates line up on the stage to debate but cannot speak their minds or risk being voted off the dais reality-show style. Their only purpose is to insure that the “status quo” is preserved for the one-percent.
This happens at all levels of governance. Just pay attention to the barbs presently being traded by the Department of Justice and Texas red’s attorney general.
The argument between Texas red and the DOJ is fairly simple. Texas red, a former slave state, controlled almost exclusively by GOPers, Blue Dogs and Tea Partyers and their majority voting population-backers have their collective ass chapped any time they are told that what they are doing is racist, illegal and unconstitutional. (Oh and by the way, it is all of that)
If you hadn’t noticed GOPers, Blue Dogs and Tea Partyers can’t hack the notion of anything fair. So the idea of a level playing field is out of the question.
The fact that there hasn’t been blood spilled in the US as it has in Tahrir Square speaks more to the consumer induced complacency, a stupor created by the one-percent’s control of everything than to a lack of willingness on the part of many in the US.
As I often said to a good friend, Mario, a millionaire and revolutionary, “it isn’t easy to be an activist- revolutionary out on the streets when you have an 8 hour job, a mortgage and family.”
The one-percent has pretty much figured out the formula for keeping the masses assuaged, mollified in the US.
That more people don’t see for what it is, is concerning. It faces us daily on so many levels and in so many arenas. Whether it’s the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), the single-payer alternative, the egregious, reprehensible, illegal and unconstitutional actions of the NSA (National Security Agency) or the unquestionably unsustainable short term huge profit generating practices of corporate players, bankers and Wall Streeters---it really is all about the money, the power.
The outcome of those concerns is in the hands of the US version of the Egyptian military. The puppet masters who decide what is best, what the majority can live with and what must be done to preserve the “status quo.”
Whether it’s Egypt, Syria, Libya, Russia, China, England, the US or any other nation, the common trait is that there is never the peaceful transition of power---there is only its illusion.
Think: Smegol, Gollum and Precious. power is addictive, over-powering, irresistible.
I want to believe but I know that 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. That’s a promise and I don’t make many promises. I can’t or won’t keep most. But I do want to believe....
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…