Hello Bernard Bearheart:
I hope you and your family are well. Your blogs are valuable to my wife and I. Customarily we share reading them to each other over our morning espressos, which can at times cause a double hit :-).
Not having TeeVee channels, I was reduced to listening to Obama's State of the Union on the radio last night (the first time I've ever heard him after 5 years in office). For some inexplicable reason I was reminded of a scene in the movie "Waterworld" where the captain of the Exon Valdez called his crew together to renew their hopes with the promise of finding "Dry Land" soon. He got them all hyped up with his rhetoric and at the same time an assistant was sprinkling cigarettes on the crew. Love the metaphors here. So they all ran back to their oars and started rowing. The captain turned to Kevin Costner's character and said something to the effect, "that'll keep the dumb bastards rowing for several more weeks.
So during Obama's speech I was looking for his promise of "dry land," and think I fond it by counting the repetition of unusual words, something I used to do with Bush's speeches during his build up to war,
The narrator said Obama was taking an extra long time getting to the podium because he was stopping along the way and taking pictures of the audience with an Ipod. That might be the first product placement in a State of the Union address. It was a routine opening with mention of something President Kennedy said, and immediately in his next sentence he said, "a decade of war is ending--our troops are coming home" After the lengthy applause he completely dismissed the subject for the rest of the speech and went on to his version of saving the economy.
That is where he said "middle class" on 9 occasions, often referring to a renewed promise that Americans will be able to rise to middle class by their hard work and talents.
It appears that the promise of "dry land" will be the increase of opportunities to become middle class, with the guvs help and guidance of course. In our generation we never openly spoke of an American class structure. We all knew it was there but stayed in some sort of silent denial. How things have changed.
I listened to the republican speaker afterwards and his use of the term, "middle class" went off the page. He used it in nearly every sentence, told how he came from low class and rose up. I was flabbergasted.
Did he and Obama exchange notes beforehand , have the same speech writers, or what? Or is this promise of"dry land" from an agenda directed by the elite in hidden places.
Best wishes, [a great reader]
More on that in a moment, but first a pause so that we can all get our espressi together and start chewing on the carcass du jour. Also, a Happy Valentine's Day to all. May we all be so lucky as to have a spouse like our great reader with whom to share espresso and articles over the morning grapefruit.
It's also the fifth anniversary of my boarding the plane to begin my self-imposed exile from a totalitarian regime by coming to wild and wooly place called Indonesia.
On to the carcass...
The State of the Union address and the 'response' of the other half (rather than side)...what a joke it has become. Either I am more cynical (check) or these things have truly become farcical theatrics that openly mock the intelligence of the audience (check). It turns my stomach to listen to them any more, and like our great reader, I have hardly noticed Obama's presidency other than to duly note that he once also lived in Indonesia. But heck, even the Indonesians don't care about that any more.
I very much appreciate the great reader's comparison to the film Waterworld. I happen to think it is very under-rated, though Kevin Reynolds' ham-fisted directing did tend to overshadow the wonderful metaphor and simile in the script, especially the scene mentioned by our great reader. But I have to be careful or this will turn into an examination of the film rather than a critique of the Obamanator.
Since our great reader took such pains to write a great letter, we took the time (and held back the urge to upchuck) to watch the State of the Regime address.
The first thing I always notice at these annual pep rallys were the fasces and the banner of the British East India Company that framed and provided backdrop for this theater.
Duly noted were all the references to the Middle Class, but what I noted was the repeated idea that people must be 'brought up' to such status. This tells me that the Middle Class no longer exists, since America is no longer trying to preserve it (see Reagan's SOR speeches) and is now trying to replenish it.
Another thing I noticed was the continual appeal to 'the children'. This is a common theme with propagandists. People instinctively want to protect their children, so it is a common weapon of fascist states to use that instinct to get the masses to rally around the flag. Even more than 'Middle Class', Obama kept appealing to 'the cheeren' as a means to activate emotional responses and shut down reason.
The most sick-making parts of this display of media mind control were the 6 minutes of non-stop applause for a man who has stated his intent to kill American citizens and subvert the Constitution with fiat rulings, euphamistically called 'Executive Orders'. Everyone who clapped at any time during this display of 'might makes right' is an accessory to heinous crimes. The cut-aways to congress-critters listening in rapt attention should offer a definitive list of just who is the enemy of the people, and not one of them were al Qaeda or Muslim Brotherhood.
I didn't have the stomach to watch Marco Rubio's 'response'. I will note that his name derives from "Mars" and "ruby" or "red". Mars, of course, is the god of war and red is definitive color associated with Mars. He is one of the top contenders for the 2016 republi-craps presidential nomination, so we should keep a wary eye on him. He's following the same path that Obama did back in 2004, when he was an unknown senator from Illinois.
As a public service, we offer the following list of thoughts raised by the propaganda spectacle. They are listed in the order in which they occurred while muddling through this clap-trap so the readers can follow along at home:
- Government is the engine of the economy
- Cutting back on government spending jeopardizes entitilements
- Soaking the rich will save everything
- We should drop the pretense of a two-party system
- New jobs can only come from outside, not from innovation in new technology at home
- 3-D printing will save America
- The president can and will issue decrees to subvert the congress' role as the legislative body
- Government will control the individual's consumption of energy for your own good
- The sole purpose of education is to produce worker bees
- No Child Left Behind is repackaged but it's still child worship\
- There is no middle class and government's job is to try and recreate it
- Immigration reform is needed to attract the smart people America no longer has
- Women are still unequal (go on pull the other one) and fathers are all deadbeats
- America no longer needs to send troops overseas, now it can bomb civilians by remote
- Africa is a new battleground against "terrorists"
- Computers and the internet are evil and must be controlled
- America reserves the right to kill its own people but will not tolerate it in other countries
- America's military is central to American hegemony
- Lawyers will save America's electoral process
- Government will use children to achieve ANYTHING
- Government doesn't like it when the populace can fight back
And for those, including Obama, who still worship the memory of JFK, his most famous quote is pure fascist rhetoric: "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." Compare that to:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."
I rest my case.