Saturday, August 22, 2009

A Personal Comment

Regular readers of this blog may have noticed a gradual shift over the months, from the initial "diary" postings, to an increasing emphasis on economics and resulting social issues like homelessness, poverty and wars and their consequences. As circumstances evolved, my focus shifted accordingly, trying to provide relevant and informative material appropriate to the times and events. Today I posted an article referencing the near complete shutdown of city services in my hometown, Philadelphia. Services to be cut included nearly 1,000 policemen, 200 firemen, 5 rescue ambulance squads, the complete shut down of all city libraries and recreation centers, to loss of all after school programs for students, as well as the meal programs for over 180,000 elderly citizens. All gone, by October 2, if a miracle doesn't happen, and a $700 million budget gap become closed. This while the Wall Street banksters take record bonuses, and hike your credit card interest rates to 29.99%, after being rescued by YOUR $700 billion "bailout." I know Philadelphia, and it's citizens, well. Chaos is coming, unlike anything that city has ever experienced.

But it's not just Philadelphia- all across the country cities and towns are struggling for survival. Millions are homeless, unemployed, desperate, and receive nothing from Washington. The Federal government has clearly shown that it is nothing more than the servant of the monied interests, and that we, the people, are essentially on our own. If that be so, then we, the people, must remember what Thomas Jefferson wrote:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable 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 to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or 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." -Thomas Jefferson

Washington has forgotten that it derives it's "powers from the consent of the governed", and we have failed tragically in reminding them of that fact. They now openly act against our wishes in support of their corporate and financial masters. As social chaos descends upon our cities, at some point the tolerance of suffering will be reached, when we finally just can't take any more, events may well spin out of anyones control into full blown anarchy and revolution. We are, as Martin Luther King said, "in the fierce urgency of now." Time grows short for a solution, and we're all in uncharted waters, not knowing what will happen next. The only certainty is that things cannot remain the same, change MUST come, before the nightmare envelops us all, rich and poor alike...


  1. Maybe, but I've talked to people in my neighborhood who are well read and informed, and they are still clinging to the hope that things won't get 'that bad'. Inflation will stay at 3.5%, housing is selling again, Cash for Clunkers primed the pump to get cars selling again ... What about failing banks and a bankrupt FDIC, continued high unemployment, massive federal deficient spending, etc I ask? They just shake their heads, shrug and change the subject.
    "When it is folly to be wise,
    ignorance is bliss."

  2. Thanks for commenting, TJ. Many articles posted here refute the claims that "housing is selling again", that inflation will remain under control, etc. I really want to believe things will get better; facts indicate otherwise.
    When your neighbors are robbed by starving, desperate people, and there are no more police to protect them because of budget cuts, maybe they'll have a different opinion. "Ignorance is bliss" might work sometimes, it might get you killed if things get out of control, too...

  3. Hubris brought down as great as empires as the USA. We are going to reap what we have sown. We collectively let this happen. I guess the tree of liberty needs sustainance.


  4. Dear Coyote,
    Mr. Jefferson's caution must be acted upon by all decent sovereign citizens.
    Not to act as if the usurpers of our Constitution were right.

  5. Again, most excellent Coyote.

    The elite scum in DC and @ the Goldmans around the world will have a surprise coming to their interests,family and friends.
    They might think they're above society, but that won't help much if they're afraid to go out into it.

    I might be nobody, but I certainly won't go down with a fight.

  6. What they seem to forget, Kevin John, is there are 300 million of us "nobodies", armed to the teeth for the most part. If only 10% of them got serious, that's 30 million. No military on this earth could defeat that, least of all ours, with all those troops overseas...

  7. Yes, and I can think of alot of ways to f*ck them up. Even if its only spitting paper wads out of straws @ their elite signplates.

    It would kind of give an authentic crappy look to the place.

    That might really piss them off.