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Scared to Death in the USA

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The original article published on CommonDreams by Tom Engelhardt was posted on Facebook. One of my favorite and sharp friends added the comment I'm entering below. Let it entice you to read the whole article on CommonDreams. Scared to death in the USA... Is this also why we don't have peace?

"I mean, we’re living in a country that my parents would barely recognize. It has a frozen, riven, shutdown-driven Congress, professionally gerrymandered into incumbency, endlessly lobbied, and seemingly incapable of actually governing."

I don't know how Tom Engelhardt is, but I barely recognize this country as the one in which I grew from childhood, to youth, to young adult. It is a pathetic imitation of what it was during those years. It has suffered one administration after another that was operated by sociopaths and psychopaths totally enthrall to the super rich, the filthy coal/oil/natural gas companies, the filthy immoral, unethical and scum ridden banks and some of the most insane right wingers since the horrors of European Fascism brought death to tens of millions and plunged the world into darkness. The nation has besmirched the very name of democratic republic. It is a joke and people publish cartoons decrying the very idea of having the USA and its lap dog servant, NATO, bring freedom and democracy - it is very clear that in the wake of the USA's intervention, what comes is death, destruction, rape, pillage, and chaos.

In the meantime the infrastructure that sustains us all is crumbling because the tax dollars are being used to hunt and kill "enemies" around the world and here at home. Real patriots that expose the utterly corrupt, corroded, sewage that rules the nation, are sent to jail. The thieves who've thrown millions out of their homes, resulted in one of the highest number of homeless children to proportions more that would have shocked me as a high school student if they were in Brazil or some other South American victim of pillage by American industry.

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Reconstitution through Repeace

Reconstitution through Repeace

Reconstitution through Repeace

To the Founding Fathers,

We come with no easy blueprint for tomorrow's constitution. We mistrust those who think they already have the answers when we are still trying to formulate the questions. But the time has come for us to imagine completely novel alternatives, to discuss, dissent, debate, and design from the ground up the democratic architecture of tomorrow.

Not in a spirit of anger or dogmatism, not in a sudden impulsive spasm, but through the widest consultation and peaceful public participation, we need to join together to reconstitute America.

Alvin and Heidi Toffler - from the book 'Creating a New Civilization"'



There have been many groups which have grown out of the availability of the Internet and the flow of information which ensued. Some lean towards existing parties, others are bipartisan, and some have their base in the belief of an entirely new design. But the important thing is these people have seen the shift taking place, and through communication are attempting to make the inevitable much better, easier, and more participatory. I believe we can gain usable knowledge from any and perhaps all of these groups. Perhaps there is a need for new terminology? Instead of "politics", maybe we could call it "citizenology" or something of the sort? The word citizenship, according to Wikipedia, often also implies working towards the betterment of community through participation, volunteer work, and efforts to improve life for all citizens. So I suppose citizenology would be the study of how people, through participation, can work to improve life for all people. People deal with their differences by creating alliances, discussing, negotiating, and engaging people on issues which involve the self-interest of like-minded people. We need less stratification due to vertically structured parties, and more accordance through horizontal citizen engagement.

 

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Should We Fall Again for ‘Trust Me’?

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Exclusive: Forgetting lessons from the Tonkin Gulf to the Iraq War, the U.S. news media has mostly elbowed past doubts about whether the Syrian government launched the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack and now is focused on the political drama of congressional approval for war, a big mistake says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.

In a dazzling display of chutzpah, the White House is demanding that Congress demonstrate blind trust in a U.S. intelligence establishment headed by James Clapper, a self-confessed perjurer.

That’s a lot to ask in seeking approval for a military attack on Syria, a country posing no credible threat to the United States. But with the help of the same corporate media that cheer-led us into war with Iraq, the administration has already largely succeeded in turning public discussion into one that assumes the accuracy of both the intelligence on the apparent Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack in Syria and President Barack Obama’s far-fetched claim that Syria is somehow a threat to the United States.

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US revealed as enemy of world

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The United States of America stands exposed in the eyes of the entire world as the number-one terrorist threat to the future of humanity. Many have known this fact already, but now it is universally clear.

As the US prepares to launch an overt war on Syria (the covert war has been raging for 30 months), the vast majority of humanity can finally see through all its decades of pretense and conceit as the world’s model of democracy and international law. And what they see is the ugly opposite. The US is a terrorist state that holds international law, democracy and human rights in utter contempt. It is ready, as it always has been, to kill countless civilians for its selfish political ambitions. That is the conventional definition of “terrorism”.

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad made a profound point recently when he said that his country has faced aggression for more than two years, but only now is the real enemy revealing itself - the US and its minions. But the US terrorist state is not just being called out over Syria. It is being revealed as the enemy to the entire world.

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