Monday, October 11, 2010

Food for Thought

Remember the day, when inspired by a speech given by President Dwight Eisenhower, the media and most of us aimed our collective venom guns at what he called the Military–Industrial Complex? When the president, himself a military man, warned against the collusion of these two powerful forces in our society, a complicity that eventually resulted in the Pentagon paying zillions of dollars for a lousy toilet seat? Well, it appears that yesteryear's corruption has turned our national ethos into a gigantic hydra. It poisoned our nation to the point where nobody talks about it anymore. Where most of us pay lip service to the myriad of immoral practices this hydra has unleashed upon us, the most damaging of these being the new mega collusion we may well call the Military-Industrial-Banking–Government Complex.
We have seen this expanded complex playing out its hypocritical schemes. All the way from the time of the Reagan Administration's market economy––a practice that upended the applecart by changing the old moral–based equation of "cost plus reasonable profit" into the new immoral one of "whatever the market will bear," which opened the floodgates to irresponsible greed and price gouging––aided and abetted by our country's successive administrations' utter mismanagement of our nation's resources.
And yet, We The People, keep relatively quiet, knowingly or unknowingly accepting everything that is thrown at us by Big Business, and yes, also by a government that always seems to side up with it, rarely with the middle class, almost never with the average John Does.
But, is it possible that we are not as enlightened as we think we are?
We heard that the Big Bailout of Wall Street, the auto industry, etc.––anybody but the middle class or the regular John Doe––smacked of socialism. Since when helping the richest is socialism? It is capitalism at its devious worst.
As voters, come election time, we forget our dissatisfaction and fall for the ever–repetitious slogans and promises of the candidates, whose real interest too often is self–promotion and how best to fit into that golden cage, the military-industrial-banking–government complex.
We stand by and allow big business, with government consent, to rob us clean – first by dumping on us a recession they and they alone created, then by misleading us into accepting new laws and regulations meant to help our people, but which at the end only benefit the big guys in business.
Finally, Obama, who scared everyone out of their wits with his feared populist–socialist leanings, now appears to have fallen prey to the very same evils he so eloquently denounced when he came to us in the guise of a savior.
My friends, nothing ever changes. Contrary to the old Western movie stereotype, where the hero cowboy rids the town of the robber barons who took it over, in our real world, the greedy, government–sanctioned, robber barons always win at the end of the day.


  1. O.K. So what recourse do we the people have? What is it that we are even fighting? I am reminded of the quotation, "Beware of the wolf in sheep's clothing"! Yet, it appears that we don't understand who our enemies are!

  2. Good metaphor. The wolf in sheep clothing is everyone who sells us products and services charging us exorbitant prices by taking unfair advantage of the Market Economy doctrine, which is based on the notion of letting the market, i.e. the buyer, determine the upper limit of what he or she is willing to pay. The seller bases his selling price not on the cost of production or acquisition plus a morally justifiable profit, but on the measure of desirability or need of his clients; on how much the suckers (that's you and I) are willing to pay. Our system, which some call "super capitalism" has become a crooks' heaven.
    As to who are our enemies? We are our own enemies, for being conformists, acquiescent, uninclined to say no to those who overcharge us or take advantage of us otherwise – be it the bankers, the providers of goods and services, even the government.
    Saddest of all, in the process we are losing our morality.

  3. The great Russian writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn once wrote this warning, "To destroy a people you must first sever their roots." Sometimes it appears as though our government wants to dumb down the population. Our obsession with sports and video games is one example. Our standard of education as compared to other countries is another exhibit of moral decay. We have been losing our morality for decades!