June 17, 2009

by Davis Fleetwood 

fire1_bJeremy Scahill has an illuminating piece today on The ‘Anti-War’ Democrats Who Sold Out and voted to authorize another $100 billion for more war. Scahill writes:

In a vote that should go down in recent histories as a day of shame for the Democrats, on Tuesday the House voted to approve another $106 billion dollars for the bloody wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (and increasingly Pakistan). To put a fine point on the interconnection of the iron fist of U.S. militarism and the hidden hand of free market neoliberal economics, the bill included a massive initiative to give the International Monetary Fund billions more in U.S. taxpayer funds.

Of the IMF, one of the 30 democrats who did not support the vote, my former employer Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) must feel as though he is shouting fire in a theater full of arsonists when he said:

Billions for the IMF so they can force low and middle income nations to cut jobs, wages, health care and retirement security, just like corporate America does to our constituents. And there is money to incentivize the purchase of more cars, not necessarily from U.S. manufacturers…Another $106 billion dollars and all we get is a lousy war…Pretty soon that is going to be about the only thing made in America war.

Some, like Cindy Sheehan, are  calling on Dennis Kucinich to leave the Democratic party.

reject the Left Wing of the War-Bird. We have long known that the Right Wing of that evil Bird supported war/torture. Now it is becoming crystal clear to so many that the Democrats do the same. Not only do Democrats support war, but they also support bailing out the International Monetary Fund with our money that should be going towards providing jobs and housing assistance here to shore up our economy and not propping up foreign banks, so our tenuous dollar can remain artificially propped up.

While leaving the Democratic party would be a noble action that I would applaud, Congressman Kucinich would be rewarded by such an action with a swift  kick in the ass out the door of Washington and be doomed to live out his days in the dismal confines of his home town. With Lebron James a free agent after next season, reasons to live in Cleveland will have dwindled to a number less than 1.

True progressive action is what I am calling for. 

I would like to take this opportunity to call on Dennis Kucinich and Cindy Sheehan to think of progress in post – American terms.

I invite you Cindy Sheehan, and you Dennis Kucinich, to voice your support for the 9/10 project.

What is the 9/10 project?

The 9/10 project acknowledges that the United States of America is now an EMPIRE. Empires fall. So it goes. Rather than wage endless war to remain king of the hill, the 9/10 project favors the peaceful break-up of the United States of America into four smaller countries.

 The 9/10 project is for citizens of the world who have born witness to the growing imperial reach of the United States in the post 9/11 era and have reached the only logical conclusion one came come to:

 the long-term survival of the human species requires the United States of  America to dismantle peacefully and immediately.

I acknowledge that the founding fathers were certainly “on to something” but it is time to hit the reset button.

Small is the new big.

The 9/10 project asserts that The United States America is a great experiment whose time has come to an end. In fact, it has been over for some time. Face it: since they killed Kennedy and Malcom, and Martin and Kennedy again, the America you want to exist was dealt a series of blows it can never recover from. She is stumbling down the denouement of her glorious story, kept alive on life support in the run down hospice of history. The undeniable fate and statistical certainty of linear narrative is such a bitch. 

The 9/10 project asserts that if we American citizens continue to pursue the “rags to riches” myth of the American Dream we do so at our own peril. We do so willfully ignoring the dark underbelly of said dream that lurks like a storm cloud in the form of a sense of entitlement bloated to the point of bursting as if on steroids. A sense of entitlement that we can, literally and figuratively, no longer afford. A sense of entitlement that has us clawing and scratching our way through our pathetic little existence (how is it that so few of you seem to be gripped in any sort of existential crisis? Ignorance must indeed be bliss) in a culture of competition that has backed us into a corner the only escape from which seems to be more competition, more violence; or borrowing from another Peter to pay off another Paul.

For what?

So we Americans can remain blithely ignorant between the direct connections that links the blood soaked desserts of the Middle East and our beloved S.U.V.’s and McMansions with newly remodeled kitchens ready for a photo spread in Martha Stewart Living?


Is that where we are on the evolutionary scale?

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  1. The country doesn’t need to be broken up, it needs to be recreated through a progressive constitution like the countries Venezuela, Bolivia, and Ecuador have done. The working class needs to peacefully overthrow the capitalist class. It is our political and economic systems which are the root cause of our problems.

    Breaking America up into 4 countries would only serve the foreign interests who helped cause the civil war in the 1860s.

  2. Davis,

    So, who screams at the Democrats when they resort to Republican tactics?

    Refine it for Sunday Mass and…That’s exactly what I’m saying. We have the same problem in NH with Dems in Gov. office; majority of House & Senate. They can’t challenge status quo and institute a more fair way to collect revenue the state needs so they resort to nit-picking ways they would scream ‘un-fair & un-American’ if the GOP tried to do it that way. Well, now there is no one to scream…
    By Nit-Picking I mean taxes fall to those most unable to pay, or those already bearing the lions share – the property owners.

  3. I like your line of thinking, Chris, if I understand it correctly. Are you saying that under the current system:
    1. Democrats are the only ones who may- in some circumstances- serve as advocates for some sort of (for lack of a better term) “progressive agenda”?
    2. Democrats are more active when they are OUT of power or not completely in power?
    and therefore
    3. To get a stronger advocate for a progressive agenda, we must vote the Democrats out?

    Is this the “irony of life” that Abe was pointing us towards?

  4. Do we have faith in what we can dream; or do we fall back on what we can do?

    If we were to combine the two what does that look like? To me it looks like people taking a realistic assessment of where we are, were we want to be, and, what we have to work with.

    What we have, politically, is a one party system. For those who have ever taken on a system you already know systems work because they are designed not to change. Our political system is no exception. So, if the system doesn’t change we must. To put it another way, “The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise — with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthral ourselves, and then we shall save our country.” ( A. Lincoln)

    Our present system is structured to support a population conditioned to see, act, and think through an ‘either’ ‘or’ paradigm. Our one party system shows us a problem and provides an ‘either’ solution with the option of an ‘or’ solution. Over the years we’ve supplied enough people to fill the ranks for the ‘either’s and the ‘or’s’ and it never seems to matter which prevails when the solution filters down to the general population.

    Reality; one part of the single party system is an advocate for solutions closest to how you feel problems should be addressed. If you favor the ‘either’ way you have political support; the same for the ‘or’ solution, a political faction will back that choice.

    What did Lincoln want us to know, and do, when he said ” we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthral ourselves.”?

    I believe Abe, in the role of country philosopher and sage, was pointing us in a different way completely. A way that adheres to the irony of life, more so when living, watching, reacting closer to nature; in this different way of seeing things when you win, you lose, and when you lose, you win.

    Understanding that is liberating in so many ways. In addition it provides a road map for navigating, not changing, our current political system. That is ‘Liberating’ in itself.

    If you favor an ‘either’ solution it is in your best interest to put that portion of the party in a position of strength that allows it to advocate for that solution. Naturally the same for those who believe the ‘or’ solution is the better solution.

    Now ask yourself when the Democratic party is at its best, as an advocate for your position.

    When I asked the answer wasn’t “When we have a Democrat acting as president, a majority in the House and a majority in the Senate.”

    Next election we must organize; we must educate; we must think, and act, anew. We must use the party apparatus against itself, vote accordingly.

  5. Wow is the correct response, Punk Patriot. Desperate times. Desperate measures. The alternative is akin to being at the wheel as we crash into the end of the world.

    It is the USA or the World.

    I’m voting for the world, kid. The capital W orld!

  6. Wow.

    So Cindy Sheehan is calling on Dennis Kucinich to leave the Dems.
    Not likely.

    And now Davis Fleetwood is calling on Cindy Sheehan and Dennis Kucinich to support the dismantling of the Federal Union.

    Even less likely. Like… Hitchhiker Guide’s “Heart of Gold infinite improbability drive” unlikely.

    Infinity to one against and falling…

  7. Great work Davis! I’d like to have my man Kucinich in the Green Party…

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