the government’s State media announced that the U.S. Navy
Seals shot and killed Osama Bin Laden, Americans did not
have to be prompted to take their “Two Minutes Hate” session.
Cameras panned the country: Blacks, whites, Republicans,
Democrats, Tea Partiers, and even socialists affirmed
Down with the Enemy!
man who claims responsibility for Change and for the capture
and death of Enemy Number One announced three weeks later
that the U.S.
will strike “Al Qaeda” in Pakistan!
Americans must be protected from terrorists!
who protects Americans from Tyranny?
revolving door of politicians, corporate lobbyists, CEOs,
and military generals dissolved the government by, for,
and of the people: legal rulings and “public” policies
written for and by the corporations denounce global warming
and environmental catastrophes, increases in poverty and
unemployment, and actively promote union-busting and education
to sustain corporate interests and train a future class
of corporate clones.
the meantime, the Corporate-State media makes disinformation
look like freedom and democracy: from the people who brought
you Oprah and Jerry Springer, we now give you “Right-wing”
Glen Beck and the “Liberal-wing” Rachel Maddow - neither
of which are permitted to inform you that a coup has long
been underway, that the American people have been overthrown!
what entity protects Americans from Tyranny?
the Invisible Hand is as visible as your own hands, and
intertwined with it, depended on it, you help it dig your
makes power hold a good thing, what makes it accepted,
is simply the fact that it doesn’t only weigh on us as
a force that says no, it traverses and produces things,
it induces pleasure, forms of knowledge, and it produces
discourse. It needs to be considered as a productive network
which runs through the whole social body, much more than
as a negative instance whose function is repression. (Foucault,
“Truth and Power,” Power/Knowledge:
Selected Interviews and Other Writings, 1972-1977)
Unity is a deception! If your own speech perpetually acknowledges your
alliance with corporate capitalism, it is tyranny that
rules and not democracy. Sitting in the palm of the Invisible
Hand you ask, “We sick, Master?” (Malcolm X).
Master is sick, deranged, disturbed, unstable,
grotesque because Master is Bechtel, Monsanto, GE, Viacom,
Halliburton, KBR, Xe, and no amount of “healing” or “compromise”
or “bi-partisanship” - to play with the sanity of your
mind - alters the corporate-collective’s desire to imprint
its morbid obsession with material accumulation and profit
on the world. Master has dispossessed the American
citizenry of its imagination, so that the citizenry’s
ambitions and desires become one with the corporate mindset.
“We sick, Master?” “Are we recovering, Master?”
are the “us” verses the foreigner and the immigrant, the
Arab, the Chinese, the African, the Puerto Rican, the
are the “shock and awe,” the drones, the Tomahawk missiles,
the Navy Seals.
are Americans who praise other sovereignties for not engaging
in pre-emptive wars, for not using Tomahawk missiles,
Apache helicopters, drones, and for reflecting on their
history of repression, enslavement, genocide, imprisonment,
remind these sovereignties that we produced a “non-violent”
civil rights movement and a martyred (assassinated)
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and we praise ourselves for
being beyond racism.
are the Zionist and the anti-Palestinians.
are the torturers, the keepers of “prisoners” in Guantanamo,
in State and in Federal prisons.
are the builders of nuclear plants and gated communities.
are the producers of Genetically Modified food, Prozac
for us and Ritalin for our children, and the launderer
of “illegal” drugs.
are the ones with health insurance, children in private
schools or charter schools.
wiretap and eavesdrop even on our fellow citizens, neighbors,
turn a blind eye to the royal regime in Saudi Arabia (love is oil and oil is love), but
we suspect “dictators” Hugo Chavez and Evo Morales of
being enemies of democracy.
are Barack Obama and he is us, with the right to order
the killing of any citizen of the world, including the
killing of any American citizen and with the right to
declare war on any nation in the world without a hearing
from us - the American people.
are the Congress and Supreme Court for BP and Exxon, and
are all things that destroy, maim, contaminate, blow up,
and implode because we are the world’s superpower, and
in God we trust, and we trust our government without question.
we chant our motto: Power is money, money is power.
flags wave at the grave sites, among Tea Partiers, Republicans,
Democrats, among the separate various ethnicities, races,
and religions denominations, separate but increasing equal
in death, chatter can be heard: We have made the necessary
adjustments to recognize the logic of the market: God
strikes down the politically conscious and promises to
raise the materially conscious. All wait.
But Lazarus will not rise no matter who calls for
sick, Master? Bet we are! We have been had, took - and
still Obama’s Two Minutes Hate sessions fool no other
nation of politically conscious people, except U.S. citizens.
has been the American citizenry all along.
who will save the American citizenry? Only the American
citizenry, if one day it wakens up, from the graveyard
corporate capitalists are constructing, to realize democracy
never had a chance. Capitalism’s dictators are on the
throne in Washington.
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