My thoughts about culture and our present conditions. As Dianne Moore says in Learning to Love a Wounded World, "This requires a willingness to feel everything…. the horror and the beauty of what is here…. the fear and the Love.”

The subject of discourse this week: Lipstick

Apparently the number one issue in the American politic’s horse race for the past couple of days has been lipstick.

Rove, Luntz and the like know their base. They’ve been losing a lot of
their intelligent Republicans who have substantive concerns about the
fate of their nation after the horrendous destruction that’s been
taking place at all levels (an example is Andrew Bacevich, watch and read his message here),
but really the worst of it is taking place kind of in the shadows, in the
infrastructure and the very governing structure of government itself.
For example, you can’t actually "see" what they’ve been doing with
reinterpreting the legal interpretations of the Presidency embedded in
their Unitary Executive Theory, but it is dramatically changing the
nature of the Federal governments structure and use of the very systems
in place in the US government, both internationally and in the control
of the bureaucracy that effects how our infrastructure is managed. It’s
like changing out the machinery in the engine room of the Titanic to
make it go straighter and faster into the ice fields.

The aim since Reagan (when that theory was first begun to be
formulated, when the Federalist Society that now permeates our legal
teaching institutions, and all the way to judges in the Supreme Court
now, thanks to the judicial candidates put forth by the Republican Presidents to whom this theory seems to have the greatest appeal, was created by the ones who began formulating that theory, yes,
it’s that young) has always been to destroy the governing capabilities
of the national government — except for foreign policy negotiations, a
decidedly presidential power, that’s where the military industrial
complex (MIC) fits in so nicely, dovetailing with the hawks like the ex
Cold Warrior Neoconservatives, who switched from Democrat to Republican
about the time of Reagan. This is necessary to disseminate the Federal
government’s counter balance to the forces of international
corporatism, a counterbalance that arose in a form during the Roosevelt
Administration responding to the World’s then Greatest Depression, that
frightened those corporate elite forces by threatening to put a
populist form of control in place to counter their behaviors. And they
began to fight back even then. These populist countermeasures of course
were seen as necessary, because world class capitalism had fully
demonstrated its ability to dessicate entire economies, and the real
live human beings who had come to depend on it found out that such
dependence is not all that wise, that the corporate interests are not
necessarily quite the same as theirs.

Correlate that with those shadow images in Chopra’s essay, Barack Obama and Sarah Palin.

She is the reverse of Barack Obama, in essence his shadow, deriding his
idealism and exhorting people to obey their worst impulses. In psychological
terms the shadow is that part of the psyche that hides out of sight,
countering our aspirations, virtue, and vision with qualities we are ashamed
to face: anger, fear, revenge, violence, selfishness, and suspicion of "the
other." For millions of Americans, Obama triggers those feelings, but they
don’t want to express them. He is calling for us to reach for our higher
selves, and frankly, that stirs up hidden reactions of an unsavory kind.,



I think
Chopra is onto something there. The nation IS changing fundamentally in
many ways, much as it did during the 19th Century as it evolved with the world’s industrial revolution, and that change is
by nature fearful to many. As any change without positive vision often
is, change without a positive course on which to ground that hope can be subliminally
fearful. And never overlook this, the Republicans do not
have a positive vision, theirs is the nihilistic one based on fear, and
is fundamentally based on the vision of destruction of "evil"
government as the source of fear so that the "good" values of "common
sense" business can prevail.

Honestly, if you don’t believe this yet, go read all the conservatives
countering the few progressives who visit the Thom Hartmann board.
These guys are now deeply entrenched there. They know what their
message must be, and they put it out with relentless consistency. All
countermeasures are ignored. And there is very little being brought to
that board that seriously counters it anyway. I think that is just one
of probably many examples of its kind. I’ve seen it happening on other
boards as well. Although boards like POAC’s are kept well groomed and
pruned of these voices.

So couple that ongoing sense of anomie that goes with watching your
nation’s infrastructure falling apart around you, your educational
institutions declining, seeking to put creationism back into science
for instance, its reputation in the world falling as it’s higher values
are replaced by by the belligerent self servingness of business
competition as its foreign policy norm, it’s still potent imagery of a
powerful military force with planet destroying powers as it’s last
resort, answer all that and more with a rousing message of small town
ignorance and a further head in the sands view of foreign policy and
you have your cynical Rovian/Luntz "September Surprise" answer to the
long building adult response to having had the children in charge of
the house for the last eight years — and more, if you think back to
Reagan and the other Bush, and the Clintons weren’t much of a reprieve.

They really just want power, and, yes, they really do want to
change the nature of this country, and like the very barnyard creatures
that Orwell spent most of his life studying, they use the fear of
change to rouse the rabble against any government countermeasures of
reform while they systematically change everything, Orwellian style,
about the Constitution, everything that had populist values, and bring
out the elitist power values the Founders embedded there in as well,
they replace it with the feudalist oriented governance of authoritarian
structured corporatism, while calling the adults who use reason and
vision to appeal to the American public for "change" from this
nightmare "elitists" (once again). The elite are, and always have been
the few who hold the power, in this case the holders of the money, and
they are at the top of hierarchies. Intelligent thinking people are not
"elites." Amazing bit of Orwellian wording going down here.

Is there enough ignorance left in the mass population that they can
carry this off? I guess we shall see. My feeling is to stop giving this
sick joke, this deep insult that they’ve foisted on us, all this unwarranted
attention. Return to what we do, and that’s calmly analyze it like the
adults we are. If the nation can’t do that as a whole, then we may be
truly lost. We are lost if we don’t because it probably means we have more ignorant reactionaries in our nation than the sane and level headed analyzers needed in a democracy if we hope to counter balance this psychic level they are aiming at with these subliminal marketing strategies they’ve been practicing and perfecting for more than a hundred years now. If that’s what it takes to get the people of the United States to
vote for the next batch of decision makers, not intelligence,
reasoning, and the like, then, well, I suggest start paying attention
to your parachute, because they are going to take the so-called civilized world over the
cliff with them in their infinite madness for control and power.

I just read some deliciously intelligent analysis of Palin’s
heavily coached and crammed for "first" national interview" with
Charles Gibson — Making a Mockery of 9/11
— it’s termed "humiliating" by Joan Walsh of Salon magazine, a
magazine oriented to intelligent readers. But was it seen as
humiliating by the majority of Americans who watched it? Will this
depth of ignorance that has been chosen to be the next VP if McCain is
elected be seen as that? I wish I could answer that right now.

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