Sunday, November 19, 2006

A SLIP OF THE TRUTH

Well, the Brit Minister of “He didn’t say that” issued a statement yesterday, commenting on Tony Blair’s recent agreement with David Frost that Iraq was a disaster. From AFP VIA Breitbart:

“Blair 'disaster' admission over Iraq a 'slip of the tongue': official”

http://www.breitbart.com/news/2006/11/18/061118191126.gfcbmuyt.html

The piece sums the matter well:

“Downing Street moved swiftly to play down an apparent admission by British Prime Minister Tony Blair that the invasion of Iraq had been a "disaster," labelling his comments a "slip of the tongue."

In an interview Friday on Al-Jazeera's new English-language channel, broadcaster Sir David Frost suggested that the 2003 US-led and British-backed invasion had "so far been pretty much of a disaster."

"It has," Blair replied, before adding quickly: "But you see, what I say to people is why is it difficult in Iraq? It's not difficult because of some accident in planning.

"It's difficult because there's a deliberate strategy... to create a situation in which the will of the majority for peace is displaced by the will of the minority for war."

But during Blair's trip to Pakistan for talks with President Pervez Musharraf, the prime minister's official spokesman told reporters: "It was a straightforward slip of the tongue... sometimes he does this when he's half-listening to the question and wants to get on and respond."”

A slip of the tongue? A slip of the truth… These war party hawkers never tell the truth unless it’s a slip of the tongue…


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Really this is of little if any note. It’s absolutely old news that there is an irreparable disconnect between what our governments are claiming about Iraq and the actual situation. It even goes to his credit that he “slipped;” to constantly and completely deny the truth requires a psychopathic mind – one like Cheney or Rove possesses. At least Blair isn’t stark raving mad… Like our VP…

I wouldn’t have thought to comment on the matter at all, except for another bit of honesty here that I think we Americans need to consider:

“"It's difficult because there's a deliberate strategy... to create a situation in which the will of the majority for peace is displaced by the will of the minority for war."”

As this country continues down the path to a class-ridden, have vs. have not society, we need to remember the survival of our free, open, representative Republic – and the rights it guarantees – depends on overwhelming popular support. If even a few percent of America gave up on the process and decided the only way to survive was to take the fight to the streets, our Nation and its ideals would be doomed.

We have had a small taste of what terrorists can do. We have seen what tiny numbers of domestic terrorists can accomplish.

What havoc could a few million wreak? And why if they are dispossessed in the land of their birth shouldn’t they do so?

Jim Webb, the junior Senator-elect from Virginia, said much the same thing – in far more circumlocutious terms - in a must read op-ed in The Wall Street Journal back on November 15th:

“Class Struggle”
“American workers have a chance to be heard”

http://www.opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=110009246

Read it, please. Mr. Webb obviously still believes the system can cure itself – or at least he hopes to project that belief. But I have to wonder how many of the people who elected him share that view. Seeing, as he notes:

“The most important--and unfortunately the least debated--issue in politics today is our society's steady drift toward a class-based system, the likes of which we have not seen since the 19th century. America's top tier has grown infinitely richer and more removed over the past 25 years. It is not unfair to say that they are literally living in a different country. Few among them send their children to public schools; fewer still send their loved ones to fight our wars. They own most of our stocks, making the stock market an unreliable indicator of the economic health of working people. The top 1% now takes in an astounding 16% of national income, up from 8% in 1980. The tax codes protect them, just as they protect corporate America, through a vast system of loopholes.”

Seeing the trends, and:

1) Seeing manufacturers forsake our shores in favor of profits while still expecting to market their wares here,

2) Seeing any outsourceable job outsourced,

3) Seeing corporate America use illegal immigrants to bust unions and turn family wage jobs into slave labor,

4) Seeing, as Mr. Webb notes:

“Incestuous corporate boards regularly approve compensation packages for chief executives and others that are out of logic's range. As this newspaper has reported, the average CEO of a sizeable corporation makes more than $10 million a year, while the minimum wage for workers amounts to about $10,000 a year, and has not been raised in nearly a decade. When I graduated from college in the 1960s, the average CEO made 20 times what the average worker made. Today, that CEO makes 400 times as much.”

In the face of all this, is it reasonable to expect people to remain peaceful citizens, respecting a system that respects neither they nor their needs?

I don’t think so. It certainly isn’t my expectation.

I do think that this issue was a big part of the turnaround in Congress this last election. Americans are very patient as a group – look at how long “we” tolerated failure in Iraq – but the big lie of the Bush / Republican economy has simply become too big to accept anymore. Wall Street be damned – it’s main street that matters to Joe Citizen. And main street has been raped by Wal-Martization and the globalist treachery of corporate America.

Joe Average knows the Republican establishment wants to enslave him. Joe is hoping Democrats will rise to the challenge and restore equity. If the government doesn’t do something now, a lot of average Joes may give up and start studying Jefferson… A little revolution, you know, being good every once in a while…

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