The Festivus For the Rest of Us
“Peace doesn't need a freakin moral, ethical,
economical, or political qualification; war does. Peace
doesn't ravage, plunder, rape, or kill; war does. Peace
does not need justification, war does.”-unknown
cold war peace dividend?
Didn't we labor for decades under the delusion that once communism
was soundly trounced the world would once again be a happy and
magical place for our children? In truth it was, once we
got a President who actually read his security memos. For about
eight years our military basically got to goof off while the rest
of us went about our business without having to worry about our
young men facing annihilation in some desert hell-hole or instant
incineration at the hands of Russian nukes.
During that same all-too-brief era the rich got taxed a smidgen
more and about a half million jobs were axed
payrolls. As a result, unemployment steadily went down, the deficit
decreased and the middle class even had enough money left over
at the end of the month to waste on such
trivialities as the stock market and food.
But that golden period ended because of a little oral sex. If only
Clinton had used the Republican Scorched Whore policy we'd all
in electric cars powered by moonbeams to visit our polar bear pals
as President Gore tucked each and every one of us in at night.
But now the Cold War is back with a new name and we're again led
to believe that we have enemies under every bed and in every closet.
As a result
of the new Neverending Conflict the middle class
more... a great deal more,
no other reason than the merchants of death are allowed by this
government to empty our pockets unchallenged.
past few years have opened my eyes and taught me that
the world is mostly populated by four kinds of people:
Greedy and stupid.
You know these guys.
They're the ones with
the luxury condo, the 60" plasma TV, the two SUV's in
the driveway and
about $1.98 in the bank. These good citizens want it all without
having to be responsible for it.
Greedy and not so smart.
These kind folks encompass anything from drug dealers
to fundamentalist preachers to real estate salemen. These
men chase a buck simply to make a buck, without regard for
the wider implications of their actions. So what if the balloon
payment was hidden in the fine print? Who cares if Grandma
is living on the street because she deeded her worldy
goods to the church? What difference does it make if your best
suckers where they came from.
Greedy and smart.
This crowd is composed of those who will do anything to accumulate
more wealth, and I mean anything. Including orchestrating attacks
on their own country so they can profit off the ensuing carnage.
their tracks by inventing big, obvious lies which are then
promulagated through their media monopolies. These
are criminals of the highest order, but they're safe because
they do is make sure their friends are running the courts. Like
I said, smart, although the more apt description would be
And then there's the rest of us.