The Big Picture
by Glynn Wilson
We are the enemy now (sung to the tune of “Your in the Army Now”).
Come on boys and girls. Somebody write the song.
Come on cartoonists. Draw our demise.
Walt Kelly drew a good one for the first Earth Day in 1971, including that now famous line: “We have met the enemy and he is us.” (See cartoon below).
That was directed at public apathy toward the pollution of nature.
We need a new one to depict the demise of the American Empire, since it is becoming quite clear now that the U.S. government and military constitute the gravest threat to the planet since Adolph Hitler took over Germany in the 1930s.
No, tea baggers, it’s not President Obama’s fault. Although clearly, he doesn’t seem to have the capacity to do anything to stop it.
Even the smart folks at the New York Times seem confused by the “baffling Obama presidency,” so much so that columnist Frank Rich advises people to read an FBI advisory on “Understanding Stockholm Syndrome.” It says Obama is treating his Republican “captors” the way hostage takers are most successful at winning a victim’s loyalty if they temper their brutality with a bogus show of kindness. “Soon enough, the hostage will start concentrating on his captors’ ‘good side’ and develop psychological characteristics to please them — “dependency; lack of initiative; and an inability to act, decide or think.”
But it seems to me as if Rich has it backwards. I think we can safely say at this juncture that it is Obama who is the captor of corporate America just as surely as the Republican and Democratic Party hacks have now been for a generation.
They will save the bad news for after Christmas, of course. They wouldn’t want to discourage all those shoppers from spending every dime they have left in the bank to prop up the Chinese economy.
Maybe the filmmakers will still be around to document our demise, although I wouldn’t count on that either. Chances are they too will soon be co-opted by the Fourth Reich.
But it is in film that I am turning more and more to see the last place where true stories can be told, even if there is some fiction woven in.
As I wrote a few weeks back, the movie Avatar depicts a privatized U.S. military as the enemy of all life. That is about as true a statement as where we are now in Iraq and Afghanistan and here at home as anything else I have seen.
In the past few days, I also re-watched Oliver Stone’s film on Bush called W, and it’s worth clicking on that link to read what I wrote about it at the time it came out, just three weeks before the election of 2008.
The band U2 has made some contributions to our understanding of how the world has gone astray in the past, although they are now too busy trying to make another Spider Man hit on Broadway to be paying attention to the collapse of America ideals.
What band will step up and get the youth fired up enough to do what Bob Dylan and the rest did in the 1960s?
What filmmaker will emerge to warn us next?
Even if they do emerge, will anybody listen?
I have serious doubts. They haven’t had the ears to hear so far. There’s not much room for optimism that this will change, and every reason to believe in a continuing Spiral of Silence as people try to hide and protect their own asses as the world burns.
Unless more people get onboard to help us build the alternative, independent watchdog Web Press, we will most likely be put out of business too by the Internet Service Providers, the Cable giants, PayPal, the Republican Congress and the FCC. The IRS is already doing its best.
I do not have the financial resources to move around and hide like Julian Assange. I will blog as long as I can, chasing the headlines and videos to try to put the best information in one place.
But if people would rather get their slanted news from TeeVee and the tabloid lamestream media, I guess they will get what they deserve in the end.
We have met the enemy and he is us.
It’s no wonder the so-called terrorists hate us.
We are the enemy now.
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