Hitler’s Jews are now Trump’s Mexicans

The script is old, but the strategy remains the same. Hitler manipulated the masses by making Jews the scapegoat for the woes of Germany. He created mass hysteria by blaming the Jews for destroying the German economy. Hate and vengeance were powerful elixirs used to unite the masses against a “fabricated common enemy”. It’s a technique the 1% have historically employed to take the focus off their hold on power as they covertly manipulate the system for their gain.

And today, we have Trump pulling a page from the same playbook but using undocumented immigrants as the targeted enemy. He claims that undocumented immigrants are stealing our jobs, robbing, killing, raping and destroying our economy (sound familiar). The technique remains the same, just the names of the “designate enemy” have changed.

At one time it was communism threatening our way of life. We were told that we needed to stop “them” in Korea before they arrived at our doorstep. Next came the cold war with Russia and then Vietnam and the domino theory. And who can forget the ruse regarding “Weapons of Mass Destruction”. The title of “designated enemy” has been penned on Blacks, Russians, Gays, Welfare recipients and Muslims The boogieman comes in all shapes and sizes. Hate mongering is the easiest and most sinister way to achieve power.

Trumps solution for dealing with Iraq is to bomb their oil fields and then invite Mobil and Shell to take over the operation. He stated that he’d use US troops to encircle and protect the oil companies interests. This sounds like a page torn from Hitlers book on diplomacy. He arrogantly disregarded the non aggression treaty and invaded Poland. He dehumanized the enemy to justify his unbridled aggression.

This “us against them” mentality allows the controlling minority to splinter the majority into squabbling factions. They manipulate the masses by creating friction between nationalities, races, creeds, religions and the social/monetary classes.

In the name of capitalism and short term profits the 1% shamelessly pillage and plunder the earths natural resources. Even though 97% of the science community agree that Climate Change is real, the carbon based industries continue to ignore their responsibility in this man made disaster. In the name of greed children die of starvation and disease even though there is available food and medicine. But there is no financial incentive for companies to distribute food and medicine to those in need. Pharmaceutical drugs are sold at inflated prices and remain out of the reach of sick patience while insurance companies record record profits.

There was a time in America when it was touted that if you worked hard and applied your gifts, talents and skills you would be able to earn a living wage. And, if you followed the rules and made sacrifices, you could own your own home, you could have access to health care, you could afford to send your children to college. Over the last thirty years the middle class has dramatically shrunk, and with it, the American Dream. The wealthy continue to get richer while the middle class evaporates. Who is going to stand up and fight for those who do not have a voice in our current system? “Spoiler alert”, this rhetorical question is to be addressed at the end of the article—-!!!

We are all a lot more alike than different. We all want the same things; a job that pays a living wage, a place to rest ones head and to call home, access to medical care, affordable education and training, a clean environment and a shot for the next generation to have a better life then we’ve had.

In its early implementation capitalism rewarded competition and innovation, but now that the money and power is only in a few hands, it has breed corruption and abuse of the system. Those who have money and power control the political agenda. The special interest groups and the privileged have the collateral to manipulate the system for their gain. Influence is for sell to highest bidder. And, no one knows this better than Trump and his cronies.

Trump and Hitler oversimplified the issues by blaming one segment of the population for all of our troubles. But we can no longer invade, occupy, bomb, kill, incarcerate and marginalize our problems out of existence. To solve our issues today there is a need for all of the stakeholders to have a voice in the process. This is a fundamental right that the Constitution and Bill of Rights intended to protect. But the balance of power has been compromised away from the majority and tipped in the direction of the controlling minority. Our hard won democracy has become a oligarchy. Our forefathers would shake their heads in disgust if they knew what had become of their noble experiment.

We need to move towards a system that rewards cooperation and collaboration. A system that requires those who have more to contribute more by paying their fair share of taxes. Tax loopholes for the rich and cooperate welfare needs to be exposed and eliminated. Campaign contributions need to be limited so that special interest groups and those with money and privilege are prevented from manipulating the system.

I am imploring you to stay involved in the political process and vote for those who give a voice to the working people and the middle classes. Don’t allow hate, fear and indifference to prevent you from demanding that the system serve all of its constituents.

I encourage you to take a look at Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren as representatives who champion the needs and rights of the working and the middle class.

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.”
― Elie Wiesel

Election Day (Fact Checking, Truthiness, Super Pacs and the Freedom of B.S.

Election day in America, it’s not about the winners and losers, the “haves” and “have not’s”, it’s about who wields the power.  The real power is in numbers and knowledge—-nothing that money and truthiness can’t turn into divisiveness and misdirection. The 99%-er’s have the numbers (they are the majority) but lack the knowledge and organization to muster a revolution—-as of yet!  But wait until things get worse—and then we will see who has the constitution to stand up and demand their rights.

The United States is the most politically progressive country of all time and it is at a pivotal crossroads. Something has gone terribly wrong.  Main Street has beggars on every corner, gangs rule with impunity and the poor, old and sick die without medical care.  Our schools are underfunded and only the privileged can afford college while all the rest must compete for loans that mortgage their future.  Our leaders keep us constantly at war with hate-speak, fear and trumped up patriotism.  We are overtaxed, under represented and expected to sleepwalk into a barrage of cannon fodder for the capitalist, multi-nationalist and the greed mongers.  Who is going to stand up and demand a change to this mess—huh?— You?

There are only two things that make human beings change, one is spiritual intervention and the other is pain.  And if you haven’t had a burning bush speak to you lately, then you better get ready for some serious hurt.  Things are going to get a lot worse before they get better.

What I’m saying bro, is open your fuckin’ eyes.  The glaciers are melting away, the Colorado River is evaporating and the rainforest are being mowed down.   The oceans are over fished and polluted.  The Barrier Reef is becoming a watery desert.  Climate change is real; the earth is being compromised for short sighted profits.  Right now as you are reading these words, in some famished African village a child is agonizing as they starve to death,   And even more disturbing yet, it is preventable.  How can we be so cruel and indifferent?  We passively turn our backs and allow these things to happen because we remain physically and emotionally insulated from the pain.  Yes pain, that great motivator and equalizer.  But now the chicken is coming home to roost.

The bankers got all their money back; they got their share of the pie and yours too.  Wall Street ripped ya off—all the poor working stiffs just rolled over and let them loot their retirement funds.  The politicians and rich sons of bitches didn’t say shit, ‘cause they’re the fat cats who made off with your money.  There is no trickle-down theory; that trickling sound you hear is the rich pissing down your back.

The shrinking middle class is so easily led to the slaughter.  Give-em a six pack, a big-screen T.V., a diet of fast-food and a war that provides a common enemy and they are contented.  Wrap the American flag around a filling of fear and patriotic propaganda and you have a conservative’s burrito.  Even with the internet and all the facts at our finger tips, we go along shrug shouldered with all the rest of the sheep off to the slaughter house.  We blindly send our children off to die in a foreign country for something we don’t even truly practice here—”Democracy”.   Sometimes they call these “conflicts” (all euphemisms aside, “wars”) as a necessity in order to protect American interests.  I have no interests in these other countries; its multi-national cooperation’s who have investments to protect in these far off lands.  If you are willing to have your body parts blown off, or are willing to die in some foreign land, then you better have a very clear idea of why you are making such a sacrifice.  Take a walk around the Vietnam Memorial Wall and stare at all the names neatly carved into the black marble.  Then ask yourself, what the fuck was it all for?  Don’t allow a politician to tell you when your personal security is less important than national security.  Be a real hero and tell the politicians and their money-making war machine to go fight the wars themselves.

We drop “smart bombs” (oxymoron) in crowded cities where there are women and children.  If a few innocent civilians are killed in the process they are excused as “collateral damage”.   These victims of murder are someone’s mother, daughter, sister and brother.  How can we still be so Goddamn barbaric?

Everybody is so preoccupied struggling to get their sliver of that mythical American dream.  Everyone chasing after that bigger TV screen, larger house and newer car.   Consuming more and more shit to try to fill the holes in their Swiss cheesed soul.  Don’t be fucking stupid.  Ask the hard questions before you sign on the dotted line.  Don‘t make it easy for them.   Because they’re coming for ya.  They’re rubbing their greedy little hands together and offering ya a stack of credit cards with outrageous interest rates.  They’ll offer to leverage your mortgage with a second and a third loan until ya owe more than it will ever be worth.  You are working for the proverbial “company store”.  And they won’t be happy until (as the song says) “Ya owe your soul to the company store”.

The 40 hour a week hamster wheel keeps ya distracted and feeling strung tight as a violin string worrying about the car loan, the cost of gas, the cost of medical insurance and all the negative bullshit played out on the evening news.  The retirement age just keeps getting higher and higher.

All that money going to fight foreign wars over “American interests” should be used to build new schools, provide college education to those trying to get ahead and pay for medical services for all citizens.  The money exchangers don’t give a shit about you or me.  Jesus called them on their greed and look what they did to the son of God!  And they’re coming for you too.  They’ll foreclose on your house, repo your car and let you die a horrible death because you can’t afford their medical care.  If we don’t stand up and fight back, then Jesus died for nothing!  He had these assholes pegged two thousand years ago.

If you’re a “have not” then ya best wake up because no one is looking out for you now; ‘cause nobody cares—nobody!  Sure you’re consumed by all your bad breaks (self-induced or just bad luck), your shitty decisions and fool hearted schemes, but now you got only yourself to blame—-or yourself to save ya.  The programs and safety nets are a thing of the past.  Ya might as well get a shopping cart and a cardboard sign that cries out for pity.  And pity is a shrinking commodity in this sandpaper world—-and there are fewer people to care or have the ware-for-all to throw ya a quarter.

Shouldn’t we be more evolved by now, kinder, gentler.  Under all the political rhetoric, party agenda’s and talking points I hear nothing about world peace, helping the less fortunate or saving the planet for our children and grandchildren.  Oh yeah, those silly things are reserved for old hippies and shallow beauty pageant contestants.  My next vote goes to Ms. Universe.

But ya best be careful you greedy 1% bastards, the sleeping 99% are slowly waking up and filling the streets, your street, Wall Street.   Change will happen and heads will roll, ‘cause there is a supernatural justice that punishes the wicked and champions the righteous.  Tint your Mercedes windows, but we see you.  Bolt your mansion door but we will break them down.  Finance your narcissistic politicians and we will throw the bums out.  Mask your shameless indulgences with patriotism and religious double talk but we will see through your Machiavellian schemes.  Because the truth, is the truth, is the truth, is the truth!!!  And the truth is patient and unchanging.  When it comes forth, it will with a vengeance.

There has always been enough to go around, there’s enough clean water, food, land, medicine and shelter for us all.  The distribution of recourses and the wealth is what has been sliced up unfairly.  The 1% minority will do everything in their power to keep “us”—-the majority, from uniting and charging their castles.   The choreographed tools of fear and divisiveness are employed to keep us from coming together as one under a common good.  We have been fooled and baited.  There were the weapons of mass destruction, the Mexicans who are coming across the border to steal your job, the terrorists plotting to kill you, the Taliban, the Muslims, the Jews, the infidels, the Iraqis, the Afghans and the Pakistanis.  If we are to evolve and ultimately survive we must learn to love and trust one another and live fearless.  The things we fear in others is often the things we hide from within ourselves.   We are all more similar than different, we are all human and want and need the same things.  This universal realization of oneness, sameness is coming of age.

The only way back into the garden is through grace.  It’s always been this way.  This intricate life design pivots on our ability to make wise choices and in accepting the truth that our future depends on cooperation not competition.  Tyranny, selfishness, ruthlessness, classism, enslavement, cruelty, absolute power, bullying, brutality, repression, fascism, oppression, subjugation, autocracy, dictatorship, totalitarianism, authoritarianism, discrimination, racism, nationalism, patriotism, religious supremacy are but “make believe” theories and concepts designed to create walls between us.

Someone has always showed up at the right time and place to stare the perpetrators of evil square in the eye and force them to retreat.  We are once again at one of those critical times in history and it’s your turn to stand up and be brave.  Be aware, be awake, exercise your freewill—-make the right choices. There is an ultimate power in truth and grace.

“All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.” –  Edmund Burke.

 After Thoughts

Darwinism, capitalism and competition is what got us down from the trees and gave us dominion over our world.  Spirituality, democracy and cooperation are what will be required to allow us to continue to survive and evolve.   Capitalism is an “I the person” proposition, vs. Democracy, which is a “We the People” proclamation.

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“We don’t get fooled again”

The Who

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Live Fearless