Political Memes, Opus #1 is a collection of short pieces produced during September 2017 to January 2018. They primarily reference the United States of America, though a few are more general. These memes were intended to be infectious ideas – simple verbal characterizations of the moment – to entertain and sway the public mind. They were complete failures as prods to shift public opinion and accelerate popular thinking, but perhaps a few encapsulate ideas of longer term value. Rather then let them disappear in a forgotten electronic dustbin, I lay them to rest here in the open, in this remote corner of cyberspace. Enjoy.
Political Memes, Opus #1
U.S. foreign policy is imperialism,
its economic policy is militarism,
its domestic policy is colonialism, and
its management policy is patronism.
9-11 conspiracy advocates are like climate change deniers, they have a
compulsion to cling to scientifically incorrect fantasies out of fear and for the
selfish reasons of: seeking attention, or to continue with harmful capitalist
activities, or both. Stubbornness in clinging to erroneous beliefs and bigotries
(of all kinds), despite being presented with overwhelming factual evidence
discrediting them, is a way of masking the fear of having no control over your
fate as major national and world events occur; and of you gaining the illusion
that you have some leverage with reality because you have superior insight
and foresight for navigating into the uncertain future as it erupts into the hard
reality of the present. These preferred fantasies are comforting delusions
giving a false confidence to ward off discomforting facts.
Most people would rather believe comfortable lies
than uncomfortable facts.
Money can buy fear and envy,
money cannot buy character and respect.
If you’re so upset
about Confederate statues coming down,
then why do you object
to Colin protesting the Union flag song?
Public schooling today is child abuse
designed to destroy public education.
People would rather humanity go extinct
than see their illusions die.
Some people spend their entire lives
distracted by momentary urgencies,
and die without ever becoming aware
of what is really important.
The solidarity of the Parasite Class:
Tom Perez is continuing the work of Hillary Clinton
to ensure Trump is elected to a second term.
“Taxation without Representation is Tyranny.”
-> Patrick Henry.
If we let Blacks vote
it’ll be harder for us to rob the Treasury.
If we let Progressives vote in primaries
it’ll be harder for Super-Delegates
to cancel democracy.
Happiness in life
grows out of appreciation for it,
despite its many disappointments
Republican politics is about
robbing the public and punishing
the people they are bigoted against.
Everything Republicans say is a lie
to deny what they are doing to us.
There is no such thing as a good Nazi
or and honest Republican.
Obama, Billary Clinton and Tom Perez
are Alternative Republicans,
You can’t rely on others for your happiness.
I give the world my best
even knowing that it doesn’t care.
Goddess must have loved stupid people
because she sure made a shitload of them.
It’s so hard to love humanity.
To write the truth is to offend someone.
that the more money you have
the easier it is to rip people off.
The problem with education is
that it prepares you for the past.
Life is easier if you don’t think
you can always be the innocent victim.
Americans worship people who make money.
That is why the country is run by
the stupidest and least moral among us.
Trump is the paragon of American capitalists:
Fervent in the worship of money,
Delighted in the impoverishment of many,
Fulfilled in the punishment of the poor,
Ecstatic getting tribute from the exploited.
In American public opinion
“crime” means causing harm
insufficiently matched by wealth.
There is nothing that can’t be
You can’t make someone enjoy
what they do not want to enjoy.
Socialism is so precious it has to be rationed:
only the US military, corporations, billionaires,
and the US Congress can have it.
The actual disrespect of our soldiers is
them being callously used expendables
trained for foreign bullying
for the benefit of capitalists
insulated from military hazards
and civic responsibilities.
Making money is more important than having a good life.
That is why the country is run by the Living Dead.
If someone says:
“core values” or
“world class” or
“relationship” (not math) or
“win win” or
“thank you for your service,”
they are full of shit.
Never sacrifice your dignity
to advance your career.
You can live through anything
when you maintain your self-respect.
Our rulers are cowards
who specialize in bullying the weak
and robbing the poor.
The reason the American ruling class aligns itself with Israel
(especially Likkud) is that it views the powerless “99%” of
Americans in the same light that Israel views the Palestinians.
There are two kinds of people in the US military:
those getting used, and
the careerist parasites doing the using.
Does bigotry trump law, when labeled as “religious freedom?”
Entertainers seek popularity,
Artists seek fulfillment.
Creativity on a schedule is the death of art.
“Nothing is so tempting to an inferior mind
as this possibility of rising on the talent of others.”
—> Honoré de Balzac
“The right to be rude is the salary that artists exact for telling the truth.”
—> Honoré de Balzac
The most beautiful people in the world
are those who have kind hearts.
Foreign policy is crafted to extend domestic control.
It is not (repeat, not) for your benefit.
Trump is beloved
by people envious
of a successful narcissist
and liberated bigot.
The U.S. is not a merit-based society,
it is a patronage-based class system.
Bigotry is one of the main pillars of American society.
We have federalized goon squads rounding up people
labeled as aliens,
just to satisfy the bigotry of white supremacists
and dark-skinned nativists
who pine for the dough-white Master Race
to love them uncritically.
Poetry is just dancing with words
to show a feeling.
If you write well you don’t see the words,
you see the feeling.
The United States of America is dead. We are merely Occupied Territories, economically raped by robotic corporate behemoths of obsessive and inhuman greed, which dump their wastes, their debts and their ruin on the masses of human victims left to die unnoticed in the wreckage of what once was a nation.
“America First!” indeed. Truly, it is “Destroy America First!”, “Disgrace America First!,” “Abandon America First!”, plow it under a tsunami of traitorous greed, under an ocean of supremely petty, myopically self-aggrandizing mediocrity, of graceless, loutish stupidity, and of abysmal lack of character.
Bernie Sanders will be remembered by people’s historians as the greatest American of our times – like Winston Churchill was for the British in 1940 – because he has fought so brilliantly, so wholeheartedly, and in such an inspiring way, for the best vision of a United States of America that American people as a whole could ever have: a people united by the social ideal of caring for one another, and through that nation-wide mutual caring to resurrect and rebuild this nation: its network of human interactions, its infrastructure within which those human interactions occur, and new innovative technologies that help free the people from unnecessary grinding work and human physical vulnerabilities and personal insecurities.
What today the braying touts in the corporate media (which includes most of the Congress) call “The United States of America” is a corpse of an idea, it is dead because it no longer includes the “We the People” who aspired “to form a more perfect union.” I am part of that officially invisible nation, the “We the People” insurgency that holds that vision expressed so nobly by Bernie Sanders, of that “more perfect union” eventually triumphing over these dark times, perhaps in my lifetime, or perhaps in that of my children’s or beyond.
One has to remember that today’s mountains, even the Himalayas, rose out of the depths of the oceans of the past. Our vision is that like the rise of our mountains, our “more perfect union” will inch up over time because of the pressure of our belief in it today, and because of the pressure of belief in it by our kindred spirits in succeeding generations.
Bernie Sanders: Senate Republicans just passed their tax reform bill. What an utter disgrace. (19 December 2017)
(or, same video from a different source):
A personal afterthought:
History, if it continues to exist beyond the mid 21st century, will record the society of the United States of America as the most idiotic that ever existed on the face of the Earth. Having achieved the pinnacle of wealth, physical power, knowledge and technological advancement of any society during the entire course of humanity’s existence, it nevertheless managed to miserably and abysmally fail to use its unparalleled capabilities to ensure lives of physical, economic and medical security for all its people, as well as liberation for them from unnecessary work – and most work today is unnecessary.
Also, the society of the United States of America has failed miserably and abysmally to use its unparalleled capabilities to effectively and unselfishly assist the other 95% of humanity to eliminate poverty, eradicate curable diseases, dampen conflicts and quell wars, and in partnership with that “rest of humanity” to expeditiously raise the standard of living of the least advantaged and most vulnerable of this world’s people.
The incredible stupidity of myopic ultra-capitalist greed, and the obdurate stupidity of the ultra-egotistical, navel-gazing, bigoted, racist, willfully ignorant self-absorption of too many (I think most) of the American people will ultimately spell out the epitaph of what we now call the American Civilization.
It is true that much of humanity outside the United States of America shares these failings, but all of their societies, even in combination, lack the magnitude of capabilities that the United States possesses, and which could be put to authentically good uses.
If archeologists from alien worlds or future Earthly life-forms ever decipher the history of the United States and of humanity from their dead remains, they will no doubt conclude that the extinction of the United States was inevitable and well-deserved on the basis of its behavior. Those archeologists might also conclude the same about humanity as a whole if it had escaped destruction as a result of the American collapse, and yet had not overcome the same failings that doomed American Civilization.
What is most infuriating about all this is that such a sad degeneration and painful extinction need not happen at all. It is entirely in our power right now to think right and act right to literally make an Earthly Paradise of both the United States of America, and even the World.
What I have learned about people is that there is always an infinite reservoir of excuses for insuring inaction, and for continuing with conditions of abject stupidity and unconscionable cruelty.
My Biggest Mistake.
My biggest mistake is to place what turn out to be too high and unrealistic expectations on other people, and then being disappointed when they fail to meet them.
When I try to compensate for this error by assuming the worst about people I don’t know, and interacting as little as possible with others, I am accused of being negative, unsociable, grouchy, and unfair. If I respond to this criticism by being more positive, sociable, not grouchy, and fair, then I find that I fall back into my original and most frustrating error. In an effort to avoid this nauseating oscillation, I try to dampen my enthusiasm (which kills the spirit) and moderate my disgust (which insults intelligence), by being reserved – not extroverted – and saying as little as possible to others, especially when it comes to being truthful about them and their preoccupations.
People believe what they want to believe, and it is nothing but trouble to contradict them. Almost always it is an illusion to think you can help others by contradicting what you know are their mistaken ideas. What is frustrating about keeping your unwanted counsel is watching the everything all around you needlessly degenerate.
Even knowing that you yourself have your own preferred illusions, it remains disheartening to feel you are living as the sole sane individual in an insane asylum – The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari – or the sole hairless speaking ape on the Planet of the Apes.
As I sit here, looking out onto a beautiful scene of glorious early fall sunshine illuminating crystal clear air, and the radiant greenery of forested hillsides, with Stellar Jays squawking as they scavenge for Hummingbird eggs, remnants of fresh cat kills, and other morsels of protein; and of the many Hummingbirds clicking and twittering around my head as they drill through the air and swoop in to lap up the sugar water I put into feeders for them, I think of how slowly the elegant and amoral natural world and its animal life-forms evolves, and of how far these animals are from developing a civilization. And yet, compared to us humans, these animals are incapable of degenerating as precipitously as we have so abundantly shown we are prepared to do.
Bleed Patriotically For America’s Gun Masturbation.
The NRA is lobbying Congress for a state funeral for Stephen Paddock (look him up if you don’t know) as a patriotic ritual of celebrating the 2nd Amendment, which is the Holy Sacrament of the United States of America.
Gun Clutchers are obsessive-compulsive sociopaths whose sacred right to kill must be protected by whatever degree of human and animal sacrifice is required. It is the patriotic duty of all Americans (humans and animals) to accept being personally sacrificed (or have their children and family members sacrificed) to uphold the sacrament of the 2nd Amendment. Don’t cry, instead bleed patriotically for the freedom of American gun masturbation.
The Family Wheel
The family is like a wheel: the mother is the hub, the center around which the family revolves, and she is the anchor point for each member, who are the spokes.
Any spoke on its own is like a stick in the road, unable to move and at the whim of whoever passes by to either be picked up and carried along, or kicked aside into the ditch with other discards, or simply ignored to be trampled and to weather, weaken and splinter, eventually being scattered by the wind to disappear unnoticed.
The mother hub is the center into which each spoke is anchored by mother love, giving the entire wheel its strength by opposing and complimenting each others direction of force. And so the wheel can turn and the family progress spoke-by-spoke.
The movement of such a wheel will be bumpy, and its integrity lost if any one spoke fails when the entire weight of the family rests upon it. Preventing this is what the father does. He is the rim of the wheel, absorbing the bumps in the road and dissipating the shocks of the journey into a gentler pressure transferred uniformly around the entire wheel, to smooth the travel and preserve the integrity of the wheel.
Of course, a family is an organism, a living wheel, not an inert assembly like the wheel of an oxcart. So, in time the child spokes will mature and need to go out into the world to become the hubs or rims of their own families. Also, the aged spokes of the family wheel will come to the ends of their lives, fade away, and only remain anchored to their descendant hubs and rims as memories. Eventually the family wheel will be spoke-less, with the father rim freely orbiting the mother hub – revolving in her own thoughts – as the boundary between the external world and the inner space of family memory.
It may even be that a spoke-less family wheel floats apart, as the old mother hub and father rim each drift away into their own personal oblivions. Another wheel of life, its journey ended but its legacy continuing as a new generation of family wheels. Organisms of temporary existence carrying forward and then passing on the weight of the enduring urge for life.
My Excellent Independence Day Rant, 2017
Bigotry lets stupid people feel powerful. They are bigots because they are greedy, and they are greedy because they are fearful. They are fearful because they are hollow, and desperate for their materialism and worship of power to fill the void of their lack of character, to mask their internal weakness with an illusion of external power.
In American politics: bigotry is allowed to shape the arguments, and money is allowed to control the voting. Hillary Clinton had the most well-deserved electoral defeat in American history; Donald Trump, the most undeserved win. It’s not Trump’s fault, the preference for TV over books inoculates ignorance and bigotry against learning and knowledge.
The corporate-owned politicians lie because lying is the sound of theft. They are the agents of those who think: “The purpose of life is to enrich yourself without being impeded by the needs of others.” The news media propaganda industry is rich people paying rich people to tell middle class people to blame poor people, who middle class people are joining. The lie being pushed is that fulfillment is to be had in a system of economic apartheid without economic security and without personal freedom.
Suffer we must, for billionaires’ money lust depends on it. For consolation we can have: clueless comforting happy talk, or searing bitter bigotry, unless we choose better.
In systems of patronage capitalism it is necessary to sell out your integrity and moral character in order to advance a financially rewarded career. You have to go along to get along. It’s like the perpetuating of physical-sexual abuse through the generations: as a child (or young worker starting out) you are abused by your seniors who demand you loyally cover their asses and slavishly submit to their demands – you cannot be impeded by moral principles or self-respect; as a rising star you find even bigger abusive tyrants to follow while recruiting your own ass-kissing minions to expand your power base; and finally as (and if) a successful pharaonic mega-abuser yourself you get to beat up multitudes, remotely, by using your army of slave-drivers and aspiring tyrants. The seed of all this is weak character, the lack of courage and/or strength to maintain personal integrity regardless of the costs in terms of comfort, money, social position, recognition, and acceptance by the herd.
Q: “Why spend $600B a year on a military to protect us if you Trumpsters and Corp-pols are willing to let us die of treatable diseases and ailments?”
A: You miss the point. The purpose of the US military is to protect Big Capital (corporate assets and operations, and plutocrats’ take), not the public. Also, the economic policy of the U.S. (i.e., the corporate-owned government and economy) is militarism: the big insiders’ war machine / finance capital profit cycle. “The people” are just an excess labor mass from which to extract wealth, and on which to dump the toxic wastes and financial costs (“socialized losses”) of exploiting and privatizing the commons. The graveyards of our war dead are garbage dumps for capitalist expansion. The U.S. is neither united nor a nation, it is a colony. “We the people” are expendable commodities steadily being programmed for slavery. The American Dream: commercializing life and death, and cornering the market.
America has a capitalist system whose foreign policy is imperialism, domestic policy is colonialism, economic policy is militarism, and management policy is patronism.