How ironic that Barack Obama should become the new Richard Nixon. The cool, right-on, youthful President of 2009 has morphed into the CEO who presides over mass arrests of peaceful citizens protesting against the criminality of Wall Street. So much for the First Amendment.
For generations, the United States has been telling us about its love of Freedom. In film, on TV and from its politicians, we’re subjected to platitudes about the Free World, whatever that is, and about the US President’s place as leader of that free world, even though we didn’t elect him.
I don’t know if the poorer citizens of, for instance, El Salvador, were down on their knees thanking their God as the thugs of the Arena Party slaughtered them for seeking basic human rights. I doubt very much if the people of Nicaragua felt particularly free when Ollie North was selling guns to Iran on behalf of his boss, Ronnie Reagan, then Leader of the Free World, and channelling the money via the CIA to the Contra murderers who acted on the instructions of United Fruit and Nabisco. I’d be very surprised indeed if the people of VietNam felt especially free when the US installed a crook to control half their country and called it South VietNam. Did the Cambodians feel a surge of pride when Henry Kissinger bombed them into the Stone Age?
Did the Iraqis give praise as the Leader of the Free World sent tanks and bombers to destroy their country even though they had done nothing to provoke the assault?
But still, at least in the Heartland of the Free, you’d at least expect its own citizens to have liberties, would you not? Especially the right enshrined in the US constitution, second only to the Holy Bible as the greatest book in the world, and possibly written by the same author. Surely in America, it would be the inalienable right of Americans to speak their mind about reptiles like this guy:
It appears not. People are being rounded up by the hundred for walking the streets of US cities, expressing their opinions on what has been done to them by bankers. It’s the kind of thing you’d expect to see in the Soviet Union..
Forty years ago, in Kent State University, a bunch of kids protesting against the VietNam war were gunned down by the National Guard. This week, 700 people were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge for protesting about the activities of Wall Street, and it can only be a matter of time before someone is killed. Well, now it’s time to shit or get off the pot. Do they really hold freedom of speech in such esteem, or is it just another movie prop, a MacGuffin to be produced when the leading man needs to make a great speech? Certainly, on recent evidence, neither freedom of speech nor any of the other supposedly treasured principles such as presumption of innocence, seem to count for much in the new paranoid, fundamentalist United States, where the sound-bite has replaced rational thinking and Fox has replaced real news with a cartoon version to divert the idiot underclass.
Has all the great talk about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness just been hot air? It’s beginning to look that way, and people are starting to realise it.