PQC: I love and am proud of my country. You love and are proud of yours. My nationalism is righteous. So is yours. My country right or wrong. And so is yours. My religion is a truest path. And so is yours. I love and am proud of my “race”. So do you and so are you with your own. My culture is best. And so is yours. I will keep my race pure and conserve my culture intact with all my blood. So will you with yours.

Yet, We will all live in peace and happiness in this planet, which given to us by our ancestors, who shed blood and fought hard for it!

Right?

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Bipolar Disorder: America Magnetized by Despair by Chris-Floyd

(This is my column from the latest print version of CounterPunch Magazine.)

Looking at America today, you swing back and forth between two poles, both of them magnetized by despair.

At one pole, you find yourself saying that things have never been as bad as this: we are in uncharted waters, in a foundering ship being swept toward the reefs. And when the crack-up comes, its horrors will outstrip our imaginations, making our cinematic dystopias look bucolic in comparison, as we devour each other in a dying world ruled by psychopaths, gangsters and warlords.

Yet at the other pole, you find yourself thinking that what we’re seeing today is just a continuation — and in some cases, even a diminution — of the horrors and hellishness you’ve seen all your life. Wars, liars, atrocities, hatred, coups, riots — whole cities burning! — injustice, terrorism, plunder and corruption: when have these not been the background of the six decades you’re spent on this earth? And if you have even a passing interest in history, much less a passion for it, then you can extend this malevolent roar all the way back to the beginning of recorded time.

Perhaps, you think, what we’re seeing today is not some violation of the norm in our national life (or human affairs in general); perhaps it’s just a particularly vivid expression of our essential nature — heightened and hyped and made more all-pervasive by technology, yes, but in no way a fundamental break from the past. Perhaps it’s true, as the Preacher saith: “There is nothing new under the sun.”

But then, you turn on your phone, tap into one of the hallucinatory networks of data-harvesting and ad-disgorging that you, like so many, have become addicted to (while telling yourself – disingenuously? – that a conscientious citizen must keep abreast of these for-profit platforms because that’s where our public life now occurs), and suddenly you see … a picture from a snuff film. It’s a man being raped with a bayonet until he dies. You can see his face — a bloodied mask of agony — and the exulting, murdering mob around him.

But you haven’t stumbled down some algorithmic path into the festering, belching pits of depravity that lurk mere inches below the glossy surface of the internet. No, you’re looking at a tweet sent out to the world by a member of one of the most respectable institutions in the land: the United States Senate. The senior senator from Florida, Marco Rubio, a man of intense public piety, who regularly adorns his Twitter feed with Bible verses, had posted — on a Sunday morning, the Lord’s day — a graphic of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. On one side was a smiling Gadaffi in his pomp; the other was the aforesaid shot from the snuff-film video of Gaddafi’s slaughter.

The tweet emerged in the midst of Rubio’s feverish push for regime change in Venezuela, and was an unmistakable message to that country’s president, Nicolas Maduro: This is what happens to leaders who don’t do what we say. A naked, brutal, open, terroristic threat, from the very top ranks of the American establishment.

The shock you feel is like a slap in the face. Even in the Age of Trump, this seems to overstep some boundary. Senators revelling in rape-murder, brandishing gangland-style threats? Surely this is a qualitative difference, taking us into those uncharted waters far from the shores of the past.

But suddenly you are pulled back to the other pole. For you remember another figure on the commanding heights of our society laughing, with deep, hearty glee, at this very same rape-murder. Sitting with a TV interviewer, eager to publicize her reaction, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton laughs and exclaims, “We came, we saw, he died!” Ha ha ha! It made your blood run cold.

Then you further recall the brutal threat she’d made years before, running for president, promising to “totally obliterate” 70 million human beings in Iran if that nation, which had and has no nuclear weapons, launched a nuclear attack on Israel, which had and has more than 200 nuclear weapons. The scenario was pure fantasy; but the imagination of this much-admired paragon of our society ran immediately to mass murder.

Your mind keeps reeling backward, remembering that the rape-murder that gave such sick, psychosexual titillation to Rubio and Clinton had been committed by extremists armed and backed by the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Barack Obama (along with many other worthies of Western civilization.) And that one of Clinton’s predecessors, the liberal Madeline Albright, had defended the death of half a million innocent children from the sanctions imposed by her boss, Bill Clinton.

From there you keep going back, through all the evils you’ve seen committed in your name, in just your lifetime, back to the one that first fully entered your childish awareness: My Lai. And you know that what we’re seeing today is not a break, but a continuation. Accelerated, yes; the rotten timbers of the foundering ship are now in an advanced state of decay. But the reefs coming up so swiftly are the same ones we’ve been hurtling toward for a long, long time.

But then you turn on your phone and …

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Richard Olsen6 days ago

I have been here over eight and one half decades. For better or worse, I have been able to read
at what was then an adult level and write (you know -cursive) for eighty of those years. I more often than not can’t help but thinking that it may have been for the worse. I was eight years old and in the third grade when we were connived into the Second World War. There were news outlets then, along with the propaganda. My grandmother made sure that I read both, and when there was something local that government did, that I could see the differences between what was said and what was done. The same with what what taught in school and what the people involved said, and did, at the time. To me it appeared for a time that mathematics and physics would be an area in which I could be a school teacher without propagandizing and deceiving. Not so. Even there the delusion of liberty is cultivated and unwitting slavery is indoctrinated. After trying to make some difference by active participation in the political party system, a place where candor and honesty are almost forbidden traits, it became apparent that most do not want the spell of delusion in which they live to be broken. Thus, the carnage wrought by the psychopaths that we keep being manipulated into political leadership will run its course to the same catastrophic end that has befallen almost all of the empires that preceded ours.11 ReplyShare ›

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Tommy James7 days ago

Question for Americans: Do you remember where you were when you realized that we are the bad guys?6 ReplyShare ›

    Rotlieber Tommy James7 days ago Yes. It was during the Viet Nam War. (I’ve been on earth six decades too, like the author of the piece) We daily heard reports of the carnage sown by US forces, the same forces that “we” always called “our troops,” sent by “our government.” I resolved then – nearly half a century ago – that never more would I refer to the US in first person. For me, it has never since been “us” or “ours” but “the US” this and “the US” that. Always third person. The regime serves the elite, the ruling class, the “deep state” or whatever one calls it. It does not serve us, the people.10 ReplyShare ›
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    richard feibel7 days ago

    AMAZING AS I READ THIS COLUMN AND GET TO THE COMMENTS ,NO ONE HAS MADE ANY.THAT MEANS NO ONE HAS READ THIS VERY REVEALING WRITING. AND ALL THIS GOES ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE FOUNDERS. THIS SO CALLED “”UNTIED STATES”‘ ARE NOT UNITED AND NEVER HAVE BEEN. UNLESS ITS FOR WARS .FIRST THE NATIVE TRIBES WERE MASSACRED,AND THE SHORTLY AFTER IN THE MEDITERRANEAN AT TRIPOLI WE SENT OUR NAVY AND MARINES AND THE 1812 WAR AND THE MASSACRE OF THE SAUK TRIBES AND THE THEFT OF TEXAS AND 10 YRS LATER THE REST OF THE SOUTHWEST FROM MEXICO.AND THEN LINCOLN ‘S WAR WITH THE SOUTH. AND CUBA /SO AMERICA/WW1/WW2/KOREA VIETNAM GULF 1 9/11 FALSE FLAG BY OUR OWN AND ISRAEL . THEN AFGHANISTAN[[18YRS] IRAQ[16YRS] LIBYA SYRIA SOMALIA SOON IRAN [[MAYBE TODAY]] .WAKE UP AMERICA YOU ARE BEING HAD . AND NOT BY A NICE BUNCH WHOM WE CALL AN ALLY. HOW DUMB ARE WE??? DON’T ANSWER THAT!!!7 ReplyShare ›

      harris richard feibel3 days ago very true what you write. you should read François Mitterand’s post mortem discovered testament. It was never ever spoken of and yet he was President of France 14 years !!! He describes what you say about the USA…. ReplyShare ›
        richard feibel harris3 days ago WHAT I FAILED TO INCLUDE IS THAT ADAMS ;FRANKLIN AND JEFFERSON SPENT 3YRS IN FRANCE BEING INDOCTRINATED BY THE ROTHCHILD BANK OF FRANCE AND THE PARIS LODGE OF THE FREEMASONS. THEY WERE GIVEN 15M IN GOLD TO FINANCE THE REVOLUTION BY THE ROTHCHILD OWNED ”’BANK OF FRANCE”’ DOES THAT NOT TELL YOU WHAT IS THE BASES FOR ALL THAT HAS BEEN DONE IN THE NAME OF DEMOCRACY . ANYONE WHO IS A MASON KNOWS THAT THE CONSTITUTION OF WHICH WE SO ADMIRE IS REALLY A VERSION OF THE GRAND LODGE . THE KEY FOUNDERS WERE MASONS. ReplyShare ›
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        Archie19546 days ago

        What I just can’t stomach, is the gross hypocrisy and constant harping at other nations, for being inhumane when the US is much more so, than they.2 ReplyShare ›

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        Frosty5 days ago

        America was founded on the radical new idea of a people being sovereign over their government which existed only
        to serve them. That idea spread over the world and was realized through many bloody battles fought against tyrannical governments which opposed it. This is our forgotten heritage.

        Today, we have lost that spirit independence and come to believe that “we Americans” are but a crowd of helpless human beings subject to to the whims of a handful of people operating out of Washington DC bent on dominating the entire planet. We have become a ship of fools who, having given up our independence, now accept the blame for the evil actions of the political messiahs who rule over us. We need to realize once again that America is a people, not a government.1 ReplyShare ›

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        Peter Peters6 days ago

        Yes, America as some call you the Usual Suspect (US for short, how appropriate), has been the true Evil Empire, it seems for ever since it was formed. You in the name, of so called freedom, democracy, justice, human rights etc etc, have spread your violence across the whole planet. The list of your “interventions” is so long that one can not replicate it here, but you must look it up on Google. And all were in the interest of your elite, corporations and deep state which likely represent all the evil that is US.
        Your march towards world hegemony at the point of your WMDs (that will be your reef) will be stopped very soon by powers who had enough of you and your interventions. And they will do it min the name of the population of the planet, including your own that is not on your side any longer. Recently you were stopped in Syria from destroying another sovereign country , you demonized, spit at and then attacked, this time via your proxy ISSI footy soldiers. You were stopped by Russia and few others and it is very likely that sooner or later, once you attack a new innocent target (Iran, Venezuela and who knows who else you don;t like) the end of your hegemony may just be that criminal attack. Yes, your reef is is getting very close to your Bad Ship Hegemony.
        To American people; SAVE YOURSELVES AND THIS ONLY PLANET WE HAVE BY RISING UP AGAINST YOU EVIL ELITE AND TAKE THEM DOWN ONCE AND FOR ALL. then YOU WILL BE FINALLY; brave AND free.1 ReplyShare ›

          ABunchofPeoplr Peter Peters6 days ago America has spent the last 70 years mesmerizing the rest of the planet, implanting this idea: THIS IS WHAT YOU WANT. And now that they want it, America says, FUCK OFF, IT’S ONLY FOR US. Setting your neighbor’s house on fire and then shooting them as they run out has been America’s foreign policy for the last 60 yeas.3 ReplyShare ›
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          harris Peter Peters3 days ago

          too true ReplyShare ›

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          ABunchofPeoplr6 days ago

          When is the other shoe going to drop? Or did it already happen and I just didn’t hear it? The anticipation is dreadful.1 ReplyShare ›

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          45clive7 days ago

          Under all “gun control” schemes psychopaths are not allowed to be in charge of guns and other weapons. Why then are they allowed to be in charge of nations, national armies and secretive murder organizations such as Mossad, the CIA and Britain’s MI-5 and MI-6?1 ReplyShare ›

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          Rich Buckley7 days ago

          “It’s never too late to awaken. It’s never too late to forgive. It’s never too late to reconcile. It’s never too late to turn away and start over. Humility seems to help lighten the path best followed, the end of which lies the truth we each seek. Wisdom begins when first we see our own shadow side.”… anonymous1 ReplyShare ›

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          esmaiil fotoohi7 days ago

          What happened to all empires in decline. Pomposity, false grandeur, divisions among the population etc, etc.1 ReplyShare ›

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          Tom Surguinea day ago

          AWESOME, SO HORRIBLY “RIGHT ON!!!!!!!

          Expat tom, 4 many, many reasons, as per above…. ReplyShare ›

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          JJ Wolf2 days ago

          When you’re born you get a ticket to the freak show. When you’re born in America, you get a front row seat. – George Carlin ReplyShare ›

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          Otto Carnage5 days ago

          “The US was built on the backs of the enslaved black people and the genocide of the native people. We Americans have never faced those twin corpses rotting in our basement and made amends for those horrors.” I read that somewhere. We are the only nation that has used the atomic bomb against other humans. At the same time we were landing men on the moon, we were trying to “bomb Vietnam back to the stone age.” And it’s only gotten worse since then. I’ve been complicit in all this since I watched Lee Harvey Oswald get shot on live tv. I agree that what I see today is just a continuation. I use to be angry now I’m just sad. I never had any children so when I die, there will be no trace left of this American. ReplyShare ›

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          Robert Payne6 days ago

          After we hit that reef nobody will miss us. Trump’s regime change in Venezuela has been a total failure (no doubt the stimulus for Rubio’s tweet). North Korea and Iran do not appear to be worried by our threats (Iran said the aircraft carriers Trump sent to the region make a good target), the Taliban still have the upper hand after all these years of the longest war in Afghanistan. Iraq wants to kick the US troops out of their country (who could blame them). Our top most expensive fighter jets can’t fly in the rain, apparently being too tender. We’re no longer the leader in developing technology. Our infrastructure is so crappy that I got a letter from PG&E (who burned down my house in the town of Paradise, CA) saying they will be shutting off our power this summer at the height of heat waves though nobody seems to be asking just why our infrastructure is so bad that this needs to be done (the answer is profit of course, you know, that ever loving bottom line of capitalism) though PG&E will tell you it’s for your safety they’re just covering their ass as you swelter in 105 degree heat. The US is becoming or is already a joke, and a bad one at that. Despite all this there’s plenty of money for new wars and extending old wars. So it’s hard to tell just how much longer it will be before our Mafioso government will run out of money. But when that happens the one thing I’m sure of is most of the rest of the world will be a happier place. ReplyShare ›

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          tom6 days ago

          Excellent. Thanks Chris ReplyShare ›

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