Friday, June 04, 2010
"America's first multi-racial president has turned out to be nothing more than a paid corporate puppet. His failure to take on the corporate menace that has hijacked our government, will end up propelling the SS of the corporate world (Teabaggers, militia types, racist homophobes) into the White House in 2012. The end result will be some terrifying hybrid of ignorance and corporate sycophancy like Sarah Palin"
the great abomination to Earth and Man in the Gulf
We are witnessing cataclysm on a geological scale, an event with the potential to alter planetary destiny, precipitated not by the three hundred million year arc of wayward comets or the incremental slide of continent-molding tectonic plates, but by the routine exercise of corporate power in the United States.
the oceanic version of Chernobyl
a political system in which huge corporations are empowered to seek profits with absolutely no regard for the consequences to Earth or Man
BP is the surgeon in charge of mending the Earth's wound - the equivalent of Jack The Ripper tending to his own victims
BP is the operative government in the Gulf - the Coast Guard as its muscle
said candidate Obama. "If, in order to get that passed, we have to compromise in terms of a careful, well-thought-out drilling strategy that was carefully circumscribed to avoid significant environmental damage -- I don't want to be so rigid that we can't get something done."
The unbroken chain of "corruption" at federal Minerals Management Service,
is one small expression of actual rule of the country by Big Oil and Wall Street and the Military Industrial Complex -- the permanent government. Obama is "engaged" as their servant
It's either them or Earth itself. When history passes its verdict she will not assign much import to the advent of the First Black President. Rather, 2010 as the year a servile political operative in the White House exposed the seabed to deep defilement by the oil colossus, from which the world never fully recovered.
America's first multi-racial president has turned out to be nothing more than a paid corporate puppet. His failure to take on the corporate menace that has hijacked our government, will end up propelling the SS of the corporate world (Teabaggers, militia types, racist homophobes) into the White House in 2012. The end result will be some terrifying hybrid of ignorance and corporate sycophancy like Sarah Palin.
Glen Ford's essay epitomizes the beginnings of a new language of framing that I find impressive. The shift to living metaphors away from sterile ones is engaging, accurate and empowering.
Here are some examples:
"subduing and caging the corporate animals that are defecating in humanity's only nest"
"BP is also the surgeon in charge of mending the Earth's wound and preventing the spread of septicemia in its life-sustaining fluids"
"Obama has been engaged in killing the planet"
"a servile political operative in the White House exposed the seabed to deep defilement by the oil colossus"
"with no protections for the public or Mother Earth"
We need to think beyond a non-living, categorical "environment," and a non-living "geo-political world" to what Glen Ford describes—a living planet, the only one in the known universe, Mother Earth.
All of us who write and speak in advocating for true, radical, democratic, life-enhancing, loving, law-abiding change can learn from how Glen Ford conceives of our world, and the crimes certain humans and institutions are committing.
When ecocide is the trajectory, we cannot afford a "C" or a "B" grade for our efforts. This is strictly a pass/fail situation in this century. Either we will prove that intelligent life has never existed on Earth and go all Easter Island on this planet in an orgy of war, cannibalism, and ecocide, or we will usher forth a new era with human thought and human civilization in a cooperative, symbiotic relationship with the living community of life that gave birth to us, and within which future generations will live.
This event is showing us where power really lies, and it's not with elected officials. Those who wield real power are the corporations, and governments are just a department that performs certain tasks. This is not a conspiracy, it is just what is staring us in the face. Our democratic institutions are still there to be revived, but the real issue is to see that real power lies outside the White House.