It's All Fixed
And I don't mean that in a Karl Hungus cable-repairman kind of way. I mean it's an Eight Men Out, Watergate, Jai Alai kind of fixed. As in- it is IN.
To wit: America is rigged. None of it is on the level. If we have learned anything from the last 3 months or so, it is this- people with influence get what they want ALL of the time. There will never, ever be an instance when billion-dollar industries headed up by malfeasants won't get their way over ma and pa sixpack without bloodshed. Mortgage crisis? Must be due to all them deadbeats who had the gall to reach for the nonexistent American Dream that's been peddled to them with every TV commercial, movie, and useless product that's been shoved down their collective throat in the name of economic growth since the dawn of print media. Couldn't possibly be due to the hateful kind of profiteering that went on behind the scenes by people who we've been told for so long "know better". Nope. Even that prick Greenspan had the fucking tits of Athena to stand up and say that the "subdivide the mutant securities to the subatomic level" idea was a fine one. It wasn't that the securities were completely ineffable, even to the buyers and sellers, you see. It's just that the brokers "got greedy". Yeah, and Obama just "got black."
There is actually a ballot issue to be voted on here in Colorado this election that is being fought against fiercely by the oil industry. It's intent? To roll back the millions of dollars in tax subsidies the state's been doling out to that industry for years. Seems like a no-brainer, yea? Nay. To hear the oil companies talk about it, we'd be forcing the breeding of extra children for families to toss in the furnace for warmth in January if they lost. My question is: how is this even up for debate? It's like calling congressional hearings on whether or not the "Get the People of Houston Some More Saturated Fat" initiative has run its course. But alas there is no debate, there is only political brawling at the expense of the collective intellect and pocketbook of mortal Americans who must stand idly by or choose between tickets which pit an untested ideologue and a car salesman against Yoda and a sadomasochistic preacher's wet dream.
And in New York City, a mayor who has served his term limit which was TWICE affirmed by ballot initiative, is bucking for a third term so that he can watch over poor, poor New Yorkers in "this time of crisis" that he and his business bretheren helped to foster. As if he were the only human in the greater Tri-State area who knew which end of a calculator to shove up their ass. As if he wasn't intimately involved in getting the richest team in Major League Baseball a possibly illegal sweetheart deal on some land in the bronx, which was really only used by..uh...the local community and high school over the last hundred years for recreation. This, so that the mighty Yankees could have their trophy stadium built right next door to the one they'd been making billions in for time immemorial. I am sure none of that sort of thing has come into play in his decision, that Bloomy wasn't put up to it by some "interested parties". No way.
Anyhow, in the end I know it to be a hard fact that American Business and politics is rigged. It may seem cliche, but it absolute fact. This uber-American class was complicit in getting an adequate excuse to go to war 5,000 miles away for nothing by killing its own. It is complicit in creating a panic where only a market correction (albeit a huge one) should have existed. It is complicit in lying, day-in and day-out, to you, me and anyone else it cannot bribe outright or kill surreptitiously. It is complicit in using hate and fear to rationalize for us that which they would have to do blatantly, in full view, and in their true colors: yellow.
I don't know what to do about any of it, so I'll just start to act locally. Time to buy local, think clearly, talk rationally, drink heavily and never, ever, ever believe another fucking word I hear from anyone who wants something from me. I pity my children.