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SarasotaRepub
08-13-2010, 06:14 PM
All Hail The Empire!!! (http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389x8942458)




Better Believe It http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/images/donor.gif (1000+ posts) Fri Aug-13-10 05:54 PM
Original message "We are up against an empire which will not go quietly. They never do, but they can be beaten."


Weekend Edition
August 13 - 15, 2010

Public Theft and the Decline of Empire
America on the Precipice
By MARGARET KIMBERLEY

Americans are a people living on the precipice of economic disaster, both as individuals and as a group. The continued precariousness of their situation is a direct result of government connivance in stripping them of public assets and the distribution of those assets to the corporate sector. Retired public employees are literally having money they earned stolen from them. Children are losing days in public schools and counties are eliminating public transportation because political leaders are firmly committed to expanding empire abroad, assisting rapacious individuals and corporations at home and keeping workers and people of color in their place.

All of these examples of public theft mean that Americaís demise is real and becoming more and more obvious by the day. It is no longer a subject of conjecture among a small group of well informed people. When the state of Hawaii reduces the number of days students will attend public school and Utah proposes eliminating the 12th grade altogether, the destruction of our society is plain for all to see.

The American empire has reached its military apex, with troops stationed in more than 100 countries, and two wars of occupation which have lasted for more than eight years. The height of brute force brings with it the nadir of support for human needs. The two conditions go hand in hand. It is impossible to sustain military spending which exceeds that of every other country on earth combined, without also stealing from the public.

It is truly chilling to contemplate the various ways in which our lives can worsen. Debtors prisons have returned, in the form of greedy lenders taking debtors to court and jailing those who donít realize the importance of showing up. Questionable loans are bought and sold to squeeze the last dime out of working people unaware that there are statutes of limitation on debt collection.

The first step in fighting back against this onslaught is the realization that America is A, an empire, and B, on the downward slope of something bigger than a U or V shaped recession. We arenít fighting just against Republicans and Democrats wonít save us unless forced to do so. The contradictions inherent in our system have finally finished it off and we are all caught in its death throes. When we organize it must be because we realize the enormity of our situation. Yes, we must fight against gentrification and war and we must fight for environmental sustainability. Yet none of those desired outcomes will ever come to pass unless we know precisely what we are up against.

We are up against an empire which like its predecessors will not go quietly. They never do, but they can be beaten and real civilization can be saved if we acknowledge who and what we are fighting.

Please read the full article at:

http://www.counterpunch.org/kimberley08132010.html (http://www.counterpunch.org/kimberley08132010.html)


WOO HOO DUers!!! Go "Speak Truth To Power"...to someone, anyone!
Not One More Imperial Credit Day!!!!
Don't buy soap!!!!
Geterdone!!!!
:D

Dan D. Doty
08-13-2010, 09:11 PM
Amazing that the Moonbats are unaware that they happen to be living in the United States of America at this point in time; if it falls, they go with it.

Sadly, they 'll be first ones eaten if they thing falls apart and all the bitching in the world won't save them:rolleyes:

SarasotaRepub
08-13-2010, 11:14 PM
Amazing that the Moonbats are unaware that they happen to be living in the United States of America at this point in time; if it falls, they go with it.

Sadly, they 'll be first ones eaten if they thing falls apart and all the bitching in the world won't save them:rolleyes:

:D:D

Dan D. Doty
08-14-2010, 03:03 AM
Moonbats live under this strange delusion that if things fall apart, that for some metaphysical reason that the howling mob they whipped up will not only leave then untouched, but will make them the new nobles in the Socialist paradise they have always dreamed of.

Hate to tell them that howling mobs eat everything in their path, including the dumbasses that wanted them to loot, pillage and burn in the first place. If they think that the new local war lords are going to come down to their basement and beg the Moonbats to lead them into Utopia, then they are out of their f*cking minds ( by evidence present, its most likely YES).

But Moonbats will what they always do when the sh*t hits the fan; hide until the trouble is over, come crawling out from under their rock after the good folks have beat the bad guys and then the Moonbats will act like they are in charge and start the whole stupid thing all over again.

Zathras
08-15-2010, 12:30 AM
All Hail The Empire!!! (http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389x8942458)

WOO HOO DUers!!! Go "Speak Truth To Power"...to someone, anyone!
Not One More Imperial Credit Day!!!!
Don't buy soap!!!!
Geterdone!!!!
:D

So, since we're now an Empire, does it mean we get to change our national anthem to this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tn_95hdy6Nw

PoliCon
08-15-2010, 01:06 AM
So, since we're now an Empire, does it mean we get to change our national anthem to this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tn_95hdy6Nw

NO silly - that would play that instead of Hail to the Chief.