Sunday, November 6, 2016
Existence of Nukes & the War on Painkillers Support the Case Against...
Governments/Elites/Corporatists/the Ruling Oligarchy. What is that case? It's the proposition that governments no longer represent the will of the People... that is, on most significant issues. In general, that's because governments are puppets of the Corporatocracy, and in fact, a part of the Corporatocracy.
I suspect that, except for a few "True Believers", no sane person on Main Street thinks any gov't should be allowed to possess nuclear weapons. It's simply common sense. And yet in this country, we have a situation in which I'm not allowed to buy over-the-counter (OTC) codeine for my chronic pain, but the Fed Gov't is permitted to not only possess WMD, but also to launch a one trillion dollar program to develop "tactical" nukes. Then the weapons will be more usable... supposedly. We'll make smaller areas uninhabitable for 10,000 years. Such wisdom.
In my lifetime, codeine was available as an OTC drug. [It's probably the most innocuous narcotic painkiller in existence.] Then the Neoliberals began to take over our puppet gov't. [It began with Reagan & Thatcher and the "Washington Consensus".] Of course, I could get a prescription for codeine...except that wouldn't do me any good. The only rural clinic I'm able to access around here doesn't carry any painkillers other than OTC drugs. And why is that? Because the DEA compliance requirements are too burdensome, that's why.
What's ironic is that the "Washington Consensus" (developed & promoted by Neoliberals) and its True Believers promulgated deregulation and privatization. At the same time, they accelerated the so-called "War on Drugs". What a contradiction. What hypocrisy.
To those who argue that opiate painkillers are "dangerous", I would counter with the following:
1. So is booze, America's drug-of-choice. Adults are allowed (in a "free" country) to manage their own affairs and buy all kinds of "dangerous" substances without a Permit. Every year, about a dozen people celebrate their 21st birthday by drinking too much...and then keeling over, dead. Thousands of drunk drivers kill thousands of innocent people every year. Hundreds of thousands of alcoholics die each year from alcohol-related disease.
2. Until moving to this rural area, I was taking codeine for chronic pain for 12 years. Guess what? I functioned just fine, worked, lived Life, & didn't die. Now, and for the past four years, I'm debilitated every day by pain...simply because Neoliberal Nanny won't allow OTC codeine.
3. Pencils don't misspell words. People do that. If some adults can't manage narcotic painkillers properly, that's not my problem. My problem is distracting, debilitating pain.
4. To extrapolate this issue--- prohibition of substances doesn't work; it never has, and never will. But, you see, the so-called War on Drugs is a huge government industry. It's also a way to incarcerate people, and thus benefit another huge government industry. Finally, it's easier to catch blue-collar, drug "criminals" than to catch those with white collars in the Financial Sector. Besides, the white-collar criminals contribute greatly to political campaigns.
Again on the subject of nukes, the current situation in the world is Orwellian. It demonstrates the inability of We the People to peacefully combat Oligarchs and their puppets. [Violence against the Ruling Oligarchy is NOT a sane option. It would usher in the Mother of All Police States, much worse than the one we have now.] Thus, we are treated like "the bewildered herd" (a term coined by the "Progressive", Walter Lippmann). We are propagandized into believing that we can't properly defend our country without these insane weapons. That's BS. There's nary a peep from us when Obama launches a trillion-dollar nuclear weapons upgrade program that will take ten years to complete. A trillion dollars. Meanwhile, bridges collapse, roads crumble, trains run off the tracks or into each other, water systems turn to poison, vehicles are unsafe, highways are inadequate, air pollution continues, nuclear waste storage is inadequate, veterans are mistreated while more of them die from suicide than from combat, the mentally ill are shot, the Fed Reserve tanks our economy while giving free loans to Elites, and on & on. Oh, yessir, we really need to spend gobs of money on more and different nukes. Don't you know, we don't have enough of them. Yeah, right.
It isn't that we can't bring Neoliberal Oligarchs under control peacefully; rather, it's that we don't have the will to do it. I guess that's due mostly to Propaganda, partly to distraction, partly to apathy, and perhaps partly to a feeling that it's hopeless to oppose the Powers-That-Be. All of that must be overcome if we are to have a truly free, participatory democracy. Until then, we're the bewildered herd, the spectators, the ignorant masses, etc. (all terms from Oligarchs of the past). In the 1970's, the Trilateral Commission---a Globalist Think Tank---came out with its first Report. It was book-length, and the title was The Crisis of Democracy. It was written by Globalist "Liberals". According to them, the "crisis" was that America had too much democracy. They said that had to change. It did.
Not only my opinion. Be Well