Friday, November 7, 2008

Doing the Right Thing

Dear Barack,

My heart leapt with joy when I read that you had selected Rahm Emanuel as your White House chief of staff. I knew I could count on you to do the right thing. Sure, the proles and the media are all gaga over the dawning of a new age, a seismic shift, a paradigm change, the breaking of a new dawn, the reincarnation of the American Dream and all that other blather.

But I knew, in my heart of hearts, that you were a card-carrying member of the Corporatist Party, the one true party that has transcended the petty partisan divisions that serve only to hamper the efficiency that is only possible in a one-party country.

You will be under a lot of pressure as our Corporatists continue to trash the economy. There will be demands that the Democratic Party shore up its former base, the common man (the operative word here is “former”). Resist the pressure. Slather some populist rhetoric over the proles and continue to protect your true base, our kleptrocracy.

Never lose sight of the fact that our democratic republic is fueled not by debate and discussion, nor information nor education. It is fueled by marketing.

American marketing’s genius is selling the malignant as the divine. The corporatist state has convinced the public to find fulfillment as a host for the parasitic market. The masses glory in their role as victim, which they mistake for their elevation and glorification. This genius sells servitude as rebellion, conformity as individuation, and docility as assertiveness. By making them complicit in their enslavement they go peacefully.

This is the tradition you have inherited, and this is the tradition you must continue. And I have every faith that you shall do so.

Your admirer,
Belacqua Jones


Anonymous said...

so happy you`ve decided to continue,you are a valuable part in the struggle...stick it too the man..what ever happened to that?

Case Wagenvoord said...

it's too much fun to give up.

Niriha said...

Because I agree with 'Belacqua Jones' and because agreeing with him makes me a bit disheartened, I passed his recent blogs on to a friend for comment and received the following:

... as Winston Churchill once said:

Many forms of Government have been tried and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.

Truth is incontrovertible; malice may attack it and ignorance may deride it; but, in the end; there it is.

The Era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays, is coming to its end.

In its place, we are entering a Period of Consequences. –(Nov.12,1936)

Obama has arguably inherited the worst mess in human history.

There will be endless praise and criticisms of his policies and actions even before he has thought of them himself, which is the nature of the human condition.

Obama had to endure the same dangerous, toxic climb to the top as did Mikhail Gorbachev when he had to rise to power in a savage and corrupt political system.

What he does once in office is another matter, and although caution is needed in implementing the radical change necessary to save the world from itself, I am sure Obama has the right mixture of political savvy and pragmatic revolutionary in him to pull it off.

Case Wagenvoord said...


I sincerely hope you're right. You will find that the main thrust of my comments are directed at the many systemic flaws in our current system.

I feel we have to keep pressure on Obama for fear he'll be drawn too far to the right by those who surround him.

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