Being reflective; personally taking stock of a situation, or
issue, seems to be anathema to the nature of most people who prefer that
matters be handled by leaders of groups they belong to. Whether the issue is
government, war, crime, drug-addiction, or most anything else, they are quick
to pass the buck, determining that it really isn�t up to them to take stock . .
. with that 50s' mentality that �father knows best.�
And as a year comes to an end, instead of personally taking
stock and weighing what is happening to their nation, Americans� choice is to
keep the mind relaxed and let the president tell them in January�s State of the
Union speech �how things really are.� Let the lies and B.S. roll!
My background as a business counselor compels me to help
close this 2007 calendar year with a socio-economic and political statement of
�profit and loss;� its bottom line soon to be incorporated into a balance sheet
that will give us a snapshot of what we, the stockholders of the Empire, hold
as equity entering 2008.
Before we look at the revenue and expense components of
America�s P&L, we should take a look at that bottom line, which to no one�s
surprise appears as the blood-spilling continuation of embarrassing failures
for the seventh straight year, courtesy of the most incompetent management team
ever to run the Empire. Our nation has been piling up losses during this time
in such a spendthrift and indurate way to the point all retained success built
into the balance sheet throughout the years has been now wiped out, and the
losses are already eating away into our investment, our, until now, untouched
legacy of democratic capital. Bush has succeeded not only in mismanaging the
nation�s affairs but he is recklessly leading us into un-chaptered political
bankruptcy . . . sure to happen by the time a new same-old-face president is
inaugurated in January 2009.
Few years as 2007 have brought the United States so little
in political and socio-economic revenue, either foreign or domestic. On the
domestic front, there was little the government would provide via judicial
determinations by the tilted-right Supreme Court (evidenced by the
partial-birth abortion and a half dozen other rulings); or needed legislation
from Congress; or any constructive leadership by the White House and its
appendage, the Pentagon. Although both houses of Congress were controlled by
the lesser-evil party, they could not muster the votes to overrule a veto-happy
Bush, whether on issues of war or even providing healthcare for the nation�s
children. It would be difficult to come up with just one significant thing that
could be construed as something of value for the nation as a whole coming from
any of the three branches of government.
As far as revenue from foreign policy investments, which
have been mostly made in the currency of war and threats to other nations, one
could hardly expect positive returns. There was a lower count of dead Americans
in Iraq -- the only ones we care to count -- attributed to the military surge,
and little else. One cannot think of any dividends from foreign sources that
could add economic, military, social, or political value to the P&L. Even
in the area of global warming, we antagonized the entire world, losing at
year�s end the support of the other Kyoto treaty non-signer, Australia. A final
tally of foreign and domestic accomplishments (revenues) yields nothing but a
big fat zero.
Ah! But if our successes were few or nonexistent, our
failures can be measured in grand scale, both internationally and domestically.
Our expenses reached levels we would expect from a teenager with a credit car
with �no limit� stamped on all four corners loose in the mall. Monetarily, our
insatiable borrowing, not only from the savings of people in other countries
but from our own future generations, reached a level not only difficult to
understand mathematically, but impossible to accept morally. And our
dysfunctional, make-believe, consumption-driven economy has brought the nation
to the edge of the precipice, with overvalued assets in both real estate and
the stock market to a figure now approaching the nation�s entire annual GDP of
over US$13 trillion.
Little needs to be said about our overseas failures, not
just in the Middle East, where we have erred miserably in an unjustified and
chimeric pseudo-protection of Israel, but everywhere else as well. After seven
years of trying, Bush finally succeeded in making Russia once again a potential
enemy of the US, instead of a friend and partner in seeking harmony for the
world. And the tally of potential enemies, and disappointed friends, grows as
nations in both Africa and Latin America no longer see a mutuality of interests
between the United States and themselves.
One could easily conclude that the US government is not only
coldhearted towards the peoples of the world, but cares little about its own
citizenry, its interest being solely in self-perpetuating its power, and the
financial welfare of a select-few who control the lion�s share of wealth and
power in America and elsewhere where capitalism flourishes.
This exiting 2007 was for me one more session for Bush et al
to chisel at the shrinking equity that Americans have in America; a year in
which a mendacious government continued whittling away on those inalienable
rights of man, stated in our Constitution as life, liberty and the pursuit of
For years we have observed how social and political events
have taken place in this nation, clearly pushing it towards the path of
fascism, American fascism; real fascism, but rooted in this United States; a
fascism different from Hitler�s, or Mussolini�s or even Franco�s, but fascism
nonetheless. These days, our own NS-Frauenschaft provides the nation
with fascist whores who trot with impunity up and down Main Street, anywhere in
this land of ours, dressed in vibrant, patriotic red-white-and-blue colors;
dollar-stars in their eyes; silver crosses as pendants; and, yes, unabashedly
toting Bibles. Our Lady Liberty has now been replaced by replicas of a fascist
libertine; a libertine venerated as the immaculate virgin-mother of corporate,
military and evangelical America.
Yet, with such clarity provided by this year�s
socio-economic and political statement, Americans remain undeterred, meekly
consenting to everything the government puts on their plates, eating their
Soylent Green as if it were the greatest gourmet delicacy.
� 2007 Ben Tanosborn
Tanosborn, columnist, poet and writer, resides in Vancouver, Washington (USA),
where he is principal of a business consulting firm. Contact him at email@example.com.