Wiki tell us,
�Through the law of karma, the effects of all deeds actively create past,
present, and future experiences, thus making one responsible for one�s own
life, and the pain and joy it brings to him/her and others. The results or �fruits�
of actions are called karma-phala. In religions that incorporate reincarnation,
karma extends through one�s present life and all past and future lives as
well.� Well, we can all see the fruits of Bush karma, the karma-phala, all
They include a wrecked economy, with debt at an all-time
high and the Dow at a 1997 low. Thanks to two preemptive wars that were on the
Bush drawing boards before 9/11 ever hit and became that false-flag attack on
America to ignite the wars. The lack of responsibility in starting those wars,
including lack of real evidence, like the photographs of the so-called terror
hijackers that mystically appeared out of the FBI files in 48 hours, when that
same bureau and the CIA had been burying reports of a 9/11 attack for years.
Also, that a year later, FBI chief Robert Mueller, claimed he could not be
absolutely sure the men in the photographs were really the hijackers. By then,
we were in Afghanistan.
What�s more, the brutal cruelty behind 9/11 and �The Inside
Job� destruction and subsequent paranoia it brought to the world will take
generations to live down and understand, despite all the light scholars,
architects, scientists and writers have shed on the reasons and manner in which
the tragedy was perpetrated, like a second Pearl Harbor.
In the latter, FDR did not transmit to Kimmel and Short, the
military commanders of Pearl Harbor, the information he had of the Japanese
fleet gathering in the Pacific and heading towards Pearl to bomb it on December
7, 1941. It was this event that took a peace-desiring America back into World War, though Roosevelt had sounder reasons for doing this than Bush�s
thirst for oil and world power. Roosevelt faced the very real spread of Hitler
and Nazism, which had already engulfed Europe.
Yet this second Pearl Harbor, 9/11, is the
karma of the first, and as devastatingly successful on our own soil once again.
As a result, in 2003 we were shocking and awing Iraq on the
basis that Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and the mushroom cloud would
be appearing on the horizon at any moment, and also that he has been dealing
with Bin Laden and terrorists in some way, both of which were proved to be
patently false notions. Bin Laden was a religious fundamentalist and Hussein a
secular leader, with little love for bin Laden. Yet the lies were iterated by
administration chiefs, from Bush on down to Cheney, Condi, Colin, Wolfowitz,
Rumsfeld, et al, some 900 times.
And now we have inherited the karma of those actions, the
dead, the wounded, the corrupt contracts for para-military suppliers, mercenaries
like Blackwater, Kellogg, Brown & Root and many others. We have neglected
to provide our soldiers with proper medical and psychological care to save
money, when they were prepared to give their lives.
At home, we have the revelations that our bankers, mortgage
companies, and stock market have been bringing down our financial system like
those WTC buildings, especially so since the invention of toxic weapons of
financial destruction, derivatives, credit default swaps, collateralized debt
obligations, the demise of the �uptick rule,� short-selling, uncontrolled
greed, usury and theft. Karma or as they said in the 60s, what goes around
For America historically, what�s gone around since the
near-extermination of the native Americans is the possibility of our own
extermination, given the proliferation of nuclear weapons, their storehouses in
America, Russia, Israel, India, Pakistan, China and various �rogue� nations who
are just dying to kill, us and everyone else. And, as we rail about handguns,
guns on the street, guns in the hands of children, adolescents, minorities, we
seem to forget about guns in the hands of our armies and how deadly effective
they have been. The Iraq war has claimed a million Iraqi lives, and 4,000 of
ours. What goes around comes around, karma.
Afghanistan is being reheated by President Obama and only
god knows what those numbers will end up being, if there is a god and it hasn�t
divorced itself from the human species altogether. Given the planet�s creation
as per the Big Bang theory, we may be very well turning the corner on the
planet�s Big Bang bye, bye.
So what�s left? Well, there�s the karma of spring and what
we will feel in the glorious days of rebirth. It never seems to turn on us, but
always turns us on. Already the March winds are blowing, seeding the planet
with renewed creation, which is wonderful karma for us all, because it always
bring back life. But will it be enough?
We are poisoning the air with carbon emissions, polluting
the oceans, warming the solar icecaps and inviting the flood so we can peddle
around in automobiles. Bush rejected the notion of planet warming and did
nothing of any note to curb the use of fossil fuels since he was joined at the
hip with the oil industry. What will our car karma yield? An unliveable planet,
drowned land areas, a cosmic but beautiful wasteland?
Karma, too, is related to the basic Christian concept that
�you reap what you sow.� And we should consider what we are doing with the
genetic engineering of our food supply for profit and so-called �productivity.�
We are sowing as we speak seeds that do not produce new seeds from their plants
to increase purchases from and profits to Monsanto, et al. We are sowing
pesticides that destroy the fertility of the soil and those who breathe their
fumes for miles around. We are sowing animal feedlots whose waste pollutes
streams and earth and air.
If this karma is to be avoided, which is perhaps the result
of previous decades of wrong action, one is advised to heed the Hindu and Buddhist
teachings to �avoid, control or become mindful of the effects of desires and
aversions as a way to moderate or change one�s karma (or, more accurately,
one�s karmic results or destiny).�
Bush karma brought us Obama�s quest for change. Eight years
of hardship, lies, pain, suffering, brought a surge of joy for a man who seemed
to eloquently, passionately promise change. The question now is can he live up
to that promise, or will the axiom prevail that �the more things change, the
more they stay the same?� Would that the president, as described in the
Washington Post�s Obama,
Reaching Outside the Bubble of the White House could do so . . .
�Obama has learned during his first 40 days in the White
House that he must fight to preserve such direct connections to the citizens he
leads. Obama�s life as president is outsourced to about 25 assistants, 25
deputy assistants and 50 special assistants who act as a massive siphon to
control the information that reaches his desk and schedule the meetings and
public appearances that shape his days. A correspondence staff sorts through
his mail and selects 10 letters that he reads. Three calligraphers write his
invitations and thank-you notes. Two �body men� follow him in lockstep to carry
his jacket, supply his ChapStick and place his telephone calls.
�The same culture of delegation has governed life in the
White House for decades, but Obama�s popularity has heightened the need for so
many gatekeepers. As the country�s first African American president, he
receives an unprecedented number of requests for autographs, interviews,
photographs and speeches, aides said, and less than one request in every
thousand merits Obama�s attention.
�In fact, only 10 per day out of every 40,000 letters per
day are directed to him, obviously through a rigorous screening process. This
pattern has led him to spend at least one or more days a week traveling to some
part of America
or the world; and when in the White House to invite friends from the outside,
including his hometown team of the Chicago Bulls.� Wonderful thought.
It�s obvious he�s trying to break through this karmic bubble
of White House �reality.� My hope is that he will succeed and, as FDR (despite
his physical disability of polio), spend as much time as he can �on the road�
listening to his people, seeing first-hand the pain that is felt, the
desolation that has been wrought to give him the strength, the energy, the will
to triumph over his advisors and express his own original vision of what is
needed to change America�s karmic path.
A good way to start would be to disengage from Afghanistan�s
coming tragedy, to trade military appropriations to Israel for commitments from
it to an equitable two-state solution, and to taking off the gloves with
America�s financial criminals (including several in his administration) and not
being afraid to bring in fresh minds with fresh ideas on how to distribute the
billions in aid for this nation suffering from the results of its karmic greed
and dog-eat-dog mentality. Enough said.
Amen, and all power to the freedom of the American spirit to
break the circle of pain and desire and chose the right path towards freedom
Jerry Mazza is a freelance writer living in New
York City. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. read his new book, �State Of Shock: Poems from 9/11 on� at www.jerrymazza.com, Amazon or Barnesandnoble.com.