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Mistakes Were Made

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Published : March 07th, 2016
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Beyond the Kubler-Ross maelstrom of denial, anger, depression, etc., besetting this spavined republic, lies the actual grief provoking it all — especially the shocking loss of national purpose embodied by the muppets and puppets onstage nightly vying to bring out the worst in us in an election season far from just silly. Judging from their demeanor in the so-called debates, the candidates seem not only sick of their opponents but of themselves, a fitting outcome perhaps in a nation that hates what it has become.

The moment that got me in Sunday night’s Democratic boasting contest, hosted by CNN, was Hillary crowing about the great achievement of Obamacare — getting thirty million uninsured Americans on some kind of health plan! The part she left out, of course, is that most of those plans have “deductable” ceilings in the multiple thousands of dollars, guaranteeing that the policy holder goes bankrupt if he/she seeks medical help. Who does she think she’s fooling, anyway? This sort of arrant lying is what drives millions into the camp of Trump.

Even valiant old Bernie muffs every opportunity to explain the death-grip that Wall Street crony politics has on this land: the US Department of Justice did nothing under six-plus years of Attorney General Eric Holder to prosecute criminal misconduct in banking. And then President Obama, who is ultimately responsible, did absolutely nothing to prompt that Attorney General into action or replace him with somebody who would act. Obama’s lame excuse back in the days when informed people were still wondering about this, was that the bankers had done nothing patently illegal enough to warrant investigation — a claim that was absurd on its face.

Obama didn’t do any better with the regulating agencies that are supposed to make criminal referrals to the Department of Justice, especially the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged with keeping financial markets honest. There was nothing that difficult about those criminal matters now fading in the nation’s memory: for instance, the bundled bonds (CDOs) of “non-performing” mortgages designed to pay off the issuers handsomely when they failed. A child of ten could have unpacked the Goldman Sachs Timberwolf bond caper. Eventually Goldman and others were slapped with mere fines that could be (and were) written off as the cost of doing business. What a difference it would have made if Lloyd Blankfein and a few hundred other bank executives were personally held accountable and sent to cool their heels in federal prison.

As the politicians are fond of saying, make no mistake: this was Barack Obama’s failure to act. Likewise, regarding the Citizens United Supreme Court’s decision that equated arrant corporate bribery of public officials with “free speech;” Mr. Obama (a constitutional lawyer by training) had a range of remedies at his disposal, foremostly working with the then-majority Democratic congressional leadership to legislate a new and clearer definition of so-far-alleged corporate “personhood,” its duties, obligations, and responsibilities to the public interest — and its limits! Not only did Mr. Obama fail to act then, but nobody in his own party even coughed into his-or-her sleeve when he so failed. And now, of course, nobody remembers any of that.

The effects of all this fundamental dishonesty have thundered through our national life to the degree that American society is now divided into the swindlers and the swindled, loosing the monster of collective Id known as Trump on the public. This is what comes of attempting to divorce truth from reality, which has been the principal business of American life for several decades now. When truth and reality become de-linked, a society literally doesn’t know what it is doing. With that goes the collective sense of purpose, replaced with bromides and platitudes such as Trump’s “make America great again,” and Hillary’s “In America, every family should feel like they belong.”

Unbeknownst to the cable news hustlers, events are in the driver’s seat, not the personalities of the puppets and muppets in the spotlight. Come July, there may not be anything that could be called the Republican Party. And Hillary is the first leading contender for the highest office with a possible indictment looming over her. Yes, it’s really there percolating on the FBI’s front burner. Even if the machinery of justice trips over itself again on that, imagine how the questions behind it will color the final battle for the general election. We also fail to appreciate how, if there is just a little more trouble in banking and financial markets before November 8, we can’t even be certain of holding the general election.

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James Howard Kunstler has worked as a reporter and feature writer for a number of newspapers, and finally as a staff writer for Rolling Stone Magazine. In 1975, he dropped out to write books on a full-time basis. His nonfiction book, "The Long Emergency," describes the changes that American society faces in the 21st century. Discerning an imminent future of protracted socioeconomic crisis, Kunstler foresees the progressive dilapidation of subdivisions and strip malls, the depopulation of the American Southwest, and, amid a world at war over oil, military invasions of the West Coast; when the convulsion subsides, Americans will live in smaller places and eat locally grown food.
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Re : "... the shocking loss of national purpose ..... " "... a nation that hates what it has become ...."

There is a huge list of reasons why, but one would never know it from reading this article. For starters :

1. The Obama administration has openly played the race card at every opportunity, plunging race relations to a low not seen in 50 years.
2. Political correctness has placed the 1st amendment under attack, and has bred a new generation of crybabies and crybullies who demand "safe spaces".
3. The Obama administration has no real understanding of economics, and their only solution is to print money (via QE) to correct economic issues, issues which were initially created by asinine Federal policy in the 1st place.
4. The Obama administration has incurred massive debt, primarily to fund entitlement programs. Now approaching $20T, Obama will have incurred more debt than all prior administrations combined, by the time he leaves office.
5. The abdication of the Middle East by the Obama administration has enabled the rise of ISIS, and there are now wide swaths of territory under brutal, sadistic rule, where atrocities on a large scale are being perpetrated daily. No point going into exhaustive detail about how most of the ISIS weapons and vehicles have been supplied by the USA. Russia has certainly taken advantage of the power vacuum, and Putin has exposed Obama for the fool Barack is.
6. Selective enforcement of the law by the Obama administration, especially regarding immigration. The USA cannot instantly assimilate the 3rd world without occurrence of acute balkanization of the Republic. Open borders eventually leads to the destruction of the country.
7. The public proclamations by Obama and others that Islam is a "religion of peace". Sorry, we've seen too many people butchered in the name of "Allah" over the past 40 years, and most call bullshit on that.
8. For the first time since 1961, the US has no vehicle to launch people into orbit. NASA has been forced to lease seat space on Russian rockets in order to access the ISS.

This is the short list. The American citizen is being sodomized in a huge way by the political establishment, and many are awaking to that fact that we are quickly degenerating into a 3rd world nation.
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Mistakes were made??? I'd say so, but not the ones Kunstler promotes. Kunstler's critique of Obama is that he hasn't been MORE dictatorial, usurping more power to the State, forcing people out of their cars into mass transit, closing down more polluting factories, herding more people into the wilds to build wigwams and collect acorns. These are all ideas Kunstler has advocated to some degree or another.

Strangely, we hear nothing from Kunstler about Obama's destruction of the Middle East, the creation of refugees and their flood into the EU and America. Not so strangely we also hear nothing about the danger of Peak Oil...I guess because Peak Oil has been quietly exposed for the myth it always was.

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Re : "... the shocking loss of national purpose ..... " "... a nation that hates what it has become ...." There is a huge list of reasons why, but one would never know it from reading this article. For starters : 1. The Obama administration has openl  Read more
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