Know Thy Enemy or Tea Party Hypocrisy by Saab Lofton

Know Thy Enemy
or
Tea Party Hypocrisy
by Saab Lofton

"In the case of Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, he's planning to hold back $614 million in 'performance bonuses' from the plane's lead contractor Lockheed Martin. (And you thought only bankers and financial wheeler-dealers got performance bonuses!) But it's striking that there are no tea party movements out in the streets of America demanding our money back or claiming that we're going to be broken by this."
--Tom Engelhardt, a Yale AND Harvard graduate, March 19th, 2010

In the first Blade movie, it's said that a Familiar is a Human who's, "a Vampire wannabe. If he's loyal and he proves himself, maybe his master will turn him." Same is the case with libertarians/teabaggers, who'll make excuses for the genocide that capitalism causes ...

"More than 24,000 children die every day from the effects of poverty."
--John Pilger, the world's most acclaimed journalist, September 24th, 2008

"More than 18,000 adults in the U.S.A. die each year because they are uninsured and can't get proper health care."
--Steve Sternberg, U.S.A. Today, May 22nd, 2002

... under the erroneous assumption that they'll be rewarded at some point for currying favor with capitalists. Since most of these libertarians/teabaggers are poor/middle class themselves, someone needs to tell their retarded asses that's the economic equivalent of being a collaborator -- ask the house negro of the plantation or the kapo of the concentration camp how far being complicit will get you!

I've been fighting the forces of evil since 1987 and I've never faced a more sinister foe (What do you think I've been doing all summer?). Granted the Tea Party is colossally overrated, to say the least ...

"The regressive bias of the corporate media is starkly revealed by the coverage, and the non-coverage, of the public demonstrations of last month. When a couple of thousand tea-party or gun-rights enthusiasts show up on the Mall in Washington, or across the Potomac in Virginia, the mainstream media is there to cover them en masse. But when up to ten thousand protesters gather on Wall Street, or fifty thousand jam downtown Los Angeles to protest the Arizona 'show your papers' law, these events might just as well have taken place on the far side of the moon."
--Ernest Partridge, The Crisis Papers/truthout.org, May 5th, 2010

... and was practically created by FOX News (thanks to Shirley Sherrod, we all know where FOX stands) to serve as front line cannon fodder for the rich (who rarely fight their own battles), but as the great anthropologist, Margaret Mead, once said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." So the libertarians/teabaggers are NOT to be underestimated. On my wall is a poster with this message,Tax the Rich or Kill the Poor, and yes, it's getting to that point, folks.

As Amy Goodman of Democracy Now pointed out (The Seattle Times, April 3, 2005), a handful of corporations own every major MASS media outlet there is, and as a result ...

"At the time of the first Persian Gulf War, CBS was owned by Westinghouse and NBC by General Electric. Two of the major nuclear weapons manufacturers owned two of the major networks. Westinghouse and GE made most of the parts for many of the weapons in the Persian Gulf War. It was no surprise, then, that much of the coverage on those networks looked like a military hardware show ... We don't need government censors, because we have corporations sanitizing the news ... The lack of diversity in ownership helps explain the lack of diversity in the news. When George W. Bush first came to power, the media watchers Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) looked at who appeared on the evening news on ABC, CBS and NBC. Ninety-two percent of all U.S. sources interviewed were white, 85 percent were male, and where party affiliation was identifiable, 75 percent were Republican."

... but if you ask the Tea Party -- a branch of the Religious Right if there ever was one -- wars occur due to our supposedly inherently sinful nature. However, as my mentor, Professor Howard Zinn (1922 - 2010) put it ...

"[The MYTH of Human Nature is] certainly wrong. And furthermore, it's dangerous. Wrong, because there is no real evidence for it. Not in genetics, not in zoology, not in psychology, not in anthropology, not in history, not even in the ordinary experience of soldiers in war. Dangerous because it deflects attention from the non-biological causes of violence and war."

... NON-biological causes, such as a CULTURE based on right-wing movies like Red Dawn, which claims America's military budget must never be cut (in order to provide revenue for eco-friendly job creation and other essential social services) lest we be invaded by The Boogeyman! Well, if anyone wants proof that increasing an already bloated military budget will NOT keep us safe, consider this: The military budget for 2000/2001 was in the hundreds of billions; higher than that of any other nation-state, AND YET those planes STILL crashed into those buildings on 9-11 DID THEY NOT? Of course they did, so shoveling money down the Pentagon's Orwellian Memory Hole does NOTHING but make an elite of weapons manufacturers even wealthier.

Speaking of the wealthy, another claim is that taxing rich will magically cause Stalin himself to rise from the grave like a zombie from a George Romero movie. This too is 100% uncut bullshit. A Scandinavian has just as much free expression as any American (maybe MORE since Scandinavia doesN'T have a Patriot Act) and according to The Seattle Times (January 4th, 2006) ...

"UNICEF states that although the U.S. is still the wealthiest country on Earth, with income levels higher than any other country, it also has one of the highest incidences of child poverty among the rich, industrialized nations. Denmark and Finland have child-poverty levels of less than 3 percent, and are closely followed by Norway and Sweden, thanks to higher levels of social spending. In the U.S., 17 percent of children live in poverty."

... and as law professor Bill Quigley, Legal Director at the Center for Constitutional Rights, stated on April 10th, 2010 ...

"Social mobility in earnings, wages and education tends to be easier in Australia, Canada and Nordic countries like Denmark, Norway, and Finland, than in the U.S."

... libertarians/teabaggers will also insist more than enough has been given to the poor, but that simply doesn't jive with reality (and as Stephen Colbert said at the 2006 White House Correspondents Dinner, "Reality has a well-known liberal bias.") ...

"Wealthfare -- the money government gives away to corporations and wealthy individuals -- costs us more than $815 billion a year. That's more than four times what we spend on welfare for the poor."
--Mark Zepezauer, from his book, Take the Rich off Welfare

... and then there's THIS ...

"Corporate crime inflicts far more damage on society than all street crime combined. Whether in bodies or injuries or dollars lost, corporate crime and violence wins by a landslide. The FBI estimates, for example, that burglary and robbery (street crimes) costs the nation $3.8 billion a year. The losses from a handful of major corporate frauds -- Tyco, Adelphia, Worldcom, Enron -- swamp the losses from all street robberies and burglaries combined."
--Russell Mokhiber, editor of Corporate Crime Reporter

... and to think the Tea Party has the GALL to fixate on the street crimes of tan/brown immigrants -- racist ass motherfuckers ...

Speaking of, if you're a white supremacist -- and you want to guarantee there'll be NATURAL blondes in the year 3010 -- then you'll resort to sleeping with your cousin if he/she happens to be the only NATURAL blonde around and I do believe this inbreeding accounts for a lot of the ignorance that's crippling America. One of the most ignorant things an American can claim is that the poor aren't working hard enough. Well, I'm going to let my mentor, Professor Zinn, have the last word -- in fact, I'll let him have TWO last words ...

"The great romantic story of the American railroads owes everything to government welfare, but what did the government do for the 20,000 workers -- war veterans and Irish immigrants -- who laid five miles of track a day, who died by the hundreds in the heat and the cold? Did it give their families a bit of land as payment for their sacrifice? Did it give loans to the 10,000 Chinese and 3,000 Irish, who worked on the Central Pacific for $l or $2 a day?"

... and ...

"While some multimillionaires started in poverty, most did not. A study of the origins of 303 textile, railroad and steel executives of the 1870s showed that 90 percent came from middle- or upper-class families. The Horatio Alger stories of 'rags to riches' were true for a few men, but mostly a myth, and a useful myth for control."