The World Trade Towers were the focus of an attack in 1993 by Muslim “extremists.” I was working in Puerto Rico at the time and the shock of that attempt was hard to describe, but the reasoning was clear. It was an attempt to bring down financial markets in the Western world by misguided so-called religious zealots that wouldn’t know the basis of any religion if they swallowed it with a cup of oil. It was a mostly failed attempt, one that we as a country did not take as a warning and prepare for further attempts. Obviously the second attempt was successful beyond their wildest dreams in terms of destruction and media attention, but what it did not do was destroy either the world’s or our economy. No, the destruction of our dollar, our trade deficit, our home values, our industrial production, and our consumer confidence to spend has been destroyed by the purveyors of disaster-investment banks and the policies of the Federal Reserve and Federal Government. They have wrought far more damage to this country than the heart-wrenching destruction and loss of life in the World Trade Towers disaster and I say this will the utmost respect and sympathy to all those who were affected by that horrible day. The American government, and by default the American people have allowed themselves to be put at risk internally by the tacit approval of corporate manipulation to strangle the economy and the future of our children and their children. Our Treasury Secretary, Henry Paulson was the head of Goldman Sachs who invented the mortgage-backed sub-prime bonds but don’t blame him. Alan Greenspan, the former head of the Federal Reserve who engineered this recession, now says he stands behind all he did, don’t blame him. We have spent over a trillion dollars on a war in a country that has untold trillions of oil reserves that could easily pay us back or finance their own reconstruction, but don’t blame our President. Congress and the President have sat on their asses for eight years watching the price of oil skyrocket, but have yet to formulate a solid energy-independence plan for the future, but don’t blame them. The Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) has over 70 billon dollars of oil and our government (we) are still buying it at these high prices adding to the demand and further driving up prices, but don’t open that tap to control the speculators that use hedge funds to drive up the price of futures contracts, don’t blame them.
So then, who do we blame? There is only one entity left to blame. You-you and I are to blame for allowing these morons to govern us without the threat of losing their jobs. We have become fat and secure and until we reach the subsistence level and have no choice but to rail against the “empire” we will remain shorn sheep, allowing the abuse of those with whom we’ve entrusted power to keep abusing us.
We give those who would kill us the financial ability to do so by creating their wealth for them and of course we don’t think some of that money will come back to destroy our way of life. Our leaders take the money back that we the American public spend for oil in the form of “contributions” to ensure the money keeps flowing right on to them. Just ask Colin Powell how he got a brand new Jaguar days after he resigned from office. Go ahead and ask him or google Colin Powell, Jaguar –and see for yourself.
“Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established, should not be changed for light and transient causes; and, accordingly, all experience [has] shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But, when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce [the people] under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.”
“Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.”
Thomas Jefferson is rolling over in his grave right now.