Thursday, March 15, 2007

Nazis. Mein Gott. Part Two.

Ah, Yes, Chicago. What a Delightful Place to Hold the Olympics

The Schutz Staffel (Waffen SS) is Also Alive and Well in My Kind of Town!

Even though it was almost a year ago that I originally wrote the first “Nazis. Mein Gott.” ( I only got around to publishing it last week. I’d rather write about happy stuff.

And what to my wondering eyes should appear this week? “Report blasts FBI use of Patriot Act.”

As in Chicago today, the Nazis were the ‘powers that be’ running the Third Reich in 1933. Below the Nazis, the organization within Hitler’s National Socialist German Workers Party responsible for the personal guard of der Führer and soon for the brutal, direct implementation of Nazi policy, was the Schutzstaffel (Protective Squadron). The SS. Later, during the war under Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler, the SS morphed into the Waffen SS, a body of almost a million men. The SS? Or the FBI?

Far be it from me to say it can’t happen here today, because IT IS happening here today. From Ronald Reagan at the head of our government in Washington on down, it is happening. From Camp X-Ray Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Roosevelt Road in Chicago it is happening.

Warrantless searches, people disappearing in the night, people spirited away to secret torture-chamber prisons in other countries, people detained without trial, people punished without conviction. It can’t happen here? It is happening here. It is going on right now.

The reports are that there are 8 substantiated cases in the Chicago office of the FBI of abuse of the Patriot Act. I don’t care if it’s ONE case.

Have you ever had someone short change you? And then when you complain about it, they remark that you were only shorted $0.30 cents. And your reply is, “Yeah, but it’s my $0.30!!” That’s my reply to the people who want to tell me, “Don’t worry, its only the abuse of 8 terrorist suspects.” I don’t care. I don’t care if it’s one shoplifting suspect. I don’t want it to be ME!!.

And that’s the way it happens. The police are nice guys. They want to help. They want to throw the bad guys in jail. They want to make it all better for the families of the victims. And the police are very traditional. All clean cut and clean shaven and white bread. That makes it easy. The bad guys are the ones who are not clean cut, and clean shaven, with good jobs and white bread. No muss, no fuss, no warrants, no probable cause. Off with their heads.

No.....Someday, it might be my head. It might be my $0.30.

When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the Jews,
I did not speak out;
I was not a Jew.

When they came for me, there was no one left to speak out.

- A poem attributed to Martin Niemöller

How many communists are left in this country? How many trade unionists are left in this country?

"But," you say, "today, ours is a just cause. Ours is a righteous cause. We need not worry about the rights of the terrorists. We are only arresting terrorists." To them I say, you have not yet read the first 30 pages of “Mein Kampf.” His too, was a just cause. His too was a righteous cause. He was only concerned with the welfare of the people.

If we’ve got a TRILLION dollars ($1,00B,00M,00T,000 B=Billion, M=Million, T=Thousand) to pour down a rat hole called The War in Iraq, we’ve got enough time and money for judicial oversight.

If we’ve got a TRILLION dollars ($1,000,000,000,000) to pour down a rat hole called The War in Iraq, we’ve got enough time and money for bank examiners to avaoid the Savings and Loan scandal.

If we’ve got a TRILLION dollars ($1,000,000,000,000) to pour down a rat hole called The War in Iraq, we’ve got enough time and money for Food and Drug oversight.

If we’ve got a TRILLION dollars ($1,000,000,000,000) to pour down a rat hole called The War in Iraq, we’ve got enough time and money for affordable health care.

If we’ve got a TRILLION dollars ($1,000,000,000,000) to pour down a rat hole called The War in Iraq, we’ve got enough time and money to rebuild New Orleans.

If we’ve got a TRILLION dollars ($1,000,000,000,000) to pour down a rat hole called The War in Iraq, we’ve got enough time and money for all the above and more, and it will not hurt business in this country one iota.

To the contrary, if getting rid of the drag of a ruinous war and improving efficiency through honest oversight doesn’t improve the buisness climate, then the 1950s, 60s and 70s never happened in this country.

The rich hated the ‘New Deal’ Franklin D. Roosevelt, but he ushered in the largest and longest era of prosperity the world has ever known. Ronald Reagan ended it. And it all happened for a reason that the rich, for all their money, don’t seem to understand. The cash to cash cycle.

Our whole consumer economy is based on the Cash to Cash cycle. Cash, to Inventory, to Sales, to More Cash. The more you have of that cycle, the faster it goes, the more prosperous we are. That’s what happened in the last half of the last century. Since Reagan, the rich want to reverse that cycle to make it, the “Cash out of the economy and into my pocket” cycle. Therein lies economic depression, deflation and ruin. Because of jealousy over a few welfare queens, this country has completely bit off its nose to spite its face.

And what’s the bottom line for all of this Nazification? Yesterday, it was reported that aleged senior al-Qaeda figure Khalid Sheikh Mohammed confessed to everything. No, I don’t mean he confessed to everything he was accused of, I mean he confessed to everything. From the roadside IEDs in Iraq, through the 911 disasters, through being on the grassy knoll at the Kennedy assasination down to the 1918 Influenza epidemic, he confessed to it all. It’s all his fault. There is no more Bin Laden. We don’t have him. But not to worry. The guy we DO have has confessed to it all.

The bottom line is that now, nobody believes this. Do you? I don’t. Our government has been crying wolf since we last heard from Colin Powel. What happens when the boy cries wolf too loudly and too often?

And if Ronald Reagan didn’t convince you that having a mediocre but very sincere actor as a puppet president isn’t a bad idea, then vote for Fred Dalton Thompson for president. He’s a better actor than Reagan ever was. And Thompson makes Reagan look like a Democrat. But if you're going to elect another actor as president, first find out who his producers and directors are. What's the plot? - © 2007 The Chewed End All rights reserved.

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