Obama wins… Our enemies are dancing in the streets. Our economy will spudder and die. The time of America as a leader is over. Get used to Chinese food. Not the good stuff either. The stuff they feed the slaves at the Apple factories, the same slaves that our children will report to. (Anonymous Friend)
Some folks are upset at the outcome of the well-financed electoral dance. Of course, the writer in the case above just happens to be among the one-percent. So, his remarks are no surprise, and our hearts won’t bleed in sympathy with him. And I for one think it’s high-time America’s self-proclaimed global leadership comes to its inglorious end. Yet, at least we saw that good ole’ boy Mitt can sing. Swan song’s are always so painful to watch, but perhaps not in this case.
So, what do we do now that the dust has settled from our multi-billion dollar sell-off? It is strange and unsettling how they can incarcerate a single man for attempting to sell the Senate seat in Illinois, but corporate bosses can buy the presidency with the blessings of the people and the Supremes. Ah! Life in America! Certainly one cannot argue with the appearance of free choice, as long as we spell freedom – ‘m-o-n-e-y’! Buying and selling is the hallmark of a free society, so it seems: the more consumer choice the greater the illusion of freedom. Yet, in that light we should look at our freedom as rather marginal; after all, we really have no consumer choice when it comes to politics, even politics in America.
Of course, no one would argue with the presumption that Mitt would have fast tracked the end of history, as we know it, with capital leading the charge over a cliff built of Little Debbie cakes and silicon chips. But, O-drama will not do much, if anything, to stop the hemorrhaging either. In fact, he also has made the case for accelerated resource depletion and increasing social management, using any and all means available. But where does this leave us now? Well, maybe we should learn to “like” FOX News on Facebook; that would be an interesting twist on reality. Or, perhaps our commenter above is correct; maybe we need to get accustomed to eating Chinese food. Alternatively, maybe we should follow the new voices sounding now in Buenos Aires… and don’t cry for Argentina or for ourselves.
Of course, we all know that political solutions are too little, too late; and that the wheels of our globalized consumer culture have taken control of all resources and all the alternatives. The race to the bottom has begun, and it is now like a runaway train. Of course we may adjust the speed around the edges, but the trajectory has been set. Capital calls the shots… in war, in peace, in healthcare, insurance, and in finance. Perhaps Voltaire had the right idea centuries ago when he implored us at the end of Candide to “tend your garden.” Perhaps this is the best advice, and if that is the case, then we should certainly find the time now to locate a place for our perfect garden. That is the real story behind this election cycle and its result. We can count on no one, as if we did have such trust prior to Tuesday. Whatever will come of this drive towards catastrophe, one thing is certain; life as we know it will more than likely make an abrupt about-face. Are you ready, people? It has been a long week, and I am getting tired; are you also tired my friends? Then please, go ahead and cultivate that garden!