Best of the Week
Most Popular
1.The Gallery of Crowd Behavior: Goodbye Stock Market All Time Highs - Doug_Wakefieldth
2.Tesco Meltdown Debt Default Risk Could Trigger a Financial Crisis in Early 2015 - Nadeem_Walayat
3.The Trend Every Nation on Earth Is Pouring Money Into - Keith Fitz-Gerald
4.Do Tumbling Buybacks Signal Another Stock Market Crash? - 26Mike_Whitney
5.Could Tesco Go Bust? How to Save Tesco from Debt Bankruptcy Risk - Nadeem_Walayat
6.Gold And Silver Price - Respect The Trend But Prepare For A Reversal - Michael_Noonan
7.U.S. Economy Faltering Momentum, Debt and Asset Bubbles - Lacy Hunt
8.Bullish Silver Stealth Buying - Zeal_LLC
9.Euro, USD, Gold and Stocks According to Chartology - Rambus_Chartology
10.Evidence of Another Even More Sweeping U.S. Housing Market Bust Already Starting to Appear - EWI
Last 5 days
Stocks Bear Market Crash Towards New All Time Highs as QE3 End Awaits QE4 Start - 31st Oct 14
US Mortgages, Risky Bisiness "Easy Money" - 30th Oct 14
Gold, Silver and Currency Wars - 30th Oct 14
How to Recognize a Stock Market “Bear Raid” on Wall Street - 30th Oct 14
U.S. Midterm Elections: Would a Republican Win Be Bullish for the Stock Market? - 30th Oct 14
Stock Market S&P Index MAP Wave Analysis Forecast - 30th Oct 14
Gold Price Declines Once Again As Expected - 30th Oct 14
Depression and the Economy of a Country - 30th Oct 14
Fed Ends QE? Greenspan Says Gold “Measurably” “Higher” In 5 Years - 30th Oct 14
Apocalypse Now Or Nirvana Next Week? - 30th Oct 14
Understanding Gold's Massive Impact on Fed Maneuvering - 30th Oct 14
Europe: Building a Banking Union - 30th Oct 14
The Colder War: How the Global Energy Trade Slipped From America's Grasp - 30th Oct 14
Don't Get Ruined by These 10 Popular Investment Myths (Part VIII) - 29th Oct 14
Flock of Black Swans Points to Imminent Stock Market Crash - 29th Oct 14
Bank of America's Mortgage Headaches - 29th Oct 14
Risk Management - Why I Run “Ultimate Trailing Stops” on All My Investments - 29th Oct 14
As the Eurozone Economy Stalls, China Cuts the Red Tape - 29th Oct 14
Stock Market Bubble Goes Pop - 29th Oct 14
Gold's Obituary - 29th Oct 14
A Medical Breakthrough Creating Stock Profits - 29th Oct 14
Greenspan: Gold Price Will Rise - 29th Oct 14
The Most Important Stock Market Chart on the Planet - 29th Oct 14
Mysterious Death od CEO Who Went Against the Petrodollar - 29th Oct 14
Hillary Clinton Could Be One of the Best U.S. Presidents Ever - 29th Oct 14
The Worst Advice Wall Street Ever Gave - 29th Oct 14
Bitcoin Price Narrow Range, Might Not Be for Long - 29th Oct 14
UKIP South Yorkshire PCC Election Win is Just Not Going to Happen - 29th Oct 14
Evidence of New U.S. Housing Market Real Estate Bust Starting to Appear - 28th Oct 14
Principle, Rigor and Execution Matter in U.S. Foreign Policy - 28th Oct 14
This Little Piggy Bent The Market - 28th Oct 14
Global Housing Markets - Don’t Buy A Home, You’ll Get Burned! - 28th Oct 14
U.S. Economic Snapshot - Strong Dollar Eating into corporate Profits - 28th Oct 14
Oliver Gross Says Peak Gold Is Here to Stay - 28th Oct 14
The Hedge Fund Rich List Infographic - 28th Oct 14
Does Gold Price Always Respond to Real Interest Rates? - 28th Oct 14
When Will Central Bank Morons Ever Learn? asks Albert Edwards at Societe General - 28th Oct 14
Functional Economics - Getting Your House in Order - 28th Oct 14
Humanity Accelerating to What Exactly? - 27th Oct 14
A Scary Story for Emerging Markets - 27th Oct 14
Could Tesco Go Bust? How to Save Tesco from Debt Bankruptcy Risk - 27th Oct 14
Europe Redefines Bank Stress Tests - 27th Oct 14
Stock Market Intermediate Correction Underway - 27th Oct 14
Why Do Banks Want Our Deposits? Hint: It’s Not to Make Loans - 26th Oct 14
Obamacare Is Not a Revolution, It Is Mere Evolution - 26th Oct 14
Do Tumbling Buybacks Signal Another Stock Market Crash? - 26th Oct 14
Has the FTSE Stock Market Index Put in a Major Top? - 26th Oct 14
Christmas In October – Desperate Measures - 26th Oct 14
Stock Market Primary IV Continues - 26th Oct 14
Gold And Silver Price - Respect The Trend But Prepare For A Reversal - 25th Oct 14
Ebola Has Nothing To Do With The Stock Market - 25th Oct 14
The Gallery of Crowd Behavior: Goodbye Stock Market All Time Highs - 25th Oct 14
Japanese Style Deflation Coming? Where? Fed Falling Behind the Curve? Which Way? - 25th Oct 14
Gold Price Rebounds but Gold Miners Struggle - 25th Oct 14
Stock Market Buy the Dip or Sell the Rally - 25th Oct 14
Get Ready for “Stupid Cheap” Stock Prices - 25th Oct 14
The Trend Every Nation on Earth Is Pouring Money Into - 25th Oct 14 - Keith Fitz-Gerald
Bitcoin Price Decline Stopped, Possibly Temporarily - 25th Oct 14

Free Instant Analysis

Free Instant Technical Analysis


Market Oracle FREE Newsletter

Stocks Epic Bear Market

Palin In the Crosshairs Following Arizona Shooting

Politics / US Politics Jan 10, 2011 - 02:08 AM GMT

By: Michael_T_Bucci

Politics

Sarah Palin, "the most dangerous person in America", is a free agent. In Arizona, nineteen people have been shot, six of them dead. There is no excuse for wanton murder. And there are no excuses for those who instigate it. There are no excuses for Palin and Company, Rupert Murdoch, FOXNews demagogues, paranoid-stricken conspiracy theorists, Gold standard fanatics or anti-social neoliberal street-corner market analysts cheering the elimination of private and government workers.


In the end, they take no responsibility for fomenting the climate of fear, anger, hatred and now wonton murder they have contributed to and exacerbated. But let it be said, I have no proof that Sarah Palin is guilty of instigating wrongdoing, inciting mass murder or preaching "treason". She simply used "crosshairs" as a metaphor. As the Conservative/Tea Party blogs are saying, Sarah is the victim here. Nor do I have proof that FOX TV is a propaganda demon, it is only an "entertainment" channel, as Rupert claims. There is absolutely no evidence to suggest that a "lone wolf" killer named Jared Lee Loughner has any connection to any of the above. That said, I need no proof to pray for the victims.

The first big story of Saturday, January 8 - a day that might "go down in history" - was that the U.S. Justice Department had subpoenaed Twitter seeking identifying information on specific individuals, including Julian Assange, Birgitta Jonsdottir, a member of Iceland’s parliament, and others in its relentless probe against the all-too enigmatic WikiLeaks. Compounding the general haze surrounding the WikiLeaks phenomena and the unanswered questions about its underwriters, purpose and mission, is now the incursion of Government into the privacy rights of these Twitter users, and possibly all users as well. In 1970's parlance, there is a "chill" sweeping people that their contents of personal Tweets (as well as all their social-networking messages) will be handed to Government for purposes unknown and unrelated to WikiLeaks. Simply, this is "entrapment". This is McCarthyism.

Already subject to internet surveillance, RFID passports, airport scans, "turn in your neighbor" DHS campaigns and incalculable erosions of privacy justified by the Patriot Act of October 2001, President Obama now is proposing an Internet ID for all Americans. It is only a matter of time when most Americans will question the value of losing privacy and freedom in exchange for their multiple digital connections. By every measure, the digital world is already a totalitarian one.

In November, 2010, Americans elected a right-wing Congress and it now is in control of government. House Speaker John Boehner says that the shooting of an Arizona congresswoman won't stop representatives in Washington from their duties (AP). These "duties" have been outlined clearly to the electorate, which voted for and endorsed them: the accelerated destruction of government, elimination of entitlements, dismantling of social welfare, freezes and reductions on wages, McCarthy attacks on Unions, tax reductions for the wealthiest, deregulation of markets and corporations, imposition of "Christian" values onto a secular nation, and the reversal of policies and legislation (e.g. Health Care) enacted by majority vote during the Pelosi-Obama tenures. Stalinesque "purges" in the Republican Party already have replaced moderates with Tea Party office-holders in both national and state office levels. As President Obama has acquiesced and become a Chamberlain to Democrats, Republicans have acquiesced to the Right. There is no Center. Clearly, this political shift into a narrow spectrum on the Right - and one reflecting the gradual elimination of the middle classes - is controlled neither by Democrats nor Republicans anymore. It is controlled by extremists on the Right.
 
Personally, and entirely an intuitive hunch, I "heard" myself repeating that something of a tragic nature would occur that would be viewed later as the "first shot" that began a real and deadly civil war in America. As the moderate and centrist-to-left has weathered attacks from Right radio and TV personalities, Christian zealots, bombings, death threats, shattered glass, mail bombs, semi-automatic displays at Obama rallies, "Second Amen" rhetoric by Tea Party candidates, not any of these episodes has mobilized them like the event in Arizona on Saturday. I ask: Is this the "first shot" of the civil war? Or will it come as "return fire" from the Left? It is a precarious moment in America.

Since the gavel was thrown in the Republican House on Wednesday, mail bombs and now homicides have taken place aimed at Tea Party "enemies". Is it "open season" on Centrists, Liberals, Democrats and Progressives by Patriots remotely controlled by FOXNews demagogues and the David Koch fortune? If so, many people will need to rethink their initial dismissal of the seriousness of Palin and Company's challenges and threats; they need to realize the "crosshairs" weren't symbolic, but literal. And the Right-wing Tea Party needs to realize that violence provokes violence; that people on the Center-to-Left also own guns. It is a fragile moment.

In June 2008, I wrote a critique of America and its future. I predicted that America would undergo three catastrophic events: 1) War against the World, 2) Deep and prolonged Depression, and 3) Civil War. On all three fronts, we are half-way there.
 
The greatest danger for America (all Americans) is the emergence of Fascism from within. May the words and warnings of Sinclair Lewis not come true, but they come very close to describing the climate of the day.

By Michael T Bucci

Michael T Bucci is a retired public relations executive from New Jersey presently residing in New England. His essays have appeared at The Market Oracle. He is the author of nine books on practical spirituality including White Book: Cerithous.

    © 2011 Copyright Michael T Bucci - All Rights Reserved Disclaimer: The above is a matter of opinion provided for general information purposes only and is not intended as investment advice. Information and analysis above are derived from sources and utilising methods believed to be reliable, but we cannot accept responsibility for any losses you may incur as a result of this analysis. Individuals should consult with their personal financial advisors.


© 2005-2014 http://www.MarketOracle.co.uk - The Market Oracle is a FREE Daily Financial Markets Analysis & Forecasting online publication.


Comments

Brandt
12 Jan 11, 20:34
Accountability

Way to go Sarah by stoking the fire even more with an anti-semitic remark. Instead of smiling and nodding while talking about murders and national tragedies, try having some humility. I was compelled to create a visual commentary of her political rhetoric and its effects on my artist's blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/01/sarah-palin-made-me-do-it.html. Drop by and let me know what you think.


Post Comment

Only logged in users are allowed to post comments. Register/ Log in

Free Report - Financial Markets 2014