ALIENS. Where is Ellen Ripley?

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I became a proud denizen of AMERWRECKA, a mythical land somewhere in our not so distant universe, over 30 years ago.

I went through the legal procedures requested by the Government, waited, bided my time, followed the rules until I became a full fledge passport carrying taxpaying voting denizen. It was one of the happiest days of my life.

It was better than belonging to an exclusive VIP club; this was the country where all are created equal, this was the cradle of Democracy, the home of civility. The Ferrari of nations, the land of opportunity and fairness. Politicians, no matter what their party affiliation was, were relentlessly working for the good of the country and its people.  They were admired, they were respected. AMERWRECKA was a utopian beacon envied throughout the solar system. I wanted to be part of the democratic process from the start.

I considered myself an intensely political man. Joined and supported a party, rejoiced in its victories, believed that its accession to power would bring the country even closer to social justice and prosperity for all. But also gave the other side the backing they needed when they won, including the benefit of the doubt. It was unconditional love and support.

I am now engulfed in a sense of helplessness which is compounded with the failure to understand what happened, what went wrong, as if body snatchers from the old planet called Earth took over and imposed their system of Dysfunctional Pseudo Democracy on all of us.

The Left came, gave place to the Right, which gave room to the Left. Nothing changed. Disillusionment wasn't swift but I eventually reached a state of political despair and dark cynicism. A state I am still in and from which I see no escape.

I can now say with certainty that there is a preponderance of psychopaths at the top, in the corporate, ecclesiastical, political worlds with a clinical absence of empathy. Like creatures from a science fiction movie. Irresponsibility and total disregard for the good of the country is the norm in a game where the word bipartisan has become anathema. Obstructionism is the norm. Paralyzing the Government with blackmail is the favorite sport of the elected gasbags. The word “do jour” is negate instead of negotiate.

Heimatland Security should round them up and ship them to Guantanamera with a one way ticket. We are the hostages. They are the terrorists.

Too many times recently I had to agree with others that we are ruled by thieves and liars. It is as if the last remaining vestiges of restraint and shame have been overcome and it is no longer necessary, on the part of the politicians, to pretend that they are anything less than what they are: power hungry self centered monochromatic greedy narcissistic bastards.

Their ego-cancer makes them unaware of the mounting disgust the population at large feel at the way we are ruled. It doesn't even matter at this point if the people had voted for or against any politicians they now despise. We the people would be happy to lock them all up in the local church, throw away the key and set it ablaze.

There is very little hope for change. It is a carousel without a stop button. Although politicians often talk and promise a better world, especially on the campaign trail, not one of them gives evidence of having any real desire to change this rotten system because it works so well to the real purpose of maintaining power for themselves, and the benefits that come with it. The people be damned. Keep them sick and poor. They are easier to control.

We have become a mass of zombies listening to hours of inane political chatter, enduring what one could hardly call it news. Foxymoron News recycling the same pundits and faces that have been appearing for decades, the same things happening, the same twisted spins full of lies and misinformation. They oppose this, oppose that and by their selfless efforts they vow to shutdown the Government by placing it in a political coma, and then what?

It is the end of common sense, more lies and more empty words. Ear bashing plain and simple ..." HE will protect the lives and interests of the people - HE will appeal to his fellow citizens’ patriotic interests and in general set the welfare of the country above his own."... Nothing ever exceeds the length of an MTV video or a tweet. Sound bites, no substance.

What a piece of political science fiction. It is our fault. We elect these sociopaths and pay their salaries. They are predators who use charm, money, manipulation, intimidation, religion and fear to control others and to satisfy their own selfish needs. We routinely elect barbarians who take what they want and do as they please without guilt or remorse. We should start blaming ourselves for accepting the status quo.

It doesn't matter if you are a Barblican or a Demicrat or a Tbagger unless you have a permanent lapse of reason you have to admit that those who represent you belong in a three ring circus, or preferably in a loony bin.

I am exhausted by how stupid everyone is getting. More to the point: you know they didn't get up there by themselves, they don't belong up there, they don't know what to do while they are up there, they are elevated beyond their ability to function, and you just wonder what kind of dumb ass put them there to begin with. You know the dumb ass is you.  It is all of us.

Politicians, like diapers, must be changed often and for the same reason. Pier Angelo


Greg Kabel

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