Mooning the Lunacy

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Mooning the Lunacy
Now that the scorecard’s horridly clear — not that it wasn’t always — that Obama’s a HUGE part of Our Problems, I ask one and all to avoid him at all costs, and press ahead with efforts for revolutionary institutional changes… quite expeditiously… following a new paradigm.
by Richard Martin Oxman

“This is an unabashed call for revolution*. Not for reforms which can only touch the periphery of our atrocities. Which allow our version of oil-based lebensraum to proceed unabated. Yes, Drang nach Osten.” — from “We Are Bad For Our Health” http://oxtogrind.org/archive/375 [*Use the fact that the Pentagon is arguably the earth's single greatest polluter as a point of departure. The lunatic degree of Pentagon funding, quite obviously, prevents us from addressing absolutely critical environmental issues. Many. It is unnecessary to have our enconomy's health contingent upon the Pentagon's destructive, avoidable activities. And we'd be safer on all counts without them.]

The Secretary-General of the U.N. says, “We have four months to seal the deal on a new climate framework.” He’s talking about December’s upcoming meeting of world leaders in Copenhagen. And he’s underscoring the absolute necessity of full international cooperation, clearly rejecting approaches to change like Thomas L. Friedman’s (Hot, Flat and Crowded), which suggest that solutions can be found with the U.S. unilaterally leading the way, putting its own interests first.

He says that success in solidarity is critical for our survival. I can almost guarantee you that the gathering will be a failure in terms of agreements. However, I’m banking on Ban Ki-moon being off by about a year or so… so that we all can have another shot at survival*. The children of both rich and poor. The best-loved and most unknown species. And the like on Mother Earth.

*That second Ki-moon shot could come in any number of forms as far as I’m concerned. I’m open. Out of necessity. However, the only worthwhile thing I know of that’s on the table for discussion — albeit on the edge of the table — is my TOSCA (a project for Taking Over the State of California http://oxtogrind.org/archive/367). It is legal and non-violent. And, again, it is the only proposal I know of which could possibly turn the trick in time. For climate change is only one environmental concern… slated to do us in. TOSCA is not politics as we know it. It is unprecedented. And might give us a trump card, encouraging international solidarity. Might. Technology will not suffice.

If I’m losing anyone here because of a lack of agreement respecting Ki-moon’s sense of urgency, I invite the reader to glance at http://www.zmag.org/znet/viewArticle/22404. The scorecard’s in. That piece might not convince you that we’re headed in the wrong direction (with no time to waste!) — under the “direction” of disingenuous (or ignorant) Bush/Obama Momentum, inexplicably guided by Thomas L. Friedman’s Hot, Flat and Crowed — but there’s plenty else to place on your lap for consideration… if you want to take the heartbeats to read and think, if you’re capable of doing away with Ostrich Syndrome.

In short, we are proceeding at an arthritic snail’s pace… in the wrong direction http://www.zmag.org/znet/viewArticle/22459 (denial rampant)!

But the Horror of Climate Change (and other environmental concerns) aside, there’s the abomination of our wars which beg for a different kind of attention. Our totally unnecessary* devastation abroad, impacting on everything at home.

*Unnecessary… unless certain U.S. class interests trump all for you.

I understand that most people have given up. I am well aware of ALL the arguments in favor of atomization, not trying to move in solidarity. In fact, I have experienced — repeatedly — rejection on almost all fronts. I’ve had to endure even activists recoiling in discomfort at my suggestions. And, worse, the total silence, zero response very often to my pleading missives. Even when I offer to tailor everything to suit the purposes of a given individual or organization.

Oh, yes, I have every reason in the world to not write this piece.

But what is the alternative? Fail. Fail again. Fail again better.

I still believe that something can be done. As long as it follows a new paradigm for making a difference.

There is something very wrong — something, certainly — with people who say they know how bad things are… and, yet, are doing nothing new to address those things. Nothing different than the ineffective things they may have tried (or heard about) in the past.

The key to the Moon not being blasted to Hell as per http://www.counterpunch.org/darksideofthemoon08212009.html is your saying “No”… in a new way. Ditto for much worse too on the immediate domestic front.

“Yes” is what we need, not citizen zombies or cynics.

And the key to a resounding YES in response to Ki-moon’s scenario is to join hands in solidarity with me on a basis that will work for you. No one is asking you to tweak your daily life at this juncture. Anything we do will require virtually zero time. And, definitely, no money. Nothing you’ve done before will be asked of you; it will not be boring.

I am not asking for the moon in asking you to do something new with me to bring troops and mercenaries home, to put an end to the increasing incidence of torture under Obama (http://www.zmag.org/zmag/viewArticle/21609), etc.

It is a matter of enlightened self-interest I discovered midst a rare ray of moonlight.

Richard can be reached at tosca.2010@yahoo.com

P.S. Anyone who’s holding on to “hopes” vis-a-vis the Obama Administration ought to glance at the last three paragraphs of Paul Street’s http://www.zmag.org/znet/viewArticle/22419, particularly the comments by Australia’s incomparable journalist John Pilger. Or check out any of Paul’s takes on different aspects of The Great Hypnotist at ZNet. For those interested in Obama’s educational policies, my buddy Danny Weil’s http://www.counterpunch.org/weil08262009.html (starting with Part One) might open your eyes concerning a much neglected abomination. Stephen Lendman’s http://dissidentvoice.org/2009/08/the-obstacles-to-real-health-care-re form-private-insurers-and-big-phrma/ ,especially the next-to-last paragraph, is totally spot-on when it comes to Health Care. And for anyone interested in any aspect of his administration from immigration to industrial agriculture… and beyond, just contact me.

It is mandatory that we moon The Lunacy.

AFTERTHOUGHT: When I criticize what’s on Obama’s Summer Reading List, people sometimes point out that it’s better to have a president who reads than one who doesn’t. Yes, but that’s a no-brainer, isn’t it? The fact that David McCullough’s John Adams flies in the face of the facts that I present at http://oxtogrind.org/archive/366 — important facts — is neither here nor there compared to the life-threatening ignorance compounding ignorance inherent in Friedman’s work (cited above, on Obama’s short list), a guiding force for current U.S. policy. For those of you who don’t know Friedman that well, instead of hitting up Wikipedia or trying to google the guy, try on http://www.counterpunch.org/fernandez08252009.html for size.