Content and Discreet

Content to be a wage slave,
I sing praises to the USA.
Better to be like everyone else,
Than to seek a better way.

Content to pledge allegiance,
To the flag of imperial rule.
If not brain washed at home,
What better place than in school?

Content to defend the rights,
Of plutocrats to exploit the rest.
Better that the poor stay hungry,
Than that there be social unrest.

Content that the few have the most,
And that the many provide for the elite.
Best to lower your eyes and submit,
And to be quiet and discreet.

Just who was Herbert Marcuse,
To critique one dimensional man?
Better to let as is be,
Than to think out a more humane plan.

Content to be a wage slave,
I sing praises to the USA.
Better to conform and comply,
Than to seek a more humane way.

Dave Henderson
Denison, Texas


On the Uninformed and the Ill Informed

I truly believe that most people are uninformed and ill informed as to the social immorality which is the American way of life.

I look at my own circumstance, and for my part, I honestly did not know of the social immorality of our system; and that it dated to day one when the Euromaniacs landed here in 1492 and subsequently tortured, murdered, exploited and then starved out local Natives; all to feed the greed of the monied interests in Spain. You know, you just don’t get taught that stuff in school.

I think most people are honestly ill informed,and are just so busy trying to survive everyday life to take the time to research and learn the atrocities which are and have been the American way of life. I personally never realized until I did some serious research and labored over several books of the systematic and oftentimes violent exploitation of humanity which has been our history and which is “the American way of life”. I knew that we did the Native Americans wrong, but I certainly did not know to what extent. I never realized that we systematically murdered and displaced people whose sole crime was living on land coveted by filthy greedy plutocrats who bribed the government to murder and displace entire civilizations of people on their behalf. And I certainly would never have connected the dots as to the fact that such was done globally as well, all throughout our history. I never knew until I did some serious research that our country invaded Nicaragua several times between the 1850s and 1890s; nor did I know that during that same span we invaded China, Japan, Africa, and the Philippines; each and every time on behalf of corporate interests. I tell you, when I read of how we tortured and murdered the Philipinos on behalf of the Dole Fruit Company in the 1890’s I could hardly stand to even see a can of Dole fruit on the shelf at the Grocery Store And I never knew that our CIA overthrew the government of Iran in 1953 on behalf of Standard Oil (now BP). And I never knew that our own government burned children alive in their mother’s arms on behalf of the Mining industry in the early 20th Century. I certainly never knew that our troops fired on WWI vets who were marching to DC demanding decent care after returning from war. And I only in the past few years have come to know of ALEC and the Koch Brothers, and their successful efforts to bribe our Nationally elected officials to pass legislation in their interests. I simply did not know. I was uninformed, and worse yet I was ill informed.

I tell you people, the best thing I ever did in my life was to turn off Rush Limbaugh after 20 years as a faithful listener to his propaganda on behalf of those who exploit people’s lives and circumstances, and began studying the system which has created the poverty which allows people to remain in such circumstances. The realization that our entire system has always been and continues to this day to be based upon the exploitation of people’s circumstances and daily services was a tough pill for me to swallow. I am still irritated at myself for being so easily misled, uninformed, and ill informed; and I am beyond irritated at the realization that ours is an immoral way of life, driven by people who only view their fellow human being as a commodity to exploit. We should be ashamed to pass ourselves off as a society founded on goodness; and we should repent of such and start utilizing wealth on behalf of the poor, instead of utilizing the poor on behalf of the wealthy.

The Social Immorality of Our Obsessive Quest For Oil

Drilling for oil amounts to the rape of the earth in order to reap profits for an elite few. Insensitivity as to the harmful effects of our obsessive quest for fossil fuel is simply shameless.  At some point we simply must ask ourselves “should we” instead of being guided by the principle of “can we” with no consideration of the consequences for our actions.  The rape of the earth in order to reap profits for an elite few is simply shameful and socially sinful.

Consider the depths of the immoral means to which our society has stooped; all due to our obsessive quest for oil:

Our obsession with oil has seen our government illegally invade and occupy foreign lands.

Our obsession with oil has seen our government illegally overthrow other legally and democratically elected governments (see Iran, 1953)

Our obsession with oil has seen our government illegally endorse and engage in the torture of other persons.

Our obsession with oil has seen our government execute war against civilians, indiscriminately killing women, children, and the elderly in the process.

And for what?  To fuel our homes and our automobiles?  At what price in terms of social suffering?

We pollute and destroy.

We invade and we kill.

And for what?

The truth be told our obsessive quest for oil has lead us to rape the environment and pillage other societies so that an elite few who don’t give a rats ass about our convenience can reap the profits of our social sins.  In fact, our society’s obsessive quest for oil is about the acquisition of and the accumulation of wealth for the elite few who profit from the process.

Hence, so long as radio and television pundits propagandize on behalf of these shameless profiteers, then our general public will continue to buy into the blatant lie that there are no alternatives other than fossil fuels to serve as a  viable means to heat and cool our homes and fuel our vehicles.  Furthermore, so long as oil companies and corporations are allowed to have the same rights as natural persons, then they will simply continue to bribe the political system to execute their will so as to maintain the wars and pass the legislation conducive to keep our society hopelessly dependent upon further obsessive quests for fossil fuels, and so on and on our social immoralities shall continue.

Meanwhile, countries with less means at their disposal than our own are devising ways to survive off clean energy sources.

Why can’t we do so?

Or is it: Why WON’T we do so?

Dave Henderson

Denison, Texas