Industry of Death

PopePope Francis said Monday that “many powerful people don’t want peace because they live off war”. The Argentine pontiff made the hard-hitting comment in response to a question from one of the 7,000 children taking part in an audience held with the Peace Factory organisation. “This is serious,” Francis told the children.

“Some powerful people make their living with the production of arms.

“It’s the industry of death”.

Bombs Away!

bombsI have been reading that the war hawks are being fueled for take-off, ready to bomb Syria or Iraq or Iran or someplace else that will look good on television and has a lot of oil (if lacking in oil, there are some preternaturally oily American companies that will gladly make their obscene profits providing substandard food and supplies to innocent troops who blindly assume the real enemy is the guys on the other side).

It is well that we remember this pathetic truth: the enemy on the other side just wants you to butt out of their conflict and will kill you if you don’t leave, whereas the American corporation will not kill you until you have contributed the time and effort required to make them an unconscionable profit … and then they could care less if you live or die.

Do you remember this photo:

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American Feudalism

With the way this country is going we’ll soon have a few million overlords and more than three-hundred million serfs. If you forget what serfs are, they are free men who live their lives like slaves, in complete obeisance to the overlord. In this country we might best describe them as wage-slaves.

Look at the facts:  Corporate profits are at an all-time high but fewer Americans are employed than at any time in the last three decades. Wait a minute! That means that the plutocrats can be as greedy as they please without spending any more on American labor. Statistics support this contention since wages are at at the lowest percentage of the national economy as they have ever been.

Let’s rephrase this:  the rich are richer, the wage earners are poorer, and the “job-makers” have the economy going their way without having to create any jobs in this country.

The Democrats and the President may have slowed the demise of our democracy but they haven’t been bold enough to turn it around. However, it is clear that the Republicans are ready to accelerate the destruction. If you are one of the 300 million and you think the GOP is on your side, you are delusional.