The startling demise of Osama bin Laden (OBL) has really upset me. Despite the fact that nearly every authoritative voice in this country and every single mainstream media pundit telling me that OBL was evil incarnate, I still can’t help but be disturbed by the complete disregard–rejection?– for due process. Our President just sent a military force into a foreign country to carry out a political execution while the world watched. This moment of depravity was heralded as a great triumph, with jubilant crowds of my fellow citizens chanting USA! USA! USA! Friends I hold in high esteem were eager to congratulate Obama for his “triumph”.
I sit here in the belly of a crumbling superpower in decline with it’s crumbling infrastructure, murderous police force, that acts more and more like an occupying army than anything else, and it’s host of internal problems that are largely ignored and I can’t help but wonder if we haven’t gone crazy.
This place–USA! USA! USA! –is falling apart, folks. Bridges, roads, sewage treatment, electrical grids, the very foundation of our modern society is near collapse. We maxed out the credit card a long, long time ago. Under Nixon to be precise. But we managed to scare the shit out of the creditors for the last few decades. But the world is growing weary of only playing the US version of Monopoly where we just happen to own all the properties and run the bank and make people roll fixed dice. The so-called “service sector” which has replaced an army of skilled workers who could actually make incredible things we wanted is simply a euphemism for the slave sector. Instead of being bought and sold we are rented and discarded, living an unstable and precarious existence. The other major sector of the economy apparently has an army of cubicle dwellers who get paid to play on Facebook all day.
Wages have been stagnant or in decline for over the past 30 years despite major advances in productive output by American workers. We just accidentally built an “extra” 20 million houses and yet tent cities continue to pop. Meanwhile we continue to pour trillions of dollars into illegal, unjust, unnecessary wars. Some of us worry about putting a pair of shoes on a credit card. Our ruling class just charged two major wars with more on the way!
In light of of this and so much more that is wrong right here where we live, what’s so wonderful about executing an unarmed man in front of his family on the other side of the world? Does that mean my boss is no longer looking to make me take a 20% cut in pay and drastic changes to work rules? Are we going to get around to rebuilding this place before it’s too late? Are we doing something about these murderous police that are a greater danger to us than any terrorist group.
Great, it took the worlds most powerful military a few trillion dollars and ten years to kill one guy. Wow. No expense Spared there. We even built an exact replica of his $46,000 “mansion” to practice killing him in before game time. There’s no word on whether or not they practiced dumping his body in the sea.
Still, I can’t help but wonder. Can’t we do better? Can’t we be better? Can’t we start doing something that we can all be proud of? The last time we spent a 100 billion dollars in ten years we put a human on the moon. Imagine what we could have done this past ten years with trillions of dollars, millions of intelligent, capable humans and access to the worlds resources. Isn’t time to do more than believe in change? Its time to make a change.