Monday, November 3, 2008

Pax Amerikana in Decline: The Plundering Continues

In the wake of the Great Depression, and after a half-century struggle between the American people and the corporatist robber barons who were plundering -- and continue to plunder -- the great American continent for its natural resources, Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Guthrie posited a radical populist notion in the American progressive conscience: "This land is your land; this land is my land."

This is a folksong that continues to intrude upon the American conscience, a conscience grown dim after having entrusted all responsibility for the land and it's management into the hands of a cynical right-wing who has continued to facilitate the personal fortunes of the robber barons -- their cronies -- while manipulating their base of conservative evangelicals and dominionists with the grandiose delusion that this generation is the last -- that these are the "End Times," and that, therefore, the environment is of no pressing concern.

To those not given to such delusions, they have proffered outright lies and denials about global warming, denigrated the honest work of scientists, exploited the Christianist fear of science, sought to distract attention from the reality of the Earth's great climatological crisis, covered up the devastations facilitated through "fair trade agreements," and have continued to facilitate the plundering and contamination of our forests, our waters, our oil and gas reserves and other natural resources held in common by the people of this great land and they've done it in the name of free market economy. They have enlisted the corporatist-owned resources of the mainstream media against us in doing so.

Now, under cover of the national elections, these duplicitous Amerikan Corporatists, led by Bush & Company, are currently attempting to slip one by us in the waning days of The Regime. This is a self-serving affront by the neoliberal oligarchy that Bush represents against Justice and the common good:

By Deborah Zabarenko, Environment Correspondent Deborah Zabarenko, Environment Correspondent Mon Nov 3, 5:02 am ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As the U.S. presidential candidates sprint toward the finish line, the Bush administration is also sprinting to enact environmental policy changes before leaving power.

Whether it's getting wolves off the Endangered Species List, allowing power plants to operate near national parks, loosening regulations for factory farm waste or making it easier for mountaintop coal-mining operations, these proposed changes have found little favor with environmental groups.

The one change most environmentalists want, a mandatory program to cut climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions, is not among these so-called "midnight regulations."

Bureaucratic calendars make it virtually impossible that any U.S. across-the-board action will be taken to curb global warming in this administration, though both Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama have promised to address it if they win Tuesday's U.S. presidential election.

Even some free-market organizations have joined conservation groups to urge a moratorium on last-minute rules proposed by the Interior Department and the Environmental Protection Agency, among others.

[The article continues here]
The question remains: After we elect a new president, will he, Nancy Pelosi and a "Democratic" Congress allow the plundering and contamination of our economy, our natural resources and our very ecosystem to continue? Whose country is this, anyway?

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