This video weekend has a story arc that starts with the topic of state violence and gun ownership, transitions to high-brass corruption and holding the corrupt accountable, then reviews some of our nation’s highest corrupt politicians (i.e. presidents), circles back to our last not-so corrupt president in conversation with Bernie Sanders, and ends in a grand finale about our country’s decay presented by some of our best and brightest truth tellers and fighters.
I. Riot Police against Voters
I have a slightly different take on Catalonian’s desire for secession from Spain than Lee Camp. I think they should reconsider. My rationale: I am for fewer rather than more borders. Instead of more affluent regions surrounding themselves with walls and fences, and leaving poorer regions to struggle all the harder, I’d prefer to see more solidarity and a successful push to bring affluence to all parts of the world. Then we wouldn’t have these silly wishes for costly walls, mass migrations disrupting millions of families, badly justified hatred of immigrants, and/or a bad conscience for how we stiffed the less fortunate. On the other hand, I do share Lee’s outrage at riot cops brutally suppressing voters or stealing ballot boxes. It’s an example of what 2nd-Amendment proponents warn against. And while I’d like to see less mass shootings and gun-assisted crimes in the U.S., I do get the argument of 2nd-Amendment proponents that day-to-day folks should not be completely helpless against violence brought against them by warlords, corporations, and governments. I think we have to fix our political and economic riggings first before we can all come to much of a consensus on what to do about guns.
Anyway, here is Lee Camp’s fine rant. He does his rants very well:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “What They Won’t Tell You About Catalonia, Spain”)
II. When the Mighty are Held Accountable
Another report about events outside our border. Big fish can be held accountable (heck, Peru even prosecutes its presidents for crimes committed in office!):
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Lawyers Fight Staggering Corruption In Brazil & Win!”)
III. When the Mighty Have no Clue
Talk about being privileged and disconnected from your fellow human beings:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Trump Throws Paper Towels At Puerto Rican Victims”)
IV. Presidents of Graft
Our wonderful presidents (could we have a little Peru here?):
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Corp. Democrats Disgusting Rehabilitation Of George Bush”)
V. Our Last Not-so-Corrupt President
President Carter is now often seen as a virtual angel. He wasn’t a perfect president. Deregulation began under him, starting the neoliberal slide of our country towards hell. Still, the beginning of his panel discussion with Bernie is quite good (the rest less). I thought I shared this one before but can’t find it if I did. So, here it is:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “FULL CONVERSATION Between Bernie Sanders and Jimmy Carter on Human Rights”)
A point made about human rights and economy: We violate human rights when we allow corporations to push people into poverty. And that is true both here and globally, because today’s economy is global.
What’s perhaps the most interesting, is the bunch of comments Youtube viewers left under this video. Here are some I picked out:
AS A BILLIONAIRE I WANT OUR COUNTRY TO SAVE MONEY. I [WANT] ALL AMERICANS WHO HAVE 2 LEGS, 2 ARMS, TO SIGN UP FOR WORK. WE OFFER A 401K PLAN TO SAVE YOUR MONEY.
Yeah, right, so that guys like you can siphon off a large portion into your vaults… I’d prefer living size social security benefits or that now mostly extinct thing called “pension” over this trick of stock market gamblers raiding people’s retirement savings.
WE LOVE BILLIONARES, WE DO NOT LIKE PEOPLE [WHO WANT] TO TAKE FREE MONEY. EARN YOUR BILLION.
I wonder if that was meant literally or sarcastically… After all, currently, it’s mostly the billionaires who get free money.
Does anyone really “earn” a billion dollars? If folks knew the dark, heartless shit untalented people will do to make that money as they hypocritically tell you “work hard”, you’d hunt and put them down as the conniving thieving dogs that they are.
52% of our income was paid into taxes. It’s like I work for the government, part time. I need a new roof, I need some windows, and I can’t afford to maintain my property so it looses value, because I am taxed to death!
That’s what happens when the governmnet has been bought up by the rich and works for them, taxing working folks and giving tax breaks, tax loopholes, and government subsidies to the rich.
Support OUR Public Schools & Public School Teachers! We have been dumbed down by big money behind standards and testing while the richest get even richer off our young’s back.
Having worked as a teacher, I can confirm that. Yes, the crooks have their claws in our school system, too.
VI. Summing Up America’s Decline
And now let’s turn from American presidents to really great Americans who have been telling us the truth about our systemic corruption and fighting for the people (a fight for us all to join):
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Poverty Inc. a film by Gary Null”)
There is much in this video about how the privileged keep themselves in charge, and ever grow their privilege, at the expense of us all, employing an antiquated pyramid scheme when the age of natural scarcity is long past and we could remake our system in the image of prosperity for all, even with plenty of leisure for all.
At 1:16:24 into the video, the important point gets made that we have moved from industrial capitalism to finance capitalism: a system which no longer is buying materials and labor and selling products but buying and selling entire companies, producing nothing for people, only shifting more and more of the world’s wealth to the top.
Also good to remember: in 1983, 90% of American media were owned by 50 companies. Today, the same 90% is controlled by 6 companies! Six corporations which, surprise(!), push corporate-friendly (a.k.a. billionaire-friendly or status-quo-friendly) narratives. And when you think about it, in the long run our status-quo isn’t necessarily friendly to the rich, either, since it is busy undermining our national and global economy and also destroying the life support systems of our planet on which human survival depends.