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Alfred McGuire

 

 



I wrote the following article in June, 2009. But I think the major points are still relevant and worthy of consideration:


It was no doubt the greatest deception in modern political history- Barack Obama’s campaign and election I mean. Believe me I know. I voted for him. Should I have voted for Clinton or McCain? No indeed. But I would feel a lot better now if I hadn’t voted at all. In defense of myself, I can say I had some doubts about Obama, particularly as a result of his votes opposing remedies to customers whose privacy had been violated by telecommunications companies and in favor of governmental invasions of the privacy of citizens without court order. But after eight years of Bush and Cheney, I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. And so were many of us.

Congress just voted to provide Obama with over $100 billion to fund his wars. And that’s just a temporary allotment. There will be more and more to come. According to reports by Progressive Democrats of America, Obama and his delegates worked on legislators unrelentingly to vote in favor of the funding, threatening non-support in their re-election campaigns if they failed to comply. So he got his- I mean the war-industry’s- $100 billion; and he- I mean they- will continue to grab the taxpayers’ money for God knows how many years to come. Obama has insured that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will keep going throughout his first term. And he has left himself enough leeway to continue the warfare through his second term- if we’re unwise enough to give him a second term. Yes, Obama establishes a state of virtually permanent warfare for the benefit of the corporate war-industry, which has already pulled in over $1.5 trillion in war profits. And what do progressives and others who should know better do? Nothing. And Obama and his non-entity of a servile Attorney General Eric Holder bury and refuse to prosecute Bushian war crimes. And what do progressives do? Hide under the rug and stay silent. The difference between progressives and Neo-Cons and the radical right has really begun to pale, don’t you think?

And in the face of Obama’s deplorable agenda we have “progressive” organizations like MoveOn, which should be declared the Sociopathic Slime-Balls of the Century. MoveOn recently got all bent out of shape when Tom Hayden accused them of having made a deal with Obama whereby they would shut their mouths about Obama’s Bushian war- mongering provided he pursued the kind of domestic agenda they liked. Yes, MoveOn got all hot and bothered by Hayden’s assertion. The truth really does hurt. MoveOn, which used to be at the forefront opposing just the kind of policies Obama is now pursuing now remains totally quiet and seems to be confining itself to selling Obama T-shirts and mugs on its website. Yes, a deal that should make us all proud.
And then we have the corporate-media “liberals.” The bigger their paychecks get, the quieter their mouths get- at least about Obama’s Bushian aberrations. Judging from his past broadcast history, for instance, I have no doubt that Keith Olbermann of MSNBC cannot be happy about Obama’s war-mongering and his refusal to prosecute war crimes. Olbermann’s Commentaries against Bush were an eloquent testimony to his core beliefs. But have you heard Olbermann deliver any Commentaries about Obama’s policies? If Obama is acting like neo-Bush, why shouldn’t he also be aggressively condemned, Mr. Olbermann? I haven’t watched Olbermann- or Maddow- in months because I can’t stomach their cowardice. If I missed something, I apologize in advance. But I think I would have heard if either of them had delivered the kind of stinging condemnation that Obama so richly deserves.

One of the main functions of the Corporate Media has been to neutralize any serious criticism of Obama’s policies by attempting to marginalize it as “far-Left” and offbeat. CNN’s Anderson Cooper seems to specialize in that form of “journalism,” recently classifying as “far-Left” any protestations against Obama’s burying of torture photos. I guess that in the view of the Corporate Media you’re practically a Commie-Pinko if you feel that Americans should know what crimes their government has been perpetrating in their name. And to CNN’s David Gergen Obama’s continuing and unjustified warfare is just good presidential politics- “any president would do it. Who would want to be blamed for any problems that might arise if he ended the occupations?” Sounds like the recipe for endless war, Mr. Gergen. If no president would want to end the wars and risk blame for possible problems that might arise in the region, then what happens- the wars just go on forever? Thousands of American troops being needlessly killed and maimed is apparently not a real problem to our Corporate- Media moral giants. My God, when did we begin to become a nation of conscienceless sociopaths? Never, I would say. Only the Corporate Media and a high percentage of the politicians have. I think the majority of Americans, if they really thought about what is going on, would be outraged and repelled by what their “leadership” has become.

I have argued before and will continue to argue that the Corporate Media are blinding and destroying this nation. Think about it. Where are you getting your news? Where are you getting the material upon which to base your opinions? Almost exclusively from people who have a major interest in maintaining the status quo. Why? Because the status quo is paying them very handsomely for toting its baggage. It’s all about money. The key media “journalists” have multi-million-dollar contracts and the size of their paychecks would make the average American faint in astonishment. And they are being paid by corporate interests whose profits depend on maintaining things just as they are. That means that they are not going to buck the powers that be because to do so might endanger said profits. Oh, they will engage in some moderate, basically harmless and ineffectual criticism to make it seem as though they are “objective;” but when it comes right down to it their main purpose is to reinforce the establishment line, whatever the establishment may be- and it’s always basically the same: that which favors corporate profit.

That is why there is no longer any genuine investigative reporting of governmental activity- at least not on the corporate media. The media plays it safe and basically accepts the governmental line. That is decidedly not what journalism- the Fourth Estate- is supposed to be. Journalism is supposed to be objective- not “neutral” but objective. In other words journalists are supposed to investigate and determine what is really going on and report it to the people in an understandable manner- no matter what interests may be favored or disfavored by such reportage. Reporters are supposed to uncover and report the truth in order to inform the population. Is that what is happening today? Of course not. Reporting and opinion are slanted in the direction of what the corporate bosses deem “acceptable.” This is a total perversion of what the Fourth Estate was meant to be.

Why is Obama really continuing and escalating these wars? Have you seen any in-depth investigative reporting as to the reasons? Is Obama re-paying debts? Who provided his start-up campaign funding and other campaign funds? His internet funding came later. Who provided the funds to get started? Are the same corporate entities that profited from the Bush wars still profiting from the Obama wars? Why and to what extent? Is the Bush constituency now the Obama constituency? And so on and so on. Have you seen clear answers to these questions provided by the media? Not that I know of.

Think back. Would the Iraq war have begun so easily had the media been asking tough questions about the whys and wherefores? No, they were more interested in having their reporters “embedded” with the troops in order to get better ratings (i.e. profits). Dramatic war coverage provides better programming than non-war- so let it rip! So they didn’t ruffle any governmental feathers so as not to endanger their “embedment.” It’s not a stretch to argue that the Iraq invasion might have been avoided had the media met its responsibility to inform the public of the truth of what was going on. Public opinion might in that case have put a halt to the phony war. And how much death and destruction has followed? They haven’t given us a true account of that either.

The grave seriousness of media corruption cannot be over-stated. It has no doubt gone too far to be remedied. So we must be keenly aware of the state of affairs. And we must make sure that we do not become influenced or intimidated- even unconsciously- by the media’s self-serving, canned and slanted machinations. As unpleasant as it may be, we have to remember constantly that the American corporate media are just as much the servants and spokesmen of the current ruling plutocracies as are the media of other nations. If we wish to gain access to objective evaluation of our national condition, then we have to step outside the paradigmatic box that American journalism has become.

Currently the media are hell-bent to neutralize opposition to Obama’s prolongation and escalation of warfare and his thus-far successful attempts to defeat justice in the matter of war-criminality by falsely characterizing such opposition as “far-Left,” excessive, irrational, impractical, offbeat, un-American and God-knows-what. It worries me that progressives and other persons of conscience continue to be so silent on these issues. Why aren’t we speaking out? Why aren’t we demonstrating peacefully but assertively and in large numbers? Why aren’t we organizing boycotts of the war-profiteers and their subsidiaries and stockholders? Why do we just engage in a lot of ineffectual talk? Have the media convinced us not to appear “offbeat?” Or are we just embarrassed to admit that Obama is not turning out to be all he was cracked up to be. Better that we know that and deal with it now. A little embarrassment never killed anyone. And truth is indeed freeing.

Whatever the case, the silent passivity has to end. If it continues nothing will change for the better and the status quo, fed by the complicit politicians and corporate media, will continue its stranglehold on our nation. Yes, there may be some window-dressing improvements to appease the public and to weaken the position of reformers- but the stranglehold will continue. The systemic and very serious problems which our nation faces require much more than window-dressing. We have to get past our inhibitions and fight relentlessly for what we believe in. There simply is no other way. Unless we just want to join the ranks of the “respectable.”
 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Alfred McGuire
21 March 2010 @ 07:10 pm

 

 

 

" It is the false self... which is insulted by spiritual facts. Who we are in reality is someone else entirely... Although undeveloped at present, there is an authentic part of us that loves hearing the truth and responds with delight. Though people search the world over, happiness can never be found without discovering and living from the true self within. It is illusion that any success in this world can make us content..


Watch how people actually see only what they want to see and nothing more... As the world increasingly spirals downward, it seems safer to hide one's head... in the sand. But of course this doesn't work... Consider what some of these distractions are. Keeping busy, pursuing the trivial, never slowing down long enough to watch our own thoughts and feelings, obsessing over something.
 
 


We're thinking our way through life rather than seeing/understanding our way... We must begin to make connections and to know clearly that as long as we live from ideas, nothing will ever be any different no matter what we do... ' There is nothing to do, there is only something to see.'


The world believes, thinks and demands that we have to invent progress, stay busy, make something of ourselves, become someone, accomplish something, live life to its fullest, re-invent ourselves, chase our dreams, fulfill our fantasies, consult an expert, seek help, pay a psychologist for advice, talk to the animals, find a soul mate or a friend, help someone, go fly a kite, save the planet, jump in the lake, etc. ... There are a million different activities and things to do but somehow none of them seem to work. There's a temporary relief, reward or satisfaction but it never lasts...


One of the most stubborn beliefs that human beings cling to is the certainty that something outside themselves can make them feel better. But this is simply an IDEA of happiness masquerading as the genuine article... 'thinking it over' with the habitual, self-absorbed mind can never lead to real relief...

 

The reason people can't get along and marriages don't last is because we are living from an artificial idea of happiness. The reason we can be easily manipulated to spend money foolishly through advertising is because we are living from an idea. The reason we are taken over by negative states... is because we are living from an idea. The reason we fall into depression is because we are living from an idea... The reason we can be fooled into going to war over and over and over again is because we are living from ideas. Insane human beings must have an enemy so that they can keep the sick vibration and thrill of hatred going...

 

We are allowing someone or something else to live our lives for us. It was intended that we be in charge of our own lives. If we ever want to wake up, get out, be enlightened, experience higher wisdom, we need to go beyond the realm of ideas... The mind is incapable of escaping itself. So there has to be something else, something above it, something of a different nature that is not of the human intellect...

 

Somehow, someway we must start to see more deeply how this society, this world keeps us captured, fooled and hoaxed... See the difference between mechanical thinking... and consciousness, which is coming from essence. Living from essence has nothing to do with what the world is teaching us...

 

If we can begin to get ourselves out of the way and to slow down the tyrranical mind,... we can begin to hear... whispers that will lead us all the way out... There is a higher way, a spontaneous, instantaneous, unrehearsed way to handle and deal with life and all its challenges...

 

It is not a belief or an idea that God exists but a personal experience. But this 'pearl of great price' requires sacrifice on our part. The interruption of thought is absolutely essential. To live from what is higher, the lower must go... before the health and healing of the new nature can replace it."

 

( From New Life Foundation, Spring/Summer 2010 Bulletin )

 
 
Alfred McGuire
21 March 2010 @ 07:01 pm

 

 

 

The following statement was written about sixty years ago; but I think most thoughtful readers will agree that it could have been written an hour ago:


“ It must be recognized that the cause of all world unrest, of the world wars which have wrecked humanity, and the widespread misery upon our planet, can be largely be attributed to a selfish group with materialistic purposes, who have for centuries exploited the masses and used the labour of mankind for their selfish ends… This group of capitalists has cornered the world’s resources and the staples required for civilized living; they have been able to do this because they have owned and controlled the world’s wealth through their interlocking directorates, and have retained it in their hands. They have made possible the vast differences existing between the very rich and the very poor; they love money and the power which money gives; they have stood behind governments and politicians; they have controlled the electorate; they have made possible the narrow nationalistic aims of selfish politics; they have financed the world businesses and controlled oil, coal, power, light and transportation; they control publicly or sub rosa the world’s banking accounts.


The responsibility for the widespread misery to be found today in every country in the world, lies predominantly at the door of certain major interrelated groups of business men, bankers, executives of international cartels, monopolies, trusts and organizations, and directors of huge corporations, who work for corporate or personal gain…


It is evidenced by the disastrous economic situation, and by the greed of the prominent men in every country. The world… has awakened to the fact of materialistic exploitation, to the lack of real freedom and to the rights, as yet unclaimed, of the individual. Man’s ability to resist slavery has become apparent everywhere. That the strugglers towards freedom are employing wrong methods, and are endeavoring oft to fight evil with evil, is entirely true, but this indicates only transitional techniques and a temporary phase; it is temporary… though possibly long… but it need not be necessarily be long today…


Men deal with effects and not with causes; for instance, mankind is concerned with war, and with horrified preparations for more war, and is not primarily occupied with that which causes war and which, if rightly handled, would prevent war.”


( from Bailey, A. Ponder on This. New York: Lucis Publishing, 1971 )

 
 
Alfred McGuire
02 September 2008 @ 05:45 pm

 

 
Studying the fascist regimes of Mussolini in Italy, Hitler in Germany, Franco in Spain, Suharto in Indonesia, Pinochet in Chile, and the regimes of several countries in Latin America, fourteen elements were found to be in common and to constitute the identifying characteristics of fascism. Some food for thought:

1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights - Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.

3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause - The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.

4. Supremacy of the Military - Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.

5. Rampant Sexism - The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.

6. Controlled Mass Media - Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.

7. Obsession with National Security - Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

8. Religion and Government are Intertwined - Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.

9. Corporate Power is Protected - The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.

10. Labor Power is Suppressed - Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.

11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts - Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked.

12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment - Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.

13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption - Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.

14. Fraudulent Elections - Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.

( See Britt, L., “Fascism Anyone?”, Free Inquiry, Spring 2003, p.20 )
 
 
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The best quip at the Democratic convention was by Governor Paterson of New York:
 
" IF MCCAIN IS THE ANSWER, HOW RIDICULOUS IS THE QUESTION?"
 

 

 

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