Monday, October 6, 2008

A brewing US Revolution

I cannot help but think that before Obama ends his first four years in office, a social revolution will take place in the US of A. This assumes that McCain will lose the election after two weeks of financial and economic ruin thanks to his party of deregulation and his inability to shake off this onus despite Palin’s Dionne Warwick-like debating skills -- Betcha by golly wow! Of course, this too discounts the possibility that Bush and company will pull off another 9/11 incident to “shock and awe” US citizens into embracing a new ultra-hawk mentality propagated by their party of war. Just the same, some US Americans already fear of a looming martial law as Bush deployed the 1st BCT from Iraq to the NorthCom on federal call for emergencies, including terrorist attacks.

Frankly, the US ’ ruling plutocracy is just like any ruling class of any society -- it will not give up its power willingly. We have seen evidence of this immovable licentiousness to exploit the US population by the second round approval of the $700-billion bailout in favor of predatory financial and banking interests over the objections of the majority there.

US Intellectuals like Michel Chossudovsky, activists like Alex Jones and reporters like Gina Cavallaro have reported the unprecedented assignment of active units to NorthCom, a joint command established in 2002 to provide command and control for federal homeland defense efforts and coordinate defense support of civil authorities. Yes, even US lawyers say they were told to pass the bailout or face martial law.

Brad Sherman of California’s 27th congressional district in a speech said he personally knew of several congressmen who said they were threatened with the prospect of all-out martial law should they oppose the $700-billion bailout: “Many of us were told in private conversations that if we voted against this bill on Monday that the sky would fall, the market would drop two or three thousand points the first day, another couple of thousand the second day, and a few members were even told that there would be martial law in America if we voted no.”

For skeptics of such planned grim scenarios who’ll dismiss such as a “conspiracy theory,” they should sober up by looking at the financial conspiracy among hedge fund managers and Reaganite politicians who have produced this global financial crisis today.

In the near future, Obama could be the instrument of a social revolution in the US just as the patrician Franklin Delano Roosevelt was despite being a Boston Brahmin, a member of the financial and power aristocracy in that country. FDR turned against his own class by instituting laws that regulated the power of the financial class which had caused the Great Depression and pump-primed the economy through social and public works programs.

While I do not have that much faith in the opportunistic Obama who has somersaulted on key policies on Iraq and showed his hawkish tendency in advocating violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty, I have faith in the working class base of the Democratic Party with the likes of Michael Moore who’ll certainly keep pressuring Obama to help Main Street and stop the wars.

Main Street USA has been forced to swallow the bitter abuse of that country’s financial oligarchs and they’re not about to forget this. Last week, Fannie Mae felt compelled to lift the foreclosure on the home of 90-year old Addie Polk of Akron , Ohio , who shot herself in the chest as deputies were knocking on her door with eviction papers. Coupled with the growing evidence against Bush, Cheney, the neo-cons and the financial oligarchy’s complicity in the 9/11 terror attack, the growing movement against the Iraq War, the strengthening anti-war organizations and the widening audience on the Internet of intellectuals and activists for truth and change, the potential of social revolution is very real.

For the peoples of the world, this potential of changing the US from a power and war-mongering country to one based on justice and humanity can make it primus inter pares in the emerging multi-polar world for peace and genuine global prosperity. Benjamin Fulford write a piece on the Internet entitled, “US Crisis: An Historic Opportunity for World Peace,” calling on Asian governments with the money to demand the US to cooperate in building a peaceful world. The troubles ailing America should cut it down to size, create a humbler government that could still be the primus inter pares among peace-building, technology-sharing and prosperity growing multi-polar powers leading the rest of the 180 or so nations on Earth. Yes, the dream is possible.

Besides, the US has no choice as other regions are awakening to their destinies as part of the global destiny. South America, for example, under Chavez and Lula, will no longer submit to the old Monroe Doctrine of the South as a backyard of the US . I just watched an Al Jazeera special report of the US-backed coup against Chavez and how he was returned to power, and it reminded me of the crisis in Philippine leadership created by the US-backed Arroyo power grab because the injustice to Estrada’s voters have not yet been set aright and thus the nation remains subjugated; but still, it left me convinced justice will be done in the Philippines as our “Last Revolution” awaits. Only then can Asean be truly complete, when all its members are genuinely legitimate.

A revolution such as this is also apt for the US of A. Their 1776 Revolution and Constitution, which guarantee “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” for all their people, has been, for the past three decades since Reagan, only true for Wall Street moguls, oil powers and defense industries. The uncared for victims of Katrina and people like Addie Polk belie this US promise. For the rest of the world too, it seems the US has appropriated these riches and glories for itself. The presence of hunger, war, and disease -- wherever US corporate and political power sets foot -- is proof. The day the people of the US will be at peace with its own governance is the day the world will be at peace with the US of A.