Who Hijacked Our Country

Monday, February 13, 2006

Russian “Caste” System: Is This Where We’re Heading?

Russia is becoming more and more of a two-tiered society. There’s a small group of VIPs who have incredible luxury and power; everybody else is scraping and struggling just to get by. These are the conditions that led to the Bolshevik revolution nearly a century ago.

A recent incident has brought everything to a head. A car was rearended by a speeding Mercedes while the driver was slowing down for a turn. The rearended driver and his wife were injured; all three occupants of the out-of-control Mercedes were killed.

The Mercedes belonged to a high-ranking politician. Therefore the accident was the fault of the driver (not a VIP) who was rearended. He was sentenced to four years in a labor camp.

Now, America doesn’t YET have such a deep division between the Haves and Have-Nots, the elite and the masses; but there are red flags everywhere:

Billions of dollars in tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, while vital services are being cut to the bone;

Millions of Americans have been incarcerated for victimless “crimes,” while corporate leeches who’ve stolen millions of dollars and wrecked thousands of lives get a slap on the wrist (if they’re even prosecuted at all);

The Bush Administration operates in total secrecy and unaccountability; for the rest of us, our entire lives and histories are an open book for government snoops.

Cheney’s little accident over the weekend is a perfect example. It took nearly 24 hours for this incident to be reported to the media. Bush (among others) was aware of the incident long before it was made public. And Scott McClellan got all blustery and defensive when reporters asked about it.

Could YOU get away with something like this? If you accidentally shot somebody, would a bunch of VIPs build a wall of secrecy to protect you and keep everything hush-hush?

Is this the direction we want for our country?

8 Comments:

Blogger The Rambling Taoist said...

You asked, "Could YOU get away with something like this? If you accidentally shot somebody, would a bunch of VIPs build a wall of secrecy to protect you and keep everything hush-hush?"

Well, of course, Tom. They'd protect me by shipping me to Gitmo. No one would know where I had disappeared to. I wouldn't be able to contact an attorney. I wouldn't have to worry about facing the press or the glare of a courtroom proceeding.

Oh, wait a second. This isn't what you're referring to, is it? As Gilda Radner would say, Never mind. ;)

February 14, 2006 at 9:19 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Trey: That's one way to look at it. The VIPs and the rest of us, we each have our own wall of secrecy available to us. Being protected and coddled by the Secret Service, being sent to Gitmo -- one isn't better than the other. They're just...different.

February 14, 2006 at 9:28 AM  
Blogger James said...

It took nearly 24 hours for this incident to be reported to the media. ... Could YOU get away with something like this? If you accidentally shot somebody, would a bunch of VIPs build a wall of secrecy to protect you and keep everything hush-hush?

What are your thoughts on the length of time it took Ted Kennedy to notify the authorities of his driving accident with Mary Jo Kopechne? Do you feel he should have gotten away with manslaughter?

James @ Right Face!

February 16, 2006 at 3:49 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

James: Well, I see you've got your Talking Points memorized.

No, I don't think Ted Kennedy should have gotten away with the death of Mary Jo Kopechne. He may have gotten away with it legally, but he's been a laughingstock for most of his political career.

Oh, you forgot to mention Clinton's name.

February 16, 2006 at 8:25 AM  
Blogger James said...

Laughingstock? Only to those of us who aren't liberal Democratic sheep. He's a bastion of the fringe left, just like Kerry and Byrd.

February 17, 2006 at 8:25 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

I can tell from your blog that you live in an insular world with people who think just like you. Either that or for whatever reason, you think of everyone else outside of your narrow sphere as just "those wacky people over there." So let me fill in some blanks for you: Ted Kennedy gets dissed and joked about by moderates and people on the Left. I don't dislike him -- I sometimes agree with what he says -- but he's generally regarded as just a drunk, a buffoon, who wouldn't have gotten to where he is without the famous last name. There have been constant Chappaquiddick (sp?) jokes ever since the incident happened.

Byrd is part of the fringe Left? I thought he was a KKK member. Make up your mind. Karl says to get your Talking Points straight.

February 17, 2006 at 9:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Robert Byrd is an ex KKK member and some of us would say still. Before the republicans took over he was known as the prince of pork for among other things getting a big Coast Guard center in West Virginia (West Virginia has no Coast) and the National Earthquake Center (West Virginia has no Earthquakes. He has made many racist remarks. He is just an old time Southern Democrat who forgot to change parties.

No fan of the left or the middle

Erik

February 19, 2006 at 9:47 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: Yeah, that was my take on Byrd. Definitely not the "fringe Left." West Virginia sure gets the pork. They have the best roads in the country. You can't find a pothole or even a crack in the pavement on their freeways. It's so weird, driving along with 3 other cars on the road, and the most incredibly smooth brand-spankin' new pavement you've ever seen.

February 19, 2006 at 11:11 PM  

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