easy solutions and convenient scapegoats

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easy solutions and convenient scapegoats
© 2017 Dan Stevenson III


easy solutions and convenient scapegoats
is all that is needed to keep us afloat


it’s pretty darn easy to keep people so scared
to keep them from thinking about where they are led


you might think its korea or maybe it’s russia
the deception just keeps you under some presh’a


well it could be those blacks or even caucasians
they both have what it takes to be all that brazen


it’s not that surprising we’ve got nazis abound
hell, all of those red commies have nearly left town


there’s got to be some kind of big scary presence
to keep you from honing your personal essence


you think you’ve got freedom, that you think on your own
as you watch that TV and text on your phone


the propaganda is so deep you keep plowing through it
you think it is real when you lose your mind to it


fooling yourself is just part of the process
we all stand around and admire the colossus


be it the trump, the obama, or even that bush
who promised panacea if we elected them first


pull their statues down and call in the hearse
they all have to go, they’re something perverse


the crap they continue shows you the score
they pretty much all are just puppets and whores


all adulation that their followers still give
never seems to relieve their selfish false fears


and all of the anger that makes you so mad
when promises aren’t delivered like discarded fads


so let’s blame that mexican or that middle eastern jihad
for all of the troubles that we’ve never had


will we wake up and truly take a good look
or continue to stand around as our goose’s being cooked


the false flag operations that this country concocts
are in truth cannon fodder for all the war hawks


what you see and are told ain’t what is happening at all
it just a pharmaceutical high while we all take the fall!




Tubularsock Added Aug 26, 2017 - 11:47pm
It came to Tubularsock that the more it is the same the more the bullshit remains!
Dino Manalis Added Aug 27, 2017 - 8:51am
Issues are complex, there's plenty of blame to go around, but we have to come together at the negotiating table to come up with centrist sensible solutions.  That's why moderate Republicans and moderate Democrats need to come together to achieve legislative success, because look what happened with health care, conservative and moderate Republicans can't agree on legislation.  Moderates from both parties have to come together to get things done!
Tubularsock Added Aug 27, 2017 - 11:48am
Dino, thanks for the comment. Tubularsock agrees but that is where leadership comes in and in that area there is a void at the moment.
Katharine Otto Added Aug 27, 2017 - 12:18pm
Good poem.  Sad but true.  Politics is group dynamics without benefit of therapy.  Scapegoating (and blame) are symptoms of un-evolved groups.  Governments traditionally find external (or internal) scapegoats they can blame for unresolved issues within.  The tactics seem to work for a "honeymoon" period, then the old issues resurface in a new context.
A mature group rallies around what is perceived as the shared task and attempts to re-integrate the externalized pieces.  By doing this, it can grow to new levels of understanding.  
Perhaps the best leaders are those who know how to listen with the intent to understand rather than refute.
Tubularsock Added Aug 27, 2017 - 1:34pm
Katharine, thanks for the comment. You are so correct. We have had few good leaders and now the Congress is centered around complete self interest. Somehow they don't seem to recognize anything EXCEPT money.
wsucram15 Added Aug 27, 2017 - 6:03pm
tubularsock..weird name but so is wsucram15, so hey.
Great poem and very true. One day we will wake up, I hope its in time
I really do. But all the engaging drama to keep us entertained while our world seeps away is pathetic and speaks volumes about us as a society.
Very sad.
Bill H. Added Aug 27, 2017 - 6:38pm
Good one T/S!
Maybe the Orange Buffoon is just what we need right now to awaken us to our lack of involvement in determining the direction of our government, which has come under the control of the corporations and in turn, manipulating us to meet their desires.
It may also be true (as past history) that maybe once we realize how divided we are, it will spark a movement to bring us back together.
I remember when I was a child how bad the medicine tasted and how bad the shot in the ass cheeks hurt, but it always made me feel better in the end.
Mark Hunter Added Aug 28, 2017 - 12:09am
I'm with Dino on this one. But hey, you said it in rhyme ... there's something we need more of in politics.
Saint George Added Aug 28, 2017 - 4:07am
The politics of fascism
"Fascism" and "socialism" are two names for the same thing. Different leaders, perhaps, but same "fuck you" to the individual worker.
opher goodwin Added Aug 28, 2017 - 5:30am
TS - good poem! We all get shafted in the end.
Bill H. Added Aug 28, 2017 - 11:13am
Once again we have people out here that don't know the difference between Fascism and Socialism.
Fascism is defined as the merging of corporate and government interests. In simpler terms, it’s when corporations have taken over the government. This is also called a Oligarchy because the wealthy control the entire country. It has recently been relabeled as Corporatism.
Socialism on the other hand is where people are directly involved in the production of goods and services, things like cooperatives where the workers are the owners of the businesses. This doesn’t mean the government owns and manages the businesses. The business exists for the sake of providing for society, or the social good. Communism differs because it controls it's economy through a single authoritarian party. It is thus characterized as conservative because the economy functions based on the decisions of a few (I remember Trump labeling Bernie Sanders as a "Socialist Communist".

Before one starts throwing around labels that they think look and feel good, check your history. For those who have been around for a while, most of us remember the teachings of our high school government classes. At the moment, our system is looking more and more Fascist rather than Capitalist.
John Minehan Added Aug 28, 2017 - 1:05pm
"For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong". H. L. Mencken
"On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron." H. L. Mencken
Katharine Otto Added Aug 28, 2017 - 2:50pm
Bill H,
I'm not sure anyone has successfully defined the difference between socialism, communism, fascism, capitalism, and grand larceny.  You say that in socialism, the workers are directly involved in the production of goods and services, and you mention cooperatives, but can you give any examples of that being done successfully?  Isn't that what the USSR tried?  Isn't that what's failing in Venezuela?  
In any case, I don't see any of those "ism"s being fair to workers or taxpayers, in practical terms.  Also, it seems the participatory economy you describe would be hard to enact on a large scale, even though it's an ideal worth striving for.
Bill H. Added Aug 28, 2017 - 3:22pm
Katherine - I believe it has worked well in countries like the Netherlands, Sweden, Canada, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and New Zealand in the correct form. The so-called "socialism" as it is/was applied in the Soviet Union, Venezuela, East Germany, and Cuba is a corrupted version and obviously didn't work well for the people.
I believe the ideal system would be a mix of the best of the best presently working systems. In my opinion, we need to get away from what has turned from Capitalism to Corporatism/Fascism.
George N Romey Added Aug 28, 2017 - 3:37pm
Bill with the allowing of huge corporations through endless mergers we've ended up with corporatism. 50 years ago a Wal Mart of Exxon Mobil was considered unthinkable. Today these companies can buy government. This is socialism for large corporations.
Lady Sekhmetnakt Added Aug 28, 2017 - 6:23pm
The United States government today is fascist and verging on feudalism it's so bad. The middle class is being destroyed. Anyone who can't see this is blind. 
Jeff Michka Added Aug 28, 2017 - 7:13pm
Bill H notes: I remember Trump labeling Bernie Sanders as a "Socialist Communist"-And now Bernie is a deep stater as defined by the WB Deep State conspiracy crowd.  LOL  What fools.
Tubularsock Added Aug 29, 2017 - 12:39am
wsucram15, thank you for your comment. Yes, weird is in the eye of the beholder so thank you.
Tubularsock has waited so long for people to wake up but the fun thing is they can’t! Just think if it all worked for the good then people would have to face themselves!
Shit, WWIII would be easier that that!
Tubularsock Added Aug 29, 2017 - 12:40am
Bill H., that was then and this is now and now if that shot in the ass killed you but profit was made then fuck you! Things have rapidly gone rampantly down hill. But there is a plus side, invest in pharmaceuticals!
Tubularsock Added Aug 29, 2017 - 12:40am
John G, so very true. We need an entirely new paradigm! Get on that will ya!
Tubularsock Added Aug 29, 2017 - 12:41am
Mark Hunter, thanks for your comment. Hmmm, what does rhyme with politics anyway, well derelicts. Well, if the shoe fits .............
Tubularsock Added Aug 29, 2017 - 12:41am
John G, Tubularsock feels “gassing” is a Standard Oil issue!
Tubularsock Added Aug 29, 2017 - 12:41am
Oh no, Saint George! FUCK YOU to the “individual worker” is where capitalism takes the cake!
Tubularsock Added Aug 29, 2017 - 12:42am
opher goodwin, Tubularsock thanks you. So fucking true, we do “all get shafted in the end” UNLESS we wake up and stop being asses!
Tubularsock Added Aug 29, 2017 - 12:42am
Bill H. Thank you for your clarification of Fascism and Socialism. You are absolutely on the mark. But few unfortunately remember high school government but still remember that home team touchdown. Pathetic but USA, USA, USA!
Tubularsock Added Aug 29, 2017 - 12:42am
John Minehan, you are a breath of fresh air! Thank you for taking the time to comment!
Tubularsock Added Aug 29, 2017 - 12:43am
Katharine Otto, Tubularsock sees where you are coming from but Bill H has an excellent point. Much of those systems work in the pure form but few have existed as such due to corruption or outside influence to hinder progress. But there are enough examples of success if the atmosphere is correct.
Tubularsock Added Aug 29, 2017 - 12:43am
George Romey ...... the payment is in the game is rigged, yep! The corporations are citizens the gig is up.
Tubularsock Added Aug 29, 2017 - 12:44am
Jenifer Frost ......... that is the bottom line!
Tubularsock Added Aug 29, 2017 - 12:44am
Jeff, Bernie is a shill and controlled by the system. We always need a relief valve or the pressure blows up! Can’t have that now can we!
Tubularsock Added Aug 29, 2017 - 12:45am
John G ........... RIGHT ON! That is the bottom line. Has there ever been a time that socialism has had a clear shot without disruption? Ponder that!
Glenn Verasco Added Aug 29, 2017 - 5:42am
Fun stuff, Tubularsock.
It's always war. War, war, war! I'd give up all my political aspirations if the US would stop bombing everybody. But no one cares. Arguing over abortion is easier.
Tubularsock Added Aug 29, 2017 - 12:16pm
Glenn, Tubularsock agrees with you.
War is so "normal" that it appears as just another breakfast cereal.
And all war is is a form of retroactive birth control that seems to be accepted and not thought about UNLESS we get attack.
Then all effort is blamed on “other” with no reflection upon ourselves and our role in causing it.
Thanks for your comment.
Jeff Michka Added Aug 29, 2017 - 3:33pm
Tubularsock notes: That is the bottom line. Has there ever been a time that socialism has had a clear shot without disruption? Ponder that!-Remember ol Allende?  CIA couped and killed for his attempt at a socialist government in Chile.  This nation destroys and attempts like that fearing "If they catch on elsewhere, our excrement will be up."
Donna Added Aug 29, 2017 - 4:09pm
Michka- Great observation! 
Tube- As always good article )0(
Jeff Michka Added Aug 29, 2017 - 5:46pm
Donna sez: Michka- Great observation! 
Tube- As always good article-Thanks, but Allende and what happened in Chile all those years ago is a perfect example of the US fingering an attempt at socialism,as well as interfering in a government.  We didn't just hack their elections, we just ensured their elected leader was assassinated. 
Tubularsock Added Aug 30, 2017 - 9:15pm
Yep, Jeff. We will kill what we don’t like in the name of Democracy!
“I don't see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist due to the irresponsibility of its people. The issues are much too important for the Chilean voters to be left to decide for themselves.” 
With a view like this that Henry Kissinger held pretty tells it all!
Tubularsock Added Aug 30, 2017 - 9:16pm
Thanks Donna.
Jeff Michka Added Aug 31, 2017 - 2:49pm
We keep thinking South America is Southern America-And do we love South America...home of the Delta blues artists like Blind Orange Julius, Muddy Rivers and Ella Fitzwashington.
Jeff Michka Added Aug 31, 2017 - 7:31pm
John G notes: Re Allende. There's a rerun happening in Venezuela today but everybody seems to have either forgotten history or can't connect the dots.-Certainly has the same "noise" and "military fury posturing" by US like Chile and Allende.  Same "can't be allowed to succeed" stuff, too.
Tubularsock Added Sep 1, 2017 - 9:08pm
John G. and Jeff Michka, Tubularsock thanks you for your comments.
You are correct. The difficulty is not the U.S. is doing it BUT they are still getting away with the same old bull shit. They don't even have to change the script!
THAT is why this country DESERVES Orange-clown!
Jeff Michka Added Sep 2, 2017 - 11:58am
Tubularsock sez: THAT is why this country DESERVES Orange-clown!- "Deserve?" Hmmm.  Nobody "deserves" the Orange smear, save those who voted for him thinking somehow, he'll make their lives better.-AND They don't even have to change the script!-"They" don't have to. "They" know PT Barnum was right.  There are enough suckers out in "flyoverland."

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