Obama supporters get excited about his re-election and the American dream
I have to admit, as Presidential acceptance speeches go, Obama’s acceptance speech was impressive. It was emotionally provocative (for Americans and non-Americans alike), it was full of hope, calls to action and the collective responsibility of “we the people”. It was all about pumping popular pride in the great United States of America, as the greatest nation on earth. It pushed all the right emotional buttons for Americans and reminded them about everything they have been programmed to believe, since childhood, about the country they live in. It was all about the American dream and the American myth. Obama claimed he has “never been more hopeful about our future, never been more hopeful about America.” and proclaimed that “the best is yet to come.” In short, it was a bunch of jingoistic nonsense that flew in the face of the reality of life in the USA and what it has done and continues to do to the rest of the world.
The myth of America and ‘the American dream’, as promoted by politicians and media pundits etc. has been very effective in buffering the average American against the truth of what America has been and is today. But the grandiose words of politicians alone is never enough to keep the citizens content and obedient. To be truly effective, claims of American exceptionalism and superiority had to be backed up by evidence of it on the ground, and to that effect, America really has been the most prosperous and developed nation in the world for a long time.
The ‘quality of life’ of the average American over the last 100 years has been above that of other ‘developed’ nations and far above that of most of the rest of the world. This high level of living standard was provided, primarily, by access to modern technology and easy access to jobs and ‘personal wealth’. But how did Americans get access to the technology, and why have jobs and personal wealth been so plentiful in the USA as compared to other nations?
That’s where the American myth comes in. Read more »
National Security Study Memorandum 200: Implications of Worldwide Population Growth for U.S. Security and Overseas Interests (NSSM200) was completed on December 10, 1974 by the United States National Security Council under the direction of Henry Kissinger.
The basic thesis of memorandum 200 was that population growth in the least developed countries (LDCs) is a concern to U.S. national security, because it would tend to risk civil unrest and political instability in countries that had a high potential for economic development. The policy gives “paramount importance” to population control measures and the promotion of contraception among 13 populous countries, to control rapid population growth which the US deems inimical to the socio-political and economic growth of these countries and to the national interests of the United States, since the “U.S. economy will require large and increasing amounts of minerals from abroad“, and these countries can produce destabilizing opposition forces against the United States. It recommends the US leadership to “influence national leaders” and that “improved world-wide support for population-related efforts should be sought through increased emphasis on mass media and other population education and motivation programs by the U.N., USIA, and USAID.
This memorandum became the core of US ‘foreign policy’ for the next 38 years, and it continues today.
This memorandum explains the Viet Nam ‘war’, the US invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, the ongoing US imperial rampage throughout the Middle East, and, by implication, the 9/11 attacks as an inside job to provide justification for all of the above.
Note: the “U.S. economy will require large and increasing amounts of minerals from abroad.
Maybe I’m jaded, and have allowed the evils of this world to make me too cynical, but in light of US soldiers’ murderous rampage in Afghanistan, where up to 20 of them killed 17 civilians, including 9 children in their beds, I found the following video to be more nauseating than ‘cute’. In fact, if I were to dwell on it, I would probably end up thinking it is one of the most disgusting pieces of propaganda and double standards that I have seen in recent years. ‘Captain America’ indeed.
Sometimes the hypocrisy and lies get so blatant, so egregious, that life has a to step in to tell it like it is because no one seems to be getting it. The only problem is that ‘life’ usually speaks in metaphor or symbols that require sharp eyes to spot. But even so, the recent case of American soldiers pissing on dead Afghans was hard to miss as a perfect description of US government and military attitude towards Afghanistan, and, come to think of it, the rest of the world. Read more »