Corruption, Disgusting Corruption and US

We have become corrupt, disgustingly corrupt.

We’ve gotten so rich and soft, that it doesn’t matter that our politicians have stolen our future. We’re so fat and happy that a resurgent Russia can run deep cover spy operations in the centers of US government – with impunity. We’re so caught up in our polyanna world of love, love, love (all we need is love) that we cannot envision ANYONE wanting to destroy lovable old us. And, we’re so stupid and ignorant that when Ben Bernanke says that the Federal Reserve is your friend… we believe him.

Life has been so good that we felt that we could afford to pay for ‘upgrades’ on our moral compass, common sense and strong backbone. For decades, our educational system told us that there was something even more powerful than a Judeo-Christian ethic and world view – and we believed them and taught our kids to believe them.

We bought the line that we had reinvented the future because we had broken with the past, that there was a new paradigm to human existence. No longer were people going to hate each other, but we were in the process of transcending hate, war and conflict. And, in the process we lost our ability to see the enemy at the gate.

And then, when toxic institutions were set up that destroyed the fabric of our economic system – whether on purpose, or by accident – we continued to turn to the leaders of these toxic institutions for answers.

If you’re looking for the cause of all our troubles, look in the mirror – as I do every day. And yes, I really do see my part in this. The only difference between you and me is that I ‘might’ have woken up a bit earlier than you. But, I’ve been asleep at the wheel for an unconscionably long time myself.

What disgusts me so much is how we have managed to take something of such loveliness and beauty, the American Way, and putrify it. We have become corrupt, and we have gone on to be the corruptors of others.

Who produces more pornography than all the other countries in the world, combined?

Good ol’ America.

And no, it’s not just because I’m sitting in a hospital bed while I write this. If anything, my enforced solitude (and insomnia) has provided a much needed opportunity for reflection.

I am the cause of our trouble.

You are the cause of our trouble.

Our families and friends are the cause of our trouble.

In short, we broke it, and it can’t be fixed unless we start with me and us. You cannot be a source of meaningful change unless you recognize your role in what is happening and change that role. In Christianity we call it repentance. My Jewish friends might call it tikkun.

Whatever you may wish to call it, it’s change.

YOU.MUST.CHANGE.

I must change, and I admit to not being very good at it. I embarked on a process of change almost twenty years ago, and I believe that I have come a long way. It distresses me to see that, the more that I grow, the more I realize how stunted my life has been, and how many opportunities I ruined – opportunities to be a blessing.

  • Stop what you are doing.
  • Take a good look at yourself.
  • Ask what you can do to be more of the person that you need to be.
  • And, when you’ve taken that first step, help others to do the same.

I believe that it’s too late to truly fix what we have destroyed, but maybe, just maybe there is enough time before the end to make a difference where we are now – to throw a lifeline to the people closest to us.

Here are the articles that inspired me to write today:

Bernanke Says That Any Criticism Of The Federal Reserve Is Based On “Misconceptions”

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is taking his show on the road in at attempt to help Americans feel better about the Federal Reserve. During a visit to the Fort Bliss headquarters of the Army’s 1st Armored Division this week, Bernanke held a town hall meeting during which he took questions from some of the soldiers. Bernanke tried to sound as compassionate as possible as he assured the soldiers that the Federal Reserve is looking out for the American people and is doing everything that it can to help create jobs. At one point, Bernanke even made the following statement: “For a lot of people, I know, it doesn’t feel like the recession ever ended.” That probably helped a lot of people feel better. A few probably even had a good cry. But what Bernanke did not explain to the troops is that the Federal Reserve is very much responsible for the fact that unemployment is rampant, for the fact that the U.S. dollar is rapidly being devalued and for the fact that we have accumulated the largest national debt in the history of the world.

Read the rest of the article, here.

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FBI says Russian spies got close to Cabinet

Breaking codes led to roundup

By Bill Gertz-The Washington Times Monday, October 31, 2011

The FBI rounded up a network of deep-cover Russian spies last year after the group came close to placing an agent near a Cabinet official in the Obama administration, a senior FBI counterspy said Monday as the bureau released once-secret documents on the case.

Frank Figliuzzi, assistant FBI director for counterintelligence, did not identify the Cabinet official, but other U.S. officials said it was Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Mr. Figliuzzi said in an interview that the FBI decided to end its more than 10-year-long counterspy investigation of the network because of concerns that the spies were “getting very close to their objective.”

“These 10 Russian officers were sent to the U.S. on a specific mission to get close to U.S. policymakers and leaders in our government,” he said, noting that one had developed a friendship with someone close to a Cabinet official.

Read the rest of the article, here.

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Options for Iran oil sanctions face economic risks

By BRIAN MURPHY, Associated Press – 11/09/2011

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — With Iran angrily defiant about a U.N. report accusing it of developing nuclear weapons, Western powers and allies faced complicated questions Wednesday on how to further tighten pressure on the oil giant without shaking the fragile world economy.

The path toward possible new sanctions also quickly confronted a huge roadblock as Iranian ally Russia said it would oppose any new measures in the U.N. Security Council and rejected any military options as risking “grave consequences” to global security.

The sharp push back reflects the increasing difficulties for Western leaders to find ways to rattle Iran. So far, four rounds of U.N. sanctions have apparently failed to stop secret nuclear tests that brought Iran to the brink of mastering the process for atomic weapons, according to a U.N. watchdog agency report released Tuesday.

Read the rest of the article, here.

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Watchdog reveals Iran’s nuclear arms work

Activity not halted in ‘03 as reported

Iran has carried out extensive development of nuclear weapons, including work on a warhead for its medium-range Shahab-3 missile and preparations for an underground test, the International Atomic Energy Agency revealed in an internal report Tuesday.

The nuclear watchdog group stated that many aspects of Iran’s secret weapons development went on past the 2003 date that U.S. intelligence agencies claimed in an assessment four years ago that Iran had halted all nuclear arms work. The report said information it received indicates the weapons program is continuing, and it called on Iran to explain the covert activities.

The 25-page report provides the most extensive listing to date of what the nuclear agency said in the past were unanswered questions about the military aspects of Iran’s “nuclear explosive-device” development program.

“Iran has been working on research and development to build a nuclear weapon,” said a Western diplomat in Vienna, Austria, who commented on the report.

Read the rest of the article, here.

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‘Forgetful’ senator denies taking lobbyist money that he returned

Ignoring his own history, Dorgan calls Abramoff ‘liar’ for saying he took cash

WND, November 10, 2011

WASHINGTON – It was only last week that the Huffington Post began asking elected officials named in Jack Abramoff’s new book as recipients of his clients’ cash about the charges.

The denials came fast and furious.

Some, like Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., not only denied taking any money from Abramoff, they denied ever meeting with him, ever laying eyes on him and ever being in the same room with him. And they called Abramoff a liar for making the charges.

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In “Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth About Washington Corruption From America’s Most Notorious Lobbyist,” Abramoff had this to say about Dorgan: “Byron Dorgan railed against the ‘cesspool of greed’ surrounding my practice. I guess it wasn’t a cesspool when he had his hand out to take over $75,000 in campaign contributions from our team and clients.”

Dorgan’s initial reaction?

Read the rest of the article, here.

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