I have no time or patience for the politician’s national weep fest in their fake commemorations of the September 11 attacks. I grieve for the innocent dead, but that also includes the 600,000 dead Iraqi civilians, 100 thousand innocent Afghanis, dead Yemenis and Pakistanis killed by drones, millions of foreclosure victims in the United States, Michael Brown and all those killed by a militarized police. And I weep for our lost freedoms. How are all of those connected?
There are still too many unanswered questions about the attacks, but this is not about conspiracy. More and more, however, I am of the opinion that my government allowed the attacks to happen. Even if that wasn’t the case, they took advantage of the attacks, along with the media and corporations to further really greedy and cynical ends.
The attacks that Tuesday stunned the average American. I was on a flight line at O’Hare, walking from plane to plane with a wrench in my hand prepared to do battle with terrorists who had just calming commandeered 4 commercial aircraft and flown them into buildings. What the hell was I thinking? The chain of events from that day ultimately led me to get injured on the job and be forced to leave a job, until that day, that I truly loved. The second tower hadn’t come down yet when a Black friend and coworker simply shook his head and said “this country is going to use this as an excuse to go after brown people.”
I wasn’t buying it, but I am still waiting to see us fight the so-called war on terror against a single Caucasian country. I am still waiting for us to go to war against a country of brown people that also doesn’t shockingly NOT HAVE OIL. Funny how all that worked out. It was almost as if the Project for a New American Century group, whose ranks became much of the Bush team, like Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld and Kristol, had planned the whole thing. A year before the attacks they released a paper outlining the future course for the US designed to keep the country as the preeminent world power and to gain strategic control over resources around the planet, ya know, like oil. They just said that to achieve that goal the American people would have to be galvanized in a “Pearl Harbor type event.” Imagine the luck when those crazy Arabs took over our good Christian planes and flew them into two American symbols of power; the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
America went to war around the planet-against brown people who live on oil rich lands-for 10 years. All total we are looking at around a million dead. But that includes foreigners, and today you won’t hear a word about them. We’ll only hear about the important ones; 5000 soldiers killed with 100 thousand wounded and crippled, and 3000 killed in the Towers and the Pentagon. But wait there is more! The banks and corporations used the cover of the attacks to merge with government in this cancer-like symbiosis. They used that relationship to reconstitute law, to write and rewrite laws that led to millions of Americans being foreclosed on, losing their jobs and more. We saw a police once tasked to “Protect and Serve” become the enforcement mechanism for corporations and banks, and the control arm of the government.
Before 9-11 the “government is us” was the refrain, now unless you are a millionaire or billionaire and backed by a corporate interest, you have no chance of getting into any meaningful government position. It is simply assumed now that a man or woman gets into politics to further their own ambitions. Once there ALEC, run by the Koch brothers, the American Legislative Exchange Council, will write the laws and their cronies in congress will put them into law which the police will enforce. There is no first or fourth amendment anymore. There is no fifth or 14th amendment anymore, but there is the 2nd amendment for white people. They will be the neighborhood enforcement militias if the coloreds get uppity.
And that IS where the revolution will start, because the minority communities in this nation really have nothing to lose. They’ll be joined by the immigrant community who came here really believing in freedom. White folks? They’re so terrified after 9-11, it is all WE can do to cling to our empty 401ks, what remains of our middleclass at the expense of the rest of the world dream and a gun.
But this was all by design. This was all to the advantage of a class of people who have gotten richer and freer while the rest of the nation has atrophied. Forgive me if I don’t kneel before the flag, because it is an obscene symbol on a day in which we should be mourning the dead and exalting a nation that rose from the ashes to become something better and brighter and stronger. Instead, we took the opposite road…
do I hate America? No, but we went off down a seedy trail, and I hate the way we ended up. I grew up in a country wanting to be better, and better is an eternal process. Instead we got a country greedily grasping for more, and more is a never ending word.
SARCASM IN TODAY’S ARTICLE BROUGHT TO YOU BY A GRANT FROM BP, MONSANTO, BANK OF AMERICA AND HALLIBURTON.
WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com