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  •  The problem with the Beast is that it is stupid. (24+ / 0-)

    The Beast will try to continue to take everything, but the seeds of its undoing are already germinating. The Beast is blind and ignorant.
    I followed the link to Tom Friedman's 1999 "Manifesto" of twisted, American exceptionalism. In it he writes, at the very beginning, what will quickly contribute to the fall of Beast.

    We have something tremendously special in America, I thought, but if we want to preserve it, we have to pay for it and nurture it. Yet, when I listened to the infamous 1994 class of freshman Republicans -- and when I hear echoes today, with the likes of the House majority leader, Dick Armey, boasting that he has traveled abroad only once -- I heard mean-spirited voices, voices for whom the American Government was some kind of evil enemy. I heard men and women who insisted that the market alone should rule. And I heard lawmakers who seemed to believe that America had no special responsibility for maintaining global institutions and stabilizing an international system that benefits us more than any other country. And as I thought about all this on the tarmac of Kigali airport, I said to myself: "Well, my freshman Republican friends, come to Africa. It's a freshman Republican's paradise." Yes sir, nobody in Liberia pays taxes. There's no gun control in Angola. There's no welfare as we know it in Burundi and no big government to interfere with the market in Rwanda.
    But then he ignores this and continues his dark fantasy about America date raping the rest of the world.

    -4.38, -7.64 Voyager 1: proof that what goes up never comes down.

    by pat bunny on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 03:26:24 PM PDT

    •  Last few sentences - OUTfuckingSTANDING. (4+ / 0-)
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      Pluto, Nailbanger, Nulwee, Apost8

      One in four people in the United States suffers from chronic anxiety, a mood disorder, or depression—which seems to me to be a normal reaction to our march toward collective suicide. Welcome to the asylum. ~ Chris Hedges

      by Saint Jimmy on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 04:34:19 PM PDT

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    •  Quite so. All living things (6+ / 0-)

      ...contain the seeds of their undoing... over time.

      The Beast will try to continue to take everything, but the seeds of its undoing are already germinating.
      But feeling the fierce urgency of "now," Mitzner ends his compelling narrative with the generic ending common to most Daily Kos Diaries, these days:
      And the Beast will not stop.... It will take everything... unless we somehow find a way to stop it.
      Surely I cannot be the only one who is aware that there is no political solution to America's dilemma. In fact, the Beast is operating fully within its constitutional rights, an unsophisticated constitution intellectually limited by the antiquated world of its authors.

      Thus, there is no political solution that can come from within.

      But there is one that can come from without. And, I've watched it forming since 2003. Slowly, carefully. I've written about it periodically, noting that the American people will be rescued, eventually, by the rest of the world, after the marginalization of the US is complete. America is panting now. It is wearing itself out. It has been given so much rope, deliberately, by the rest of the world in the form of loans over the past decade -- at the very same time that almost all other nations now openly conspire to avoid the US Dollar in settling international trades.

      At great economic sacrifice to the rest of the world, the trap has been loaded and set.

      "Let the Dragon sleep, for when China awakes, she will shake the world." -- Napoleon Bonaparte

      by Pluto on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 07:10:38 PM PDT

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