No ... not too cynical. Frighteningly illuminating ... like striking the last match in a dark forest, surrounded by wolves ...<quoted text>
The majority are decent people. In my opinion, they have only a token voice any more. They aren't represented in the ranks of the powerful, a group that is sociopathic in the extreme, psychopathic at times. Think Cheney, Rove, Norquist - the public face of the eminence gris, which is just as predatory and Machiavellian.
http://dissidentvoice.org/2008/05/beware-the-... [make sure to peak at this, and the links contained at the top of the article]
It's like the church. Most of the church mice like Grippy and Les Claypool seem like decent people, except where dogma may have made them a little ugly or stubborn. But their leadership isn't decent anywhere - the Discovery Institutes, Dobsons, Pat Robertsons and worse. Same with Americans and their government. You're a nice guy. But you aren't represented.
This may be a fundamental difference between us. Most people do not accept that democracy is dead in America, an assumption or premise of mine.
I say that voting, signature collecting, assembling to redress differences, writing congressmen, running for office - all of the visible aspects of participatory democracy - are just eye wash. The power doesn't give a crap that most Americans have wanted the US out of Iraq and Bush/Cheney investigated for high crimes since 2006, when the Democrats were swept into the majority on a mandate. What did you get? Impeachment was off the table and Bush's war budget was approved to the nickel. Americans really have almost no say. It's mostly just a show.
Notice that if that's true, if nondemocratic corporocratic types now control the government on their own behalves, and if democracy is only an illusion, then you have lost your government, because revolution sure isn't an option. That era is gone for good. Musket against musket and cannon against cannon is now automatic weapon vs poisoning all of your food, air and water, shutting off your power, and firing a smart bomb up your dog's ass from low earth orbit.
Had you ever considered that popular control of the American government might already be lost? Do you see how that could be possible, and that if it happens/-ed, it could be irreversible?
I think its already happened. Class warfare is over, and our class - the middle class - lost. Lots of people never saw that such a war was waged. But it was, and we have an aristocratic class that is now above the law, like Bush, which is getting fabulously wealthy as the middle class returns to paupery.
Too cynical? If so, how?
I must sleep ... I'll have to delve into the link a bit later ... good night.