By Irwin Ford
James Franco (above) as Oz. Image from galleryhip.com
“But even as I spoke I was thinking that that wasn’t the whole story. The whole story included an inconsistency, almost a betrayal. This man who believed only in people had got himself involved in the subhuman mass-madness of nationalism, in the would-be super-human, but actually diabolic, institutions of the nation-state. He got himself involved in these things, imagining that he could mitigate the madness and convert what was satanic in the state to something like humanity. But nationalism and the politics of power had proved too much for him. It is not at the centre, not from within the organisation, that the saint can cure our regimented insanity; it is only from without, at the periphery. If he makes himself a part of the machine, in which the collective madness is incarnated, one or the other of two things is bound to happen. Either he remains himself, in which case the machine will use him as long as it can and, when he becomes unusable, reject or destroy him. Or he will be transformed into the likeness of the mechanism with and against which he works, and in this case we shall see Holy Inquisitions and alliances with any tyrant prepared to guarantee ecclesiastical privileges.” – Aldous Huxley, from Ape and Essence
“…in 1992 Hagel moved back to Nebraska to become president of the McCarthy Group, LLC, an investment banking firm. He also served as a Chairman and was CEO of American Information Systems Inc. (AIS), later known as Election Systems & Software, a computerized voting machine manufacturer jointly owned by McCarthy Group, LLC and the Omaha World-Herald company. On March 15, 1995, Hagel resigned from the board of AIS as he intended to run for office. Michael McCarthy, the parent company’s founder, was Hagel’s campaign treasurer. Until at least 2003, he retained between $1 million and $5 million in stock in Election Systems & Software’s parent company, the McCarthy Group.”
“Politician: Person experienced in the art or science of government; especially one actively engaged in conducting the business of a government; a person engaged in party politics as a profession; a person primarily interested in political office for selfish or other narrow usually short-sighted reasons.” – source
A statesman is one who serves his or her constiuency and not their own self interests. Then there are those who make shady deals around loopholes concerning National Security. This does not define the actions of a statesman. Can you say Carly Fiorina?
“As Bloomberg’s Josh Rogin writes, HP (under Carly Fiorina) was engaging in potentially illegal activity, as U.S. companies were prohibited from exporting to Iran thanks to two executive orders signed by President Bill Clinton in 1995. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission started to inquire about HP’s activities overseas following a 2008 Boston Globe exposé that tracked the company’s dealings with Iran. HP responded, denying that it had thwarted the law, but admitting that the company had sold $120 million dollars’ worth of products to Redington Gulf, which then sent the products to Iran.”
Our paragons of virtuous leadership come rife with conflicts of interest, non-disclosure and insider trading privileges. Double standards are in our faces all the time. Separation of Church and State, you say? How about separation of Big Business and Government? It’s a free for all out there and our leaders are making suckers and fools out of us every single day. Go back to sleep and wake up when we tell you. And you’ll vote for who we buy into office and you’ll shut up and like it.
“Statesman: One versed in the principles or art of government; especially: one actively engaged in conducting the business of a government or in shaping its policies; usually a wise, skillful, and respected political leader.” – source
Politicians abound, but not one statesman among them. They hide behind Christian values and quotes about liberty and freedom while they do everything they can to take ours away. They strive to preserve their own wealth through lobbying and influence pedaling as they bypass the concerns of the average American citizen. Once they make into office, they can move up to the next level in the hierarchy of the Ministry of Sustainable Destruction.