I have been writing this morning at a site called Rant and Rave, after getting sicker than shit of all the good press that Reagan is getting on his one hundredth birthday. The only good thing about this shit is that he is dead. My first book, One War, was about the transgressions of this mass murderer as much as anything else. People who read that book come out of the experience, quote, 'vibrating' with hatred of the intelligence agencies. This was not exactly my point, since I also know they saved the Dali' Lama and keep terrorists at bay, etc... I want the people in the CIA to be accountable to someone who is sane, not a criminal like Bush.
They are open to a lot more criticism than they get, which is going to happen with organizations as secret as the CIA. In our military intelligence classes, we studied the FBI mostly, because our Prof., Dr. Danial Stern had more experience with them (Indeed, the files on him fill a room... and he was a voice of peaceful dissent when everyone around him in the sixties were becoming so frustrated with trying to change the world that they thought they needed guns. Even John Lennon, who has been co-opted by the Peace is the Answer folk, said this, "THE MORE PAIN WE HAVE, THE MORE GUNS WE NEED."). The CIA was too hard to crack, and since the stories about it were less based on fact, with little primary sources for us to study, the professor stuck to what he could academically prove. He also slipped me a book about how the CIA inserts personalities into people at one point, which I have wondered about ever since waking up after a coma with the personality of Christ slowly taking control of my thinkiing.
When The Terminator of California chose to add Reagan's Statue to some thing in Washington, and replace an older political figure who convinced the state to be part of the union in the civil war, is an insult to african-americans --- they took down the statue of freind of the people, and put up a statue of an enemy of the blacks if ever there was one. Remember the famous quote about "Welfare Queens?" There is not only a lot of ignorance in that statement -- most people on welfare are white, and his slam was reserved for black women in the ghetto. You know a president has access to any info he wants. He could have known better. The Republican party, until this last year, ignored the black vote, just wrote it off. They knew that Blacks had, for the most part, seen through thier scam.... my black friends are actually more prone to believe a conspiracy theory than I am, because, especially in Chicago, the history of what was done by the FBI to the radical blacks in the sixties was religated to a mostly verbal history. They know, a lot of them, that there are two major perceptual landscapes in america --- the group who believe whatever the government and the media say, and those who see it with their own eyes.
They see the cops on tv and find no them incompatible with the image they have witnessed while being constantly harrassed for appearing black enough to be a criminal (My good buddy Ben quit driving to avoid rascist cops (and non-rascist cops who are using rascist tactics), because he was sure that sooner or later he was going to kick someones ass over the issue).
I remember Reagan cutting out the arts and sports programs in California to balance the budget. I hate politicians for this shit. They should just raise the taxes. In Europe, inthe countries that pay the most taxes, people are happiest, because the government actually does a better job in some cases than predatorial, self-interested businessman who are slaves to a few speculators who own their stock.
We need higher taxes in this country. And we need to legislate that businesses cannot just up and move to a lower wage part of the world without substantial penalties (hopefully enough to make them decide that their employees lives are worth something after all). We could solve a hell of a lot of our fiscal problems by legalizing and taxing pot, but no one wants to be sane enough to do this. Polticians fear losing the just say no crowd, without understanding how many of us are out here ready to support them if they take a radical action.
Some days I think I should run for office, do it like Hunter S. Thompson did when he ran for sherrif. I would campaign on the idea that Iwas going to try to get pot legalized in Chicago, and to finally get the government tax stamps (which exist as a way dealers can pay the irs without any penalty -- though few take advantage of this, it is a sign of sanity on the part of the government, and an acknowledgement that those involved in selling weed are usually not criminals at all.