Duck! and Gather

The “R” Word

Posted on: January 20, 2009

Surfed over to the New York Times to read their take on today. In 24 point bold font, here is the New York Times’ interpretation of today:

President Obama Vows Era of Responsibility

It’s kind of interesting that the NYT took that message out of Obama’s 2,399-word inauguration speech. Because many pundits today were simply rehashing the same old “Holy Shit! A Black Guy in the White House!?” story line. That was the NYT’s lead story when Obama won the election back on November 4. So when I surfed over there today, I expected more of the same drivel.

But to my pleasant surprise, the NYT “got it” this time. As I said in my first post today, Obama’s 20-minute speech boils down to: “Duck!, and then Gather”.

The core of my own “Duck!” counsel over these past five years has revolved around the theoretical belief of mine that America is about to plunge into a civil war described as “People vs. Corporations”. I say this is a “theoretical” belief because I can still can’t envision how such a battle would play out. Who would be the combatants? Where would the battle lines be drawn? What weapons would be used?

I’m baffled by these questions. Theory leads me here. But I can’t see how theory touches the ground.

But putting aside that doubt, for now, let’s just assume that the theory is correct. Let’s assume that the next great American crisis will pit People against Corporations. With what will the People fight the Corporations?

Over the 5-year course of this blog I have proposed one answer to this question. That answer is: Responsibility.

That is, if we People took responsibility for our own health, our own food, and our own energy production, Corporations would collapse.

For example, if every second or third family grew an organic garden, what effect would that have? Food and Pharmaceutical Corporations would demise.

If most families in sunny areas had solar on their roofs, and most in windy areas had wind machines, the Military Industrial Complex would teeter toward collapse.

And so on.

So today, in calling upon the people for Responsibility, Obama fully declared himself the leader of the People in this coming battle. And in figuring that out, the NYT qualifies itself as the only newspaper of relevance in these coming dark days.

for the money has gone too far

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