by Democrats Ramshield
(Written by an American expat living in the European Union)
The German mainstream magazine Der Spiegel has published an article entitled, Sex, Lies & the CIA. That title has inspired me to write this diary, as ours has become a land where betrayal of the trust that we put in public officials has not only become common place, it is in fact expected, as if it had become part of our American DNA, or national political genome, as part of the natural order of things in the modern day neo-feudalist America. Where we're told by the media, Americans punish honesty and reward betrayal, and therefore the media merely gives the American people what they want, which is 'happy talk.'
The media tells us that Americans accept betrayal by the political class willingly by their apathy, and therefore get the government they deserve.
THE DAVID PETRAEUS AFFAIR VS. THE GENERAL YOU HAVE BETRAYED US AFFAIR IN WASHINGTON
Yet amazingly we all seem shocked when it happens again. This diary isn't about the lurid details of the affair between Gen. David Petraeus and Paula Broadwell and the expanding investigation that included Gen. Allen and Jill Kelley, which caused David Petraeus to resign as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, when a leaked FBI investigation into alleged threatening emails sent to Jill Kelley, reportedly led to Paula Broadwell's email account, (which allegedly revealed an affair between David Petraeus and Paula Broadwell). This diary also isn't about alleged improper emails sent from General Allen to Jill Kelley. It is instead about the betrayal of the public by its public officials and by the American press corps, whom have stopped covering real news of real importance to mainstream America in favor of profitable, gottcha tabloid journalism.
The media betrayed U.S.
In a posture where 59 million people don't have any health insurance, 132 million are without dental insurance, 45 million are on food stamps. In what must be seen as the death of the working class American dream wherein one third of all mortgages are underwater. The student loan debt bubble stands at a billion dollars and then suddenly along comes the General Petraeus affair to remind us that we can't trust our public officials.
Has America truly become a land of puritan happy talk that punishes honesty and rewards expected betrayal?
So where oh where has America lost is way!
When our veterans return to civilian life they are regularly cheated out of many of their veteran benefits (and medical care), leaving hundreds of thousands of American veterans in desperate shape unable to get needed medical care. This however isn't new. To reiterate it's all happened before and keeps happening. It happened again during the Vietnam War, where more veterans committed suicide than were actually killed by the so-called enemy and now the whole thing is happening all over to a new generation of young Americans. The Washington establishment and press corps for the most part don't care, that these veterans can't get the necessary medical and psychiatric care.
Both Army captains died on March 21, a continent apart. The next day, and the next day, and the next, more soldiers would die by their own hand, one every day on average, about as many as are dying on the battlefield. These are active-duty personnel, still under the military's control and protection. Among all veterans, a suicide occurs every 80 minutes, round the clock.
But where I live in the European Union that doesn't happen because here they have socialized medicine which essentially covers 100% of the population from cradle to grave as a human right, but that doesn't matter to the American press corps with their for-profit orientation, because in America (unlike Europe) they don't have to compete with publicly owned media. That's why they're apart of the 'Betray us' affair. Likewise, half of our members of Congress are millionaires and they will not make their ilk, who are the ultra rich pay their fair share of the taxes and they therefore too have become part of the 'Betray us' affair.
America has the only purely for-profit medical system and according to a recent Harvard study, this causes 45,000 Americans to die prematurely each and every year. This too is a part of the 'Betray us' affair. When these Americans pass, even though their numbers far exceed the number of war dead in all the American wars combined, there are no monuments built to the memory of these fallen Americans who are victims of the class warfare conducted against ordinary working class people by the American plutocracy. To which this diary asks, aren't these victims human? Aren't they our fellow Americans? But this too is a part of the general 'betray us' affair and quite perversely our press corps instead of focusing on these issues, they focus on the affair of David Petraeus and Paula Broadwell. This to their eternal shame to which we should note that pigs can have no shame. That is if they're capitalist pigs, but it's more than just that isn't it?
"Only FOUR OUT OF 150 countries have more wealth inequality than US."
Aren't we betrayed by the national deficit?