For years, I've heard the phrase "King Dollar." Larry Kudlow has been shouting about it for years on CNBC. It is king because it's the world's reserve currency. All other countries must convert their currency into bucks before they can buy oil. That gives King Dollar a tremendous advantage, but if the dollar ever loses its oil peg, it could collapse very quickly. And with what's going on in the mideast, that could happen sooner than later. From all I've been reading, QE3 will be coming up this year, too. Despite deflation for most of us due to lack of work, the elite banks and corporations will continue to receive Ben Bernanke's fire hose of stimulus money. Unfortunately all that money does is perpetuate the domination of the corruption at the very top. The rest of us get stuck with a weaker currency and inflation.
The only way to save the king is to raise rates, but that would crush the economy even worse and make the debt and budget deficits even more daunting. Therefore, the king is doomed. It is a matter of time before "King Dollar" is no longer king of the hill.
Terrorists aren't just some men in turbans living on the other side of the globe. They're right here in America. In fact, they ARE Americans and they come from Washington D.C. Their targets are fellow Americans and inevitably our freedoms get eroded still more as a result. Oh sure, they always tell us it's for our 'safety and protection.' In reality it's about power and control--as in more for them; less for us. There are many terrorists in our government. I pared them down to what I consider the top three:
1. The Federal Reserve. He's perhaps the biggest terrorist. In 1913 we allowed private, international banks to gain control over our money. Their system is fundamentally flawed and is now teetering on collapse. And collapse it should. Congress can end the Fed, but Congress is largely bought out by Fed money. Meanwhile, the rich elite bet fabulously wealthy while the rest of us lose our money, our jobs and economic self-determination. The Fed sticks us with inflation, austerity and a tyrannical IRS who takes more and more money through increased taxes ostensibly to pay off a debt that is impossible to pay off. Meanwhile, Ben Bernanke and crew continue with low interest rates and a flood of cash that benefits failing banks at the top. Why not aim that money blower at those at the bottom?
2. War. Inc keeps trying to maintain an empire we can't afford in both lives and dollars. But since there is money in it for insiders and big defense corporations, we continue to maintain hundreds of bases all over the world. Will the war in Iraq and Afghanistan ever end? Unlikely. Wherever War Inc. sets up shop, it's there to stay unless defeated. After all, they never left Germany, Japan and Korea. Do we really need hundreds of bases overseas while we can't seem to summon up the will to defend our own southern border? Ron Paul is right. We must end this crazy idea of empire. We need to stop terrorizing other countries and let them run their own affairs.
3. Domestic terror is on the increase under Janet Napolitano, aka "Big Sis." The Nanny State's nanny, she's doing our best to keep us all safe. Our president could have ended this nonsense, but Obama refuses to deliver on his promise of "hope and change." Instead we got hopeless sameness. He did not end the wars. He did not end the insultingly-named "Patriot Act." He carries on with Bush's game plan and obeys Wall Street. What a surprise. Government only grows and takes more power until it is stopped. Americans need to push back instead of sheepishly obeying orders. We all know what happened to Germany in the 1930s and early 40s. Are we really going to allow the TSA to aggressively frisk us, our parents and our children? Insiders such as Chertoff got rich from the installation of DNA-scrambling airport scanners. That we pay for! Will we not complain about stepping into these humiliating and harmful naked body chambers? Will we complain when they make us go into camps? Will we really report suspicious behavior at China*Mart? Will we complain when they take our friends and family away? Will we accept the destruction of our Bill of Rights in the name of security?
If we really want to stop terrorism, let's begin with our own government. We can do this by means of peaceful protest, reason, persuasion, proselytizing and non-compliance whenever possible. If you must be frisked, at least be angry about it and let them know you are angry. It's time to get mad!
I decided to draw this cartoon as a retort. I was also inspired by an episode of Star Trek, in which naive, simple people depended on a scary tiki-like god named ‘VOL’ to solve all their problems and keep them safe. “VOL makes the grass grow…he put fruit on the trees!” And so on. The controller god in my cartoon is called “GUV.”
A final reason I drew this was due to a recent conversation I had with a friend who thought that not to support the government was somehow ‘unpatriotic.’ Wrong! True patriots believe in the Constitution and condemn the government when it abuses the people. It’s our duty to do so. People have become afraid to question the government as it tries to condition citizens into believing that less government leads to ‘anarchy.’ I guess anarchy is another word for ‘freedom.’