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    An Easter Meditation

     The other day, a small child, let us call her "Virginia", asked me a pair of  searching questions: "where does the Easter Bunny get his Easter eggs?" and "do rabbits lay eggs?".


    At a loss as to what to tell her, It occurred to me that the framing of her questions themselves was reminiscent of  much of America's present political polemics: a lot of talk avoiding the central question... The Easter Bunny doesn't really exist... just something invented to sell more stuff.


    I would maintain that a huge disinformation industry and a 7 by 24 lobbying and think-tank blitz exists simply to keep Americans from thinking about the salient fact of American life, which is illustrated in the following graph:


    So we see that the top one percent of Americans possess 43% of the nation's financial wealth and the bottom 80%, only seven percent of that wealth. This leads to a society which is revealed in the next graph:

    So thanks to an enormous effort of the "management of consent" it has been decided that, America being deep in debt and fighting two (three?) wars, cuts are going to have to be made in American's social entitlements, which are the most meager and practically non-existent in the developed world, while it is not "realistic" or even ethical to significantly raise the taxes of that one-percent who owns 43% of the nation's wealth.

    The contemporary rationale for oppressing the poor is national debt and deficit, which could otherwise be relieved only by raising taxes on the rich and requiring corporations to bear an equitable share of the national tax burden, which in the Republican party, and a part of the Democratic party today, is unacceptable (and plausibly thought politically suicidal, in view of the current alignment of available political funds and of the legislation governing campaign practice – quite possibly irreversible, since this alignment would seem automatically to disallow reversal). (...) Global war has silenced and numbed America. The national deficit is moral. The people pay in deprivation, indigence, ill-health, insecurity, the humiliation of men and women who cannot find work, support their offspring or properly educate their children in what it should mean to be an American. William Pfaff

    It seems obvious to me that if people could think clearly for even a moment, the majority, say 80%, would demand that taxes on the upper one-percent be raised to Scandinavian levels, tax loopholes plugged, offshore tax-havens closed down and defense spending cut to a least only more then the next five countries in the list instead of the next ten, and the money thus raised spent on moving the quality of life in the USA up the second graph to at least the standing of say, Belgium's.

    Instead, in the midst of all this mishagoss; just one example of hundreds more: people are being led to discuss Donald Trump as a serious presidential candidate. I would say that a significant portion of the 43% of the nations' wealth that is owned by that one-percent is being spent by them to maintain that sort of level of debate... anything but talking about America's central facts as shown by the two graphs

    So, to answer the little girl's questions: yes, Virginia, in Washington, rabbits do lay colored eggs.  

    Crossposted from: http://seaton-newslinks.blogspot.com


    "huge disinformation industry and a 7 by 24 lobbying and think-tank blitz...to keep Americans from thinking"

    It ain't gonna stop working anytime soon. Who was it , John Judge, who said most Americans "Know nothing and believe anything"?

    Now that is a great, great quote!

    And so in this little rabbit democracy of ours, too many rabbits believe they can lay eggs and no amount of reasoning can change their rabbit minds.  When you ask them to produce one of these eggs, their big ears sag and their eyes glaze over.  “Yes yes,” they say, “the old question ‘Which came first the rabbit or the egg?’ You’re just one of those elitist rabbit intellectuals.  I’m a simple rabbit.  I stick to my principles.  I love god and fear the foxes.  That’s all I have time to do.”  

    C'mon Seaton.  Everyone in America over the age of seven knows Easter Bunnies are extinct. 

    OK, wiseguy, if you are so smart, who brings the eggs?

    That answer is easy  - the same one who brings us everything else - China.

    And who makes china? The Irish.

    And why the Irish? Because St Patrick killed all the snakes.

    And why kill the snakes? Because they eat bunnies.

    And THAT'S how the Irish saved Jesus.

    I see you come from the M. C. Escher school of blog commenting..

    If we keep this up does it get smaller and smaller?

    That's what SHE said.

    Okay, so we start all over again goddamnit!

    Bunnies are mammals.

    Mammals do not lay eggs.

    Well, okay most mammals do not lay eggs!



    Where does they Easter Bunny get his colored eggs?

    Okay, I have been pondering a response that will not provide fodder for my enemies.

    I mean if I said something like colored eggs come from colored....well, I would be fricked and fracked for sure!

    So then I thought, what about artificial selection by chicken farmers?

    I mean, agricultural geniuses looking for a super race of chickens?

    Then I thought, hell...

    My son was just about 4 sitting on the swings in the back yard with my 6 year old daughter.

    Ewin, is Jesus weal?

    Yes he is Sean.

    Is he with us right now?

    Yes he is Sean, Jesus is everywhere.

    Well tell me this Ewin...is Jesus weal like Santa Claus or pwetend like the Easter Bunny?

    Now this has to be the ultimate response to your inquiry!

    You've blown my mind a bit here DD.  Easter is the holiest day for Christianity (it's the whole enchilada, really) yet it goes largely ignored as fodder for the "outlaw Christmas crowd."  Oh sure, there's the occasional flack over the "Spring Bunny," but nothing like controversies about Christmas trees in the town square.  But when I was a kid, nothing was open on Easter.  And now, a generation later, nothing is closed, and my three year old has never heard of Easter.  But Christmas?  He knows all about Christmas.  All without ever setting foot in a church.  I'm not exactly sure what I'm driving at, but I'm pretty sure I smell a familiar stench in the air. 

    And David, sorry about all this.  By the way, I agree, we're all stupid. 

    "All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned, and man is at last compelled to face with sober senses, his real conditions of life, and his relations with his kind."

    I think we are moving quickly toward the crunch.


    This comment of yours is much more to the point then 90% of the political commentary available in the MSM

    The fundamental confusion you've created with this blog, IMHO of course, is your insistence that easter bunnies supply the eggs, when in fact anyone who's anyone knows the mythology is all about hares.  Besides, those are French "bunnies" in the photo you chose.  Can't abide.  French easter eggs come from a bell.  I read it somewhere once -- David Sedaris probably -- so it must be true.  (Not to mention the obvious gender issues you raise with "his eggs.")  There's work to do here, people.

    Oh shite, you are just splitting hares!

    You know my memory is so bad I need to ask my son questions about his childhood...but I recall this tape.

    Wonderful Mac, just wonderful!

    (Hat tip Obey)   ;o)


    "I would say that a significant portion of the 43% of the nations' wealth that is owned by that one-percent is being spent by them to maintain that sort of level of debate... anything but talking about America's central facts as shown by the two graphs."

    It's no secret that Rupert Murdoch controls a vast cable television company, and that the "basic" cable package comes with Fox News, but not MSNBC.  Coincidence?  or design?

    I think we need to adopt some of the "mocking" attitude Nicholas Kristof wrote about yesterday and just start making fun of Americans.  Maybe it'll make the rest of us pause, if only for a moment.

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