The Jaded Prole

A Progressive Worker's Perspective on the political and cultural events of our time.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

The Myth of Independece & the Reality of Interdependence

There never really was an "American Revolution," only an assuming of power of our domestic elites. The rest is history and it may have been a mistake for most of us as the following poem suggests --


It was a good idea once
inalienable rights and the abolition
of tyranny but
we've mucked it up, this great
American Experiment
our own inbred aristocracy madder
that noon-baked Englishmen with
crimes and usurpations running amok,
torn bodies and new hatreds in every
casbah tentacles
in every pocket and a
knife at every throat
and we wage slave
descendants of the free
sinking in the refuse of yesterday's bargains
punch clocked and jackbooting our way
to the fossil record at the speed of credit
with no payments 'till January --
a toxic spoor of ruined
places, broken lives and gulags.

We had a bad run but it's time
to come clean,
to admit our failure to
examine the bloody Manifest
of our imagined Destiny.

Time to Repent
for mass graves and wars of false premise,
for all those dictators, our murky turkeys lurking
in every hot satrapy with trained goons keeping
bloody order and a quota of disappeared.

Time to admit
it was all a mistake
made in the bravado of our youth and
rejoin the Commonwealth
Stop seeing stars and turn in our
bloody stripes
be British again
take tea and healthcare claim
our place lordless
in the house of commons where
Empire is only a memory
best forgotten.

-- Al Markowitz

If July 4th is the celebration of Independence for our American ruling class, then July 5th is a celebration of Interdependence for the rest of us, here and globally. The truth is that we ARE interdependent globally. It's all of us or none economically and ecologically. Our fates are inextricably bound. It's past time to recognize our interdependence and unite against the various competing sects of "government" that divide us and threaten our existence in the present and future.


At 1:59 PM, Blogger Alan L. Maki said...

This poem and your commentary pretty much says it all.


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