The American Revolution is No Picnic

Thursday, October 20 2011 @ 09:04 AM JST

Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto

Every election cycle we are treated to candidates who promise us "change," and 2008 has been no different. But in the American political lexicon, "change" always means more of the same; more government, more looting of Americans, more inflation, more police-state measures, more unnecessary war and more centralization of power.
- from The Revolution by Ron Paul



Five months from now, these folks will be doing
the same hanami, cherry-blossom viewing party.
Mao Zedong is often quoted as having said, "A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery; it cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another."

If Mao were still around, he would say basically the same thing with one modification and one addition.

He would replace the word "dinner" with "picnic" because anyone in the 99% Club can't afford a decent dinner, let alone a gorgeous one, anymore. And he would add something to his long list of what are not a revolution: "and being glued to the computer all day long to splash 140 colorful words all over the cyber space." As Doyle McManus of Los Angeles Times reminded us when arguing against the notion of Twitter Revolutions, "a successful revolution continues to be low tech and still requires people to go into the streets and risk their lives."

Unfortunately, though, a good part of the occupiers of the streets of New York, London, Frankfurt and Amsterdam still think a revolution is a picnic. The only peoples who seem to understand what Mao meant are the Greeks and the Japanese. You may wonder why you don't see a single me-too demonstration taking place in Tokyo. That's very uncharacteristic of the Japanese. I think the only reason Tokyo citizens haven't occupied the Imperial Palace or the streets of Nagata-cho and Kasumigaseki is because they know nothing is more fun than getting drunk and singing along to the karaoke tapes, ideally under the cherry trees in full bloom.

Needless to say, all members of America's 1-Percent Club are really terrified of the fact that there still is some possibility, albeit remote, that Texas Congressman Ron Paul becomes the 45th President of the United States. But it's interesting to know that most 99-percenters are also fearful of his victory in 2012. Astoundingly enough, even those who are behind the former obstetrician seem to flinch at his unwavering resolve to perform a risky Caesarian section as U.S. President.

Actually they are not exaggerating when they say if Ron Paul goes ahead with his bold plans to balance the budget by 2015, it will have a devastating effect on the entire nation. He has already made it clear that he would cut the government spending by $1 trillion in his first year in office. This would certainly send the already ailing U.S. economy into a tailspin. Simply it's next to suicidal. Under Ron Paul, America would look like a panic-stricken junkie on his first day of the rehab program.

Back in 1951, French novelist Albert Camus wrote a book titled L'Homme Revolte (The Rebel). It ignited a fierce rebuttal from the opponent camp. Its leader Jean-Paul Sartre argued that a rebel is a clown because he always needs his enemy to withstand his rebellious attack so he can remain a rebel. By contrast, opponents of Camus went on, a revolutionary destroys his foe to change everything including himself. Mao Zedong harbored a similar idea about revolutions. He once wrote: "If you want to know the taste of a pear, you must change the pear by eating it yourself." The implication is that the pear is no longer there, but that's what a revolution is all about.

The same irony precisely applies to people called critics, as well. Just imagine what will happen to an anti-China ideologue in the U.S. when the country ceases to exist as he may have predicted previously. He will be out of work at least for a while. To make his monkey business a going concern, he has to have extraordinary skills to find a false target of his criticism one after the other.

For decades by now, the Americans have been used to the revolutionary foreign policies of their governments which all came down to the same, old "scrap and build" tactic. Contemporary Americans, however, can't see the threshold between a rebellion and a revolution when it comes to their own country. Although you may see an irony there, it's actually an inevitable consequence of the role of a busybody their governments have played in foreign countries.

Since childhood, Americans have all been indoctrinated not to internalize things. To them, therefore, it's always someone else's problem. That's why stupid Americans keep talking about change while staunchly refusing to change their own selves.

Quite a few Americans have already started to worry about the consequences of the Election which Ron Paul will most probably lose. According to these change-resistant people, the U.S. under the new administration will look more and more like the former Soviet Union or East Germany with more "police-state measures" taken by the President. They say these measures will include an enhanced version of the Total Information Awareness programs.

Don't take me wrong, however; I'm not begging the American people to do a thorough soul-searching, or anything else for that matter. I couldn't care less whether the post-Election scenario unfolds as they predict. It's their headache, not mine, how quickly America is headed for the final stage of its inevitable demise.

More importantly, the intellectual decline in America has now reached the point where people are totally disabled to do anything more than apes can do.

Technically speaking, I am a Japanese who can be dying anytime soon in this already dead country. So it's only that I think it will be nice if I can face my own demise while seeing on the horizon some signs that the country I used to admire is getting resurrected under Ron Paul.

If you don't take me seriously, as usual, the only thing I can tell you is that hospitable Japanese partiers will always welcome you at a karaoke joint or under the cherry trees.



POSTSCRIPT Oct. 21: I am aware that voting against an interventionist bill as a Congressman is one thing, and vetoing it as the President is quite another. But at a time when a revolution is considered the only way out of the impasse, it's not only useless but also harmful to create a long list of tasks which you think are all missions impossible.

At any rate, the moment of truth would come, if ever it would, only when the crowd of people moved over from Wall Street to Capitol Hill or Arlington County, Virginia, where Pentagon is located.

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