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US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Let's Vote to Cancel Our National Debt, Aren't
We a Democracy?
By Frank Scott
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, November 18, 2013
“Debt is a
relationship of power and inequality between the loan institution and the
Want some health care? Need a place to live? Are you
hungry? Need a gun? A politician? A drone missile?
All those and more, much much more, are available all day and all night
at the marketplace and you don’t even have to leave your home to go downtown
or to the mall to do your shopping. It’s all there for your consuming
convenience on your computer, iPod, smart phone, dumb phone or other
products that can be used to charge purchases to your plastic for anything
and everything, anytime all the time.
Until your credit runs out. Or you lose your job. Or you
didn’t have a job or credit in the first place. In which case, none of those
things will be available to you.
It might not be too painful going
without a weapon or a missile or a rented if not fully owned politician but
lacking food, clothing, shelter and health care make it really tough to
survive. In fact, science, religion and numerous polls paid for by market
researchers make it clear:
currently being told by some that the private insurance profit program
called Obamacare has created a wonderful health care marketplace and is the
greatest thing we’ve ever had, and by others that it will kill people,
destroy the economy and bring attack from outer space or worse.
Both arguments avoid the major question:
How come we have to go
to a marketplace and purchase health care and everything else we need in
And who, or what, decides how much money we need to have in order
to get whatever it is we need and how deeply we go into debt once we no
longer have that money? Where and when did that process start? At the Garden
of Eden? During the American Revolution? At a Christmas sale? Who started
it? God? The Iroquois? Morgan Guaranty No-Trust?
More important, how can we control that process before it produces not
only greater inequality than already exists, but worse, an end to the
process of life itself?
Consumers – at one time called citizens but
that was long ago – have run up personal debts in this marketplace that add
up to hundreds of billions if not trillions of dollars. And the nations and
societies where they once were called citizens have debts equaling many
trillions more. Does this mean everybody is leading a wonderful life with
all the stuff we’ve purchased even if we don’t need it and don’t have the
money to buy it?
Does a snake have wings?
If we’re so happy
and content how come we have to spend hundreds of billions to protect
ourselves from nazis, commies, terrorists, anti-Semites, Jews, burglars,
street criminals, suite criminals, invaders from outer and inner space,
vampires, sitcoms, the landlord, our in-laws, finance companies and so much
else that has us constantly at our wits end, worried sick and living in
Reminder for the arithmetically challenged among us: we are
talking very very big numbers that have moved from millions to billions to
trillions in a very short period of historic time. For example:
trillion has twelve zeros and is equal to a thousand billions, each of them
having nine zeros. Got that?
A billion seconds equal 32 years. In current media-speech, that’s more
than three decades. Wow?
But a trillion seconds are equal to 320 centuries. That’s 32,000 years.
Again to put it into a form that might make it clear to those who can no
longer say “ten years” but are compelled by custom, habit and/or language
and logic disability to only use the word “decade”, those trillion seconds
would take 3,200 “decades” to pass. However we say it, that is a very very
very long time. And remember, we are speaking about very very very large
dollar numbers, in most cases equally beyond our ability to comprehend
except as abstractions with seemingly little meaning in everyday life.
Now back to our personal and
collective-as-a-nation debts. Think of those numbers for a second or
a minute or all day or, if you’re really slow and hung up on current media
mind mash, a decade, and in the words of Ricky Ricardo, “‘splain to me Lucy
how we gonna pay that money?” Or more realistically, whether we should even
try, and when we should start canceling it, and whether to begin that
cancellation at a personal, state, national or global level.
should all know about our unfortunately massive global marketplace for
garbage. We are burying our planet in layers of our economic species feces.
How about seeing much if not all of debt for the garbage that it is, a
putrid life threatening smelly dump for those of us who don’t have enough
political power (guns, drones, etc.) to force its payment to us, but under
the guns and drones of those with the political power to force our payments
of it to them. Hmmm.
What would happen if a whole lot of us, not
just one community but many in unity with many others, told “them”;
we are cancelling the debt? If we did it in
great enough numbers, like maybe close to the seemingly incalculable figures
called national and accumulated personal debt, what would happen?
Of course democracy would have to play a major role in getting us to take
that step. Some think we are a democratic society already. Hmmm. Bring this
subject up with your democratically elected representative and see what
reaction you get. Disregard that reaction and begin working with your fellow
citizens to stop consuming for just a while and begin planning to bring
about a happier environment by first cancelling the debt and then seeing
what it is we really need and where we should go to get it. We could save
hundreds of trillions of dollars and our race as well. Who would be against
such a sensible plan for humanity?
Frank Scott writes political commentary and satire which appears online
at the blog Legalienate