America Pays the Piper

September 24, 2008

To understand how the United States got itself into today’s bailout mess, one has to look back three decades to the rise of Ronald Reagan, the neocons and the anti-regulators, writes Robert Parry.

After a 28-year binge of drunken optimism and blind nationalism – often punctuated by chants of “USA, USA!” and “We’re No. 1!” – Americans are waking up with a painful hangover, facing a grim “morning in America,” not the happy vision that Ronald Reagan famously sold them on.”

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ConsortiumNews: Fastened to a Dying Animal

April 29, 2008

This is one of the most hard hitting, poignant and unabashedly honest articles about the US political and electoral system of which Campaign 2008 is a prime example. Here is an excerpt:

America, many shocks and sorrows are coming soon (probably sooner than you think) to that vacuous bubble known as “your way of life.”

Campaign 2008 is taking on the distractive qualities of so many previous campaigns, like those that gave George W. Bush two terms. Someday, historians may shake their heads at this sad decline of the American Republic, but for now, poet Phil Rockstroh is shaking a fist.

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Consortiumnews.com is one of my favourite sites for hard-hitting, independent, ‘real’ news and commentary. The site is a leader in independent investigative journalism. It was founded by the intrepid investigative journalist Robert Parry in 1995 as a home for important, well-reported stories that were not reported in the corporate mainstream media back then and which are still are not covered by them now.

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Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek. His new book, Secrecy & Privilege: Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq, can be ordered at secrecyandprivilege.com. It’s also available at Amazon.com, as is his 1999 book, Lost History: Contras, Cocaine, the Press & ‘Project Truth.’