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NRT: The biggest failed state on the planet

Written By: - Date published: 12:40 pm, October 2nd, 2013 - 22 comments
Categories: International, us politics - Tags: , , ,

no-right-turn-256No Right Turn blogs on the US federal government shutdown due to some crazed Republicians. It doesn’t look too hopeful for when the US federal government runs directly into the next round of hitting the debt ceiling

As I write this, the US Congress is in the final minutes of running out the clock before shutting down the federal government. From midnight, budgetary authority will expire, and the government will not be able to spend any money. Except, of course, on waging war – no matter what happens, the US War On Us will continue regardless.

Which tells you an awful lot about the bipartisan priorities of US legislators. War, spying and drone-murder good. Healthcare, education, basic public services – basicly, anything which helps people – bad.

The core of the problem is detailed here: Republicans hate the idea of a Democratic President, and are willing to hold the government to ransom to express that. But in the process, they’re showing the world that the US is basicly a failed state, with no credible governing authority, except for the rule of the gun. A big, nuclear-armed version of Somalia, Iraq or Afghanistan.

This is what happens if you vote Republican: you get to live in a failed state. Congratulations.

Still, look on the bright side: we get a short break from federal involvement in their mad war on drugs. I wonder if it will make a serious difference?

 

22 comments on “NRT: The biggest failed state on the planet”

  1. greywarbler 1

    Why would NZ even consider going into business with this destructive country. Elephants tread more carefully than the USA. Ants like us will be snuffed out.

    And how can USA call themselves a democracy? Elephants trumpet, the GOP USA tries to trumpet to the world about the value of democracy and does what? to it. And so shameless too; before they had the communists to impress and had to attempt some show of propriety if not commitment to all they were supposed to stand for. Now – we’ve won and everything that is public shall be privatised!

    Bad when other countries do it. Good when we do it from the inside, termiting the nation while the facade stands proud with Lady Godiva standing holding justice aloft. Cripes they don’t build strong edifices like that these days. Those USA citizen suckers will never know that they are looking at the flats of a movie lot and behind the marble columns etc. there isn’t a lot, the wealthy have really moved. They have done a flit with the loot to a salubrious gated community Somewhere Else. Could be coming Close To You!

    Sing Bali Hai -
    Someday you’ll see me floatin’ in the sunshine,
    My head stickin’ out from a low flyin’ cloud,
    You’ll hear me call you,
    Singin’ through the sunshine,
    Sweet and clear as can be:
    “Come to me, here am I, come to me.”

    If you try, you’ll find me
    Where the sky meets the sea.
    “Here am I your special island
    Come to me, Come to me.”
    Haeremai, Haeremai,
    Ao-tea-roa.

    • infused 1.1

      I bet you go and work for a destructive business everyday.

      • Colonial Viper 1.1.1

        Great argument, pertinent points, sound conclusions. What more could we possibly want from a RWNJ?

      • fender 1.1.2

        Time for an infusion of your own medicine

      • greywarbler 1.1.3

        infused
        Had to put your two cents in. You’ll have to up the ante, inflation will make your comments absolutely worthless real soon. Oops there she goes>>>>

        And knowing your spiteful little mind. If I wasn’t working that would be awful too. Let’s face it, we hardly can interview employers with a list of questions to find one that meets our standards, just getting a job with some outfit that has some integrity, pays the wages before it goes broke or doesn’t fiddle the till, is a lucky day.

    • Chooky 1.2

      greywarbler and CV…+1

  2. Johnm 2

    Our RWNJ politicians have looked up to and copied this failed state (based on individual greed is the good of society and predate on the weakest,now illegal some places to feed the homeless!) since 1984, we are to be another Goldman-Sachs-ocracy, or should I say Merrill-Lynch-ocracy. that is privatise everything possible and flog of the Public’s wealth in common for private profit. Also pay the Chiefs outrageous salaries while the braves get as little as possible. The U$ is the proponent and main implementer of the NeoLiberal atrocity followed by the U$$K which against public outcry is privatising the NHS and the Royal Mail.

    Bottom line is a country can be poorish but happy and productive with minimal income inequality as the UK was post WW11(Everyone felt they belonged) . Look at the U$K now with massive inequality, a very unhappy place though on paper immensely richer than the 1950s.

    Yankey john is this failed state’s primary asset here, he made his lucre pile with their market hoo haa.

    • Chooky 2.1

      Johnm + 100%…there is nothing wrong with a little simplicity and frugality…often a plus for health….and social equality …..and it doesnt get you into debt

  3. I have faith in President Obama, the repugs can try all the dirty tricks they want, they’re just destroying their own party.

  4. Colonial Viper 4

    US politics. Doesn’t matter if you call yourself Republican or Democratic, it is all painfully out of touch, propagandised and toxic.

    • Viper:

      yet another cliche word the left likes to use against the usa, “Propaganda”

      • framu 4.1.1

        well just like stereotypes – they dont become cliches for nothing brett

        but really – you pretty consistantly have everything go right over your head at a great altitude. So im not surprised that you think US politics isnt deeply infected with propaganda.

        Or have the frequent and growing cries from many in the us, democrat and republican, to remove the lobbyists and big money influence from their political system passed you by at great height as well?

        And as for your little smear of “the left” – both sides in the us, shit, in any country use propaganda

        Its one of the main tools used in politics for christsake

      • Colonial Viper 4.1.2

        yet another cliche word the left likes to use against the usa, “Propaganda”

        I’m not saying this to be ‘radical’, I am merely stating a fact.

        The US media is the most heavily propagandised in the world. It’s self censorship and determined reporting of the narratives of its power elite are legend.

        And just this year Obama removed decades old restrictions on the broadcast of government produced propaganda in the USA.

      • greywarbler 4.1.3

        Well then hegemony is a word we might start using. If a state can create its own culture that rules, then propaganda becomes normal discourse. Sounds good to me. Does it make sense to you all out there intellecshualls?

  5. Tiger Mountain 5

    The yankee devils have done more than enough in my lifetime and way beyond it, to justify NRT’s description. The net abounds with information beyond Wiki about the incredibly long roll of dishonour–horrific destruction, coups, interventions, murder by drone and ongoing finance capital and corporate piracy, oh, and those nosey bastards at the NSA.

    Now the US elites are turning on each other after having crashed the world economy in ’08.

  6. Rogue Trooper 6

    Amerika
    “where are you now? Don’t you care about your sons and daughters”.

  7. SHG (not Colonial Viper) 7

    Bear in mind that the US is a two-party state, and both parties are the right-wing religious crazy party.

  8. ropata 9

    Slight correction I/S: the American global military programme is actually called the “War on Terra
    (not just a war on humanity, it’s the entire planet)

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    Labour | 15-04
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