American Cannibalism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannibalism

Cannibalism is a human practice in which the strong conquer and literally eat the bodies of the weak.

For all the boasting of ‘American democracy’ it is obvious that precisely political cannibalism is the game being played. How many children are hungry? How many people are being driven from their homes? How many are either too young or too old to find employment. Certainly the academic world is being junked with part-timers. Medicaid is being drastically cut back. Our schools are being trashed. How many billionaires are we producing — a very few of whom care for those in need. How many homes did our most recent presidential candidate own — 8 now!  How much racism now haunts us — the tea party types fearful of new minorities.

Cannibalism is, of course, a metaphor. But it is as apt as any I can find for what we are doing to our most needy Americans.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent [blind copies]

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