Masters Of War

Come you masters of war You that build all the guns You that build the death planes You that build all the bombs You that hide behind walls You that hide behind desks I just want you to know I can see through your masks. You that never done nothin' But build to destroy You play with my world Like it's your little toy You put a gun in my hand And you hide from my eyes And you turn and run farther When the fast bullets fly. Like Judas of old You lie and deceive A world war can be won You want me to believe But I see through your eyes And I see through your brain Like I see through the water That runs down my drain. You fasten all the triggers For the others to fire Then you set back and watch When the death count gets higher You hide in your mansion' As young people's blood Flows out of their bodies And is buried in the mud. You've thrown the worst fear That can ever be hurled Fear to bring children Into the world For threatening my baby Unborn and unnamed You ain't worth the blood That runs in your veins. How much do I know To talk out of turn You might say that I'm young You might say I'm unlearned But there's one thing I know Though I'm younger than you That even Jesus would never Forgive what you do. Let me ask you one question Is your money that good Will it buy you forgiveness Do you think that it could I think you will find When your death takes its toll All the money you made Will never buy back your soul. And I hope that you die And your death'll come soon I will follow your casket In the pale afternoon And I'll watch while you're lowered Down to your deathbed And I'll stand over your grave 'Til I'm sure that you're dead.------- Bob Dylan 1963

Friday, May 9, 2014

The Bibster and the Slickster Netanyahu and Clinton: Brothers Under the Skin by ANDREW LEVINE

?............Like Netanyahu, Clinton has enough sense to realize that the pendulum is no longer swinging his way.  And, like Netanyahu again, he is determined not to fold.
Netanyahu won’t fold because his coalition partners won’t let him and because God is on his side – or is it the other way round?
Clinton won’t fold because his wife won’t let him, and maybe also because he thinks it wise, at this point, to do some spin doctoring for himself.  Ex-presidents worry about their legacies.  Rarely has any of them had more cause for concern.
And so it was that at Georgetown University last week, the forty-second President of the United States delivered a speech defending, of all things, his record on inequality.
That man didn’t earn the name “Slick Willy” for nothing.
The president who is most associated with the neoliberal turn – and therefore with rising inequality — is, of course, Ronald Reagan.  But, for the most part, Reagan only set the agenda; he never got far implementing it.
His Democratic successors were more effective Reaganites than he.
Before he too started mouthing off about inequality, Barack Obama was on course to become the greatest Reaganite president of all.   He may still succeed if he gets the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement he wants.

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