America Gets Payback
On Wednesday, May 21, 2008, an event happened that’s becoming a commonplace, routine “procedure.” Equally predictable is the outcome, which is summed up by a well worn cliché, namely, ‘When all is said and done there’s more said than done.’ And just what is this “procedure”? The parading of top executives from the five biggest oil companies in America before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Critics see the execs as leaders of greedy groups like “Arco Armies,” “Texaco Terrorists,” or the like. They say that if ever there was a situation where terrorists are holding the American public hostage, it is the monopolistic jacking up of prices and the subsequent collection of billions of profit dollars by these oil company executives! The cabal of five is as follows:
Robert Malone, Chairman and President of BP America Inc.; John Hofmeister, President of Shell Oil Company; Peter Robertson, Vice Chairman of the Board of Chevron Corporation; John Lowe, Executive Vice President of the ConocoPhillips Company; and Stephen Simon, Senior Vice President of the Exxon Mobil Corporation. When these were criticized for making staggering profits at the expense of the people, the consistent reframe was that “The fundamental laws of supply and demand are at work.”
Of course, critics say that the demand wouldn’t be what it is if the Bush Administration was not pouring so much into the country’s reserve. And, of course, it doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in the government when President Bush, an oil man himself, invites these same oil company executives to a secret White House meeting to write energy legislation. That’s right, oil executives, not long-time lawyers who are now seasoned legislators, writing legislation, something that they’d never done before; and that morally, ethically, and legally they shouldn’t be doing. Putting it in simple terms, that’s like a farmer inviting a bunch of foxes to draw up plans for the design and installation of a security system for the henhouse.
One critic summed up how millions and millions of Americans feel when she said: “Please be clear on this one fact of history: It’s Standard procedure to put the Exxon the backs of Mobil people and Shell away! And what is the government doing to protect the common citizen from being targeted?” she enquires. “They Texaco! (That is, they tax and go!) In the end, it’s a Chevron for the oil companies and the government,” she chides. “And in case you don’t know what a chevron is,” she explains, “it’s a ‘V’-shaped insignia, turned upside down. It’s a ‘V’ as in ‘victory’ for the oil companies and government as our economy is sent slow motion into oblivion, head-over-heels.”
Especially for the duration of the eight-year Bush Push, the American economy is being held together by clothes pins, paperclips, spit wads, bobby pins, rubber bands, and bubble gum. “Bush is the shameless bandit who’s to blame,” another critic contends. “There’s overwhelming evidence that shows that cave-dwelling ‘terrorists’ with box-cutters, led by a 6-foot-6 Arab who’s attached to a dialysis machine, did not bring down New York’s Twin Towers.” To be sure, this writer has seen numerous film clips and heard several interviews that would argue against what many would call this “outlandish conclusion.”
Bush and the real minds behind him pulled a page or two from history, they say. To gain power he did what Hitler did when he set ablaze a government building and then blamed the communists, thereby essentially securing power for himself. About two thousand years before that, Nero set Rome on fire, blamed the apolitical Christians, and deflected blame and criticism from himself in the process. Critics say that in both scenarios, government officials couldn’t care less about the innocent victims killed in their quest for riches and power. It has been alleged that such has also been the case, not only with the Bush administration, but with certain administrations in the past. “Don’t forget,” a certain “Claire,” reminds us, “to show that America doesn’t care about innocent men, women, and children, it targeted Japanese civilians when it dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.” Fred agrees that to perpetrate its own ends, the American eagle and the Soviet bear were willing to kill the innocent for selfish purposes.
“During the Cold War,” says “Clyde,” a Bush critic, “both the Soviet Union and the United States had warheads many times more powerful than the atomic bombs that decimated the Hiroshima and Nagasaki pointed at each other’s major cities, thereby guaranteeing the vaporization of millions of non-combatant men, women, and children.” Both Claire and Clyde liken oil-producing Arab countries, oil execs, and Bush to terrorists. They ask, “Why waste time trying to kill a few thousand people with a ‘dirty bomb’ when you can hit every single American with high fuel prices? What better way to hide ‘terrorism’ than in plain sight?
“The armies that you would call to fight the terrorists on foreign soil need fuel themselves to wage the ‘War on Terrorism,’” they assert. The world has declared a war against Americans; a “War on Affluence” on the American economy. “You don’t believe me?” asks Clyde. I assured him I was listening. “If you took away everything made in Japan, China, Germany, along with the oil from Arab countries, how do you think America would fair?” Hum. “What do you see as the solution?” I pondered. “I don’t know. I don’t see a solution,” he responded dejectedly. “You may be right, but there may be a stopgap measure,” I assured.
In an emergency situation the police can commandeer your vehicle, say, for instance, if they’re chasing bank robbers. You lose your right to own that vehicle, at least for the moment. In a similar vein, if you own a fully registered seaworthy vessel and you travel in international waters, you agree that in the event of an international incident involving the United States, your vessel is considered a military vessel, and you are immediately enlisted in the armed forces on the side of America. Do the same with gasoline. Commandeer the pumps and let the fuel flow freely for several months. The oil cartels already have more billions than they can spend in a several lifetimes. How do we make it happen? Emergency legislation. Given the phenomenal, unprecedented price of fuel, is this not an emergency situation for the average American citizen?
Truth be told, the American public see it all as a Shell game with the American public being suckered out of their hard-earned money. Let the truth be told. Hang tough. Help is on the way. Amen.
Dr. Firpo Carr n can be reached at 800.501.2713 or