The Disaster We Asked For: The Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

The British Petroleum Oil Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is just the type of disaster we asked for. The surprise is that it didn’t come sooner. It’s a result of many factors, beginning with the Reagan-Thatcherite realignment of wealth and power, the infantile belief in magical thinking — the “invisible hand” of the market that will solve all problems  (anyone who has read Adam Smith will know that the invisible hand requires a certain amount of guidance and regulation but…heck…who reads anymore) — the deregulation mantra that we have chanted like deranged Krishna’s and the eight year Bush-Cheney rape and pillage of the country and much of the world. We got what we asked for. We asked for deregulation. We asked for the “private sector” to take care of our problems. Unfortunately, our ESPN/Justin Bieber/Brangelina high-def navel gazing has so atrophied our critical thinking skills that we were just too dumb to have foreseen the obvious consequences of all of this. And now…here is where things get even more interesting.

This disaster can bring out the best – and the worst – in people. For example, Lynn Cheney is beating the drums for an investigation of the Joe Sestak – White House Job Offer scandal which lawyers of both parties admit is a non-issue. But that doesn’t matter. A little blow job in the White House was no real issue either but it was a wonderful distraction from any real issues of the day. So while the Gulf burns, will the Joe Sestak story or some other story, become Obama’s “blow job”? Will the Sestak story or some other inane event be used to bring down his presidency and distract him from doing what is necessary to deal with the largest ecological disaster this country has ever faced? If so, what will that tell you about the moral fiber of those who will spearhead the assault on his presidency? What will it tell you about the true character of those who come from a party that “claims” to be more moral, more patriotic, more American than “the other party”?

The ultimate test of character is NOT what disaster you may have prevented, though there is certainly something to be said for such a person who is able to prevent a disaster, but is what you do WHEN disaster strikes. It is at this moment that you must make painful gut-wrenching decisions…decisions that are likely to be detrimental to the decision maker in the short term but which is the right thing to do for everyone else in the long term. Therefore, I say, to hell with abortion as a political litmus test. The Gulf of Mexico Oil Disaster is the REAL litmus. This will let us know who, among Republicans, Democrats, political pundits and various news outlets, who we should really be rallying behind. This will let us know who REALLY has the interest of the people at heart and who is concerned solely with self-aggrandizement.

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  • wow

    HaHa we reap what we sow .Thanks yanks your world leaders in everything.Even opening the door’s
    to doomsday!!

  • Scott Hutson

    A Sea of blood…Makes me think about prophecy. But that’s in a “make believe” world. In the real world, these things happen when we allow them to happen. Makes me sick (litteraly all of us) when we cause disasters, and then have so much trouble fixing the problem. Why? It dose’nt take a genius or a fortune teller to predict what has happened. It can be fixed. Can the damage be fixed? Too little too late should’nt be our Motto…..

    • Jeff

      Every damned day is more and more bad news. Why aren’t Americans marching in the streets? What the hell is wrong with them? Turn off the god damned iPhone and get the hell into the streets. Put up picket lines around every BP gas station. Send busloads of people to Washington. Do us old-timers have to show the young generation how to protest? Hell…I’ve spent many days on picket lines and bus trips to various protest sites. This nation has been asleep since the days of the great communicator who told us “Government is not a solution to our problem, government is the problem.” Of course government is the problem…when it has been run into the ground, when it has been completely emasculated. WTF!! Sheeple of America!! Wake Up and Smell The Crude Oil !!!

      • Scott Hutson

        Do Us Old-Timers have to show them…..? You and I have (and most people our age) watched our country (United States of America) learn the hard way about so many things that could have led to disaster. But when push came to shove, we came together and stopped fighting each other (briefly) and saved lives before more people died.(Viet-Nam on the list of many).

        Now we have a chance to do it again. But the non-stop 24hr. biased political (both sides) media are controling every move of our self centered leaders. Jeff, I don’t know allot of things, but I do know You are as upset as I am about, as you put it, Sheeple of America. Two heads are better than one, and any ideas are better than none. Your doing the right thing by speaking up in your Rants on video.

        • Jeff

          I’ll respond with this snippet of lyrics from the Kinks’ “Young Conservatives” They sum up the problem quite nicely. This is a changing…a wee bit…but certainly not enough.

          The establishment is winning,
          Now the battle’s nearly won.
          The rebels are conforming,
          See the father, now the sons.
          All the urgency and energy
          Have turned into complacency,
          Now the schools and universities are turning out a
          brand new breed of young conservatives.

          (See and also )

          • Scott Hutson

            The modern day events that can be seen in so many lyrics and the written words of so many poet’s years ago is remarkable. We were warned by what was seen then. Nothing changes, it only gets worse when we don’t listen. We are “Livin on the Edge”

  • Jeff


    It’s sad how many songs from the 30 years ago or more are referring to problems that are still with us. One of my favorites from way back is “Monster” by Steppenwolf.

    Our cities have turned into jungles
    And corruption is stranglin’ the land
    The police force is watching the people
    And the people just can’t understand
    We don’t know how to mind our own business
    ‘Cause the whole worlds got to be just like us
    Now we are fighting a war over there
    No matter who’s the winner
    We can’t pay the cost
    ‘Cause there’s a monster on the loose
    It’s got our heads into a noose
    And it just sits there watching


    I have to add that it is disheartening to see that the issues I cared about 30 years ago (or more) are still with us, have still not been solved.

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