Anthology – Peoples’ Plan for Life, Now and Forever …
If you think yourself normal you surely searched your memory for people like Hoyos you have heard about, even in some cases known. They mean well, don’t they. What if the world had a national leader, say a President or Chancellor of a large and powerful nation, a colossus with a world reach, who was at bottom, a Hoyos? In 2000 there was one – George W. Bush. The moment his name first popped up as a potential Republican candidate for president, a former Governor of Texas, son of George H. W. Bush, the U. S.’s 41st president, it could be seen that he might, with proper handling, win the nomination and the presidency. And so he did. You will meet the chronicler of this journey in Family of Secrets, The Bush Dynasty, The Powerful Forces That Put it in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America, by Russ Baker, Bloomsbury Press, New York, 2009, ISBN 978-1-59691-557-2. Mr. Baker consulted upwards of 500 books to write this, and innumerable interviews of people with knowledge of the people and events described. Bush No. 43’s ignorance of history was every bit as monumental as his hubris. Yet, with all the transparency through which his essence could be seen (as later reported brilliantly by Mr. Baker), the public put him in office.
At the time of this writing, he has escaped any sanction for his reckless behavior. His policies openly flouted international law. We helped establish that law at great national cost to our blood and treasure. Bush’s policies continue to be embraced by a segment of the public that has placed strong advocacy for them into positions of leverage at crucial junctures – and Bush himself, with critical appointments to the Supreme Court. Now corporations can own more than the means of production. They can own Congress and the Presidency, and they do. It takes a lot of money to win office today, and the corporations, employing former legislators and administration appointees and retired military officials, lobby for their access to current legislators and administrations using that purchased expertise. [see also Perkins, above, and Safina, below.] If you doubt this, consider the percentage of elected officials that have obtained millionaire status after assuming office. [Editorial in NY Times of December 3, 2011, and NY Times page 1, news item about benefits in Oklahoma to family members of congressman related to legislation of gas leases, December 4, 2011, and Throw Them All Out! just published exposé of rampant insider trading by members of congress on products they’ve been negotiating new laws to govern, such as health care, by Peter Schweizer, © 2011, ISBN 978 0 547 57314 4.]
But that issue is for other authors and a different kind of effort than can be addressed in Anthology. I do earnestly hope enterprising individuals will make the case successfully in time for the U.S. citizenry to regain their democratic voices, assuming they think it matters. For this Anthology I must resolve to assay writing that centers on humankind’s penchant to cause harm to all life, and its indifference to the consequences of ignoring this penchant.