Pete Hamill: 1994: “In the wider society, true to the principles of conflict, an often bewildering variety of social factions batter at one another for position and victory. – The goal is dominance. The goal is vengeance: to take no prisoners and in Murray Kempton’s phrase, “shoot the wounded.” (1)
“The unraveling process can have many names: fragmentation, disunification, atomization, balkanization, disintegration. Thoughtful men and women – have looked at the battlefield from different positions. They offer their own analyses of the causes of and remedies for the Endgame psychology of permanent division and confrontation. But most agree about the symptoms.”
Almost a hundred years after the last great immigration wave changed the face of American society, vast numbers of Americans-including, sadly, the best educated-are again being taught to identify themselves with the qualifying adjectives of race, religion, ethnicity, and gender. The idea of the melting pot is dismissed as cultural genocide, replaced by a social worker’s version of predestination. American identities state the clerics of the dogma, are not shaped by will, choice, reason, intelligence, and desire but by membership in groups. They are not individuals but components of categories – And such categories they believe are destiny.”
Kirwan: 2002: The above redefinition of the American identity is part of what has torn us into factions. And in that segregation we became ripe for this further attack upon what was left of us as a people. The War on Freedom, is a war on human rights, on personal freedom, and on a way of life. This is the confrontation that lies beneath the power grab by our world-dictator in waiting, Gee-Dubya Bush. As long as individuals continue to resist this criminal behavior by this administration, there remains some chance that reason might yet prevail, that military force may yet be told – stand-down! So, that powerfully contrary force of the American individual has of necessity become a major target, of the Bush cabal, for ‘elimination-with extreme prejudice.’
2012 (k): Ten Years later we have the answer that remained UNKNOWN in 2002: The so-called military has been co-opted ripped apart from the inside out, turned into too many mindless and terrorized vets who woke up too late to even save themselves, much less the nation that used them, then sold-them out too: On battlefields around the world that have been a disgrace to any and all who ever wore that uniform. With bases in 190 countries around the world, America has become a toothless-tiger using worn out equipment and exhausted troops to try and recreate yet another global-victory which this time will be a massive disaster that will smash this Empire because we had too many controllers, and no real fighters among us.
We have allowed ourselves to be controlled by the Vatican, by the UN and NATO, as well as by that shitty-little quagmire called Israel, and in the end not even the world’s most powerful Empire can survive that many OUTLAW directors-so we shall go down to defeat, over a nation that we’ve already attacked illegally, twice before (Iran). (2)
This time the world will no longer just watch and wait for the inevitable collapse of not just our money but of our influence around the world as well: This time the rest of those that oppose us will be heard from and millions will die in that massive slaughter which America still has no idea of-but it’s out there just waiting for the suicide to commence. Oh – and it’s being ORCHESTRATED against the USA by none other than the TRAITORS inside this government with “Israeli” before their hyphenated names, and these bastards will be the first to die once that war begins!
Pete Hamill 1994: “In America now it is always Us against Them and Them against Us. And to display its anger, its righteousness, our side must be in conflict with their side.
It’s not enough to be an American, you must despise, attack, diminish, and empty the guts of those millions of other Americans who are not like you. Every grave must be pried open by scholarship, every smashed bone waved in triumph like a relic, every ancient crime posted on the schoolhouse door.”
“The result is a society in apparently permanent, teeming, nerve-fraying conflict: blacks against whites; straights against gays; gays against priests; priests against abortionists; sun people against ice people; citizens against immigrants; Latinos against Anglos; people who work against those who don’t; town against gown; blacks against Jews; the orthodox against the reformers; cops against bad guys; lawyers against cops; Crips against Bloods; Good guys and bad guys. Oppressors and oppressed. White hats and black hats. And vice-versa. Us against them and them against Us. And get outta my fuckin’ face.”
Kirwan 2002: Eight years ago this month – the above was one version of the social landscape, but one that seemed to carry a lot of weight. Now eight years on, what have we become? Apparently we ran out of internal enemies and wars. We appear to have now transferred our hatreds to other continents and other peoples – because there’s more value for the monetarily interested few, in the dissension and the strife, that has replaced what was once shaped by will, by choice, by reason, by intelligence, and by desire. This new American oppressor would seem to be a pathetic substitute for any definition of what it once meant to be a human being.
2012 (k): Ten Years further and the results were hideously expected, but still incredible. Now we are creating wars around the planet in so many places we can barely identify them all and every month brings us into yet another conflict as if we have a bottomless treasury to go with our endless wars-but we are broke beyond belief, owing at the moment over 32 Trillion in DEBT alone: With no hope of ever paying off any of this number because it is larger than the entire world could ever accumulate-and everyone KNOWS that this is true as well!
The time has come to answer for our crimes before the world that knows us for what we’ve become; and we have no friends in any other place because we have managed to alienate every other force on the planet-just to satisfy our greed. It’s going to be a very ugly ending for the Empire, but its something that was and still is very definitely EXPECTED!
Pete Hamill 1994: “But there are additional confusions. All the victimized ethnic categories contain men. And feminist rhetoric of the Endgame insists that men are themselves a group of oppressors- brutal, insensitive, selfish, & murderous. Catherine MacKinnon and others use the word men, in the same generalized blurry way that woman is used. This astonishingly broad category-men-is defined all too easily by people who believe that the same state of victimhood is endured by the Wellesley graduate and the woman grinding corn in the hills of Chiapas, by Billie Holliday and Katharine Graham – the existentialist philosophers of my youth insisted that existence preceded essence, that you were born and then you forged your identity; the philosophers of gender and ethnicity insist that essence precedes existence.”
Kirwan 2002: Once the normal activities of the culture had been trivialized and compartmentalized in the extreme, as cited above, then where else could all the anger and hatred go? So when the general antagonism reached it’s zenith between groups – it would appear that the only option left was to turn on the components of civility itself; those men and women who are all there is of the human race, as we have come to know it. If the nation were an individual, it would probably be perceived as psychotic, if not suicidal.
2012 (k): Forget “men & women” what we saw in both 1994 and 2002 was just the beginning because what we finally turned all that into by 2012 are just herds of males and females that have no testosterone, no soul and absolutely nothing worth preserving in the world of any reality.
1994:”The notion of education as therapy has led to the distortion of history, the reduction of standards, and, in the new-fashioned American style, the creation of enemies. The examination of the American identity is made subservient to the word before the hyphen. Obviously the accomplishments of American blacks, Latinos, other minorities, and women, should be made known to all Americans, not to make them feel better but to make them know more about their own country and the world of which it is a part. Alas, that is not the goal.” “The endless energy-sapping debate over ‘multiculturalism’ is an example of the more general problem. The word itself is an oxymoron. Every bookshelf is multi-cultural. Every library is multicultural. Every educated man and woman is multicultural. Culture is multicultural.”
Kirwan 2002: With this set-up, the population of the U.S. was easily divisible into ever-smaller niche factions, further dividing the body politic, and thereby emphasizing the differences between peoples over the far more numerous similarities that we all share with one another. How much of this multicultural dictum is still remembered today, and what has it done for the liberation of any particular faction – compared to the potential harm done by its heavy-handed introduction which destroyed much of the commonality that once held the nation together?
2012 (k): And again the last ten years has opened yet another massive surprise: Multiculturalism vanished to become “the CHOSEN people”, and ONLY the chosen people, forever! They’ve literally taken over the entire United States and there is now no room anywhere for anyone not of THE CHOSEN RACE. Our FREEDOM’S gone replaced by one of the pillars of Empire which they won outright-but once that becomes totally clear to the rest of the planet; then the world will RISE again and this time there will be nothing left of that gang of murdering-lying-thieves to ever surface anywhere again; because this time the Zionists really have GONE WAY TOO FAR to be allowed to ever live again!
Pete Hamill 1994: “In the raging battle over education-Literature and history have common intentions: to discover the truth about human beings. They can’t be shaped by a creed, an ideology, or a thesis; they can’t be wrapped in the straightjackets of political fashion. Stalinist novels were not novels: they were tracts. Hitler’s movies were not art; they were propaganda. Mao’s poetry is the stuff of wall posters. There have been great Marxist historians, including our own Eugene D. Genovese, but they didn’t alter the facts to prove the thesis. In the end history should be history, not an alibi.”
“__As presented, there is no solution, because the apocalyptic demand is for the alteration of the past or a surrender of intelligence or an assumption of guilt by the living for the crimes of the dead. But resolution isn’t the point of all this sound and fury. Fragmentation is the point. Segregation is the point. Conflict is all. We’re Americans. We have been conditioned to prefer conflict to boredom. We prefer violence to talk. We prefer war to peace. We prefer lies to truth. Clear the board citizen: We’re reaching Endgame.”
Kirwan 2002: It would seem to be too simple to assume that the new American fundamentalists of the extreme right were bright enough to have designed the above attacks upon society: however, they certainly seemed to have employed the tenets outlined in the last paragraph to their full advantage; at least in these last two years of the Gee Dubya nightmare. It seems difficult to believe that it was only eight years ago this month, that these topics were being written about so openly, and so well by Pete Hamill. Today seems to be light-years away from the candor and the clarity of Mr. Hamill’s words from 1994.
2012 (k): Ah but yet again we were wrong again; simply because most could never have dared to envision a world where “reading” has become obscene as well as “beside the point.” Oh yes and “THOUGHT-CRIME” is now a reality in this version of Orwell’s “1984” where we are now proud to have so far surpassed Orwell, or even science-fiction, to have arrived at a place and time outside the rules of any laws-and yet this fact alone will sentence us all to pay and pay and pay again until there is nothing left of anyone or anything to bother with-because our world will contain nothing but ruins, but at least Obama’s words below will remain true, even though he too will be gone!
End of Part Two
“I tried in 2002 for several months to contact Mr. Hamill, to ask him to revisit his article and to update his views based on the new paradigm. I was unsuccessful, in finding him, or in finding the original article so that I could simply send out a link.”
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