Many years ago, Thomas Gray penned these famous words that still ring true and apply to the workings of those who own America:
Far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife,
Their sober wishes never learned to stray;
Along the cool sequestered vale of life
They kept the noiseless tenor of their way.
(Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard)
In fact, the year ended with a lot of "ignoble strife" in America: white police officers killing black males; a black male killing two police officers in New York City. And let's not forget about the CIA. The Senate Report on CIA torture reveled details on how the agency tortured suspected terrorists, brutal in its methods and ineffective with regard to maintaining meaningful intelligence.
Same old, same old. Different year, same old shit. Only the names have changed.
Yet, above the heated fray that defines daily life in America, sit the owners of America, who go about quietly doing their business of sucking up as much cash as they possibly can. No more ching, ching. Just the noiseless transfer of zeroes and ones from our electronic accounts into theirs.
Although their methods have changed, the tenor of their ways have not, something best captured by George Carlin in his classic rant about the power structure of American society:
So, what can we expect for 2015? Pretty much the same as 2014: increasing inequality and more weird weather as the planet continues to heat up. These two things go hand in hand.
Nevertheless, I would take this opportunity to wish Happy New Year to all of you that take the time to read my blog. May your year be filled with joy and love.