Last night I had quite an unexpected surprise.
You see, at my hotel here in Thessaloniki, thereâ€™s a delegation from some group of the European Parliament called the Committee on Regional Development. Theyâ€™re here to helpâ€¦ Hey, isnâ€™t that what they always say? The Committee wants to supervise Greece working its way out of the debt crisis and make sure that Greeceâ€™s poor are getting the support they need.
The hotelâ€™s restaurant was filled with these sycophantic parasites last night- an entire room full of people with a superiority complex who think that they are entitled to make decisions about other peopleâ€™s lives and money.
They sat at dinner drinking fine wine and polishing up steak tartare making proud, bombastic proclamations about the virtues of foreign aid, the democratic process, and the great progress of Greeceâ€™s austerity measures.
dirtyrottenscoundrels 287x300 This is what passes for democracy in Greece... and America
Coincidentally, not 300 meters down the road, a campsite has been gathering for economic refugees, Thessalonikiâ€™s former middle class that has been vanquished by the crisis. Some of the children swung by the restaurantâ€™s outdoor terrace begging for change, only to be waved off by one of the delegateâ€™s extended pinkie fingers as he sipped his wine.
It couldnâ€™t have been more ironicâ€¦ the perfect image of what passes for democracy today, right here in the country that invented it.
Todayâ€™s democracy is nothing more that pseudo-authoritarian rule by an elite few, executed by legions of self-deluding freeloaders who have convinced themselves that their current bureaucratic roles are both necessary and honorableâ€¦ as well as a stepping stone into the next job which will be even more necessary and honorable.
With each successive position up the bureaucratic ladder comes more power, more privilegeâ€¦ until they actually expect to be called â€œThe Honorableâ€¦â€ so and so, or â€œHis Excellencyâ€ so and so, etc.
My dictionary suggests a few definitions for â€˜honorâ€™. One of them refers to a personâ€™s chastityâ€¦ and I doubt it applies in this case given the political establishmentâ€™s Twitter record. The other definition says, â€œconferred as a distinction, especially an official award for bravery or achievement.â€
In the United States, they must be confusing the term â€˜achievementâ€™ with â€˜destroying the economy and culture of the formerly most powerful nation on earth.â€™ President Obama is apparently so honorable that he canâ€™t even be bothered to hold negotiations anymore about debt compromise, arguing that Ronald Reagan wouldnâ€™t be doing thatâ€¦
He seems more concerned about his esteem and rank being respected than facing the grim facts of economic reality.
Simultaneous on Capitol Hill, Comrade Bernanke sent the dollar plummeting once again. Just to put things in perspective, the entire eurozone is on the precipice of a meltdown, and the euro had been falling for days. The second this man opened his mouth, the dollar plungedâ€¦ indicating that investors would rather take a chance on European insolvency than Bernanke.
It was truly patheticâ€¦ and yet another example of what passes for democracy today: One man who has never been elected is essentially given control of the money supply to do with it as he deems best in his sole discretion.
All in all, as usual, itâ€™s going to come down to the taxpayers. The bureaucrats will go on enjoying their steak tartare and ignoring the huddled masses. The politicians will go on posturing over title. The central bankers will keep making interest free loans to their friends and destroying their currencies. We get stuck with the fallout.
In the end, the governments will make it a matter of national security and patriotism, ensuring that we â€˜do our duty to the nationâ€™ by coughing up more of our livelihood. I stumbled across this WW2 propaganda video a few days ago in which Daffy Duck tells us all that itâ€™s our patriotic duty to give as much as possible to the government.