Battle Hymn (Brought Down To Date)

Mine eyes have seen the orgy of the launching of the Sword;
He is searching out the hoardings where the stranger’s wealth is stored;
He hath loosed his fateful lightnings, and with woe and death has scored;
His lust is marching on.

I have seen him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps;
They have builded him an altar in the Eastern dews and damps;
I have read his doomful mission by the dim and flaring lamps—
His night is marching on.

I have read his bandit gospel writ in burnished rows of steel:
“As ye deal with my pretensions, so with you my wrath shall deal;
Let the faithless son of Freedom crush the patriot with his heel;
Lo, Greed is marching on!”

We have legalized the strumpet and are guarding her retreat;
Greed is seeking out commercial souls before his judgement seat;
O, be swift, ye clods, to answer him! be jubilant my feet!
Our god is marching on!

In a sordid slime harmonious Greed was born in yonder ditch,
With a longing in his bosom—and for others’ goods an itch.
As Christ died to make men holy, let men die to make us rich—
Our god is marching on.

-Mark Twain

A Real Problem

But especially since the Bush administration’s reaction to September 11, 2001, the United States has increasingly become the world’s most notorious jailer. … [I]t appears to be under pressure to “balance” such punctual criticism by blanket denunciations of governments targeted for regime change by the United States.

Amnesty International has devoted extraordinary attention to the Pussy Riot case, while totally ignoring, for instance, the threat of U.S. prosecution that led Julian Assange to seek political asylum.

This is becoming a real problem, where formerly reliable protest organizations are being subverted by the powers that be. This really should even concern the most conservative of people as the same people who head up these organizations increasingly focus on more PC social issues, allowing the US to try position itself as a great defender of homosexual (which in many societies is a real issue) and abortion rights even as it ignores more fundamental rights such as the right to not be bombed to all hell. 

-Read More At CounterPunch.