by Ben Schreiner
1. Kill Foreigners
Every president must
consolidate his or her domestic power. And long the best way to
consolidate power within the world’s lone indispensable nation has been to
knock off a few foreigners. This services your power in three ways.
First, it ensures the profitability of the defense industry—i.e., your
corporate masters. Second, it proves that you are sufficiently tough,
not some peacenik wuss. And third, it makes your subjects feel safe; for
nothing seems to bring greater comfort to Americans than knowing someone,
somewhere has been snuffed out in the service of their
But not just any
foreigner will do here. Generally think of the impoverished, faraway
type. But right now, really any Muslim will do just fine.
2. “Save” Social Security and Medicare
To destroy is sometimes to
save. Remember Vietnam? Well, the American social safety net is just
such a case. Social Security and Medicare can only be truly “saved”
they are gutted and stripped to the bone. So freely hack away
at the both. And if anyone left of the Democratic Leadership Council
dares cry foul, remember all you're asking for is a little “shared
Meanwhile, keep in
mind that any political price to be paid for “saving” popular social programs
will be offset by the freeing up of yet more funds for the
killing of yet more foreigners.
3. Support Israel
Israel is the
world’s second indispensable nation. It, too, can really do no
wrong. Of course, believing this is a prerequisite for even running for
president. So then, think of Israel not of an apartheid state, but of a
beacon of democracy in the rough and tumble Middle East in need of money,
weapons, and all the diplomatic cover possible from that unruly mob known as
the United Nations General Assembly.
4. Threaten to Kill Even More Foreigners
president’s mettle will come to be questioned, his or her power
imperiled. When this occurs, threaten to start killing even more
foreigners. “All options,” you should say, “are on the table.” In
others words, let it be known that you’re not afraid of nuking somebody.
And as to whom to threaten with nuclear annihilation, best consult the world’s
second indispensable nation.
5. Target Leakers
Well, not all leakers.
Leaks revealing how tough you are “terrorists” (you know, those
foreigners you must kill) are quite permissible. There’s nothing wrong
with a little late night whispering into the trusted ears of those in the respectable
press (Barbara Starr, Bob Schieffer, David Gregory, etc.). It’s those leaking to actual—known today as
advocacy—journalists that must be targeted with extreme prejudice.
And if still in
doubt over whether a leak is to be tolerated or not, remember this simple rule:
if it furthers your political agenda and power, it’s permissible. All other leaks
are to be treated as heinous crimes against the state, the culprits condemned as traitors.
6. Fight for the “Middle Class”
This is actually a
whole lot easier than it may first appear. After all, the American
“middle class” is all but extinct. There's really not much in the way
fight for. But nonetheless, Americans still stubbornly cling to that
illusory American Dream. What an adorable people! So play along
with the simpletons, and go ahead and rhetorically fight for the “middle
as much as you please. Your true service to your corporate overlords
need not be
hindered by your words.
7. Snoop on Everyone. Really, EVERYONE
Phone calls, emails,
web searches, video chats, and even snail mail: collect it all. For when
killing foreigners and “fighting for the middle class” just isn’t enough to
starve off domestic revolt, snooping on everyone will be crucial in helping the
elite maintain their grip on power. And this—preserving the safety and
stability of the ruling elite—is really what the job is all about. That, and advancing your own power.
8. Kill Some Americans, Too
If killing some
foreigners nets you greater domestic power, imagine what taking out a few of
your fellow citizens can do—minors included!
But before you start
going too crazy, don't just kill any American (at least not yet...).
Think, once again, of the faraway, Muslim type. You really can’t kill
enough of them.
9. Act on the International Responsibility to Protect
Okay, so this is really just
another reminder to kill foreigners with all the latest expensive toys from the
merchants of death.
But strictly on a
personal level, the next time you send in the shock troops you might want to go ahead and actually try and deceive
yourself into believing in the “responsibility to protect” rhetoric.
Running a global hit squad can take a bit of a personal toll. So
feel free to rationalize your crimes a bit. Imagine yourself as a
homicidal sociopath with a moral code of sorts. Think Dexter with drones
and Hellfire missiles.
10. Lie Through Your Teeth
Are you killing
to enhance your own political power and further line the pockets of your
corporate clients? No,
protecting American lives with precise kinetic actions targeting confirmed militants.
Are you working
to dismantle Medicare and Social Security? No, fighting the good fight on behalf of the middle class.
But certainly you
are spying on all Americans, right? What a silly question; that would be against the law.
You get the idea…
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