It’s been clear for a long time to many of us, and as time passes more and more catch on to the fact that, the Democrats, especially Barack Obama are frauds and, once again, America has been Punked. Bush was the Compassionate Conservative and Obama was the Crusader for Change – fundamental and necessary change to a system which only works for the few.
But since his election, from the zealous defense of a dangerously designed, corrupt and criminal financial system to escalating Bush’s illegal wars of aggression to defending Bush’s dictatorship by presidency to obviously not changing a thing but cementing the status quo (Rule by Corporation), the Obama administration has proved the two-party system is a one-party system and that party is about the plunder by the rich of the rest of humanity.
Lefties like me threw in with Obama because while a political middle-of-the-roader, he seemed the most honest and decent of the two viable Democratic candidates. After years of disappointment in the Vichy Congressional Democrats; after giving them back Congress in 2006 on an anti-war fervor and then watch the Democrats try to out Republican the Republicans in their do-nothing-for-people-do-everything-for-the-corporate-boardrooms politics – in spite of our better instincts we threw in with Obama as a last chance for the Democrats to get it right. The last chance.
But as we see things unfold and we understand the Obama Administration is a continuation of the Bush administration in foreign policy and apparently completely ineffectual domestically. Instead of an overhaul to the greed machine we get lost in fogs of doubletalk and accounting tricks and business goes on as usual; profits are pulled out of a magic hat which reaches down into the people’s pockets.
Obama parrots the Neocons “we’re at war against terror,” but our enemies are third-world impoverished nomads who’ve suffered centuries of Colonialism. These unconstitutional wars are not meant to protect Americans in a dangerous world but to secure and maintain access to resources in a competition between imperial giants.
If LIFE is an inalienable right then isn’t health an inalienable necessity to life? If some rights are inalienable then why must we keep fighting for them from the same old people for millennia? Instead of fighting for health care for, of and by the people, we’re fighting for a ‘public option’ which in the end will be public in name only – kind of like the Federal Reserve that way.
Why do people always have to fight for crumbs from those who own the bakery? Why don’t the people own their own bakery?
No, and I understand the die-hards still trying to give Obama and the Democrats another chance and ask for patience, it’s only been six months, can’t turn a ship yada-yada-yada. Because to admit we’ve been Punked again, throws responsibility back on ourselves to do something about it. Because if someone like Barack Obama, the most charismatic, popular and centered politician in a generation can’t accomplish more than window dressing and hyperbole, then it means one of two things:
1. Obama is a corrupt lying bastard like most other politicians
2. Our System of Government can’t be fixed from the inside
And this is the crux; it’s the system, not the politician. I suspect, for those folks who enter ‘public service’ as a service to the public and not for personal self-aggrandizement, their motives are good and pure to do right by the people who elected them, even though the money raised to win election in our corrupt system comes mostly from fat-cats with an agenda of maximum profit and minimum interference. But, still, I think many who go to Washington or State government, believe they can do good in spite of the system because aren’t we all patriotic Mr. Smiths when it all comes down to it?
But then reality sets in and it doesn’t take long for the Citizen Politician to understand who really runs things and what government is really for (to protect property and profits against the people.). So they settle. They settle for the crumbs called pork and go home to ask for votes because Mr. Smith brought home a bridge to nowhere. Meanwhile all legislation goes to the war machine, the profit machine and the perpetual motion status-quo machine.
When she said, “let them eat cake,” that ‘them’ was us the people, starving to death on crumbs and at wits end to change a centuries’ old system of privilege and entitlement. Revolution came quick and the silly girl lost her head.
It’s not Obama is an Emperor with No Clothes, it’s that America is. The abyss between rhetoric and reality is a chasm which separates rich from poor, people from government and people from each other. America talks about peace and prosperity but we practice war and plunder. America talks liberty and justice for all but we practice subjugation and torture. America talks a good game of populist rhetoric but she is owned lock, stock and barrel by corporate and aristocratic elites who make Marie Antoinette look like Betty Crocker.
This is where we are. Like it or not. Admit or not.
There will be no change for the people, for the better, from within this system.
It’s our move. And that’s why we need a new, independent, Populist Party to sweep people back into power and sweep the filth of corruption, neglect and deceit from the Halls of Congress and the Oval Office.
A populist third party movement won’t be easy, but it’s doable and is our only option. The Republican and Democrats are compromised beyond repair. They are impediments to change and not agents of change.
The real question is what are we? A people? Or a giant human hog farm.