( – promoted by buhdydharma )
In our much-heralded two-party system which has been hyped as the engine of the Greatest Democracy in the History of the World (never mind we don’t have a democracy but a republic, because the common man can’t be trusted to self-govern without the checks and balances of an Aristocratic Elite,) both parties are wholly owned subsidiaries of a kleptomaniacal Corporatacracy. The People are but a society of suckers for hoodwinking at election time in a fool-me-again space-time continuum which makes déjà vu look like suspended animation.
Many of us on the left, as we watched the Democrats suck-face after the stolen election of 2000 with not only the worst, but the most evil regime in American History, knew the score. The hyperbolic, unreflecting, over-reaction to 911, the crazy lying war drum rhetoric against Iraq and Iran, the illegal wars, the systemic torture approved at the top, the blame game against Islamo-fascists fighting a defensive jihad against Western crusaders – all these things which the Democrats supported was the “those with eyes to see” years for many of us.
Then as America’s misadventure in Iraq went to predictable shit through mismanagement, bigotry and cruelty and the anti-war sentiment grew, we engaged in 2006 to win back Congress from the nut-job haters and grifters called Republicans. Then we saw the immediate Democratic capitulation to the Surge, which was nothing but a multi-billion dollar campaign of Sunni bribery to stop the internecine insurgency we created through invasion and occupation against a despotic government we used to call friend. The over-the-top terrorism subsided as money was shuffled to tribal leaders’ Swiss Bank Accounts which gave an appearance of success to the Surge. The anti-war movement died and the Democrats were free to do what they do best – collect bribes from lobbyists and plot their return to the Presidency – where the real money is to be made.
Then in the 2008 election progressives and liberals eventually threw their weight behind Obama’s Promise of Change. He was elected resoundingly with a mandate to reform the system which systemically screws the common man in favor of the Corporate Borg. But before the election we had an economic melt-down which the Banksters used to threaten martial law and social chaos if the People didn’t pony up and pay trillions in Ransom to billionaires in a reverse-Robin Hood kidnapping scheme which made the Regan/Bush tax cuts for the rich look like chump-change. Obama unveiled his economic team to save the day and from the get-go we saw change was an illusion used to hoodwink us yet again. Obama staffed his staff with corporate hacks, establishmentarians, dynastic elites and egomaniacal douche-bags like Rahm Emmanuel.
Obama was revealed an imposter. Just another poster boy for the way things are.
He staked his Presidency on Health Care Reform and refused to lead the fight. He played the Shell Game in Iraq, moving troops around but not out. He said he’d close Gitmo and lied. He embraced his own private Vietnam in Afghanistan – with the same inevitable result on the way brought about by the hubris of the American Military fighting the next in a long line of low-browed, camel-jockeying cave-dwellers. Can you say Sand Gook? I knew that you could. Now he’s renditioning con-men contractors without the rule of law. He refuses to recuse himself of the Unitary Executive Presidency – a dictatorship by any other name. He plays patty-cake with the insane nutjobs of the GOP whose stated goal is his political obliteration. Some people claim he’s ten-steps-ahead-of-us savvy. But just because you go to an Ivy League school doesn’t mean you ain’t stupid. Lawyers are a dime a dozen. Politicians a dime a gross.
Bush had a failed Presidency in his first eight months too. Until God provided him with the saving grace of 911. What will God provide Obama? What evil prayers rise from the robot zombie army of birthers, deathers, ignorant patriots and religious zealots who a generation or two ago were lynching an ex-slave population and blaming Eve for man’s fall from grace?
When is enough enough? When do we pick ourselves up from the dust of disillusion for the last time? When do we refuse to be fooled again? When can we admit America is a failed state and reboot to America 2:0?
Is it because our pride, our exceptionalism can’t let us admit defeat? Is our American Heritage so strong we are unable to remove our rose-colored glasses which hide the truth of our heritage as a vain and mean Empire which uses its bludgeoning big stick more often than not while prattling on about freedom and democracy? Are more than 700 foreign military bases worldwide spitting at George Washington’s warning against foreign entanglements?
Isn’t it time America stopped looking into Snow White’s wicked Stepmother’s magic mirror which lied to her every day? Our country is a sham of its pretentions.
Ben Franklin said we had a Republic if we could keep it. And we couldn’t. We let it slip away. If the price of liberty is eternal vigilance then we have been asleep at the wheel. We gave the power of our National Purse, the control of our money-supply, to private banking interests which have brought the country to ruin. The People are not allowed to audit its masters in the Federal Reserve. We let Corporations decide national security policy. Honduras is just the latest example. United Fruit, now Chiquita, is still bribing despots to murder their own people for profit. The litany of our intervention, interference and greed is legion. We can’t stop our eternal evil wars because war is our only export and the country’s economic health depends upon the success of the military-industrial-complex. We can’t have quality affordable health care because bureaucrats have taken over for doctors and the Hippocratic Oath tossed away in favor of ROI. In education, Critical Thinking has given way to Conformity and career promotion is based upon going along to get along – sucking up.
The People are crying their way to poor houses and debtors’ prison while the fat-cats laugh their way to the bank. Same as it ever was.
So when is enough enough? Some say to foment a populist third party is a fool’s errand because it can’t win. But what benefit do the people derive from the Party which does win – it’s the same party. The only difference is one prefers band-aids and one prefers amputation. But the policies are the same. Protect the Corporation. Face down the competition with fear. Kill them if they resist. What good does the two-party system do for the common man? Wages stagnant for a generation. The rich get richer while the rest of us fight for crumbs. And we call this freedom. The person with the most money has the loudest voice in the debate and we call this democracy.
What change for the GOOD has happened in our lifetime? African Americans don’t have to ride in the back of the bus, but they still live in ghettos. GLBTers face the threat of violent persecution daily and are told to just shut-up and don’t tell – and whatever you do don’t kiss in public. A vast underclass seethes in despair and face egregious Tasering by police if they complain. The middle class is in freefall. The ranks of the impoverished grow. Kids are disillusioned because they see no future. We’ve gone from citizen to consumer to commoditized chattel born into debt and encouraged to ‘claw our way to the top’ over the backs of our fellow human beings.
And we call ourselves blessed to live in the freest nation in the history of the world. Which just shows you how bad the rest of the world has it under the thumb of corporate colonialism.
So, enough is enough. We know that now, once and for all.
So what do we do?
…to be continued.