We’ve tried plan B. That was the elite blogger pipe dream about electing better Democrats. That plan failed because there is no criteria for determining, especially in this Vaudeville act we call American elections, who is really better.
When it is the system itself that corrupts, it really doesn’t matter who you elect. Does it?
So plan B has failed. Got that? It failed. It will continue to fail. No criteria. No money to compete with those who purchase our politicians daily. No money or system to organize a counter-offensive to those who buy our politicians.
Did you read the New Yorker piece on the Koch brothers? The part about them alone spending more than 100 million dollars to shape American politics? That’s just two people. There are thousands of them. Not all on their scale of course. But the money is ridiculous.
We are not going to buy our government back. We can’t afford it.
So before we talk about plan C, can we at least have the fortitude to admit that plan B has failed? That we cannot elect “better Democrats” because even if they are saints, the system will not allow their sainthood?
One of the super big arguments the Democratic loyalists love to spit out is that Republicans are so much worse. To that I say prove it.
We just had two big election that changed parties and what do we have to show for it?
The only thing that has substantially changed with Obama and the Democratic Congress is the label. It’s as though they removed the Pepsi label and just stuck on a Coke label. It’s still, fundamentally, the exact same carbonated syrup beverage.
Yes, I know there are some issues that the Dems are clearly better on. But those issues never have anything to do with money. Supporting civil rights doesn’t hurt Goldman Sachs’ bottom line. Does it?
The Democratic loyalists love to use the word purity. This devious little term has two connotations. One, that our expectations are arbitrarily preferential – as though we are choosing one brand of biscuit over another. And two, that they are unrealistically high.
But the reality is that we are at a crossing point. As David Degraw writes in “15 Signs American Society Is Coming Apart at the Seams“:
The economic elite have launched an attack on the U.S. public and society is unraveling at an increased rate.
There is no other way to put it. We are under attack. They are looting the people’s real wealth. They are sabotaging our environment and looting our resources. They have engaged in information warfare to manipulate public opinion. They are setting up a mass surveillance state using telecommunications technology and the internet. They have even taken over our most sacred democratic instrument: the ballot box.
The Democratic party is complicit in all of this.
They are now implementing so-called austerity measures in the US that the IMF and World Bank have been imposing on poor third world countries for decades.
They have manuals for how to deal with the aftermath of austerity measures. It involves a massive police state. Mass cages. Mass propaganda.
But it can’t happen here? Please. It is all around you. The public (now there’s a quaint word) coffers are being bled dry.
They will not stop until we are a fully corporate controlled state.
And the new Democratic president, with the ephemeral Democratic majorities in both houses have not slowed the corporatists advances one bit. To the contrary, they have accelerated those advances. The banks are more powerful now than they were before Obama took office. They are tightening the net. We are losing our democracy and our country, without a shot being fired.
Now, I believe that when Republicans run for office, they should have to do so under the Republican banner. Continuing to allow Republicans to run as Democrats, and have all the so-called progressives rush out every election cycle to support them, is not only a mistake, it is catastrophic.
And that is exactly what we’ve been doing. Electing Republicans under the Democratic label. This has two effects. It weakens the electorate by denying us real electoral options. And it dilutes the Democratic brand, making whatever is left of the ideological correlation between the Democratic party and progressive policy prescriptions nonexistent.
In other words, it has rendered the Democrats as empty shells who believe nothing, and stand for nothing.
The people, want a choice. The people, want an alternative to right wing corporatist economic insanity. The corporate controlled media does a damn good job of concealing this fact. But despite all their billions of dollars in public relations operation and countless media outless that the real left could only dream of, THE PEOPLE still want a government that will protect them, their jobs, their economic security and their communities.
With both major political parties fully captured by the Amerika Inc., the people don’t have that choice.
Now I have exhausted the “lesser of two evils” argument for many years now. People always fall back on, “but think how bad it will be under Sarah Palin, as though she has a chance in hell of reaching the White House (they like ’em dumb, but not that dumb).
The perspective people should be looking through is that of the corporatist elites pulling the strings. Why do they need Democrats to win occasionally? What purpose does that serve?
The purpose of the Democratic party, from the view of the ruling class, is to manage leftist discontent. That is why they backed Barack Obama and ALLOWED him to win. They needed someone to stop the tide of unrest and discontent that was reaching explosive levels in the fall of 2008. Obama rode that tide to the White House and then promptly killed it.
The role of the Republicans, specifically the radical right like Beck and Palin, is to move the line of acceptable discourse so far to the right, that you have to sprain your neck to see the center. It’s called the Overton Window which is, coincidentally, the title of Glenn Beck’s #1 NY Times bestselling novel.
Will some please tell me that you know you’re being played? Anyone? And I don’t just mean recognize that the Democrats are corporatist too, but actually grasp what the fuck I’m talking about here. That it’s all a charade?
By all means. Rush out and vote Democrat. But all you’re doing is supporting the very system that is destroying your future. Talk about right wingers voting against their own interests.
So what is plan C? Recently, it was stated that your vote is the only power you have left. In fact, it is precisely the opposite. The only power you have left is your willingness to not vote. Or, at least not vote for either of the two major parties.
I will write in my dog’s name before I vote for another Republican disguised as a Democrat so that he or she may validate and provide cover for the continuous attack on my country.
I will do everything in my power to deny Amerika Inc. its best weapon yet at weakening and silencing the real left in this country. No more.
I fear for my life. I mostly fear for the lives of my children. I have little confidence that we can defeat this multi-billion dollar attack machine that has been assembled by psychopathic billionaires and their countless servants. They have done a smash-up job of rigging the game. I am in awe of it constantly. But I know my history.
Every major shift to the left in the last century has resulted not from incremental steps by a compromised leftish party (much less a captured one).
It has resulted from the excesses of those in power who just can’t stop themselves from taking so much that the people revolt.
God help us. And Bill Gates owns a big piece of Monsanto now.
So, when all is said and done, if I have to choose between a Republican winning an election, or a Republican disguised as a Democrat winning, I would much rather have the Republican. At least then we know what we’re dealing with.