The political debates happening as of early October, have no bearing on reality at all. Reality is the United States has two imperialist, interventionist parties – and the only question is to what degree do you want to detach yourself from the reality of fading imperial power. The Democratic Party, with Obama as current lead spokesperson, is positioning itself as the lesser of two evils, as we have seen time after time throughout recent political history.
However, the truth is the Democrats are just more covert in their methods. They really share the same goals, and even the same mindset as the Republicans. We saw this when Hillary Clinton was perplexed by the fact that the Libyans would turn against the US “in a country we helped to liberate.” That is a pretty astounding degree of detachment from the actual reality of events on the ground in Libya, considering above all, the Libyans never asked us to liberate them. It has become quite apparent, perhaps more so with the horrible events in Syria, that only those from the outside of Libya, as well as a small minority of collaborationist elements within Libya, wanted “liberation” as the masters of US empire put it. Most were quite happy living in the African country with a high standard of living, including free medical care and free electricity. Before the NATO bombardment, Libya enjoyed a huge social welfare safety net. Perhaps, this would have to be no longer so, as the country has been devastated by war.
At home, the situation is bleak, as the Democrats offer minor reforms such as the healthcare bill, which they then backpedal on, and turn the system further into one dominated by health insurance companies. Rhetoric aside, Obama and the majority of Democrats have backed down on every occasion. First, we were to have a Canadian style system. Then, there was the public option. And so forth, until we are left with pretty much what Romney gave to his home state. Some would say the bill is modeled after the Massachusetts system. Is this an improvement really? We will find out soon, but I think many are going to be very disappointed at the results delivered compared to the rhetoric about the healthcare “reform.”
And the people are left poor, kept ignorant by a system of public education mind control, coupled with TV news that is mindless entertainment at best, vapid propaganda at worst. Yet, many seem to sense something is very wrong, and as Gore Vidal pointed out long ago – it is always the one running against the system that seems to win, the fact that that one is often just the other side of the greedy corrupt elite not withstanding.
How much longer will we have to eat GMO food? How much longer will the many be able to afford to eat at all? We see all around us those unfortunate ones living without homes, perhaps headed towards hunger and an early grave. Will Obama address their needs? I don’t think so.
In the meantime, what is left of the more affluent middle class sips cafe lattes and bemoans the situation, intent on voting Democrat once again. And to what end? It is really just asocial thing for them. They are well fed and clothed. They have nice homes, bordering on excess in many cases. They have the latest gadget that brings happiness to them, whatever the controllers deem necessary for a happy consumerist society. But they are not true leftists, or even true liberals, and their grandparents would probably be ashamed to claim them. These are the ones who can afford to buy the best organic food and shield themselves from harmful GMOs, not because they know anything, but because it is trendy. They have no right to claim the legacy of FDR, or even Johnson’s Great Society.
Yes, Johnson, who was horrible with his war in Asia, but was certainly the last of our great leaders to care about the poor. And look at where we have come since, partly out of necessity, as the rich refuse to suffer the loss of the American Empire, and therefore must transfer the wealth from closer to the bottom of the pyramid in order to maintain their opulent and decadent way of life. Although, this isn’t quite fair, because I’m certain that some of them feel quite horrible about it. Yet, what could be done as the US lost a privileged place in the world, and Nixon was forced to tear apart the Bretton Woods system that functioned in some ways as a check on the worst excesses of our wealthy investor class.
And then came the Bushes, with the elder declaring our uni-polar moment, which faded as soon as China was able to gain a better position as a leader in Asia, and Putin came into challenge the oligarchs out of Russia. Certainly, one would think less fuzzy minds would prevail after the war between Russia and Georgia concluded. But no, first the younger Bush brazenly astounds the world with his militant imperialism, glaringly on display in Iraq. Nest, we get the great one, the Obama, who was supposed to usher in a new age of love or something. So much for that. Just ask the people of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria how much love they feel from the US elite these days. I’m sure our drones are intended to bring peace and harmony to the region. Right.
What is most astounding is the open dealings with the very hard line fighters, people who could be labeled as actual Al Qaeda, in order to overthrow governments in Libya and Syria. Had nothing changed since the US used similar forces against the Soviets in Afghanistan? I say this rhetorically, because I believe the answer to be no, and that leaves a whole other discussion open around separate issues, like 911 for instance.
So, no I won’t be watching the debates and I won’t be voting. George Carlin put it best, and if one looks hard enough, one might still find the video on YouTube, and perhaps elsewhere. He explained exactly why he doesn’t vote, and the implication being you shouldn’t either.
Please, tell me more about a third party that will never, ever win, too. No, I don’t think so. In fact, there is an article floating around out there by W.E.B. Dubois from Eisenhower’s time that describes the problem better then anybody else ever could. And we (arguably?) have gotten much worse since then in many ways.
So, have fun with your debates. Enjoy the circus. Go to the polls and think you can vote yourself out of these circumstances. Do it in another four years too. This country has to find a way to be redeemed for all the harm caused to the world, and the world isn’t going to let us down easy. Voting for these same rich people over and over is not the solution.