When is criticizing a politician racism? When the politician is Barrack Obama, of course. Obama can back away every one of his promises regarding taxation, and anyone who points it out is accused of bigotry. Obama can turn all his promises regarding the economy into a lie by appointing Timothy Geithner as Secretary of the Treasury, and I am called a horrible person for mentioning Geithner’s part in NAFTA and outsourcing. Obama can also appoint that war criminal Gates to continue the job he has mishandled for Bush, but Barrack Obama can do no wrong. Apparently I am wrong for pointing out that appointing Gates is a sign that the war is going to continue. The right wing pundits have done their job. Obama can continue the same failed policies of his predecessors, but nobody dares to point this out without being accused of racism.
As a marketing and sales professional, I have to admire the right wing pundits as well as the people who write their scripts. They are brilliant. By carefully mixing truth and psychotic racism, they have made Obama invincible. When one mentions the incestuous relationship between Hillary Clinton and Wal-Mart, one automatically becomes a KKK member. Obama can ask John Yoo to be a member of his national security staff, and I allegedly become Sean Hannity for pointing out that Yoo was the person who advocated the torture of Guantanamo inmates. John Brenner is the CIA executive who oversees torture, and Obama wanted him to head the CIA. Ask how this means change, and cries of racism echo from the hills.
This does not mean that racism does not exist. On the contrary. Hannity’s script writers depend on racism. When Buster Beer-Belly redneck hears Hannity’s rants, all he is going to hear is that the Black President’s middle name is Hussein, and that the good white Republicans are protecting his interests by continuing Bush’s policies. All Mr. Cardboard Liberal is going to hear is the racism, and will associate any criticism of Obama with the racism. Thus, when Obama continues the failed economic policies of his predecessors, it’s all going to be somebody else’s fault. The rednecks will blame the Muslim-loving liberals and the liberals will blame the redneck Republicans.
The amazing thing is that anybody even listens to Hannity, Limbaugh, or the rest of the troupe of right-wing howler monkeys. It’s not as if they have anything worth listening to. I spent my entire life not even knowing what Sean Hannity looked like until I lifted his picture off Google. I could pass him on the street without even recognizing him. I watched some of his stuff from YouTube when I was accused of being him. What person in his right mind would even listen to his shit? Maybe I have been in the business too long, but Hannity is the worst salesman I ever experienced. Yet people on both sides of the political spectrum listen to him as if he even matters.
All Hannity has to do is pick on Nancy Pelosi, and that godless neocon becomes Ms. Super Liberal. Pelosi, who continues to vote in favor of the Iraq war and illegal wiretapping, is a champion of the downtrodden because Hannity says something bad about her. Jesus H. Christ on a crutch! The woman is a bald-faced liar. Check our her voting record. Project Vote Smart records the voting record of every politician in Washington DC. There is no excuse for anybody to fall for Hannity’s tactics. The truth is out there for anybody with enough brains to look for themselves.
Hannity and the rest of the right wing pundits have successfully applied a peer pressure element into American politics. You are now either for Hannity or against him. If Hannity labels somebody a bleeding heart liberal, you have to either condemn him or support him as a bleeding heart liberal. It’s an us or them attitude where truth does not matter a whit. The fact that Pelosi has been an ardent behind-the-scenes Bush supporter seems to be irrelevant in the light of Hannity’s mighty rhetoric.
Perhaps familiarity breeds contempt, so I should not be too terribly surprised that people are falling for the Hannity smoke and mirrors show. How many people in California lost their homes because some stranger called them up during dinner time and offered them a “free, no obligation, assessment of their present mortgage”? Sounds pretty dumb, doesn’t it? There are just some things that people have become conditioned to respond to. The words “free” and “no obligation” are guaranteed to catch one out of every five prospects. This holds true in politics as well. Say the right words and you get people’s money. Say other right words and you get people’s votes. Say other magic words and a politician becomes god or the devil depending on the audience you are aiming for. Sometimes you can accomplish both with the same sentence.
The liberal who has the nerve to criticize Obama becomes the eternal outsider. Even though Obama has already gone back on many of his promises, and made frightening choices for his cabinet, I am called a bigot for daring to mention it. That’s cool. I can live with it. I have received some really nasty email, I have been called a pig on my own blog, and even my wife has been slighted over this. I do not take any of this personally. The unconditional Obama supporters have a hard lesson coming to them. Many of them can see it coming. Really, how smart do you have to be, to know that Rahm Emmanuel is bad news for any sort of positive change? They pick on me for pointing out the obvious.
What bothers me is the opportunity that is being lost. Why is everybody dropping the ball? Why is putting a Likkudnik in as chief-of-staff acceptable? Why is Gates acceptable? Why is pointing out that they are not acceptable labeled racist? Because Sean Hannity opened his mouth? Cut me a break. If Obama’s supporters want actual change, they are going to have to react to what Obama does and not what Sean Hannity says. Hannity is just hot air. Geithner is a danger to our homes, our jobs, and our savings. Don’t fall for the Hannity con game. Get on the web, get on Obama’s site, and remind him that you voted him in for change.
What is a President? A President is a corporate talking head. He does funny tricks for the public while his staff does all the work. The staff doesn’t work for the President. The staff works for the party and is selected by the party. Since it is the staff who really run the office of the president, the party makes certain that the staff will work for the interests of the corporate sponsors. As there are only two significant parties in the United States, it has been very easy for the corporations to dominate both parties. This is why Bill Clinton’s administration was a continuation of the Reagan-Bush administrations, and was the perfect set up for the current trained monkey.
Jimmy Carter was the last President to actually try to do the job. We all saw what happened to him. Carter’s own party ignored him. The Democrats left Jimmy Carter slowly twisting in the wind over the Iran Hostage Crisis. Of course the Democrats knew that the Republicans were dealing with Iran to make Carter look bad, but nobody stood up to defend their President. Then the Reagan Republicans took credit for all the hard work and hard decisions Carter made to repair the economy. After Reagan’s election, the Democrats showed the world they were not going to stand for any more human rights nonsense. They joined with the Republicans to send our jobs overseas and to assure corporate profits. Liberal became as bad a word amongst the Democrats as with the Republicans, and the nation watched 50 years of social progress go down the toilet.
Television and the media have made it more important to look like a President than to be a President. Giving the devil his due, Richard M. Nixon tried to be a President during the 1960 campaign. Nixon ran an old fashioned campaign based on the issues, while Jack Kennedy ran the first modern campaign based on appearances. Kennedy posed for the cameras. Kennedy wore make-up during the debates. Kennedy was young and pretty, while even in 1960, Nixon looked like a blood hound who just smelled a skunk. Kennedy won on appearances. In 1968 Nixon was washed up and fallen so far into alcoholism that he was hopeless after twelve noon.
Quite often it is neccessary to tell the public what they want to hear in order to get a candidate elected. After eight years of Reagan and four years of Papa-Doc Bush, America was burned out on deregulation. The voters were scared of NAFTA and wanted the government do something for them. Clinton came along and promised national health. That’s what the public wanted to hear and that’s what got Clinton elected. We are still waiting for our national health. Clinton set us up for our present financial crises instead.
After Clinton’s outright lies and open collusion with the Republicans, I cannot understand why anybody would believe anything any Democrat would tell them. Yet there are still people who make excuses for Clinton. They forget that the “prosperity” under the Clinton years was simply a stock market bubble that would have been illegal before the deregulation of the Eighties. They seem to forget that Alan Greenspan started under Reagan and continued through the Clinton years until Greenspan himself chose to retire under Baby-Doc Bush. They ignore the fact that Clinton turned homelessness into a national crisis by signing NAFTA into law and then cutting the social safety net. Clinton created his paper surplus budget surplus through his treasury department investing in valueless tech stocks.
There are customs about the Presidency that have to be followed. One such custom is that the incumbent Vice President gets to run for President at the end of the two terms. Al Gore, the last of the presidentially viable, pro-ecology Democrats ran for president, but the Republicans cheated to keep him out of the White House. Gore’s own party made no great effort to challenge the obvious chicanery. Having Gore in the White House would have been an embarrassment. It would have been like Carter. The president would have said one thing while the party was busy colluding with the oil, mining, and lumber companies. Gore was also pro-labor and depended on the auto industry for his support base. As we see today, the auto industry was another American industry due for outsourcing.
The parties no longer even compete for the Presidency. Both parties get together with their PR and marketing people to see who the voters are most likely to accept. When the public got tired of Republican rhetoric, Clinton got into the White House for eight years with no real changes in policy from the Republicans.
Obama is surrounding himself with Clinton’s criminal family. Obama has already come out in favor of illegal wiretapping, promised to continue and expand the faith based initiatives, and backed away from ending the Bush tax giveaways to the rich. If Robert “The Surge” Gates is selected, that will be a pretty good indication that we can expect a continuation of the last 28 years. If you, like me, find this totally unacceptable, it is time to act. We can start by getting on Obama’s website and letting the president elect know that we are not pleased. http://change.gov/ It might not make any difference but at least we will not be silent accomplices to our own abuse.
I am making myself very unpopular by criticizing Barack Obama. I have been called a racist for criticizing him. I have been called an alarmist. I have even been compared to Sean Hannity, which really hurts. A neighbor told me that I am not being fair. After all, Obama has not even been sworn in yet. He has not even had the chance to screw things up yet. From my point of view that’s like telling me not to run away from the guy with the open buckets of gasoline and a lit cigarette.
Obama is not only surrounding himself with the worst of the Clinton Administration, he is surrounding himself with the worst of the Bush war criminals as well. He wants Robert “The Surge” Gates to continue as the Secretary of Defense. How is this change? They are popping the champagne in Beijing with Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. That is a pretty good indication that jobs are not going to return to American soil under Obama. Rahm “NAFTA” Emanuel, Lockheed’s trained monkey, is going to be Obama’s chief of staff. This does not look like change to me. This looks like a rerun to the bad old days of the Clinton Administration, when homelessness flourished while public money was invested in junk stocks. Yet when I point this out, I am accused of being Sean Hannity.
The problem here is that Sean Hannity is telling the absolute truth. In this age of universal deceit, there is no better way to lie than to tell the truth. If Hannity lied, he would be lumped in with the Sept. 11th conspiracy nuts, and the legions of other rumor mongers. By telling the truth, Hannity is standing out from the rest of the crowd. He is singling himself out for national attention. Any imbecile can claim that Obama turned in a false birth certificate, but it establishes credibility to point out that Obama is crewing the ship of state with the same band of cutthroats who brought us the Tech Bubble and the disastrous Financial Reform Bill. Then, after capturing our attention with the truth, Hannity follows up with a real whopper. He makes the idiotic claim that the Republicans are better than the Democrats.
Those of you, like myself, who prefer to exist in consensual reality, are probably already aware that the difference between Democrats and Republicans is the difference between AIDS and lung cancer. Both are an eventual death sentence; the only real difference is the pain you experience as you waste away in misery. Yet Sean Hannity will tear down the Democrats, and point out every mistake made by the Democrats, while ignoring the fact that the Republicans made the same damned mistakes. Hannity will tear Nancy Pelosi to ribbons, while ignoring the fact that Pelosi voted for everything Baby-Doc Bush ever asked for. Hannity will accuse the Democrats of spending money on “wasteful” public programs, and will forget that Bill Clinton joined with Newt Gingrich to rip the social safety net to shreds. Since 1980, the Democrats and the Republicans have been working together for the benefit of the multinational corporations, and it seems that nobody really notices thanks to Sean Hannity.
The Democrats became the party of the poor and the downtrodden back during the early part of the twentieth century. As the labor movement grew in strength and popularity, the unions sought a political party to represent their interests. The G.O.P would have nothing to do with either labor or the immigrants who comprised the labor movement. By the time FDR was elected, unions were strong enough to influence the New Deal and made economic recovery possible. However, years of prosperity weakened the unions, and labor influence in the Democratic Party waned until Reagan entirely broke union influence in the early Eighties. Still, people insist on believing that the Democrats support labor and working people, even after Bill Clinton signed the original legislation that send our jobs out of the country and killed labor in the United States.
So there is Sean Hannity telling the truth about the Democratic Party, and Democrats arguing with him despite the evidence of the last 28 years. The Democrats are arguing that they are different from the Republicans even after Nancy Pelosi took impeachment off the table. Republicans are arguing with Democrats even after Bill Clinton showed his true colors and openly joined with the Republicans. This is why I say that we can expect the exact same disasters from Obama that we could expect with McCain.
Barack Obama was the perfect Democratic presidential candidate. He is a dark skinned man who was given the kind of upbringing that is usually reserved for very privileged European Americans. He grew up with middle class values. Despite his books, I cannot see him really identifying with his supporters. Poverty is too far out of his experience. When he went to school abroad, he was home schooled or went to English language schools. He grew up in his mother’s white American social class The fact that the Democrats and their corporate sponsors were forced to support a candidate of African descent is a good indication that the power balance is shifting. The powers that be are on the verge of total economic collapse. They need us to keep listening to Sean Hannity and pointlessly arguing with each other over two parties which are now exactly the same. That’s the only thing that is keeping them in power.
Hannity’s purpose is to deflect objective criticism on the Democratic party and to maintain the illusion that there is an actual difference between Democrats and Republicans. Hannity encourages us to support or oppose a president who has promised us change without outlining what the changes are going to be or how change is going to be implemented. Hannity prevents us from giving negative feedback on the terrible choices that Obama is making for his staff and his cabinet. The left is being distracted by arguing with Republicans over the non-virtues of Democrats. We cannot afford to wait and hope that Barrack Obama comes riding out of Washington on his white horse to rescue us all. It is up to us to rescue ourselves and the first thing on our agenda is to tell Obama that Gates, Clinton, and that rabid weasel Emanuel are not acceptable choices. We, the people, are the bosses here and its damned all time that we acted like it. Barack Obama works for us. We need to remind him of that, even if we find ourselves agreeing with Sean Hannity.
I should know. I spent 30 years on the dark side, selling everything from newspapers to 412(i) retirement accounts. It was easier to sell the 412(i)s. Newspapers are real. They are solid. They take up space. When you are done with them you have to put them out for recycling. A 412(i) is an idea you will never hold in your hand. You will never see it. It takes up no space in your home. Assuming that you make enough money for a 412(i), you will never write out a check for it. The money is taken out of your business account before taxes. Every month you receive a statement in the mail telling you how much your account has grown. You do not own an object called a 412(i), you own an idea called a 412(i).
Another strange thing about sales is that it is easier to sell to lots of people than it is to sell to individuals. I noticed this years ago when telemarketing for Thermo-Guard windows. When I said, “Hi, this is Bill calling from Thermo-Guard Windows,” I got hung up on four out of five times. When I said, “Hi, this is Bill calling from Thermo-Guard Windows which are recommended by Dick Van Patton,” I got hung up on two out of five times. The more appealing the advertising, the easier it is to sell. A two year old would be happy to get a rag doll for her birthday, but spend enough money on the advertising and parents will kill each other over Tickle Me Elmo dolls.
People tend to underestimate the power of advertising. There are many people who feel as if they have freed themselves from the power of advertising by getting rid of their televisions. All the TV haters have accomplished is to rid themselves of the visible part of the iceberg. Even people without television are subject to Madison Ave-induced fads through peer pressure. One person gets a bug up his butt about Tickle Me Elmo, then his neighbor just has to have it. Next thing you know, there are riots in the toy stores. Internet advertising is even more subtle and insidious than many people realize. Right now, there are paid advertisers posing as bloggers, children, average people on the message boards, or simply anonymous posters. They are all out to sell something. It could be as simple as the newest pop album, or an elaborate smoke screen for Bush. Regardless of the product, enough people fall for it to make the effort worth while.
Modern advertising was created by Edward Bernays, Sigmund Freud’s nephew. Bernays was an elitist bastard who thought that the masses needed a means of controlling them. He was the first to apply the principle of the subconscious to create needs or beliefs. Bernays created the need for new cars when the old cars were running just fine. He created a burning desire to be cool by smoking Pall Mall cigarettes, and he created the belief that the Russians were a danger to America. Advertising has become a science unto itself. Marketing and Public Relations are part of the social sciences and billions of dollars are spent every year to discover new ways to convince us that the newest band is cool, or that all Muslims are out to destroy America.
John F. Kennedy was the first president to run his campaign fully on Bernays techniques. Kennedy did not even try to run on the issues. Kennedy made mighty speeches appealing to postwar optimism and patriotism. His lovely wife and darling children were constantly featured in the media. Poor Richard M. Nixon tried to run on the issues. Many say that Nixon debated on facts while Kennedy avoided the questions. Eight years later, Nixon ran the same campaign as Kennedy and won. Today machine politics have reached their ultimate form through Public Relations. The American public does not select a President according to the issues but to the image that the candidates project. In 1960, Nixon was much better informed on the issues than Kennedy. By 1968 Nixon had been reduced to a hopeless lush and won anyway. Democrat Hubert Humphrey tried to run an honest campaign while Nixon’s team pulled out all the stops.
Ever since Kennedy, American politics have become a matter of the best PR firm winning the election instead of the best candidate. Right after Watergate and while still reeling from the Nixon pardons, Jimmy Carter was presented as a liberal and won. In fact he was a Christianoid conservative. Four years later Ronald Reagan was presented as a great statesman. Actually he was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. The coming of Reagan spelled the end of liberalism in America and Americans just ate it up. It is truly amazing what advertising can accomplish. Bill Clinton was elected President by lying to us about national health, and there are still people who make excuses for him.
For the past 28 years, Democrats and Republicans have been working in tangent for the benefit of the Multinational Corporations. Yet people still see the Democrats as the friends of the poor and the downtrodden, because that’s what the PR tells us. Nancy Pelosi took impeachment off the table, and is known to have voted for everything Bush ever asked for. Convinced she is a liberal, voters still reelect her. With the economy tanking and the wars going strong in the Middle East, Americans wanted hope for things to get better. So that’s what the Democrats sold us, hope. It’s easier to sell an idea than it is to sell an object, and it’s easier to sell to crowds than it is to individuals. The question is, what will happen when American finally catches on?