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.
The Libertarian appeal is that it is based on fairy stories. It is a direct appeal to the propaganda we were exposed to as children. We were raised on stories about the American Revolution and the brave heroes that established American freedoms. Libertarians deliberately confuse human freedom with corporate freedom. They exist to prevent laws that will sacrifice corporate profits in favor of human rights. Eliminating clean air laws is good for the corporations, but most of the kids in Richmond, California suffer from asthma due to air pollution from the oil refineries. Are these kids free? Eliminating school taxes may increase corporate profits, but it raises a generation who never heard of the Holocaust. Is ignorance freedom? Outsourcing may increase corporate dividends, but it leaves the black market as the sole means of survival for many poor people. Are these people free?
Libertarians exist as a fifth column in American society. Fascist movements can come out of the left as easily as out of the right. Mussolini’s Corporationism was a left wing movement back in the day, while Hitler’s Nazis were a right wing movement away from socialism. Libertarians have spread across the political spectrum, and act as a divisive force in American politics. Libertarians on both sides of the spectrum constantly confuse individual liberty with corporate rights. Laws that limit corporate crime do not threaten your freedom. Yet Libertarians will tell you that they do. Laws that watch online transactions only prevent corporations from laundering dirty money. Yet Libertarians would have those laws appealed so that corporations can steal more easily.
Libertarians constantly identify with the employers rather than with the employees. They resist unions, work place safety regulations, and the minimum wage with the same fervor as a Christianoid keeping Harry Potter out of the school library. Libertarians jump up and down and hold their breaths over laws that limit hate speech, but they resist any attempt to make Fox News and CNN accountable for their lies. Back in the 1920s, William Randolph Hearst instituted a huge lie campaign to outlaw hemp. Thanks to deregulation as advocated by the Libertarians, corporations can once again lie and get away with it.
Another part of the Libertarian appeal is that they promise to bring us back to a simpler time. Karl Hess painted a picture of a simpler America that never existed. It was an America that never needed foreign trade. It was a magical land where there were no class distinctions because the Free Market treated everybody the same. According to Hess, all America needed to do was get rid of those pesky federal regulations, and the economy would take care of itself. The Blue Meanies would run away and all would be right in Pepperland.
Welcome to reality. Some of you may be reading this from a library, because you can no longer afford an Internet connection. More of you may be reading this in the library because you no longer have a home in which to install an Internet connection. Some of you may be waiting for the foreclosure notice to come in the mail or the sheriff to come to the door. You have watched your retirement accounts disappear and waved goodbye to your jobs as they flew away to the mysterious east. We can all thank the Free Market and Federal deregulation for the loss of our homes and our jobs.
Stop and think. Banks from Socialist Europe are coming in to save our economy. The Euro is now holding up the dollar. Europe enforces its anti-monopoly laws and has stricter financial regulations than the United States. Libertarians claim that such regulations should have restrained trade and choked the European economy. Europe has strong unions. Libertarians claim that unions choke commerce through red tape and inefficiency. Europe has national health. Libertarians claim that should have killed investment through over-taxation. Yet Europe bailed us out to the tune of half a trillion dollars. Banks in Socialist Europe had the capital to save us from our free market economy.
Libertarian philosophy brought us into this mess. We have ignored our own best interests and listened to free market fairy tales. We have gained nothing but pain from deregulating the economy. We have gained nothing from the lowering corporate taxes. We have been so hoodwinked into thinking that deregulation is our friend, that we have been cheering on the corporations as they ripped us off. It is time to ignore Libertarian madness. If we don’t wise up, our children and grandchildren are going to face the exact same disasters we are facing today. What’s worse is that these are the same disasters our grandparents faced in 1929. How many times are we going to fall for the same lies before we wake up?
Alright, I was wrong. Hillary Clinton will not be the next POTUS. I guess the memory of her husband’s misAdministration is too vivid in the national memory for a Clinton rerun. Maybe the American people are regaining the brains they lost during the Reagan campaign. They are not voting for the wife of the crook who signed NAFTA into existence. Maybe the people who just lost their homes remember how Bill Clinton destroyed the social safety net . I most certainly remember that Bill Clinton signed the Financial Reform Act of 1998, which was a major factor in the stock market crash of 2000 and the mortgage meltdown of last year. Whatever the reason, the wife of the crook who pulled the great National Health boondoggle will not be president.
So now we are going to have Barack Obama as our next POTUS. I know that he is going to be the POTUS because McCain’s divorce has been all over FOX McNews and CNN. If McCain was supposed to be POTUS, his divorce would be sat on like they sat on Poppa-Doc Bush’s connection with the Moonies or Baby-Doc Bush’s coke habit. The morally hypocritical American voter would never vote for a divorced president. Look at how the Democrats have been whoring themselves to the religious right. So we are going to have a Black candidate for POTUS and his slogan is “Dare to Hope”. Okay, what is it that we can dare to hope for?
Presidential Administrations follow a certain pattern. The Republicans come into office and rape and ruin the economy and then the Democrats come in and are forced to make some very unpopular decisions in order to repair the economy. Sometimes these are long term decisions. For instance, Jimmy Carter ascended to the Oval Office after 6 years of Nixon and two of Ford. The economy was being strangled from the results of the Vietnam War and the job market was being choked by returning vets. Carter had to raise the interest rates to slow inflation, raise taxes to restore the treasury, and give tax breaks and special low interest business loans to encourage new industry and new jobs. Four years later, the Reagan team took over and took credit for all of Jimmy Carter’s unpopular work.
Barack Obama is going to take over the Oval Office at the end of the Bush misAdministration. Need I say more? Bush has led the crookedest administration since U.S. Grant. Obama will take charge of a treasury that has been utterly raped through corporate welfare, faith based initiatives, irrational taxation, and the Iraq war. The treasury has been so badly depleted that the U.S government has been forced to sell our interstate highways and bridges to multinationals just to make payroll. Oil consumption has passed critical mass years ago. Obama’s energy policy made perfect sense 20 years ago, but today it’s too little too late. Since our GNP is held together entirely by oil production, Obama is looking forward to massive inflation as the dollar devalues. Only an idiot would want to be president after Bush.
Jesus Christ and all Twelve Apostles could not repair the mess that Bush will leave behind. It may appear that Obama can walk on water, but the truth is that he is only another politician. I do not expect him to do what needs to be done to clean up the mess. I do not expect Obama to stand up to the multinationals that have sucked the wealth out of this nation. I do not expect Obama to stop corporate welfare or to even force corporations to pay their fair share of taxes. The president does not possess a magic wand to make there be more oil. Oil prices will continue to rise as extraction and refinement become more and more difficult. As oil production drops, so will the value of the dollar. Since we cannot expect big business to return industry to American soil, the economy will go totally to hell.
So while Obama tries to repair the damage, he is going to have a Greek Chorus of Republicans telling us how things were better under Bush. Obama gets to take the blame for eight years of corporate welfare and subsidizing Christianoid megachurches. He will take the blame for the coming oil shortage, even though there is enough blame for that to go all the way back to the FDR Administration. The U.S. will undoubtedly attack Iran in order to maintain the dollar, and Obama will get the blame for that as well.
Then come 2012, and the Republicans will strut around like peacocks, telling us what a hero G.W Bush was. They will tell us that we should never have elected a Democrat. Bush will have done all the damage, but Obama will get all the blame.
Who here actually believes that the next president is going to be any more legitimate than the last president? If the voting machines were rigged to give us 8 full years of the Bush misAdministration, what makes you think that a Democrat is going to be legally elected? Oh, we are going to end up with a Democrat in the White House in 2008. I Have no doubt about that. If McCain was meant to be president, the news services wouldn’t be pushing his divorce so heavily nor would they be emphasizing Obama’s stable relationship. I cannot remember the last time Hillary Clinton had been embarrassed by a Monica joke. I think that the fix is in. We are going to have a Democrat in office in 2008 for all the good it is going to do us.
Yet the Democrats seem to be playing along with this. Take a good look at the 2004 election. The Democrats were playing that one to lose. Who was running? John Kerry and Howard Dean. Neither candidate promised to end the Iraq war. Neither candidate promised to levy fair and just taxes on the corporations. Both candidates were in favor of restoring the draft. John Kerry’s wife is a mover and shaker in the Republican party and John was famous for voting for everything that Bush asked for. Dean, as former governor of Vermont, automatically gets a seat on the board of directors of National Life of Vermont. I used to be an agent for NLV. I remember that when the Iraq war started, one of their top agents made his staff recite the Pledge of Allegiance before meetings. The fact that Dean is now head of the Democratic National Committee shows there is collusion going on between the two parties. Is there any other reason that Pelosi took impeachment off the table?
In the 1992 presidential campaign, Bill Clinton promised us a national health plan. We did not get a national health plan. Clinton palled around with Newt Gingrich and screwed us out of our social safety net instead. I bet a lot of people who were cheering about all those welfare mothers having to get jobs see things differently now that they are the welfare mothers. These are the people who are cheering Obama because the want change. I’m sorry to break this to them, but Obama is not going to bring us any change. If Obama was going to bring change, he would not be on the ballot. I hear that Hillary has been acting like the queen of the Democratic Convention. Why not? I think that she had been promised the presidency when Bill left office. That’s why she became the senator of a state she barely stepped foot in before she ran for office. Hillary Clinton is not the Senator from New York. She was never from New York. She never lived in New York before she ran for the Senate. Hillary Clinton is the Senator from Wal-Mart.
Regardless of which one of the Democratic Bobbsey Twins wins the nomination, all we are going to get is more of the same that we got from Clinton. The next president is going into a government which has been bankrupted by the current misAdministration. Clinton or Obama will try to raise taxes on the middle class while continuing to give tax-breaks to the corporations. Can you really expect Chevron to start paying its fair share after not paying any taxes in 8 years? Do you really think that Microsoft and Google are really going to stop outsourcing their tech jobs and pay a living wage to U.S workers? Do you really think that either Obama or Clinton will put their feet down and do what has to be done to save the status quo? Personally I doubt it.
The Bush misAdministration has run America into the ground to the point where they are selling our national highways and bridges just to make payroll. Outsourcing has destroyed our industrial infrastructure so that only oil production is keeping our dollar afloat. Without industrial jobs or a social safety net, only the black market keeps most of our poorest eating. I strongly doubt that either Clinton or Obama is going to end the Iraq war. America needs those oil fields to keep our GNP up and the dollar solvent. Without oil production, corporations might have to lose profit by bringing jobs back to America
The only differences between the Democrats and the Republicans is that the Democrats are telling us what we want to hear. This is why I am not voting for either of them. What possible use is it to choose between two corporately approved candidates who are not going to do what is needed to get us out of this mess? I want change but I’m old enough to know that I am not going to get it now. I don’t care if McCain wins because at least McCain is honest enough not to whisper sweet nothings in my ear before he screws me. So I am voting for a third party candidate because it is the only way to vote against corporate domination in American politics.