You know, at this point I believe that Obama was picked by the 1% (the Bilderbergs, et al) to be a kind of Trojan horse, so that he could put outrageous policies in place that no Republican ever could, while appealing to ‘liberals’ and the left because of his ethnicity and perceived progressive values. Though I think the 1% would have slightly preferred McCain or Romney, it’s my belief they were hedging their bets in 2008 and in 2012 with Obama whom I believe was the ace up the sleeve, intended to usher in an era of globalized corporate government and an end to democracy as we have known it, all under the radar of the vast majority of people who aren’t paying attention. How else do you explain all the campaign contributions from Wall Street?
It was also a brilliant stroke with regard to pitting everyone against one another, with all the Obamabots calling anyone who opposed him “racist,” alienating women who supported Hillary, pitting Democrats and third party and independents against one another, not to mention infuriating the radical right and the white supremacists. He has polarized and splintered America like no one else could have and there’s nothing the puppetmasters like better than divide and conquer!
While Romney was a bad liar; Obama is a very skilled, manipulative, charming liar who could persuade anyone (almost) that he is a wonderful guy trying to do the right thing but who is being thwarted by those big bad Tea Party Republicans. I am unconvinced by this argument, or that he is “weak” as many people on the left think, because his administration’s illegal wars, extrajudicial assassinations, drone attacks, “kill” list, illegal wiretapping, demolition of civil liberties a la the NDAA 2012 and now 2013, HR 347, persecution of whistleblowers like Bradley Manning and Julian Assange, and secretly trying to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) treaty that would enshrine a global corporate government reveal that he is anything but weak and suggest that he is, on the contrary, a power-wielding megalomaniac bent on faithfully serving the interests of the wealthy elite and the erection of an authoritarian fascist state.
He tosses a few bones to the liberals (while he kicks the true Left in the teeth repeatedly) to keep them off his scent and pacified, all the while letting off all the war criminals, crooks, exploiters, polluters, and thieves, expanding the egregious abuses of his office, and decimating the Constitution. He’s very good at practicing diversion, another malefactor’s tactic. Indeed as many people have suggested, he does deserve to be impeached, but not because of a supposed lack of birth documents, but for his abandoning his oath of office and servile protectionism of the anti-democratic (not the Party!) powers-that-be.
Many people decry what is seen as “inconsistent messaging” with people who are left of the Hitleresque radical right, pointing out how they don’t think, speak, and vote as a block and aren’t as rigidly inflexible on what is called “principles.” Firstly, let me point out that to my way of thinking, self-interest, greed, and meanspiritedness towards anyone less wealthy or powerful is not “principled,” it is naked, unmasked aggression with the goal of complete domination and willingness to annihilate anything or anyone in the way. Principles, on the other hand, are values like kindness, compassion, truthfulness, and generosity of spirit, all incredibly lacking in the fanatics in Congress who will not bend the tiniest bit on the fiscal showdown, claiming “principles” as the ‘reason,’ for their intransigence.
My problem with “consistent messaging” is how close this is to actual brainwashing, a coercive technique, something the advertising industry, as well as the CIA, Fox News, Karl Rove, the Koch Bros., and the Republican Right know a lot about. The 2008 Obama campaign, as well, did a great job at this; in fact the simplistic message of “hope and change” coupled with his odd, halted delivery had what is known as a hypnogogic effect by creating a kind of repetitive “patter,” and lured a glazed-eyed, ardently loyalist following who still cannot acknowledge what a neocon he is, despite his continuing all of the Bush Administration’s illegal wiretapping and torture, instituting a “kill” list, attacking civil liberties, and persecuting whistleblowers.
While a few simple, consistent messages (if they’re based on truth!) are fine, inducing hypnosis and perpetrating brainwashing create the opposite of what we want in a democratic society where no one is ruled or turned into an unthinking robot, repeating the same lines over and over, but who can think and speak freely and engage in thoughtful reflection and debate. People on the left don’t speak alike because they still can think! The fact that the radical right acts and thinks as a block is nothing new, and is reminiscent of every fascist group, ruled by an authoritarian elite, and is nothing to emulate. Just my two cents . . . .
After being elected on a tide of disgust fueled by the Tea Party Republicans’ austerity war on the poor and the middle class, and Obama/Biden promising during the election that, “Social Security is off the table,” the White House is once again turning out to be a pack of liars. Some of us could see this coming.
I did NOT vote for Obama and spoke up about what I saw as wishful thinking on the part of a number of Democrats I know who thought he would be better the second term, that he would protect the social safety net (instead of being the one to put it on the table as a bargaining chip), who made excuses for his signing the first NDAA bill that stripped us of our 5th amendment rights (even though he was the one insisting on Section 1021 and 1022 as he is now). I warned that there was no rational basis for the idea that he would be “better” and that he likely would be at least as bad as he wouldn’t be worried about re-election; now it pains me to say he is doing the very things some of us predicted he would do. Though I didn’t believe it, I was hoping I would be wrong.
We so desperately need better choices, and there were those choices this election cycle, it’s just that no one seriously considered them. I’ll tell you why. The Democratic Party and the Republican Party both fight any third party candidates participating in the debates, make up impossible rules for ballot qualification for third party and independent candidates, have allowed the hostile takeover of the debate moderation by the corporate Commission on Presidential Debates, who wrested control from the League of Women Voters who were fair and impartial, and continue to field candidates nearly indistinguishable from one another. Surveys have shown that 70% of people surveyed would vote third party if they thought the candidate could win, and we need to level the playing field so that third party candidates have a chance to get heard so that they are seen as viable so they CAN win!
As an example of the kind of fascist control the two-party tyranny exerts, Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala, the Green Party presidential candidates, were ARRESTED AND HELD in a special facility where they were bound for hours with no one knowing where they were at first,when they tried to attend the presidential debate in New York, even though they were on over 80% of the ballots nationwide??!! What an outrageous hypocrisy in a country always touting its freedom! There is a serious need for some actual democracy and plurality in this country, not this two-party rule, and my question to you Democrats is, when are you going to demand better from your party and stop enabling this kind of inequality?!
Now you can “rather have” Obama sell us down the river by cutting Social Security, rather than Romney. What’s the difference?! This “deal” is coming from the White House, just like the demand that our 5th amendment rights in the NDAA bill be thrown out. I would have rather had someone way better than Obama, like the P & F, Green, or Justice Party candidates that ran—wouldn’t you??!! We need to change this system that stomps all over the chances of everyone but the Democrat and Republican “choices.” This is especially true for President; there are much better Democrats in Congress (the House AND the Senate) but since “their guy” in the W. H. is selling us out, they are going to go along with it, whereas if a Republican were in the White House, they would be putting up more of a fight, because party politics always win out, not standing up for the citizens of this country. This is why I say we need to do away with parties altogether, so that we can deal with the issues rather than play out endless partisan struggles for power, but in the meantime, we could at least have a plurality, so that there would be more choices and more voices, some of whom are bound to be better than this continuing charade!
I am very concerned that the White House is going to cave in to pressure from the hostage-taking Republicans with regard to the phony “fiscal cliff” despite the fact that it is a huge betrayal of the middle class and the poor to continue to allow the ultra-rich 1% to evade paying their fair share of taxes off the backs of the rest of us. We also are not fooled by the phony “fiscal cliff” nonsense, nor are we taken in by the attempt to gut Social Security and Medicare, programs to which we the people are ENTITLED because people have paid into them their entire adult lives! Social Security and Medicare do not add ONE PENNY to the deficit so this is a total red herring and the budget crisis is one of their own making. But we the people, per usual, are the ones who stand to lose from the political posturing because these threats have real financial consequences in the real world to real people and Obama is not grounded in terra firma if he risks the well-being of the American people in this game of chicken. Will he throw us over the cliff or throw us a lifeline and keep the social safety net intact?
Obama was re-elected to stand up to these right-wing lapdogs to the ultra-rich, not give in to their rigid, grossly unfair, preposterous demands, but if history is any indicator, he will forget who elected him, become the weak, spineless (or worse) non-leader he has been, and cave in once again. Worse, Obama has been the one who has opened the door to cutting Social Security and Medicare, decrying his not “getting credit” to negotiate away our most basic programs upon which millions of Americans depend. As these cuts would especially harm women who are the poorest of the poor, I here reiterate what the National Organization of Women stated, that specifically he should NOT:
- back down from allowing the full amount of the Bush-era tax cuts for the top 2% of income earners to expire
- agree to the “chained CPI,” a cruel and immediate cut in Social Security benefits
- agree to raising the Medicare eligibility age
- agree to means-testing Medicare
- agree to cutting Medicaid funding in any way
All of this current discussion in Washington is a distraction. If cuts were applied where they need to be–wars and the Pentagon–and the richest 1% and multinational corporations were paying their fair share in taxes and generating the jobs they supposedly create, there would be no deficit and no budget shortfall. John Boehner, Paul Ryan, and the rest of the austerity fascists and their enablers like Obama need to fall off their fictional fiscal cliff, not mercilessly shove the middle class and the poor over it by destroying the social safety net while allowing their billionaire paymasters to continue to evade responsibility for their actions and live as fiscal predators and parasites off the backs of the 99%. We would be far better off to have tax increases across the board go into effect than trade away these vital lifelines. In a world where the interests of the people were actually considered, Congress could then draw up a sensible budget strengthening Social Security and streamlining Medicare, and eliminate the deficit by increasing taxes on the ultra-rich, ending all the wars, and drastically reducing the bloated Pentagon budget.
On the heels of the election, Obama’s FCC chairman is set to relax the rules for the likes of Rupert Murdoch. Despite his rhetoric, Obama and his pick for Chairman, Julius Genachowski, have done nothing to break up the media monopolies and now appear poised to attempt a big Christmas giveaway to the scurrilous media mogul Murdoch by relaxing the FCC rules even further than they were under Clinton. This must be stopped—the FCC rules need strengthening and enforcing and these media takeovers stopped, not enabled! If it goes through, our news will be even more managed and manipulated than it is now. Take action by going to:
And by anyone, I mean even Ron Paul, Gary Johnson, or Barack Obama, though there are far better choices out there: Jill Stein, Rocky Anderson, and Roseanne Barr for example. I feel compelled to spell this out, especially since Romney is trying so hard to pretend he is someone other than who he really is, by listing the reasons he is the worst choice in my humble opinion. When reviewing them, you may wonder why I have left out civil liberties, foreign policy, trade agreements, drug policy, and war. This is because this piece is about reasons voting for anyone other than Mitt Romney, and Obama and Romney are both so disregarding of our civil rights, militaristic, devoted to continuing the destructive and pointless war on drugs, and ready and willing to enable corporate world government and a police state that Romney could not be singled out as worse, though on foreign policy his debate comments about “getting bad guys” reveal a more simplistic, comic book tone than Obama’s.
Ron Paul is only marginally better on most of these issues I have enumerated but infinitely better on war and civil liberties (except for women as he is anti-choice). The only person running that is worse in most every way than Romney is Virgil Goode of the Constitution Party because he is right-wing-on-steroids crazy when you look at his voting record vs. what he says in the debates, where he comes across less extreme (kind of like Romney and Obama). That should put this in perspective. Even so, voting for him means less chance of a Romney/Ryan win so I can still say for that reason, he is a better choice (only because he has a snowball’s chance in hell of winning). Remember you can write names in in many states, even if they don’t appear on the ballot!
Here are 10 reasons why anyone sitting on the fence should NOT cast a vote for Mitt Romney:
- Paul Ryan – the architect of the most severe austerity budget imaginable, anti-government fanatic, misogynist extraordinaire, self-congratulatory elitist, utterly confused religious zealot who simultaneously embraces fundamentalist Catholicism (except for the part about caring for the poor) and the ultra-selfish philosophy of the very damaged, anti-social, arguably sociopathic Ayn Rand (an atheist), oblivious to the inherent contradictions. Romney, with his corporate raider, fascistic, anti-human policies and questionable ethics, not to mention his polygamist father and beliefs that are viewed as cultish by the rest of Christendom, has picked an even more dangerously fringe running mate who would be a heartbeat away from being President, in addition to being set up for a White House run later if elected VP.
- Women’s Rights – If you are a woman or care about a woman—any woman, say your mother, sister, wife, daughter, grandmother, friend, or your housekeeper, Romney is a disastrous choice. Romney not only has declared his intention to defund Planned Parenthood, supported employers being able to refuse to cover employees’ birth control for ‘moral’ reasons, continued to back the likes of Todd Akin and now Richard Mourdock and Joe Walsh with their abhorrent views on abortion and rape and rape-induced pregnancy, and vowed to work towards Roe v. Wade being overturned, but has even endorsed the crackpot idea of a Constitutional Amendment to endow “fetal personhood” on nonviable life, like gametes and zygotes, being included in the Republican platform, and has never supported Lily Ledbetter and equal pay. Romney and Ryan don’t have “binders of women,” they are BINDERS of women! They will not stop until women have no rights whatsoever and are barefoot and pregnant, dependent brood mares; if elected maybe Romney might provide some “sister-wives” to help out with the laundry and childrearing since he certainly won’t support day care.
- The Earth – Fast track to environmental doom with resulting drought, famine, worsening storms, hurricanes, fires, and water shortages await if this demonic duo wins the White House. Romney is a climate change denier and actively promotes nothing but dirty forms of energy like oil and nuclear power and environmentally devastating practices like clearcutting, drilling in the antarctic, mountaintop removal, and fracking, when clean alternatives are not only preferable and available but essential, and actually uses the term “clean coal,” an oxymoron if there ever was one, while being hellbent on dismantling all of our environmental regulations and agencies.
- The 99% or the 47% – If you are a member of the 47%, or even the 99%, Romney clearly not only doesn’t care about you, he sees you as a “parasite” who wants to mooch off of him and his other plutocratic, capitalist multimillionaire/billionaire/multibillionaire friends. If anyone is parasitic, it is these two guys who have lived off of the work of the 47% and the 99% their entire privileged lives. Romney and Ryan will do everything in their power to amass more power and wealth for the 1% and themselves at the rest of our expense, and enable the so-called “job-creators” they promote to do exactly what they are doing now–sit on all their cash like the fat-cat hoarders they are.
- The Economy and Income Inequality – Extremist, trickle-down, voodoo economics is what this man and his side-kick believe in, the same policies that will only increase the already huge divide between the haves and have-nots. The pathetically inadequate health care reform bill, otherwise known as “Obamacare,” that has instituted a few much-needed reforms such as outlawing the practice of denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions, Social Security, Medicare, and the entire social safety net will be under attack; tax breaks for the ultra-rich will not only be continued but likely increased while they pile on more taxes for the middle class and the poor; the already bloated military budget will increase (along with the deficit) and there are not going to be any jobs, not here anyway. Romney and Ryan believe in austerity, for everyone but the uber-wealthy and people like them who serve them; this is a rehash of Hoover’s policies that plunged us into the Great Depression and are currently causing financial collapse and social chaos in Europe. A vote for Romney is a vote for Herbert Hoover.
- Education – Romney believes in education for the 1% and those who can afford to go to an Ivy League school; everyone else doesn’t need an education because the fictional “jobs” he is going to provide won’t require one, especially if you have to commute to India or China. He probably “loved” his teachers at Harvard, but he doesn’t love the ones at your child’s grade school or those teaching at a community college, and you can forget about Title IX or Brown v. Board of Education because these rightwing people want to do away with equal opportunity. If you think education should be less important than Halliburton’s profits, especially for girls and minorities, vote for this guy.
- Theocracy, not democracy – These two men have no respect for the separation of church and state, support the blurring of these lines, and espouse beliefs that rationalize rule by the church. Which one you ask? Any of the authoritarian, fundamentalist, patriarchal religious sects will do as they all agree that basic human rights are expendable, such as sovereignty over one’s own body, right to make your most personal decisions regarding conception, whom you bed and whom you wed, what books you can read and films you can see, what words you can say and hear, freedom from religious tyranny, and so on. The Bill of Rights (especially the 1st amendment) is basically superfluous to these people, except for corporations of course, though they love to abuse particularly the 10th and 14th amendments; only the 2nd amendment is exempt because corporations rake in obscene profits on firearms. Obama has been a civil liberties nightmare also; he just isn’t as much of a Bible thumper as these two and doesn’t support their radical religious social agenda—nor does Biden, despite being a practicing Catholic. You might as well vote for the Taliban as for Romney/Ryan as there is little difference. Do we need more gun-toting religious bigots?!
- Corporate rule unchecked – The fact that corrupt billionaires like the Koch Bros. and Sheldon Adelson (a modern-day Meyer Lansky) support Romney and Wall Street has abandoned Obama for him says it all, this despite Obama’s letting banksters off the hook and caving in left and right to corporate demands. Romney, which someone pointed out can’t be spelled without “money,” is going to make sure that Bain Capital and its ilk are the bane of our existence because he is 110% corporate. He thinks they should rule over every single aspect of our lives and continue to get government handouts in the form of subsidies and military contracts and pay no taxes in order to line the pockets of their shareholders while complaining about the deficit. Corporations are not only “people,” they are the only “people” that matter.
- The Supreme Court – Mitt Romney has reportedly said that Roberts, Thomas, Alito and Antonin Scalia are his favorites. Need I say more? He apparently favors judges who give corporations free rein to wreak havoc on actual people and the environment, allow unlimited contributions from billionaires and super-pacs to elections as in the 2010 Citizens United decision because they claim money is speech, collude in the stealing of elections by ordering a voter recount to be stopped as in the 2000 elections, and who, like Thomas, don’t believe they need to report their wife’s income or recuse themselves from cases where there is a conflict of interest (his wife employed by the Susan Komen foundation and the Affordable Care Act ruling, for example). What can you expect from a presidential candidate who doesn’t think the American public has a right to see his tax returns? With him in the White House, he may be able to nominate up to FOUR justices to the Supreme Court, who we will have to endure for 40 or 50 years. Remember Robert Bork? He’s BA-A-CK as Romney’s top legal advisor!
- Oppression vs. Justice – that means people of color, LGBT people, women, workers, students, older Americans, the poor, the ill, virtually everybody but the privileged, entitled, ultra-wealthy, elitist 1% will be further disempowered, their rights trampled, their votes suppressed, and their lives and health degraded. Vouchers for inadequate, for-profit healthcare (another oxymoron) at astronomical prices, no equal pay for women, no raise in minimum wage, corporate price gouging, GMO-engineered, pesticide, hormone, preservative-laden Frankenfood, exploitation of public lands, pollution of the air, water, and soil, privatized social security, corporate propaganda passing for news, no public television with quality programming or accurate, in-depth journalism, and limited legal recourse for injustice.
When considering for whom NOT to vote, Romney is at the top of my list; I hope you will consider putting him there as well and pick any of the others. I personally am voting for Roseanne, the antithesis of everything Romney represents being a feminist, environmentalist, populist, pro-education, pro-worker, secular humanist (yes I used that wonderful term!), working-class, civil libertarian peace and justice advocate and the antidote to everything that is wrong with Washington.
Since the third party candidates were again elbowed out of the debates by the two major parties, Democracy Now! included two of them, Jill Stein of the Green Party and Rocky Anderson of the newly-formed Justice Party in an expanded version. Apparently Amy Goodman had asked the Libertarian candidate, Gary Johnson, to appear but he reportedly had a scheduling conflict; no mention was made of Roseanne Barr, who is running on the Peace and Freedom ticket, a glaring oversight. I personally am thankful that time was not wasted on Johnson who would likely have been spouting Libertarian ideology, essentially a Lite version of the Republican corporate propaganda, which offers no solutions in the real world, merely trying as it does to prop up a failing capitalist system (the so-called “free market”) and justify hyper-individualist and corporate greed a la Ayn Rand.
The main difference between the responses in this interview of the two corporate candidates vs. the third party ones is that the third party people are actually dealing with reality and telling the truth instead of trying to peddle an ideology and a bogus bunch of non-issues. I was struck by not only the similarities between Obamney/Rombama but how many times they emphasized them, betraying the fact that they have reached agreement in secret ahead of time on what they would not challenge one another (see http://www.democracynow.org/2012/10/3/ahead_of_first_obama_romney_debate re contractual agreement reached by Commission on Presidential Debates behind closed doors).
Romney at least was much more convincing with his reality spin (sprinkled with some very accurate and valid criticisms of “Obamacare,” namely the mandate and robbing Medicare in order to fund it) and came across as even likeable for once, while Obama had great difficulty trying to shine up a lackluster, pisspoor record and looked flustered and ineffectual, which he basically is, letting Romney totally off the hook for all his arrogant statements/behavior (the 47%, not turning in his tax returns, picking austerity promoter/woman-basher Ryan as his running mate, etc.). Every dog, as they say, has his day, and Romney had his in this first debate.
Obama is such a sellout he didn’t even point out that it was the corporate interests Romney vaunts who insisted on the changes to the healthcare bill of which Romney is criticizing him, and his lousy performance is his own fault for being such a lapdog for the right wing. It’s pathetic the way he keeps trying to get their approval by doing their bidding and then gets his feelings hurt when they kick him for it; he keeps waiting for the pat on the head that is never going to come from these 1%’ers and neocons. I think his most fatal flaw is his need to be liked by the wrong people and not knowing who his friends are, or at least were.
Given the extremist right wing’s mendacity, underhandedness, hypocrisy, and cutthroat draconian mentality, anyone reasonably intelligent could have predicted they would do exactly what they have done: use him as their tool for their own use and then blame him for going along with their agenda. He needs to stop dancing with the devil, but the likelihood of that at this juncture is remote, since he has become more and more devilish the longer he has danced to their tune.
All he needs to do to regain his soul, as well as his dignity, is get honest, abandon his foolish ambition to be a member of the white elite, face the fact that he would never be more than their police dog, embrace his poor but truly morally superior upbringing, and repent his failure to make good on his 2008 campaign promises and he could laugh off the right wing’s trying to make him their fall guy/whipping post for enabling them, turn on them and give them what-for, biting the hand that has fed him on table scraps. That would really give the people some HOPE for a change!
Instead, he will almost certainly stick with the bullshit, be “pragmatic,” try to justify the unjustifiable, and continue to beg for the approval of his corporate masters, being the docile, housebroken pet he is, and may likely go down, unredeemed, and in the process give us over to a reign of the Romney-Ryan demon duo and the greater evil since a majority of Americans are not yet awake enough to vote third party.
In the last analysis, the only real contrast was between the corporate elitist Republicrat puppets and the third party candidates, Jill Stein of the Green Party and Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party, real people addressing real issues, offering actual solutions, like the Green New Deal, and a good reality check on the corporate approved two-party doublespeak. It is regrettable that Roseanne Barr, the Peace and Freedom Party candidate, was not asked to participate–we would have heard an even more real, hard-hitting, truthful, down-to-earth treatment of the issues.
The back story that is being missed here is that the DNC did not put one cent towards the recall effort and the “support” Obama offered was one tweet on Monday night, revealing the dedication to maintaining the status quo and corporate corruption of the Democratic Party, always ready to sell out anyone or any cause that is truly progressive in its obsequious pandering to the far right. Add to this their discouragement of a general strike in Madison, the gerrymandering by the Democrats, not the Republicans, of Kucinich’s district aimed at defeating his chances at re-election, and all the caving in to the rightwing extremists in Washington, and it becomes clear they are simply not about any substantive change. So I will hold my applause. We need third party and independents in office to break the two-party stranglehold the Republicans and Democrats have on our broken system.