Wall Street owns "our" Congress lock, stock and big barrel o' campaign cash. What we call the "democratic process" is mostly a sham, pretty words that get repeated in the hopes we will all still fall for it.
The "money buys elected official, elected official determines public policy, public policy privatizes profits while socializing risk" reality has received more than just legal fortification; it's been given license and become a requirement.
From the stimulus to health care, Obama's shown a Clinton-like willingness to roll over progressives on his way to corrupt legislation and frantic efforts to compromise for the votes of corporate Democrats or "moderate" Republicans.
Very few of us have made any attempt to really reach out to the teabaggers on the issues that we share with them. We could lock arms with them and form a powerful alliance; but instead we attack each other.
In Mexico, it was as if the US government had suddenly sent the National Guard to take over the Tennessee Valley Authority and replace its workers with people from Duke Power on the grounds that the TVA had run a deficit.
Clinton told Taylor Branch about an interview with Rolling Stone's William Greider: "I did everything but fart in his face." The revelation about Clinton's interaction with Greider isn't groundbreaking, but it is telling.