“Is it not blatantly apparent to the entire American populace that neither the Democratic or Republican parties are any longer acting to serve the interests of the general public?
Of Clinton, Obama, McCain or Romney (ie., the purportedly electable candidates) who is standing up for real Americans -- the other 99% of us who are not in the top 1%?
And yet we allow the corporate media -- the megaphone of the 1% -- to shape our impressions of the candidates. We allow these cretins -- they who are more transfixed on ratings and sales than on the future of our republic -- to dictate to us who is and who is not electable. Not according to our value system, not according to our needs, but according to their own. And then we file into the primary booths and allow them to cast our votes for us.
The campaigns of Dennis Kucinich, Bill Richardson, John Edwards and even Ron "I Never Met a White Nationalist I Didn't Like" Paul have all fallen victim to this policy.
But it's not the media alone. It's the public. It's the public education system. It's the parents. It's the culture. It's America. Americans' priorities are completely out of whack. If our consumption and obesity rates vs. our political involvement rates are any indication, most Americans would rather drive an SUV, gorge themselves on unhealthy food, and watch Britney's life collapse than take care of the planet, take care of themselves, and focus on issues that will determine the course of the human future.
John Edwards' leaving the race is not just our loss. It's just another reverberation of America's death knell.”
Rockyman on Jan 30, 2008 at 20:38:01
“You paint an unnattractive yet truthful portrait of the current American electorate! This planet stands little hope of remaining inhabitable if we-- as the leader of the free world--continue to act in our own short-term selfish way. We have become--as a species-- all about satisfying our ego's, our abundant unneeded stuff, turning heads, being trendy. The hard-working middle and lower-classes are now at the mercy of those that wield ever-increasing leverage over us. And any "voice" they may have is now muffled by corporate MSM. Hard to remain hopeful!”
“What's absolutely stunning about the signing statements is that Bill Clinton employed a similar tactic using the "line item veto" -- a measure which was approved by Congress, that authorized the President to target specific measures within a bill (like heaping barrels of pork) and to nullify them. The Republicans fought and fought him over it, and the line item veto was ultimately ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
Bush, on the other hand, has completely gone around Congress, using an Executive Order that empowers him to make signing statements that, in effect, achieve precisely the same thing as the line item veto, and the constitutionality of the practice has gone more or less entirely unchallenged by our Democratic Congress.
What's good for the goose is apparently no good for the gander.”