Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 1 Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit 1 Share on StumbleUpon 1 Tell A Friend (3 Shares)  
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites View Article Stats   30 comments

OpEdNews Op Eds

So What Exactly Are We Supposed To Do?

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 1 of 1 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

Well Said 3   Valuable 2   Must Read 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H2 12/17/11

                                                                 

     

What exactly are we supposed to do?

That's a question we Americans will be faced with in less than a year on November 6, 2012.

Focusing on the presidency, will there be a real choice for the people to make i.e. a candidate that really represents the 99%, whose integrity is still intact based on his (her) positions, statements and actions on key problems and issues, someone who is not beholden to Wall Street and the other mega corporations largesse who underwrote their previous campaigns or a sycophant to the military/industrial complex that wants endless war to continue unabated?

Ralph Nader, who should have been president but was never given a chance by the MSM or even allowed to participate in the presidential debates, isn't going to run again.

Senator Bernie Sanders I. VT, whose honesty and integrity has yet to be impugned, who has openly stated the Supreme Court's decision in "Citizen's United" in 2010 must be overturned and is a co-sponsor of an amendment to the Constitution to overturn this greatest threat to completely destroy what's left of our representative democracy, isn't running.

The same goes for ex-Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin who was defeated in his last re-election bid by Republican Ron Johnson, a toady who was squarely in the financial embrace of the likes of the Koch Bros. and their ilk whose fortunes essentially determined the outcome of that election and the majority of other Congressional elections in 2010, the first year since SCOTUS gave full personhood and 1 st Amendment rights to non-human corporations.

Rocky Anderson, the former Mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah has indicated he's starting a 3 rd party, the "Justice Party" has announced his candidacy. He's of course a relative unknown. Yet to read about his progressivism success in that city in the reddest of red states Utah, his ideas, thoughts and recognition of the current gilded age we're in and the widening disparity of income between the richest 1% and the rest of us, could be someone the occupy movement and their supporters could rally around.

Or is this next presidential election the one where an overwhelming majority just sit on the sidelines, refusing to consider any of the woebegone Republicans who may get their party's nomination as so out of touch and removed from the real issues and problems facing this country, who are so anti government they'd eliminate the last vestiges of the social safety net of social security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment insurance, food stamps and privatize the police, fire departments, public schools, prisons et al and further the corporate oligarchs ownership of the country who have now usurped the electoral process to do its bidding"or consider re-electing Barack Obama who has betrayed his signature "change you can believe in" mantra that got him elected in 2008 by continuing most of the policies of his predecessor,   expanding the war in Afghanistan, increasing the drone strikes and missile attacks in Pakistan and Yemen, continued wireless wiretapping without warrants, the extraordinary rendition and indefinite detention of suspects and denial of habeas corpus, while authorizing the assassination of an American citizen and foregoing due process; who has surrounded himself with Wall Street apologists who rescued the financial interests that perpetrated the meltdown of 2008 and brought the ravages of the great recession without holding the miscreants accountable and prosecuting them for their misdeeds as it all fell on the backs of Main Street and the 99% of Americans.

Neither of the two established party's represent the interests of the people and as constituted could make any real difference. The current plutocracy of oligarchs, the 1% will continue to reign, their tentacles reaching ever deeper into the psyches of the young and impressionable even while the country slides into further economic decline, widening income disparity, huge unemployment, foreclosure, bankruptcy and expansion of the poor.

This country is in need of systemic change that begins with the overhaul of our current electoral process which has been corrupted and usurped by the corporate interest's largesse.

Without this fundamental change, which is THE core issue that underlies every other issue we face, nothing will in fact change.

We either overturn "Citizens United" (and getting a Constitutional Amendment to do it seems to be the only way forward) and change the electoral process or it is quite simple; things will remain "business as usual" and inevitably becomes worse for the American people and the world's people who concurrently fall under current U.S. hegemony.

So again, what exactly are we supposed to do?    

 

dglefc22733@aol.com

Retired. The author of "DECEIT AND EXCESS IN AMERICA, HOW THE MONEYED INTERESTS HAVE STOLEN AMERICA AND HOW WE CAN GET IT BACK", Authorhouse, 2009

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

An Ominous Foreboding, Israel vs Iran

The Evolving Populist Political Rebellion in the Arab World

A Nuclear War Would Be Insane

The Rich Get Richer, the Poor Get Poorer, While the Middle Class Gets Decimated

Iran Offers 9 Point Plan to end Nuclear Crisis, U.S. "No thanks".

The Danger of an Israeli Attack on Iran

Comments

The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
20 people are discussing this page, with 30 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)

It seems to me the way forward is to create/endors... by Jim Prues on Saturday, Dec 17, 2011 at 5:17:41 PM
Faced with government and economic treachery, what... by Rafe Pilgrim on Saturday, Dec 17, 2011 at 5:39:23 PM
 The ideal revolutionary  "candidat... by aberamsay on Saturday, Dec 17, 2011 at 6:17:48 PM
We need serious changes to the system and that is ... by Dennis Kaiser on Sunday, Dec 18, 2011 at 6:09:40 AM
We know what we have to do. We knew what we had to... by Dan Mage on Saturday, Dec 17, 2011 at 6:25:00 PM
The biggest disapointment to me (armchair activist... by Paul Repstock on Saturday, Dec 17, 2011 at 6:52:48 PM
influenced by the threat of the Fema Camps. A wea... by Paul Repstock on Saturday, Dec 17, 2011 at 6:59:22 PM
From my point of view, that is as a keyboard comma... by mike buchan on Sunday, Dec 18, 2011 at 2:21:07 AM
November 6, 2012 can not be ignored and who can sa... by Dave Lefcourt on Sunday, Dec 18, 2011 at 9:45:20 AM
is to reacquire the concept of a government that c... by John Sanchez Jr. on Sunday, Dec 18, 2011 at 10:03:02 AM
A very smart comment. All Republican candidates o... by BFalcon on Sunday, Dec 18, 2011 at 10:44:01 AM
this question every day....... by Deborah Hornstra on Sunday, Dec 18, 2011 at 10:10:23 AM
this question every day...... by Deborah Hornstra on Sunday, Dec 18, 2011 at 10:10:58 AM
It's become increasingly clear that the only way t... by Penny Dever-Reynolds on Sunday, Dec 18, 2011 at 10:27:48 AM
Vote for Obama, who, with a gun to his head for al... by molly cruz on Sunday, Dec 18, 2011 at 10:36:33 AM
We have allowed our nation to degenerate in to the... by Walter J Smith on Sunday, Dec 18, 2011 at 10:47:46 AM
America is truly between a rock and a hard place.E... by liberalsrock on Sunday, Dec 18, 2011 at 11:01:08 AM
Get real folks. A lot of Democrats voted for the ... by June Genis on Sunday, Dec 18, 2011 at 12:52:14 PM
and a Congress like that which we now have, we wil... by John Sanchez Jr. on Sunday, Dec 18, 2011 at 4:24:50 PM
What is needed is for us (the real left) to create... by S. Juniper on Sunday, Dec 18, 2011 at 3:35:33 PM
Jill Stein?... by Alexander Pangborn on Sunday, Dec 18, 2011 at 4:00:21 PM
Obama: -       &nb... by Ted Guertin on Sunday, Dec 18, 2011 at 7:51:26 PM
a single one of the objectives that you list becau... by John Sanchez Jr. on Monday, Dec 19, 2011 at 12:49:09 AM
true left gatekeeper.  No surprise there... by Ted Guertin on Monday, Dec 19, 2011 at 8:31:17 AM
Ron Paul is nothing if not regressive. As I pointe... by John Sanchez Jr. on Monday, Dec 19, 2011 at 9:07:32 AM
The one percent control the entire electoral proce... by Jim Eldon on Monday, Dec 19, 2011 at 9:03:24 AM
and nobody notices, does he make a point? Unlike t... by John Sanchez Jr. on Monday, Dec 19, 2011 at 9:23:00 AM
You cannot withdraw your support for the system by... by Jim Eldon on Monday, Dec 19, 2011 at 10:42:58 AM
outside a small circle of like minded non-voters? ... by John Sanchez Jr. on Monday, Dec 19, 2011 at 12:44:14 PM
Actually, voter turnout is always an element of th... by Jim Eldon on Monday, Dec 19, 2011 at 6:12:24 PM