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I used to be enamored with Joe Biden.

But what a tool he has turned into.

What a dancing puppet for the oligarchy.

Is it something in the water? Or is it like Stephen Marks says in his eye-opening book Confessions of a Political Hitman, when you get to that position of power, they take you in the back room and give you "the talk". They explain how things actually work, how things are done, and who is actually running the show. They give you the choice: gold or lead.

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Kennedy made the wrong choice.

Clinton went for the gold and has been richly rewarded. Likewise with Obama. $400,000 for a single speech to his Wall Street puppet masters? Gimme a break. That's serious cash!

I'll admit, this sounds like a really bad movie to me . . . so I can't say I entirely buy it.

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At the same time, I don't entirely dismiss it.

Something gets to these guys. Something burrows into their brains like those amoeba that make a pinhole in your skull, climb inside and eat your brains.

Some criticize Vice-President Biden for his gaffs. Frankly, his gaffs are trivial compared to the actual stands he has taken over the years on a wide variety of issues.

Just a few revealing examples: He is implicated in the ongoing attempts by the U.S. to overthrow the democratically-elected leaders of Venezuela, the late Hugo Chavez and the current president, Nicholas Marduro. Similarly, he has been an outspoken supporter of the chocolate king Petro Poroshenko, current president of Ukraine, installed by violent coupe in a U.S.-sponsored subversion of democracy in that fragile and volatile part of the world. Mr. Biden has been a huge advocate for the unnecessary and provocative sanctions against Russia, just a few days ago ridiculing the EU countries who won't go along with America's imperial madness. We also find out that Biden's support for the takeover of Ukraine goes beyond America's alleged geopolitical agenda there. In fact, his son Hunter Biden, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Burisma Holdings, a private oil and gas company in Ukraine, which stands to profit handsomely from the privatization and plunder of the country's natural resources.

That Vice-President Biden has been a prominent voice for America's propaganda and saber-rattling against Russia goes without saying.

I admit that my first impressions of Mr. Biden were just that impressions so all of my positive feelings were very superficial. I saw him speak at campaign rallies and other public events, as well as appear in several debates. I loved the guy's punchy directness, his ability to dissemble convoluted arguments and spurious propositions with a just few well chosen, often funny phrases. I found his wide, confident grin engaging. Overall, he created in me the impression he was his own man, an independent thinker, more concerned with the truth and cutting through the bullshit than worried about winning popularity contests. I've so had it with oratorical grandstanding and highly crafted, high-sounding but usually empty political bombast, a little in-your-face straight-talk went a long way.

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Biden always said the right things. More jobs. Better life for the average American.

Obviously, by now I should know better than to take any of these politicos at their word. How many times does a dog have to get beaten to realize his owner is an irredeemably cruel sadist? And Biden did partner with the man with a Muslim name who, despite his wonderful rhetoric about practically everything decent human beings would like to see happening in our troubled country and world, ultimately proved determined to do the very opposite.

But I'm such a soft touch, even now after decades of being bludgeoned with the hypocrisy stick. I had heard about Biden's loss of his first wife and their new 18-month old daughter, how he courageously bore his grief, bounced back, continued his selfless service to public life all the usual milk toast mythology that's surrounds public officials.

So I am just as vulnerable to the effects of finely-wrought PR spin as the next guy.

I have learned as I hope you have from gagging on too much bullshit for too many years, at least to try to be more discerning, less willing to buy the popular song-and-dance about these guys, less inclined take at face value what is spewed by the main stream media and, of course, the constant stream of self-serving blather by the politicos themselves.

But it's difficult. It is just plain hard work to have to analyze and take literally everything apart, look at things from every possible angle, view with incredulity and suspicion the vast bulk of what we are told to believe, by what are reputed to be sound and objective sources.

It's getting easier, though.

Eventually it will be a snap.

Because when everything becomes a lie?

No problem.

We'll know not to believe anything they tell us.

Unfortunately, I fear we are further down that road than we realize.

Or, as Paul Craig Roberts believes, already there.

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AUTHOR'S NOTE: This article originally appeared on my personal blog site February 9, 2015. Think about that. That was more than four years ago. And it still rings true. Like they say, everything changes but remains the same. Or maybe more appropriate: Once a neoliberal warmonger, always a neoliberal warmonger.

 

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Some criticize Vice-President Biden for his gaffs. His gaffs are trivial compared to the actual stands he has taken over the years on a wide variety of issues. Gaffs are for laughs. Sinister policies are not funny when a man is running for the highest office in the land.

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" ... they take you in the back room and give you "the talk". They explain how things actually work, how things are done, and who is actually running the show. They give you the choice: gold or lead."

That, or something like it, is the only thing that makes sense.

Aaron Russo said what Nick Rockefeller, who he had become friends with, told him.

Russo: As much as I like you, Nick, your way isn't my way, we're on the opposite side of the fence. I don't believe in enslaving people.

Rockefeller said to Russo: "What do you care about them? What do you care about those people? What difference does it make to you?

"Take care of your own life. Do the best you can for you and your family. What do the rest of the people mean to you? They don't mean anything to you. They're just serfs, they're just people."

And I used to say to him: What's the point of all this? You have all the money in the world that you need. You have all the power you need. What's the point? What's the end goal?

And he said that the end goal was to get everybody chipped. To control the whole society. To have the bankers, the elite people the bankers and some government controlling the world.

And I remember one time Nick Rockefeller said to me: "You join us, so you have an ID card, Aaron, you have a chip. And your chip will say 'KMA' on it," and I say: What does "KMA" mean? He says: "It means kiss my ass, and anybody stops you, a cop or whatever, and you show them your card or your chip, and they'll know to leave you alone. Because you're one of us."


So yes, I think it works something like, " ... they take you in the back room and give you "the talk". They explain how things actually work, how things are done, and who is actually running the show. They give you the choice: gold or lead."


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This is a chilling "insider view" on what really goes on. I've done a number of articles about the insensitivity of the elite class -- a polite phrase for the sociopathology of the wealthy -- and been accused of being judgmental or too harsh. Chris Hedges from his own personal experience says the same things. We have to understand what we're up against. These folks and their lapdogs like Biden and both Clintons will do anything to promote the agenda of totalitarian plunder. Lie. Steal. Cheat. Appeals to their morality is pointless. They have no morality.

Thanks, as always, for your insightful comments.

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The full title of the book you referenced is, Confessions of a Political Hitman: My Secret Life of Scandal, Corruption, Hypocrisy and Dirty Attacks That Decide Who Gets Elected (and Who Doesn't)

"There is a de facto 'secret government' operating nationally and internationally and involved in the highest circles of the US government, exercising an impact over domestic policies and economics ranging between extreme influence to, at times, outright control. This extreme influence to outright control naturally includes the Presidency. The de facto 'secret government,' much of whose intellectual - and financial - muscle are to be found in the New York office of the CFR, the great tax-free foundations, and certain international firms and corporations." - Mike Culbert: article in the Independent-Gazette published in Richmond, California on June 27, 1974 in reference to his discussions with Charles Colson (a member of Nixon's cabinet) on the almost total control of US presidents by the outside forces. (1974)

"This extreme influence to outright control naturally includes the Presidency." I say that yes, it includes the presidency; but it also includes anyone they want to control. That is no doubt what happened to Biden. I used to think a lot of Biden too a lot of years ago. He probably wasn't one of "them" at the time. But he is now.

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"This extreme influence to outright control naturally includes the Presidency."

Yet, if you allude to this, you're labeled a wingnut conspiracy theorist.

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I used to like Joe too. Now he scares me to death as much as Trump or any of the other puppets of global corporate empire.

And the media are nothing but propagandists for the empire. I find it mystifying that more don't see it. I guess you have to be looking in the first place.

My guess is if we don't get 4 more years of Trump which is looking likely, it will be Biden or Kamala Harris. It certainly won't be anyone that advocates for any social betterment in a serious way. That would be loosening the iron grip the oligarchs have on our throats. No backtracking on neo-serfdom allowed.

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YUH, LOIS, WE DIDN'T RECOGNIZE IT AT THE TIME, BUT Uncle Joe has always been

in their pocket,

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He, like the president he served under, is a real charmer. Biden is more of an "aw shucks" charmer but no less disingenuous and hypocritical. The great thing about Joe is you know what he's thinking about .0000001 seconds after he thinks it, and his only hope is for his mouth to clamp shut and not blurt out whatever absurd non-sequitur or offensive barb his misfiring neurons just came up with. Since that never happens, I hear his campaign team is considering buying a surgical stapler for his lips. Until then we will continue to get the unvarnished truth from Aw-Shucks Joe, mental driftwood which looks a lot like what washes up on the beach after a storm.

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"And the media are nothing but propagandists for the empire."

I'm watching the two interviews Chris Hedges did of Matt Taibbi. Highly recommended!

Packaged Anger Just For You

They reference the book that changed my life 19 years ago ...

Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman.

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You nailed it. As a reaction to Trump's election, this is a very sad moment for America.

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It's a losing moment and will get the Orange Monster reelected.

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Thank you. I don't know if you read the Author's Note at the bottom of the article. Interestingly, I wrote this piece over four years ago before anyone could imagine Trump would be running for president. But if I read you correctly, what was happening then under Obama-Biden did set the stage for the Orange Autocrat and his mad team of bumblers to Make America Grotesque Again and again and again . . .

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A simple rule to follow for identifying a candidate who is "for the people" is: If the DNC backs them, rule them OUT!

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That's for sure!

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For me it's a lot simpler and less conspiratorial.

I like Joe, just disagree with him on many issues. In my experience, this isn't unusual. Lots of people are likable despite my disagreeing with them. Reciprocally, some people I tend to agree with I don't particularly like. Likability and political positions are often two different things.

I also see no reason to read into Biden's political positions any sort of deep state brainwashing. Those positions aren't particularly rare and many people agree with him. Just because I don't but happen to like Joe anyway doesn't make me speculate that Biden has been sat down and issued instructions by a secret cabal of power brokers. It makes far more sense to conclude that Biden makes up his own mind the way everyone else does, which in Biden's case would include the context of a long career inside Washington.

Biden's candidacy may though force people to weigh the extent of their agreement or disagreement with him along with his likability and other political considerations before voting. But I hope this is normal. At the end of the day, all candidates are real people with whom informed voters won't consistently agree or always even like. I mean, the writer here seems to be shocked that even Obama is flawed according to his values. I'm not shocked at all. I never believed that Obama was my perfect candidate, just concluded that he was better than the alternatives.

Personally, my leaning is against Biden in this race, but I'd certainly support him over some other candidates. It all depends upon who the choices are.

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Everything you say makes sense. Biden as a candidate for the people does not make sense. All candidates who are serious about getting elected put on the costume, claim to be in touch with us, feel our pain, want what we want. We've had over forty years of neoliberal mantras. We now have catastrophic wealth inequality, an economy that's a house of cards, a planet undergoing apocalyptic levels of species extinction, oceans that are becoming uninhabitable sewers for sea life, we are triggering irreversible changes in our atmosphere, and are on the verge of wars on five fronts. Do you need to do any more than glance at the voting record of Biden, his de facto support for the policies which enable and promote the foregoing. Are there some nuances I'm missing?

As to the gold vs. lead meme, think of it as a parable delivered by Jesus Christ. We could call it The Lord's Sermon at Langley. Take it from there.

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