The Democrat Party, the Republican Party, and Corporate Elite form the Axis of Evil within the U.S.A. The Axis of Evil most frequently meet in the Halls of Congress; Congress is their primary tool. The Axis of Evil, through the two political parties, own the Presidential Debate Commission (PDC). Primary weapons of the Axis of Evil are "think tanks," 35,000 Washington registered lobbyists, the PDC itself, cash in the form of political contributions to control Congress, and the availability of high paying jobs "when politicians are out of office."
The PDC guarantees collaboration rather then competition between the Democrat and Republican duopoly to the exclusion of any opposing organization. The PDC assures the duopoly's monopoly and perpetuity will not be defeated by ballot.
Thus, the Axis of Evil maintains its control of the many for the enrichment of the few. Obfuscation and deceit through media control, unfettered free market capitalism, and war are the primary methods used by the few to prevent their overthrow by the many.
Following decades of market regulation and the promotion of competition, President Carter deregulated airlines, trucking, railroads, oil and interest rates, and set up much of the deregulation machinery that Reagan would later use.
President Reagan, of course, continued the deregulatory trend and regressed the tax code to favor the wealthy. Under Reagan, the FTC trended toward favoring acquisition and mergers and reducing competition to the detriment of the consumer. Additionally, Reagan de-funded social programs, and invaded both Grenada and Panama.
The PDC was incorporated during the second Reagan term. The League of Women Voters, prior purveyors of the Presidential debates had this to say: (It was) "withdrawing its sponsorship of the presidential debate --- because the demands of the two (party) campaign organizations would perpetrate a fraud on the American voter --- the candidates' organizations aim to add debates to their list of campaign-trail charades devoid of substance, spontaneity and honest answers to tough questions. The League has no intention of becoming an accessory to the hoodwinking of the American public."
President Clinton betrayed his party's principles when he threw off labor in favor of corporate political contributions. Clinton claimed labor would support the party anyway; they had no other place to go. When elected he initiated free-trade agreements resulting in loss of jobs, promoted investment bank recklessness through revocation of the Glass-Steagall Act that had stood for sixty-six years, induced further poverty through welfare reform, and took us to war in Bosnia.
Bush II wrote more rubber checks than did Reagan and Bush I combined, further tilted taxation to favor the rich, accelerated job losses while bringing trade deficits to new heights, invaded both Afghanistan and Iraq with neither a strategy for winning nor withdrawal, approved both rendition and torture and rang up more debt than had been accumulated by all of the Presidents before him while, at the same time, broadening presidential powers to probable unconstitutional limits.
While President Obama's campaign rhetoric suggested "change" and "hope", the electorate is left with no more than "hoping for change". For example, regarding the financial crisis, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner has said, "We have a financial system that is run by private shareholders, managed by private institutions, and we'd like to do our best to preserve that system." Or, listen to J. Christopher Flowers, one of the finance industry's richest speculators, who has been publicly noting that when it comes to the federal rescue plan, "the government has all the downside and we have all the upside," meaning "lowlife grave dancers like me will make a fortune.
Change, it has not nor will it happen, not enough to really make a difference. The current distinction between the Obama and the earlier Clinton and Bush II administrations appear to be a distinction without much of a difference. Obama appears generally to agree with Bush II's expansion of presidential powers and his Iraq policy. He is escalating not de-escalating the war in Afghanistan. His economic policies are straight from Clinton’s brain trust and their protégées which favor Wall Street over Main Street.
The Axis of Evil is as alive and well under Obama as it was under Bush II, Clinton, Bush I, Reagan, and Carter. The results since the 1970's are doubling the wealth of the then already prosperous elite, lower wages and higher debt for the working and middle classes, a pending credit card crisis, a healthcare system that could only be loved by insurance and pharmaceutical interests, millions of home mortgage foreclosures, a economic system that only thrives on bubbles; in short, a lowered standard of living and growing health and economic uncertainty for the many, with lowered expectations for the next generation.
It is ever more apparent that the Axis of Evil cannot be defeated by ballot. Time is growing near for us, the many, to take heed of Thomas Jefferson's advise. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established, should not be changed for light and transient causes; and, accordingly, all experience [has] shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But, when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce [the people] under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security." --Thomas Jefferson: Declaration of Independence, 1776. ME 1:29, Papers 1:429
The Northern Command, established after 9/11 to assist FEMA in a national emergency now has the Army's 3rd Infantry Division 1st Brigade Combat Team permanently assigned to it. Halliburton should by now be well on its way to completion of the $385 million dollar contract by Homeland Security to construct detention and processing facilities in the event of a national emergency. Under a declaration of martial law, respected author Peter Dale Scott speculated that the "detention centers could be used to detain American citizens".
Might these detainees be fifth columnists, otherwise known as anyone who disagrees with government or exercises their constitutional rights?