As the presidential election process reaches its climax and emotions rise to new heights, those in the Democratic/Liberal/Progressive ranks that are disillusioned with President Obama's performance, and are urging their fellow Americans to vote for a third party candidate or not vote at all, need to think very deeply about the consequences that will quite likely follow in the wake of their advice.
First of all the individuals who are lobbying for the American electorate to pay back Mr. Obama for what they feel are his failures to deliver on his main promise of bringing significant change to America cannot be faulted for thinking that way. They have every right to be disillusioned with his performance because he has not been as strong as he should have been, he has not fought hard enough on important issues and, by doing so, he has alienated many of his staunchest supporters.
However, while their anger and disillusionment and their desire for payback may be somewhat understandable, their recommendations would, in fact, serve to greatly exacerbate this nation's most critical problems. Their advice could easily pave the way for Romney/Ryan to slide into the presidency and then be, once again, controlled by the neocons that are waiting in the wings. That would be like going from the frying pan into the fire; a situation that you don't like to one that is unbearable. Didn't we learn any lessons from eight years of pain and misery under G.W. Bush?
They can't seem to understand and accept the fact that the root cause of most of this nation's problems is the stranglehold that Corporate America has on this government and the political process; and that unless that stranglehold is completely removed by either a Supreme Court ruling or a Constitutional amendment, no current or future president, Democrat, Republican or third party member will ever be able to cope with its massive, controlling power.
There is no use to go into the many instances where this president has not followed through on his promises to the American people for we all know what they are. Though many of these failures can be ascribed to his own failings as a leader, many others were due to the cleverly planned Republican tactics of total obstruction that were designed to bring him down; and their plan worked beautifully. In any event, what happened is a part of the past and its time to move on to discuss specific tactics and strategies that will, if done effectively, break Corporatism's stranglehold, reform and cleanse our political process, and strengthen our democracy.
There are two critical issues that, by themselves alone, are reasons why a Republican, in this case Mitt Romney, cannot and must not be allowed to occupy the Oval Office; if the American people, fully understanding the agenda of this party that includes an increasing number of unapologetic sociopaths and misogynists, allow that to happen, it will have very disastrous and, possibly, irreversible effects on this country and its society for many decades.
Let's begin with the U.S. Supreme Court and how, in the next several years, it will play a major role in the direction of this country for some time to come. By now it should be clear to most Americans that Corporate America has established control over this government, this Supreme Court, and the political system, and is in the process of tearing down the foundations of our democracy. The U.S. Supreme Court, in the now infamous Citizens United case, vastly increased the power of Corporatism and paved the way for it to largely dominate our election process.
Thinking about what might happen if a Republican is elected and given the power to add up to two more Supreme Court justices in the next several years that give the GOP and Corporate America total control is more than frightening. Should there be a Republican president in the White House the Supreme Court that now has a 5 to 4 Republican-controlled majority will be increased to a 7 to 2 majority Not only will Citizens United not be reversed, but you can bet that more decisions giving Corporate America even more control over this nation will follow.
Reversing the Citizens United decision by a constitutionally guided Supreme Court would be the most feasible, least complicated way to break the power of Corporate America. For those who believe that it can be done by a Constitutional Amendment, which is another alternative, they need to consider just how difficult an undertaking that would be because of the complexity of the process.
This is how the Constitutional Amendment process is set up to work; you can get the full details by checking out this article which states that "The Constitution provides that an amendment may be proposed either by the Congress with a two-thirds majority vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, or by a constitutional convention called for by two-thirds of the State legislatures. None of the 27 amendments to the Constitution have been proposed by constitutional convention." So, as we can readily see, both of these processes would be extremely difficult to pursue and that supports the contention that the very best way to solve this festering problem would be to change the composition of the Supreme Court.
And now to the second critically important reason to take down every single Republican candidate. In addition to the further contamination of the Supreme Court, if a Republican president takes office and the GOP gains greater control over Congress we will see the complete destruction of Social Security, Medicare, and all the other important social programs. These critically important social programs are foundations of this country, the safety net for millions of Americans have worked and made monetary contributions to them during their entire lives. These benefits are not a hand out by the government, they have been earned by the people and we cannot allow them to be destroyed. Secondly, we must think not only about ourselves but also about our children and grandchildren who, if the GOP has its way, would be completely shut off from these programs.
Once again, the American people are about to reach a critical crossroads at which there are only two directions they can take. To my way of thinking there is only one direction to take and that is a decision to maintain Democratic control over the White House and, hopefully, the Congress that will give the American people at least an opportunity to reverse the egregious Citizens United decision, to further pave the way for legislation that would bring about comprehensive campaign finance reform, and break the iron grip of Corporate America over this nation and its people; it would also prevent the complete dismantling of Social Security, Medicare and this nation's most important social programs. The second direction, to allow the GOP to assume power is just plain unthinkable.
The American people must come to the realization that Corporate America's power is the main reason why we have seen the corruption of Congress and the Supreme Court and why our presidents, for some time now, have succumbed to its massive control; The proliferation of war, the destruction of our manufacturing sector, the outsourcing of millions of jobs, the decimation of our workforce, our floundering, lifeless economy, the dismantling of the middle class, the continued escalation of the wealth of the 1%; virtually every problem that America is facing can be attributed to the unlimited money and the relentless power and influence of Corporate America in the affairs of this nation.
If the power of Corporate America is not totally eliminated from our governmental and electoral processes by either of the two methods I have discussed above, then if anyone thinks that if an honest, ethical, moral and courageous third party candidate is somehow elected to the office of the presidency that this individual can overcome the power of Corporatism and bring meaningful, significant changes to America, they are in a state of complete denial.
My intent in this discussion has been to illustrate the clear choices that I believe the American people have. There is no perfect solution to this country's myriad of problems but to totally waste a vote on a third party candidate that has zero chance of winning just to prove a point or to administer payback will, effectively, constitute an absolute vote for Romney, Corporatism and a disaster for America.