I went to sleep at 1AM after catching up on two episodes of "Boardwalk Empire". I started to drift off to sleep and I went through some of the things that have been crawling through my mind for the last few days. One of the things I decided was that I will definitely boycott the Federal elections in November. I'll vote in the local elections and the Statewide elections, but Congress critters and Senators are out of the question.
Why you may ask? The reason being is that there is just nobody I would like to vote for, and the reason for that is because there isn't much difference between Democrats and Republicans. Sure, there are "cosmetic" differences", gay marriage, women's rights, gun control and voter suppression, but in the long run, neither party does anything about those issues.
The big reason I won't vote for a Republican or a Democrat is because they all do the bidding of their corporate sponsors. I should have let it go at that and tried to fall asleep. No, not me, a phrase jumped out of my cerebellum that said "The lesser of two evils is still evil". That's what started the motor running. I should have gotten up at 2AM and just started writing. Now it's 4AM and I just sat down at the keyboard, my blood pressure is up and my head's swimming with thoughts I absolutely must put down or I'll never sleep.
Most of us know that between the Military Industrial Complex, the oil companies and Wall Street, our Federal government seem more like a puppy farm than a representation of the American People's political will. These politicians are chosen and financed by just about every facet of society working against the common citizenry in this country. "Special interests" defines these people that select politicians, just as you and I select a puppy from a puppy farm. Still, most people in this once great nation (if it really was once a great nation) just don't get it.
Many Americans still believe we have a choice about who represents us. Of course, most people reading this article understand that we have no choice. We get to choose between Frick and Frack, Pete and Re-Pete, a Bush, a Clinton or some other student and chief brown-noser of some PAC or think tank. They are thoroughly vetted to make sure they toe the line of their benefactors and if they step out of line, they have an "accident" or their district is eliminated. Frankly, this is why this nation finds itself in the position we are at in this particular juncture of history. The truth is, to quote Hillary Clinton, "we are ALL on the wrong side of history".
This didn't happen because we fell asleep at the switch. The truth of the matter is that the switch was stolen away from us and nobody noticed...well almost nobody. Occupy Wall Street noticed and so did people like Bradley (Chelsea) Manning, Eric Snowden and Julian Assange. Fat lot of good it did them. Noam Chomsky, Naomi Wolf and some others also noticed but they ended up preaching to the choir (like I'm doing now). The trouble with getting the word out to people is that unless you have a show on the mainstream media or you are a frequent guest on one of their "panels", you end up sporting a tinfoil hat and people believe you have conspiracies dancing around in your head.
Let's go over a few things that have come about in the last few months. I'm going to try and do a reality check to see if it is time to for me to get a check-up from the neck up. Just remember, I'm not new to this "smoke and mirrors" game. I've been doing this for a decade now and I believe that a reality check would be good for my sanity. Somebody recently said that people look at me like I have three heads and I answered them by saying very snidely that compared to most people, I feel like I have three heads to their one.
Try to bear with me. This will probably be a long article, but I have some points to make.
Let's start with Syria last year. Didn't our government explicitly state that if Syria used chemical weapons against its own people (or anyone else for that matter), that it would represent a "red line in the sand"? When we accused them of using nerve agents against children, wasn't it President Assad that invited the United Nations to come to Syria to check out the facts on the ground, and wasn't it the UN that found no conclusive proof that the Syrian government used those weapons and it was more than likely that the rebels had used them? Why is it that the MSM keeps mentioning that President Obama never acted against Assad over our allies objections?
This was also one of those rare times that the MSM couldn't suppress the facts. Millions of people started calling and writing Congress to stay out of Syria. The roar became so deafening that Obama decided to let Congress make the decision on getting involved. It never came to a vote. (Yes, Virginia, there IS a Santa Claus).
Now we hear this decision by Obama drove our fundamentalist Wahhabi friends (Saudi Arabia, UAE and others) absolutely crazy. Between cutting off the hands and heads of its citizens and stoning rape victims for adultery, they were frothing at the mouth. After all, didn't we owe them for supplying the hijackers that was the pretext for invading Iraq?
Wasn't that also the period when President Putin secured an agreement with Syria to get rid of their chemical weapons and then wrote a scathing Op-Ed in the New York Times telling us that by claiming to be an exceptional nation we were doing much the same thing that Germany did during the last century? He also said this:
"Mercenaries from Arab countries fighting there, and hundreds of militants from Western countries and even Russia, are an issue of our deep concern. Might they not return to our countries with experience acquired in Syria? After all, after fighting in Libya, extremists moved on to Mali. This threatens us all."
Well, we didn't listen to him then and it seems nobody wants to bring up the fact that he mentioned it at all. We can see today that calling the United States out in front of the World makes for some dire consequences. Anyone for another Cold War?
So let's move on to Ukraine. I won't bring up the fact that we bombed Libya back to the stone age or that we used drones by the hundreds in Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan. Let's just forget about the wedding parties that were smashed to smithereens or the two American citizens that received a lethal dose of Hellfire missiles. Let's look at Ukraine and Victoria Nuland's involvement in overthrowing their elected President just months before a new election. Only 5 Billion dollars for a regime change? That's cheap, especially when you can blame it on the Russians.