As we ent er th e New Year, there is much to look forward to and even more to work toward. The Obama Administration has tried to bring some change but has been blocked at all sides by not only an over zealous Right and its Tea Party constituents. More recently though, it is not the Republicans causing this Administration's pains but rather its own base trying to hold on to voting polls by flipping on the issues. A once solid and devoted party is coming undone in order to follow the purposeful deception of a Right Wing agenda and his own disillusionment of how much change America will tolerate.
The blame game seems to be the soup de jour in the present Congress and the next is sure to include more of the same as both sides scramble to secure a future for their party. While the Republicans vie for new ways to derail Obama rather than using their energy to come up with real economic solutions, many Americans sit in wait for its President to come through on his campaign promises. I used to have such hope that the campaign rhetoric was genuine but so many of his trail vows have gone either blocked by Republicans or forgotten by an Administration floundering to survive the Right wing maelstrom.
Topping the list of items of change that seems to have been forgotten by the Obama Administration is his desire to lessen and eventually, phase out the War initiative. Instead of coming through on this promise though, this year's budget includes the largest amount spent on our military since WWII. The National Defense Authorization Act, H.R. 2647, a Bill that feed directly into the plans of the Bin Laden terrorist ambition, is set to spend an astounding $725 billion. The measure was accepted by a Congressional majority with little contention. How could an Administration, so vehemently opposed to such action in 2008 so easily allow the continuation of an immoral and economic draining action to continue?
What truly confuses me is how a bill such as this could so easily cruise through a Congress that is Democrat controlled and so vehemently favored by a Republican contingency who has consistently complained about Obama's big government spending. These people have attempted to deny 911 Responder care, cut education spending and tried to block the continuation of unemployment compensation by arguing these expenditures cannot be paid for. How do they plan then, to pay for this Military Budget?
Republicans have been consistent in their statements of fiscal responsibility but not so much when it comes time to vote on measures of military invasiveness and National Security Intrusions on our Bill of Rights. As an example, Representative JOHN BOEHNER (R. Ohio) has stated, "If we're going to deal with deficits, and we're going to be honest with the American people, we have to cut spending, and we need real economic growth in America that puts more Americans back to work caring for themselves and caring for their families."
This is a grand statement and he may even have cried while saying it for dramatic effect but the only people who are benefiting from the recent budget are the Defense Contractors and corporations like Halliburton and Lockheed Martin unless of course, the Government chooses the low bidder and we export the War profits to Chinese contractors. De'jÃ vu, anyone ?
It would seem the same political philosophy that got us into the current economic situation has not left us, it has more appropriately, Rightened us. The only families these people care about are their own and those of their rich friends. Boehner's voting record stands as a testament of his true colors on any issue and his drama for believing in the American Dream is just that; a dream.
The reality is that republicans on the Hill have not only been responsible for the current economic turmoil by allowing Bush initiated, corporate oversight lessening and the big money bail outs of their banking friends on Wall Street but have continued to endorse a War on Terror that targets Americans and any Nation who would offer dissention of American rules. HR 2647 sets up a system that targets the Congo, Iran, North Korea, Afghanistan, Pakistan and empowers our financial God Fathers from China ( Section 1246) . (Read the remaining sections through out the 1200 series of the Act for other Foreign issues.)
One of the main reasons I didn't vote for McCain in 2008 (other than the fear that his death would leave Palin in charge) was the fact that he fully supported the War initiative and his Vietnam POW experience held the fear that he would one day have a major flashback while poised above the button. If ever there was a question in my mind it was answered when during a debate he wandered in front of the camera like a dementia patient not remembering where he was. (This is not to mention Palin's calling Africa a country represented her infinite wisdom.)
Obama was the reasonable choice because Democrats have, in the past, been more selective in foreign military invasiveness. Recently though, Obama has become our worst nightmare on the War front. He has been pressured to increase troops in Afghanistan and now is being pressured to arm for potential confrontations with Iran and North Korea. He has folded under the pressure and helped to pass this enormous War budget. It would seem that Obama has sold the farm to afford a tractor.
The Wrong Wing Media
Compounding the negatives to our present Congress, American popular media has taken the lead in the deception movement by "reporting" on the issues with a skewed view. The demonization of Islam through right wing media has all but convinced Americans that the war is just. Their deception, fed by such Legislation as the National Security Act and Patriot Act, has initiated such an incredible amount of paranoia that citizens have actually come to believe we should accept the growing police state and consequent oppression for our own safety.
Misleading American voters seems to be the overwhelming premise and a political weapon that is consistently used to propagate the agenda of Congressional deception by this media. Everywhere, citizens of this nation are purposely told a distorted version of the truth by right wing media and left wing opinion makers. These people represent a system that is so evidently rife with corruption, corporatism and social depravity that the immaculate concept of a free nation which our forefathers first envisioned has become blurred beyond recognition.
Every so often I wander into Right Wing sites and read articles but when I want to offer an opinion, the comment section is closed. Most recently, I posted an article from my blog about Palin being the "Misinformer of the Year" on her own Face Book page but was immediately blocked as "Abusive". The Right Wing sites do not allow voices or links of dissention. Even after several attempts, the filters either discard my opinion or the ones that do get through are immediately attacked by blind followers as Left-Wing Radicalism instead of a point of view to be considered and then intelligently argued. Is this the return to our forefathers' ideals they continually profess as part of their American "good old days" reclamation?
When I write, I look for citations to support my thoughts but even a hyperlink to the Times or Post can no longer be trusted to tell the real facts. All I can do as a citizen is put onto laptop reasoned deduction through dutiful research of multiple sources and try to distinguish the facts from the deception. All I can do is quote the live feeds from YouTube and even they have in the past, been altered to promote a skewed view. The real news now lies outside the U.S. Like our industry, products are now looked to outside our borders for the best value.