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Syriza Will Offer America Hope

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Not since the Occupy Movement has the financial world and corporate interests, led by their mouthpiece the corporate media, been so frightened. The Occupy Movement shed much light on the darkness of the financial world, and was beginning to resonate with the public, when the financial world and the corporate interests used their power to have the US government launch a concentrated crackdown on protests around the nation. The financial world had begun to get nervous with the adverse publicity, because the Occupy Movement was making clear the disparity of both wealth and power. The message the Occupy Movement was driving home, was that you, the public, are powerless and unrepresented by your government, with government serving as a tool of the 1%. The public was beginning to get the message and at that point the 1% said enough; and had their puppet government crackdown with force and dissolve the protests nationwide. Did you notice how coordinated and simultaneously the brutal crackdowns around the country occurred? Do you really believe that just happened as a matter of coincidence?

A new threat to the big banks, Wall Street, and the powerful corporations, is emerging in Europe, and most likely will make its way to this country soon. So far the establishment powers have not recognized the potential threat that has arisen in Greece, for they assumed using their awesome power, tiny Greece would be forced to capitulate and thus crush the threat on the horizon. Greece has been economically destroyed by the financial interests and big banks who encouraged the Greek government to go on spending sprees. Loan packages were thrown at the Greek government and as predicted, they did acquire great debt much to the joy of the powerful European and US banks. But their plan backfired because Greece has gotten to the point where they cannot pay back the loans; it would be impossible. All along, the European banks and financial interests around the world have demanded that Greeks pay off loans to international bankers by cutting every social program in Greece and raising taxes to pay off the huge loans. The financial world had a cash cow and were not going to let it off the hook. Greeks were severely punished for loans which should have never been granted by the banks, but banks demanded that the Greek public should have to pay for the sins of their government and international banks. Greece was brought to its knees, yet banks still demand full repayment of the impossible loans. Neither of the two major political parties worked on behalf of the Greek people, but instead carried the water of the banks and financial interests and continued to pay back the loans by depriving and punishing the Greek people with austerity. The money saved by cutting the social net of the Greek people was used to pay off big banks. Both parties promised in meaningless rhetoric to work for the people, but in fact were prostitutes of the banks and did their bidding. The Greek people gave up on the major parties and suddenly flocked in mass to a third party who has promised to be "their" party. Syriza shocked the world by coming from obscurity to capture the government in the recent election, and has demanded in negotiations with namely Germany and the financial world, a series of loans on more favorable terms. Germany has been unwilling to budge and steadfastly holds to their contention that every cent must be repaid as per the original loan terms, even though it was Germany who begged Europe at the end of WWII to be allowed to renegotiate their massive loans at more favorable terms. Europeans consented, but the Germans are now unwilling to do the same for Greece.

Syriza's popularity has given great hope to others throughout Europe who are in a similar situation. Podemos, a third party modeled after Syriza in Spain, now leads in polls and may well capture the Spanish government in their election this spring. Portugal, Italy, and others are watching this new people's movement carefully.

The establishment is shocked, for this party and movement represents a threat to the complete domination by the financial world over the lives of the European public. Europeans have finally realized they have no representation in their government, and governments simply do the bidding of the financial interests. The people are voiceless and powerless, and they finally see it, and are leaving the establishment parties in droves, to the party of the people, whether it be Syriza or Podemos. This is dangerous for the establishment, and they will use all their power to crush this movement. Already the corporate media is attempting to smear the movement by baseless accusations of it being controlled by "extremists" and "communists". Hopefully the public will see through this attempt to discredit the movement, a tactic quite successful against the Occupy Movement.

In the near future, Syriza or a Syriza like party will emerge in this country, as citizens here are beginning to see that neither of the two major parties represents them. The people in the US have no voice or party, as both major parties have been captured by the Wall Street, large banks, and powerful corporations. At this point, your choice of leaders in the next election will be Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton, both of whom have sold their souls long ago. Both are owned by corporations and special interests. Neither candidate will help you; neither works for you! What a pathetic choice you are being offered, but it gives you the illusion that you have some say. In the most recent election 60 % of the public refused to participate, so when a Syriza like party emerges they will be well received. The time is right; the public is totally unrepresented. When the corporate media begins to attack the Syriza like party, do not be fooled. They are your hope; leave the major parties and get on the peoples bandwagon, and take back your government.

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Joe Clifford lives in Rhode Island and has written a regular column for an online newspaper and has contributed many articles to various RI newspapers. His articles deal almost exclusively with American Foreign policy but ventures into other (more...)

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