suffered no meteor strike which has reduced the surface of our country
to that of the moon. Nor are we fighting off foreign invaders intent on
reducing us to slavery. Yet our urban landscape is being reduced to
rubble and our people wander the streets aimlessly and pointlessly
looking for income. This isn't Pearl Harbor, this is Valley Forge, a
long slow, cold, twilight campaign intent upon reducing the armies of
workers through poverty, loss and despair.
Were these invaders
lead by a pot bellied despot or lectern pounding dictator it would be
far easier to focus our anger and national resolve. This is a national
campaign, this is war! Whether you realize it and understand it, this is
a conflict for the soul of this nation. No different than that conflict
fought in 1861, it is a battle to determine who will run this country
and who shall be its slaves.
These issues are not new, they are
old. The European pioneers who flooded America's prairies did so to
escape the land barons, the feudal potentates and the prospect of
perpetual grinding poverty. They chose rural sod houses over city stone
tenements. This is a continuing perpetual battle between capital and
labor this is the anti New Deal, the same old raw deal. Free trade was
sold to the public as an opening up of nations when it is a realignment
of nations. America aligning itself with sweat shop nations and a third
world wage scale. Aligned with China, Mexico, Indonesia and Vietnam. The
American worker was told by Republican and Democrat alike that Free
Trade was good for us. Then we were told that it was a done deal, get
used to it and get over it.
Like a snipe hunt the American worker
was left holding the bag with promises of, you just wait, a better job
will be right along, you just keep holding the bag open. The President
offers tax cuts for new product development and then sends a trade
delegation to India. The public pays at the front door and at the back
door too. Free trade is a hole in the pool and the water must always
seek its own level. Can American's compete against workers earning two,
three or five dollars per day? Can a man with a pick up truck compete
against UPS? They forget themselves, the people run this country or will
run this country. It is ours to do with as we wish, we can have
Christmas in July or a thirty two hour work week. We can rebuild this
nation as we see fit and woe unto those who try and stop us.
live now in a Machiavellian nightmare, where funny things happen during
elections, not once, but repeatedly. In 2000, a lawful recount was
stopped by order of a Federal Court. In 2004 irregularities in Ohio, the
public begins to get antsy. The public demands a clear winner, to prove
the integrity of the system. Out of the mist a stealth candidate
emerges, a quiet guy, good speaker, without much of a record to gauge
his political standing. He faces off against a grumpy, angry three time
Republican loser who openly avows that he wishes to continue the
policies of the Bush regime.
Thus we were given the choice of the
new and improved laundry detergent over the bargain brand. The choice
should have been so simple, but as the campaign reached the summer
conventions the bargain brand was still in the running. What did the
Madison Avenue king makers do? How could they put new and improved over
the top? They gave America another reason to dislike the bargain brand,
they chose as his running mate a dolt and a bubble head.
media falls in line to praise the dolt, she's very popular in Alaska.
Then the dolt can't answer simple questions like "what newspapers do you
like to read? The importance of creating a phony narrative is critical
to the illusion of really having a choice. Without the good cop, the bad
cop is ineffective. To create a hundred faux issues to obscure the
actual policies. Birth Certificate, Muslim, Bill Ayres, The Guiding
Light, General Hospital, the Hulk versus Andre the Giant. Red meat to
feed the partisans, to whet their appetites for the main event. A
preliminary for the staged Wrestlemaina still to come.
John McCain do about health care? Health insurance exchanges for the
poor and tort reform! What would John McCain do about energy? Nuclear
power and drill baby drill! What would John McCain do about the economy?
He'd freeze spending and cut social programs! What would John McCain do
about the phony war on terror? He'd send 100,000 troops to Afghanistan
and increase the size of the army and he would continue the Bush
domestic terror campaign.
So America bought the new and improved
soap but received... more of the same old soap. America was sold a
ringer and a fraud. After two terms of compassionate conservatism
America gets a compassionate conservative Democrat who cares about the
people. The populace rejoices in a public spectacle on the Mall while
the ringer wears his suit of humbleness and compassion. We have our
clear winner! See the system really works for us! Democracy uber alles!
ringer picks a Federal Reserve protegee as Treasury Secretary, a career
CIA operative as defense Secretary and Hillary Clinton as Secretary of
State. What exactly are Mrs. Clinton's credentials for that job? A
Goldwater conservative, college leader of the young Republicans who grew
up to become a lawyer and sit on the board of Wal-Mart. These people
are constructs, supermarket cardboard cut outs. They are whatever they
say they are. As the policies never change, as the workers grow poorer
and weaker, as their cities collapse and their schools decline.
Long once proposed a tax scheme where the highest bracket for the rich
was 100 percent where the poor received a subsidy. Where health care and
colleges were free to the public. Long was assassinated, funny thing,
in this country when you advocate causes for the people you better keep
your life insurance paid up. Long's tactics have left his legacy scared
with the names like demagogue and dictator. Ronald Reagan didn't play by
the rules either and he is remembered as a statesman and great leader.
Just more of the narrative, a once upon a time fairytale, the old show
Under Reagan, taxes for the wealthy declined dramatically
and the deficit exploded. Under George W. Bush, taxes for the wealthy
declined dramatically and the deficit exploded! What's the ringers
position? I'm going to keep the Bush tax cuts in place for the middle
class, you know couples who earn up to five thousand dollars per week!
You know, the middle class! But by god he's going to draw a line in the
sand over America's wealthiest 2 percent! Then in a carefully scripted
stage play. The ringer cries out "they got me!" and falls to the floor
of the stage just as he did in the health care debate. Those dastardly
Republicans have me over a barrel, I must give in to their demands of
tax cuts for everyone, darn it all, shucks!
Then the ringer
wearing his coat of responsibility, the coat of many odors, announces
that we must rein in the budget and tighten our belt. Short term memory
loss perhaps? Sixty days after the grand give away to the rich, we must
cut Pell grants and home heating subsidies to the poor? This thirty
days after saying America need 100,000 new teachers to remain
competitive? A year after tens of thousands of school teachers lost
their jobs the ringer says we need new ones?
American people know from a four-year record that today there is only
one entrance to the White House--by the front door. Since March 4, 1933,
there has been only one pass-key to the White House. I have carried that
key in my pocket. It is there tonight. So long as I am President, it
will remain in my pocket." Franklin Delano Roosevelt