“The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media.” ~William Colby, former CIA directorTHOSE DEMOCRATS WHO DON'T KNOW HISTORY, ARE DOOMED TO REPEAT IT:
When Bill Clinton was first running for President, he had a revolutionary challenger in the Democratic Primary, named Jerry Brown. Brown had been the former Governor of California, as well as the State Chair of the California Democratic Party. He had been revolutionary, pushing hard for labor rights for farmworkers to protect them from agri-industrial poisons, he’d funded those large wind energy projects along the length of California, and had introduced satellite conference calls to California Government. The corporate interests he threatened needed to divorce this man of the people, this man of vision . . . from the people he served so well. So, they called him “Governor Moon Beam.”
The name caught on. What it was in reference to, although few in the media or public looked beyond that funny name as they laughed at Brown, was Brown’s idea of using satellite phone technology for meetings. Rather than having state legislators fly back to Sacremento everytime they needed to meet, they could use this new technology and save time, energy, etc. Of course today, everyone, all companies use this technology, and it was brilliant back then. But, “Governor Moonbeam” was the label some bright boys hired by the corporate powers Brown was slapped with. It made people laugh at him. It worked.
Then years later after serving as California State Chair of the CA Democratic Party, Brown decided to run for President. BUT, he refused to take a donation over $100. WHY? Because he’d learned as State Chair that money had taken over politics. He had raised more money than any other Chair before, but no matter how much he raised, they always needed more. Brown said that in that system you lose touch with real people, real needs. You lose touch with the reality of America, when you only have time to sit down with people who can write multi-thousand dollar checks.
So in his Presidential campaign, Brown lived among ordinary people, depended on them for rides, and broke bread with them at their tables. He refused to accept more than $100 donations from any one person. The corporate media made fun of him.
His crimes included ad hoc bombings, boycotts and sanctions designed to starve human beings into submission, and supporting ethnic cleansing in brutal counterinsurgency warfare, and the devastation by bombing designed to return rogues to the stone age and keep them there. Of course it was “all for a good cause” we were told. I bought it. I thought, geez he’s a Democrat, this can’t really be a bad thing.
On June 26, 1993, Clinton bombed Baghdad to pay them back for an unproven plot to kill President George Bush. Eight Iraqi civilians, including the distinguished Iraqi artist Layla al-Attar were killed in the raid, and 12 more were wounded. This kind of unilateral action in response to an unproven charge is a violation of international law.
In 1998 Clinton bombed Afghanistan and the Sudan. Unknown numbers were killed in Afghanistan (and by the missiles that accidentally landed in Pakistan), and the pharmaceutical factory destroyed in the Sudan was the major source of medical drugs in that poor country. All evidence points to the fact that the Sudan factory destroyed had no connection whatever to chemical weapons or Bin Laden, and was bombed on the basis of insufficient and poorly evaluated data. But following the attacks on U.S. embassies in Africa, Clinton felt compelled to act for internal political reasons once again, and there are no international constraints or costs to him or his country if he chooses to bomb small and weak countries to score political points at home.
In the US war against Yugoslavia under Clinton, there were attacks on Yugoslav Television and 60% of overall NATO targets were civilian, including 33 hospitals and 344 schools, and 144 industrial plants. Targets included hotels, libraries, museums, churches, monasteries, youth centers, theatres, and housing estates.
And today, we have a Hillary and Obama, darlings of the corporate media, who will end the war in Iraq . . . sort of . . . and have made no indication they will in any way change the business as usual in global politics and war empire.
Then, on the other hand, we have Ron Paul, who wishes to decimate the CIA militarist global empire and end this misery that supports resource theft and slave labor markets for corporations.
Who will the media make fun of? Who will the media smear?
What I find the saddest, is that Liberals and Progressives, who’ve I’ve worked side by side with in anti-war and human rights causes . . . will bleat like sheep, and parrot all the character assassinations the CIA plants in their corporate media lackey’s mouths.
It will be liberals and progressives who will turn on the last greatest hope we have of saving our democracy and ending the brutal CIA run global corporate empire. After 9/11, when the Democrats were licking the boots of Bush and the neo-cons, there was one shining knight who stood tall against them. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney demanded to know what happened to the $2.3 TRILLION Rumsfeld said the Pentagon "lost." She demanded to know more about the connections between Bush and the Bin Laden family, and she demanded to know who ordered the mysterious war games to be held coincidentally on 9/11/2001, and why they were not called off when the attacks began.
Suddenly, I wake up and can hardly believe that I ever knew these people in the first place. It’s like invasion of the body snatchers, and they are all screaming their alarms at Ron Paul, the one candidate who has not been replaced with the soul of a CIA militarist pod.
On NBC's Meet the Press last week, Ron Paul shook the foundations of the illegal war mongering power structures of America. He'll have hell to pay. His only hope is that the people he is standing up for, the average peace and justice loving American, will stand up for Ron Paul.