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What Opposition Party?


By Dave Lindorff
http://www.thiscantbehappening.net/

Iraq War going to hell, with U.S casualties approaching 2000 dead and 25,000 wounded, at a cost of $200 billion and rising.

Poverty in America on the rise in a period of supposed economic growth.

Republican Party a cesspool of corruption.

White House being investigated for outing undercover CIA agent.

Abortion rights under serious threat and civil liberties on the chopping block, with the Supreme Court being packed with right-wing judges.

New Orleans, just drying out from disastrous flood, being raped by White House-linked corporate pirates and scam artists.

Budget deficit topping half trillion dollars.

Gas and heating oil crisis looming, while oil companies reap record profits.

Bush poll numbers hit historic low as even some Republicans abandon him as an incompetent.

Oh yeah—all this and global warming and the end of human life as we know it.

Man, if you were an opposition politician looking to make a run for Congress next years, or for president in 2008, this would be a magical time.

But where’s the opposition?

The media tell us that the leading candidates for the Democratic nomination for president in 2008 are Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Bill Richardson and maybe John Kerry.

What all these people have in common is their deafening silence on all the issues of importance facing Americans and America.

Not one dared show her or his face at the record demonstration against the Iraq War held in front of the White House last weekend.

None has spoken out on the Republican corruption scandals.

None has called for a public program to hire all the displaced of New Orleans to put them to work rebuilding the destroyed city. Instead, they are allowing Bush and the Republican Congress, with the acquiescence of Louisiana’s corrupt local Democratic Party, to bring in speculators and the same profiteers who have been sucking up the reconstruction money in Iraq.

None has offered a plan to attack the U.S. deficit and the hollowing out of the American economy.

None of these “leading opposition candidates

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No matter how awful things get from their neocon actions

It's worse than that. In fact, it's a vote for more of the same. Regardless of which of the two party faces of the political duopoly attain power they will both continue to represent interests that are diametrically opposed to the interests of most U.S. citizens.

Voting for a third party may offer some brief respite. But, unless there are radical changes to the system itself, how long will it be before they too are corrupted by the same powerful forces.

Once upon a time, Americans launched a revolution with the slogan: "No taxation without representation". But that's exactly what you have now -- only worse.

It is painfully obvious that your interests aren't truly represented within your institutions of government. But, even more obviously, they certainly aren't represented within the corporate enterprise oligarchy to whom you pay huge "taxes" (a.k.a. profits) for purposes of actually opposing your own interests. In fact, to all intents and purposes, the latter now controls the former and thus holds virtual dictatorship powers over the daily lives and wellbeing of ordinary citizens.

You may well ask, what opposition party? You might also ask, what "freedom and democracy"?

The status quo is as far beyond redemption as was the reign of a previous Mad King George. Anything less radical than a second American revolution or secession from the empire is merely to apply symptomatic treatments while the inner disease rages on unchecked.

Arvy....well said! The fact is, "democracy" in this country has been a sham for quite some time. Nearly 50% of the total population doesn't even bother to vote anymore!!! That tells you something about what people think about our democracy! Many don't care because they know it really doesn't matter who wins or loses, they (the "choices") are all cut from the same inept and corrupt cloth!

de Toqueville (sp?), French Sociologist who visited and studied the then young USA in the 1830's, correctly prophesized the dire future in which we now live. He fearfully predicted that "the citizenry" would stop being involved in the political process at the local and state level and withdraw into a privatized condition he first coined: "individualism." What he also predicted was that this eventual condition of individuality would displace the "common good" of the larger society and be justified through the constitutional power given to "individual rights." The result, he said, would be self sustaining as the influential powers of individuals over the larger society would drive the citizens deeper and deeper into an isolationist and "every man for himself" mind-set. This would grow a society of cynical and suspicious individuals who would altogether give up on the political system. I would say that Frenchman hit the bulls-eye with his predictions!!!

In Garrison Keillor's book, "Homegrown Democrat," he speaks of the loss of general societal values of kindness, mutual respect, equality, caring, helping your neighbor or the stranger passing through, etc; values that stemmed directly from a generation who experienced The Great Depression and the atrocities of World War. Keillor notes we have gone a long way from a time when very few took life for granted to a present time when selfishness, arrogance, corruption and cynicism seem to be the principle values of our nation's leadership!

What will change things?

Nothing. Unless, by some stretch, "we the people..." get off our asses and actually DO SOMETHING to change our society. The change, if it ever happens, will have to be from the grass roots. Obviously those in power have no reason to change a system that keeps pouring wealth and power into their own pockets! Therefore, the only folk we need to blame for our present problems is OURSELVES. It is high time each of us and all of us take RESPONSE-ABILITY for how things are and either ACT or shut up! - Rev. Bray, (USAF ret)

You are correct in everything you said which leads to the question, Why? Are these "leaders" just milque toast, are they on the same corporate corruption bandwagon as the Republicans or is it something else. The polls are only now turning away from support for Bush's war. The obvious falsehoods and moral bankruptcy of the Bush policies were lost on the American public. We that frequent this Web Site are the few, not the great unthinking middle of America. Those minions are the ones that swing elections and every politician knows that. Ex-Senator Max Cleland stood up to one of Bush's policies in 2002 and was promptly voted out. That has been the voters' reward for courage. Even now, the American public doesn't see the war as immoral only bogged down.

The reason that Democratic "Leaders" appear clueless and spineless could be that they truly represent Middle America. As a test, why don't we find someone to run on this platform:

We will cut spending; corporate welfare, individual welfare, military, pork, and many nameless programs.
We will raise taxes.
We will cut oil consumption by 30% (by taxing it if necessary).
We will accept the unemployment that the above would bring.
We will admit that we are War Criminals and that our Foreign Policy has been an immoral sham for 50 years

Make sure you have one hand to count all your votes.

What second party!? The Democrats are funded by the SAME corporate interests that fund the Republicans. In fact, they get MOST of their money from corporate sources. They play the role of an opposition party, and are rewarded for it by continued funding.

Let's face it folks; the "Democratic" Party is hopelessly corrupt, and is beyond saving. Sure, there are some Democrats worth voting for, like Kennedy and Kucinich, but the Democrats side with the corporations (and their billionaire owners -- let's not forget them!) every time.

The Democrats stand united with the Republicans in denying us a single-payer, universal healthcare system, that every other industrialized country in the world has.

The Democrats joined with the Republicans to saddle us with international trade agreements like NAFTA and CAFTA, that send our jobs to low-wage countries.

The Democrats just allowed an anti-American Supreme Court justice to be installed, who thinks government-sponsored torture and racial discrimination are OK.

The best alternative appears to be the Green Party. They don't accept corporate money, so are more resistant to the corruption that has made the Democrats an enemy of the people.

The greatest threat to freedom and a decent quality of life in this century is the multinational corporations taking control of the world's democracies. Clearly, neither of our corporate-funded parties are up to the task of resisting this threat.

Virtually every country on the planet has a Green Party, and they all share the same 10 Key Values (http://www.gp.org/tenkey.shtml ). This make them ideally suited for a coordinated multinational resistance to the global corporate threat.

It's going to take several (and possibly many) elections before the Green Party achieves any power in the US, but the time to get started is now. The corporate parties aren't an alternative -- they're part of the problem!

Vote Green!

If my Mother were alive today the term she would use to discribe the leaders (lets call them leaders for sake of argument) of the Democratic Party "panty-wastes". Hillary, the one I WAS going to support, turns out to be a "panty-waste". Joe Biden dosen't have a pair (I know this even though I have never seen him nude). Kennedy dosen't give a sh_t (Pat, I would like to buy a vowel), not really, he's "milk-toast". Al Gore waits in the wings and if he can be tamed to not come off so cocky, perhaps he is our answer. Someone please, step up to the plate NOW! Whoever does will get more support than they realize.

You are correct in everything you said which leads to the question, Why? Are these "leaders" just milque toast, are they on the same corporate corruption bandwagon as the Republicans or is it something else. The polls are only now turning away from support for Bush's war. The obvious falsehoods and moral bankruptcy of the Bush policies were lost on the American public. We that frequent this Web Site are the few, not the great unthinking middle of America. Those minions are the ones that swing elections and every politician knows that. Ex-Senator Max Cleland stood up to one of Bush's policies in 2002 and was promptly voted out. That has been the voters' reward for courage. Even now, the American public doesn't see the war as immoral only bogged down.

The reason that Democratic "Leaders" appear clueless and spineless could be that they truly represent Middle America. As a test, why don't we find someone to run on this platform:

We will cut spending on corporate welfare, individual welfare, military, pork, and many other nameless programs.
We will raise taxes.
We will cut oil consumption by 30% (by taxing it if necessary).
We will accept the unemployment that the above would bring.
We will admit that we are War Criminals.
We will admit that our Foreign Policy has been an immoral sham for 50 years and led directly to the terrorist retaliations.

Make sure you have one hand to count all your votes.

The people of a Democracy usually get the government they deserve.

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