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Mon Jan 23, 2012, 11:05 AM

 

Thank You for Standing Up

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/thank_you_for_standing_up_20120123/

Posted on Jan 23, 2012
By Chris Hedges

Our electoral system, already hostage to corporate money and corporate lobbyists, gasped its last two years ago. It died on Jan. 21, 2010, when the Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission granted to corporations the right to spend unlimited amounts on independent political campaigns. The ruling turned politicians into corporate employees. If any politician steps out of line, dares to defy corporate demands, this ruling hands to our corporate overlords the ability to pump massive amounts of anonymous money into campaigns to make sure the wayward are defeated and silenced. Politicians like Obama are hostages. They jump when corporations say jump. They beg when corporations say beg. They hand corporations exemptions, subsidies, trillions in taxpayer money, no-bid contracts and massive loans with virtually no interest, and they abolish any regulations that impede profits and protect the citizen. Corporations like Goldman Sachs, because they own the system, are bailed out by federal dollars and given essentially free government loans to gamble. I am not sure what to call our economic system, but it is not capitalism. And if any elected official so much as murmurs anything that sounds like dissent, the Supreme Court ruling permits corporations to destroy him or her. And they do.

Turn off your televisions. Ignore the Newt-Mitt-Rick-Barack reality show. It is as relevant to your life as the gossip on “Jersey Shore.” The real debate, the debate raised by the Occupy movement about inequality, corporate malfeasance, the destruction of the ecosystem, and the security and surveillance state, is the only debate that matters. You won’t hear it on the corporate-owned airwaves and cable networks, including MSNBC, which has become to the Democratic Party what Fox News is to the lunatic fringe of the Republican Party. You won’t hear it on NPR or PBS. You won’t read about it in our major newspapers. The issues that matter are being debated, however, on “Democracy Now!,” Link TV, The Real News, Occupy websites and Revolution Truth. They are being raised by journalists such as Glenn Greenwald and Matt Taibbi. You can find genuine ideas in corners of the Internet or in books by political philosophers such as Sheldon Wolin. But you have to go looking for them.

Voting will not alter the corporate systems of power. Voting is an act of political theater. Voting in the United States is as futile and sterile as in the elections I covered as a reporter in dictatorships like Syria, Iran and Iraq. There were always opposition candidates offered up by these dictatorships. Give the people the illusion of choice. Throw up the pretense of debate. Let the power elite hold public celebrations to exalt the triumph of popular will. We can vote for Romney or Obama, but Goldman Sachs and ExxonMobil and Bank of America and the defense contractors always win. There is little difference between our electoral charade and the ones endured by the Syrians and Iranians. Do we really believe that Obama has, or ever had, any intention to change the culture in Washington?

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Response to MinervaX (Original post)

Mon Jan 23, 2012, 11:37 AM

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Here's why:

You won’t hear it on the corporate-owned airwaves and cable networks, including MSNBC, which has become to the Democratic Party what Fox News is to the lunatic fringe of the Republican Party.


Pure hyperbole. MSNBC is like Fox Propaganda? Really? Has Fox Propaganda given a Liberal a daily three hour show equivalent to Morning Joe? I must've missed it.

They are being raised by journalists such as Glenn Greenwald


Glenn Greenwald is an ex-Bush cheerleader, a Gary Johnson for President cheerleader, and a Ron Paul supporter, so I take anything and everything he says with a pound of salt since both of those men are my political enemies - being that I'm a Democrat. Sure, Glenn has some great ideas and talking points, but that's the bait and switch tactic he uses (he's a smart and intelligent guy, after all. A lawyer who even defended a KKK in court!) to lure people in before he clobbers you with his Libertarian/Republican gushing. Even Bush used it with his "compassionate conservative" bee ess, and it worked.

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Mon Jan 23, 2012, 11:45 AM

2. Actually I have heard it on NPR and PBS, as well as MSNBC. Also, yes, Democracy Now.

I like how he bashes voting, really makes him seem credible. If voting doesn't work then how come it worked for the Tea Party who elected a majority Congress and are getting everything they want (obstructionism) on a silver fucking platter?

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