Tampa may never be the
same. Republicans left it pockmarked. At least they're gone. Residents
welcomed their departure. Three days of pre-scripted hokum were featured.
Romney/Ryan speeches featured revisionist history. Democrats get their
turn next week.
Campaigning is in high gear. According to Bloomberg, "you'd need six
months to watch every presidential campaign ad." As of August 22, 526,633
(30 or 60 second) spots were run.
By election day November 6, perhaps they'll top a million. And that's
only for president. All House and 33 Senate seats are up for grabs.
So are numerous others at state and local levels. They range from gubernatorial
to local school boards.
A war of words hammers US voters nonstop. Relief won't come until post-election.
America's campaign season never ends. Preparations begin immediately
for the next cycle. Big money plans it that way. Candidates and officeholders
either go along or find another line of work. Voters get betrayed every
Tampa was Exhibit A. Romney/Ryan represent socially destructive interests.
Obama's the same. Voters are stuck between fire and brimstone.
America's political process is too dysfunctional and corrupted to fix.
People should either vote independent or stay home. Both major parties
are two sides of the same coin. Not a dime's worth of difference that
matters separates them.
They represent money power and imperial lawlessness. People needs are
spurned. Bipartisan complicity plans destroying them entirely. Social
America is on the chopping block for elimination. Political Washington's
vision is dark age harshness.
Obama/Biden/Romney/Ryan represent the worst of all possible worlds.
Obama's con man days began in Illinois. Before entering politics, Romney
parlayed grand theft into super wealth.
As Bain Capital head, he profiteered by leveraged buyouts, asset-stripping
companies, and leaving thousands of workers high and dry. As president,
he'll do for America what he did to one plundered company after another.
On August 29, Matt Taibbi headlined his Rolling Stone article "Greed
and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital."
He calls him the flip side of Che or Trotsky. He's a human wrecking
machine. He's right out of predatory capitalism's central casting. He's
a visionary for everything harming people.
His campaign reflects "a shimmering pearl of perfect political hypocrisy."
He's kept it hidden out of sight. Ryan's his alter ego. He's "a self-righteous
anal, thin-lipped, Whitest Kids U Know penny pincher who'd be honored
to tell Oliver Twist" the soup bowl is empty, go hungry.
On the one hand, Romney claims "a prairie fire of debt" is ravaging
America. On the other, he got super-rich by "borrowing vast sums of
money that other people were forced to pay back." He's one of the "most
irresponsible debt creators of all time."
In Ryan, he's got "perhaps the only politician in America more pompous
and self-righteous" than himself on the evils debt piled up by borrowed
money. "No one in history has ever successfully run for president riding
this big a lie." In November, he may become the exception that proves
He's unapologetic. He's emblematic of Wall Street fraud, greed, and
indifference about human need and welfare. He's one of their own. He
can be president, Treasury secretary and Fed chairman all in one. He
represents everything wrong with America getting worse.
He's a dagger at humanity's heart. He's the perfect frontman for destroying
decades of social progress. Give him four years and it won't exist.
He endorses government of, by and for super-rich elites like himself.
He's "a new and improved version" of Gordon Gekko dressed up in better
PR and more grandiose notions of wealth and power. He envisions leveraged
buying out America. He'll leave everyone else to pay the tab.
His business model is scorched earth asset stripping. Expect ordinary
people to be left high and dry. He wants America looking like one company
after another he wrecked. He thinks it's OK as long as his hands don't
His free market notions suck life from people. He's a brigand who discards
them like trash. He believes only making money matters. He made piles
the old fashioned way by stealing it. Dirty money buys as much as honest
cash. Romney got lots of federal help making plenty.
Government giveaways enriched him. So did business-friendly tax provisions.
They facilitate leveraged buyout scams. They made Romney super-rich.
Before he took office, James Petras called Obama "the greatest con man
in recent history." He compared him to Melville's Confidence Man. "He
catches your eye while he picks your pocket." Romney one-ups him and
then some. He knows every dirty trick in the book to steal, wreck human
lives, and get off scot free.
He's the perfect frontman for financialized America. It uses money to
make more of it without manufacturing anything. It prospers at the expense
of others. It hides wealth in tax havens. It watches from the sidelines
while America crumbles.
It's being transforming into Guatemala, complete with police state harshness.
Come January, Romney may head the grand scheme. Obama's able to match
him blow for blow.
Imagine the state of the nation four years hence under either leader.
Imagine having endless wide awake nightmares. Imagine the worst of all
possible worlds. Obama/Romney assure it. They'll be no place to hide.
Take no prisoners defines their style. Romney comes off brash. Obama's
more subtle. Either way they're flip sides of the same coin. Decades
earlier Republicans and Democrats wouldn't recognize their modern-day
Political conventions today bear little resemblance to earlier ones.
Predictability replaced suspense. In 1976, Gerald Ford contested Ronald
Reagan on the convention floor to become Republican nominee.
In 1960, Jack Kennedy lacked a majority until Wyoming voted last. Everything
now is pre-scripted theater. It's like watching an old film aired many
Tropical storm Isaac/turned hurricane had first say in Tampa. It shortened
circus shenanigans to three days. Reactionary extremism, hokum, grandiosity,
and revisionist history took center stage. Influence peddling dominated
behind the scenes deal making.
Pre-scripted bluster went off as planned. Dissembling obscured reality.
Delegates were fed red meat malarkey. Tough issues were ducked. They
were distorted by falsely claiming Romney/Ryan have ways to fix America.
Today's political conventions are coronations, not nominations. Suspense
and political honesty are nowhere in sight. Everything heard is predictable.
In Tampa, politicians impersonated actors. Clint Eastwood played the
opposite role. He fell flat and then some. He sounded more under the
table than over the top.
Critics called his cameo "bizarre" and "embarrassing." At age 82, best
stick to gardening. Even Republicans called it a mistake to invite him.
Democrats make fools of themselves next week. Ready or not, Charlotte
awaits their arrival.
They'll match Republicans blow for blow. Rhetoric alone separates them.
Politics on either side of the aisle reflect flip sides of the same
coin. They're lawless, merciless, inhumane, anti-labor, anti-welfare,
racist, neoliberal, elitist, pro-business, pro-war, and anti-populist.
A previous article said both parties believe America's future depends
on greater wealth disparity, ignoring public need, waging war on humanity,
silencing truth, and cracking down on non-believers.
On November 6, voters get to choose between either wing of America's
money party. Duopoly power offers no alternative.
A Final Comment
All week, Tampa was on virtual lockdown. Hundreds of protesters showed
up. Thousands of cops confronted them. Media scoundrels largely ignored
They marched on the RNC's convention site. Occupy Tampa came out. Ahead
of convention week, they noted an unemployment crisis, a do-nothing
Congress, and other vital unaddressed issues. They complained about
security protocol restrictions compromising their First Amendment rights.
Occupy the RNC was there. They're unaffiliated. They stand in solidarity
with Charlotte DNC protesters. They railed against both parties. They're
tied to corporate rule, war, economic injustice, and freedom extinguishing
America's "entire systemů.is rooted in greed and power." Exploitation
and oppression are prioritized. They demand better like others. They
facilitated logistics for protesters.
They published Tampa Principles. They support political diversity within
their struggle for social, economic, and environmental justice. They're
committed to treating everyone with respect.
They oppose repressing dissent, surveillance, infiltration, disruption,
police brutality, and restrictive "free speech zones" far from convention
activities. They united for change not possible without sustained commitment.
Code Pink came out in force. During Romney's speech, their members stood
up chanting and unfurling banners saying "People over Profits." "Democracy
is not a business."
They interrupted Ryan's speech. They demanded women's rights, control
over their own bodies, and healthcare, not warfare.
They stormed the streets and convention site day and night. They delivered
messages saying end wars and get money out of politics. They explained
America's broken electoral system. What's the point of kicking out bums
for new ones.
Dressed as pink police, they staged mock citizens' arrests at every
Condi Rice event. At a pro-Israeli one, they denounced its illegal occupation.
They spoke out against war on Iran. With barely a chance to exhale,
they're off for Charlotte and more demonstrations.
Others in Washington shut down a busy intersection as Romney was about
to accept his party's nomination. They chose a spot known for activism.
They protested his politics of the rich. They held signs saying "Stop
the Romney economy." "We are here to protest Romney's nomination." People
need to hear disenfranchised voices.
Others must lend support. The only solution is world revolution. Change
comes only from the bottom up. It's time to challenge the beast and
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
His new book is titled "How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized
Banking, Government Collusion and Class War"
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