Voting for Obama or Romney
is like choosing between death by hanging or firing squad. Either way
The same goes for choosing Republicans or Democrats. Each party replicates
the other. On issues mattering most, not a dime's worth of difference
They're pro-corporate, pro-war, pro-Israel, anti-populist, anti-civil
and human rights, and anti all values real democratic societies cherish.
Post-November 6, nothing will change. Duopoly power assures harsher
times ahead. Expect direct and proxy imperial wars to continue. New
ones will be launched. War on terror/existential threat deception will
Waging war on freedom rages domestically. Hypocrisy, not democracy,
is policy. Dissent is endangered. Big Brother spying is endemic. Democratic
values are fast eroding en route to disappearing altogether.
Torture is official policy. It's institutionalized at home and abroad.
America's gulag is the world's largest. Anyone can be arrested, detained,
and held uncharged indefinitely for any reason or none at all.
Obama appointed himself judge, jury and executioner. His kill list decides
who lives or dies. No one is safe anywhere including US citizens. State-sponsored
murder is policy. Death stalks anyone threatening Washington's imperium.
On November 27, 1941, Franklin Roosevelt issued Proclamation 2524. He
declared December 15 Bill of Rights Day. It was done to commemorate
its 150th 1791 ratification.
At the time, he hailed "America('s) charter of personal liberty and
human dignity." He said it includes "freedom of religion, freedom of
speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and the free right
to petition the Government for redress of grievances."
American freedom always was far less than he claimed. Today it's vanishing
in plain sight. Tyranny is replacing it. Constitutional, statute and
international laws don't apply. Presidential diktats replaced them.
Obama governs that way. Romney won't change a thing. Due process, civil
protections, and judicial fairness are null and void. Police state laws
destroyed them. Expect harsher ones to quash freedom entirely.
Third worldizing America is planned. Bipartisan complicity assures it.
Poverty, unemployment, homelessness, hunger, inequality, and overall
human deprivation are at unprecedented levels or close to them.
At the same time, $4 trillion or more in domestic spending cuts are
planned. When help is badly needed, ordinary people will be hurt most.
Medicare, Medicaid, and other vital programs are targeted. Ahead they're
on the chopping block for elimination along with Social Security.
Job creation remains moribund. Policies aren't in place or planned to
stimulate them. Layoffs will increase. The greatest divide between rich
and poor in US history will widen.
Military spending and generous corporate handouts will rise. Corporate
taxes will be cut. No matter who wins, policies Obama's (Simpson-Bowles)
deficit cutting team proposed will be instituted. They include:
ending or capping middle class tax breaks; home mortgage interest deductions
and tax-free employer provided medical insurance will be affected;
billions of dollars in Medicare cuts;
substantial Medicaid co-pay increases and steep cuts overall; millions
will be denied vital healthcare when they most need it;
raising the Social Security retirement age and cutting benefits by reducing
or eliminating cost-of-living increases;
cutting or eliminating welfare benefits; food stamps and other vital
programs will be affected; and
other socially destructive policies.
At issue is destroying social America. Corporate bosses and privileged
elites demand it. They want it all for themselves.
Obama and Romney agree. So do congressional leaders. It has to go. Eliminating
it is planned to further Washington's imperium, increase corporate empowerment
and profits, and benefit super-rich elites already with too much.
America's ruling class wants everything its own way. Social justice
isn't in its vocabulary. It's in the way so kill it.
In the 1970s, America began shifting right. Since the 1980s, neoliberalism
dominated US politics under both parties. Bush I continued Reagan policies.
Clinton hardened them. Bush II went further.
Obama outdid him. He did what supporters thought impossible. He matched
Star Trek. He went where no administration went before. Imagine what
he'll do in a second term. Expect Romney to match or exceed him blow
for blow. Congressional Republicans and Democrats assure it.
Money power runs America. Corporate bosses demand it. Whatever they
want they get. Ordinary people suffer most. Social justice are four-letter
So is prosperity for millions losing out entirely. Bad as things are
now, expect worse. Expect America's great divide between rich and poor
Neoliberal/imperial priorities let essential public needs go begging.
It's baked in the cake. Party leaders are on board. Rhetoric alone differentiates
one side of the isle from the other.
America's democracy is fake. Back room deals decide who rules. Free,
fair and open elections don't exist. They don't rise to the level of
bad fiction. They mock legitimate governance.
No wonder so many people opt out. Maybe one day an election will be
held and no one will show up. Something has to give to change things.
America's duopoly offers no choice. Vote independent or stay home. Support
people oriented candidates committed to real democracy of, by, and for
everyone fairly and equitably.
Back peacemakers, not rogues wanting to ravage one country after another.
Choose wisely for a society worth living in. Do it because it matters.
Throwing out bums for new ones never solved a thing and won't now.
Real change more than ever is needed. Great struggles are won in small
steps. Take one on November 6. Boycott America's duopoly.
Oppose the corporate driven pestilence. It's destroying personal freedoms
and social justice. Have your say. Do it wisely.
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"
Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge
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