Wednesday, January 5, 2011

My Vote

"A vote for Nader or Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney in 2008 was an act of defiance," says Chris Hedges; "[a] vote for Obama and the Democrats was an act of submission" — Ralph Nader: ‘The Left Has Nowhere to Go’.

"There is no major difference between a McCain administration, a Bush and an Obama administration," writes Mr. Hedges. "Obama, in fact, is in many ways worse. McCain, like Bush, exposes the naked face of corporate power." He notes, "The Democrats provide better cover. But the corporate assault is the same." More:
    Obama, like Bush and McCain, funds and backs our unending and unwinnable wars. He does nothing to halt the accumulation of the largest deficits in human history. The drones murder thousands of civilians in Afghanistan and Pakistan, as they did under Bush and would have done under McCain. The private military contractors, along with the predatory banks and investment houses, suck trillions out of the U.S. Treasury as efficiently under Obama. Civil liberties, including habeas corpus, have not been restored.

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Well, Obama is significantly more socially liberal that either Bush was or McCain would have been. But on big picture economic & foreign policy stuff, I think that there is a broad consensus between the parties that prevents a fundamental re-examination of our government's policies. And that's a real shame.

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Blogger The Western Confucian said...

The way I see it, the real powers-that-be, (i.e. the banksters and the military-industrial complex, want us slobs fight it out over social issues and whatnot, which in no way threaten their grip on power.

Diversionary tactics they're called. Abortion? Gay marriage? Either way, our rulers take our money.

Who's president of the country now matters about as much as who's president of a high school class; the principal and the board of education still run things.

Presidential elections these days, like high school elections, are just popularity contests. Obama's election meant the wine and cheese crowd was momentarily more popular, just as Bush's said the same for the beer and NASCAR crowd.

My support for Ron Paul and vote for Ralph Nader signaled my disgust with the whole system, but also my unwillingness to abandon hope.

8:41 AM  

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