THE REALITY CHECK

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MCCAIN BLAMES OBAMA FOR HIGH GAS PRICES

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Even though John McCain voted against off shore drilling in 2003, if all American access drilling were to start tomorrow, it is estimated that it would barely effect the worlds supply by 1-2%. That’s all! And that is more likely to be realized far in the future when demand is much higher in 5-12 years. It is a complete sucker punch to the American public below the belt. How many are that dumb to buy the oil bated anti-Obama reasoning? Meanwhile, McCain has voted against alternative energy proposals, as well as once voting to have that Alaskan oil in the protected areas, not go to Americans!

Apparently the McCain campaign, whose recent economic adviser was a leading force behind the oil and mortgage industries deregulation disasters, leading to wild speculation that we are all paying for at the pump and elsewhere right now, apparently they believe that suckers are born every minute they watch a misleading commercial propaganda piece that is off the charts as far as honesty and truth are concerned. Do we really want this kind of baloney to run the country to ruin for another 4 or years? You have heard it before; “Stupid is a stupid does”.

Don’t get me wrong. I think the Democrats are a horribly compromised political party, willing to play politics with the worst of them. But they pale in comparison to the other party, which is a blatant crony oligarchical estate platform for the very rich, getting away with as much as they can without being held accountable for their actions at all. That is about it. Oh sure. And to seduce the uninformed public through pandering to wedge issues to get enough votes while democracy is still relevant. Democracy is atrophying under our watch, while innate corporate bias to business interest ideological prejudice, allows gross misinformation to be pumped into the public commons to be unwittingly consumed by the gullible.

What is unfortunate about politics and its “right” to lie and misinform in this context of an unfair fourth estate platform is; only an aware citizenry can determine what is actually in its own interest, and not being grossly manipulated by positions that poison critical thinking. In fundamental ways; a nation divided is a nation conquered.

How do we get one of those?

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OBAMA VS MCCAIN

POST ADDENDUM:

{I have found that this post is being liked to at another blog. Oddly, the topic is not quite in sync with that one, but I will address it in this little box up here.

I wonder what kind of head in the sand citizenry we have; after we have just witnessed the misleading “intelligence” and ideological impairment that lead to the Iraq war. This in no way judges the nature of the troops involved; they serve America with their lives, period.

But to have a sycophant like belief that “experts know better” letting we citizens off the consequential and moral hook, is unconscionable. This very mistrust of thinking for oneself, because there are special secrets and things we do not know, so our government is to be trusted blindly, is what made the Nazis what they were. Propped up by those who “know more” about what life is about, and so what is correct in world politics. It is astounding the degree of dissociation from responsibility some people can rationalize; to not even need the actual truth!

Hey. Any old lie will do. I’ll march blindly behind you like a lemming. And then I will not question why I did when I find I was misled. I’m a good servant, master. Real good and reasonable. Whatever you do right or wrong I’m with you.

How in the world will the world ever change as long as the excuse of loyalty is allowed to condemn truth to the sidelines? We are witnessing it.

Might seem “practical” and well conditioned to low expectation citizens, but not Thor who know that a nation acts in their name, and not the other way around.}

OBAMA VS MCCAIN

It has been curious to see McCain’s attempt to reestablish his “maverick” status. It is a test in naivete, if one is truly fooled into thinking the Republican Party will actually be an environmentally sensitive one. If history is our gauge, and not political posturing, they are to be dragged to the global warming realities by boats cruising through the former North Pole.

However, most voters are known as “low information” voters. The majority of your fellow citizens flags often blow with the presumed zeitgeist of the medias most importance list. They presumably will believe what they see and hear as presented over major media sources, no matter the ingrained influence pedaling of those very corporations. Just as a usual 70% of a given population side with authority figures in times of stress, especially foreign fear induce stress perceptions, the “low information” citizen is like a kind of duck in a perceptual shooting gallery.

Those under the influence of cognitive dissonance induced opportunism mindsets, can be turned on a dime at times by the right fear matrixing. They can hear and believe the conservative is environmentally sensitive, just as they were sure of compassionate conservatism not too long ago. Orwellian notions are often perceived on their word, and not the context of their substance and the facts relative to their theoretical honesty. That is scary. The right fear can turn many of our fellow citizens into go along with the pack robots, following the Pied Piper to the sea.

We can assume the population has become a little more informed about the party of the most right, so McCain’s strategy has to now achieve a “look” of disconnection from the ideological Tower of Babel of this current administration. He is certainly off to a questionable start at this. There will be a host of these forward looking stances by the representative of the most backwards based elites that are the bulwark of the more conservative party. Similarly, Obama will now have the “look” of many conservative notions as his new found passion. This is politics, and it is primarily directed at these low information voters. So it is curious how some spend so much energy on these seemingly contradictory positions of both candidates. Ooooh! Did you hear what Barack Obama said? Ooooh! Did you hear what John McCain said? Ooooh!

Personally, I would not be too surprised if either of these two “reached across the aisle” in their administrations. If they have any desire to get this country off the divide and conquer mentality gridlocking progress, the current administration’s policy of exclusion of all but simpering sycophants, is a history lesson in totalitarianism (for now) light. Any party should conceive of its nation as the whole nation, and not just their personal church or fellow travellers.

I naturally have more faith in liberals and progressives to have a information based philosophy, compared to the make believe, plunder and run accident to our nation still in progress. Hey. I remember who they are, how they behaved, and the bill given over to us to pay. We have just spent nearly 8 years accumulating damage to the commons, the soul of America. Now that has to be assessed and addressed with all we have. That said; I do expect the next president to include diverse philosophy’s in their administrations, or we are had.

THE SEARCH FOR THE RIGHT DELUSION

The lackadaisical John McCain. He claims we don’t really care how long we are in Iraq?

He is addressing the mindset psychology of the Casual Americans

I live in Arizona, and am glad to say I have never voted for either AZ Senator, but apparently many have. They get reelected, as many do in this nation, by the revolving doors of name recognition and voter non recognition of all the issues their vote will effect. I do not know one thing McCain did for me or my fellow Arizonans. I do know Senator Kyl constantly produces convoluted rationalizations to support the president and the neocon agenda of rights subjugation, also being a constant ideological apologist for failing conservative concepts, while blaming liberals for all of our ills.

During the economic booms of the last 20 or more years, much of Arizona has been dominated by the pro growth crowd. These tend to be pro business, not pro worker, or environment, or social responsibility to the disadvantaged etc, they ride high on their faux horses, riding up on the retirement and relocation flow into the Desert Southwest, which produces the look of expanding advancements.

Many low paying jobs in construction and many in service sectors are created here in a “right to work” state, which means a right for you to the lowest pay possible for your work. Under-regulated growth does provide a surge in jobs of a sorts, but the consequence of low wages and environmental degradations are passed onto the future, as are the common of the values of conservative delusions of superiority–they do not need to acknowledge the long term consequences of their actions or policies, or even the existence of a commons or fundamental cohesive societal contract.

RIGHT. THEY ARE THE ONES WE ALLEGEDLY TURN TO IN FEAR

Though Iraq had not an al-queada to be seen before the invasion, that invasion under false pretext has turned Iraq into a recruitment mecca for terror. It is said terrorist go there to train for “work” elsewhere. Yet stolen democracy here at home aside, our alleged spread of democracy to other places, was not the go along induced coma mantra the public was put into in 2003 to 2001. We were told we were going to be attacked so attack them first, remember?

The umbilical cords of power fed just the necessary amount of mis and disassociation’s to confuse the public as to this administrations actual hubris driven fantasy goals, and war profiteering interest. If anything; the level of naivete in the general populations was astounding; A VAST MAJORITY SUPPORTED WHAT THEY NOW ALLEGEDLY OPPOSE. The bill for the future for this public laziness of mind?

Many trillions of dollars and unknown blowback from those who perceive themselves to be harmed by the US actions in their area and to their kind. All to be payed for by this very same public! The price will include the tax of ever rising prices, of ignored energy and social needs. It will be the bill that just keeps on delivering. Around the world, the reaction to US power, exercised to the benefits of corporate profits and global hegemony, will create more and more adversaries which will then feed into the same dysfunctional cycle of reaction used by reactionary interest to validate those same reactionary interest. Truly a cancer of the human psyche.

Yet these very right wing apologist and corporate sycophants will rail against big government and tax increases. They will make the average individual think that waste and misbegotten government spending is the fundamental cause of what eats away at their paycheck. Exactly the phenomenon the powerful create with disintegrating infrastructures, eroding rights, global meltdown, genetically cross contaminated food genes getting lose, and the profit syphoning of wages earned by most regular Americans. In the make believe world of right wing ideologues, government waste, and profits go to my friends.

MANIPULATING AN IMPLIED LACK OF PATRIOTISM FROM QUESTIONING LEADERSHIP

We should be thankful for the troops who do their job, but not the falseness in the delusional minds who sent them there. Yet these entrenched oligarchy power groups attempt to have us assume we, or our neighbors, do not support the troops, for proclaiming support the troops assumes the troops are not supported. What was actually not supported in proclamations from the right, was how the troops are used as a political foil to stand in front of and hide a degenerating empires attempts to acquire diminishing world resources, to line the pockets of the big haves with ever increasing wealth and reward their loyal followers. The rest of us are left to our own devises, just as New Orleans was left to drown.

It is an amazing exercise in dumb-think to listen to the George Will’s of this world, and the Grover Norquist–the drown government in the bathtub guy. These individuals and their ideological deluded kin make a killing off of spreading the seeds of separation and contempt for the commons. As if governments only role is to kill the people they do not like, otherwise, stay out of the way of social and environmental plunder, and show no empathy or compassion to your fellow humans who do not adjust well to an exploitative and opportunistic predatory system. (their actual “spiritual” Darwinian false premise) These not only promote a form of totalitarian mind control by the few and for the many, they betray the very essence of the American Commons; the communal declaration of independence and mutual regard as human beings in collective relationships.

In the last several days I have had the opportunity to hear both of these people speak on interview shows. Norquist, prodded by Stephen Colbert, would never acknowledge that government should even fix roads. Who do these ideologues think is going to do all the work necessary to make this nation work, and work in some sense of fairness? The Halliburton’s? Exon-Mobile, since they still use tanker trucks? Whomever funds your personal think tank? Simply stunning in mind-blank and misanthropic contempt.

THE PUBLIC RESPONSIBILITY IN A DEMOCRACY

There were and are some Americans though, who could see through the smoke screens and deceptions from day one. Speaking for myself; I know what propaganda looks and feels like, and I know false arguments when I see them. Apparently, by the evidence, many of our fellow voters can not tell the difference, or take their citizenship responsibilities as some sort of very casual acquaintance, or ideological/party dumb-think.

The delusional mindsets of the right are hard at work again attempting to anesthetize the population by election time. If history is the example, they have to get within a few million votes to pull off a many fronted steal. If that proves to be an unlikely scenario, by summers end possibly, they will need to create the might is right jingoism parade to convince the casual Americans that it is patriotic to support false pretext, false assumption, false dichotomy, and otherwise false association impressions as to what we stand for here.

It now seems the conservatives are ready to stoke the mud slinging forked tongue express. McCain has sent an apparent signal for a go ahead with the Words of Mass Deception campaign to come, by expressing his lack of control for the things that may be said about his opponent. The casual Americans will meet over phone’s or talk after the smear add on TV and say; I didn’t know he was like that, how scary. But they will not mean the producers of the add and who it will serve, but the desired target of it.

As we have seen, and hopefully presumably know; say a lie often enough and it will stand side by side with the truth, and quite possibly, cover that truth with a coat of slime, so that we know longer know what it looks like. No. I do not mind being blunt in this piece. A country is at stake as is all of our futures. The time of talking to one another as if we were babies is over. A population that goes on to believe in misinformation long after the actual truth has come out has been induced into some kind of delusional mindset.

There is a whole cable news network dedicated to irrational ad-hominem reasoning masquerading as common sense and decent American values. It is part of a huge media conglomerate owned by and dispersing the ideological prejudice of its became American to increase market share(?)  owner, who despises liberalism. Many other cable news networks went on to try to out mimic this one when irrationality was on such an ascendant just six years ago. In this pathetic follow the money leader breed of “journalism”, the nation is now subjected to ideological biases that come to be seen as truthful reporting of the issues. Almost always, cherry picked issues and ways of perceiving them. Stealthy biases such as loading commentators to the right of the spectrum, tends to gradually drag perceptions that way. This is why media consolidation is so essential to corporate control of information and ideas, necessary to wash the inconvenient facts and context away.

GET IN LINE AND CONFORM OR BE SEEN AS AN OTHER

We are to march like robots just as in 2003, not as a free people, but as an old world warlord bunch of followers afraid to think for themselves or stand up for the nations principles, instead, be more like a mind controlled cult. What have we actually learned of these war loving misanthropes? Once we are perceived to be under fears spell, we stop asking questions as to reality checks and viable strategy, as well as why we need then send our sons and daughters into harms way for our alleged defense. We are then the pawns of manipulators and predators of the nations very soul. All while the media makes catchy phrases to glorify the dumb-think parade and its floats and clowns.

We may have awaken a little from the nightmare mentality the spell casters had us in. Years of obvious misrepresentations and contemptuous incompetence has taken an obvious toll on the previous delusions of grandeur. Now, since that road to deception has proved to have become slightly problematic, the might makes right money making machinery of conflict seeks a more acceptable, to the casual Americans, way of war. A button pushing way to send terrible weapons to rain down upon both the suspecting and average people, including children and the unborn, of some other country. Unless America has woken up for good, the bad will come back to haunt our hearts once again. After we see the merrily wave flags and hear the issue statements of fighting the likes of the Nazis, we may well then go on to act quite like them.

THE PUBLIC TOO BUSY TO DO DEMOCRACY? THEN WE WILL LOSE IT

It is in this context of the casual Americans, too busy to bother with details of their governments doings in the world, or too confused or removed from history to remember what Dwight D Eisenhower once warned them of so many decades ago; about the collusion of the business and military industries and their congressional cronies, who see a war machinery as good for profit margins and great lifestyles. Now it seems the fourth estate, once the public interest guardian, is now most interested in what sells add space, and not the unbridled truth and its inevitable consequence.

We the People usually do not accept any accusations that we are asleep at the wheel. In fact, some manipulative interest use apparent criticism of the public as a wedge to bias the public to its pandering viewpoints. Notice how quickly Obama’s reflection on why some Americans seem stuck in certain ways to certain patterns. He actually said they cling to what they feel is steadfast in a way. Religion and keeping ones own defenses up. I do not disagree with that entirely at all, many of us value what we know as a sense of security in this many faced world where so few trustworthy institutions seem reliable.

Many Americans have every right to feel bitter, when they can see how Washington and the stolen government cares for itself above them. But these not quite well said words of Barack Obama were spun in circles like a spiders web to catch their prey. Not Obama exactly, but who might feel he is a new answer, attacking him through them. This is diverting attention to score a point, much more than the put down by Obama it was built up to be.

HURRY! ALL ABOARD!

The way Cognitive dissonance tends to direct accusations somewhere else. A convenient target is the one delivering the criticism. This kind of personal cowardice (a stress induced procrastination in self development, adjusted to in projection as seeming to be coming in from someone else) is a hallmark of many a dysfunctional human being. Now we are seeing this strange zeitgeist Teflon coating on John McCain, as if since he once served as one of the troops, he gets a permanent pass or bypass on criticism, especially on defense matters.

That most of his positions have gone around and around in circles, while he is seemingly not too concerned how correct he is about Sunni, Shia and al-queada profound differences and even hatreds of one another is mind boggling in its morass of contradictions. It is as if one more calm speaking (in front of the cameras!) conservative will melt down the casual Americans shield of suspicion, to once again accept the mind unplugging certitudes of conservative abstractions unconnected to actual realities on the ground. We are fine with staying in Iraq as long as we are not being killed? What? As permanent occupiers? Or as the symbol we were in Saudi Arabia which helped generate most of the 9-11 hijackers? That kind of fine and not being killed? No he suggest. Like Japan, Korea and Germany, entirely different issues in comparison to the Arab World I must say.

Remember Rove’s alleged comment; and I paraphrase; ‘You guys (reporters) are stuck in the reality world, the clumsy world of facts. We are the actors of history, its creators, we do things. You all just follow in our wake.’ Now John McCain seems headed toward the favorable 2 to 1 bias in his favor that Bush enjoyed over Al Gore pre-election. The “press” has long liked his congenial style and his once maverick notions of independence from the conservative dumb-think express.

Now, though he is seated on board that very express, his ex POW status is to make him invincible of the very security issues that are undermining the interest, the greater interest of the founding principles of this nation he once served in combat. Proving age, as well as experience, does not guarantee wisdom or truthfulness. McCain has been shown to have held the opposite position of many of the positions he now allegedly embraces. His spinning personality and its “free ride” is to benefit whom exactly? We the People?

THE GREAT BUTTER UP–Works Most Every Time

Years after a war is proved to be both ill conceived and misrepresented to the extreme, after untold thousands of lives were lost and uncountable ill will produced for generations to come. Oh, how we like those politicians and press who tell us how hard working, tough, decent and noble a public we are, as they laugh behind our backs, or at times, right out in public before their elite base goes on to consume the commons out from under your feet.

The easily frightened but casual Americans so prevalent throughout the population, will snicker about intellectual elites, latte drinking aloof liberals, you know who we mean, snicker, head shake. They know who stands for right. The aiders and abettors of the salve of ignorance and contempt applied by conservative sycophants to power in the press and media, will seek to emotionally bias the casual, hard working or not white voters, and those who embrace the interest of the casual elite, but hard working or not white voters lifestyle.

For once anyone is so far out on the plank of illusion, to call one deluded is taken in as calling one a name, which they will certainly take umbrage at. This seems to be the operational attack mode conservatives conjure up in election cycles. The media eats it up as all fair to the battle, the battle to bury truth in context for excitement value. The battle to get more market share and sell advertising space to the highest bidder.

RECOGNIZING THE CASUAL AMERICANS

There are definite traits to the Casual American. They see the nation as one divided into both parts and separate identities. They vote and listen for self promoting notions. They vote on these self absorbed at the surface issues. They vote for wealth maintenance, or poverty help. They vote for their gender, or their race.
They vote for their particular religious identity, or their job interest. They do not see the whole of things. They suffer under their own separation and alienation complexes viewpoints.

They do not vote by actual policy necessarily, but what looks like their kind of person who represents their kind of interest. They are lead to believe this is what responsible citizenry is about; about forwarding your own subjective view, and not the big view. They are seduced by pandering mechanisms to believe their view will dominate and become permanent. They are then seduced into separation in a more permanent way. They also can not see out of the box to notice what tactic’s and strategies are being used against them, or why the more things are said to change or be for the better, the less good that seems to actually spread throughout the nation.

In any country, these small viewed folks are seen by others, even those who might be just like them in their own ways, as self centered and spoiled. How and what spoils them might in the particular, have the appearance of opposites, but in reality their ideological views feel may well produce the same contemptuous feelings about the others in the culture not quite like them. This is the small lizard brain view of conservatism and orthodoxy, with its intrinsic shoot oneself in the foot behaviors, while feeling proud and true.

If we vote on this surface view of things like the Casual Americans, we are one. If we feel offended by someones behavior, even tough they share our beliefs, and go on to support its near opposite, in effect by tantrum outside the political realities to prove a point, we are voting self absorbed and not in the interest of the big picture. Now the pandemic individualism of the Westernized World “gives” us every right to do what we want, how we want, within the law (for some). That separation psychology does not in itself create the right behavior, but may well create the opposite of our actual belief’s even though we think we are acting in our own interest. That some manipulators have come to rely on this sort of contrapuntal confusion, is a testament to how much psychological warfare is going on at election times, and how little of the public knows how to perceive their own actual interest, nor how to factually identify the facts in context from fantasy.

The Casual Americans are expediting, not just a global meltdown, but one of Democracy as well.

HER SUPPORTERS ARE VENTING

This post is for the angry Hillary people. I read their angst filled lines and wonder; where do they think I was these last few years? They talk of Hillary’s superior coalition, her special interest groups and broad coalition that were so formidable, until everyone rolled over for the speech maker.

I know this was the narrative the Hillary folks both sold and convinced themselves of, but for some of us out here like me, who would have gladly voted for Hillary Clinton once upon a time, her war record spoke to us more than anything else. That she enabled the farce of rationalizations so long after most were exposed, (some on day one to the critically thinking endowed), was a shock to the cause of this nation. Her political positioning by poll assumption was the last straw. War is the most serious and consequential of happenings, and she was acting on preemptive political cunning rather than principle. Obfuscation, death and destruction ensued, but she has that lame excuse.

Some may well think that cunning and a list of promises, and a reference to being tough are what a leader requires. That is not all to many of us. Leadership requites being willing to take a stand when others are bending over backwards in fear. It is true that Barack Obama has not been vetted to the degree those out in the public view for much longer have. But he has shown a passion to succeed when all assume it is impossible. Instead of the same old plan most politicians seem unable to waver from, he at least shows a willingness to seek an answer. I would more easily trust his team than the same old’s who were hovering around Hilary Clinton’s campaign. She showed an eager desire to wade into the mud in desperation, pretty much he did not.

All the women I happen to know are for Obama, but it seems some people (usually women) assume most women were for Hillary (poll data said a majority, not all), so since it was cast into an us or them thing, it’s all a misogyny thing. I trust this is just the stupidity of assumption, for if we vote for those candidates just because they are like us in sex, race or other appearances, we are complete fools. ( As a man, I personally wish most politicians were women. They (women) are generally more likely to be more rational in a collective sense, simply because they are not as much testosterone impaired, and tend to a more wholesome view. Sorry men.)

But I do not have much sympathy for the disgruntled Hilary Supporters. They were, via their candidate, willing to side with another Jekyll & Hyde of a “conservative” pandering to doublespeak, over one of their own philosophy! Do they really think John McCain stands for much of anything except all they are against?

This does not speak well of the view of some vocal Hillary folks out there still fuming about their fair and square defeat, although they were lead along on that Russian Roulette of rationalizations she kept spinning. My. How they would have been disappointed once she got in and low and behold, the same old corporate state kept taking over. We have to keep at anyone of these characters once they get in there. I think Obama will likely have an outstanding Cabinet, especially compared to this last disaster. The Democrats have actually intelligent people interested in the common good to draw from. And do not be surprised if he reaches across the aisle here and there for the best and to overcome the Rovian divisiveness of the right wing divide and conquer cult of fear.

At least there is an opportunity with Obama to serve more of the people than those reshaping the country and world into their own dynasties. If the conservative Republican-lite Democrats are going to sit this out or change sides to the oligarchs, stay there please. But if you want actual government accountability and at least a premise of citizen input, dust off your shoes and get to work for progress and opportunity. For unlike the conservative divide and conquer party, rational people know we are all in this together even when we are not under dirrect attack, or hypothetical ones.

And for the pro McCain guy saying Barack was in school while McCain was living; My word! You need more than Faux News like ad-hominem reasoning to convince all but fellow cult members. It is a false dichotomy, based on a false premise leading to a false assumption with no context as applied to actually qualities of being a president. Unless the most familiar with the corrupt machinery of the power structure are believed to be your best rulers. Don’t nail too many of those planks together for your perch!

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POLITICAL WORD GAMES

It can be fun to make a point at the expense of context or reasons of false premise. I can remove someones notion, put a new conception around it, then show it as a contradiction. Time, space, intention, and ignorance can allow facts to be rendered misleading enough, that they can appear to be lies, when in fact they are grounded in history and not necessarily the manufactured opinion “reality” of word-play. Yes we can make deceptions seem evident where they had never existed!

Our government for several years now seems to have operated on the above mentioned logical deceptions. Political campaigns are now assumed to be made up of these, even to the degree that those who do not use false analogy or out of context reconfigured facts are thought of as being weak. The conflict game does not care if the debates are on steroids, or changing rules for themselves mid game and not the others in the campaign. Is the art of deception really what we wish to see running the country to ruin for 4 or 8 more years?

It may be too late to get the candidates who really should be president, but now we must make do with what we have. Anyone can protest and go against the two party monopoly, if that is the wisest thing to do will be up to each voter.

My view is that we have two super flip-flopper’s at the moment, and another one showing more mild political expediencies as his modus operandi.  He is the first black candidate (Discounting Bill Clinton).  It has been a rude awakening for many Democrats to see how Rove-like the first woman candidate seems to be.  It is a shame that some feminist and workers are voting for manipulations seeming to be seen as strengths.  Is it some shoot yourself in the foot loyalty that locks them into fantasy land despite the evidence?

We see in the degree of applied manipulations, how, if any different that “change” people claim to be for will be.  Hopefully America is sick and tired of the plunder of the party of money, and its wedge issue shell game diversions.

But will there be a party of the vast majority of the people?  Not if corporate control of culture has anything to say about its continuing to undermining elections.  How?  A crippled fourth estate, a one way street of pubic propaganda access, votes not even sure of being counted etc…  Bush, Cheney and Rove might seem to be gone, but who they serve above all the rest of us, are still in control.  Smoke, mirrors and diversions, can keep one from seeing the operational realities on the ground.  They will be the subjects of word play.

IT’S A BLACK, A WHITE OR A WOMAN THING

Polling has indicated that many will vote their color or sex in the coming elections. This means division and even tribalism is on the ascendant.

As is often said; make no mistake about it, in an allegedly two party system, this likely bodes ill for one party.

If you read my post regularly, you know I find the two party system deeply flawed, as I do see plurality victories as the same. It is a guaranteed way to not get things done. Many claim they are for change, after seeing the contempt evident by conservatives for the state and common citizen relationship. Liberalism was coming on strong. Liberalism happens to be the container of majorities of the operational values held by most of us in everyday life. Status quo power must confuse and diffuse this reality, and has the resources to do just that most of the time, unless conditions overwhelm manipulated impressions.

One party was and presumably still is trying to manufacture a one party state here in effect. Corporate controlling influence on both parties is strong, and proceeding to create a de facto one way state. In the Democratic party, it is engaged in a fight over the “soul” of the party. Our system of access to voters is subject to monies influence, and so, biased against those without much money to influence elections, an obvious statement. Ask yourself why both parties hardly ever bring it up?

If you vote for your candidate because they are more like you on superficiality of color, ethnic or sexual type, you are also helping to divide a pluralist nation further from a cohesive and comprehensive self identity and purpose, along with likely having less interest in what happens to the “other guys”. We wonder why we cannot agree on things, and that the bad government is always stalemated except when fears are pushed to extremes.

THE DUCKS THAT CANNOT DUCK

We are in a shooting gallery of a sorts. The Media is compromised by corporate ideological bias. A pseudo-democracy exist here without the right to vote. Voters information is partially at the mercy of campaign financing incongruities. A machinery of mud slinging is entrenched, with an arsenal of fear that is kept well oiled to keep the average citizen from knowing much about our governments actual behaviors in the world and its collusion with special interest here.

And we are going to vote for the woman cause she is a woman like me, or the white guy because at least he is a white guy, or the black guy because only he can understand what it is like to be me. But what can you do for your country?

I do not deny the appeal to anyone’s own identity of the illusion, yes illusion, that if someone is more like me things will go more my way. This is exactly what the two party system has degenerated into; the manipulation of self identity interest for control. Then, often, the selling of that interest to our representatives own self interest as individuals to benefit themselves off of the nations interest.

You do not have a right to vote. You do not have a right to have a vote counted if you do vote. You do not have fair access to differing viewpoints and perspectives on all issues. You have no real mechanism for making sure all your representatives in government are held accountable for what is done in your name.

You live on a one way street where companies get to cover their expense increases or desires for more profit by upping prices. Oops! We left workers and most everyone else out of that formula. Wonder how that happened? You now live in a place where “We the People” are the subjects of wealth as it takes over the earth via transnational corporate hegemony. And yet for many of us, a wedge issue will have us cast our relativized vote for some foolish notion of a sure thing. “Down with Taxes”, or tricks like a “Death Tax”, are some of the best methods of getting that tax money for the common good out of your pocket, and now quite possibly, into the pocket of someone else across the globe…And you thought you were going to be the beneficiary recipient?  Come on.

DECEPTION JOB WELL DONE! I’D SAY!

So go ahead, certain woman, men, blacks, whites and others, vote for your kind.

Just do not expect any kindness to actually manifest to you, but a few words.

It is necessary to vote for who and what is right for the whole nation. You must determine what that is for yourself. The commercials will be pretty well conceived, but quite possibly, pretty misleading.

When will we be weaned from our pacifiers?

SILENCE OF THE SCAMS

On Keith Olbermann’s MSNBC news and views show, he goes over the top 50 Bush scandals on occasion, to remind viewers of how they vanished from the news. I think the segment is called “Bushed”.

That is not exactly what I am talking about here. I am referring to our collective lack of perspective presented by the corporate news infotainment shows.

I remember many years back. One network’s expose’ news show was all about corporate and business abuse, misuse and scams. I’m sure this show drew some fire from powerful people. But after that network itself was found to be behind the corporate maneuvered takeover and consolidation lobbying efforts over the public airwaves, the show seemed to shortly vanish. Probably caught in the pot calling the kettle black hypocrisy thingy.

Those of you under forty might never have known how news networks once were. Bill Moyers PBS, is perhaps the closest representation of fact digging into corruption. Investigatory journalism was once a reality. Now it is pretty much considered a liberal bias to be avoided like the plague. Just as Richard Nixon would be considered quite the liberal by today’s standards, the conceptual paradigm in journalism has shifted far into existential relativism, were everyone’s view is just as good as anyone else’s, letting power and money buy much more time and perspective, just keep the contextual setting of facts out of the program overall. Well this has allowed truth itself to become a subject of conservative scorn and obfuscation. We the People, have in some respects, had the dunce cap put on our heads.

THE HEADS ON TALKING HEADS

The current senior crop of retiring news anchors are mere shadows of what came before, yet they are treated as if they were the nations wise elders. Certainly ego is always a factor in seeking out the limelight, but back in my childhood, news anchors seemed to be filled with and about the facts first, now they seem filled with themselves and what position’s them best in gaining market share. They retain a bit of the postured presentation of seemingly objective appearance, a style thing, but even that has followed the trend to excite the viewers, more so over celebrity dysfunctions, than endemic societal ones. Unfortunately, what one has not experienced, one tends not to miss.

The three still standing presidential contenders seem to grow silent over electioneering unless they have a particular problem raising funds, or it dawns on them that an extraordinary bias is afoot. Like biased news in relativity land pretending to be objective, a system where elections are dependent of raising big money, equals one systematically drowning out the voices of the poor and cash strapped. This undermines true democracy but is sold as some sort of Darwinian proving grounds of electability, nevertheless, those who can hardly donate are turned into Americans with out a say in who ends up finishing first.  Comes the Internet savior?  Nope.  Still not fair.  If the game is not fair, it is rigged.

QUITE! QUITE PLEASE!

This is where we enter the silence zone; where our fellow Americans have their voting rights tied with their hands behind their backs, and the rag of relativity stuffed into their mouths. Freedom and democracy? Shell game tricks played in the playground of abstractions. Why do our top three never mention truth, facts, ideas and accessibility to them? Those are fundamental nutrients for a healthy democracy and public voice.  We then can be had again.  Surprise!-NOT!

As long as we remain a society where truthful investigation is only occurring of the fringes, and the mainstream middle, while we are watching the side show inside, never hears the fog horn, and neither do we. The ship of state is evermore near the rocks, the gamblers inside, they will never know what hit them.

Unfortunately, they, may well be we.