Tomorrow’s election is sad, particularly for those with their ears blasted by the two corporate parties advertising for the votes of the dwindling few who don’t get the joke, which is on everyone outside the top income brackets. Nonetheless, I _will_ vote in the local and state elections, usually for Democrats, but half-knowing Governor Pat Quinn (here in Illinois) will do what the rich and big corporations want: instead of raising their taxes, (with bipartisan support) he’ll hellaciously cut back on stuff like public schools (hey, elite kids don’t go to there, so who give a damn?).
But on the national level, HELL no. How much Congresspeople from each party raised this 2010 election season from the “Finance/Insurance/Real Estate” sector: Democrats: $72.1 million; Republicans: $74.7 million.
Colin Crouch argues that the decline of those social classes which had made possible an active and critical mass politics has combined with the rise of global capitalism to produce a self-referential political class more concerned with forging links with wealthy business interests than with pursuing political programmes which meet the concerns of ordinary people. He shows how, in some respects, politics at the dawn of the twenty-first century returns us to a world familiar well before the start of the twentieth, when politics was a game played among elites.
Sad too to contemplate what some call the political event of the season, a Rand Paul security guy stepping (was it stomping; check the video) on a MoveOn operative’s shoulder (was it her head; check the video). That MoveOn so willfully and (yeah) knowingly misses what’s really going on in this country, and then hires college grads like Lauren Valle to spread the lame lie that DemoCorp (despite Clinton and now Obama) will save us from scary RepubliCorp. . . .
MoveOn.org activist Lauren Valle and Rand Paul supporter Tim Profitt were launched into the national spotlight following what may end up being the most infamous incident of the 2010 campaign season.
Valle was attempting to present Kentucky Senate candidate and tea party favorite Paul with a fake “Employee of the Month” award as part of MoveOn.org’s RepubliCorp initiative when she was wrestled down and briefly stomped on by Profitt. …
Oh well, you too can be a paid agent provacateur, if you know the rules (don’t tell anyone both parties are Corp and the election and Congress are a bipartisan sham):
RepubliCorp Bird-dogging Guide
They [sic] key to media attention is a little political theater. Here are a few idea for your bird-dogging event:
• Present your target with a RepubliCorp “Employee of the Month” award.
Under post-democracy, even the guerilla politics is corporate/Soros sponsored.