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  • It’s also a sad comment on the spineless “progressives” that having Obama and the Democrats maybe-kinda backing off- for the time being- from stealing more from the public’s well-being is considered some sort of grand victory.

    I guess if you are used to and accept the premise that being beaten up every day is unavoidable then when the abusive spouse takes a day off from smacking you around it is seen as a victory.

    The capitalists will never abandon attacking social security. As the Democrats are one wing of the capitalist duopoly their role will be to always work towards eliminating social security but to do so with more style and finesse than the neanderthal Republicans- thusly making it seem more palatable and “necessary” for the operations of the country. Anyone who thinks otherwise has a childlike faith in Obama and Team Donkey. It’s way past time to wake up to the smooth evil that is Obama AND The Democrats IN TOTAL.

    Now may not be the time for the Democrats to make further inroads on the scant safety net, or what’s left of it, but believe me the vultures are circling every day of every week. They will be back. We are just the carrion for the Masters to devour- until we rise up.

  • Perry, you’re kidding aren’t you? It would be the easiest task in the world to spend all day posting item after item on how it is that Clinton was bought and sold and the actions he did while in office to prove this.

  • Petitions can hardly be called a revolt.

    In 1968, Murray Edelman published an insightful book entitled The Symbolic Uses of Politics. It made the point that voting is a ritual in which the “led” get to pretend to elect the “leaders” (from among a small number of choices that have already been vetted by the authorities for ideological acceptability, or set up to fail as extremists who are tolerated only to show that the system is allegedly “open”). So, voting is an exercise in bonding more than in expressing the popular will.

    In 1972, Kurt Vonnegut wrote an article in Harper’s explaining that there are two imaginary parties in the USA, the Republicans and the Democrats, and there are two real parties, the Winners and the Losers. Since the Winners control both imaginary parties, this much is certain: in every election, Winners will win.

    Nothing much has changed, in fact, matters are worse. For all the talk about division and partisanship, the main task of electoral politics is to deaden what used to be called “participatory democracy.”

    The Obama nomination and presidential campaigns encouraged a large number of (especially young) people to get “involved.” They were, however, involved with the “idea” of change without giving much thought to the substance.

    It was all about “branding,” “slogans” and ill-defined “change,” which voters were told to “believe in.”

    Now that the tinsel has been taken from the dessicated Christmas Tree of politics, disappointed “consumers” fade away and take up other distractions. The underlying corporate structure continues unmolested as the superficially engaged Obamaphiles now fixate on twittering. Meanwhile, the rock-solid Obama Admin continues to make life harder for minorities, environmentalists, peace activists, educators, students, the middle class, the working class, the poor, the elderly, people living in Iraq, Afghanistan, Honduras, almost any part of Africa, and the small core of public-spirited people who remain available to help if the electorate ever learns to distinguish style from substance, sizzle from steak …

    As for the eternally optimistic, Panglossian incrementalists who think that even baby steps on the road to sanity and equity are worthwhile…well, here we are.

    Gonna take a hell of a lot more than petitioning.

  • Jimbo commented on the blog post Obama Budget Splits The Democratic Party

    2013-04-10 07:49:55View | Delete

    In 1968, Murray Edelman published an insightful book entitled The Symbolic Uses of Politics. It made the point that voting is a ritual in which the “led” get to pretend to elect the “leaders” (from among a small number of choices that have already been vetted by the authorities for ideological acceptability, or set up to fail as extremists who are tolerated only to show that the system is allegedly “open”). So, voting is an exercise in bonding more than in expressing the popular will.

    In 1972, Kurt Vonnegut wrote an article in Harper’s explaining that there are two imaginary parties in the USA, the Republicans and the Democrats, and there are two real parties, the Winners and the Losers. Since the Winners control both imaginary parties, this much is certain: in every election, Winners will win.

    Nothing much has changed, in fact, matters are worse. For all the talk about division and partisanship, the main task of electoral politics is to deaden what used to be called “participatory democracy.”

    The Obama nomination and presidential campaigns encouraged a large number of (especially young) people to get “involved.” They were, however, involved with the “idea” of change without giving much thought to the substance.

    It was all about “branding,” “slogans” and ill-defined “change,” which voters were told to “believe in.”

    Now that the tinsel has been taken from the dessicated Christmas Tree of politics, disappointed “consumers” fade away and take up other distractions. The underlying corporate structure continues unmolested as the superficially engaged Obamaphiles now fixate on twittering. Meanwhile, the rock-solid Obama Admin continues to make life harder for minorities, environmentalists, peace activists, educators, students, the middle class, the working class, the poor, the elderly, people living in Iraq, Afghanistan, Honduras, almost any part of Africa, and the small core of public-spirited people who remain available to help if the electorate ever learns to distinguish style from substance, sizzle from steak …

    As for the eternally optimistic, Panglossian incrementalists who think that even baby steps on the road to sanity and equity are worthwhile…well, here we are.

  • Whatever you want to call it, its here.

    First, they don’t care what you and I say. Its moot. Words have no bearing on what they do. They already control what the MSM says and have already struck fear into enough people that the “wrong” things aren’t spoken by the masses.

    They make war at will. They print money at will. A few corporations control the banks, medicine, media and food. They also operate with no oversight, poisoning people, the economy and the environment–at will. You and me, are simply a means to make money off. Warm bodies to to simply run products through–trinkets for our amusement, processed and factory-farmed/frankenfoods to keep us alive, and media to see that we are kept both violent and fearful. We are not human to them in any moral sense. We are human petri dishes for them for exploitation.

    Our political process offers no control over them, no choice of an alternative. If someone makes it through, they are rendered ineffective–or in some cases, disposed of. No one represents the majority. Worse, they operate on a global scale, directing their operations electronically–from the highest ground possible:space. They operate with deadly force and ambivalence towards the people afflicted by their greed of money and insane lust for power.

    If its not fascism, or a new strain of it, exactly what is it, then? We probably need a new description/term at this point, anyway.

    And we’re out of time–completely.

  • “I am afraid that anyone that appeals directly to the president (the temporary manager and front face of the U.S. Empire) has become infantilized politically.”

    –So true as to be axiomatic.

    The concept of ‘infantilization’ is a good one, but in truth, that too assumes that a ‘real’ politics actually exists in America, even in a sophomoric or regressively juvenile form.

    This, of course, is not inclusive of fascist politics, whose perennial ‘evergreen’ vibrancy is tapped in at the source to the very well springs of the American psyche and spirit, accounting for its immanence.

    Evidence of this permanent vacuity is in even writing the ‘appeal’ to the state terrorist Obama to begin with. It is proof of the terminal impotency of ‘Progressivism,’ and its inane failure to recognize that it is conceptually spent as an actionable ideology.

    Why should one even think of ‘appealing’ to Neo fascists and war criminals, unless one enjoys a morbid self-abasement and conferring upon oneself nothing but a self induced disrespect?

    It is inconceivable that one does not know in advance the appeal will accomplish nothing? Then why, pray tell, would one even write it? Truly, a theater of the absurd!

    One day it will be recognized that even tertiary participation in the institutional conventions of the American Empire–its bogus ‘political appurtenances’–are tacitly collaborative and supportive, enabling the very evils one believes one opposes.

    But then everyone enjoys circle jerks, and this insipid letter to the imperial procurer and war criminal, is exactly that.

    “Dear Mr. President,” my ass. Proceed forthwith to the vomitorium, if one does not drown in blood first!

    “Stop shaking the tyrant’s bloody robes in my face, or I will believe that you wish to put Rome in chains.”

    –(Maxamillien Robespierre, “Virtue and Terror.”)

  • Jimbo commented on the blog post Reality and its well known liberal bias

    2013-03-06 07:51:32View | Delete

    In liberal-speak, Democrats are never evil (like those nasty, hateful Republicans); they are either weak, stupid, or cowardly. To suggest that Democrats are anything other than blundering, inept, fearful do-gooders is to be pejoratively labeled a dissident ‘cynic’, as if that’s such a bad thing. For the record, I’m a proud cynic and I loathe both Democrats and Republicans equally along with the capitalist organized crime syndicate currently masquerading as the US Government, which they both fervently and faithfully serve.

    Of course the cynics are right; they usually are, which makes them unpopular. So what else is new? People have been hiding from the truth and clinging to irrational belief systems since the beginning of time. Besides, it’s always easier to cast aspersions on the cynics (Wikileaks/Julian Assange) rather than confront uncomfortable truths, such as, say, Democrats are evil, vile cretins who will lie, cheat, and steal from the public in service to the ruling class, just like, gulp, Republicans. Of course, collective cognitive dissonance leading to visceral disdain for truth is the goal of all well-run disinformation and propaganda campaigns, and the Democrats continue to reap the benefit of the doubt through this media-generated, cowardly lion-act from their faithful followers despite an historical record of subservience to the capitalist ruling class stretching back over the better part of a century.

    To clear up any misconceptions: Democrats are not stupid, they are not weak, and they are not cowardly. If those claiming to be liberals and progressives who insist upon defending the honor of the Democrats would intently focus on what Democrats actually ‘do’, as opposed to what they ‘wish’ they would do (if they weren’t so cowardly and weak), they would understand and see what the Democrats truly ‘are’.

    If you allow yourself to look at and understand the relevant evidence, which now stretches back for a hundred years, you’ll see that the Democrats want, indeed they fervently desire, zealously advocate and bring into an increasingly nightmarish reality an aggressively, criminally violent, interventionist foreign policy and a constantly growing authoritarian-surveillance state at home.

    Today, and with as much detestable enthusiasm as the Republicans bring to the task, the Democrats seek to enrich and empower the ruling class still more as they simultaneously oppress, brutalize, impoverish and murder those who are not members of the ruling class.

    The Democrats will oppress, brutalize, impoverish and murder those who are not the ruling class, BUT — since they are mercifully not crazy, not like those frothing, sputtering, Neanderthal Republicans — the Democrats will know exactly what they’re doing every step of the way. But in their hearts, the Democrats actually know these are horrible things to do, but, well, ya see, they just can’t help it. They’re weak.

  • Jimbo commented on the blog post One Little Hitler Does The Other One’s Will

    2013-03-06 07:51:07View | Delete

    In liberal-speak, Democrats are never evil (like those nasty, hateful Republicans); they are either weak, stupid, or cowardly. To suggest that Democrats are anything other than blundering, inept, fearful do-gooders is to be pejoratively labeled a dissident ‘cynic’, as if that’s such a bad thing. For the record, I’m a proud cynic and I loathe both Democrats and Republicans equally along with the capitalist organized crime syndicate currently masquerading as the US Government, which they both fervently and faithfully serve.

    Of course the cynics are right; they usually are, which makes them unpopular. So what else is new? People have been hiding from the truth and clinging to irrational belief systems since the beginning of time. Besides, it’s always easier to cast aspersions on the cynics (Wikileaks/Julian Assange) rather than confront uncomfortable truths, such as, say, Democrats are evil, vile cretins who will lie, cheat, and steal from the public in service to the ruling class, just like, gulp, Republicans. Of course, collective cognitive dissonance leading to visceral disdain for truth is the goal of all well-run disinformation and propaganda campaigns, and the Democrats continue to reap the benefit of the doubt through this media-generated, cowardly lion-act from their faithful followers despite an historical record of subservience to the capitalist ruling class stretching back over the better part of a century.

    To clear up any misconceptions: Democrats are not stupid, they are not weak, and they are not cowardly. If those claiming to be liberals and progressives who insist upon defending the honor of the Democrats would intently focus on what Democrats actually ‘do’, as opposed to what they ‘wish’ they would do (if they weren’t so cowardly and weak), they would understand and see what the Democrats truly ‘are’.

    If you allow yourself to look at and understand the relevant evidence, which now stretches back for a hundred years, you’ll see that the Democrats want, indeed they fervently desire, zealously advocate and bring into an increasingly nightmarish reality an aggressively, criminally violent, interventionist foreign policy and a constantly growing authoritarian-surveillance state at home.

    Today, and with as much detestable enthusiasm as the Republicans bring to the task, the Democrats seek to enrich and empower the ruling class still more as they simultaneously oppress, brutalize, impoverish and murder those who are not members of the ruling class.

    The Democrats will oppress, brutalize, impoverish and murder those who are not the ruling class, BUT — since they are mercifully not crazy, not like those frothing, sputtering, Neanderthal Republicans — the Democrats will know exactly what they’re doing every step of the way. But in their hearts, the Democrats actually know these are horrible things to do, but, well, ya see, they just can’t help it. They’re weak.

  • Jimbo commented on the diary post Obama’s Right-Hand-Man Offers Social Insurance Program Cuts, Again. by TomThumb.

    2013-03-04 21:44:13View | Delete

    Actually he was. The fact that you did not realize this does not change the fact. It’s exactly why he was elected.

  • Jimbo commented on the blog post Democracy Is Supposed to Be About Making Lives Better

    2013-03-04 21:41:19View | Delete

    “Democracy Is Supposed to Be About Making Lives Better”- no matter how many ties you say it, no matter how warm and fuzzy it may make you fell this is categorically false.

    Democracy was never intended to empower the people. It’s history dates back to the Greeks and it’s founding principles were to create elite and quite controlled social and political arrangements.

    The understanding of the “State” as growing directly out of the “Police” and the army, and intended for no other purpose than to enforce property dates back much, much farther. The original organization of Athens is based on military districts which not only yield a fixed quota of troops but also revenues to fund mounted archers who are slaves – the first police force. The rule of the demos, i.e. “democracy”, grows directly from this. The innovation here, is not the “fairness” of the Athenian democracy. In fact it is a huge step backward from the Greek Tribes which were based on consensus and one vote for each adult. In place of that, the “Democracy” recognizes only one out of every 32 people as citizens. It’s key is not its incorporation of the people (except for those formally so defined), but in its organization of the state, and through it, the guarantee of personal property, most importantly in slaves.

    This is yet another example of a thing we see through a thick fog, whereas those who came before us had a much clearer view.

    Twenty five hundred years after inception of democracy, we still do not understand that we were ruled by Pentacosiomedimni, Solon’s aristocracy who could generate 500 bushels of goods annually. Nothing has changed in the meantime, even the measure of wealth remains the same: bushels and barrels!

  • Jimbo commented on the diary post Existential Question For Conservatives: Why Not Own The Sequester? by Kelly Canfield .

    2013-02-26 22:04:10View | Delete

    These are not simply “reich-wing lies”, the same thing, or some variant of, is also pushed by the liberal wing of the right just as ardently as the conservative wing. So yeah maybe it is right-wing pathology but let’s include all portions of that right-wing pie (liberalism is a right-wing economic doctrine) so as not [...]

  • Jimbo commented on the diary post Nick Turse: The Hidden History of Water Torture by Tom Engelhardt.

    2013-02-25 20:44:29View | Delete

    Slavery was an institutionalized form of torture. Given the “third degree” just a quaint form of torture eh? The Phoenix Program? Operation Condor in S.America? Torture Inc. using proxies trained at the SOA. USAID spreading CIA torture methods globally through, not kidding, what they called “public safety” programs. And hey let’s not forget CIA tortures [...]

  • Jimbo commented on the diary post Glenn Beck Is Not Impressed With WWE’s “Miscasting” of Tea Partiers by Marybeth Onyeukwu.

    2013-02-25 19:57:42View | Delete

    Remember Sputnik Monroe? …. The way the business people would limit the black audience was by counting the number of black people allowed entrance into the auditorium, knowing exactly the seating capacity of the “blacks only” section. Sputnik would bribe the employee, who counted black people, to lie to his boss, giving the boss a [...]

  • Jimbo commented on the diary post Sand Land: Minnesota Mayor and Frac Sand Lobbyist Resigns by Steve Horn.

    2013-02-25 19:49:36View | Delete

    This is a very good piece. This story shows in an easy to understand narrative how capitalism works and who it works for. It also helps the reader to understand how the small local story functions in the larger picture. Kudos to the author.

  • Jimbo commented on the blog post Obama Golfed With Oil Lobby During Keystone Pipeline Protest

    2013-02-22 18:20:05View | Delete

    The Obama Administration is doing exactly as predicted in 2008:

    *WARS fully funded and EXPANDING- see AFRICOM. Bill sent to our children……Mission Accomplished!

    *Trillion Dollars given to friends and campaign contributors on Wall Street. No Strings Attached…Mission Accomplished!

    *Military Spending INCREASED….Mission Accomplished!

    *Trillion+Dollars given to the Health Insurance Industry. Token, easily avoidable, symbolic only strings attached….Mission almost Accomplished!

    *Kill the possibility for a REAL “Public Option” or REAL Universal Health Care for at least another generation, and begin the “Entitlement Reform” defunding of Medicare (-$500 Billion)….Mission almost Accomplished!

    *Block ANY re-regulation of BIG BANKS and Credit Cards….Mission Accomplished!

    *Protect the Bush War Criminals and Torturers from JUSTICE….Mission Accomplished.

    *Expanded Drone Assasinations- Mission Accomplished

    *Marginalize Pro-LABOR Democrats and co-opt the Anti-WAR Movement…Mission Accomplished

    *Reinforce the worst Police State provisions of the Patriot Act….Mission Accomplished!

    *Expand government surveillance- Mission Accomplished!

    *Protect the very richest. Tell the Working Class that they CAN will be forced to compete with 3rd World Slave Labor…..Mission Accomplished!

    *EFCA (Employee Free Choice Act) killed in the crib….Mission Accomplished!

    *More Anti-LABOR “Free Trade”….Mission Accomplished!

    *Jobless Recovery….Mission Accomplished!

    Dammit get me some social issues to distract the masses.

    Do people who have supported the Dems and Obama not have obligations here?

    Aren’t they too complicit?

  • Jimbo commented on the blog post The Two Parties Continue to Get More Polarized

    2013-02-22 18:10:24View | Delete

    The Democrats are not the “lesser evil;” they are an auxiliary subdivision of the same evil. To understand the political system, one must step back and regard its operation as an integrated whole. The system can’t be properly understood if one’s study of it begins with an uncritical acceptance of the 2-party system, and the conventional characterizations of the two parties. (Indeed, the fact that society encourages one to view it in this latter way, is perhaps a warning that this perspective should not be trusted.)

    Any given piece of reactionary legislation is invariably supported by a higher percentage of Republicans than Democrats. Does this show that the Democrats are “less evil?” If one focuses on the noble efforts of the few outspoken dissenters, it’s easy to feel that the Democrats are somewhat less evil. But in the larger picture, Democrats invariably submit to what Republicans more ardently promulgate, & the entire range of official opinion thereby shifts to the right. Thus the overall function of Democrats is not so much to fight, as to quasi-passively participate in this ever-rightward-moving process. Just as the Harlem Globetrotters need their Washington Generals to make their basketball games properly entertaining, Republicans need the Democrats for effective staging of the political show.

    The Democrats are permitted to exist because their vague hint of eventual progressive change keeps large numbers of people from bolting the political system altogether. Emma Goldman once said, “If voting made a difference, it would be illegal.” Similarly, if the Democrats potentially threatened any sort of serious change, they would be banned. The fact that they are fully accepted by the corporations and political establishment tells us at once that their ultimate function must be wholly in line with the interests of those ruling groups.

    The message is clear, the elites decided a few years back that it’s time for capitalism’s “B Team,” the Democrats, to have the wheel for a while. That may please the Blue party robots at Kos and Dem Underground bu this is not really good news. The ruling class understood that the recklessness & overt corruption of the cowboy comic Bush regime was damaging the interests & credibility of US capitalism to an unacceptable degree. At the same time, the Democrats demonstrated that they will obediently follow all the same basic policies that the capitalists have built the structure for, with only minor variations in rhetoric & personalities.

    Therefore, much is to be gained (from the viewpoint of elites) by a change of personnel. The Democrats were allowed to win the presidential election in 08 and ’12, with much cheering & self-congratulation about how American democracy “works” and the people could vote for (imagined) change.

    Tensions were be greatly reduced and the wind was sucked out of all truly progressive leftward movements by the black man with good diction and his legion of liberal Hopesters.

    But this is precisely the kind of situation for which the 2-party system is designed — to allow for a blowing off of steam, and a fake “rejuvenation” & feeling of “new direction” –while fundamentally, nothing at all really changes. The effect of a Dem win was to strengthen faith in the 2-party system and destroy any populist energy.

    And of course the Dems continue to support the phony War on Terror, support all military funding, and increase the surveillance state at home. They continued all free-trade arrangements, and 100% support for Israel. Almost none of the horrible Bush legislation (PATRIOT, torture, eavesdropping etc) was undone, and no serious investigations of Bush crimes undertaken.

    The point here is not to quibble over whether a Dem win or a Repub win in kabuki elections is “better.” The point is really that it makes no difference, because 99% of the populace will lose either way. And, longer term, it is actually a negative to have general faith in the 2-party system strengthened by temporarily passing control over to the B Team. As long as we stay in the framework of the 2-party system, there is no chance of meaningful change.

    “It is not the consciousness of men that determines their existence, but their social existence that determines their consciousness.”

    -Karl Marx’s 1859 Preface to the Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy

  • Jimbo commented on the blog post GOP Slow Accepting Obamacare Is Here to Stay

    2013-02-21 14:51:53View | Delete

    ObamaCare is a cynical deceit.

    This ‘Healthcare Bill’ is a joke, and will end up significantly denying people medical care and treatment, leading to preventable deaths.

    The Healthcare Bill was created at the behest of the Insurance and Hospital Corporations with the intent of increasing already obscene profits, instead of actually providing healthcare. Actual competent medical care would threaten the Corporate bottom line, with medicine and drugs for proper treatment cutting into Corporate profits. Under Corporate law, this threat to the bottom line will not be tolerated under any circumstances.

    How to participate in the new CSA (Corporate States of America) Healthcare system:

    1) Open your wallet.

    2) Show approved mandatory Insurance Corporation policy coverage card.
    .1)Fail to provide mandatory Insurance Corporation policy coverage card.
    .1.a)Be denied medical care. Await eventual arrival of IRS investigation team.
    .1.b)Prepare to go to prison for failing to have mandatory Insurance Corporation healthcare policy.

    3) Demonstrate ability to pay.
    .1)Show that you have Government Welfare or Social Security.
    .1.a)Be given absolute minimum medical treatment mandated by law.
    .1.b) Go home, hope you recover on your own.

    4) Receive treatment appropriate to your income and social status.

    5) Receive prescription for medication, as provided by Pharmaceutical Corporation.
    .1) Pay for prescription.
    .2) Be unable to pay for prescription, prolonging recovery or treatment.
    .2.a) Suffer possible relapse or continuation of condition, leading to further visits for treatment.

    6) Receive bill.
    .1)Pay bill.
    .2)Attempt to pay bill, but fall behind on rent, mortgage, car payments, credit card payments, utilities payments.
    .2.a)Go into bankruptcy. Lose everything you have worked for.

    7) Receive notification from Insurance Corporation that, due to your requiring medical treatment, your premiums are being increased.
    .1)Pay increased premiums.
    .2)Be unable to pay increased premiums.
    .2.a)Drop policy.
    .2.b)Await arrival of IRS investigation team.
    .2.c)Prepare for prison term.

    The private health insurance system does not provide full private insurance coverage and full healthcare to most – not far above only 1/3 of roughly 300 million are fully privately insured. Roughly 1/3 have government-financed healthcare and not far below 1/3 are either uninsured or privately underinsured. The fully privately covered population fraction is becoming ever-smaller because the severely regressive financing is doing its part in causing premium and/or deductible/copay inflation to be significantly higher than general inflation to maintain whatever full coverage exists.

    Toward universal what though? Universal slaves to the for profit health insurance corporatoins? Because nothing in this bill gets us closer to universal health care since it doesn’t provide care, it provides health insurance. Lots of people with insurance who won’t be able to afford care.

  • Jimbo commented on the blog post Plurality Would Blame Republicans for Sequester Cuts

    2013-02-21 14:38:19View | Delete

    In liberal-speak, Democrats are never evil (like those nasty, hateful Republicans); they are either weak, stupid, or cowardly. To suggest that Democrats are anything other than blundering, inept, fearful do-gooders is to be pejoratively labeled a dissident ‘cynic’, as if that’s such a bad thing. For the record, I’m a proud cynic and I loathe both Democrats and Republicans equally along with the capitalist organized crime syndicate currently masquerading as the US Government, which they both fervently and faithfully serve.

    Of course the cynics are right; they usually are, which makes them unpopular. So what else is new? People have been hiding from the truth and clinging to irrational belief systems since the beginning of time. Besides, it’s always easier to cast aspersions on the cynics (Wikileaks/Julian Assange) rather than confront uncomfortable truths, such as, say, Democrats are evil, vile cretins who will lie, cheat, and steal from the public in service to the ruling class, just like, gulp, Republicans. Of course, collective cognitive dissonance leading to visceral disdain for truth is the goal of all well-run disinformation and propaganda campaigns, and the Democrats continue to reap the benefit of the doubt through this media-generated, cowardly lion-act from their faithful followers despite an historical record of subservience to the capitalist ruling class stretching back over the better part of a century.

    To clear up any misconceptions: Democrats are not stupid, they are not weak, and they are not cowardly. If those claiming to be liberals and progressives who insist upon defending the honor of the Democrats would intently focus on what Democrats actually ‘do’, as opposed to what they ‘wish’ they would do (if they weren’t so cowardly and weak), they would understand and see what the Democrats truly ‘are’.

    If you allow yourself to look at and understand the relevant evidence, which now stretches back for a hundred years, you’ll see that the Democrats want, indeed they fervently desire, zealously advocate and bring into an increasingly nightmarish reality an aggressively, criminally violent, interventionist foreign policy and a constantly growing authoritarian-surveillance state at home.

    Today, and with as much detestable enthusiasm as the Republicans bring to the task, the Democrats seek to enrich and empower the ruling class still more as they simultaneously oppress, brutalize, impoverish and murder those who are not members of the ruling class.

    The Democrats will oppress, brutalize, impoverish and murder those who are not the ruling class, BUT — since they are mercifully not crazy, not like those frothing, sputtering, Neanderthal Republicans — the Democrats will know exactly what they’re doing every step of the way. But in their hearts, the Democrats actually know these are horrible things to do, but, well, ya see, they just can’t help it. They’re weak.

  • Jimbo commented on the blog post Representation without y’know representation

    2013-02-21 07:33:06View | Delete

    The White House and Congress don’t really make the decisions, Wall Street and the Pentagon do. Who wins the election makes no difference because all politicians must do what the elite want. Elections are a scam whose function is to neutralize resistance movements and dupe ordinary citizens into thinking they control and/or have a say in matters of the state.

    Bad “leaders” or bad system?

    Better to place this action in an institutional context. The forces placed on the elected person by the state machinery and pressures from big business dictate the outcome. Your vote is meaningless. You can argue all you want that “We need to keep up the pressure to demand Politician______ needs to listen to ordinary citizens, not to business” and you will rot on the vine as your words disappear into the indifferent air.

    There is a difference between the state and government. The state is the permanent collection of institutions that have entrenched power structures and interests. The government is made up of various politicians. It is the institutions that have power in the state due to their permanence, not the representatives who come and go. We cannot expect different politicians to act in different ways to the same pressures. However, this is all ignored by the voting political consumer who wishes Politician______ was more a socialist, green, populist etc. and could ignore the demands of the dominant class in society while in charge of one part of its protector and creature, the state.

    So, given that a successful State requires legitimacy and that one of the easiest ways to achieve legitimacy is through widespread voter participation, what is the responsibility of the voters for the actions of its government?

    By voting, it is clear that each voter endorses the governmental system under which he or she lives. By the act of voting, each voter is saying: It is right and proper for some people, acting in the name of the State, to pass laws and to use violence to compel obedience to those laws if they are not obeyed.

    Voting is the epitome of doing nothing. It is in fact far worse. People think they are doing something of value when they vote. It’s hilarious. It’s pathetic.

    To repeat:

    Elections do not secure popular control over the state, they do help secure state control over the populace. Voting is a ritual that reinforces obedience to state authority. It creates the illusion that “the people” control the state, thereby masking elite rule. That illusion makes rebellion against the state less likely because it is seen as a legitimate institution and as an instrument of popular rule rather than the oligarchy it really is. This is why even totalitarian states like Russia under Stalin had elections. Embedded within all electoral campaigns is the myth that “the people” control the state through voting.

  • Jimbo commented on the blog post Mama, Weer All Crazee Now

    2013-02-20 21:54:51View | Delete

    Pretty ironic that the comment after my post suggested everyone knew already what I stated.

    Any scroll through your blog makes it obvious you’re just another blue team cheerleader living in Never-Never Land. Sorry I interrupted, I’ll leave you to your kinder gentler fascism.

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