by Scott Creighton
UPDATES: Matt Stoller posits that Romney is a characature of the greedy vulture capitalist while his campaign allows certain things to be filmed backstage and then remarkably released which will make him lose votes. He doesn’t quite come to the conclusion that Romney isn’t SUPPOSED to win, but he’s getting closer at least:
It is remarkable to see the level to which Obama defenders have sunk. Let’s start with a basic problem – why is Obama in a tight race? Mitt Romney is more caricature than candidate, a horrifically cartoonish plutocrat whose campaign is staffed by people that allow secret tapings of obviously offensive statements. The Republican base finds Romney uninspiring, and Romney has been unable to provide one good reason to choose him except that he is not the incumbent. Yet, Barack Obama is in a dog fight with this clown. Why? It isn’t because a few critics are writing articles in places like Salon. The answer, if you look at the data, is that Barack Obama has been a terrible President and an enemy to progressives. Stoller
One of the ways this country marginalizes or attempts to otherwise de-legitamize targeted regimes is by claiming that not many people showed up to vote, thus the people of the country are not engaged in the democracy because they feel it doesn’t matter anyway.
This is why they want you to vote. They want to show the world they still have us caught in a trance. They want to believe it themselves.
Obama has been selected to carry the neo-liberal torch till 2016 when it’s my guess that Joe Biden will finish his “public service” being the set-up fall guy, the Romney, to lose to Jeb Bush. Obama is going to be “winning” this sham election not because he is the lesser of two evils, but because he is the most effective of the two as Glenn Ford pointed out.
Romney was never supposed to win. We had a “progressive” president who was more disliked than George W. Bush in 2004. Obama had betrayed the left and the right painted him as some kind of socialist/communist from the dark reaches of Africa who wanted to do nothing more than give all the lazy losers of the country the middle class tax money just for the fun of it. It’s absurd to think that the Republican Party could actually field a candidate that would make Obama look good… but they did. They “picked” a vulture capitalist Mormon who destroyed more American jobs than Clinton. And that’s saying a lot.
There will be all kinds of second guessing when it’s all said and done. The narrative after all has to remain solid.
They cancelled exit polls this year and they are already setting up ways to discredit anyone who might suggest the e-voting machines were rigged in favor of the Chosen One, Barack Obama. They pushed a “conspiracy theory” (helped by Greg Palast of all people) that Romney’s people were buying voting machine stocks in key states so they could come out with the story that he intended to steal the election. When Obama “wins” the e-voting election rigging story will be dead on arrival. Kinda smart when you think about it. Now no matter what proof exists that the vote was hacked, as long as Obama wins those states they already sounded the alarm on, no one can say jack shit about the odd results. “Oh. First you said Romney was going to steal it. Now you say Obama stole it. Get your story straight, nutjob!”
The Princeton study that came out yesterday shows without a doubt that Obama is going to win the Electoral College count making him the next president. This study has been off by one EC vote over the past 2 elections (rigged elections that Princeton gets right all the time? hmmm….)
Obama offers the elites two things that not one single republican candidate can offer: 1. the complicity and silence of the left. 2. the normalization of far right wing fascist policies. These things are key to the next four years. Without them, the CHANGE that we are in for would not happen.
That’s why Obama was always marked to remain president and anyone who says otherwise is either an idiot or a liar. There was never any competition between waring factions of the elites as people like Alex Jones or Tarpley would have you believe. That’s just another way to get you out to vote, the imaginary facade of some kind of choice, some kind of influence that you can have on the control of this country.
This country despises democracy in all it’s forms across the globe. You know that. You understand that. So to think that they still allow any input from you on the power base in Washington is the worst kind of cognitive dissonance.
But they NEED you to go out there and go through the motions. They NEED you to vote. It’s like a Nielsen rating for them. The more who attend, the more they THINK they have you fooled. The day we have no one show up for an election is the day they know the gig is up.
A bunch of people are out there begging you to go vote. People who are supposed to be “alternative” or “dissidents” like Michael Moore. He’s out there BEGGING his “followers” (what an arrogant piece of crap) to drag people who don’t want to vote to the polls. There’s only one reason to do that, and that is to show support for the very system Moore has made billions of dollars pretending to oppose.
This “alternative’ guy calls Moore out but claims everyone should go out and vote for Jill Stein. Perhaps he didn’t see Moore getting on his knees begging Nader not to run in 2004 because he claims Nader put Bush in office in 2000. Hey guy, pay attention, Moore is a tool. Oh, you’re just using Moore’s fame to garner some hits on your new site, aren’t you?
Steven Lendman says vote independent or just don’t go which again is good enough on it’s own merits, but remember, the gig is rigged so they don’t care HOW you vote or WHO you vote for… all they care about is that you go out there and PARTICIPATE in the rigged game as if it makes a difference.
Webster Tarpley claims he knows there is no difference between the two candidates but he spends hours and hours of his time in interviews and on the radio talking about Romney’s religion, how secretive it is and how Romney is going to ride the White Horse (no not heroin) and bomb Russia to fulfill his prophecy.
You can go on and on with the list but it doesn’t matter, you get the picture. “Just go vote and register your approval of the broken, corrupt, undemocratic system which abhors you and everything you stand for.”
I suggest you don’t. I would love to see them hold an election and no one shows up to vote yet the Diebold systems reports 42% of the eligible population turned out. That might send a message and let people know whats really going on, but, VOTE OR DIE wins out in the end. They even convince people who understand the game is rigged to take time off from looking for a job Tuesday to play it. Quite remarkable when you think about it. And sad really. Really really sad.
UPDATE: Some will argue that there are state and local level elections that matter so we should go vote for those. I say it doesn’t matter. Anyone running for office these days, unless like Stein, unless they know they aren’t going to win, are running in order to become part of the ruling class, not to reform it. If they are crazy enough to think that one person in state legislature can change the neo-liberal corptocracy themselves, then are too crazy to be in public office anyway.
Others will argue that we can still affect change by voting for the various propositions like those in California and Michigan. Wrong.
Prop 36 California – to roll back the “3 stikes rule” – will probably pass ONLY because they changed the language of the proposition just recently to exclude changing the law for anyone who’s “strikes” (felonies) include “drug charges”… that’s the VAST majority of people jailed FOR LIFE in California… some poor fucking drug addict who is doing nothing now but serving as fodder for the prison industrial complex. This one will succeed only because it has been so harshly defanged as to serve only as a token victory.
Prop 37 California – mandatory labeling of GMO foods. This will fail even though not a single human being can possibly object to knowing what they put into their bodies. It will fail because they can’t allow a precedent like this one to be set. and it won’t fail because they are sinking more money into advertising like this “alternative” reporter on RT is suggesting (setting up the much needed narrative of WHY it failed “I guess a 41 million dollar ad campaign can convince people of just about anything”), it’s going to fail because the GMO industry is NOT going to allow it to succeed (there are already too many countries (40) that already require labeling or that don’t even allow GMO’s to be sold to their people) too much money on the line.
State Proposal A Michigan – calls for a referendum to repeal the emergency manager law – this will probably fail or if they allow it to pass it will only be because they can easily rig the referendum further down the line. The emergency manager law, the “law” which allows a neo-liberal to install an unelected manager to dictate brutal austerity measures and privatizations to the targeted communities, will NEVER be allowed to be voted on by the public because like the GMO labeling, it’s a no brainer… but the proposal and the fixed e-voting machines actually allows them to blanket this fascist trick in a veil of acceptance by the people.
State Proposal B Michigan – calls for a reaffirmation of the right to organize. This too will probably fail. It’s easy enough for them to claim the right wing hates unions. Even if it passes, it’s as toothless as Prop 36 in that it only calls for a “reaffirmation” of the right and not actual implementation of any kind.
These are not justifications in and of themselves to go out and lend this broken system credibility. In fact, no matter what you do, they will, when defeated, simply reinforce the narrative that the people are behind these fascist changes. They will do us more harm than good. You’re not going to VOTE your way to getting GMOs out of your kids school lunch program and you’re not going to VOTE the fascist emergency managers out of their hijacked offices. Get used to the idea that no easy painless solution awaits you.
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