STATUS HO':

New Faces, Same Agenda (Stephen Lendman, 14 November, 2006, Countercurrents.org)

Pelosi made it clear the Democrat victory will be just another betrayal of the electorate that sent her and the Democrats a strong message it voted for a mandated populist anti-Bush, anti-war agenda it won’t get. It’s always for the same reason – because those controlling the political process in Washington owe their allegiance to the interests of wealth and power that select and fund them and of which these officials are a part. The Democrat (anti-populist) Leadership Council (DLC) made that position clear when it participated in a November 10 post-election made-for-television spectacle in the Oval Office so the whole world could watch their new congressional leadership line up in a shameless public display of partnering with a criminal enterprise in the White House posing as a legitimate government they’ve been complicit with all along. Should anyone understanding how things work in Washington have expected anything else?

Politics 101, Washington-style teaches that nothing can be taken on its face, campaign promises are empty and disingenuous, and in the nation’s Capitol the criminal class is bipartisan. Pelosi, whose background is one of privilege and not populism, and her leadership collaborators plan on business as usual come January. They intend taking full advantage of their newly empowered status to grab a bigger piece of the political pie without sharing any of it with their constituents beyond a few crumbs that exclude the most important things people voted for – ending the Iraq and Afghan wars of aggression and bringing US forces home, impeaching Bush and Cheney, addressing critically needed social services like health care and public education Republican and DLC Democrat rule have ignored and allowed to deteriorate, restoring our civil liberties, finding and prosecuting everyone involved in the cesspool of rampant endemic corporate and government corruption both parties allowed to go on and that only a few have hd to answer for – and that’s just for starters.

What about restoring constitutional democracy and the rule of law complete with checks and balances, the separation of powers and our elected officials held accountable to the public for all their actions and made to face the music when they betray the public trust. What about ending the privatization of the most fundamental element of a democratic process and returning control of it to the people – the electoral process (now corporate run and corrupted) that can only be fair under a system of verifiable paper ballots counted by hand by civil servants unconnected to either party or the corporatocracy that funds and owns them. What about allowing real alternative party candidates the right to run under a system of proportional representation and break the monopoly of a corrupted two-party, winner take all system. What about that and a lot more that a real democracy demands, and the sham one we now have won’t allow.

The Right has passed the crazy pills.

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8 Responses to STATUS HO':

  1. Grover says:

    Can you please explain what you mean by that?

  2. jim hamlen says:

    If Hoyer beats Murtha, or if Rich Galen’s novel idea actually happens (for the GOP to
    vote Hoyer for Speaker, thus meaning just 15 Dem. votes against Pelosi would be enough
    to knock her down), then there will be some real craziness. The media’s natural bias
    against reporting Democratic internal struggles would drop, because there would be a juicy
    story to cover. And somebody like Joe Lieberman or Barack Obama might actually rebuke
    the House for being so petty.

  3. AWW says:

    Jim – I saw Galen’s idea also. While it might be a lot of fun to
    cause some chaos in the Dem ranks I get the feeling Pelosi as
    Speaker would be a good thing for the GOP.

  4. h-man says:

    To My Conservative Brothers and Sisters,

    I know you are dismayed and disheartened at the results of last week’s election. You’re worried that the country is heading toward a very bad place you don’t want it to go. Your 12-year Republican Revolution has ended with so much yet to do, so many promises left unfulfilled. You are in a funk, and I understand.

    Well, cheer up, my friends! Do not despair. I have good news for you. I, and the millions of others who are now in charge with our Democratic Congress, have a pledge we would like to make to you, a list of promises that we offer you because we value you as our fellow Americans. You deserve to know what we plan to do with our newfound power — and, to be specific, what we will do to you and for you.

    Thus, here is our Liberal’s Pledge to Disheartened Conservatives:

    Dear Conservatives and Republicans,

    I, and my fellow signatories, hereby make these promises to you:

    1. We will always respect you for your conservative beliefs. We will never, ever, call you “unpatriotic” simply because you disagree with us. In fact, we encourage you to dissent and disagree with us.

    2. We will let you marry whomever you want, even when some of us consider your behavior to be “different” or “immoral.” Who you marry is none of our business. Love and be in love — it’s a wonderful gift.

    3. We will not spend your grandchildren’s money on our personal whims or to enrich our friends. It’s your checkbook, too, and we will balance it for you.

    4. When we soon bring our sons and daughters home from Iraq, we will bring your sons and daughters home, too. They deserve to live. We promise never to send your kids off to war based on either a mistake or a lie.

    5. When we make America the last Western democracy to have universal health coverage, and all Americans are able to get help when they fall ill, we promise that you, too, will be able to see a doctor, regardless of your ability to pay. And when stem cell research delivers treatments and cures for diseases that affect you and your loved ones, we’ll make sure those advances are available to you and your family, too.

    6. Even though you have opposed environmental regulation, when we clean up our air and water, we, the Democratic majority, will let you, too, breathe the cleaner air and drink the purer water.

    7. Should a mass murderer ever kill 3,000 people on our soil, we will devote every single resource to tracking him down and bringing him to justice. Immediately. We will protect you.

    8. We will never stick our nose in your bedroom or your womb. What you do there as consenting adults is your business. We will continue to count your age from the moment you were born, not the moment you were conceived.

    9. We will not take away your hunting guns. If you need an automatic weapon or a handgun to kill a bird or a deer, then you really aren’t much of a hunter and you should, perhaps, pick up another sport. We will make our streets and schools as free as we can from these weapons and we will protect your children just as we would protect ours.

    10. When we raise the minimum wage, we will pay you — and your employees — that new wage, too. When women are finally paid what men make, we will pay conservative women that wage, too.

    11. We will respect your religious beliefs, even when you don’t put those beliefs into practice. In fact, we will actively seek to promote your most radical religious beliefs (“Blessed are the poor,” “Blessed are the peacemakers,” “Love your enemies,” “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God,” and “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”). We will let people in other countries know that God doesn’t just bless America, he blesses everyone. We will discourage religious intolerance and fanaticism — starting with the fanaticism here at home, thus setting a good example for the rest of the world.

    12. We will not tolerate politicians who are corrupt and who are bought and paid for by the rich. We will go after any elected leader who puts him or herself ahead of the people. And we promise you we will go after the corrupt politicians on our side FIRST. If we fail to do this, we need you to call us on it. Simply because we are in power does not give us the right to turn our heads the other way when our party goes astray. Please perform this important duty as the loyal opposition.

    I promise all of the above to you because this is your country, too. You are every bit as American as we are. We are all in this together. We sink or swim as one. Thank you for your years of service to this country and for giving us the opportunity to see if we can make things a bit better for our 300 million fellow Americans — and for the rest of the world.

    Signed

    Michael Moore

    Ain’t he a nice guy.

  5. ratbert says:

    Well, I don’t expect a Democrat to call me ‘unpatriotic’, but I keep hearing other insults over and over again.

    Bigoted, stupid, unsophisticated, simple, racist, fascist, evil, white, Christian, Christer, Christianist, fundamentalist, greedy, dirty,
    grubby, corrupt, Jew-loving (yes, I have heard that), mean, nasty, war-mongering, nosy, invasive, and on and on.

    But hey, at least Michael Moore never said I was fat.

  6. Raoul Ortega says:

    We will not tolerate politicians who are corrupt and who are bought and paid for by the rich.

    Mollohan, Jefferson, Hastings, Murtha, Menendez, Reid.

    Then there are the rich (or formerly rich) who’ve cut out the middleman: Pelosi, Feinstein, Kennedy, Kerry, Cantwell, Kohl.

  7. JimBobElrod says:

    Mr. Lendman sounds more like a Libertarian that lives in his parents’ basement than someone from the “right”.
    Nice to see Moore thinks the 2nd Amendment is about hunting rifles and that automatic weapons are currently legal. Give him a little more rope and he might hang himself.

  8. Kirk Parker says:

    Re moore’s #7–what a farking idiot! How is waiting till the jihadis actually carry out a terrorist attack “protecting” us? What a dolt!

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