Reagan. H W Bush. Bill Clinton. G W Bush. Hilary Clinton, Barack Obama, or John McCain?
With the exception of Obama, all of these represent the Establishment. The very same Establishment that refuses to see that they are killing democracy. Democracy inherently means choice. Where is the choice? The Establishment only seeks to do to two things:
1) Maintain power / further the gap between the classes
2) Eliminate choice, covertly or overtly, as a means to maintain power.
Eliminating choice means closing the gap between the right and the left. Since the Carter Administration, the Liberal Left has been becoming more and more disenfranchised, less motivated, and less inclined to even vote. Because the Christian Right Wing tends to vote for their issues as if it was about the word of “God”, the voter turnout on the Right has always been good, thus out performing the Left at the elections. This, in turn, closes the gap between left and right even more, leaving only a moderate center. Where is the choice in that? Democracy was born out of debate and disagreement with the government in England. Our government is slowly reducing the possibilities of debate. “Pick a number between 1 and 10, but it cannot be 1-4 or 6-10!” Wow, what a choice!
The Clintons are the pinnacle of liberal democracy? I voted for Clinton, but I did not realize that he would be responsible for policies that jailed more people (particularly non-violent drug offenders) than almost any other administration previous. If you look at the record of most of the Administrations of the last two decades, they all said one thing and did another.
Reagan came down hard on crack and cocaine, but then the whole Iran-Contra Affair happened. Hmmm. Bush #1 said, “Read my lips, NO NEW TAXES”. We all know that was a lie. Clinton smoked pot, did not inhale, but was responsible for some of the hardest and most strict drug policies. Bush # 2 has said he is doing what is best for the American people, yet he has the worst approval rating. While he was supposedly elected for the people, by the people, he will not answer questions about some of his activities in office. He has gone as far as to create Executive Orders to avoid prosecution.
Hilary Clinton took money from a pharmaceutical company NOT to talk about Universal Health care, her pet project since she lived in the White House. Hilary also voted FOR THE WAR IN IRAQ when the constituency in her state, New York, was clearly opposed to it at the time. McCain co-authored a bill in the Senate called the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Bill. Not long after that, after many diatribes about reforming Campaign Financing laws, he came out as one of the first and only Independents, eventually running against Gore and Bush for the presidency. Recently, during the current race, McCain became “conservative republican”. Ha. Is the collective memory of the American people that bad? Have you been smoking with Bill Clinton? It is evident that these people will say and do anything to maintain the power of the Establishment, both fiscally and legislatively. There are so many more things that I could point out, but I think it is pretty clear that they are all the same. Tell me, what is the difference between McCain and Clinton. What they say seems slightly different when it comes to the war and health care, but what will they do given the chance. Their track records should speak for themselves.
Here is to the fight to maintain individualism, choice, and liberty. I would argue that we should not get rid of the Right Wing either, as choice means having a bad option, too. Two-party politics began to die in the last two decades. I do not have a problem with moderates or Right Wingers, per se, but I do have a problem with not having a choice. If we need more voter turnout, then we should be allowed more choices. How many times in the last twenty years have the voters said, “I am picking the lesser of two evils”. UGH!
Over my lifetime, the Republican Party have represented themselves as the “right” party, with its affiliation to the Christian Right Wing, its fight against legalized abortion, and their persecution of a president at the end of his term for his sexual escapades. In that same lifetime, I have seen more hypocracy from the Republicans than one could imagine. What I find absolutely sickening though is that the Democrats, claiming to be liberal intellects, are not much better than the Republicans.
Take for example, the last few weeks of the Democratic Presidential nomination race have shown to be full of low-blows, psychological attacks, and less than factually-based commentary. Hilary Clinton, supposedly so experienced, especially while representing the people of New York during the time of the 911 attacks, has been lowering herself constantly by choosing to air ads using fear to get support. Did she not learn from the years since the towers fell? I was insulted by this campaign ad and choice to air it. The media is equally to blame. Not one piece of evidence connecting Obama to the federal case being brought against his old fundraiser has been shown to the voters, yet the media tends to keep bringing it up. If and when the federal attorney prosecuting Rezko brings such evidence to the public’s attention, the media will be welcome to discuss it.
If I could have a chat with the democrats, I would suggest taking the higher road. Particularly, Hilary Clinton. In the past month, she has shown herself in a way that has made many people in her own party dislike her. For now, if I were her, I would worry less about this already-lost race and focus on improving her approval rating for now and for the future. While I would prefer a democratic administration after the last 8 years of diminishing democracy, I would prefer a president people like instead of another president with a record-low approval rating, like “W”.