Unless there is some intervening cataclysmic event, we can agree that it will be either Obomney or Rombama in 2012, yes? I realize that many of you will take umbrage at my glib use of the above name corruptions. There is only so much I can do to restrain my punk nature in some forced attempt to assuage easily offended sensibilities. Surely, you can put up with my one concession to my favorite character defect, inveterate High School punkdom, just this once. I will be observing the dictates of adult social decorum for the rest of this appeal to you that you try to use the questions I pose below to disabuse yourselves, if only just for a moment, of all your notions of the differences between Obama and Romney even if you are far enough along to subscribe to the notion of LOTE (lesser-of-two-evils). I am asserting that these notions are dangerous to you and our country. Entertaining them is nothing other than placing hope and prayer into dangerously contaminated turning vessels on a very loose axis. No amount of frantic spinning and chanting will expel the contaminated hex or straighten the wobbly spin. This long stretch for hope is empty and without foundation. It is a primitive incantation wafting out of some unconscious recess of your minds. This unfounded hope or change is at best the result of a woeful lack of information and understanding for whatever reasons regarding the current state of affairs.
Try to be as rational and objective as you are able to be in assessing the following questions. Try to get over any resistance or resentment you may feel in knowing that these questions are coming from me, the incorrigible, unsupportable punk. I know I have done much in the past year to goad, prick, and irritate you and your resentment may be well warranted. Try to get over it. There….you see…the spots on the leopard. The questions:
In the next four years will there be any, I mean ANY, change in:
A- The continuous mathematically certain ruinous and near insane printing of endless container loads of electronic fiat money to bail out an utterly and completely and irreversibly insolvent private international banking cartel? This is a process that guarantees a catastrophic devaluation of whatever savings or assets you may have accumulated. All questions of tweeking Social Security will vanish and become less than moot or academic even if events allowed you the luxury of such parlor ruminations. You will have no financial future or a society you would willingly want to live in. You will have needed to accumulate a substantial amount of assets to allow yourself to live your current disconnected lifestyle with an asset devaluation of up to 70%.
B- The mitigation, not the prevention, of the catastrophic results of climate change that have ALREADY manifested and continue to grow. The consequences of these changes on our lives that are already on line are unimaginable in the devastating effects that they will have in that quickly blurring area between deadly present and catastrophic future.
C- Any reversal of the domination of fossil fuels to meet our energy needs and the environmental and geo-political calamities that unavoidably accompany these policies. Any chance of preventing a nuclear solution? How clean can coal get?
D- The chances for the ONLY program that can in any meaningful way save us from certain health care disaster that is ALREADY happening and can only grow worse. This program is single payer, universal coverage. It is a program that is utilized by EVERY other civilized, advanced industrial nation with changes made to conform to individual country needs.
E- The continuous expansion of economically ruinous, criminally violent, immoral, aggressive, illegal and clearly imperial military bullying, adventurism, wanton slaughter, and the complete disdain of the rights of other countries to utilize and develop their resources as they see fit and develop political systems that reflect their historical and cultural conditions.
F- Any reversal whatsoever of the devastating economic effects of neo-liberal trade policies and the direct, incontrovertible effect they have on all your unfounded hopes of “turning the corner” on recession
G- The continuous trashing of the law of our land, The Constitution.
H- Etc., etc., etc., through “Z” and beyond. Questions so, so very easy to formulate.
“A” through “G” above is what Obama, not Congress, not un-cooperative Republicans, but Obama, the object of your endless and misguided infatuation, has already done, is continuing to do, and has just as well promised to continue to do. These are manifest, clearly proven realities beyond debate, quibbling or piqued and pouty protestations. Romney will continue these policies. These policies are DICTATED by the puppet masters of both these puppets. The masters show all the conventional skills and attributes of mastery. You have NO say in the implementation or reversal of these policies. To think that you do under the current system is a delusion of the highest order. I am sure that many of you hold the last few statements as manifestations of a paranoid and obviously disjointed view of our polity and your understanding of it.
You may want to assert at this point that the above is not the whole picture of nearly four years of Obama. What about his achievements? Clearly there has been some temporary relief for relatively narrow strata of the population. However, I am confident that if you do an honest assessment of even the “crowning achievements” of the Obama administration like: Obama Care, TARP, auto industry “rescue”, student loan relief, the JOBS program, to name some of the more highly touted “achievements”, you will find that they are not nearly the “achievements” they are touted to be. In fact, many of them actually present worse solutions than the original problems they were supposed to address or solve. Some are filled with such obvious deceit and obfuscation. This deceit has been pointed out by commentators much more informed and competent than I. I also wager that it is the very rare Obama supporter that has actually looked into and objectively assessed Obama’s achievements to the extent that “should” be expected of any reasonably intelligent non-expert citizen. I am always left with the impression that Obama support ranges from smug, self-serving, to desperate attempts at grasping for straws for bolstering some personal psychological need to continue to support Obama or bask in whatever fictitious light of comfort his mythic halo emanates.
There was and probably still is this easy inclination to label as fully sprouted fringe fruitcakes people who question the ability of our country to continue into 2016 on its present course and succeed in any way to resemble the country to which we have become accustomed. I suspect that there is a growing doubt of our ability to survive into 2016 is gaining amongst the citizenry, especially the millions who are RIGHT NOW living in the midst of a full blown devastating( at least to THEM) Depression and have been living in the thick of this unabating storm for the past four years or longer totally and purposefully hidden from our awareness. The “awareness” you develop on you cushions or wherever else you attempt to develop it cannot be divorced from this first civic obligation of awareness.
No matter who gets elected in 2012 you can be more than reasonably assured that for the next four years, at least, you will be able to marry whomever you want, take whatever contraceptive measures you choose, and take any intervention you decide. The political and legislative realities of our country virtually guarantee these rights…at least for the next four years. We, I believe, are not that bonkers as a country in such a close to the bone, “your ass”, way. I am sure that plenty of tea baggers and right wing wacko women have taken these measures and will want to continue taking these measures. Biology and body know no ideology or religion no matter how down-home, lofty and hypocritical protestations and moralizations to the contrary and, there are way too few of us who can be swayed by ethereal, Scholastic, theological convolutions of mind. Not an issue.
There can never be any real changes for the better in our country as long as the overwhelming voting majority subscribe to and enroll in this macabre Jonestown suicide pact the two party corporate duopoly has been asking you to sign up for for years. How successful they are in their recruitment drive has been something that has bewildered me for years. What will you do, if you are that lucky to make it to 2016? Go through this tragedy AGAIN!! hoping to make it to 2020? I think there is only so much cosmic luck available to any country. How far are you willing to push it? You just may need some for later. There are no easy solutions. However, there ARE solutions.
2012 is a done deal. It’s in the trolley basket(case) rolling at a fast clip downhill. It doesn’t matter who wins. The velocity of the descent is much too fast and the bottom of the hill is rising to meet us much too quickly. To realize this in 2016 will be too late. You need to act NOW. Find a third party candidate that most closely reflects your values and appeals to your intuitions of decency and integrity and vote for him or her. There are some eminently sane and honorable third party candidates with strong party platforms. However, they will not win. As I said, 2012 is already a done deal. However, if enough people vote third party it will be a clear signal to the powers that be that their gig is up. That you are hip to the suicide pact they want you to sign up for. If enough people vote third party it will delegitimize the ongoing two party corporate heist of our country. Enough people voting third party in 2012 means there is some chance of winning in 2016. It has to be done now. There is NO other choice. 2016 will be too late. The country is swirling faster and faster in the toilet bowl of its own destruction. Obama, Romney, Clinton ( both of them) are characters who through their own personal defects and life stories have been caught up and enmeshed in a classic Greek tragedy of hubris much bigger than they are capable of understanding. This is the nature of such colossal hubris and ambition. Unfortunately, it is not their tragedy. It is ours. We bought tickets for this tragedy, took our seats in the marbled arena, suspended all rationality and disbelief and willingly painted our faces and intoned in the chorus. Curtain time. Time to untrance. Vote third party.
Disclaimer: I have never been this pessimistic. I am very clear that voting third party or getting even the “right” third party candidate elected is not the solution. All this hoped for event can possibly accomplish is to as clearly as possible delineate the nature of the real problems and bring into the foreground the power relationships that perpetuate our past and current dilemma. The solution is pedagogy. Developing a pedagogy of critical political consciousness in as many people as possible. A pedagogy of freedom. Of course, this is not my idea. It will have to be the subject of another at best reluctantly read post. Hasta siempre la Vitoria. Venceremos! If you’ve read this far post “white toro” on my fb wall. Thanks. And…please feel no obligation or com(punk)tion to do so. Don’t worry. My self-esteem is way functioning. A requirement of the Punk Faction. Right Arm! Power to the People. This means YOU!