Whew, right. Thanks for reminding me. I almost forgot. We’re supposed to wait for our oppressors to tell us when it’s okay to challenge the halls of power in America. We’ve redefined what a “revolution” looks like here, thanks to Senator Sanders…and citizens like the above mentioned. Hey, I just have to ask: WWCD? (What would Ché do?)
We are at end-stage here. There is no political solution to this problem to be found in the voting booth. In fact, we are busy rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic so that we get into a dinghy on November 3, 2020, and rearrange piles of shit in Washington. Not one candidate coming out of the pack on the Democratic side of the aisle is talking about getting the obvious elephant in the room: Money in our political process. In fact, the Democrats have done little since the ill-fated SCOTUS decision but join their Republican counterparts across the aisle in putting their hands out. They make reference to it sometimes in speeches, but that’s the veneer of progressivism that the Democrats have painted on themselves for your benefit. As for the GOP? They were lost years ago.
Why would you want to believe me? I get that. The simple fact is that I’m just the messenger. There are people out there who have seen this first hand. They keep ringing the alarm bell, but you are all too busy going after chemtrails, vaccines, and pedophilia. Don’t get me wrong. I identify those as major problems as well. But the bottom line is those are, like @realDonaldTrump, what a dying system pukes up at the end of its life. None of those stop until the root cause of the problem is eliminated, and that root cause is a system that that breeds greed and corruption because of the blood money that buys our (s)elected officials and our legislative process. That is not the only problem we have.
The other problem we have is that Americans continue to believe that they have power in the voting booth. The great Howard Zinn, who passed in 2010, had something to say about that even back as far as 1976. I suggest you read it and look at where we are. The truth is that, even under the best of circumstances, voting is not a change maker. Ever. It is a status quo protector. We see all the adulation for FDR all over Facebook even today because the fact is that we have been taught revisionist history. I love the people who refer to Bernie Sanders as our “modern-day FDR.” Please, before you start with that starry-eyed crap, you ought to learn the truth about FDR. The Zinn article touches upon it. Roosevelt’s primary concern was not the people. It was to save and protect capitalism as he and his rich crony friends knew it. He was afraid of the unrest fomenting among the American people. That should tell you something. What it should tell you is that we are given nothing from the government, even if we are law-abiding, tax-paying citizens. The notion that a government owes us nothing while it helps itself to our earnings is just absurd. Even more absurd, these taxes are not used for the betterment of our lives.
In the fantasy world that America lives in, Bernie Sanders is a “Socialist” (that’s a joke) who cares about “us.” He’s for “us.” Remember that old slogan, “Not me. Us.”? Yeah. Me too. The “us” he was referring to was the Democratic Party. In America’s fantasy world, he has a partner who cares for “us.” Her name is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. And hey, we’ve just won back the House and we have the “most diverse legislators in history,” including two Muslim-American women! That’s important in our world of identity politics because it provides you with the illusion of change. And the first day on the job, Rashida Tlaib yells out that “we’re going to impeach the motherfucker!” That should have told you something, but it didn’t. It didn’t because the Democrats are adept at brainwashing. They’ve got you all convinced that our troubles began on January 20, 2017 and will end with Trump’s impeachment or election loss. In America’s fantasy world, the Democrats had absolutely nothing to do with bringing us here over the past half century. Instead, I now see all of the great women of Congress adorning everyone’s FB banner. Our saviors have arrived! Praise be. (Anybody watch A Handmaid’s Tale? You might want to.)
Except, well, meet the new bosses. Same as the old bosses. Now we find that Ocasio-Cortez ran under a sham PAC called The Justice Democrats, and aligned herself with another sham PAC called Brand New Congress, both of which were elaborate money-laundering operations concocted by former Sanders’ 2016 campaign staffers. In fact, it is alleged that Saikat Chakrabarti, AOC’s chief of staff diverted more than $1 million in campaign donations to his own companies. Right away, her apologists stepped up to the plate with “how could we think she had anything to do with this?” Oh, I don’t know. Maybe because every single thing that has come out of her lie hole is suspect? Facts have a way of fighting with each other when exposed as lies. Where was she actually born? Where did she actually live? Was it the Bronx? Westchester? Both? Did her mother really have to leave New York City because she couldn’t afford it? So they moved to Westchester? Was she really unable to afford an apartment in Washington? She’s a story in a story. A bartender turned savior. The future of our nation. The American people are nothing if not predictable. Always needing a hero to do the heavy lifting, and always willing to ignore the cracks in the faux-progressive surface veneer.
How not to run a revolution
The supposed “revolution” plays out on televisions and FB pages every day…at least the “revolution” offered up by Bernie Sanders does. You know, that revolution that’s going to come from his takeover of the Democratic Party? The corporate-controlled media isn’t telling you that the conventional avenues of “power” are no longer open to the American people. In fact, they are telling you just the opposite. A couple of months ago, a headline screamed out “The Democratic Party is now the party of Bernie Sanders.” It read like something reprinted from The Onion. Nevertheless, people breathed a sigh of relief.
Hey, even the esteemed Senator Sanders isn’t talking about money in politics anymore. He’s too busy brainwashing you with the Russia narrative and telling you that everything will be just fine as long as we defeat Donald Trump. That’s rich coming from a party that helped to hand him the presidency. He is adamant, however, about making sure you understand he’s part of the Democratic Party leadership.
“A self-declared democratic socialist, Sanders told a nationally televised town hall this week that he would support the eventual Democratic nominee even if it’s not him. He also has indicated he will commit to the Democratic National Committee that he will run as a Democrat and remain loyal to the party.”
Sanders is already out there promising you single payer, relief from student debt, and free public education, even though he has no real avenues with which to deliver them and the party he is propping up doesn’t support him on those causes. The reason he has no avenues available to deliver them is why? Let’s try this again: Money in politics. That 10,000-pound elephant it isn’t going away by the 2020 election. The Democrats have already met with their handlers on Wall Street for funding, and they’ve already called their conclave of elites together to discuss our future. It’s meaningless when a candidate says they will not take corporate PAC money. The party does. So, no matter whom you vote for on the Democratic ticket, they’ll have plenty of debt to pay corporate America come 2021.
As for the rest of the useless windbags out there running? It’s more of the same. Kamala Harris. Kirsten Gillibrand. Amy Klobuchar. Elizabeth Warren. The year of the woman. Again, identity politics domnates. We’re waiting on Biden and Beto, who are almost certainly coming along for the ride. Where this circus stops, nobody knows and I, for one, do not care. As for the GOP, it doesn’t really matter to me. I made a decision a long time ago that they are simply not where I would ever put my vote if I were to ever vote. They are not any more for “the people” than the Democrats are. In fact, they invented the word “greed” in my book.
My goal is to #ObstructTheVote2020. We have a governing body that can no longer say “no” to the greenbacks. Perhaps if we give corporate American and the billionnaires a poor ROI, they’ll think twice about the sinkhole they invest in. Perhaps you see it as your civic duty to vote. I personally owe this country jack shit since they do not represent me or my ideals at any level. A nation is as good as its people. Without them, this is just another tract of land to put houses on. Nothing more.
As for the American people, we don’t get off free and clear. There is no denying our culpability in all of this. We have, from the very beginning, ceded our power and responsibility to the overpaid warlards that run this nation.
There is no way to “make America great again.” In order for it to be great again, it would have to have been great in the past. We have never been “great.” I’d settle for it being great just once in my lifetime, but that isn’t going to happen unless we make it great.