I believe in the free speech that liberals used to believe in, the economic freedom that conservatives used to believe in and the personal freedom that America used to believe in. Most Democrats and Republicans, however, do not. They are nothing more than two wings of the same bird of prey, two sides of the same coin and two rival gangs fighting for power. I will briefly attempt to explain why.
The criticisms of G.W. Bush were many: he started illegal and wasteful wars, and he was a repeated violator of civil liberties. He manipulated the American public’s emotional response of fear in order to achieve his objectives. He subsidized and favored corporations over the needs of the people, etc.
These criticisms were and remain accurate, and during his tenure a large faction of the American public vehemently, and sometimes violently, opposed and protested the actions of their government, a government many felt no longer served their interests and was causing more harm than good.
Then, with the election of Barack Obama, many felt hope that things would change. How could they not? The mainstream media proclaimed that this was an election about change. One couldn’t turn his or her head without seeing these words over and over and over: “Believe,” “Change,” “Hope.”
Suddenly, like magic, the public anger dissipated. Anti-war protests once numbering in the tens, if not hundreds, of thousands disappeared. Shame and rage transformed to pride and tranquility. The people believed that change had occurred.
Barack Obama is increasing the US presence in Iraq by replacing soldiers leaving for Afghanistan with even larger numbers of private military contractors. He is increasing the US military presence in Afghanistan, including 700 members of the CIA. He is ordering drone missile attacks on villages in Pakistan. He is threatening sanctions backed by force against Iran. He is building military bases in Colombia to counter the presumed threat from Hugo Chavez. And the U.S., once again, leads in foreign weapon sales.
He is calling on Congress to reauthorize the Patriot Act, the act for which as a senator he originally voted “YEA.” He is continuing the policy of indefinite detention without charge or trial. He is allowing the policy of “anti-terror” rendition to continue. His justice department is claiming “state secrets” in trials against two American lawyers who were illegally wiretapped. And two weeks ago, as Glenn Greenwald said, “The Obama [Department of Justice], as expected, filed a legal brief which adopted the arguments originally made by the Bush DOJ to insist that detainees whom they abduct from around the world and then ship to Bagram (rather than Guantanamo) lack any constitutional rights whatsoever, including habeas review.”
Just as the “Terror Alert” would move to Orange anytime Bush wanted Congress to fund his wars, just as Congress was debating to reauthorize the Patriot Act suddenly there were terror threats everywhere: in New York, in Dallas, in Virginia and Illinois. Suddenly, Iran had a super-top-secret-nuclear-facility that we’ve known about for years. The fear card was played once again. And once again the drums of war drone on.
There is no need to detail the billions in corporate welfare that Barack Obama has handed out to the banking industry, the housing industry and the auto industry. Just know that the next two industries to gladly receive your tax dollars are the energy industry (once cap and trade is passed) and the health insurance industry (once universal care is passed).
Do not worry, citizen: Paying more to heat and power your home so that energy companies and banks can profit from the trade of carbon credits that they received for free from the government is purely in your own interest. As is being forced to purchase health insurance or face fines and jail time. This is solely to protect you and will no way benefit the health insurance industry brutally forced to accept millions of new paying customers, or the pharmaceutical industry, coincidentally now spending millions promoting Obamacare.
Clearly there is little or no difference between the policies of G.W. Bush or B.H. Obama, just as there is little or no difference between the Democratic and the Republican parties.
In fact, both parties work together and support each other in their efforts to confuse the American public into believing that they have a real choice when they vote. You see this confusion in the liberal’s protests, against War and for the Welfare State, and the Right’s protests against the Welfare State and for War.
Americans are trapped in a false LEFT-RIGHT paradigm and deliberately so. For if they were ever to wake up and discover that no matter the party, their labor (their tax dollars) would be stolen from them to be handed over to connected elites to build bombs and death technology that kills and destroys, that their liberties are stolen no matter which party rules… there might be a revolution. For now though, the elites are safe. The American people have been pacified once again. The face has changed, the rhetoric has changed. And the WELFARE-WARFARE state marches on… unnoticed.