Monthly Archives: September 2012

Who is ‘the real sucker?’

As one who is not ashamed of benefiting from entitlements (Social Security and Medicare), I do not like being singled-out by the Right as considering myself a victim. But neither do I appreciate being called a sucker by the Left.

Writing in TruthDig ,<; and republished in Common Dreams <;, Chris Hedges offers a very persuasive argument for a protest vote that calls for a pox on both the houses of Republicans and Democrats. He contends that Obama is not in power and will not be if re-elected; neither contends Hedges will Romney wield power. Whoever is our next President, Hedges insists, it is corporate power, Big Money, that will call all the real shots. If you do not think so and vote for neither candidate, you are ‘the real sucker.’

I would like to think that Hedges, with his customary hyperbole, is stretching it a bit. I find little evidence though, to take exception with Mr. Hedges. It does appear, that, for all the promises a candidate makes, he or she will be able to keep only those sanctioned by the holders of the only really effective power in the USA, national and international and transnational corporations. A case in point is certainly the fact that none of the Financial Superpowers that precipitated our, and the world’s, current fiscal crisis has been brought to justice or to take any responsibility. Well, Bank of America is paying out billions in a suit brought by investors in the BoA/Merrill-Lynch deceptions, but those investors are themselves among or subsidiaries of the Financial Superpowers. No one is being held responsible for the hundreds of thousands of foreclosures brought on by Wall Street. No one is coming to the rescue of my neighbor  down the street who lived where the weeds are now nearly waist high.

The only reason I can come up with to argue against making a protest vote for a third-party candidate is the Supreme Court and the appointments to it that, in all likelihood, will come about in the next four years. I cannot imagine Romney replacing Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the oldest member of the Court, with a new Associate Justice of her philosophy or gender. That possibility alone, that Romney would appoint Justices who would hold office well beyond my lifetime, is reason enough for me want Obama to be our President for another term.

At the end of his article, Chris Hedges says: “You can dismiss those of us who will in protest vote for a third-party candidate and invest our time and energy in acts of civil disobedience. You can pride yourself on being practical. You can swallow the false argument of the lesser of two evils. But ask yourself, once this nightmare starts kicking in, who the real sucker is.”  That is the wrong question, Mr. Hedges. It is a lot more important to ask yourself whether you want a Supreme Court even more hell-bent in the direction of the kind of judicial activism represented by the Robert’s Court to rule for decades? You can have your protest vote and feel the more self-righteously progressive because of it. I’d rather not see the Supreme Court get even worse, if you do, then I am afraid that you are ‘the real sucker.’

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Remarkable comments!

Well, this week has brought us two remarkable comments. Governor Romney has wondered aloud why windows on aircraft do not open. Madonna has told her audience that they ‘’ well better vote for Obama and that we have a ‘Black Muslim’ in the White House.

Will someone please tell me why anyone was close enough to the Governor to hear that remark and why there is an audience to listen to that woman? Why does anyone listen to either of them? It is bad enough to have to make sense out of Mr. Romney’s scripted opinions. Hearing him speak his mind is to be exposed to either prejudice or  buffoonery. Since listening to music is an acquired taste, there are probably those who taste salivates in Madonna’s direction. But if you have time to listen to her opinions, you have way too much time on your hands or your taste is all in your mouth.

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Farm Markets and Fall Specials

It is almost the last weekend for fresh produce from our local Farmer’s Market here in central Ohio. Gardens are coming to the end of their season so green beans, bell peppers and zucchini are almost gone but there are still lots of gourds, winter squash and pumpkins.

This is a season though when Fall Specials are in abundance. The specials are to be had, not from farmers and gardeners but from elected officials. At least those who want to be elected have ‘for sale’ signs out. It has been reported that not long ago, at a gathering of those who could make huge purchases, President Obama said, jokingly of course and with the disclaimer that he really couldn’t solicit, that if anyone wanted to write a check for $10 million, he’d hope they knew how to spend it well. Governor Romney, in his now-infamous 47% off-the-cuff (and into the billfold) remarks, said that the help he needed was millions of dollars. He was responding when one of the fat-cats in his private audience pleaded to know what could be done to help him.

Yes, both those who pull their plows with elephants and those whose draft animals are donkeys, have their signs out. Thanks to the ‘Citizens United’ decision by our ‘supremely selective as to how they rule’ Robert’s court, every office from local officials to that of the highest in the land is now ‘For Sale.’ No doubt money has influenced elections since the days of the Roman Senate, but never in the history of democracy has it been so thoroughgoing and blatantly obvious. The CEO of CBS, Leslie Moonver, recently said that there was an enormous amount of money to be made by broadcasters of political ads, of course adding that it was not necessarily good for the country that this harvest is ripe.

Those who will benefit from the wholesale availability of political influence are the corporations with the most to spend and a few actual ‘persons,’ ie, political operatives, lobbyists and party hacks. When all this graft is finally doled out, the only benefit those of us who go to local farm markets, the real persons in our communities, will experience is that our phone will stop ringing with unsolicited calls and our TV channels will switch back to being supported by vegetable chopper, beer and eye-liner ads.

The Fall Scoreboard (to switch metaphors)-

Corporations – 67           The People – 0

My wife just said that I was depressing. Well, if you are not depressed, you are not paying any attention.

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