“But other than out-and-out election fraud, which would have to be widespread to be effective, and there’s no evidence of that, ultimately we are free to choose the people who will represent us, in spite of the media bias and other attempts to influence our vote.”
Surely you jest?
In many elections, whether accurate or merely set up to appear as such, elections are CLOSE. That means that it only takes a swing state here or there to accomplish the coronation/winner.
I guess you missed what happened in Florida in 2000 to create a felonious outcome?
And apparently, you missed the material served up by Harvey Wasserman, Bev Harris, and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. on the way Ohio’s vote was entirely rigged to toss the 2004 election at Bush… again.
I find it interesting that you give LIP service to some (if not all) of the fraudulent practices used to create a particular vote numbers outcome; but then turn around and insist that the process is legitimate and its outcome justified.
How else to blame voters… you know, all those sheeple that all you clowns pretending to have Socialist/Progressive inclinations like to blame. Yet the ideals that Socialists-Progressives seek rely upon UNITY and SOLIDARITY–outcomes rendered impossible when “your base” (in the way of fellow citizens) is constantly ridiculed, belittled, attacked, and mocked.
This attack is at essence the best way to NOT accomplish unity or Solidarity.
You don’t want Solidarity. You want to JUSTIFY the CONTROL SYSTEM that’s passing itself off as a legitimate Democracy when it’s anything but.
THAT is what you soldier boys and girls are indoctrinated into repeating here DAILY. It’s the MEME I come up against and will continue to oppose.
I see that the usual FALSE argument has been tossed at me by another from the Tag Team: this idea that by stating the OBVIOUS (which is an affirmation of everything that Mr. Atcheson explained and in many cases documented in this excellent essay), you turn it into this idea that I am saying that citizens have no responsibility.
AT least 100 times (probably more), I have been over this.
First of all, the matter is not black or white. It doesn’t conform to the easy media narrative alleging “both sides.” People on one side, government-business interests-military on the other.
Rather than the BINARY frame–you are either responsible or you’re not, empowered or not–I recommend taking an honest look at the hierarchy since we live in a hierarchical society.
Therefore, responsibility is directly related to all of the following:
- How much influence an individual has (do they have a media platform)
- How much money (= power within this patriarchal capitalistic system) does the individual have
- Does the individual have a position within a corporate entity
- Does the individual have a position high in media
- Does the individual have a position high in government
- Does the individual have a position high in academia
- Does the individual have a platform in the arts
- Does the individual have a high position with the court/justice system
You and the Koch Brothers have very different levels of power, access, and influence and that is a FACT.
For all the reasons mentioned in this article–starting with the vote but also extending to the U.S. Justice System with its courts so overcrowded by nonsensical cases as to make REAL JUSTICE a rarity, and hardly a certainty.
I do believe change is happening because so many ARE fed up, and because Internet has made it obvious that the same problems faced by U.S. citizens are also challenging people all over the world.
Listening to Ms. Sawant interviewed by Abby Martin she said something that I have also been stating: That the problems cannot be tackled at a national level.
Corporations are creating their own laws and legal networks and they already control more money than entire nations. Monsanto’s monstrosities are as much a threat to the people of India as they are to our own citizens. Furthermore, as Ms. Sawant points out, passing decent wage laws here does little to alleviate the fact that corporations will seek the lowest labor pools elsewhere.
It’s not “the sheeple” that are the problem as so many here allege… and that stance is anathema to Progressive Values… it’s the corporations and their control over our lives from the food we eat to who we’re allowed to vote for.
THAT is the problem.
And the fact that Bill Clinton “reached across the aisle” to make common cause with Republicans back in l980–with so much deregulation based on Reagan and Thatcher’s attacks ON government… led to the corporate takeover that matured NOW. That was a 36 year passage. Most people can only digest the weekly news!
People are bombarded with information. I notice this in myself and I have extremely high levels of empathy. That the weekly rendition of which nation had which bomb dropped or which terrorist attack or how many killed… begins to NUMB the psyche.
The unthinkable HAS become normalized.
If you want to blame fellow citizens for that, in my mind it’s like blaming the pedestrians in Japan for the bombs that fell on them.
I would also argue, effectively, I believe, that so much in the way of indecencies began with the inception of the NSA back in l947. THAT act created the Deep State through which all of the warnings spoken by Eisenhower came to fruition.
From there, it was the coup that took over silently with the assassination of the Kennedy Brothers, Dr. King, Malcolm and others.
A whole town is not held accountable for what Organized Crime does.
THAT is the analogy to our government today.
There is a wide chasm between those doing the crimes and those on their receiving end. The threat as well as the perpetrators are global in scope.
This is not about the average U.S. citizen.
The press is an accomplice–covering up Crimes Against Nature and Humanity.
The legal profession–with rare exceptions, is NOT doing its job to hold power to account.
The Massive Military is the fist in the glove that gives illegitimate entities enormous power (to do great and grave harm).
The SYSTEMS OF REDRESS have been co-opted.
However, necessity is the Mother of Invention and the WAYS that revolution is taking place are countless and underway.
So many here ONLY identify with action and it sounds like they want to see VIOLENT action. But for every Yang expression, there is YIN; and YIN governs the unseen passive power of Consciousness, itself.
All over the world that NEW CONSCIOUSNESS is coming into place.
No elite force can fight it.
However, those who rely upon the metrics of fighting cannot win because what is coming into being is a different DIMENSION of collective expression.
The arguments that relentlessly blame citizens are held up as a proxy to hide the TRUE actors.
(Otherwise, it’s a reflection of the Judeo-Christian SIN imprint. An insistence that “everyone is guilty,” or a guilty sinner. And boy does that belief need to be hung up to dry once and for all.)