Obama: pseudo-populist, crypto-fascist, corporatist, globalist
(Ya, I’m subtle – I have to call it as I see it)
Obama and the Democrats are being framed and blamed for every evil in America, and the country’s problems are all the fault of the evil Republicans. Nice story line – for a fantasy novel. Yes, the Republican party machine is under the firm control of the ruling corporate elite – and so too is the Democratic party machine. Can anyone think critically about both wings of the party of the corporate elite – the Democrats and the Republicans? Some can, but it still seems to be a rare few.
Let’s be blunt: Obama is a pseudo-populist. He’s also pseudo-democratic, pseudo-progressive, pseudo-anti-war, pseudo-pro-civil liberties and pseudo-constitutional, in case anybody still hadn’t noticed. He’s expanded war in the Middle East, stood up for CIA “extraordinary renditions” and torture, failed utterly to even attempt to repeal the literally fascist and completely unconstitutional Patriot and Military Commissions Acts, and instead continued to support them, to name but two points of anti-constitutional illegality showing him to be anything but a democrat – and he backed the biggest transfer of wealth in history from ordinary people to the super-rich with the Wall St. banker “bail-out.”
Spell it out: this is by definition a crypto-fascist corporatist. (As Mussolini himself defined fascism, it is the merger of the powers of big business with the powers of the state: it is corporatism.) Just how thick does anyone have to be to still think that Obama is a democrat, a populist, a man of the people, an anti-war activist, or anything other than a whore to the military-industrial complex, the Wall St. Banking elite, and the global corporate empire?
Nearly 60% of Americans now believe Obama should not be re-elected. Also fortunately, the majority of Americans have also lost faith in the Republican establishment as well. Fortunately, the Republican establishment destroyed its credibility with most Americans under the Bush administration, and the Democratic (sic) establishment has destroyed its credibility with the majority of the people since taking power in Congress and the White House.
Fortunately, such wilful ignorance – of believing that either the Republicans or the Democrats are the saviours of the nation, or even the friends or allies of the people – is waning in the land. There are a few Democrats and Republicans with integrity, such as Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul, but the two big party machines are, by all indications of an overwhelming body of evidence, bought and owned, and run by and for, the corporate elite. Of course there are rival factions among the ruling elite, but the fact is that they share a highly similar corporate agenda – “the vile maxim of the masters,” as Adam Smith called it: all for us, none for anybody else.
The hard reality in the United States today is that it is a one-party state: a corporatocracy run by the super-rich and the corporate and banking elite, with the nearly complete complicity and eager servitude of both wings of the party of the corporate police state. The polls have been showing for some time that there is a deep and growing popular awareness of this fact. The crisis of legitimacy is now nearing critical mass, and will quite likely explode into revolution within a short period of time, as the CIA has also predicted. Unfortunately, if it is a violent uprising, the ruling elite will use this as a justification for repression, and to dispense with every last remnant of democracy, freedom, human rights and civil liberties. If this happens, the Corporate Police State will have arrived in full, hideous flowering.
People are beginning to realize more and more that the corporatocracy rules both major political parties in the U.S. Real change will happen when more people drop the stunned state of denial, and face the undeniable and overwhelming evidence of this fact. When will this happen? Sooner than one might think.
Let us hope that awareness grows quickly, the people unite in defence of their country and future against a very Machiavellian corporatist order, and the response of the people is along the lines of Martin Luther King Jr. and Ghandi, and not unthinking violent reaction. The future is in our hands. Clarity of mind is the first step to securing a better future however. We must first know where we stand.
The battle line is not between left and right, nor between Republicans and Democrats, it is between those who value constitutional democracy, justice and freedom – true (small d, small r) democrats and republicans – and an entrenched and power hungry elite who wish for unchecked and unfettered power and hegemony over all.
In short, the people must unite, or we are lost. Build bridges now, or kiss your country and your freedom goodbye.
J. Todd Ring,
June 10, 2011