On U.S. Politics

23 Feb

January, 2012

ON U.S. Politics

Judging from the quality of  the Republican candidates, it seems that the decision has been made to give  President Barak Obama a bye in the 2012 presidential election. Certainly the  economic and political elites have nothing to complain about the president’s  performance. He’s given them everything they wanted, from more military interventions for the American imperium, quantitative easing, the forced purchase of health care from private firms (Obamacare), the militarization of the police, the handing of police powers to the military, and the immiseration and cowing of the American population through the introduction of  neo-feudalism.

What’s there not to like?

Now, there are some who think that Ron Paul is the answer,  the one who can  successfully challenge President Obama. I think that this is  wishful thinking. First all, Dr. Paul is rather old (76 years of age) and his  solution to everything is to cut government, including social services. The way  I see it, that will only make things worse.
The  problem is that many, if not most, Americans think that anything involving government is bad. The feeling is visceral. Yet government is not inherently bad or good. It all depends whose interests are being served by government. If the government is controlled by those serving the interests of the so-called 1%, then you can rest assured that the 99% are going to get shafted. And you can bet your life that most politicians are serving the interests of the financial elites and major corporations, because it is these interests that bankroll their election campaigns and influence them through lobby groups, think tanks and public relations firms.
Obviously, changes need to be made  on campaign financing, that would limit the amount any one corporation could  spend on a candidate and/or political  party.
The U.S. government serves the interest  of major corporations. This is not socialism. This is corporatism, which is part  of fascist ideology.
When Senator Max Baucus  held hearings in 2009 on what was to become Obamacare, he excluded proponents of  single payer health care. (Why that’s socialism, dammit!). Now, U.S. citizens  are forced to buy health care from private health insurance firms. The premiums  are high and the quality of coverage is low, because the insurance companies are  seeking to maximize profits to detriment of the patients. Also, these companies use adjudicators who are incentivized to deny the payment of health benefits. Death panels?! We got ’em, you betcha!

So, what do ordinary U.S. citizens really want? Or what have they been trained to want? Everything for nothing! And if ordinary U.S. citizens feel this way, you can rest assured that the wealthy elites feel even more strongly about it and are in a position to bring it about. That’s where “free trade” comes in:

– the  exportation of millions of high-paying manufacturing, technical and service jobs to the Third World (to destroy the middle class and increase poverty)

– the importation of millions of unskilled  workers, even creating communities of foreign workers working for foreign  companies

– to enforce this new economic  order, the police have been militarized and the military have been given police  powers.

Habeas corpus and posse comitatus? Forget about it! Ancient history.

And they shall succeed and are succeeding!

Free market capitalism? Hell no, that’s only for girlie men! We’ve got  FMF: Free Market Feudalism!