This is not the America I fell in love with in the history books. It has festered with rampant corruption and social injustice for decades and has now fully collapsed into a cesspool of putrid exploitation of the American citizen and natural environment. The military industrial complex got us involved in two wars; one of them, Iraq, being completely unjustified and perhaps even illegal. They have left us financially drained, demoralized and numb at the loss of life incurred. It boggles my mind how Republicans can talk about getting serious about cutting spending while they still support the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The cynic in me says they don't want them to end because that stops the gravy train to the military contractors!! There's corruption everywhere else, why not the military? Just look into Halliburton, Black Water and the oil conglomerates.
I dared believe that Barack Obama was that transformational figure who would instigate an overhaul of how the system worked against the people--rather than for the people. However, rather than being a president fighting hard for liberal principles, he has been an opportunist who cares less about his supporters than saving face with Republicans who "drink his milkshake" on a daily basis. He has caved to Wall-Street and caved to the Republicans on nearly every demand and managed to even alienate his most ardent supporters!!
He caved to Republicans over health-care, which watered down the plan to the point that it is nearly useless. He also caved to the Republicans last year by extending the Bush tax cuts to the wealthy and now he fails to get tax increases, yet again, with this debt ceiling, "deal?!!" He didn't even get an extension to unemployment benefits in a jobs crisis--despite unemployment being the main issue concerning Americans!! Nor did he get an extension of the pay-roll tax cut for middle-class workers!! It's great that we won't default, but if that's the new standard for success then we're screwed. This was another rotten deal that Obama is forcing the left to swallow. He caved on holding anyone on Wall-Street responsible for the Great Recession, has failed to close Gitmo. In addition, he continues the Afghanistan war despite losing: too many lives, billions upon billions of tax payer money and a decade of time that could have been used to rebuild America. We seem to be the same place we were when we started that damn war.
True, he killed Osama, but in the end, that's just a vivid distraction from how shitty things are at home. It's like how movie studios use mind-blowing, special, visual effects to distract the audience from a paper-thin plot. I bailed on him after caving in on health-care reform, but I decided to give him one more chance, only to be "left at the alter" again. He seems to have commitment problems when it comes to standing up for his beliefs. He's like the kid who keeps telling his friends that he'll stand up to the class bully for them but never does and actually somehow ends up helping the bully beat them up!! As Michael Tomasky of "The Daily Beast stated, Obama is "handing the Republicans the keys to the house and saying “take what you want.”
He's corrupted to Wall-Street, too. They're all corrupt. In America today, you must do the biding of corporate donors that fund your campaign. Until we end monied interests being able to lobby Congress, our government is hopelessly broken. But, I think the biggest loss that Obama is responsible for is allowing the Republicans to hold the American economy hostage to get whatever they wanted. By capitulating in this manner, he has emboldened this kind negotiating for the rest of his presidency. And, he has set a precedent that other presidents might have to face.
Therefore, I am firing the Democrats and joining the Green Party--for good. I'm giving Democrats a "time out." I don't want to hear any comments saying the Green Party is a wasted vote, because the Democratic Party is, so corrupt and beholden to corporations that your vote for them is a vote for continued corruption, anyway. The Greens might not be very powerful but at least they aren't beholden to corporations. They have the integrity to actually stick to their principles. That means more to me right now than supporting a party (Democrats or Republicans) that say one thing to get elected but do another in office.
People are always surprised when a politician doesn't do what they say on the campaign trail. But, when you realize that the real party leaders are the monied interests pulling the strings, it makes perfect sense. People tell me, "If you don't support the Democrats then the Republicans will get their way on everything!!" To, which, I say, "They already do!!" As far as I can see, the two parties are both to the right of the political spectrum--that's how far things have shifted in this country.
In the end, I know the Green Party won't be able to change the system but I'm partly doing this to protest the current state of affairs in American government. The ship is going down with the crew--America is fading quickly into the dusty, history books of Earth. In the coming decades, it will not be a shock to this historian to seen an even bigger depression than in the 1930s, a second American revolution and/or a civil war. Things are gonna get worse before they improve--if, they improve. So, strap on your helmet and hang on. At this point, it's no longer about the "American Dream." It's about surviving the coming, "American wasteland."
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