Ted Rall: "Decision 2008"
Give me more of the same or give me moderation!
Gee, why wouldn’t Hillary sit down and talk with Michael Moore? I don’t know? Maybe its because all her positions are just a shade away from George W’s and she knows Mike doesn’t like W. Mike says some nice things about Hillary, of course in politics you have to say nice things even if you hate their guts. Here in the South you can say anything you want about someone as long as you end it with, “bless their heart.”
Hillary isn’t a bad person, there are nice things to say about her, bless her heart. She has the proverbial fire in her belly; she wants the job and knows how to play the game to go about getting it. To me that is her damnation, she’s playing the game and after eight years of George W. it has all the earmarks of Lucy holding the football telling us the electorate collectively, “Come on! You can trust me!”
But we can’t, we can’t play the game again. Our trust is battered our finances are shattered. It’s change that matters!
I think Mr. Obama is a fine fella, an attorney, a Harvard graduate, President of the Harvard law review, does that sound like the vehicle for change to you? A man that’s played inside the system his entire life? Another Ivy league lawyer to change our direction, so smart as to apologize for voting for the war but not smart enough to vote against it in the first place? As Mr. Moore so aptly points out there were millions of us who saw through the President’s smoke without a Harvard education.
I couldn’t care less about Mr. Edward’s hair, it’s not what’s on his head it’s what’s in his head. I think Mr. Edwards is a fine candidate and a fine man, bless his heart. But his spring tour of American poverty came across as contrived, a populist message to separate him from the herd. A populist message designed to benefit his campaign instead of the populace.
When Harry Truman ran as a populist in 1948 he amazed farmers at state fairs by being able to determine a horses age by looking in it’s mouth. He had been a farmer; he knew the questions to ask because he was of the people not pretending to be of the people. Franklin Roosevelt’s polio stripped him of his upper class shield, it forced him down into the dirt with the poor and working class and minorities. He realized on an emotional level that there was a tragic flaw in America and on a pragmatic level that if it wasn’t fixed Capitalism was doomed in America.
I see the coming election as 1932 redux, we cannot continue down this path it is not an adjustment that we need but a change in direction. 2 Million homes in foreclosure in 2007, 165 billion dollars of investment capital that fled the country last year, 7 trillion dollars in national debt. A currency that has lost 40% of its purchasing power with stagnant wages to boot.
Here is a little tidbit omitted by the MSM the tragic murder of Mrs. Bhutto in Pakistan drove the price of oil up, of gold up, the Euro up, the Yen up and the dollar down. For the first time since the rise of the dollar as the worlds reserve currency a world crises drove it’s value down, the world no longer sees the dollar as a safe harbor or even as a safe investment.
We have ensconced those who benefit most from the system in power and we are told by them and the media that we should do is to conciliate and moderate to the most mainstream candidate. That it is no longer about fighting for what’s right but instead to negotiate for what’s least wrong? Give me liberty or give me prolonged negotiations? The only thing we have to fear is stepping outside the mainstream?
A candidate with Kucinich policies and Truman’s fire,
“I wonder how many times you have to be hit on the head before you find out who’s hitting you? These Republican gluttons of privilege are cold men. They are cunning men… They want the return of the Wall Street economic dictatorship.”
“ I’m not asking you to vote for me, Vote for yourself,”
“Something happens to Republicans when they get control of the government… Republicans in Washington have a habit of becoming curiously deaf to the voice of the people. They have a hard time hearing what the ordinary people of the country are saying. But they have no trouble at all hearing what Wall Street is saying. They are able to catch the slightest whisper from big business and special interest.”
“You don’t get any double talk from me, I’m either for something or against it, and you know it.
Give ‘em Hell, Harry! “I just tell the truth and they think its hell!”