Did you ever notice that I end every show with The truth isn't what you perceive it to be, the truth is the truth? That's because most Americans are subject to a constant barrage of distortions and out-and-out lies courtesy of a vast corporate big lie machine that not only controls many of our elected officials, but a good part of the media as well. While it would be very convenient to blame the mainstream media for all the lies and distortions that seem to permeate every aspect of life these days, it would be far from accurate. The mainstream media is just one tentacle of a giant corporate octopus that is strangling our country.
Another one of those corporate tentacles is tightly wrapped around the elected officials of every branch of government via their lobbyists and the big money contributors old boy network. The massive political largess of corporations and the rich creates an alternate reality in the minds of our electeds. This wall of contributor money and favors insulates most politicians from the voices and needs of ordinary voters and turns the demands of their big money benefactors into a commanding roar that cannot be ignored.
Effectively, the “needs” of those wealthy contributors are driving both political parties further and further to the right. This manifests itself as a Republican party that wants to weaken or eliminate long standing societal givens like Social Security, Medicare and unions and a Democratic party that offers only token resistance, serving up those programs for “compromise” and not supporting union initiatives like the Employee Free Choice Act. Sadly, they do side with the GOP on job killing “free” trade agreements. They say that everything happens for a reason and the reason for the above is that the electeds both parties get visits from many of the same corporate lobbyists.
The Federal Reserve Bank is yet another corporate tentacle, manipulating the reality of our financial system to benefit Wall Street powered megabanks at our expense. Their economic social engineering policy of lowering interest rates and quantitative easing have done nothing to ease the plight of the average person, but do serve as a source of no interest money for too big to fail banks. The Fed's stated intent was to make it easier for banks to make loans, but the end result was that banks got money for nothing that they used for speculative purposes, driving up the price of everything from food to fuel. Retirees and those on a fixed income get slammed by the rising price of almost everything. Savers get slammed by banks that pay almost zero percent interest and literally charge them for the “privilege” of keeping their money in the bank. That's because the Fed has gone into unfair competition with the small saver by supplying banks with zero interest money.
The issues that I Mentioned are certainly not all inclusive, but are just a small part of a massive pattern of corporate propaganda and control permeating every part of our system and every aspect of our lives. If corporations and the rich could go into the voting booths with us and pull those handles or mark those computer-scanned ballots they would, until then a few well spread lies and a bit of money put in the right hands works almost as well. Think about that when you pull that curtain shut and make your choices in November, then fight for real reforms!
In view of the massive amount of hot air billowing forth from the Republican Party, I am revisiting an oldie but goodie that I recorded a couple of years ago. I think that you'll find that it's still highly relevant today.
Now that the conventions are behind us with party “D” having had their usual lovefest and party “R” having had their usual hatefest, we have to get down to the business of getting our candidates elected. This process causes angst for many of us on the progressive Democratic side of the fence who feel that our issues weren't properly addressed over the past few years by those who promised “Hope and Change.” Likewise, many people on the Republican side of the fence are starting to get the sinking feeling that their party has gone totally over the top. I totally agree with that!
I can certainly understand why any Republican voter would be thinking about jumping ship and voting Democratic. I can also understand why some Democratic voters feel that they were let down by politicians who talked a great game in 2008, but didn't fight hard enough for issues that are vital to the survival of working people, the poor and the retired. While I'm pretty sure that those Democrats who feel let down are not going to vote for Willard Romney, some are still talking about either not voting or voting for a third party candidate that doesn't have a chance of winning. That kind of protest vote may be emotionally satisfying, but it is self defeating. Our system is rigged so that it only allows you to successfully elect candidates from one of the two major parties, the evil one or the lesser of two evils, voting for anything else goes to one of the two parties by default.
I can't tell you what to do or how to vote but here's what I'm doing: I'm voting for Barack Obama and for every Democratic candidate on the ballot. I'm going to try to convince you, my neighbors, my closest friends and my family to do the same. I'm going to ask you to do duplicate my actions and get the word out. With any luck, we'll be able to secure a Democratic majority in both houses, giving President Obama a clear path to getting laws passed that more closely match his original campaign promises of 2008. This time around, I would like to see a lot more FDR and a lot less Ronald Reagan.
With a Democratic majority in place, there can be no excuses for legislation that protects corporate interests at the expense of we, the people. Any such legislation will be a painfully obvious violation of our trust and hopefully, will result in a massive third party movement that will include almost every voter and become the next winning party and the ruling political party in America for years to come.
Have you noticed that there's no one on Talk Radio who speaks for John and Jane Q. Public? I want to change that situation. When I go into the studio and get on the air, I say the things that you've always wanted to say. The big corporate interests have their lobbyists, I want to be your voice. Just think of me as your guy fighting for your interests.
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