Sunday, October 12, 2008

Editorial: Precious Time

As Pat Benatar once sang, "Life is too short, so why waste, precious time?"

With the election less than a month away, have you made a decision?

Are you backing the duopoly candidates, did you miss the economic collision?

"How many more years, how many more decades, are we going to let these two parties hijack our system?"

How long are we going to be stuck in the same old prison?

People say they want a way out and they want candidates that stand for something.

But when such a candidate comes along, they seem too scared to stand with him or her.

Why is that?

How does 'change' coming from holding your nose? Seems like all holding your nose does is temporarily block out the scent of corruption.

Jason Kafoury finished a video for the Nader - Gonzalez campaign this weekend.

And this week, Ralph goes to Wall Street. Repeating "goes to," not "gives to." It was the US Congress that dug deep into your pockets and the pockets of your children and your grandchildren to give the crooks on Wall St. billions and billions of dollars.

Ralph Nader will be in NYC October 16th to protest Wall St. at noon in front of the Federal Hall, 26 Wall St. The day before (October 15th) he'll be speaking at Cooper Union in NYC.

Barack makes nice with his big monied pals, Ralph calls them out. They're not funding his campaign, they're not backing him. That's because he's not for sale.

And that's been true for 74 years. If he gets into the White House, you better believe he's not going to have an epiphany/come to Jesus moment where he suddenly discovers the 'glories' of corporations and begins insisting that they deserve 'personhood' status.

Ralph is on your side. He's fighting for you.

And smart people are the ones who are willing to fight for him.

This editorial isn't aimed at the ones who've already made up their minds to vote for someone other than Ralph and are happy with their decision. We're talking to the ones who are undecided or who are weak supporters of another candidate.

If you've got doubts, if your support is lukewarm, why is that?

It's probably because you know the candidate you're supporting isn't really speaking for you and won't be fighting for you.

Until you believe in your own value, don't expect anyone else to. Until you're willing to fight for yourself, you're just waiting around to be rescued.

"The more votes we get in our column, the more the two parties are going to say, hey, there's something on its way here. There’s something building."

And that would be a real movement. Not a fan club. In February, Bruce Marshall was sounding alarms about Barack's early give-away plan for Wall St. in "Barak Obama Fronts Wall Street's Infrastructure: Swindle - What Change Really Means" (Information Clearing House):

Since 9/11 America has certainly turned into a top-down police state, but true post-modern fascism requires a popular movement to usher it into power. Bush has created a dictatorship out of the Presidency, now the next step towards fascism is being marketed to exploit the desire for change. The depressed national mood, due to the war and economic recession/depression has compromised sane reasoning and courageous opposition needed now more than ever. This has created the conditions for a newcomer to magically appear with a message of hope, using the mantra 'Change', wrapped in a swooning fever that has infected the young and left liberal excuse machines, such as 'Move On' who were never serious about stopping Bush/ Cheney and the war.
Since he passed his audition at the Democratic convention in 2004, Senator Obama has been taken over by George Soros and other hedge fund millionaires to launch a campaign out of nowhere, based on nothing but rhetoric and Wall Street millions. As darling of the rich elitist Kennedy/Kerry/Dean wing of the Democratic Party, Obama's pseudo-Camelot will deliver Wall Street and the Anglo-American financiers the goods while disguised in a patina of racial teflon and faux populism from the upper crust. For substance ask, where is the bill in the Senate by Kennedy/Kerry/Obama calling for a freeze on all foreclosures? Where's their filibuster against the war? Where is a real minimum wage in the form of a living wage? Where is impeachment of Bush-Cheney? Why did Senator Obama move against raising heating oil assistance to the poor in the recent spending bill?

Yeah, Soros' blood money is all over Barack's campaign and goes a long, long way towards explaining why Panhandle Media walked in lockstep behind Barack. A man who preyed on the miseries of others to make a buck thinks Barack's just peachy keen. And you're not worried? If not check out Pam Martens' "Obama's Money Cartel: How Barack Obama Fronted for the Most Vicious Predators on Wall Street" (Black Agenda Report):

The first clue to an entrenched white male bastion seeking a black male occupant in the oval office (having placed only five blacks in the U.S. Senate in the last two centuries) appeared in February on a chart at the Center for Responsive Politics website. It was a list of the 20 top contributors to the Barack Obama campaign, and it looked like one of those comprehension tests where you match up things that go together and eliminate those that don't. Of the 20 top contributors, I eliminated six that didn't compute. I was now looking at a sight only slightly less frightening to democracy than a Diebold voting machine. It was a Wall Street cartel of financial firms, their registered lobbyists, and go-to law firms that have a death grip on our federal government.
Why is the "yes, we can" candidate in bed with this cartel? How can "we," the people, make change if Obama's money backers block our ability to be heard?
Seven of the Obama campaign's top 14 donors consisted of officers and employees of the same Wall Street firms charged time and again with looting the public and newly implicated in originating and/or bundling fraudulently made mortgages. These latest frauds have left thousands of children in some of our largest minority communities coming home from school to see eviction notices and foreclosure signs nailed to their front doors. Those scars will last a lifetime.
These seven Wall Street firms are (in order of money given): Goldman Sachs, UBS AG, Lehman Brothers, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse. There is also a large hedge fund, Citadel Investment Group, which is a major source of fee income to Wall Street. There are five large corporate law firms that are also registered lobbyists; and one is a corporate law firm that is no longer a registered lobbyist but does legal work for Wall Street. The cumulative total of these 14 contributors through February 1, 2008, was $2,872,128, and we're still in the primary season.
But hasn't Senator Obama repeatedly told us in ads and speeches and debates that he wasn't taking money from registered lobbyists? Hasn't the press given him a free pass on this statement?

Yes, they have! Just last week, Amy Goodman did it again when she was forced to report on the non-stop revelations about Barack's "small-donors" who went over the legal amount for donating and who used phony names and listed phony employers. Who were those people? Barack claims it's too hard to tell. They paid online with a credit card, they can be easily traced. But like Barack's state legislature papers, we apparently have to wait for the Christ-child to ascend the White House before we're entitled to even one clue about his paperless past. Thanks to the Amy Goodmans who (again) repeated the lie that his campaign is backed by oh, so many small donors.

Vote for who you believe in. If that's Barack or John McCain, so be it. If you're undecided or having doubts about your choice, look into the campaign Cynthia McKinney's running, explore the issues Ralph Nader stands for.

As Nader explained on NPR's Weekend Edition yesterday, "This is a rather strange role for someone running the third most prominent presidential race. Usually you represent dissenting, minority party opinions, but the situation has been so gridlocked for many years ... that we now represent majority opinion."

Your vote matters if you treat it like it does. If you're willing to sail it over to someone who's not standing for what you believe in when you do have alternatives, you're not treating your vote like it matters. No one's going to respect you until you respect yourself.
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