Politics

And the winner is…

Want to know who is going to win this year’s presidential election? I can tell you. In fact, I am so confident that I am correct, I would stake everything I own on this prediction.

It will be the man funded, bankrolled, owned by big corporations, the financial sector and Wall Street. It will be the man receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars from Merrill Lynch, JPMorgan, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, General Electric, and Morgan Stanley or some other slew of corporate backers.

It will be the man who bends to Big Oil. The man who wins the White House in this election is the man who will continue subsidies to oil companies. It is the man who will push forward on the Keystone XL Pipeline, a pipeline being built as an export for Canada to sell its dirty, tar sands oil. A pipeline that experts say isn’t a matter of if it will spill, but when. A pipeline that will cross almost 2,000 waterways in the U.S. including major aquifers used for farmland irrigation. And when this pipeline does spill, it will contaminate the water sources instantly with a slew of toxic chemicals. According to Chris Hedges on Truthdig, the Keystone I pipeline (both belong to the company TransCanada) built in 2010 had 12 spills in the first 12 months of operation. In the article, climate scientist James Hensen says that if this pipeline is built, that would mean “game over for the climate.”

Furthermore, the man who wins the White House is the man who will further push our planet toward the brink of ecological disaster. It is the man who will, despite any rhetorical nods he may or may not give to those concerned about climate change, will do little or nothing to curb man’s effect on the natural world. That man will not ratify the Kyoto protocol, thus not binding the U.S. to any of the measures that would cap emissions and consequentially move us toward greener emissions standards. As it stands, 191 countries who are members of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have signed and ratified the protocol. One country has not: The United States. I can tell you with full confidence that the man who will win the White House will do nothing to change this.

Who will win the White House? It is the guy who will keep us in Afghanistan, continue drone wars in Pakistan, drone wars in Somalia, drone wars in Guatemala (yes, Guatemala – read it on Truthdig here), strikes in Somalia, special troops in the Philippines, in Central Africa, in Mexico fighting the drug war. This man will be the guy who keeps U.S. Special Operations involved, according to Tom Dispatch, in what is estimated to be 120 countries (about 60% of the world’s nations). The man who is going to win the election will keep Iran on the table for another possible intervention.  The man who wins the White House will continue to keep our defense budget at astronomical rates, meanwhile pushing for austerity measures at home.

And while we’re on the subject of policies “at home,” let’s discuss what the winner of the White House will do. He will most certainly uphold the National Defense Authorization Act or NDAA. NDAA – which authorizes the U.S. government to carry out “counter-terrorism” domestically and detain INDEFINITELY and WITHOUT TRIAL any U.S. citizen who is suspected of any sort of suspicious activity that could be deemed terrorism or supporting terrorism. And what’s more, these U.S. citizens could be shipped to one of our extraordinary rendition sites across the globe – sites like Guantanamo Bay. Guantanamo Bay. The man who will take the White House will most certainly keep this torture prison open as well as quietly condone the goings on there.

This man will extend the Patriot Act and spying on U.S. citizens, will fill up his cabinet with Big Oil cronies and old Wall Street execs, will do nothing to push a federal law that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, and will generally continue the status quo of this country, which basically consists of padding the pockets of the already rich at the expense of our environment, our civil liberties, and the lives of people at home and abroad.

The guy that will win the Presidential Election this year is not the 99% dude, but the 1% dude. Not the guy that will fight for you or I, but the guy that will fight for Wall Street, the Big Banks, the corporate cronies, and the vulture capitalists. Basically, after this year’s election, things will remain pretty much exactly as they are. Have you figured it out yet? That it doesn’t matter if you cast your vote for Obama or Romney. That no change can happen within this circular system controlled by corporate money. We cannot expect change if we continue to vote for the same man, over and over and over, election year after election year. That change that we are hoping for in 2008 cannot happen if we are not willing to change our own habits first. We are addicted to the duopoly. It is time to cut it off at the source. It is time to demand change and put an end to our misguided party loyalties.

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11 thoughts on “And the winner is…

  1. For those who are members of the unenlightened ‘sheeple’ majority in this country, the illusion of choice in this election, and every other election for several generations, this truth as you’ve written will not be appreciated. But even Dorothy was brave enough to peek behind the curtain, to reveal the truth about the great wizard. Bravo Alyssa!

  2. In other news, the sky is blue and water is wet. This country was bought and sold a long time ago. This is as revelatory as saying the sidewalk hurts when you face plant. Voting every four years is the way those in power convince the masses that they have some authority in the country. In reality, voting is no more productive than beating your meat or flicking your bean if you are a lady. Except when you masterbate, you have something to show for it besides a “I Voted” sticker.

    Do you want to instill true, long-lasting societal change? Do it with your pocket books. Quit spending your money on the products and services that build up the off-shore bank accounts of self-styled masters of the universe. The moment the bottom line on their quarterly report drops out, they will do something, anything to bring our dollars and cents back. Instead spend your money buying products and services from companies and corporations that share and strive to see your vision of the world come to fruition.

    Politicians are beholden to their donors, those with enough money to sponsor a campaign. That is where the real power lies. So attack the money and you affect the change we so want. It really is just that simple.

    • Patrick, I entirely agree with you that the power lies with the money. That being said, it seems unproductive to attach those that agree with you. I understand that this is no new sentiment. However, there are plenty of people in this country that have yet to realize the fact that our country doesn’t belong to the people any longer but to the big money and the corporations. This is what makes writing and journalism are so important – to serve as a wake-up call for others.

  3. Alyssa, please don’t misunderstand my low-brow comments. I appreciate your writing of the post and bringing this to the attention of people in the world. It needs to be said and said again and again and again to remind people of the true state of the union.
    I just get so frustrated with this issue and everyone’s responses to it that I revert to juvenile, locker room jokes. I meant no offense. Keep up the good fight.

  4. Patrick, I agree, the key to regaining a Republic by the people and for the people resides in the money. In keeping with the message of the authors premise, there is no real vote if there is no tangible difference in the candidates. If there is no difference, it logically follows voting has no relevance if the outcome will be merely two sides of the same coin. This is where the illusion of choice has been perpetuated by a very clever and powerful enemy, which seeks unlimited power and control. So how can we right the ship? We, collectively, have to band together to stop fueling the financial fire. Lets keep discussing how to accomplish this.

  5. Yet another example of the lack of choice that we ‘sheeple’ face in this country can be found in the candidates position on foreign policy, written about by Bill Boyarsky on Truthdig.com. He writes:

    “Picking a winner wasn’t important. What mattered most was that Obama and Romney saw things pretty much the same way in this discussion (I wouldn’t call it a debate) on foreign affairs. It was a discouraging evening for all voters—whether on the left or right—hoping for change in the way the country conducts its business overseas.”

    For the full article, go here:

    http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/hawks_of_a_feather_flock_together_20121023/

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