As you stumble around this experiment we call global society, you can't help but feel an increasing sense of unease, perhaps even frustration, with respect to how we, the human family, have chosen to organize ourselves on this little planet.
"If we were visited by a superior species from another part of the galaxy, and we were forced to explain to them our stewardship of our planet, not to mention the state of human affairs today, would we be proud of what we described?"
How would we frame our explanation of how almost half of the world, over 3 billion people, are either barely surviving in abject poverty and sickness, or are simply dying off unnecessarily at a rate of about one person every couple of seconds, all occurring in the wake of an advanced technological reality, where we could easily feed, cloth and house every family on Earth in a respectable standard of living?
230 million killed by their fellow man in the past 100 years alone based on what, meaningless territoriality, resources, dogmatic, obsolete ideologies?
A game, by the way, which not only appears to perpetuate a vast spectrum of social atrocities, but now seems to be further destabilizing society, decreasing our public health.
The only thing that appears to stand the test of time is this very notion of change, the ever-evolving understanding of ourselves and the world we inhabit.
What do you think about that?
Do you see intelligence or do you see dogma?
We don' t need no kings
Cross the line of your ordinary
Bleed your ignorance
And tear your certitudes
Living blind in the light of illusion
Can' t you guess the color of the lie
It's bad enough that those voted in have literally no legal responsibility to do anything they might have claimed on the campaign trail, but if you examine history, you will find the historical fact that the public good has always been secondary to other interests, mainly, financial and business interests.
"You have a 14-million-dollar ocean front home in Florida. You have a summer vacation home in Sun Valley, Idaho. You and your wife have an art collection filled with million-dollar paintings....While the public was left out to dry with overflowing private debt, job losses and a stagnating economy." –Richard Fuld, CEO, Lehman Brothers (during congressional hearing)
"Therefore, if you raise taxes on the so-called rich, you're really raising taxes on the job creators, and if the goal is private sector growth, you have to recognize that the best way to create that growth is to leave capital in the treasuries of the job creators." George W. Bush, (speech given at Bush Presidential Center)
By helping the public debt burden, you would plant the true seeds of economic growth.
The bailout had nothing to do with helping the US economy, nor does it or will it work to help any hurting sovereign economy in the world.
"Fascism should more appropriately be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." –Benito Mussolini
It's a corporatocracy.
Where did these people come from?
Why are they the ones on your TV and not others?
The people of a given society express their opinions through votes, and policy is created by the majority's interest. It appears the process was formalized in ancient Greece and has been adapting ever since.
"Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education."
"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."
"If voting made any difference, they wouldn't let us do it."
If we were in the ruling class, the 'investment ownership class', to paraphrase Thorstein Veblen, and we wanted to preserve our interests against any interference, what would we do?
The heart of democracy really is the basic assumption that the public is well-educated about critical thought. They know how to think about things and evaluate, and therefore they can make proper decisions, right?
We have multiple problems in the education in America today, and one of them is that we are dealing with the dumbing down of America.
Oh, absolutely! Absolutely! Keep them stupid, keep them easily entertained. If they're uninformed, they can't fight back!
"I believe that God created the Universe." –Barack Obama
"And we're enjoined by Scripture and the Lord Jesus to oppose it with all our might."–Ronald Reagan
"And so to every sailor, soldier, airman and marine who was involved in this mission, let me say, you are doing God's work." –George Bush
"Let us not pray that God is on our side in war or any other time, but let us pray that we are on God's side." –Sarah Palin
"May God bless the 7th Day Adventist Church." –Hillary Clinton
"I thank the God who loves us, the God who gave us life, who gave us our being." –Michelle Bachman
"Men, it has been said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly and one by one."
"All the growth that has occurred in our country, over the last decade or more, has gone to the upper 1, 2%." –Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize Economist
'Fucking communists!' –what your called you speculate about the obvious power manipulation and corruption.
"God damn it! I am so sick of these conspiracy theorists and their lies! The Federal Reserve does not collude for its own self interest!" –American Sheeple
Therefore, some more specific structural safeguards are in order.
Basically, we need to make sure that those unwanted candidates, are unable to get anywhere near the major outlets for public digestion; and if they do, the practice is to treat them like freaks.
With money, and our corporate constituency has plenty. We just need to make sure the use of this money for political influence goes uninhibited.
Let's also make sure that our corporations are given the legal right to promote our little puppets without limit.
Create a false duality: the illusion of competition between parties.
The beauty of this dominant 2-party farce, is that it not only gives the public the needed illusion of choice, it more importantly oppresses those upstart third parties.
We need to get the public so used to this 2-party dictatorship that they don't even mind if the two parties are given direct control over most of the electoral process itself.They need to have the power of organizing the rules of electoral redistricting, the primaries, the caucuses and debates, and of course, we, the ruling class, will moderate their actions through lobbying, campaign contributions, you know, exactly what the free market promises:
The freedom to manipulate everything.
Really, can you imagine what would happen if those annoying social upstarts actually were able to come up against the trite, miserable, logic, and narrow subject matter typical of our rigged debates?
"But for the nurse, the teacher, the police officer who frankly, at the end of each month, they have a little financial crisis going on: They're having to take out extra debt just to make their mortgage payments. We haven't been paying attention to them. If you look at our tax policies, it's a classic example. "–Barack Obama, Presidential Debate
"I'm sorry to interrupt Mr. President, but I couldn't agree more. However, don't you feel that the tax policies and other common acknowledgments about what is hurting the average American, is actually quite benign, when compared to the very foundation of our economic system? You know, making money out of debt, charging interest on it that doesn't exist, which means that there's always more outstanding debt than there is money to pay for it. Of course, that lends itself to more debt being created to cover it, and essentially, failure and bankruptcy is inevitable. Not for the upper classes as much as the lower middle classes, (Why?) Because the lower classes are the ones taking the loans for their home and their car, while the upper class are making interest income. Rather than paying interest, they actually make interest through their deposits and investments. Obviously, this secures a massive growing class divide, structurally. Is that not something worth considering?" Peter Joseph, Producer - Zeitgeist (Series) Movement
Nothing is as old-fashioned, as good old direct electoral fraud.
#1: IGNORANCE WORKS!; support closed thinking and reward stupidity
#2: THOUGHT FEAR; limit debate subjects; ostracize violators
#3: INVENT RELEVANCE/IRRELEVANCE; reinforce establishment context
#4: FINANCIAL INFLUENCE UNABATED; corporations are people too!
#5: FALSE DUALITY; arise from the illusion of choice
Our Demo-publican pawns, with our endless sponsorship and lobbying, now handles this well, including the restriction of public debate and the denial of all interfering third parties.
#6: BALLOT VULNERABILITY; ‘black box’ voting
YOU –the public, actually perpetuate, condone and support the very underlying systems that oppress you.
"If only if we can better regulate monetary and corporate power, we can fix the world."