You’re welcome, America.
I believe the children are our future set them free and let the lead the way.
This is why the “disillusioned Obama voter” is a real thing that
understandably rightfully exists. BECAUSE THIS SHIT IS GODDAMNED RIDICULOUS.
Listen, I’m glad I have a president who supports marriage equality and expanding healthcare coverage and a woman’s right to choose and even “the redistribution of wealth.” But I wish he wasn’t the same guy who
failed to chose not to close Guantanamo and who expands domestic surveillance across the board and kills American citizens overseas with drones and re-ups on an eleven year old state of emergency.
I voted for him once, and I’ll do so again, because I believe there is a definite, clear choice when it comes to the social and economic issues we face as a nation. But let’s not kid ourselves — party lines have gotten pretty blurry when it comes to the war on terror and “matters of national security.” And increasingly, it seems as though even hoping for change on these issues has become a long shot.
The reason 2012 feels so empty now is that voters on both sides of the aisle are not just tired of this state of affairs, they are disgusted by it. They want a chance to choose their own leaders and they want full control over policy, not just a partial say. There are a few challenges to this state of affairs within the electoral process – as much as I disagree with Paul about many things, I do think his campaign is a real outlet for these complaints – but everyone knows that in the end, once the primaries are finished, we’re going to be left with one 1%-approved stooge taking on another.
Most likely, it’ll be Mitt Romney versus Barack Obama, meaning the voters’ choices in the midst of a massive global economic crisis brought on in large part by corruption in the financial services industry will be a private equity parasite who has been a lifelong champion of the Gordon Gekko Greed-is-Good ethos (Romney), versus a paper progressive who in 2008 took, by himself, more money from Wall Street than any two previous presidential candidates, and in the four years since has showered Wall Street with bailouts while failing to push even one successful corruption prosecution (Obama).
Continued from the same post:
This widespread and growing movement against the twin corrupting influences of money on our politics and state patronage on big business is going on everywhere – on the streets, in these courthouses, in the homes of people refusing to move after foreclosure, even in the antitax movements and the campaigns against state pensions. The only place we can be absolutely sure this battle will not be found is in any national presidential race between Barack Obama and someone like Mitt Romney.
The campaign is still a gigantic ritual and it will still be attended by all the usual pomp and spectacle, but it’s empty. In fact, because it’s really a contest between 1%-approved candidates, it’s worse than empty – it’s obnoxious.
It was always annoying when these two parties and the slavish media that follows their champions around for 18 months pretended that this was a colossal clash of opposites. But now, with the economy in the shape that it’s in thanks in large part to the people financing these elections, that pretense is more than annoying, it’s offensive.
And I imagine that the more they try to play up the drama of these familiar-but-empty campaign rituals, the more irritating to the public it will all become. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if, before the season is out, the campaign itself will become a hated symbol of the 1% — with the conventions and the networks’ broadcast tents outside the inevitable “free speech zones” attracting protests the same way the offices of Chase and Bank of America did this fall.
In which the “dependably unlikeable" Graham compares the bureau created to protect American consumers from predatory banks to a dictator who murdered millions.
Kasich campaigned hard to defend the limits placed on collective bargaining for public employees by Senate Bill 5. Despite his efforts, the bill was defeated 61 percent to 39 percent through Issue 2 on Nov. 8, and Kasich’s most recent approval rating in the state was below 40 percent.