I have been avoiding this for awhile, because I hate US politics, but I figure I should weigh in on the whole election year thing.
I can say ‘Go Obama’ with relative ease. However, I feel that if he’s elected he’d be assasinated if he tries to actually change the status quo too radically. I just think the whole war and oil machine is too big. I think that is why Al Gore suddenly backed down from challenging the election results fraught with fraud claims and electronic voting abuse, and is why the courts did nothing to make judgements against the vote fraud and why congress did not open an investigation. I believe pretty firmly that a corporate coup has taken the place of our government, through the lobbiests and payoffs. I think that they became firmly entrenched during the Reagan and Bush I era, and have never really gone away.
The first Clinton was somewhat crooked, but put a friendlier face on the graft due to his domestic policies. I don’t think Hillary will be any better and I am certain she is more crooked than not as far as backhanders and ‘helping’ her friends. It’s sad that she is the first woman to really have a chance to be elected president – but I always figured if there was a woman elected, she’d have to be more of a Thatcher type, and could not be a liberal (it would scream ‘liberal feminist’ – which is the type the right really goes for the jugular on).
So, if she wins the nomination, the right wing will fry her with more scandals, I imagine – and my guess is that if Obama wins there will be an assasination (or at least an assasination attempt) like JFK and his brother Bobby, MLK and Malcom when they all were on the cusp of really changing something for the greater good. I think this is exactly why Abby Hoffman committed suicide – he wrote ‘they have become too strong, we cannot defeat them’.
I am not sure a simple election can get rid of the business-led internal coup that has taken over the US government right now, and drive out the corporate interests that run it. Since elections have gone electronic and the companies that make the voting machines fund the political parties, I completely doubt it. Add to that the low average intelligence in the US thanks to the crumbling education system and it means that a large percentage of Americans think we ‘won’ the Vietnam war, and couldn’t point to France or Iraq on a map of the world – so, I don’t think the average citizen even has the intelligence anymore to know he’s being duped.
So ‘Go Obama’ and I hope you have a guardian angel on your shoulder.
Of the Republicans I can always hope that Huckabee wins the nomination as I think he’d be easier to vote against than McCain, and will ensure a Democratic victory. Democrats are not that different than Republicans anymore (compared to European political parties) except that their media stars seem to have more education and intelligence, and less use of expletives and name calling and have somewhat more moral domestic policies not entirely targeted at the rich or at least not as openly benefitting them at the expense of the middle class and poor — which of course means the Democrats are not as popular, since aforementioned general national intelligence is quite low the most clownish buffoonery is what they can understand and what appeals – knee-jerk patriotism is easy to whip up in people without brains as well, and they are easier to keep under control with fear-based propoganda such as FOX News.
Unfortunately McCain is coming out as a strong Republican challenger – he has too many very wrong social politics for me, but anyone being accused by the right-wing as being ‘not conservative enough’ is sounding OK to me and I’d pick him over Bush any day on intelligence and balls alone. At least he had the guts to fight in Vietnam and not run away. And at least he seems not destined to destroy the environment like Bush. But his war hawk-ishness is disconcerting – especially since he knows what war is like. Well, at least in any case, Bush will be out of the picture – but will the ‘men behind the curtain’ running him remain the same?