The butcher's apron
By Mike Whitney
Online Journal Contributing Writer
Dec 27, 2007, 00:45
Every four years the country is swept up in the pomp and
pageantry of presidential elections. And every four years loyal Americans flock
to the voting booths to select the candidate of their choice. Elections, we are
told, are the true expression of democratic government. But they aren't.
They're a sham and most people know it. The balloting creates the illusion of
choice where there is none. It's a meaningless ritual that has nothing to do
with representative government.
The 2008 elections have already been marred by a number of
controversies, the worst of which is the report that was published earlier this
month by Ohio�s top election official, Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner. The
report proves that the voting systems that decided the 2004 election in Ohio
were rife with �critical security failures." The election was rigged, pure
and simple; stolen by the Bush clan and their friends in the establishment media
who refuse to report the news. It's actually funny, in a cynical kind of way.
The perpetrators were so cocksure they could pull it off that, according to
Democracy Now, �the servers for the computation of the Ohio vote count were in
the same basement in Chattanooga, Tennessee, that houses servers for the
Republican National Committee. The programmers who (worked) for Ken Blackwell,
the Republican secretary of state, were Republicans who did websites for the
Bush administration.� (Democracy Now)
What gall. Blackwell's thugs didn't even try to hide what
they were up to. Why should they? It's not like there's an independent media
that's going to report a stolen election. No way. Blackwell ripped off the
election and then thumbed his nose at the public. No investigation. No
accountability. No nothing. Just like a banana republic only bigger.
So why do we keep throwing billions of dollars down a black
hole just to maintain a charade that fools no one? Why not just load up the
boxcars with pallets of crisp-new hundred dollar bills and ship them off to
Crawford where they'll end up anyway. Let Bush worry about how to dole
out the loot. Besides, with Congress' public approval dithering at 11
percent, we'd be better off paying them to stay at home and turning the House
of Representatives into condos.
This year every one of the leading candidates is a member of
the openly globalist Council on Foreign Relations. Every one is a �dual
loyalist� that accepts the new regime of curtailed civil liberties, endless
war, and free trade. There's not a nationalist or a patriot among them. None.
They're all part of the same corporate effluent that washed into Washington on
a wave of special interest payola drowning all visible symbols of a
once-vibrant democracy. Romney pontificates about expanding Guantanamo while
Clinton boasts about an attack on Iran. Blah, blah, blah. How can anyone listen
to this gibberish? There's not a dime's worth of difference between any of
them. They're all lacquer-hair phonies who've never had an original thought in
their lives. Everything they think or say comes off a teleprompter that flashes
poll-tested, focus-group mumbo-jumbo which they reiterate robotically. It's all
If a prospective candidate hasn't sworn his undying
allegiance to the cabal of transnational corporations, or taken a blood-oath to
defend the doctrine of unfettered self-aggrandizement, or pledged to carry out
a bloodthirsty �economy-busting� global crusade; he is quickly banished to the
Just look at Ron Paul, who collected $6 million in donations
in a matter of hours but still can't even get his picture in the papers. Why is
It's because he hasn't sold his soul to the carpetbagging
freebooters who run the system. Apart from Kucinich, he's the only red-blooded,
Constitution-toting American in the race. The rest are just bunko-artists and
Everyone knows what's going on. The whole campaign
extravaganza is a pointless farce. Why continue the deception?
We all watched in 2000 while the five loonies on the Supreme
Court suspended the hand counting of ballots, overturned the ruling of the
Florida Supreme Court, and awarded the election to their own Party's candidate.
How is that any different than Blackwell's manipulations in Ohio? It's all the
same. In fact, the five justices had so little respect for the intelligence of
the American people they invoked the 14th Amendment, which had never
been used except in cases of racial discrimination. They didn't care. Who was
going to stop them?
Can you imagine, dear reader, the peals of laughter that
must have rung out at the right-wing think tanks after that ruling? Hooray for
the oligarchy of racketeers! Pass the brandy.
That was a turning point in American history. It showed that
the ruling class really doesn't care what the people think anymore. This is
THEIR country and they'll run it whatever way they want. To hell with
The reason there's more coverage of the campaigns this year
is because the Two-Party Mandarins want to restore the illusion that we
actually have a choice. We don't. They pick the candidates and we pull the
lever and go home. End of story. The debates are nothing more than a public
relations smokescreen designed to lend a bit of credibility to a system that is
rotten to the core. What part of the body politic has been spared the ravages
of corporate corruption. The Congress? The Executive? The High Court? The
Don't make me laugh. The entire system is marinated in a
culture of violence and dishonesty. Nothing is salvageable. It all stinks.
The real difference between the parties is minuscule but
significant. The Democrats have become the party of traditional imperialism
spearheaded by Brzezinski, Holbrooke, Albright and the other guardians of
Empire. These are the master-puppeteers who operate behind the scenes for the
real powerbrokers. Their focus is mainly on Central Asia, controlling resources
from the Caspian Basin, �pacifying� Afghanistan, rallying the EU to a greater
role in NATO, and continuing the apocryphal �war on terror� into infinity. It's
the Great Game redux.
The Republican Party has become the party of
neoconservatives. Their operational plan is �A Clean Break: A New Strategy for
Securing the Realm." It aligns the US with the foreign policy objectives
of Israel's Likud Party. The focus is Balkanizing the Middle East, undermining
Arab nationalism, installing US-Israeli client regimes, and controlling the
region's prodigious natural resources. It is a straightforward strategy for
This is the REAL split between the parties, not
the comical Democrat-Republican labels. Presently, the traditional
imperialists have taken the upper hand since the Bush bandwagon has
swerved into the ditch. But that could change in the future. And, yes, there is
some cross-pollinating between the two parties; the differences are not
absolute. But this is a pretty accurate overview. What's important is that
neither party has any intention of restoring the Bill of Rights, slowing the
outsourcing of jobs, or abandoning the "war on terror." No way. That
is not in their collective interests at all.
When civil liberties are stripped away; elections become
pointless. Freedom has nothing to do with pushing a colored-nob on a
touch-screen computer every four years. Its about containing the power of the
state. Doesn't anyone grasp that? Freedom has become an empty sound bite
that's sprinkled through presidential speeches or used to defend the latest
bloody intervention in some foreign country. It's lost whatever meaning it had.
We've forgotten that the Bill of Rights doesn't give us special, superhuman
powers. It's merely a straitjacket for power-hungry politicians to
ensure they comply with the law. That's all it is, a shackle on
government. Now, all that's been lost. The basic rules of the game have
changed. The social contract has been repealed. Even the flag, which once
embodied the hopes and aspirations of the nation, has been raised over
Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib and countless other black sites spread across the
planet. What does the world see when they look at that flag now? Do they see a
symbol of liberty and justice or the butcher's apron flapping lazily above some
far-flung torture chamber.
Everything has changed. America has lost its way. Casting a
ballot for one silver spoon CFR plutocrat over another is utterly meaningless.
That's not democracy. It's a fraud.
Whitney lives in Washington state. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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