Little Difference When You Vote for the Republocrats

Letter to the Editor - January 16, 2011

Here we go again. The run up to the 2012 presidential elections is another pretend exercise in democracy. Democracy only happens if there is an actual opportunity to make a choice and to make a difference with your vote. The corporate-capitalist-imperialists pull the strings in both major political parties so there is little difference when you vote for the Republocrats.

The corporatists control the media so you are told that between Frick and Frack there is somehow a real choice. The Republicans offer a choice of flip-floppers, adulterers, religious fundamentalists and others who who have never met a corporate handout they didn't like and who oppose anything supportive of the common good. The Democrats offer us another four years of the corporate dominance of government that went into high gear under Reagan and has picked up speed under the Bush family, Bill Clinton, and currently, Barack Obama.

President Obama showed who is in charge when he selected as his financial advisers (Lawrence Summers and Timothy Geithner) the same people who during the Clinton administration set the stage for the recent financial meltdown by killing the Glass-Steagall Act. He then put Goldman-Sachs in charge of the U.S. Treasury.

The corporations showed that they have bought and paid for the Supreme Court. Many on the Right complain about “activist” courts. How much more politically active can you get than by propounding the ludicrous idea that a corporation is a person and that spending unlimited money to influence elections is the same thing as free speech?
A recent U.S. Census report shows that the number of people in poverty in 2010 (46.2 million) is the largest number in the 52 years for which poverty estimates have been published. At the same time an analysis by The Wall Street Journal found that in 2010 pay and benefits at the top 25 publicly traded banks and security firms on Wall Street hit a record of $135.5 billion. It is clear that the wizards behind the curtains do not care what happens to the people of this country.

Choosing between the Republicans and the Democrats is just moving the chairs on the Titanic. So-called reforms cannot make the real change that is needed to create a truly democratic society. The first step is self-education. I recommend reading the critiques of those who want real change.

Google and think about the ideas presented by the Revolutionary Communist Party USA, the Socialist Party USA, the Green Party, and the newly formed Justice Party. Despite what is constantly preached at us, the current corporate-capitalist-imperialist system we live under, this way of life that constantly drains away—or in an instant, especially in the Third World societies with coveted natural resources, blows away—life for the great majority of humanity, does not represent the best possible world—nor the only possible world.

Ask yourself, when was the last time your vote really made a difference? Educate yourself on alternatives and then act. Don't just eat the pap they want to feed you.

Larry Kerschner

What is published in the most prestigious medical journals is no longer careful science, but essentially drug advertisements. The information brought to and taught to the medical profession is shaped by its commercial value to the drug companies, and the fundamental purpose is to improve corporate profits. - Joel Fuhrman, M.D.