On Tuesday, October 6, by a vote of 93-7, the Senate passed the $626 billion Defense Appropriations Bill for 2010, increasing the total U.S. financial cost for our imperial war on and occupation of Afghanistan to about $300 billion.
The House had previously passed its version of this same bill on July 30 by a vote of 400-30, with 3 not voting. Only 23 Democrats voted against it at that time (see http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2009/roll675.xml for the House Roll Call).
The bill also bans outright any transfer of accused enemy combatants from the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, prison into the United States. Current law permits transfer of detainees to face trial or go to prison. So don’t expect the Guantanamo prison to be closed any time soon.
The only Senate Democrat to vote against this endless war appropriations bill was Russ Feingold of Wisconsin. Even Independent Socialist Bernie Sanders of Vermont voted for it.
Democrats continue to support endless wars and ever-increasing warfare budgets (Obama’s war budget is 4% higher than Bush’s last one). So much for any delusions of an “anti-war party.”
They obviously care more about their defense contractor campaign contributors than about the lives of our soldiers sent to be maimed or die in endless imperial wars for the doomed delusion of global domination (let alone not caring about the lives of Iraqis, Afghanis, Pakistanis, Iranians, Somalis, Colombians, Nigerians, or any other people living near prized energy resources).
Democrats have supported funding the bailout of Wall Street banksters while unemployment, underemployment, bankruptcies, and foreclosures affecting ordinary Americans continue to increase.
So Democrats continue to support corporate welfare and socialism for Wall Street while expecting Main Street to survive predatory capitalism.
They obviously care more about their campaign contributors from the Finance Industry (who contributed more to Democrats than to RepubliKKKlans last election) than about ordinary people.
Democrats are about to support a health care “reform” which will either have a weak, watered-down public option (but no single-payer Medicare for All), or no public option at all.
So Democrats obviously care more about the survival of insurance companies and their campaign contributors from Big Pharma and Big Insurance than about the tens of thousands of Americans who will continue to suffer and die due to unaffordable health care.
Watch closely what Democrats do, not what they say. This applies to all politicians, of course, but especially to President “Inspiring Rhetoric” Obama and the members of his party.
Clearly, the racist, sexist, xenophobic, extremist RepubliKKKlan Party is not worth even considering voting for. But if Democrats also support endless wars and corporate predators, we should stop voting for them as well.
That is the only way they will listen to us.
No Democrat who voted to continue funding Obama’s wars should be re-elected.
No Democrat who continues to support bailing out the Wall Street criminals should be re-elected.
No Democrat who opposes single-payer or a very strong public option should be re-elected.
We must no longer tolerate the lame excuse that we are voting for the “lesser of two evils.” That is still voting for an “evil.”
We must tell Democrats that we will only vote for candidates who truly represent us, not corporate contributors. If that means Green Party candidates, then so be it.
The Democratic Party is merely the slightly less extreme wing of the One Corporatist/Militarist Party which actually runs the United States and really believes (as a dangerous, deadly self-delusion) that it runs the world, and is entitled to.
We will never truly even begin to change things for the slightly better as long as we continue our self-defeating co-dependent relationship with the Democratic Party.
They are corporatists who support predatory, globalized capitalism as much as RepubliKKKlans do.
And corporatist, globalized, predatory capitalism backed up by the most powerful military in history, that of the U.S. and its NATO partners, not the idealized, local, free market capitalism of Adam Smith, is the main cause of most of the misery, suffering, warfare and climate chaos/global warming endangering all of us today.
Continuing to vote for Democrats and RepubliKKKlans who support that cruel, insane system only perpetuates that system.