Still voting for these hypocrites and liars. Why? by Philip A. Farruggio

by Philip A. Farruggio
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
February 21, 2011

Remember the 2000 presidential election? Many progressives like yours truly supported Ralph Nader and other Green Party candidates. Here in Florida, we were vilified by the Democrats for not supporting Gore- they railed that we enabled Bush to win. Well, history and extensive investigations proved that false. Bush won because the Florida election was stolen from Gore. The Bush crew used every means possible, even rigged voting machines, to secure their theft. The really sad testimony from that election and most elections is how so many voters enable the two major political parties to under represent their interests. In 2004, Senator Kerry made a damn fool of himself with his ‘John Kerry reporting for duty‘ salute when introduced at the convention. Most damaging for we who voted for Kerry was his statement to reporters re: his vote on the 2002 resolution allowing Bush to invade Iraq. He told them that, upon reflection, he would still vote for it, making jackasses of all the millions of us who stood in the streets opposing the invasion!

The present Republican Party is as far away from true conservatism as ever. Historically, conservatives abhor foreign entanglements of any kind, especially military ones. They resent America’s almost 800 foreign bases worldwide. They reject spending as much as we currently do on bloated military budgets (almost 50% of every federal tax dollar). True conservatives oppose federal bailouts of any business, let alone the big banks. Deep down inside, a principled conservative would look skeptically at the big corporations that operate more offshore than at home. Old school conservative thinking always favored small business and small budgets…. They opposed foreign aid and foreign military excursions.

Progressives or, as they were once called, liberals, are as far removed philosophically from this current Democratic party as possible. They too reject the notion of a bloated military budget and our empire of bases worldwide. True progressives want a fairer income tax system that focuses on the super rich… not someone earning a couple of hundred thousand a year. They want to see the banks, investment houses and hedge funds that caused the real estate crash to be held criminally responsible… not bailed out! They want a health care system more in line with what the Europeans and Canadians have.

They understand that to extend Medicare for any who want it is the best way to counteract the private health insurance rip off. Progressives also know that government should demand and negotiate for lower prices on pharmaceuticals. Most important of all, progressives have been in the forefront demanding hearings and indictments as to the invasion of Iraq… and the use of torture by our government.

The conundrum is that the majority of Americans from either conservative or progressive persuasion, knowing all of the above, still vote for these hypocrites and liars. Why? That is easy to explain. The lesser of two evils syndrome! Basically, it really does not matter how far removed a conservative is from the Republicans or a progressive from the Democrats. All they need know is how much worse things would be with the other party in control. Thus, anyone who disagrees with most of a party’s key policies and still votes for it is an enabler. As with the parent, sibling or spouse of an alcoholic, who hands over money knowing it is going for drink, we have become a nation of enablers. Yes, it is a tough nut to crack, this lesser of two evils syndrome. However, to continue to support those who really do not have your best interests at heart is….. Well, come on, you know.

As one who can testify to it, standing away from the herd is not a pleasant place to be. Yet, how else can we encourage our neighbors that there is a better way? As with Egypt and the other nations now in civil protest, the clock is ticking on this two party dynasty in America. The first, and yes, most difficult step is for all of us who know better to simply walk away from either of these two parties… period! Yet, voting in itself is not the most important or crucial of civic duties. We who care must stand together on the key issues that need be addressed now, before our economy is totally flushed down the toilet. By drastically cutting our obscene military budget we would have no choice but to get the hell out of Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as many other places. To then send those savings back to our states and cities would slowly start us on the road to recovery… for the majority of we the people, not the ‘ Corporate Two Parties ‘ and their super rich patrons.

Philip A. Farruggio is son and grandson of Brooklyn NYC longshoremen. He is an activist leader and free lance columnist. Since the 2000 elections, he has written over 200 columns, many posted on various sites worldwide. Recently, he is finding a home at Dandelion Salad, New Jersey activist Ed Dunphy’s progressivepatriots.net or at his own blog at www.opensalon.com. Philip can be reached at paf1222@bellsouth.net.

9 thoughts on “Still voting for these hypocrites and liars. Why? by Philip A. Farruggio

  1. to answer howard, who always has his ‘ heart ‘ in the right place:
    to vote for the lesser of two evils is to still vote for…..EVIL! simple as it is, that is the reality.
    what will really make the change that howard hopes for is for we good folks to keep standing on street corners, congressional offices back home, and at town hall and city council meetings, and concentrating on key issues… like cutting this bloated and disgraceful military budget and ending the occupations etc.

  2. Lest you think I miss the point of your argument about two phony political parties, and how we need to elect someone from a third party, I have to say: I want my vote to count. I don’t want to be a spoiler as Gene McCarthy was, or Ralph Nader, etc. So I vote for a candidate who can win and then hope to continue influencing his/her votes and policies by constant phone calls and emails. I think it important to have in office someone who can vote on issues and influence Congress or make policy, and then to influence them by warning that their time in office depends on my vote and my influence on other voters.

  3. Phil,
    This is another well-thought-out essay on US politics. And as crazy as our politics are, a retired Jewish Colonel, with whom I correspond almost daily by email and argue against his usual Republican outlook, wrote me yesterday that he heard Sec. of State Hilary Clinton discussing the Middle East. He said he was so impressed with her that he would vote for her over President Obama next time. I thought he was kidding me, but he meant it, so I learned how opened-minded he is, despite my previous opinion. I think I’ll stick with President Obama, counting on his finally wising up to what the country truly wants.

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  5. I AGREE WITH ALL OF YOU! BOTTOM LINE: THOSE OF US OUT THERE WHO KNOW BETTER AND CARE NEED TO KEEP HAMMERING HOME TO THOSE WE KNOW WHO AGREE WITH US ON BASIC KEY ISSUES AND IDEALS .
    WE NEED TO KEEP SAYING WHAT I SAID IN THIS COLUMN: THAT THE 2 PARTY SYSTEM IS A CON JOB AND ALWAYS HAS BEEN ONE. THANKS

  6. People still vote 2 party ( which is really one party with 2 birds of prey for a number of reasons ) .
    1. it is hereditary voting .
    2. they fall for the imaging .
    3. 3rd partys and independents are kept out of the debates on almost all levels .
    4. the old lesser of 2 evils argument which is a swiss cheese argument because they are both evil .
    5. the public real is uniformed , apathetic , and is not into participatory democracy , which is the only kind of democracy .

  7. I agree; however, it is easier said than done. Arms manufacturing, i. e. Iraq, Afghanistan, et cetera, are strategically placed in most Congressional Districts; thereby, creating leverage on bought “representatives.”

  8. Agreed, but HOW to do this? the current system of legalized bribery benefits the “hypocrites and liars” so much that they will NEVER change it, and anyone who replaces them will still benefit from this corrupt system.

    HOW can we dismantle this corrupt corporatist-militarist economic-political system? Perhaps Wisconsin will lead to a General Strike.

  9. Excellent question…why do voters keep electing this ilk? And once in office they seem to be there forever? Congressmen and Senators should have their terms in office limited too. It certainly would help cut down corruption.

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