Election time seems around the corner again. You know what, so what? All our lives we always were taught how it is for us to vote. I vote… all the time. I will vote again too, but… having said that, I will be leaving my ballots pretty empty this time around. Why?
Since so many of my Democratic Party friends accuse me of lambasting them too much, let us begin with the Republican Party first. Well, these jokers are at least candid in their disdain for us working stiffs. You see, they come right out and support the super rich and their corporate backers. No bones about it. They are for any sort of tax break for the super rich and the large corporations, each and every time. As far as foreign policy, they ‘salute and wave the flag ‘ each time the Military Industrial Complex decides on a new place to send our bombers and our troops. After all, who else can we count on to support our American empire’s vast number of offshore factories and investments? God bless the Republicans for their straightforward approach when it comes to destroying countries or our middle and lower classes.
Next we have the Tea Baggers, an ultra right wing (is that possible?) extension of the Republicans. You see, the super rich who bankroll all three parties, get a bit frightened when the mass of us, the suckers, begin to get wise to their shenanigans. So, to keep things moving in the right direction (no pun intended) they orchestrate things so as to move political discourse more and more to the right. Now, these Tea Baggers, suckers that they too are, keep ranting about big government and how dangerous it has become. Boy, are they correct! I mean, over 50% of all our federal tax money goes to military spending. We are now involved in two major occupations of two (once) sovereign nations, with hundreds of thousands of our military personnel (at the whopping big government cost of 1.2 million dollars per soldier per year) standing guard. We now are dropping mega ton bombs on Libya, at such a great human and taxpayer cost as well. Like their Republican Party counterparts, the Tea Baggers love it! Gotta get those A-Rabs now, don’t we? They say ‘ Cut Cut Cut … everything but the military spending! ‘
Finally, we come to the Democrats, a party I once actually belonged to. Now, these folks are really slick. You see, they feel your pain, working stiffs, but do nothing to ease it. The Democrats, in fear of being labeled weak and sissy assed, vote continually to raise the military budget as well. Plus, they also love to ‘salute and wave the flag‘ of our empire. The only difference between them and the other two war parties is that the Democrats will always be counted on to send along a few more crumbs to the lower income folks. As far as those of us who consider ourselves middle class (an oxymoron if ever there was one) they do little to help us. How can they, when over 50% of our tax dollars goes to a war economy? Yeah, if you work in a factory that makes WMDs, then you can have job security. If you work elsewhere, the Democrats will do little to help you. Why, they even failed to demand a Public Option in their phony health care reform bill, which gave more money and profits to the private health care insurers. Oh, sorry, forgot to tell you, that Mr. Obama received three times more in campaign donations from the health care industry than Mr. McCain. Mr. Obama is commander in chief of our bombing campaigns against the new Hitler in Libya. He is also continuing to turn a deaf ear and blind eye to the Israeli terror campaigns against the Palestinians. Oh, and he signed two new contracts with the killer mercenary company once known as Blackwater, still has Gitmo open, keeps our occupying armies in Iraq and Afghanistan, avoids any mention of extraordinary rendition , although many say it still goes on. Let’s see, he refuses to address the need for holding the Bush gang accountable for their lies on the invasion of Iraq, and on their use of torture, thus breaking the Geneva Accord we signed onto over 50 years ago. He and his party continued the phony bailout of the crooked Wall Street firms, to the tune of close to one trillion dollars. Of course, all of the aforementioned are things that the other two war parties would have done if their guy or gal was president.
There you have it. Three parties that represent the very worst in American ethics and morality. Gonna vote for them again? If so, can I interest you in this bridge in my old hometown of Brooklyn?
Philip A. Farruggio is son and grandson of Brooklyn NYC longshoremen. A graduate of Brooklyn College, class of ’74, Philip has been an anti war activist since the Vietnam War. Philip is now Volusia Cty spokesperson for the nationwide 25% Solution to cut military spending. Since the 2000 elections, he has written over 250 columns posted on various sites, including, most recently, Dandelion Salad, dissidentvoice.org and progressivepatriots.net, or at his own blog at http://www.opensalon.com. Philip can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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