Dems add long-sought hate crimes measure to Defense bill

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By Halimah Abdullah
McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON

Just days after Arizona Sen. John McCain forged an unusual bipartisan alliance with the White House to cut $1.75 billion in increased spending for the F-22 jet fighter, congressional Democratic leaders on Wednesday added a hate-crimes measure to the must-pass bill.

The move, backed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., sparked heated debate on the Senate floor as McCain unsuccessfully sought to remove the hate crimes amendment, known as the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act, from the broader defense spending measure on the grounds that the two matters are unrelated.

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via Dems add long-sought hate crimes measure to Defense bill | McClatchy

from the archives:

The Hate Crimes Bill: How Not to Remember Matthew Shepard By Alexander Cockburn

Buyer’s Remorse: Is it too late to swap Obama for McCain? by Mike Whitney

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by Mike Whitney
Global Research, May 17, 2009

Anyone who has ever wasted good money on a clunker only to drop the transmission 15 minutes after leaving the car-lot, knows the feeling. It’s like a swift-kick in the groin followed by weeks of fist-pounding rage. It’s called buyer’s remorse; “Gawd, I wish I hadn’t bought that piece of dogshite!”

There are probably a lot of former-Obama supporters feeling that same agonizing sense despair now that President Rainbow has done an about-face on every campaign promise he made. So much for “truth in advertising”, eh?

What a disaster. Did anyone know it was gonna be this bad?

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The Georgian trap + US strategy Russia’s disintegration

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As thousands demand Saakashvili’s resignation, Paul Jay investigates roots of 2008 Russia-Georgia War.

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The October Surprise (a bit late) by Steven Jonas, MD

by Steven Jonas, MD
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crossposted on Buzzflash.com
January 6, 2009

Many folks on the Left (U.S. and otherwise) were sure that the Georgites were going to spring an “October Surprise” just before the 2008 election. It would be “something big” to aid McCain’s chances which, especially with the Wall Street collapse that started in September 2008, needed some pretty big aiding. It would have something to do with “national security,” and it would come in October, that is if it had not come already. As examples of the latter were those absolutely firm predictions by authorities on the Left “in the know” that there would be a U.S. attack on Iran, “for sure,” as far back as June 2006. Certain other not-so-authoritative sources for a variety of reasons thought at the time that this was nonsense. For one thing, once Jim Baker had installed Bob Gates in the Defense Department, with a strong chorus of support for a “no” from the Joint chiefs, that one just wasn’t going to fly.

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War or Peace? By Richard C. Cook

Note: The longer version was published on :
Special Report: War or Peace? The World After the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election By Richard C. Cook

by Richard C. Cook
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richardccook.com

November 22, 2008

The World After the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election

INTRODUCTION

World war or world peace could be the blunt choice that will face either Barack Obama or John McCain when one of them is elected president of the United States on Tuesday, November 4, 2008.

For a major eruption of violence to be averted, the new president must deal positively with the reappearance of Russia on the world stage, the emergence of China as an economic force, and the aspirations of all the nations on earth for a decent and secure way of life.

Making matters much more dangerous are the ongoing financial crisis, along with what appears to be the start of a worldwide economic recession.

It is Europe, not the U.S., from which proposals are emerging for a transformative approach to the most compelling issues. But will it be enough?

THE DISASTROUS PRESIDENCY OF GEORGE W. BUSH

In December 2000, at the time the U.S. Supreme Court was intervening in the disputed vote count in Florida to name Republican George W. Bush president over Democrat Al Gore, the U.S. stock market began to crash. The “dot.com” bubble, based largely on foreign investment in internet companies and technology stocks, deflated. By the time Bush was inaugurated in January 2001, signs of a recession were appearing.

This did not prevent the Bush administration from initiating a $450 billion tax cut for the upper income brackets that Congress approved in March 2001. A similar cut was subsequently enacted in May 2003.

On September 11, 2001, the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers in New York City were attacked by airplanes flying into them, followed that morning by an air attack on the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Al Qaeda was blamed.

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Hillary Clinton to accept Barack Obama’s offer of secretary of state job + Hitchens: An Embarrassment

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Obama plans to name Clinton to State 20 Nov 2008 President-elect Barack Obama is “on track” to name Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) as his secretary of state shortly after Thanksgiving, two senior Obama aides said. Financial disclosure issues have been worked out, aides said. The officials said they expect her to accept. Clinton aides had no comment. h/t: CLG

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by Ewen MacAskill in Washington
guardian.co.uk, Monday November 17 2008 21.48 GMT

President-elect Barack Obama reaching out to former rivals to build a broad coalition administration

Hillary Clinton plans to accept the job of secretary of state offered by Barack Obama, who is reaching out to former rivals to build a broad coalition administration, the Guardian has learned.

Obama’s advisers have begun looking into Bill Clinton’s foundation, which distributes millions of dollars to Africa to help with development, to ensure that there is no conflict of interest. But Democrats do not believe that the vetting is likely to be a problem.

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As part of the coalition-building, Obama today also reached out to his defeated Republican rival, John McCain, to discuss how they could work together to roll back some of the most controversial policies of the Bush years. Putting aside the bitter words thrown about with abandon by both sides during the election campaign, McCain flew to meet Obama at his headquarters in the Kluczynski Federal Building, in downtown Chicago.

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via Hillary Clinton to accept Barack Obama’s offer of secretary of state job | World news | guardian.co.uk

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Hillary Clinton as choice for Secretary of State is an Embarrassment! Chris Hitchens

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November 17, 2008 MSNBC HARDBALL

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Hillary Clinton emerges as U.S. State dept candidate

Ex-CIA Officials Tied to Rendition Program and Faulty Iraq Intel Tapped to Head Obama’s Intelligence Transition Team

Methinks they do protest too much By William Bowles

The Obama Conundrum: Progress and Protest in the Face of Reality by John Caelan

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What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been By Bill Ayers

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By Bill Ayers
http://www.inthesetimes.com
November 7, 2008

Looking back on a surreal campaign season

Whew! What was all that mess? I’m still in a daze, sorting it all out, decompressing.

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The Last Ride on the Straight Talk Express By Mike Whitney

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By Mike Whitney
November 06, 2008 “Information Clearinghouse”

In the end, all the fear-mongering and mud-slinging amounted to nothing. On Tuesday night, the McCain campaign fizzled out on the front lawn of the Biltmore Hotel in front of 7,000 downcast Republican loyalists. “Big Mac”–as the Arizona senator likes to call himself–made a gracious concession speech and offered congratulations to newly-elected President Barack Obama, but his words were drowned out by the boos and cat-calls rising from the crowd. The same acrimony and viciousness which characterized the entire campaign, dragged on to the very end. McCain ran the dirtiest campaign in recent memory and his attempt to cover it over with a few uplifting platitudes won’t save his reputation from lasting damage. At no point, did McCain try to stay above the fray or address the central issues of war, economic stagnation or the financial crisis. Instead, he chose the low road at every turn invoking Karl Rove’s Swift boat tactics by focusing all his attention on Reverend Jeremiah Wright, ex-Weatherman Bill Ayers and Rashid Khalidi—anything to avoid a real debate on the issues or exposing a party platform which features just two worn planks; tax cuts and war. That’s what made McCain the perfect choice for the GOP, because he embodies the ideologically-muddled worldview that pervades the party’s core doctrine. Today’s Republican party is a rudderless ship drifting in an open sea. Everything it once held dear–fiscal conservatism, small government, non intervention, civil liberties–has been jettisoned for the sake of staying in power and rewarding its constituents. McCain is just the last in a long line of Pharisees and opportunists who hide behind their lapel-pins and faux patriotism so they can smear their enemies with impunity while gorging themselves at the public trough. The 2008 campaign should prove, once and for all, that the only thing that really matters to McCain is winning. His attacks on Obama were sleazy and vindictive. But he lost anyway. He disgraced himself for nothing.

The Sarah Palin choice was a cynical attempt to trivialize the process by turning the election into a public relations scam. No one from either party thought that the shotgun-toting fundamentalist was the most qualified candidate. It was pure theater conjured by poll-driven advisers who were desperate to create some kind of “buzz” around the faltering campaign. Palin not only brought energy and charisma, but also the possibility of attracting angry Hillary Clinton supporters and independents, which was the original intention. But the whole matter was badly bungled. Instead of using Palin to reach out to centrist voters, she was dispatched to conservative backwaters where she served up hearty portions of red meat to the base. What a waste. An ABC survey showed that a significant number of independents and conservatives were turned off by Palin’s antics and shifted their votes from McCain to Obama after she was added to the ticket. Palin became just another albatross on a sinking ship.

Of course, McCain was a long-shot anyway given his voting record and his close ties to his ideological twin, George Bush. Dick Cheney’s endorsement didn’t help either; it just gave the Comedy Central gang more material for lambasting him and rehashing the last eight years of failed Republican policy. But what really killed McCain was his appalling lack of leadership on the economy, an area where he is clearly out of his depth. Instead of convening a group of experts who could help him improvise a plan for dealing with the growing unemployment, the rising foreclosures and the daily gyrations in the stock market; he decided to suspend his campaign and rush off to Washington to affix his signature to the most unpopular piece of legislation in the last half century, Paulson’s $700 billion banker’s bailout. McCain’s political gamesmanship cost him dearly; fiscal conservatives across the country vowed that they would never support any candidate who voted for the bill. From that point on, McCain’s ruminations on the economy were limited to attacks on Obama “the socialist” or sentimental palavering over the near-mythic Joe the plumber, who, oddly enough, became the centerpiece of McCain’s fight for the White House. McCain would have been better off making constructive recommendations for calming the markets or alleviating the suffering on Main Street, instead of trying to convince the public of his deep admiration for the proletariat. It just made him look like a phony.

In truth, McCain is simply out of touch with everyday Americans and the troubles they face. He doesn’t realize that the recession has changed the political landscape totally; that people don’t want to hear the usual demagoguery and character assassination. He’s just out of step with the times. Like the French poet Rimbaud said, “One must be absolutely contemporary.” McCain’s time has passed.

The saddest moment in the McCain campaign took place on the last day of a 9-city blitz; an ordeal that was clearly too much for the 72 year old veteran. McCain was at the podium, as usual, blasting away at Obama; waving his fist at the sky and fulminating in full-throat like Pentecostal preacher while his eyes flickered in their sockets like the shutters on a broken camera. It was quite a spectacle. All the while the crowd kept milling around nervously like they were watching their revered elderly uncle slip slowly into dementia. It was a bit like the closing scene in Stanley Kramer’s classic “Inherit the Wind” when the disoriented William Jennings Bryan exhorted his flock to join his struggle against pernicious liberalism and godless atheism and follow him to the promised land. There was clearly a touch of madness in McCain’s behavior; the old guy is losing it. Imagine a guy like that with his hand on the big Red Switch!

Less than 24 hours later, the Straight Talk Express ran aground in sun-baked Phoenix ending McCain’s life-long ambition to become the President of the United States.

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Election Returns (links) + Obama wins + McCain Concession Speech

The World After Bush

Is Redistribution Really All That Bad? Obama’s Little Red Book By Mike Whitney

The Economy Sucks and or Collapse

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Election Returns (links) + Obama wins + McCain Concession Speech

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Here is Barack Obama Acceptance Speech Nov. 4, 2008

Updated several times, see below for the latest reports

At 1:27 AM with 3508 of 3533 precincts reporting in MO:

1,426,815 McCain
1,426,402 Obama

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Mosaic News – 11/3/08: World News from the Middle East

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“Obamamania Everywhere,” Al Jazeera TV, Qatar
“Is Obama Better for Israel?” IBA TV, Israel
“Qadafi Visits Russia,” Dubai TV, UAE
“Israel Rejects Arab League’s Participation in Mediteranean Union,” Al Arabiya TV, UAE
“Iraq: The Ball is in Washington’s Court,” Al Jazeera English, Qatar
“The Train Returns to Iraq,” Al-Iraqiya TV, Iraq
“Salafis in Lebanon,” New TV, Lebanon
“Hospital Shut Down in Hebron,” Palestine TV, Ramallah
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Is Redistribution Really All That Bad? Obama’s Little Red Book By Mike Whitney

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By Mike Whitney
November 03, 2008 “Information Clearinghouse

Redistribution is never an issue when the money is flowing upwards. It’s only when working people are poised to get a few scraps that all hell breaks loose. That’s when self-styled “mavericks” and their political cadres spring into action and unleash their vitriol at anyone who challenges the failed “trickle-down” dogma of the investor class. When Barak Obama naively pointed out the need to “spread the wealth” the media descended on him like a pack of feral hounds. The gaffe was followed by weeks of derision and vicious attacks. McCain branded him a the “Redistributionist-in-Chief” while his rabid friends on wingnut radio invoked the musty specter of Karl Marx.

What a load of malarkey. Neither McCain nor his media pals mention how the nation’s wealth has already been “redistributed” via unfunded tax cuts for the rich, gluttonous $634 billion Pentagon budgets, or trillion dollar bailouts for Wall Street sharpies. That’s why the national debt has skyrocketed to $11.3 trillion and the country is on the brink of default. It has nothing to do with the proposed extension of unemployment benefits for the victims of the financial crisis or the prospect of $300 billion in additional stimulus to revive the moribund economy. The Bush administration would never hand out stimulus checks unless it had a gun to its head. But, the fact is, their plan to shift the nation’s wealth to the richest 1 percent of the population has been such a glorious success, that consumer spending has seen its sharpest decline in history. Demand has collapsed. And, even though the Federal Reserve has dropped the Fed Funds rate to 1 percent, has flooded the financial system with liquidity, (Federal Reserve Credit jumped $69.6bn to a record $1.873 TN, with a historic 7-wk increase of $985bn!) and is providing a backstop for money markets, commercial paper, insurance companies, investment banks, real estate, and dodgy mortgage-backed securities; consumers are continuing to lose ground because of falling home equity, exploding personal debt, and growing job losses. The Fed’s liquidity-injections are not getting to the people who need it most–the workers– so the economy is tanking. It’s that simple.

So what should be done?

Whoever becomes the next president will have to rethink traditional views on redistribution. It’s not a dirty word. The only way to stop the bleeding and save the country from economic ruin is by enacting an aggressive program to rebuild the middle class. Stimulus checks and government-funded infrastructure programs simply ignore the more deeply-rooted systemic and ideological problems. What’s really needed is a reversal of 3 decades of Reaganism and an admission that that flawed “supply side” market-based doctrine has thrust the country towards financial annihilation. Market fundamentalism has increased the share of national wealth among the richest 1 percent to the highest point since the Gilded Age. “The wealthiest 1 percent of Americans held more than half the nation’s direct holdings of publicly traded stocks in 2004 according to the Federal Reserve”. (Wall Street Journal) Those figures have ballooned since 2004 and created the same kind of economic polarization that exists in third world countries. A recent report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) showed that “The United States has the highest inequality and poverty rates in the 30-country organization after Mexico and Turkey, and the gap has increased rapidly since 2000…In the United States, the richest 10 percent earn an average of $93,000, the highest level in the group. The poorest 10 percent earn an average of $5,800 – about 20 percent lower than the OECD average.” Neoliberalism in America has triumphed; the middle class is busted!

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Special Announcement: 2008 is Just the Beginning

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Note from Manila Ryce, The Largest Minority:

The announcement comes at 2:37 in the video. Democrats might be particularly interested since it’s something they’ve claimed they wanted Ralph to do rather than run in the previous elections.

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The Racism of McCain…and Obama…and the Media By Jeremy R. Hammond

By Jeremy R. Hammond
featured writer
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Foreign Policy Journal
November 2, 2008

The underlying assumption in the argument that association with Rashid Khalidi or his views on the Israel-Palestinian conflict is worthy of criticism is itself, by its own standard, inherently racist.

Earlier this week, John McCain once again attacked his presidential campaign opponent Barack Obama on the basis of his association with another individual. In this case the individual was Rashid Khalidi. Mr. Khalidi’s sin? He’s a Palestinian who has been critical of Israel. Obama’s sin? Speaking at a dinner five years ago held in honor of Mr. Khalidi.

Other speakers at the dinner were critical of Israel, accusing the state of committing terrorism against the Palestinian people, leading McCain to compare the dinner gathering to “a Neo-Nazi outfit”, and thus implying that criticism of Israel’s crimes is equivalent with racism.

The Los Angeles Times reported last April on the Obama’s presence at the dinner, noting that “a young Palestinian American recited a poem accusing the Israeli government of terrorism in its treatment of Palestinians and sharply criticizing U.S. support of Israel.” Another speaker noted that “Zionist settlers on the West Bank” shared one thing with Osama bin Laden; they were both “blinded by ideology.”

Obama, who has vigorously portrayed himself as a staunch supporter of Israel, said at the dinner that his talks with Mr. Khalidi and his wife Mona had been “consistent reminders to me of my own blind spots and my own biases” and expressed hope that “for many years to come, we continue that conversation — a conversation that is necessary not just around Mona and Rashid’s dinner table,” but around “this entire world.”

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The Monster Within…. By John Steppling

Sent to me by Jason Miller from Thomas Paine’s Corner. Thanks, Jason.

By John Steppling
10/31/08

http://www.counterpunch.org/leupp10282008.html

http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/10/28/obama-affinity-marxists-dates-college-days/

http://www.spectator.co.uk/melaniephillips/2545716/is-america-really-going-to-do-this.thtml

I start with the above links. And they really need to be read.

Now, this isn’t about who to vote for so much as it’s about the deteriorating of the American psyche, and the colonizing of consciousness that goes with it.

The absurdity of a Melanie Phillips, and her naked racism should, I would think, be obvious to any sentient being. She cites loony Daniel Pipes, a perfect reflection of her ideology.

The FOX news piece is funny because the implications are that to read something that others find unacceptable is tantamount to a crime.

And so we come to the attacks on Obama as a Muslim. I’ve said before that this election has made race a pivotal idea again in the national ongoing narrative. But it’s not just that Obama is black; it’s that his name is sort of, uh, funny. And this has allowed the Muslim hatred to surface in a new form.

Gary Leupp, always worth reading, makes points about Bill Ayers. These are obvious in a sense, but not to Middle America. The hatred is palpable out there. And the lack of education is stunning……as George Monbiot recently cited. It’s a nation of deeply compromised thinkers. The average American has no curiosity, has no historical perspective, and seems addicted to the most reductive and jingoistic formulaic thought. The contradictions are so extreme that it’s hard to keep up with them. Muslim is now short hand for evil.

But this presidential race — by virtue of Obama’s race — has become about memory. The memory of Indonesian genocide and about the black power movement and about civil rights and about Viet Nam. And it’s, as Monbiot points out, about education. Intellect is seen as weakness. The prototypical American myth is about the man of action. A man of few words and an emotionally dead man. But never mind, as long as he can shoot and hunt and get things done. The point is not to ask what those things are, for that would be weakness. This is a myth created for a young country. The frontiersman, the gunfighter; Daniel Boone and Billy the Kid. And the marketing has intensified this myth over the last forty years. Couple this with the destruction of public education and the growing Pentecostal movement, and it’s a perfect storm of mass ignorance and resentment.

Now there is certainly a backlash against this marketed reality, but it strikes me as a pretty mediated backlash. The suspicion of intellect is deeply rooted in US consciousness. If one examines popular culture, Hollywood for example, one sees villains are often intellectuals. The hero or protagonist is usually a man of action, and hence a man to be trusted. Even in academic circles one gets a feeling of this mythology at work.

Corporate America sells lifestyles. Branding. It’s easier to reinforce the stupid then it is to sell intelligence. Beer commercials are always about how it’s just fine to be half in the bag and dumb. Homer Simpson. It’s the frat boy paradigm, which in the UK is lad culture. Marketing would be self defeating if it demanded you achieve something, demanded rigor in thought and asked for an informed political culture. So it doesn’t. It sells products by virtue of branding, and that means identification. It sells *reaction*.

This brings us back to the political theatre of the US presidential elections. The Christian Right is rallying around Palin and finding a justification for its deep seated resentments and fears. It is a form of McCarthyism. And McCain is a perfect poster boy in many ways for the militaristic hero trope — only his senility and general lack of attractiveness get in the way. There seem to be splits within splits now in the US. Obama is both black and someone who reads. An empire that is clutching at the final few straws of denial cannot tolerate, in addition to a perceived intellect, the fact that he is black. AND that he has that funny international history. For most Americans Indonesia couldn’t be found on a map. Sarah Palin couldn’t find it; I guarantee you. And I wonder if McCain could. Kenya? The same.

To remember civil rights now brings up white America’s sense of being put upon. The destruction of unions and the general loss of jobs and security must seem too much. The marketed promises haven’t been kept. Reagan was wrong, and all this claptrap about the fall of Communism, and a shining light on a hill, or whateverthefuckever that phrase was, has turned out to be the sub-prime crisis and a jillion dollar national debt and maybe a black president. That wasn’t the how the script was supposed to go.

Now this is all being rather simplistic I know. But then the national discourse has become simplistic. When people like Pipes and John Bolton, or Rush Limbaugh or David Brooks are creating the world view, then real analysis and historical awareness won’t happen. Bill Kristol now writes for the biggest paper in the US. BILL KRISTOL? Think about that. A man of such limited intellect and such a jingoistic racism that in a normal universe he would be safely kept out of sight by his family.

For the last fifty years US foreign policy has supported the worst dictators in the world. The US has fought a constant war against the forces of humanity and tolerance. If it wasn’t good for corporate business, then it was to be destroyed. The millions of dead in Viet Nam, in Indonesia, in Africa and the Middle East …. in Central America and South America are simply not mentioned. For an increasingly insular and defensive population the idea that the US installed a monster like Pinochet is impossible to accept. The Shah? Somoza? Rioss Mont? Duvalier? The marketed reality is a Manichean one. Good vs. Bad, and *we* are good. Period. And fuck off if you don’t agree.

Genuine class consciousness still seems a long way off. My ongoing beef with Trotskyist leftists is this fantasy world they promote. Hand out newspapers and explain why you won’t vote for Obama, and etc. The death of the American Empire is at hand, no question about it. It can’t be sustained. Here in Europe there is a general unease coupled to an acceptance that international finance will be changing and those vacations on far flung beaches may now be spent a few hundred kilometers away at a local park.

Change must start with a change in consciousness. The culture must change. The corporate media must be ignored and people must slowly, gradually, look to their community. World revolution isn’t going to happen. Obama is better, on all levels, than McCain. Sure, he’s a Democrat and Biden is scum, but he might be smart enough to stop the collective denial of Empire and because he once listened to guys like Khalidi, he might understand the madness a tiny bit better.

The system is still the system, and it’s predicated on exploitation, and that won’t change tomorrow. But on an environmental precipice stands mankind. McCain and Palin and Bush and Cheney and all the rest will never act at all in response, for they cannot. They are too psychically disfigured and have been too long cut off from reality. Obama might be able to react. A small bit anyway, and maybe later more. I don’t know. The attacks on him as a far left Muslim Marxist are absurd, but maybe such demonic fantasies suggest a truth. Maybe under that corporate DNC veneer is something hibernating, a horrible Marxist monster after all. We can only hope.

Senior Editor of Arts and Culture with Cyrano’s Journal Online, playwright, director, screenwriter and teacher, John Steppling was an original founding member of the Padua Hills Playwrights Festival and has had his plays produced in London, LA, New York, Paris, San Francisco, and Poland. Steppling lives in Lodz with Norwegian director Gunnhild Skrodal, and teaches at the Polish National Film School. He co-edits with Guy Zimmerman Cyrano’s celebrated VOXPOP blog on theater, cinema & politics.

Author’s Postscript:

This link suggests another aspect:

http://www.alternet.org/election08/105261/evangelicals_and_rural_americans_are_breaking_big_for_obama/

And Richard Seymour brings this:

http://leninology.blogspot.com/2008/10/obama-democrats-and-american-working.html

Perhaps Obama has created something of an awakening in the working class. It may be small, as I said above, and heavily mediated by a number of factors, but it’s fascinating to see the possibilities. I would again raise the issue of race. If class consciousness is starting to appear, it’s starting to appear through the lens of race.

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McCain and Israel’s Bombing of the U.S.S. Liberty

The Daily Show: Goin’ Rogue

This Is The Lowest McCain Has Sunk Yet By Juan Cole + video

Dr. J.’s Short Takes: Negative Advertising v. Negative Advertising, On to ACORN, Kristol v. Kristol

Jane Mayer on “The Insiders: How John McCain Came to Pick Sarah Palin”

Don’t tell my mother I work at the White House. She thinks I play the piano in a whore house. by William Blum

Presidential elections: planning for the worst By Roland Michel Tremblay

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McCain and Israel’s Bombing of the U.S.S. Liberty

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2008 Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader discusses John McCain and Israel’s bombing in the U.S.S. Liberty. From The Forum Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio, October 30, 2008.

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