I, for one, can’t do it.
As much as I loathe the Republican Party and its standard bearer, the
incredibly smarmy shape-changing one-percenter and serial prevaricator
Mitt Romney, I cannot bring myself this Nov. 6 to vote for the re-election
of President Barack Obama, the Nobel Peace Laureate with the mushrooming
Kill List on his desk.
First, by way of full disclosure, let me state that I did, with misgivings
and angst, vote for Obama in 2008. I did it with eyes open, based upon
a (you’ll excuse the expression) “hope” that the many progressive voters,
including a huge cadre of idealistic young people voting for the
first time, and an unprecedented wave of minority voters, as well as
working-class people of all races, religions and ethnicities, would
come together after the vote and press him to be a progressive president,
much as the working people of America back in the early 1930s had pressed
a new president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, the bankers’ candidate from
New York, to be a progressive president.
Boy was mine a vain hope!
What we got instead was a president who backed down in advance at almost
every challenge, telegraphing his fall-back position, whether it was
pulling troops out of Iraq or defending Social Security and Medicare,
or even his supposed signal “achievement,” the passage of the so-called
“Affordable Care Act,” now known as Obamacare.
Had the president barnstormed the country promoting what his supporters
(myself included) had elected him to do -- a massive jobs program, breaking
up of the big banks and a restoration of the Glass-Steagall Act, passage
of a new stronger labor law to make union organizing and bargaining
more fair, establishment of a single-payer system for health care akin
to what they have in Canada, ending the chain of endless wars, and restoring
the Bill of Rights, this election next week wouldn’t even be close...
TCBH! Election Issue, Part II:
Why I’m Voting for Barack Obama
By John Grant
For an ordinary American these days, there isn’t much one can do to
affect the direction of the federal government of the United States.
Much of what our leaders do with that government -- especially the more
and more secret military and surveillance activities symbolized by the
Pentagon -- exists beyond the realm of real change.
One very small power a citizen retains in his or her public life is
the vote. The problem, of course, is that critical issues are not discussed
in the mainstream media where the national political dialogue occurs.
For instance, you can’t use the term “class,” you can’t use the phrase
“global warming” and you certainly can’t use the term “imperialism.”
They are embargoed terms. And anything you cannot talk about and discuss
in an effective manner is difficult or impossible to change.
As one soon learns in the journalism business, a national issue has
to become a Democratic-Republican “pissing contest” before the mainstream
will even touch it. Then it becomes a circus of who’s up and who’s down.
So our imperial military-industrial complex -- absurdly lumped under
the euphemism “defense” -- is discussed only by out-of-the-mainstream
publications like This Can’t Be Happening and by third party candidates.
My more revolutionary friends, thus, see voting for President Obama
as tantamount to selling out to the beast. I understand how they feel.
While I’m as much a red-blooded American citizen as anyone and while
I feel many Americans are good people, I’m thoroughly disgusted with
the leadership in this country and the steady rightward drift over the
past 30 plus years.
This feeling began for me when I came home from doing my service as
part of the international war crime called the Vietnam War. I went to
college and then started a career in journalism. Along came Ronald Reagan
and his Shining City On a Hill. He preached the line that there was
no “malaise” in America, and too many Americans ate it up like a herd
of hungry cattle.
The joke going around these days is that Richard Nixon would be to the
left of Barack Obama. It’s really not a joke; it's true. The joke is
on the American people and what could have been...
TCBH! Election Issue, Part III:
Lying Lines Republican Route to White House
By Linn Washington, Jr.
It’s bad enough that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney lies
repeatedly on the campaign trail and top Romney surrogates like John
Sununu crassly engage in race-baiting that elicits no rebuke from Romney.
But the Republican Party’s penchant for prevarication and prejudice
in pursuit of the U.S. presidency is reaching a new low yet again
with actions by a GOP aligned group called Raging Elephants.
This group is funding billboards in Texas and Tennessee trumpeting the
factually flawed assertion that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Was a Republican,”
and is urging black voters to "VOTE REPUBLICAN."
A Raging Elephants’ billboard campaign in Memphis links that MLK-was-a-Republican
line with requests to vote for a black female Republican congressional
candidate running there.
This King-was-a-Republican claim resurrects a similar fraudulent claim
mounted in 2008 by a group called the National Black Republican Association.
That Association placed billboards in South Carolina, Florida and Denver
pushing the same flawed contention about Dr. King.
There is no historical evidence that the decidedly non-partisan Dr.
King worked for either Republicans or Democrats. Nor is there any evidence
that King’s father publicly identified himself as a Republican, though
many blacks during the early-to-mid-20th Century did, understandably
identified politically back then with the party of slave-emancipator
Dr. King’s son, Martin Luther King III, in 2008, told the Associated
Press that it was “disingenuous to imply that my father was a Republican.
He never endorsed any presidential candidate and there is no evidence
he ever even voted for a Republican.”
David Garrow, author of a Pulitzer Prize-winning biography on Dr. King,
has told reporters that it is “simply incorrect to call Dr. King a Republican”...
JOHN GRANT, DAVE LINDORFF and LINN WASHINGTON, JR. are all members of
ThisCantBeHappening!, the new independent Project Censored Award-winning
online alternative newspaper.. Their work, and that of colleagues LORI
SPENCER and CHARLES M. YOUNG, can be found at www.thiscantbehappening.net
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