Some things never change.
The Republican establishment again picked the wrong horse.
And again, liberal political strategists, who claimed Santorum or Gingrich or even – dare we speak his Federal Reserve-nationalizing name – Ron Paul, would be easier to beat than old 1% Mitt, were dead wrong.
Oh no, that squirming outsourcing Cayman Islands job destroyer is just the prey we were looking for to wander into this well-placed trap where he can: (1 serve as Obama punching bag and (2 galvanize the message of the Occupy movement.
Shame that Willard couldn’t at least be seen driving that damn jet-ski out front of his million-dollar lake home. All those years pulling himself up by daddy’s bootstraps must have worn the poor sap out. Or maybe driver Ann comes from the more serious money.
One thing is certain. Win or lose, Willard will always have those blind family trusts in Bermuda, Luxemburg and Switzerland to fall back on, ensuring his glamorous idle rich tax dodging status.
I’ve never been a huge fan of Barrack Obama. My introduction to the guy came in 2004 when he was running for Illinois Senator and I was running for Congress just across the Mississippi River in Missouri. A group of black activists working on my campaign tried to arrange a joint campaign appearance in Cape Girardeau. The Obama campaign didn’t even get back to us.
That fall Obama was delivering the keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention. This meteoric rise added to my suspicions. Then there was the fact that, for all his eloquence, he never seemed to have much to say. He played it safe. And soon he was President.
I watched an excellent movie last night that everyone should check out. It’s a documentary called Eyes Wide Open, now showing on Link TV.
This extremely well-made and informative documentary goes inside the hearts and minds of residents of Brazil, Bolivia, Venezuela and Ecuador. Eduardo Galeano, Uruguayan author of the must-read The Open Veins of Latin America, interjects his radical and audacious take on the ongoing and quite dramatic collective Latin American move away from neo-liberal market-driven economic policies that for centuries made the region a resource colony for Western multinationals and banks.
What becomes obvious throughout the film is that behind the democratic elections which brought Lula da Silva, Evo Morales, Hugo Chavez and Rafael Correa to power respectively in those featured countries, were progressive movements who even today remain frustrated at the slow pace of reform under these – by all historical measures – radical left-wing governments.
It is no different in the US, except that here in the belly of the beast we are more complacent and satisfied for the moment. Progressives here are also frustrated and angry at the pace of change which Obama’s election has brought.
I have many problems with Obama, especially his hawkish foreign policy adventures in Libya and Syria. We must cease to behave like an empire. And the President needs to be much more courageous.
But those who say there is no difference between 1% Wall Street Willard and Obama are out of their collective minds. It’s a nifty sounding cliché, but it’s total bullshit.
Obama has disappointed in many areas. Yet his administration has also accomplished many vastly under-reported things. The US is moving in a progressive direction, backing slowly away from the dangerous fascist climate generated by the Bushies.
The important point of this movie is that it’s not “Yes I Can”, it’s “Yes We Can”.
As progressives, we must shoulder responsibility, be critical of and push Obama, and keep things moving in a leftward direction. It’s not up to him as much as it’s up to each of us.
First we must all get out and vote to re-elect him!
In the meantime, Romney provides the perfect caricature through which we can resume the Occupy discussion of the 99% versus the 1%.
The banksters declared class war on the poor and middle classes long ago.
Are you going to allow this assault to continue? Or are you ready to defend yourself and your loved ones?
The revolution begins with you!
Dean Henderson is the author of four books: Big Oil & Their Bankers in the Persian Gulf: Four Horsemen, Eight Families & Their Global Intelligence, Narcotics & Terror Network, The Grateful Unrich: Revolution in 50 Countries, Das Kartell der Federal Reserve & Stickin’ it to the Matrix. You can subscribe free to his weekly Left Hook column @ www.deanhenderson.wordpress.com