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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

By Robert Scheer

The Republicans are a sick joke, and their narrow ideological stupidity has left rational voters no choice in the coming presidential election but Barack Obama. With Ron Paul out of it and warmongering hedge fund hustler Mitt Romney the likely Republican nominee, the GOP has defined itself indelibly as the party of moneyed greed and unfettered imperialism.

It is with chilling certainty that one can predict that a single Romney appointee to the Supreme Court would seal the coup of the 1 percent that already is well on its way toward purchasing the nation’s political soul. Romney is the quintessential Citizens United super PAC candidate, a man who has turned avarice into virtue and comes to us now as a once-moderate politician transformed into the ultimate prophet of imperial hubris, blaming everyone from the Chinese to laid-off American workers for our problems. Everyone, that is, except the Wall Street-dominated GOP, which midwifed the Great Recession under George W. Bush and now seeks to blame Obama for the enormous deficit spawned by the party’s wanton behavior.

Without a militarily sophisticated enemy anywhere on the planet, the United States, thanks to the Bush-bloated budget, now spends almost as much on defense as the rest of the world combined. Yet the GOP honchos dare claim they are for small government even as their chosen candidate champs at the bit to go to war with Iran.

They obviously learned nothing from the disasters of Bush the Second, who hijacked the tragedy of 9/11 to launch the most wasteful orgy of military spending in U.S. history in his failed effort to take out an al-Qaida enemy that had no significant military arsenal. That enemy was later eliminated by Obama, whom the Republicans still obstinately refuse to credit for accomplishing what Bush failed to. Can you imagine the explosion of preening self-congratulation that would have resulted if a GOP president had done the deed?

The red-ink deficits that had been stanched under Bill Clinton came to gush uncontrollably because of the swollen military budgets, compounded by the severe costs of the recession that occurred on Bush’s watch.

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But the Republicans refuse to take ownership of the collapse resulting from their longstanding advocacy of radical financial deregulation that led to the derivatives bubble, hundreds of trillions of dollars of toxic junk, now a permanent, nightmarish feature of the world’s economy. Romney, who made his fortune through such financial finagling, even has the effrontery to call for more of the same and blame Obama’s tepid efforts at establishing some sane speed limits for the financial highway as a cause of our ongoing crisis.

So insanely gullible are Republican voters that they buy Mitt’s line that bailing out the auto industry to save the heart of America’s legendary industrial base was an example of big-government waste. Yet to them the almost unimaginable sum spent on the Wall Street bailout represents prudent small-government fiscal responsibility.

The incumbent president has his failings, but compared to Mitt Romney he is a paradigm of considered and compassionate thought. As Obama put it in a speech before a journalism group this week, we are saddled with a national debt “that has grown over the last decade, primarily as a result of two wars, two massive tax cuts, and an unprecedented financial crisis, [and] that will have to be paid down.” But instead of dealing with the causes of that debt, Romney has called for an increase in military spending, continued tax breaks for the rich and reversal of the very limited restraints on corporate greed that Obama managed to get through Congress. He has endorsed the House-passed Paul Ryan budget, which, as Obama noted, even Newt Gingrich once derided as “radical” and an effort at “right-wing social engineering.”

Such radicalism leaves Obama as the “moderate” choice in the coming election, defending centrist programs that Republicans in the past helped originate. Indeed, the big attack on Obama will involve what the Republicans call Obamacare—which was modeled in every important respect on Romneycare, enacted when the GOP candidate was governor of Massachusetts.

The overarching lesson of this primary season is that Romney and the Republicans he seeks to win over are incapable of embracing the very moderation that, particularly in the golden era of Dwight Eisenhower, defined the party. Instead, they are now a reckless force bent on destroying the essential social contract that has been the basis of America’s economic and social progress.

As Obama said Tuesday in addressing the editors and reporters: “... We’re going to have to answer a central question as a nation. ... Can we succeed as a country where a shrinking number of people do exceedingly well, while a growing number struggle to get by? ... This is not just another run-of-the-mill political debate. ... It’s the defining issue of our time.”

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By Leefeller, April 5, 2012 at 4:22 pm Link to this comment

Well my Drill Instructor was right! ‘Opinions are like A….H…..s, everybody has one.’

The manipulators are here, the dividers and the morons prognosticating and stipulating there cure all’s for what ails the nation and the world, vote for someone nobody ever heard of or Ron Paul the guy who would let someone die if they did not have medical insurance the libertarian hypocrite. 

Damn, we are so screwed!

Actually probably not any more screwed than usual, I suspect the Greens and Ron Paul supporters are all here in mass, because they have no place else to go, geeze I remember when the Tea baggers where running around here like ticks on a hog, maybe they will show up later and we can color up the dialog with their inbred gun toting twangy Koch Bought nonsense, a nice addition to the mix of….....Opinions!

By the way, Palindromedary one never knows what manipulation is behind the curtain, I thought Rocky Squirrel was to good to be true, damn if only he was real.  Who is pulling the strings for the Greens I ask. Again, I say OWS has done more in 4 months then all 10 of your Greens have done and how many years?

Well, I guess the Greens did run Nader and he decided they where going to take off and leave him like yesterdays trash, every one of these political jerk off organizations has it little power trippers and Kubuki drama shows going on, hell Adolf would probably be a Green until it did not suit him any more and the Repulsions seem more his cup of tea.

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By taloolahtoo, April 5, 2012 at 4:17 pm Link to this comment

pure defeatism….Obama should have been primaried…

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By Werner Simon, April 5, 2012 at 3:29 pm Link to this comment
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Robert Scheer, Ramparts was been the Best Magazine I ever read! but that was then.!!!.................Hedges V Obama is now the gutsiest lawsuit I’ve seen in a long time!..........I say why not trade up by making Hedges v Obama as this summer’s premiere Occupiers Dim Party Primary Objective.  Our Dear Mis-Leader should not be allowed to slip into a second term of infamy without a challenge from the best journalist in the nation today!....win, loose or draw….its a shot in the arm for sanity….........as vp: C. McKinney

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By ChaviztaKing, April 5, 2012 at 2:56 pm Link to this comment

Dear friends, I heard on The Max Keiser Show of The
Russia Today News Network http://www.rt.com/ that
Mitt Romney is not a millionaire, he is a
billionaire.  And it is likely that Mitt Romney
bought most of internal Republican Party elections,
blocking Ron Paul from becoming the real winner. 
What an immoral law-less anarchy the USA has turned
out to be.  Where politicians can now buy elections,
do inside job 9-11 terrorism as pretext for wars, US
Soldiers can mass-murder Afghanistan Citizens and can
get away with it. And on top of that there are 1
million abducted young girls, by organized mafia
cartels for sex-trafficking sinister purposes.

The US Central Bank is printing fake dollars, and
people in their communities, average joes and janes
are not much better. Most americans of the lower
classes hate each other, do not talk to each other. 
Most americans of the lower classes are unable to be
friendly, loving and united enough in order to be a
united force of regular poor americans against the
evil Democrats and Republican Party.  Instead what
people in this country is hide in their coocoons and
caves, trying to avoid the real world, trying to
avoid and escape reality thru movies and video games.

And then you have Paul Ryan of The Republican Party
trying to destroy the welfare programs food-stamps
and free medicines of medicare in all US states.

If americans from low-income classes, from the blue-
collar low-wage working classes in their communities
don’t get together, and become more loving, more
united, more rational. Less anti-social, less
individualist, less narcissists and unite into a
united workers populist front as an alternative third
party, I will see decades of poverty ahead for about
70% of american citizens who are low-wage, oppressed
poor families. 

Perhaps a long hot summer, hotter summer than ever
because of global-warming will force americans to
become revolutionary marxists, socialists, more
friendly, more rational, more loving and more willing
to wage a revolution against the oligarchic ruling
classes of The Democratic Party and The Republican
Party (The 2 parties of the middle classes and upper
classes of USA)

PS: The middle class that eats at Olive Garden, shops
at Sears, JC Penney and drives new luxury cars is an
oppressor exploiter ultra-right wing class. Even
nurses, teachers, high-wage bank workers, high-wage
insurance company workers are part of the oppressor
ruling ultra-right wing zionist imperialist front of
USA.  The real leftist revolutionary class are the
low-wage workers, unemployed, the homeless and about
60% to 70% of american citizens, who are mostly
unemployed, prisoners, cooks, fast food Mcdonalds
workers, supermarket workers, Wal Mart workers,
delivery drivers, floor-cleaners, lawn-mowers, truck
drivers etc.  So remember stay away from the middle
class. WHEN EVER THERE IS A MIDDLE CLASS HIGH-WAGE
WORKER IN ANY POLITICAL MARXIST REVOLUTIONARY DEBATE,
THE MIDDLE CLASS PERSON BY THEIR NATURE OF THEIR GOOD
LIFESTYLE WITHIN THE CAPITALIST SYSTEM, WOULD FIGHT
AND RESIST ANY RADICAL CHANGE TOWARD A SOCIALIST
STATE IN AMERICA, A GOVERNMENT OF THE LOW-WAGE
WORKING CLASS AND POOR PEASANTS !!


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By truedigger3, April 5, 2012 at 2:54 pm Link to this comment

Re: By Gary Mont, April 5 at 11:13 am

Gary Mont wrote:

“All but one related to British King
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SALINAS, Calif.—A seventh-grader and her 80-year-old grandfather are allegedly the first people to discover that President Barack Obama is related to all other U.S. presidents except one.”
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Gary Mont,
That is nonsense and I suspect it is cheap attempt for diverting the discussion!
The Magna Carta was signed about 800 years ago and you are telling me that there are people who were able to trace their roots for that long across the upheavals, wars, distruction of records, relocations and crossing the Atlantic into complete new world!.
Did ALL the records survive all that time!!??  Who had the time and did all the travel to do all that tracking for 44 persons!!?? Get out a here!

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By jr., April 5, 2012 at 2:43 pm Link to this comment

What would a ‘mormon’ in the white house mean for u.s. politics and the World?

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By Alan MacDonald, April 5, 2012 at 2:18 pm Link to this comment

David J. Cyr, April 5 at 5:17 am Link to this comment

QUOTE, Jill Stein:

“The politics of fear has brought us everything we were afraid of.”

A very well structured and presented post, David.

Thanks for your logic in the asylum.

Best,
Alan

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By - bill, April 5, 2012 at 1:56 pm Link to this comment

For several election cycles now the immedlately up-coming election has been represented as “the most critical election in a generation”.  Are generations getting a lot shorter these days, or what?

I don’t travel much in right-wing circles (pun intended):  do they make the the same claim, or do self-styled progressives have it copyrighted?

Inquiring minds want to know.  Thanks to FreeWill for reminding us of Einstein’s definition of insanity (which certainly seems to apply here).

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By jaysea, April 5, 2012 at 1:54 pm Link to this comment

By Gary Mont, April 5 at 11:13 am Link to this comment
“President Barack Obama is related to all other U.S. presidents except one.

BridgeAnne d’Avignon, who attends Monte Vista Christian School in Watsonville, traced that Obama, and all other U.S. presidents except Martin Van Buren, are related to John “Lackland” Plantagenet, a king of England and signer of the Magna Carta.”
I think this is B.S., and wonder why someone would post such. I dug into Eisenhower’s German ancestry, and found NO EVIDENCE there was any association with John P. and the Germanic tribes from which Ike sprang.

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By Calgurlllw, April 5, 2012 at 1:54 pm Link to this comment

While I don’t share Scheer’s love affair with Ron Paul, he’s mostly right on the money in this article. Reality bites, but it could bite a lot worse.

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By doublestandards/glasshouses, April 5, 2012 at 1:48 pm Link to this comment
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“He cannot mourn but he is a man of such moral vacancy
as to make us mourn for ourselves.”  E L Doctorow wrote
those words about George W Bush several years ago at
the height of the Iraq debacle, but I think they apply
very aptly to all of the men running for president this
year, including Obama.  We ought to mourn for what this
country has become under the leadership of such men. 
It is a matter of great sorrow.

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By ohiolibgal, April 5, 2012 at 1:25 pm Link to this comment

The democrats have become what the republicans were a few decades ago, the republicans have moved ultra right and if Santorum had his way he’d move them to the 15th century.

How nuts are they when they brand Obama as a socialist? If only. But that’s not as nuts as calling him a fascist, it’s like they have left and right dyslexia.

It’s just another election where we have to settle for what amounts to old republican lite, aka “neo liberal”, over foaming at the mouth all in for the 1-5% far right.

If we were a real democracy there would be no two party monopoly perpetuated by the corporate state including the MSM. Oh and we would have 100% honest, verifiable elections, IRV elections, involving no computers.

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By moonraven, April 5, 2012 at 1:16 pm Link to this comment

Voting is for suckers.

Obomber and Romney are the same guy.

Obomber just has a slightly darker suntan.

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By JesuBuddha, April 5, 2012 at 1:07 pm Link to this comment

A few facts to consider to some of the commentators here:
1) Back, way back, in 1886, in the case Santa Clara County vs Southern Pacific Railroad, the U. S. Supreme Court effectively declared that corporations were people; long before the recent Citizens United.2) The United States of America was formed by wealthy aristocrats who did not want to pay the costs of Britain defeating France for territory; read the accounts of the Brits who could not believe we wanted independence when we had more money, our cows were fatter and we had more than anyone else. This country was founded on getting rich—not the puritanical religious “freedom” from the Mayflower, but by corporations. For better or for worse, its always been part of our history. The very first government that we had after the War of Independence was under “The Articles of Confederation” which was too weak for the aristocrats when the common people did not pay them the money the rulers wanted—see the response caused by the Whiskey rebellion and Shay’s rebellion that set the stage for our current constitution: the one we have today which gave rise to what we have regarding the electoral system. 3) Politics is all about money. Who has the money to write the laws and make the rules? the common people? .4) Change is not ever going to happen unless the masses are hungry and don’t have free entertainment. This is why even the Romans kept the Colosium games free and gave away bread at the games. Are the vast majority of people in the U.S. without food and free entertainment deprived of shows like the Kardashians and such? No. Thus, no change will occur. Yes, the two party system is dysfuncional and doesn’t serve the whole of the masses. So what? They are still the only ones with the seats and the organization and the power to get people elected. Are third parties viable? only as far as depriving the big guys voters because of credible ideas that the big guys don’t want—like the Tea Party. Like it or not, it has made a real difference. Do the Liberals have anything like the Tea Party? No. We libs are a bunch of rag tags who are not solidified in any true way. Is revolution inevitable? Not until the real cost of the two wars and the large military machine complex we have finally deprives the middle class of being unable to provide their children with the educational means to ensure generational success. 5)The real question is: why did we allow Wall Street to become what it is? Because they have generated the money needed to fund our empire; and it is an empire.

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By Alan MacDonald, April 5, 2012 at 1:05 pm Link to this comment

I find myself most in agreement with MaxShields, April 5 at 3:35—- who states:

“The only thing we need a President to do is roll back the empire and begin the dismantling of the military industrial complex.

[snip]

An honest discussion over the purpose of government will never be had with a vote for a D/R.

[snip]

These issues are beyond the pale of the political system and certainly any of the candidates, including Ron Paul, who might at least tackle the issue of empire roll-back. “

Yes, Max, the seminal CAUSE of all our ‘symptom problems’ is the DGE (Disguised Global Empire), the corporate/financial/militarist (and media) EMPIRE which has captured and now fully “Occupies” our former country—- along with the U.K. Israel, Germany, France, et al—- by hiding behind the facade of its modernized two-party “Vichy” sham of faux-democratic and totally illegitimate government, as surely as the Nazi Empire tried to do with its crude and earlier single-party “Vichy” regime in France c. 1940-44.

Best luck and love to the “Occupy Empire” movement.

Liberty, democracy, justice, & equality
Over
Violent/Vichy
Empire,

Alan MacDonald
Sanford, Maine

Occupy Empire sign:

“The faces of Empire”

Obama = Petain
Romney = Hitler

What gutlessly voting for
‘least worst’ leads to!

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By mrfreeze, April 5, 2012 at 12:53 pm Link to this comment

Mark E. Smith - You made an interesting point that I’d like to comment on:

“Elected representatives may say that they’ll represent us, and may even wish to represent us, but unless we were able to directly and immediately hold them accountable at all times, they are unlikely to be able to represent us in the real world of US politics where corporate money calls the shots and controls an unbreakable majority.”

I live in a smallish town north of Seattle, WA which has an elected city council that seemingly does whatever it wants to do regardless of what we citizens say. One can go to town meetings, write city hall and “get involved” with little to no effect. My point being, we can’t even get our local officials to be “accountable.” A lot of people would like to pretend that we have power over national politics and government….....need I say more?

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By oregoncharles, April 5, 2012 at 12:14 pm Link to this comment

In response to comments below about Americans Elect:  yes, it’s right-wing move, as an inspection of its candidate roster indicates.

That isn’t a reason to vote for whomever they choose (who might well be Ron Paul - somebody just said he’s in the lead); but it IS a GOOD thing.  That means there will be, now, THREE parties to the right of the Republicans, all drawing votes away from them.

That’s one more to counterbalance progressive votes for the Green Party.

I’ll copy here what I just wrote on Alternet, since it’s the real answer to Scheer’s article:

I think we need to address “lesser evil” thinking on a fundamental level.  I think it’s immoral; given the design of our electoral system and the available alternatives, it amounts to paying a kidnapper (or blackmailer, etc.)  That only leads to more kidnappings.

It’s also out of date:  at this point, Obama and the Democrats are substantially WORSE than Bush, especially on civil liberties and secrecy issues. Claiming the power of arbitrary execution of Americans is the act of an open dictator.  Domestically, The AHCA (Health Care Deform) is a perfect example of the “lesser evil” strategy: even while it drops some crumbs from the table, it makes the health care system much worse by tightening the grip of the insurance companies.

And that tells us that, AS A STRATEGY, lesser-evil voting is a disaster:  it has driven our politics farther and farther into the far right.  It’s been going on for more than 30 years, and for that entire time, the US has moved ONLY to the Right. The “lesser-evilists” have a lot to answer for.

There is a further problem, which may explain the atrocious results:  it violates the fundamental premise of representative democracy:  that we give government its directions by our choice of candidate.  If we vote for someone who doesn’t represent us, we misdirect government itself.  It’s much worse if we vote for an incumbent whose record is directly against our interests and wishes - like the present one.

And indeed, we’ve gotten precisely the results you’d predict: an anti-people government that is more and more authoritarian, because it knows it’s in danger because the majority are way over there somewhere.

We’re just going to have to have more guts than that. If you don’t want “gutless” politicians, you can’t be a gutless voter.

We learned about that in American History class; remember “Damn the torpedos, full speed ahead?” Sometimes you just have to be brave.

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By Gary Mont, April 5, 2012 at 12:13 pm Link to this comment

All but one related to British King
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SALINAS, Calif.—A seventh-grader and her 80-year-old grandfather are allegedly the first people to discover that President Barack Obama is related to all other U.S. presidents except one.

BridgeAnne d’Avignon, who attends Monte Vista Christian School in Watsonville, traced that Obama, and all other U.S. presidents except Martin Van Buren, are related to John “Lackland” Plantagenet, a king of England and signer of the Magna Carta.

Obama Related

The student and her grandfather, who is a genealogist, spent this past summer designing the first known family tree chart in history that shows the presidents’ direct relationship. BridgeAnne’s grandfather has researched president genealogy for 60 years.

“I’m very glad I got this done, and I think it will turn out to be a success,” BridgeAnne said.

BridgeAnne has written to Obama, who she has concluded is her own 11th cousin, in hopes that she will get a chance to present the president with the chart.

BridgeAnne’s U.S. Presidents Family Tree is set to be on display Oct. 28 at the Monte Vista Christian School.

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To put it quite simply, there has never been an honest “election” of a president in the USA.

Every president, save one, is a member of a single royal family - the Plantagenets.

Those who think this is just pure chance or coincidence are truly self deluded.

Every president save one, was “selected” for the job and placed in office, regardless of the popular vote.

The Republicans are running a Madhatter campaign, because your masters want Obama - the Plantagenet Democrat Ringer - to be the Only Choice. After all, he’s already been “selected”, so its just better if most Americans think that most Americans voted for him because there was no other choice.

That odd sensation at your backside… that’s your masters at work. Might as well get used to it.

Unless and until Americans are willing to pull off a general strike, this farce will continue unchecked.

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By Palindromedary, April 5, 2012 at 12:08 pm Link to this comment

Thank you, truedigger3, I am happy that others know about how deceptive Americans Elect really is.

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By Palindromedary, April 5, 2012 at 12:05 pm Link to this comment

Yes, iggie75, I tend to agree with you on this. If it wasn’t for the very strong likely-hood that voting for someone other than Obama, or not voting at all, would greatly increase the likely-hood of Mitt Romney becoming our next President then I would probably vote for an alternative to the two-party system. But we have to look at how many Fox Snooze zombies will, unwittingly, vote against their best economic, and other, interests when they vote for Romney. There are hordes of these simpletons who don’t really know any better…all they know is the right wing propaganda and scare stories of minor things that aren’t really important while they assist the ruling elite in destroying the lives of everyone..including themselves.

But, we have to make it widely known that the ruling elite is not totally getting away with fooling us in their rigged game of faux democracy. And that we know, now, that Obama is no longer “the hope we can believe in”. He is the least of all evils, that actually stands a chance of winning, only if we realize just who he is…yet another useful idiot for the ruling elite who will play their game of illusion and panderer of hope. If we see through their game we can eventually take the actions necessary to make things better.

It will get much worse before people come to realize they have been had and will have to start doing things that will really cause change. Don’t be fooled by “hope” any longer. Obama is not your savior and is part of the problem. But he is not as much a part of the problem as Mitt Romney would be.

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By Mark E. Smith, April 5, 2012 at 12:05 pm Link to this comment

Ron Paul has been in Congress through both Republican and Democratic administrations, and despite his rhetorical posturing, has always had to defer to the majority. The same thing would happen if he were President. A mandate from the people is not the same as having a majority in Congress and on the Supreme Court, and the billions that the banks, corporations, and the military-industrial complex spends financing political campaigns, ensure that they will always have an overruling majority where it really counts.

The only way that we the people can have a real voice in government policy is if we stop delegating our power to easily controlled “representatives” we can’t hold accountable.

Elected representatives may say that they’ll represent us, and may even wish to represent us, but unless we were able to directly and immediately hold them accountable at all times, they are unlikely to be able to represent us in the real world of US politics where corporate money calls the shots and controls an unbreakable majority.

Don’t vote! Boycott 2012!

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By Mark E. Smith, April 5, 2012 at 11:51 am Link to this comment

I suspect that political party affiliation may be akin to sexual orientation.

As I understand it, a person with a sexual orientation would prefer to be in an abusive relationship with someone of their preferred sex, than in a loving relationship with someone of the sex they aren’t attracted to.

These days there are growing numbers of people who live alone and don’t believe it is necessary for them to be in any relationship at all. That takes courage, self-sufficiency, and a willingness to break with tradition. Perhaps what is possible in the social realm will someday also become possible in the political realm. At least I can hope so.

The problem with having a preference for a particular political party or candidate is that it is a focus on the trees that prevents people from seeing the forest. The problem isn’t who the spokespuppets are, the problem is a capitalist system, i.e., a system designed solely to transfer wealth from the poor to the rich, and the fact that the capitalist system has to continue to grow or else it dies, so it must continue its expansionist resource wars and wars of aggression no matter who is in power or else the economy would collapse.

If every eligible voter in the country goes to the polls in 2012, and every single one of them votes for Ron Paul (or Jill Stein, or any other political candidate seeking power within the current system), the media could announce that the winner was Romney or Obama and there would be no way to prove otherwise, as more than 92% of US votes are tallied by central tabulators and are completely unverifiable. Or the Electoral College, under pressure from their states’ political parties, could cast their votes for a candidate other than the one who won the popular vote. Or Congress could reject the Electoral vote and declare a different candidate the winner. Or the Supreme Court could nullify the election, set aside the votes, and choose the President themselves.

The problem is a Constitution that not only did not ensure the right to have votes counted at all, but also ensured that the popular vote would not be the final say and that the ultimate decision would rest with the plutocracy, those who own the country, the people Occupy refers to as the 1%. They were the ones who wrote the Constitution and they wrote it to guarantee that they, not the people, would always have the last word.

Elections are like an ice cream store. Chocolate and vanilla are the most popular flavors, but people are free to choose any other flavor they wish. But if you’re looking for vegetables or soups, you’ll be disappointed, because all that store sells is ice cream.

As long as there are people who continue to vote to delegate their power to elected representatives, we will never have a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Only when people refuse to give their consent of the governed to oligarchs they cannot hold accountable, and withhold their votes until we have a system where every vote must be counted, all votes are verifiable, the popular vote is the final say, and people can vote directly on policy rather than merely voting for representatives who will decide policy for them, will there be the possibility of change.

Yes, if you know what you want, and you believe that mommy will be more receptive to your goals than daddy, or that your favorite uncle or aunt will be kinder to you that either mommy or daddy, you can choose which authority figure you’d prefer, although there is no guarantee that people will be allowed to take office or would be able to end corporate rule if they did. But if you were a responsible adult, you wouldn’t have to look to authority figures and you’d be able to make your own decisions without appointing guardians to manage your affairs.

Don’t vote! Boycott 2012!

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By truedigger3, April 5, 2012 at 11:51 am Link to this comment

Re: By Palindromedary, April 5 at 9:45 am

Palindromedary wrote:

“I believe that Americans Elect is really a Tea Party in disguise. Americans Elect says they are not affiliated with any particular party but their major backers and even the history of their founder, Peter Ackerman, strongly indicates otherwise.”
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Palindromedary,
I agree with you 100%.

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By Palindromedary, April 5, 2012 at 11:31 am Link to this comment

The only reason I may want to vote for Obama again is to keep Mitt Romney from becoming President. Even though I believe that the ruling elite owns them all..no matter who wins. But, Obama still has to try to keep up appearances that he is not entirely owned by the 1%. Mitt Romney doesn’t have to do that and would present not even an iota of deference to the will of the people…the 99%.

I have no illusions that Obama will be any different in his next term in office than he was (very disappointing)in this one. And whether Obama is willingly acting in the interests of the ruling elite or if he has been made to accept his role as ruling elite useful idiot by some other means…threats by unquestionably sinister and overpowering forces that would not hesitate to make Obama end up like JFK…he still would be much better than Romney.  And I so want to tick off the Republicans for being such cry-baby obstructionists.

I’d vote for a third party candidate if I thought SHE stood a chance of winning. And, of course, it wouldn’t really change the fact that the ruling elite will control HER as well. And you have to remember that no matter what these politicians say when campaigning they will change their tune once they win….just like Obama did.  But, if we want to keep Mitt Romney out, which is absolutely necessary, we have to vote for Obama…unfortunately.

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By iggie75, April 5, 2012 at 11:31 am Link to this comment

I’ve read all the comments here, good stuff.  It seems like to me that many of you are ignoring one major point.  Many seem wrapped up in ideology and are completely ignoring the practicality of reality.  You can wish for Jill Green or Rocky Johnson or Ron Paul all you want, but in reality those are not going to happen, not this election.  Maybe someday, down the line, sure, but not this year. The author is pretty clearly outlining exactly why Obama is the pick between your two obvious choices this year.  And that truly IS what you have, two choices.  You can whiffle on all year long about your other candidates, but it’s not going to happen.  Sure, I realize people have problems with Obama, I get that.  But to throw your vote anywhere BUT there this year means the possibility of handing the reins to Romney, which equates to a supreme court appointment which will be the end for us.  The coup will be complete.  They will have gotten exactly what they’ve spent at least the last 30 years trying to accomplish.  Look at SCOTUS already; some of the conservative members are downright brash about where they stand.  There is no longer even a whiff of impartiality.  They have zero fear of being criticized as being partisan, they simply no longer care, they’re that close to the coup being complete.  And they know it.

So, hey, if you don’t care if the coup is successful, go vote for some weak third party candidate.  I hope your ideology can feed us all.

An aside:  the comment above about Americans Elect is spot on.  I spotted that immediately after they first announced, when I saw their corporate donors list.  I too believe they are tea party/Koch backed.  I wouldn’t touch that with a 50-foot pole.

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By oregoncharles, April 5, 2012 at 11:23 am Link to this comment

@Wikileaks for Nobel,Robert Scheer is indeed the founder, editor, and I think publisher of Truthdig.  Don’t go away, though:  keep representing here.

And since many prior posters asked what the alternative is, I’ll repeat the necessary information:  the Green Party, http://www.gp.org; and its likely candidate, Dr. Jill Stein:  http://www.jillstein.org.

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By BARBBF, April 5, 2012 at 11:12 am Link to this comment
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If you voted for Obama in 2008 to prove you were not a racist.  Vote for anyone else this time to prove you’re not an idiot!

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By Cole..., April 5, 2012 at 11:09 am Link to this comment
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Forget “third party”—the GOP has almost 50% of the vote——-there is no way for a “devide to conquer” works.

With the busload of near idiots who chose to pluck from themselves their nominated candidate—which they will all vote for, how can you expect to win. It will be back to and perpetuate ‘the Gore v. bush’ formula——just close enough to let the hackers change the outcome. This would be the best time for dumping the disappointing ‘08 hope choice for someone who would really represent us.

We can still do it—but we won’t.

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By MeHere, April 5, 2012 at 10:58 am Link to this comment

And some folks think Crhis Hedges is too pessimistic, too depressing…. This article is one of the most hopeless and depressing ones you can read. It’s hard to believe that R. Scheer thinks the alternative to Republicans is Obama and his party.
It is because of that kind of view, which is held by millions of people, that we don’t have a strong alternative. (Add to that kind of thinking, the other unrealistic belief in Ron Paul as an alternative.)

It’s time to call things as they are. Support for Obama and the Democrats is not “by default” and it doesn’t mean it’s a choice for a more “moderate” leadership, as Scheer indicates. If one follows the money and the performance of the two parties over time, it’s not hard to conclude that both have been equally responsible for the overall deterioration the country is experiencing.  It may be impossible to change this any time soon, but when you support Obama and Democrats you’re making a clear decision that has nothing to do with default or moderation.

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By Palindromedary, April 5, 2012 at 10:45 am Link to this comment

I strongly agree with ellemarz and I have frequently espoused the exact same thing in many of my posts as well.

I believe that the few ruling elite, in order to control the masses, have managed to corrupt the system so that no matter who you vote for (Republican, Democrat, or even Independents)they will continue to get what they want and leave us hanging on to elusive shreds of useless hope while they continue to get everything they want. Their rigged smoke and mirrors faux democracy keeps the 99% duped so that they will not do what is necessary to really change things that will regain the powers that the 1% have stolen from the people.

The rest of the world is now doing the things that may be necessary right here in America. It has happened here before and it proved to effect the necessary change to wrest power and control back from those few who stole it from the people. FDR would never have had the teeth to make changes if it wasn’t for the extremely “unsettled” (shall we call it violence and rebellion?) that the people finally used to lash back at those extremely greedy and selfish few who gamed the system back then.

As I’ve also said before, and as you say now, they use the Republicans (Plan A) as a 1st choice in order to get things they want instituted rapidly, brazenly, and overtly (in our faces). But, when it looks like the people are so ticked off that they might resort to actions that could really effect change (ie: rebelling, boycotting, revolution, etc.), they put up their plan B…a Democrat who preaches “hope you can believe in” and fear of “no other choice”...but who is really “one of them” who will be the useful idiot of the ruling elite and not the “savior” of the people as he pretended.

And yes, I expect there are those widely read and listened to “pretend liberals” who try to reinforce the idea that “we have no other choice” while at the same time trying to detract or minimize the only other real choice that the people really do have…and it is not wasting one’s time and efforts by going to the voting box. After all, some of these “pretend liberals” are well on their way to being part of the 1% anyway…or at least within the top 2%.

I got a real heads up when I started to investigate Americans Elect and Peter Ackerman and all of his associated liberal or progressive sounding organizations. Found out that these organizations are far from being liberal or progressive. This appears to me to be a typical way that the ruling elite have in their plan to control us liberals/progressives by getting us to unwittingly support their organizations because we erroneously believe they are liberal/progressive. And now, some are supporting Rocky Anderson who has sold his soul to Americans Elect and will do their bidding if elected. Would anyone else believe that anyone posing as a liberal/progressive running on a Tea Party ticket would not be beholding dearly to the Koch Brothers? I believe that Americans Elect is really a Tea Party in disguise. Americans Elect says they are not affiliated with any particular party but their major backers and even the history of their founder, Peter Ackerman, strongly indicates otherwise.   

I believe that many of us are coming to see the reality of what some call a “conspiracy theory” as being not just a theory…but a fact. And they are facts and reality that those in the upper echelons of economic well being in this country do not want us to believe in and will do anything to propagandize us into belittling us for having those ideas in our heads. They’ll even use their “pretend liberal and progessive” toadies to foster that notion of “aren’t you silly, now, for believing in such non-sense” so that we would be too embarrassed to even mention them.

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By jake, April 5, 2012 at 10:41 am Link to this comment
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THEY run both parties! How long does it take to get it . Mr.Scheer?

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By Leefeller, April 5, 2012 at 10:37 am Link to this comment

Yeah Robert Sheer is really not a nice guy because my third party choice is not being bantered about on Truth Dig articles, although they had the Socialist Article, but that was not my guy? So much whining and no one but each other to whine to?

By the way Korky, thanks for heads up.

Ron Paul is the only anti war candidate far as I know, because he is obviously running at the expense and annoyance of both the Republicans and I suppose the Democrats. But I know Obama was a hawk when he ran back in 2008, he did not shy away from his feelings about Pakistan and he actually showed this as President.

The fact third party candidates and non traditional vetted candidates can run in any party is apparent, they must have given Paul a hall pass because they thought he had absolutely no chance of gaining any traction with his bald tires.  Last election Mike Gravel had a clear anti MIC message and before when he was in congress he spoke out with much emotional fortitude against the Vietnam Unwar. Gravel did not last long on the Democrat debate trail, which shows me something?

Any one with half their brain tied behind their back know money is power and always has been, the simple fact my personal dislike of the way things are working out, probably stems from the fact I do not have much money therefore any power except the potential to vote.

Even though I suspect it could be a phony illusion being a Democrat, but for right now the Democrats offer me a feeling of collective kinship with the ideals opposed to the Republicans, whom I have absolutely with certitude no kinship, except contempt.  This is how politics works bunkey!

They have Rush Limbaugh and we have Ed Schultz!

I find at the federal level the Democrats in Congress as a whole seem to be in on the gravy train, 60 percent of Congress is part of the 1 percent,  but I can only vote in my state and I suppose I am one hell of a lot more aware of this then the majority of the so called 99 percent who are getting screwed.

So, my point,....rooting for a third party must really, really suck, but after all you have each other!

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By 1Cole, April 5, 2012 at 10:35 am Link to this comment
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Get real Dave.
There is no way any third party candidate can do anything but help elect the GOP.

The GOP is nuts—it’s repressive—it’s a closed minded, return to the 15th century mentality. But in spite of that and more it’s wants are in control, everywhere.

I am not disappointed by Obama—I am disgusted. And I am more disgusted that he is ‘the only choice’ and will think, if re-elected that it wil be because he did such a great job.

Our best “hope” is defeate of GOP everywhere, or anywhere,  possible and the OWS make Obama eat humble pie. Perhaps are only “hope” is the OWS.

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By costa piperakis, April 5, 2012 at 9:55 am Link to this comment
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mr.  presedent;when you have to spend four bucks a gallon for gas.or walk amile in a GIs brogans.mayby i might vote for you.on second thought not even then.just roll out your prayer rug and hope the rest of the voters can be as stupid as the people that voted you in the first time (and last I hope)

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By Dave Schwab, April 5, 2012 at 9:47 am Link to this comment

Mr. Scheer does his readers a great disservice by pretending that the Green Party and Jill Stein don’t exist. If Mr. Scheer is resigned to voting out of fear for a candidate that has delivered many of his worst fears, he should state that up front; to claim that progressives have ‘no choice but Barack Obama’ is dishonest and manipulative.

If you are someone who would rather educate yourself and make your own choice, rather than obeying pundits who tell you year after year that you have to vote for their favorite lesser evil, check out Jill Stein’s platform at her website:

http://www.jillstein.org/

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By mrfreeze, April 5, 2012 at 9:37 am Link to this comment

nategold - Great quote…thanks for that!

It’s too bad Life isn’t fair: We are an imperfect people, with an imperfect government run by incredibly imperfect politicians owned by a morally bankrupt corporate/wealthy elite.

In the end, if we choose to vote, we need to vote for whomever we believe will represent our interests. Not easy in today’s America.

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By BR549, April 5, 2012 at 9:36 am Link to this comment

If anyone is in doubt, just watch how their favorite candidate fades out of the media spotlight as soon as that candidate dares mention the evils of NAFTA. Not surprisingly, since the media is owned by the same forces that control the two party system,  the price that any politician pays in speaking sacrilege is to be cast into the desert. Such has been the case with Kucinich, Gravel, McKinney, Barr, Baldwin, and especially Paul; they’re all behind the Constitution, rail against NAFTA and its supporters.

So, the average person then says, “Well, none of them have amounted to much, ....... they aren’t very popular, ...... he/she has too low a standing, .......... and I don’t want to vote for a losing candidate”, blah, blah, blah, and yet when we all wake up the morning after the election, absolutely NOTHING has changed except the White House stationary.

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By mrfreeze, April 5, 2012 at 9:31 am Link to this comment

DornDiego - You are certainly correct about the attitude of many TD commentators. I’m not particularly happy with President Obama (far from it), but I’m with you regarding the comments on this thread today. Comments and ideas such as this need a little parsing:

“Obama is a liar, a fraud and a murderer. We don’t vote for those kind of people, and if we do,,we endorse that behavior.”

1) Obama is a liar - Well? So? The alternative: We want a totally transparent, open and honest leader of a country of 300 million people?....what fantasy land would that be?
2) Obama is a fraud - All the time? About everything?
3) Obama is a murderer - Kind of goes with the job doesn’t it? (I’m serious…..since when don’t presidents have to kill people for all sorts of reasons???) Recently, I received a lot of heat for wishing that other murderer/torturer, Dick Cheney, a long, agonizing transplant failure. The very same Obama haters came out in droves to “defend” Cheney….......go figure.
4) And who exactly will we all vote for that won’t do the above once in office?

Sometimes I wonder if many of the commentators here really “think” about what they’re writing. Sure, Obama is a disappointment, but I’ll be god-damned before I ever vote in such a way that even remotely puts more power into the hands of the bat-shit crazies that call themselves Republicans. The bottom line is: even if Obama is all of the terrible things his critics here claim he is, I’m not going to vote in such a way to make it even easier for the scum-conservatives to have more power than they already do.

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By Korky Day, April 5, 2012 at 9:27 am Link to this comment

That is how the Duopoly has worked for 2 centuries.  The only solution is to copy most of the rest of the world and establish pro-rep (proportional representation).

Dennis Kucinich is for pro-rep.  If Ron Paul picks him or picks former US Representative Cynthia McKinney of the Greens (who are for pro-rep) for his vice-presidential running mate, I see great hope.
It’s not that far-fetched.  Ron Paul could win the Americans Elect nomination, which is on the ballot in every state.  He now is way ahead in the AE e-poll.

If 44 million voters pledge before the election to vote for Ron Paul, or if he garners that many in the AE voting, everybody will lose their fear of wasting their vote on him, since 44 million is more than 1/3 the likely vote total.  Ron Paul then has a great chance in a 3-way split.  Remember Ross Perot, who could have won in 1992 if he had not quit the race mid-stream.

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By nategold, April 5, 2012 at 9:24 am Link to this comment

      “If the gods had intended for people to vote, they would have given us candidates”

—- Howard Zinn

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By bpawk, April 5, 2012 at 9:23 am Link to this comment

Obama knows you have nowhere else to go - but the citizens set it up and tolerate it - there’s no protests at all - you need 50 million people to descend on washington demanding changes otherwise it’s the old lesser of the two evils.

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By faith, April 5, 2012 at 9:22 am Link to this comment

truedigger3, one of the reasons that I and I suspect others, read the comment
sections on Truthdig is because the dialogue is always thoughtful, intelligent and
civil.  Your confrontational style with which to toss out diatribe in curse form at
Mr. Scheer, et al is objectionable.  If you cannot present your arguments civilly
then, please, I encourage you to go to a different type blog/news site.

And, Truthdig, I am surprised that you are not moderating such commentary. 
When I began reading the comments here when the site was created it was
intelligent, thoughtful language.  I always thought that I had to give any comment
that I presented here my very best effort and review.  Please return to your high
standards regarding commentary.  I suspect that everyone who writes can meet
the level required for good ‘conversation.’

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By entropy2, April 5, 2012 at 9:18 am Link to this comment

Kinda like arguing about which radio station you want on while your car’s going over the cliff.

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By Michael Cavlan RN, April 5, 2012 at 9:08 am Link to this comment

Then ask yourselves why TruthDig has this endless series of articles that lie, just like this one.

Perhaps there is something that the 501c3 Industrial Complex do not want you to know.

Can ya all dig it? As in TruthDig it?

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By Michael Cavlan RN, April 5, 2012 at 9:06 am Link to this comment

See

Democrats want us to think there is no other option. They want you alone, sitting depressed THINKING you have no alternative. Just like their Republican buddies.

ROCKY ANDERSON, JILL STEIN or Mr ALEXANDER

All viable and all very real.

Refer to my firedoglake article interview with Rocky Anderson.

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By ellemarz, April 5, 2012 at 8:46 am Link to this comment

I love the word choice “default”.  As in “de fault”
is ours if we continue to vote for the lesser of two
evils?  Scanning the other comments, I notice that
many folks feel the same way—that once again we’re
being encouraged to vote for the one because the
other is “worse”.  But, they are both working for
the 1%.  The biggest difference between Romney and
Obama is that Romney is, in his own sadistic way,
HONEST about his pandering to the corporate machine. 
Obama, in contrast, speaks a “good line” about
working for the “people,” “hope,” “change,” and the
like but in reality shoves the knife in deeper and
twists.  It’s dishonest at its best.

I have often pondered a rather silly conspiratorial
notion:

The 1% (those who actually RULE) prefer
conservatives in power because they get what they
want (deregulation, tax breaks, whatever is above
the law) much quicker and without having to put on a
show.  HOWEVER, there always comes a breaking point
when the people become, say, agitated, hostile, even
aware of what is happening.  Movements start,
perhaps a few uprisings, riots, and the like.  The
ruling elite must keep this from taking hold so they
engineer a “win” by the opposition—a hand-picked
patsy for their purposes but one who will soften the
economic/political blow to the masses enough for
them to accept it—and make it appear as though
someone from the elite advocates for them.  After
the Reagan/Bush era and the Bush II years, the
people were growing restless—they were stirring and
becoming aware that the system might very well be
rigged against them.  Thus, Clinton and Obama “won”
the election.  It isn’t really because we voted for
them (the electoral machine is so corrupt and
rigged, I’m skeptical we’ve ever really had a say in
any national election that wasn’t predetermined and
with the Diebold machines, it’s almost a given).  A
more “liberal-looking” person assuages the masses
enough to keep them “down”—to keep us from seeing
the truth behind the curtain—that the entire
political system is under the control of the 1%; as
long as they can keep the people distracted by
whatever mechanisms they have at their service, they
use them—whether it is a terrorist bombing, an
economic crisis, or the election of a so-called
“liberal” president to smooth-talk us into
complacency.  The bottom line is it is all by
design. Obama will never bite the hands that feed
him campaign contributions and the 1% knows it.  His
rhetoric, no matter how “tough” it might sound is
part of the game-plan to keep the rest of us
placated. It is a rather silly notion, and perhaps
isn’t entirely plotted by design.  On the other
hand, given what kinds of behind the scenes
activities we discover about our government and the
ruling class all the time, nothing seems
implausible.

The question I have is whether people like Scheer
realize they are playing into perpetuating a system
that is designed to always benefit the ruling elite
or are they just as ignorant as the rest of us and
believe that playing by the rules of the game can
somehow benefit the 99%.

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By Galen Flynn, April 5, 2012 at 8:42 am Link to this comment
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Mitt Romney 2012! Cause you’re vote doesn’t matter anyways!

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By DornDiego, April 5, 2012 at 8:39 am Link to this comment

Some percentage of you super-heroes out there who seem to have taken over
this site might actually mean what you’re saying about Obama being a tool and
Scheer a fool (and Dionne and Robinson and Boyarsky too).... But… what can
you suggest as a remedy? 
You want to boycott the election, so that Mitt can appoint the new Supreme
Court, and another Congress can be set up to rubber stamp military
appropriations?
Or, you want us to vote for Ron Paul, who wants to take apart the federal
government, department by department, Ayn Ranters with Libertarian flags at
the fore? 
Here in San Diego, the OB Rag has been shut down by robot computers, and the
city of San Diego is trying to throw World Beat Center out of its place in Balboa
Park—both of them being longtime humane, activist institutions in this Navy
town—and there are plenty of people (who’ll be voting for Obama) fighting
that off.  But you superheroes, you find it necessary to attack Truthdig and
Obama and liberals?

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By Counselor1, April 5, 2012 at 8:34 am Link to this comment

Comrade Frustrated Lefties: Let’s remember that by the Constitution the Prfesidency has almost no power to do good. Senators routinely tell the President to “f$@& off” So here’s a doggerel ditty I sent to the Nation.

Election 2012

Every Racist Ranter,
Every Nattering Nativist,
Every Bloviating Bigot,
Every Fulminating Foxcaster,
makes me more determined

to crama, O’Bama
somewhere-a
No Fair-a!

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By StrawMan, April 5, 2012 at 8:32 am Link to this comment

Since most of what I would have said has already been posted, I’m reduced to dragging out again that wonderful observation by Ralph Nader during the 2000 presidential campaign: 

“The main distinction between the two major party candidates [Bush & Gore] is the respective speed with which their knees hit the floor when their corporate bosses come calling.”

Hard to put better it than that.

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By Lee Oates, April 5, 2012 at 8:29 am Link to this comment

The US is quickly turning into a Fascist state.  The America I knew as a youngster is gone, freedom is a myrh. The US has fallen to the rich corporations and the Police state is emerging.  The middleclass is disapearing. Our government is run by corporate stooges, but well bribed. (Including the Supreme Court).  The country is going broke and becoming the chief Terrorist center of the entire world in a bid to grab the resources needed to sustain our civilisation in the future.  I think that real massive war is inevitable.  The naked ape is facing its own extinction in the very near future.  Have a nice day.

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By truedigger3, April 5, 2012 at 8:24 am Link to this comment

Robert Scheer,

You are full of shit and you know it. You are very smart and knowledgeable journalist to really believe that crap you just wrote.
There is no difference whatsoever between Obama and Romney except in rhetoric and fake populist speeches.
Both of them are war mongers and servants for the 1%.
As a matter of fact Obama is worse than Romney because he gives good populist speeches that deceive and mislead the poeple.
You say, Bush did this and did that, but Obama is following exactly what Bush was doing and worse.
He expanded and built on what Bush was doing.
Obama expanded the wars. Obmaa expanded the Pentagon budget. Obama gave Wall St. trillions throug the Federal Reserve. Obama expanded the unconstitutional “security” laws.
Your Obama is fake, fraud and a liar!

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By thethirdman, April 5, 2012 at 8:11 am Link to this comment

I wish we had a third party to vote for.  I also wish I was financially independent
enough to stop working.  I wish AIDS would go away and politicians would stop
lying.  I wish we could stop destroying the earth and I wish people would stop
trying to hurt one another.

To all you high minded purist out there: grow up.  You have one choice coming
up, Mitt or Barack.  Your vote counts very little, but it counts.  I don’t think
Obama would get us involved in ground war in the next 4 years.  I can’t say the
same for Romney.  Obama may choose another Justice from the Center. 
Romney would choose a money eating robot.

Vote third party in every local election.  It matters there.  But don’t jump on
Scheer because you’re too beautifully pure to participate in reality.  You’re just
as much to blame for Bush II as any red state retard.

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By FreeWill, April 5, 2012 at 7:32 am Link to this comment

Scheer Madness!
Some one once told me that the definition of insanity was doing the same act over and over again, but expecting a different result each time.
Voting for Obama or any other Corporate shill would be insane.  A vote for any other alternative party candidate will show in some small way that Big Brother is not in total control. Besides protesting this is the only lawful means we have to express our outrage for the hijacking of our democracy by the rich international imperialist banking class.  Any unlawful act only gives more reason for further repression of what little freedom of expression that still remains.
A vote for Obama is the jailed prisoner bending over to be sodomized and thinking at least some one cares for him.

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By surfnow, April 5, 2012 at 7:18 am Link to this comment

As little as Obama has done, just imagine what might have happened with McCain-Palin. That’s the only way we can look at 2012.

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By Hegemony Rules, April 5, 2012 at 7:17 am Link to this comment
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After all these years of exposing the corruption of Democrats
and Republicans alike, Bob Scheer would have us all vote for the
lesser of two evils, again. Obama is a bigger fraud than any of the
Republican candidates.  It was Obama that promised to end
torture, close Gitmo, end the use of “enhanced interrogation.”  A
month before the election in 2008, Alex Cockburn wrote a
column in The Nation declaring that the election was over. The
occasion for his electoral prophecy:  Obama openly supported
the $700 Billion bailout of the big banks.  Obama is not a failure,
he is just a good old Democrat, in other words, a shill for the
corporate interests that Republicans openly support. Oh, and
let’s not forget, THIS ADMINISTRATION openly defends the
practice of assassinating American citizens. I voted for Obama in
2008 after years of refusing to be manipulated by the empty
reasoning in Scheer’s article.  Within a few months I had blood on
my hands, courtesy of this president.  NO MORE!

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By Wikileaks for Nobel, April 5, 2012 at 7:11 am Link to this comment

If Robert Scheer were the editor of this site, I would bid Truthdig farewell…for the truth that this article bares is a damning one.  With very few alterations, it is the same article I have heard every time for the past 48 electoral years:  now isn’t the time to risk, the Republicans are too extreme, we’ve got to support the lesser evil.

Wonder why our country is on the edge of collapse?  This article shows you why:  cowardice.  Given the stance of this author and all he represents, we would have never had unions, votes, an end to slavery, or even national independence.  It’s too risky, you know, now’s not the time, oh, oh, oh. 

I *do* say goodbye to Robert Scheer, now fully revealed as a gutless pretendgressive.  His “lesser evil” ObaNDAA has done more than Nixon or Bush in turning our nation into a National Security State.  Who was it that said people who would trade freedom for security deserved neither?  You might look that up, Bob.  Bye bye.

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By John Nickols, April 5, 2012 at 7:01 am Link to this comment

My mother and father walked the streets of southern California in the early 50’s
campaigning for Eisenhower. Whatever happened to the Republican Party they
knew? 

The sad truth is that the Republicans are going to isolate themselves into a small
group that it will lose its voice in coming elections. Let’s hope the fall elections are
a watershed event for the Republicans and they can slide back to center and
represent conservatives who are not hell bent on destroying a great institution.

And to think that Governor Romney was once a thoughtful conservative. Reagan’s
big tent has blown away in a gust of animous and hate.

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By Tobysgirl, April 5, 2012 at 6:55 am Link to this comment

It is wonderful to see all the clarity of thought this unfortunate column has engendered.

No one who supports Obama is a leftist. Liberals support Obama, and a number of decades ago liberals decided that the left needed to be obliterated. See, e.g., the ACLU’s abandonment of civil liberties and collusion with the FBI regarding McCarthyism.

The Republican right is not the only problem destroying our country. Ill-educated liberals who continue to support the Democratic Party no matter what Democrats do, including the vicious war crimes mentioned by posters, are a huge part of the problem and are apparently as committed to the destruction of our planet and country as their buddies across the aisle.

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By BR549, April 5, 2012 at 6:51 am Link to this comment

OK, so where does that leave us? Obama has shown his true spots as a corporate
shill, dancing under the strings of the global elite, and the Republicans still think
they can gain traction after following that buffoon, Bush the Idiot, for eight years.

The question is, how many Americans have that short a memory that they don’t
believe that Romney will perpetuate the NWO, Republican style? Or maybe we will
be stuck with Obama again; then we’ll continue on the fast track NWO program; Democrat
style.

If Romney gets the Republican nomination, Paul’s only recourse is to go independent. Will he do that?

Everyone thinks they have a good handle on things; enough to vote for their version of the right candidate, should that candidate happen to show up on the political landscape, but they are really clueless to understand just how manipulated they have been throughout their entire educational life. That is why Obama and Romney are looking so attractive to so many people; because those people still haven’t connected the dots about why all of the globalist sponsored candidates are so eager to support NAFTA.

NAFTA is the gateway to strip the US of its sovereignty and eviscerate the Constitution. Jill Stein looks like an honest person, and I could certainly trust her enough to vote for her, but she has no traction; at least not yet. And even if everyone were to decide to vote their conscience this November and Obama still won by default with some pathetic percentage of 17%, imagine what it would mean if 83% of the population chose someone other than Obama?  As people were starting to wake up, THAT would be the perfect time for a false flag operation bringing us yet another opportunity to be afraid of the dark so the government could step in and save us from ourselves.

I don’t have an answer for you folks, but I’ll tell you that the answer does not lie with either Obama or Romney. Even if everyone voted for Alfred E. Newman or Pat Paulson, at least we would all know that people were starting to wake up to what the real problem was.

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By krrrlll, April 5, 2012 at 6:40 am Link to this comment

I can’t say I’m surprised, but nonetheless I’m disappointed that Scheer falls back to being an Obama apologist as the election comes closer.  Like Eugene Robinson,  E.J. Dione, Bill Boyarasky, he falls back to his “default” position that at least Obama is not a Republican.  For the last three years Scheer has been castigating this administration weekly for failing to provide relief to the thousands of homeowners who were victims to the activities of the Wall Street corporate criminals all the while continuing the Bush and Clinton policies of deregulation and military adventurism.  Scheer has regularly expressed his disappointment over Obama’s failures to be a true reformist.  He often confesses to having financially supported him in the last election - much to his regret.  Now, as things get closer, he insults the rest of us who have been following his articles as a true independent voice by once again trying to point fingers at the Republican candidate (who we all know is an obvious corporate tool) and implying that somehow we’re better off with Obama - the candidate by default.  What happened to Scheer’s courageous indignation?  The response to this column by Truthdig’s regular readers is telling in and of itself.  My favorite and I believe most accurate description of the candidates is by Big B

  ” Prez Barry is a corporate sock puppet, while Mitten’s is a marionette. the only difference is that you can see Mitt’s strings.

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By bigchin, April 5, 2012 at 6:36 am Link to this comment
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Obama increased the Pentagon budget and has more “wars” going than did G.W.

To call a vote for Obama “rational” puts Mr. Scheer firmly in the camp of Stepford Dems who assert there are no other choices.

There are plenty of other choices and I will be making one of them.

Obama and the Democrats = FRAUD.

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By Michael Cavlan RN, April 5, 2012 at 6:26 am Link to this comment

http://my.firedoglake.com/michaelcavlanrn/2012/04/04/fierdoglake-exclusive-interview-with-rocky-anderson/

Article- Interview with Rocky Anderson, candidate for president.

firedoglake

Come on over to the Lake. The water is fine.

Michael Cavlan RN
Candidate US Senate 2012
Minnesota Open Progressives

Because A Sick System Needs A Nurse

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By Michael, April 5, 2012 at 6:18 am Link to this comment
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I’m sitting this one out.  Last time was the last time I’ll vote for the candidate who takes us two steps, instead of three, backward.

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By David J. Cyr, April 5, 2012 at 6:17 am Link to this comment

QUOTE, Jill Stein:

“The politics of fear has brought us everything we were afraid of.”
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The rotten neoliberal system is dependent upon people being filled with greed and fear. The corporate party’s Republicans provide the greed, and its Democrats provide the fear.

The (D) dedicated sheeple have nothing to offer but fear itself. Their Democrats advertise hope, but they deliver despair.

Scheer’s 2012 Obama advocacy demonstrates (again) why the corporate party’s Democrats are corporatism’s greater evil. It’s their job to ensure that evil always wins.

In their partnership with the corporate party’s Republican faction, the Democrats ever reliably use fear to herd flocks of mindless millions of sheeple into the polls to provide popular vote supermajority mandates for the corporate (R) & (D) party’s sociopathic policies.

What did Obamamaniacs get us all when they got what they voted for in 2008? Dumb war became “necessary” wars (plural); more tax funded bonuses rewarded financial criminals; a sick medical insurance scam was made sicker; and there’s been no discernible Democrat concern for the fact that climate change is rapidly accelerating.

What is the 2012 “progressive” mission for the anti-Romney Obamamaniacs? It’s to protect the federal expansion of Romneycare!

An Obama voter is only a “rational voter” if their deeply depraved reasons for voting are to have more wars of aggression waged; no actual care for people’s health; continued concentration of wealth into fewer hands; and a global leader government that will respond to the existential threat of climate change by providing a “historic” market bubble swapping bundles of pollution credits… while the glaciers all melt away into the seas, and the defrosted permafrost releases massive amounts of methane into the atmosphere.

Jill Stein for President:

http://www.jillstein.org

Voter Consent Wastes Dissent:

http://chenangogreens.org/home/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=498&Itemid=1

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By Mark E. Smith, April 5, 2012 at 6:06 am Link to this comment

Glad to see so many people who understand that they do have another option:

Obama, the Supreme Court, and the 2012 Election

http://fubarandgrill.org/node/1373

But it is sad to see that there are still those who believe that corrupt Washington insider, incumbent Congressman Ron Paul, could bring about change. I’d have thought people would have learned that lesson when they voted for corrupt Washington insider, incumbent Congressman Barack Obama. People who are part of the system aren’t going to change the system, despite what they may say to attract voters. It isn’t the candidates, it is the system in which public opinion cannot influence policy decisions but corporate money can, that is the problem.

You can’t run a good con game without shills, and shills like Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul are some of the best in the business. Shills say everything that people want to hear, to get folks excited about the election, but they always drop out and throw their support to a corporate nominee who opposes everything they claimed to stand for. Always. Over and over and over. But there’s another sucker born every moment, so there will always be those who haven’t seen it enough times to recognize the pattern, and who are gullible enough to believe that it is possible for one or a few honest people to transform a thoroughly corrupt system. It’s the old, ‘toss a few good apples into that barrel of rotten ones and the barrel will miraculously become full of good apples’ theory. It has never worked and it never will.

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By Jeff N., April 5, 2012 at 6:02 am Link to this comment

Ugh, yea.. thoroughly dissappointing article.  Isn’t this almost exactly the same as the ‘two candidates, no choice’ article from a week or two ago?  Losing me quick here TD.

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By prisnersdilema, April 5, 2012 at 5:57 am Link to this comment

I can understand why Mr. Scheer, wrote this but I view it as an act of desperation.
However to believe for one instant that Mr. Obama is any different, and would
offer something different to this country than a Romney administration, is
deluded.

Mr. Obama’s constant betrayals, murder of US citizens, signing NDAA, the
continued cover up of the contamination of the west coast with nuclear radiation
and the death of hundreds of thousands of children, cannot be so easily dismissed
as a mistake.


Mr. Obama new what he was doing, his acts have been very deliberate, like the
appointing of corporate hit men to every arm of the government.

No a second Obama term will be quite similar to a Romney one, the only
difference will be the date of the Iran war, and the date of the dismantling of social
security, signed off by Mr. Obama,  with an I’m sorry I had to.

No Mr. Obama is not a centrist, he is a Republican hiding out in Democratic
rhetoric, nothing more.

There are other candidates, who deserve our support, who will in turn support the
people of this country, Mr. Obama is not one of then.

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By Dennis, April 5, 2012 at 5:50 am Link to this comment
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I guess I’m one of the irrational then.  Thank you Scheer for defining me/us.  But is it irrational to be so rational in these precarious times? And what exactly is the great advantage in being quite so rational?

Now let me go about the business of voting for a third party.

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By balkas, April 5, 2012 at 5:48 am Link to this comment

once again, scheer, like all the other MSM columnists, is splitting US ideology and system of governance—which is founded upon that
thinking—into two: Democratic and Republican ones.
i think that one would be mistaken if one would even presume, let alone posit as fact, that Dems differ an iota from Repubs in the basics
of US ideology.
the US THINKING [that’s what ALL ideologies are: marxism, islam, christianity, personal/nat’l/cultural supremacism, talmudism, zionism,
colonialism, imperialism, socialism] can be described as the right of one person to control [or control/own/command/coerce] another.
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i think that people like romney, santorum, gingrich are just a bit closer to the stark reality than the Dems or ‘progressive/liberal’ experts,
thinktankers, politicians, clergy, et al.
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and now that the evil seed [of personal supremacism] had been sown first of all in the middle or far east and nurtured for some 10 k y,  there and in europe since, say, 3 k y ago, we expect it’ll bear good fruit???
sorry, folks, but i expect that personal supremacism or discrimination; from which deep ethnic, cultural, personal, ideological,
educational, monetary divides arise [as evidenced in US for the last 300-400 y] will only make matters worse for ‘aliens’ and most of the
residents in US.
as i said, Repubs appear a bit more honest about what they’ll do on behalf of the TWENTY PERCENT OF THE AMERICANS: army echelons,
clergy, plutocrats, city police, fbi, cia, politicians, judges, columnists, experts, et al; ie, the servants of the 0001- to 1%
from now on, bank on the certain expectation that more things change [and change is certain] the worse it’ll get for the EIGHTY PERCENT.
and i am not even mentioning what’ll be done to inferior races or nations. thanks, bozhidar b. planet earth

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By prisnersdilema, April 5, 2012 at 5:47 am Link to this comment

In the sad tragic comedy,  this nation has become, I view Mr. Scheer’s decision as
an act of desperation. I understand, when you look at what the Republican party
and its frightening vision for this country, that there is hope that Mr. Obama would
offer something better.

However, this is not the case.  Mr. Obama’s vision for America is exactly like the
Republican one, there is no difference. He will accomplish the same things all the
while, covering it over with disinformation, all the while denying his responsibility.

No one made Mr. Obama, sign NDAA, or appoint corporate hit men to command
and control the departments of government, to further the cause of corporate
control. No one made him continue to hide the devastation of Fukashima, and it’s
ongoing nuclear contamination of the west coast, and the resultant death of
thousands of children, to protect the nuclear power industry.  His list of betrayals
of the people of this country will continue in his second term and most likely
escalate.

Mr. Obama is not by any means a centrist, he is another republican, hiding out in a
Democrats rhetoric.

The belief that voting for him offers the people of this country a choice is based
on wishful thinking. Sure there may be small differences between a Republican
administration and his, like the date of the start of the Iran war, but the Corporate
agenda will continue as planned.

Mr. Obama offers, nothing except the illusion of hope, but that illusion, has turned
into a delusion, and if you can’t see that at this point, then you have lost touch
with reality.

There are others that offer real choice, candidates who mean what they say, and
will stand up for this country and it’s people, those candidates deserve our
support.

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By prisnersdilema, April 5, 2012 at 5:47 am Link to this comment

In the sad tragic comedy,  this nation has become, I view Mr. Scheer’s decision as
an act of desperation. I understand, when you look at what the Republican party
and its frightening vision for this country, that there is hope that Mr. Obama would
offer something better.

However, this is not the case.  Mr. Obama’s vision for America is exactly like the
Republican one, there is no difference. He will accomplish the same things all the
while, covering it over with disinformation, all the while denying his responsibility.

No one made Mr. Obama, sign NDAA, or appoint corporate hit men to command
and control the departments of government, to further the cause of corporate
control. No one made him continue to hide the devastation of Fukashima, and it’s
ongoing nuclear contamination of the west coast, and the resultant death of
thousands of children, to protect the nuclear power industry.  His list of betrayals
of the people of this country will continue in his second term and most likely
escalate.

Mr. Obama is not by any means a centrist, he is another republican, hiding out in a
Democrats rhetoric.

The belief that voting for him offers the people of this country a choice is based
on wishful thinking. Sure there may be small differences between a Republican
administration and his, like the date of the start of the Iran war, but the Corporate
agenda will continue as planned.

Mr. Obama offers, nothing except the illusion of hope, but that illusion, has turned
into a delusion, and if you can’t see that at this point, then you have lost touch
with reality.

There are others that offer real choice, candidates who mean what they say, and
will stand up for this country and it’s people, those candidates deserve our
support.

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By Glenn, April 5, 2012 at 5:34 am Link to this comment
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4th paragraph down: “... the tragedy of 9/11..”.  Say Robert - I suggest you revisit that one.  Perhaps with just a teeny bit of digging you might more accurately characterize 9/11 the “horror-filled farce” committed against the American people that it truly was, rather than a tragedy.  If you continue to reference 9/11, please include as a footnote, a complete physics equation explaining the collapse of Building 7. After you’ve done that I’ve got a few more mysteries surrounding that horrendous event for you to explain. 
I really wish columnists like yourself, who offer alternative news/info aggragate/gathering websites - whether out of fear of retribution or rejection of due dilligence, continue to mischaracterize said event. 
Want to maintain integrity and credibility?.. Want to fortify your jounalistic credentials rather than chip away at them?.. Stop trotting out Bush (et al) bull.  How about it?
Otherwise your informed observations are valuable.

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By Xboxershorts, April 5, 2012 at 5:30 am Link to this comment
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Robert is not shilling for Obama (at least as far as my read of the article indicates). Rather, he’s lamenting the very real fact that our political system won’t allow any 3rd party rationality to enter our politics in any meaningful way.

The money actually matters. And the fascists have billions available after 30 years of raping the proles.

But, and here is where I might differ with Robert, I don’t view the office of the president as the be all driving force in the great ill that affects our society. I hold our totally bought and paid for Congress responsible for that.

Congress is the root of America’s evil.
Congress is responsible for the Patriot Act
Congress is responsible for the AUMF GWOT
Congress is responsible for the War on Drugs
Congress is responsible for the Federal Reserve system

For decades now, congress has abdicated it’s constitutional powers to monied interests in favor of a system that encourages incumbency. Guaranteeing the US will have a bi-annual horse race to distract the proles.

Sure, the NDAA contained horrifying language, and sure, Obama could have chosen not to sign it. But don’t ever forget, it was congress that put that language in there. It was congress that enabled the GWOT by passing the AUMF. It was congress that passed the Marijuana Tax act of 1937 kicking off the constitution shredding, police state enabling War on Drugs. It was congress that passed the Federal Reserve act of 1911.

That is our reality. A thoroughly corrupted legislative branch of government that enables monied interests to acquire great political power.

Nothing will change until congress changes.

The greatest message we could send to Washington this election cycle would be to fire 90% of Congress.

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By Paul_GA, April 5, 2012 at 5:29 am Link to this comment

Obama may win by default, but he won’t because I held my nose and voted for him; that’s one sort of political behavior I don’t indulge in. If Dr. Paul announces his candidacy as an independent, he’s assured of my vote; if not, then may the Repubs and Demos both go straight to Perdition—I’ll find a third party to vote for ...

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By Kater Murr, April 5, 2012 at 5:22 am Link to this comment

After 2008 I finally resolved to stop voting. It only perpetuates the fiction that the United States is a democracy.

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By Big B, April 5, 2012 at 5:18 am Link to this comment

I couldn’t help but notice yet another Scheer shout out to slick willie. Remember, anything good that was accompliced by Clinton was obliterated by his inexcusable support of the financial dereg act of 1998.

And once again, main stream dimmos will fall back on their oldest of mantras “well, we’re not as bad as the other guy!” Our nation is right now reaping the rewards of having to choose the lesser of two evils in every presidential election since 1968. Weak leaders, surrounded by and beholden to, the corporate “masters of the universe.” Prez Barry is a corporate sock puppet, while Mitten’s is a marionette. the only difference is that you can see Mitt’s strings.

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By Dan, April 5, 2012 at 5:13 am Link to this comment
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Sure, I can’t wait to vote again for the man who has so far bombed 6 different countries.

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By Barry De Jasu, April 5, 2012 at 5:04 am Link to this comment
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I did vote for President Obama in 2008 but I did so with many reservations. As I feared he would not been a progressive leader. In fact he has help to move the
Democratic Party further and further to the right. He has taken most progressive notions,
such as single payer healthcare, and eviscerated them in his determination to
placate the “center”. From the beginning he surrounded himself with a great many of the
people who helped design the economic mess we are in (he is a Friend of Wall
Street.) There is not much that he will not give away for the perceived gain of a
vote.
From the very start of his tenure as President he removed all hope that he would
investigate and prosecute those in the Bush Administration whose misdeeds
lead us into a pathetically misguided war based on lies in Iraq.He told us that
we must “look forward”, and forget the past, while he has targeted Whistle-blowers and
those involved with medical marijuana. He has taken the attacks on the Bill of
Rights begun under George “W” and run with them, expanding executive power,
doing away with the notion of governmental transparency and personal
liberties.He has been so willing to compromise the environment as he talked
from both corners of his mouth.
But with all of the above I will probably vote for him holding my nose to do it.
The alternative would be to allow the unhinged republicans to starve every
human instinct out of government. And they would do this on steroids.
It had been my hope that a real progressive voice would challenge Mr. Obama
in a primary but alas… While Rocky Anderson, running for President in the new
Justice Party is a real alternative, he will never see the light of day in our
“bought” and pathetic media. Even the “liberal media”. i.e., MSNBC, has most
often avoided being too critical of the President. Not questioning toxic things such as the Police State that essentially has been set up, if not to be used too nefariously by Mr. Obama, will be in place for a “not so nice” next President.
I really am sick given our choices. But the republicans are without morals and shame. They must lose.

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By cabell coward, April 5, 2012 at 5:02 am Link to this comment
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i am disappointed in mr. sheer’s choice of obama as a moderate choice. it is this very view that has gotten us into this place. obama and the democrats are as chameleon as their oponents. business as usual will reoccur as soon as the election is over.

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By EmileZ, April 5, 2012 at 5:00 am Link to this comment

Excerpt from Svankmajer’s “Faust”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6c_fm7oNUi4

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By 1stofMay, April 5, 2012 at 4:58 am Link to this comment
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louiss123 - There’s a rather large strike against Ron Paul. He’s down with segregation. Knowing that, he could talk and little bluebirds could fly out of his mouth and I wouldn’t vote for him.

But agree 150% about Obama, Mr-Sham-I-Am.

However, there ARE other candidates….

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By Dr Bones, April 5, 2012 at 4:57 am Link to this comment
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I’m voting for Dr Jill Stein of the Green Party.  I don’t believe, the I’m not as evil as my twin corporate scum bag any longer.

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By surfnow, April 5, 2012 at 4:56 am Link to this comment

That is the joke that our democracy has devolved into: Being forced to accept either a democrat in name only, but at least an intelligent man of reasonable character, or a religious fanatical moron.

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By ardee, April 5, 2012 at 4:50 am Link to this comment

It is heartening to see this groundswell of rational objection to the continuation of a system so sick and so enslaved to the corporate checkbook that it has left the real and increasingly desperate needs of the people of this nation unaddressed.

I sort of feel sorry for Mr. Scheer, reduced to pimping for a Supreme Court nominee that may very well not materialize. Has he heard of a potential retiree in the next four years? Has he not understood that voting to perpetuate this system is a disservice to the people of this nation? Does he not see with clear eye that Barack Obama is Mitt Romney, that Obama is Bush with a brain, that this adminstration is a sad and terrible joke played upon those who are so repelled by politics, so desperate to put food on the table even, that they care nothing for either candidate.

No, Mr. Scheer, it is time for you to take your silly and shallow partisan nonsense home and leave the repair of this system to those unafraid to vote third party, knowing full well that this journey must be undertaken, that this system can no longer stand unapposed.

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By Michael, April 5, 2012 at 4:47 am Link to this comment
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Sad that now what passes for democracy in America is emtpy of hope or a viable choice. Ron Paul did offer a radical difference, but he was (character)assasinated and largely ignored by the corporate media to their own benefit. We are left with the Occupy Spring to put forth a public by and for the people candidate… say ! Dennis Kucinich is availible but of course he wouldn’t have a chance.
What a circus ! Stop the wars, provide low cost universal health care (not a forced buy insurance scheme) provide low cost education (not expensive loans of money from thin air private banks) and rebuild the US infrastructure for the energy of a new world.  Dream on…

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By Shenonymous, April 5, 2012 at 4:46 am Link to this comment

The expectation that Obama was some sort of deity, come to “save”
this country and the world, left nearly everyone except the realists
disappointed.  He is a centrist and the extremes are unable to
understand centrism. 

Ron Paul was never a possibility.  Numbers don’t lie and it is numbers
that will determine the election, the numbers determines all elections. 
Paul has a fiercely loyal contingent but the one digit numbers in nearly
every election shows he did not have even the whisper of numbers
needed.  There must be some self-reflection needed to rethink what it
is he represented after all.

Life is always a tradeoff and if anyone says they never negotiate what it is
they want and what it is they can get is simply lying to themselves.

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By - bill, April 5, 2012 at 4:44 am Link to this comment

My, my - here I was all revved up to castigate Scheer for writing his second paean to lesser-evilism in a row, and I find that many others got here before me and made my contribution unnecessary.

Thanks.  I’ll try to do the same for you some other time.

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By MaxShields, April 5, 2012 at 4:35 am Link to this comment

The only thing we need a President to do is roll back the empire and begin the dismantling of the military industrial complex.

Our political system is so corrupted that it is beyond “defaults”.

An honest discussion over the purpose of government will never be had with a vote for a D/R. Even the size of the US should be considered if democracy is the governance of choice. Can democracy really work in a land of 300+ million? Is this 200+ year old constitution sufficient? Should government protect the commons, not liquidate it into private hands.

These issues are beyond the pale of the political system and certainly any of the candidates, including Ron Paul, who might at least tackle the issue of empire roll-back. And perhaps that’s the most we could ask for through the system (but that powerful MIC will not go gently into that good night…

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By Tony Vodvarka, April 5, 2012 at 4:25 am Link to this comment

Obama by default?  NOT BLOODY LIKELY!  That assassin of
American citizens should be tried for treason!

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By Kathy Kang, April 5, 2012 at 4:22 am Link to this comment
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Thanks, Mr. Scheer!!! Your are a true ‘voice of reason’that’s so rare these days when we need it the most. Once again you have pointed out the core of the political problems we are facing as a nation, that will define the fate of our future for generations. Please, please spread your message, that’s not about which party you belong to, but about basic human decency, dignity, common sense and fairness. Keep digging!!! With heartfelt thanks, as always. Kathy K

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By nategold, April 5, 2012 at 4:18 am Link to this comment

Obama is more dangerous than the Republicans, because he gets liberals like
you to write columns like this, supporting him.  You talk about Bush bloated
military budgets but as I see it for 3 years now it is Obama bloated military
budgets.  An Obama escalated never ending war in Afghanistan.  A national
security state that is even more dangerous and pervasive than it was under
Bush.  Whistleblowers prosecuted with the Espionage Act, which was only used
3 times prior to Obama using it 6 times.

Obama bailed out Wall St. while millions are foreclosed.  He is the minion of
Wall St. and the 1% and you won’t even recognize this.  The Democratic Party are
the left wing of the War Party.

Obama is a war criminal.  His drone attacks have killed countless numbers or
people.

I didn’t vote for Obama and won’t ever vote for him.  We need nonviolent
revolution in this country, not so called left wingers supporting Barack Obama. 
Shame on you, Scheer.

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By MaxShields, April 5, 2012 at 4:18 am Link to this comment

I suspec this simplistic view of Romney will fade as the general election emerges.

There is literally no policy difference between Romney and what we’ve seen “barring rhetoric and some tokenism in the run-up to the eclection” over the past 3+ years with Obama. Both Corporate pols who serve their masters well.

It is naive to play this as if the tooth fairy exists and we must chose (us poor serfs to this make-believe thing we call “democracy” by voting). Romney’s track record and those of Obama will have nothing but meaningless rhetoric to separate them, at best. We saw, those who looked and listened in the 2008 Presidential debates.

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By louiss123, April 5, 2012 at 4:15 am Link to this comment

Robert,
I really like you. I read your book and have heard you on the radio. I also
disagree with you on this. There is nothing moderate about Obama. In a very
sneaky way je is almost worse than Romney, Gingritch and .....well, ,,,,,nobodys
worse than Santorum. I know we all throw our opinions around but we did have
a choice this time. If demos and folks on the left would not have and backing
up from their line in the sand, we could have voted for someone that would
have made a history changing difference. Of course that is Ron paul. I know the
folks that love big government could never vote for him. But we are at the place
in our evolution to where we an’t afford to have the lazy thoughts we did even
20 years ago.
Every time I hear of one of our drones blowing up a few kids, or another soldier
commiting suicide , well I go freakin nuts.
What is worse is watching the anguish of my friends who voted for Obama, and
try and make sense to vote for him this time. They seem to know they got
royally taken. Human nature has them put on a strong front, but they are
uncomfortable with this. They all fall back on the same tired old line, “well he’s
better than the republicans, orRon Paul hasn’t a chance”. To paraphrase Howard
Zinn…“if people hadn’t pushed back and stood up for what they believed in,
there would have been no end of slavery, women getting to vote, the civil rights
act..etc”.
This is getting long, so I will end with,,when us older lefties die off..and these
young kids who pack stadiums to hear the message of liberty(10,000 last night
in UCLA)then we will evolve. We might look back 10-15 years from now and
say..“we really could have gotten Ron Paul elected back them”.
Obama is a liar, a fraud and a murderer. We don’t vote for those kind of people,
and if we do,,we endorse that behavior.

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By KingRajesh, April 5, 2012 at 1:31 am Link to this comment
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This site is quickly becoming another liberal propaganda vehicle, much like the Huffpost, Salon and NYTimes, disguised as a progressive news organization. Mr. Scheer’s article is one more example of capitulation to the Democrats and Obama. If it wasn’t for Chris Hedges Truthdig would quickly become irrelevant. It baffles me to read in Mr. Sheer’s article, “The incumbent president has his failings, but compared to Mitt Romney he is a paradigm of considered and compassionate thought.” when Mr. Hedges, and others like Glenn Greenwald, has been writing in Truthdig about how much to the right Obama has taken this country, in some cases introducing policies more extreme than Bush Jr., i.e. assassinating U.S. citizens. Is that your idea of “considered and compassionate thought.” Like so many other “pundits” Mr. Sheer, you’ve (once again) fallen into the Obama trap, getting hypnotized by progressive sounding rhetoric and believing he might actually mean it this time.

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