The American system is a con and a fraud
by Bob Livingston
I have been writing for years there are two “parties” in America: the government party and the people. It seems some people are finally awaking to that fact.
The greedy psychopaths inhabiting the District of Criminals are feeling so emboldened these days they no longer care who knows. They’re so “bipartisan” now they’re even parroting one another.
On Wednesday, during a congressional hearing discussing the secrecy behind the Obamatrade deal that will destroy the last vestiges of American sovereignty and create a North American Union controlled completely by the oligarchs, chief Obamatrade cheerleader and Chamber of Commerce lackey Paul Ryan told Americans — in so many words — we have to pass the Obamatrade bill to see what’s in it.
That is, of course reminiscent, of a line made famous by former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi back in 2009. Pelosi’s quote referred to the Obamacare bill — deceptively named the Affordable Care Act — when she said: “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it.” We have since “found out.” And only the political class, the medical industrial complex and society’s leeches are pleased with it.
The only difference between Obamacare and Obamatrade is that we saw firsthand who was behind Obamacare and knew what their agenda was. The outcome was predictable and predicted. The Obamatrade — touted as a “free trade” — deal is so secretive that even congressweasels have to take an oath of secrecy to view the document, and even then some cannot. It’s locked away in a secret room. What we know about it at all is a credit to the hackers at Wikileaks.
The elected class and their operatives care not for anyone but themselves. Any pretense at advocating or legislating on the people’s behalf is either an out-and-out con or a divide-and-conquer strategy designed to grow their power and steal more liberty. Their “principles” involve growing government, lining their pockets and enriching their corporatist masters. They will sell out their former friends and constituents (and even their mothers) in a heartbeat.
Former presidential spokespuppet Robert Gibbs has just joined that “evil,” “non-living-wage-paying” corporate behemoth McDonald’s as global communications officer. This is the same Gibbs who once said: “I think the minimum wage will be the centerpiece of the State of Union. I think it should be the centerpiece of the State of the Union. And it should be very focused on that because, as you said, Republicans in the rest of the country are for it.” I wonder if McDonald’s is paying Gibbs a “living wage,” whatever that is.
He joins another former spokespuppet, Jay Carney, and former Barack Obama political operative David Plouffe in the “evil” corporate world. Carney is now VP of Worldwide Corporate Affairs for Amazon. Plouffe is a senior VP at Uber. And despite Obama’s having allegedly signed an order that “closes the revolving door that allows government officials to move to and from private sector jobs in ways that give that sector undue influence over government” when he took office, Obama operatives Anita Dunn and Bill Burton moved from their White House offices into the new, plush digs at the lobbying firm SKDKnickerbocker, which has worked to oppose several items on Obama’s stated agenda.
This revolving door for Obama operatives between the White House and corporate world has shaken up one prominent leftist so much it’s caused her to rethink what it means to be a Democrat. In a series of tweets, San Francisco reporter Julia Carrie Wong said: “It’s hard to think of a political identity with *less* actual meaning than being a Democrat these days. As a proud Democrat, Gibbs will devote his time to fighting wage increases, harming the environment, and preying on poor communities. His brother in arms Plouffe will focus on the core Democratic values of deregulation and obviating the National Labor Relations Act.”
Republican voters are well-versed in having the party’s elite slap them around. And the GOP’s revolving door between government and K Street has a long and storied history. But like a battered spouse, Republican voters always take them back.
After all, what’s a voter to do? That’s a question that inevitably comes to every article pointing out there is no difference between the parties.
The answer — though apparently unacceptable to the masses — is simple. Don’t vote. It only gives legitimacy to the process and allows them to keep up the charade another four years. If everyone sits out the election, the elites can no longer run the con that we have a representative government.