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Friday, July 09, 2004 | The Case for Canceling US "elections:" Pragmatism Comes of Age
To begin with, less than a quarter of the people who live in the US participate in the political process at all. The majority of US residents have been successfully marginalized and for all practical purposes, disenfranchised, resulting in electoral results which, even if 100% counted, monitored and accurate, would not constitute a legitimate election in many democracies.
The corporate oligarchy has solidified its position as author, arbiter and enforcer of policy, both domestic and foreign.
What is popularly called "the electoral process" has become little more than a "venting outlet" for affluent white people, along the lines of the "quality circle" module popular in US corporate culture.
A "quality circle" usually takes the form of a meeting where employees are encouraged to make suggestions and air grievances, while someone from management fresh from a seminar on how to do this, listens intently, nods thoughtfully, takes notes, and files them away at the end of the meeting.
Studies and imperical evidence have shown that quality circles are a low-cost way to improve morale and curb dissatisfaction that could impact production without effecting actual policy or modalities.
Illusion is for most, just as satisfying as substance, whether the illusion is that someone in authority is listening to your concerns, or that you have a choice of which boy-singer will stand at the mike and belt out the set chosen by the band manager.
The US has taken the same pains to prevent democracy from accidentally springing up at home as it has to prevent that eventuality in its oil-rich client states, albeit using different methods.
Domestically, the "strongman" is not one man, but the captains of several corporations, who seldom stand at the mike. Restrictions against protests and criticism of the regime are more lenient, and public education is universally available, with the result that well over 40% of US high school graduates are functionally literate, a great convenience to their employers.
Instead of the more forthright "sheik" method employed in most colonies of the US warlord syndicate, control is maintained within the US using more subtle strategies: Anyone who suggests himself or herself as a candidate who advocates a change to the status quo is merely decreed to be "unelectable."
If the divergence is too great, especially on profit-critical issues, the firebrand risks being shut out of the club altogether, i.e., Cynthia McKinney.
Voters who disagree with the regime are thus reduced and resigned to chew the bone thrown to them - they may be allowed to choose a different figurehead.
The more sophisticated are aware of this. While many outside the US puzzle over how seemingly intelligent, politically aware individuals can buy into something as inane as "Anybody but Bush," deeper investigation reveals that it is less a case of buying into it so much as an acceptance that that is all they get.
They are permitted to request that the policies of the feudal warlord syndicate be announced in more euphemistic terms by a more articulate figurehead with better hair.
They are invited to close their eyes tight and believe with all their hearts that their brothers and sisters in far-off lands will be less dead when shredded by cluster bombs dropped by oil-bribed Frenchmen, that the sons and daughters of the underclass that tends their gardens, cares for their children, serves their lunch, will be less dead if the engine of their demise is called "the highest form of progressive national service."
"Regime change," when it comes to the US, will not come from white collar white people punching a Diebold machine.
Cancelling elections, therefore, would be, like the elections themselves, more symbolic than anything else. You could even call it pragmatic.
Actions like Sep 11 do not happen in a vaccuum.
Long before those hijackers ever stepped foot on the planes the damage
had been done. They were brainwashed with the same type of garbage
propaganda that is spewed from Fatwa's weblog.
Middle Eastern countries are so much more barbaric today and preAmercia than America can ever hope to be...America has only been around 230 years...who did you blame for everything before that Ductape? I am calling a Fatwa on your bullshit!
IMO - terrorist plain and simple. He is an Al queda operative who
should be put in a cage on gitmo Skinner
My favorite..."In Defense of Holocaust Deniers"
I always thought that "The Enemy Within" was just a metaphore for liberalism, that is, until I encountered Ductape Fatwa. He should be in an orange jumpsuit for sure.
peopleforchange.netductape is either a commie, al queda, or a deep cover mole
Tells you something about this asshole doesn't it. He's really serious.
I believe that DF is nothing but a Republican plant...
Ductape is a commie, a terrorist, and he drinks blood too. He drinks
Capitalist blood. He eats unborn babies too
Give me your address and I'll send you $20 and a thank-you note for taking your hatred elsewhere.
A terrorist with a sense of humor!
He ain't nuthin' but shit
inadequate, halfway house bullshit
You are a dumbass. Fuck you and your condescension about us "benighted sheeple." hamletta
Untruthful, damaging bullshit
no better than the neocons and no different than Timothy McVeigh
dailykos.coma turd in the punchbowl...if DF were Joe Hill he probably would have killed himself rather than get put to death.
A compost pile of fecundity
dailykos.comdespicable and literally mentally ill