Sunday, February 03, 2008

It Ain't Gonna Happen

(originally published at OpEdNews)

Where are we now?

Physically, I know where I am, but, truly, where are we?

First, there was one presidential candidate that wasn’t afraid to say what’s what. John Edwards was an “ambulance chaser” during his legal career, but someone has to chase them and find out what happened to the main passengers. He became wealthy chasing ambulances.

I wasn’t happy with any of the candidates, both on the Neanderthal side or on The Democratic Party side.

Believe it or not, I had this feeling that, although Rudy was running as a rough and tough “9/11” parrot, he may have become somewhat liberal if elected. After all, don’t we say that Bill Clinton ran on a Progressive platform and, once elected, became the best Republican president we ever had?

McCain, too, has always been a maverick in The Neanderthal Party. When he says “America shouldn’t torture”, he means America shouldn’t torture. Whose to say that he won’t take a turn for the liberal if he’s elected?

I listen to a very brilliant radio host almost every day. Thom Hartmann has taught me a great deal. He knows history. One of his callers said that his IQ grows 2 points every time he listens to Hartmann. I don’t think that can happen, but I understand the statement.

Hartmann is also a very courageous radio host. He invites conservatives to be on his show. He debates them. He says that they’re mostly Libertarians as Neanderthals won’t appear on his show.

Hartmann has said a few things lately that have upset me, however.

It appears that most conservative radio hosts hold that all “Republicans good, all Democrats bad” (followed by a Neanderthal grunt).

One reason I don’t like to listen to Randi Rhodes is that she takes the same approach regarding Democrats. “All Democrats good, all Republicans bad.” And she brings up proof of this by saying that all Neanderthals vote no on all important issues (where “yes” would be the populist vote). I don’t hear her say that all Democrats vote yes on all important issue. She at least goes that far.

I get tired of her Lucille Ball type of yelling about how Democrats are good and Republicans are bad.

As I’ve written previously, they all drink from the same trough.

One example I can give about the hypocrisy of the Democratic Party is Kucinich’s support of John Kerry once he became the nominee of the other leg of The Corporacracy.

If you remember, one of the first things Kerry said he would do if he became president was to immediately introduce 30,000 more troops into Iraq in order to “win the peace”. And let us not forget the fact that Kerry is a full steam ahead “free trade” advocate. After all, he’s part of the class that benefits from such tyranny.

Using war to win the peace! Isn’t that what we’re supposed to be doing now?

These are positions that one would think Kucinich would never support, yet he did when he supported Kerry.

Back to Thom Hartmann. Hartmann is sprouting the same fairytale that caused Kucinich to support the other George Bush in 2004. Any Democrat would be better than any Republican. Like Rhode’s transparency, Hartmann is showing that he’s no more and no less than a Democratic Party apologist.

There are two phrases that Hartmann uses on his show. One phrase he repeats over and over again, especially in response to callers is “it ain’t gonna happen” or “that ain’t gonna happen.”

He uses this phrase is response to questions like do you think Al Gore will run for president? It ain’t gonna happen. Gore probably won’t run for president, but I, for one, wouldn’t be as sure as Hartmann.

I’ve given one example, but just listen to him – I’m sure you do. How many times does Hartmann condescend toward a caller by using the phrase “it ain’t gonna happen.”

The problem is when the person in charge of the microphone says “it ain’t gonna happen”, he or she influences whether or not something will or will not happen.

The other line that Hartmann uses everyday is “tag, you’re it!”

Hartmann ends his show with this line because he’s encouraging his listeners to become activists. Hartmann is always advising his listeners to write to their members of Congress.

I know that he must realize that no one writes to his or her member of Congress. We write to interns who are told what form letter they should use to respond to us.

I’ve written, respectfully, to Barbara Boxer, Diane Feinstein and Ellen Tauscher many, many times. I get letters and/or emails saying how absolutely thrilled they are to hear from me (hyperbole mine).

They continue by telling me how empathic they are to my point of view, how horrible it is the “The Bush Administration” is or is not doing this or that. Then they break out the “I for an I”.

“Consequently, I introduced a bill” or “I’ve been working with Senator Feingold or Senator Kennedy on a bill that’s meant to combat these evil things that “The Bush Administration” is doing.”

It seems, if it was up to Hartmann, I’d be doing nothing but calling my members of Congress or writing to them day and night, night and day. I’d be receiving the same claptrap if I did that.

Friends, how much good has sending letters to you members of Congress done? Did “Bush” – oh, George W. Bush is such a small part of The Regime – apologize for sending American troops into Iraq once we found that there were no weapons of mass destruction? Has he made a vow to work with other nations to clean up the mess that his “mistake” caused? Has he said that there will be no more armed combat between American forces and Iraqi freedom fighters?

In fact, some of the Neanderthals in Congress have a “D” after their names. Feinstein, for example, plans on patting the telecommunications industry on the back with her own form of “Good job, Brownie” only, in her case, it will be, “good job, Verizon and friends. Good job spying on Americans.” What a precedent to set!

So, what’s my solution. A military type revolution against the government of The Former United States of America? Well, as Hartmann would say, “That ain’t gonna happen.”

Hartmann was all fuzzy about the Green Party’s David Cobb telling people in “purple states”, those states that could go either way, not to vote for him in 2004. I would ask Mr. Cobb, “Sir, there’s one absolute way in which you can get people not to vote for you. That is to not run.

What good is running for office if you’re message is, “Please don’t vote for me.”

On a couple of occasions, Ralph Nader has been ruthlessly attacked for being the one serious Progressive running for the presidency. The reason Nader’s been attacked is because Progressives feel that, when his name is on the ballot, he takes votes away from the Democratic candidate. Well, what if the Democratic candidate is not a Progressive? What if he’s John Kerry talking about making more war in order to have peace?

Progressives shouldn’t be angry with Nader for taking votes away from Kerry. They should be angry with Kerry for taking votes away from Nader.

Of course, if one asks Thom Hartmann if a third party can win the presidency, he would merely say, “It ain’t gonna happen.” When Hartmann says, “It ain’t gonna happen through his microphone, he definitely decreases the chances of it happening.

One of my solutions, most of which I’ve already touched upon in past articles, is to get rid of The Electoral College. The Electoral College is the single most useless yet damaging antiquated system in the FUSA. It’s a voter’s HMO. It’s like having money changers between doctors and patients.

With the Electoral College in place, we, the voters, vote for electors. If we the voters are voting, should we not be the electors who are deciding the outcome?

The Electoral College ensures that our one party, two branch political system will remain in place. The people who have the leverage to begin to dismantle that house with the “danger do not enter” sign on it are the very people who, either directly or indirectly, benefit from it.

Getting rid of The Electoral College – well, “that ain’t gonna happen.”

This is not so much a harsh criticism of Thom Hartmann, a radio host with a brilliant mind and a civilized manner. I’ll listen to him today and I’ll listen to him for as long as his show is on the air. After all, I’d rather listen to Hartmann having civilized dialogues with his guests and callers than to listen to Michael Savage or Randi Rhodes screaming at the top of their lungs about the cowboys with the black hats and the cowboys with the white hats.

It’s more about telling Thom, “OK, I’ve spent years, and I’m sure others have as well, being the kind of activist that you recommend that I should be and it’s gotten us nowhere. Two members of The Corporacracy are attempting to become the nominee of The Democratic Party and two members of The Corporacracy are attempting to become the nominee of The Neanderthal Party. You can look with your microscope and talk about how Hillary is moving a bit more toward the left or about how Obama said he was against the Iraq war from the beginning, a fact he can’t prove because he wasn’t in a position to vote for or against the resolution in 2002. You can say things that make McCain or Romney look bad. But you’re doing this in spite of the fact that they are, politically speaking, Siamese quadruplets.

What might save us this time around is if Kucinich doesn’t back a candidate that stands for everything with which he disagrees. Maybe a Kucinich/? ticket on a third party ballot will prove the verity of his words. Maybe if there is a real Progressive third party ticket, Thom Hartmann, whose words deeply touch many listeners, will go out on a limb and, instead of saying “it ain’t gonna happen”, he will say, “If you all support the true Progressive, it not only has the potential to happen, but will happen.”

Nah, that ain’t gonna happen.

To friendship,

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” - George Bernard Shaw

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