The American political process is a fascinating thing to observe; however, also very frustrating. One party comes to power, and almost immediately it sells out to big corporations and big banks. Then everyone generally agrees they are corrupt, and are then replaced with the other party, which then does the exact same thing. The people get fed up, and then switch them again as if to expect actual change. Albert Einstein said that the definition of insanity was doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results.
The American political system is insane.
Former Georgetown Professor, Historian, and mentor to Bill Clinton, Carroll Quigley, wrote in his monumental Tragedy and Hope
, that:"The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one perhaps of the Right, and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can 'throw the rascals out' at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy."
In July of 2008, a Rasmussen pole revealed that 9% of Americans approved of Congress; both parties were equally hated. The United States was engaged in two major overseas wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and general discontent for the way that America acted in the world was growing. Americans were starting to see
the imperialism that much of the rest of the world has seen and experienced. And the people
wanted change. The American empire, and major entrenched financial interests behind it, was threatened.
Then came Obama. Like a well-packaged celebrity delivered with a bow on top; he was a product of Wall Street and sold to the people like a product. Words and rhetoric like "hope" and "change" were used to rally the people, who justly wanted those things. But once in power, this product quickly fell apart, and continued all the war and imperial policies of the previous, rearranging deck chairs on the titanic; sold the country to the banks, who already owned it, but now raped it of 23.7 TRILLION dollars. http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aY0tX8UysIaM
Obama was put in place to pacify resistance to the American empire, and siphon off the growing demand for change. Just think, during the Bush years, Americans were so divided along "party lines"; however, in the later years, most Americans equally hated both parties. The "system" was threatened, while Americans were starting to be united.
Now, almost one year after Obama came into power, Americans are seemingly more divided than ever; both pointing at each other as the roots of the problems, while failing to see that the problem is systemic; and therefore, so too must the change
be systemic, not illusory and surface-oriented.
Time for real