ELECTION, SHMELECTION

Over at A Tiny Revolution, Bernard Chazelle briefly and humorously points out what Arthur Silber has been oh-so-eloquently telling us for years, and what Ralph Nader tried to tell us in 2000 (in my first ever trip to the voting booth, I listened to Ralph). The Democrats don’t offer us a sufficient difference from the Republicans when it comes to what they actually do. In effect, there are cosmetic differences that we liberals use to soothe our consciences. There is little more.

The always stellar Amy Goodman puts a laser point on Chazelle’s subject in a segment of today’s DemocracyNow! Goodman and her two guests demonstrate that all of the corporate-anointed marquee candidates are employing seasoned genocidal technocrats as advisers. Examples: Hillary Clinton employs Bill Clinton’s Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, who once said on national television that the needlessly punitive Iraqi sanctions regime was worth the death of half a million Iraqi children; she also once asked “What’s the point in having this superb military you are always talking about if we can’t use it?” Barack Obama employs Zbigniew Brzezinski, who once famously boasted about recruiting and turning loose extremist Islamic militants on the Soviets in Afghanistan. Blowback, shmlowback, says he.

I’ll be voting for Kucinich in the primary, and I hope there’s a good third option for the general election in November.

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