No, apparently we can’t

Congress has begun to demonstrate that it just doesn’t get it. The wave of hope, some might say desperation, that put Barrack Obama in the White House, is being routinely ignored by the people’s own representatives in Congress and state houses around the country. Fast to spend the people’s money bailing out the very institutions that brought us to a financial crisis, legislators refuse to turn their backs on the big money interests that paid for their holding office and pass legislation to help the people of this country out of their mess.

 
The Senate turned down Sen. Durbin’s common sense measure to authorize bankruptcy court’s power to modify homeowner’s mortgages. Those same courts can change mortgages for the rich – vacation homes, investment properties and other mortgages that the common family cannot afford. Yet the mortgage on that home they rely upon for shelter cannot be touched in bankruptcy. Banks say they want to honor the “sanctity of contract” when speaking of these mortgages, but have no problem demanding tribute from the people when they make bad decisions.
 
Congress refuses to cut programs benefiting big agri-business, refuse to raise taxes on those who benefited most by the insane financial frenzy of the past decade. Apparently giving the average American a few bucks a month in tax rebates is supposed to quiet us and ignore the fact that Congress is unwilling to force corporations to pay taxes they avoid by setting up an “office” in the Caymans.
 
The fantasy of a “filibuster proof” majority is just that, an illusion. The reality is that Republicans have a majority with their philosophical allies –“ blue dog” Democrats. Liberals, progressives, pragmatists didn’t gain a majority, they just are being used as cover for the very same rapacious fascist big money interests that have run this country for many decades, maybe forever.
 
Representative democracy is at stake, but we have to wake up to the fact that we cannot look to anyone but ourselves to do anything about it. Even giving Pres. Obama the benefit of the doubt as an individual, it is increasingly clear that he too is largely a “beard” for the oligarchs. I hate this realization, and as I have my whole life still hold out a shred of hope that it just isn’t so. But I do have eyes and can see patterns.
 
It is time we start a movement to change the Constitution so that all members of Congress and the Presidency can run only on public funds, available to anyone who can demonstrate a modicum of viability. The same amendment would limit the impact of lobbyists by cutting them off from Congress and drying up the source of the corruption.
 
The same must be done in every state which, like California, is in a stranglehold of people with immense amounts of money. We cannot pass a budget without their approval, cannot elect anyone to office, even down to the municipal level without their consent.
 
We have the illusion of democracy. We are on life support. Pass the paddles and resuscitate the body politic. We are near death.

 

Comments

  1. SearingTruth

    “We elected those who had stolen our freedom to restore it.”
    SearingTruth

    A Future of the Brave

  2. frank verismo

    Uh-oh. I think if I see one more article like the above I’m going to post the following every day until you people finally understand:

    “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. Then it should be possible to replace it, every four years if necessary, by the other party, which will be none of these things but will still pursue, with new vigor, approximately the same basic policies.” Prof Carroll Quigley, Council on Foreign Affairs historian

    Quigley was the official historian for one of the key organizations directing the overall policies of both parties. He knew exactly from whence he spoke. This is not a game. It is not open to ‘hope’. There is no point in being swayed by great oratory. Both parties are directed by the same unelected bodies, funded into existence by the private international bankers using near-unlimited wealth. Bush did as the bankers wanted, Obama is doing as the bankers want. They are middle management for an agenda hostile to everything you hold dear.

    Anyone who continues believing otherwise is denser than the Humboldt Glacier.

  3. remoran

    “Never stop questioning.” Einstein

    The policos are minions of the bank just as Obama is a minion. Obama cannot be that stupid when he selected the very people who caused the meltdown to be part of his economic team. No one can be that stupid as to not realize the Fed, a private cartel protected by government, does not call the shots. Because Obama is intelligent, there are only two possibilities as to why he is on an economic course that cannot succeed, 1. He’s bought and paid for or 2, He’s been told or else.

    As for congress, there are no words to describe these reptiles. Single payer is dead because Baucus and Pelosi tell us even though we’re the people who pay for everything. Ditto for bank bailouts with the Fed doing the deed with Tiny Tim as cheerleader. Simply unreal.

    I fear we are at the beginning of a revolution akin to the time frame prior to the French revolution whereby the rich and powerful tell us to eat cake while stealing our money and stating we have no say in running things. At this time, they are right but when the bailout fails and millions more are forced out of thier homes with no job and no money, the silent anger of today will turn into seething rage with violence a real possibility, an action that could tear this nation apart.

    Obama and company don’t get it but I do and others like me see this playing out as a scenario from hell. Dumb & dumber simply does not tell it all but greed and corruption does.

  4. Jim C

    Boy , you sure hit the nail on the head , but I won’t be holding my breath for change in election financing . The majority would have to vote against those interests that pay for ( and against ) their election and many are quite content with the present situation , it keeps them safe from challenges as long as they dance the corporate tune . Also remember , the same corporate monopolies now pretty much control the media which has become a right wing propaganda machine , even PBS has been coopted . There is a constant unchallenged drumbeat of slanted or out right misinformation being fed to the confused masses . We are probably just screwed , it would be next to impossible to fight both the money and the propaganda machine .