Thursday, February 4, 2010

Taking Another Contract out on America

So ex-speaker Newt Gingrich has another contract drawn up to take out on America. Apparently he feels that not enough damage was done to the country under the Reagan-Bush reich.
Newt may be right about one thing: He proclaims that, in order to succeed, Republicans must propose alternative leadership and not function merely as the opposition party. However, to be really serious about that, Republicans would need to wrench themselves out of their alliance with the corrupt corptocratic system. I would not hold my breath waiting for this to happen any time soon.
The Democrats are generally not much better off. Voters hoped for change, but found only improved theme music as a result. Health care reform was auctioned off to the highest bidders, and senator Al Franken says he supports Obama's illegal war in Afghanistan. As the song by The Who put it, "meet the new boss, same as the old boss..." Contrary to the lyrics, however, we do continue to get fooled again and again.
The new faces Bush Jr. installed on the Supreme Court value corporate rights over that of individuals, as several key rulings have shown. The most recent outrageous ruling opens the floodgates of unfettered campaign spending by corporations. The only possible bright side is that this could result in big money's influence being revealed more transparently than ever. Perhaps a backlash will develop, as people scurry to consult their copies of the constitution to discover that corporate entities are not named as having rights equal to individual citizens.
I'll say it again: We need to dispose of the myth that our two-party system offers real choice.