Unfortunately, in the end history may show that the plutocrats who pay for presidential elections will not be denied by those who they choose to represent them in the world's most powerful position. After Obama made clear his willingness to advance the corporate agenda by voting to grant retroactive immunity to the telecom giants that facilitated the domestic spying initiated under Bush that remains unchanged today, he received George Bush's implicit seal of approval upon his election.
It was thus clear since before the election that the new President intended to put the crimes of the past behind us as if it never existed. As the war on civil liberties continues, he is being judged a criminal himself by those who think that a single standard should apply to all Presidents.
Having been ruthlessly savaged in the course of the coup that placed Bush in office in 2000, he chose to abandon every principled decision that he had courageously made in the past in his fruitless pursuit of power. The only revenge McCain enjoyed after bowing to the corporatocracy in taking his shot at the golden ring was to keep Bush waiting when he went to accept his endorsement. In response, Bush danced a little jig for waiting reporters on the White House portico, spicing up that day's news report.
The reader who was paying attention during the early days of the Bush coup regime will recall that the NSA was given the authority to do so by a reckless cowboy being spurred on by a sick-hearted psychopath. Cheney was of course working with rogue elements of the CIA who in turn were doing the bidding of the Bush, Saud and bin Ladin families and their allies in the corporatocracy. Among others in this elite group of corporate Puppetmasters were the CEOs of Halliburton and unnamed corporate members of Cheney's secret energy committee that met shortly after Bush's inauguration and shortly before 9/11.
When the Senate found out that the Bush administration was in regular violation of the FISA Act that regulated illegal spying on Americans, it dutifully voted to retroactively provide immunity to the telecom giants that provided the means for this domestic spying. Obama voted for the immunity bill in what has become a disturbing pattern of protecting those who have committed treason in the name of "security."
Interestingly, the program was initiated prior to 9/11, even though that "unanticipated" terrorist attack was the excuse the Bush administration gave for breaking the law and to justify two wars . This was all in the name of protecting us from the terrorists whose plan should have been obvious from what was know to the FBI months in advance through two separate lines of investigation that were deliberately blocked. After the fact, the illegal domestic surveillance program was given a veneer of legitimacy when a cowed Congress passed the Patriot Act.
North is treated like a hero and was rewarded with a nationally syndicated radio show rather than suffering the just punishment for all traitors to democracy. You may not know that this was financed by illegal drug trafficking hidden under the program of the "war on drugs" that has made Columbia such a useful ally to the Empire builders.
Liddy is a former CIA agent who symbolizes the rogue elements of the agency who work for the corporatocracy and not for the President or the American people. One wonders whether there is any truth to the rumor that he was present on the grassy knoll in Dallas in late November of 1963 along with George H.W. Bush. He certainly seems to feel that he is protected by higher powers than are in the elected government of the United States. So much to know, so little time to act.
If America had truth in advertising laws, you could check this out on the Right Wing Nut Fascist Radio Network. God only knows what G. H. W. Bush is doing, since most of his actions in servicing the country are still classified. Meanwhile, Cheney is starting to have well-earned chest pains again, which any doctor worthy of the name realizes is most likely related to his anxiety over the distinct possibility of facing punishment for his crimes against humanity.
A true conservative in matters of these basic principles, Carter typically chose principle over what others would call pragmatism. Baptist leaders represented a huge voting bloc of those from families that had become Democrats out of spite after the Civil War and who had effectively become Republicans out of racism after the passage of the Civil Rights Act. These became the core of the modern Republican Party and one of the reasons it has found it so useful to assault the wall between Church and State.
We are now seeing the effects of the breakdown of the wall between Church and State in the rise of one-issue voters who are willing to overlook the crimes of corporate politicians in their attempt to control the bodies of women, against the overwhelming majority of Americans who consider the decision of whether or not to seek an abortion as a question of personal morality not justifiably subject to governmental decree.
This proved to be a crucial wedge issue that has driven Americans to fight Americans in a schizophrenic battle. The issue pits traditional conservative values of personal freedom against the sacredness of life. Unfortunately, many of those who consider themselves conservatives regard life as sacred only until birth, after which they believe the individual is on his own in a world they have made increasingly hostile by their common belief that it has always been so.
The mainstream of traditional conservatism has always held that the wall between Church and State is an inviolate protection against the tyranny of the majority who might assault their religion if allowed to impose an alternative one on them. Each generation must relearn the lessons of the past in order to avoid dangers foreseen by their forebears. The battle becomes more difficult when waged against the absolute conviction that one side speak for God on every issue that is tearing America apart.
The loyalty of most of the religious Right has also proved to be a useful tool in building a coalition of the willing in the fight to impose fascist rule in America. It is time that more on the Left acknowledge that there is a growing religious Left whose members consider it their responsibility to work for the betterment of Mankind. They are ready, willing and able to join the fight for justice yet often reluctant to join groups whose members regularly demonize all religious people under the foolish assumption that the corporate media accurately portrays all Christians as tools of the corporatocracy.
More members of the religious Left are becoming active in social issues and electoral politics as individuals and not as members of churches. By contrast, many fundamentalist churches routinely violate the conditions of their tax-exempt status by advocating for specific candidates, sometimes with the threat of Hell for those who do not share their convictions.
It is dangerous when preachers use the power of fear to motivate their members, who are susceptible to authoritarian appeals because they grew up in homes where this was the norm. Every person wants the power to think for themselves, but most do not unless encouraged to by those whom they choose to associate. In general, these are the people who agree with them.
The good news is that even among religious fundamentalists a sense of social responsibility is beginning to emerge. It is a movement for more responsible stewardship of the Earth over which they believe God gave us dominion. If we are serious about winning the war against fascism, we will take our friends as we find them.
It was not always the case that Americans did not talk to each other about politics and religion. The intolerance of different opinions undermines the essential character of the United States that kept the Union together even in the wake of civil war. Since anger on both sides of the Vietnam War pit brother against brother, the divisions have deepened to the point that we must End the Civil War and Finish the Revolution if we are to end the threat of fascism in America and establish the democracy that all true Americans want to see.
While Obama has failed to restore the government to one that serves the People, we cannot forget that he is surrounded by enemies of democracy and cannot do the job by himself. We must create the grassroots movement that will restore America to its true center. Until then, Obama will fail in trying to find the center that the corporate politicians and media portray as moving rapidly rightward. In a nation deliberately torn apart by politicians working for corporations to maintain their power and wealth, the only way to make the truth known is to show our numbers on the streets of America.
The strategy of divide and conquer has worked so well that most Americans have forgotten the basic lesson of the American Revolution: When challenging a government that has acquired the power to impose the will of an economic elite on the majority, we must all hang together, or surely we will all hang separately. We cannot aid the cause of the elites by dividing ourselves over anything less important than whether we agree that fascism in America must end.
The President cannot do this alone. He derives his authority to govern only from the consent of the governed. We can and must show him that the suffering citizenry of the United States can once again work together to solve the critical problems threatening the viability of the American experiment in democracy. No President can change history without knowing that the American people are behind him or her when preparing to grab the wheel of the ship of state and change course.
While President Obama is toeing the corporate line now, the Democratic Party will respond to pressure from the base if we act in unison. Party leaders have bought so deeply into the assumption that they must satisfy the endless greed of those who control the purse that pays for their elections that they have abandoned the principles for which the party has always stood.
In accepting the self-fulfilling prophecy that the best the so-called leaders of the Democratic Party can do is to follow a path of incremental reform, rank and file Democrats and the party as a whole have allowed themselves to be steadily pushed to acquiescing to fascist control of our government. As a result, the party has lost its moral compass and abandoned the principles by which it used to define itself.
Now taking ten steps backward to each step forward, it defines success as incremental "progress" in merely slowing the rise of fascism. The Democratic Party has lost not only its identity but its soul, despite the many good men and women who are desperately trying to reform it from within. Any progress in furthering their stated ideals will only come by abandoning the assumption that they can serve two masters. We must demand the selection of real leaders. These are those who will take America support a constitutional amendment to abolish corporate personhood. In making this a campaign issue, we can rid ourselves of members of Congress who choose to follow the dictates of their corporate Puppetmasters.
The Republican Party has built a long history of anti-democratic actions that have taken it far from the values and ideals of its founders. The big tent is folding as their base realizes the truth about their agenda. Traditional conservatives who have philosophical differences with liberals must make common cause as American and work to make the Republican Party return to its roots. If they do not, they will never produce candidates willing to put their interests over those of corporations.
McCain abandoned his ideals rather than his career when all moderates were purged from the goose-stepping Republican Party. After being abused by the Bush machine in 2000, a man who had taken an oath to defend the Constitution with his life abandoned all honor, whether he typically chose to exercise the prerogative or not. The final proof of McCain's sellout to the fascists was his support of torture by the United States, knowing full well the consequences this could have for the members of the military that he had willingly put in harm's way. His past service for our nation notwithstanding, John McCain did not earn the right to serve as our President.
Bush was elevated to the Presidency in significant part by Bush family friend James Baker, acting on behalf of the Bush and Saud families and OPEC, through which the two families collude to control oil prices and optimize profits for their friends in this corporate war profiteering industry. George III had been selected and though not elected, was going to be installed. The Supreme Court cast a dark shadow on its own legitimacy in rejecting a challenge to Bush's purported election. The white collar riot halted the vote recount mandated by the state of Florida and therefore by the US Constitution, proving that violence can be effective for a time if practiced by the state. However, a people raised in the belief that they have a right to be free will inevitably rebel against state sponsored terrorism directed against them.
In the outrageous decision of the Supreme Court that irreparable harm would be done to Bush by following the law, potentially irreparable harm was done to democracy in America. His supporters dismissed all criticism of the decision as sour grapes and chortled as he plunged us headlong toward fascism, most notably through picking three young believers of the doctrine of original intent for the Supreme Court. The Five Stooges of the Supreme Court who produced Citizens United were themselves placed in their lifetime positions by the same corporate powers that selected Bush as their titular leader. These activist judges appear to interpret their duty as defending the right of corporations to rape the American people in return for their privileged sinecures.
It is crystal clear that democracy is in danger from these insane tools of corporate powers that are mindlessly but systematically destroying the world economy and the middle class. Powerful CEOs are using the "rights" granted corporations by reactionary fascists on the Supreme Court to undermine those of the rest of us.
The fate of a President who publicly challenges the will of the corporate Puppetmasters was made clear when the shots heard round the world rang out on December 22, 1963. Those of us who respect the office of the President must accept that he cannot change the world without the support of a People willing to look beyond the lies of the corporate media and have faith that the President will follow us when we demand that Congress Stop the Madness.