Joel S. Hirschhorn
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an endless, futile and costly Iraq war, a stinking economy
and most Americans seeing the country on the wrong track,
the greatest national group delusion is that electing
Democrats in 2008 is what the country needs.
Olbermann was praised when he called the Bush presidency a
criminal conspiracy. That missed the larger truth. The
whole two-party political system is a criminal conspiracy
hiding behind illusion induced delusion.
Virtually everything that Bush correctly gets condemnation
for could have been prevented or negated by Democrats, if
they had had courage, conviction and commitment to
maintaining the rule of law and obedience to the
Constitution. Bush grabbed power from the feeble and
corrupt hands of Democrats. Democrats have failed the vast
majority of Americans. So why would sensible people think
that giving Democrats more power is a good idea? They
certainly have done little to merit respect for their recent
congressional actions, or inaction when it comes to
impeachment of Bush and Cheney.
the core reasons the two-party stranglehold on our political
system persists is that whenever one party uses its power to
an extreme degree it sets the conditions for the other party
– its partner in the conspiracy – to take over. Then the
other takes its turn in wielding excessive power. Most
Americans – at least those that vote – seem incapable of
understanding that the Democrats and Republicans are two
teams in the same league, serving the same cabal running the
corporatist plutocracy. By keeping people focused on
rooting for one team or the other, the behind-the-scenes
rulers ensure their invisibility and power.
genius of the plutocrats is to create the illusion of
important differences between the two parties, and the
illusion of political choice in elections. In truth, the
partner parties compete superficially and dishonestly to
entertain the electorate, to maintain the aura of a
democracy. Illusion creates the delusion of Americans that
voting in elections will deliver political reforms, despite
a long history of politicians lying in campaigns about
reforms, new directions and bold new policies. The rulers
need power shifting between the teams to maintain popular
trust in the political system. Voting manifests that trust
– as if changing people will fix the system. It doesn’t.
voters become co-conspirators in the grand political
criminal conspiracy. Those who vote for Democrats or
Republicans perpetuate the corrupt, dishonest and elitist
plutocracy that preferentially serves the interests of the
Upper Class and a multitude of special interests – some
aligned with the Republicans and some with the Democrats.
Voting only encourages worthless politicians and those that
fund and corrupt them.
discontent leads to settling for less through lesser evil
voting rather than bold thinking about how to reform the
system to get genuine political competition and better
candidates and government.
understand why sane people would not want to vote for
Republicans, based on the Bush presidency. But I cannot
understand why politically engaged people think that putting
Democrats in power will restore American democracy and put
the welfare of non-wealthy Americans above the interests of
the wealthy and the business sector. Bill Clinton’s
administration strongly advanced globalization and the loss
of good jobs to foreign countries. Economic inequality kept
rising. Trade agreements sold us out.
this primary season talk about reforming our health care
system among Democrats never gets serious about providing
universal health care independent of the insurance industry.
And why should citizens be supportive of a party that favors
illegal immigration – law breaking – that primarily serves
business interests by keeping labor costs low?
have Democrats stood up to challenge the official 9/11 story
that no longer has any credibility to anyone that takes the
time to seriously examine all its inconsistencies with what
really happened and the laws of physics.
Whoever wins the Democratic presidential nomination will not
be free of corruption and lies. He or she will owe paybacks
to all the fat-cat campaign donors. Voters will be choosing
the lesser-evil Democratic presidential candidate. Is that
really the only choice? Is there no other action that can
advance the national good?
seem to be just two other choices. Vote for some third
party presidential candidate, but the downside of that is
twofold. No such candidate can win in the current rigged
system. Worse, voting gives a stamp of credibility to the
political system, as if it was fair, when it is not. Voting
says that you still believe that the political system merits
your support and involvement.
second option is to boycott voting to show total rejection
of the current political system and the plutocratic cabal
using the two-party duopoly to carry out its wishes. When a
democracy no longer is legitimate, no longer is honest, and
no longer serves the interests of ordinary citizens, then
what other than violent revolution can change it? When the
electoral system no longer can provide honest, corruption
free candidates with any chance of winning, what can
citizens do? Either stay home or just vote in local and
state races and for ballot measures.
remove the credibility and legitimacy of the federal
government by reducing voter turnout to extremely low
levels. Show the world that the vast majority of Americans
have seen the light and no longer are deluding themselves
about their two-party democracy. A boycott on voting for
candidates for federal office is a form of civil
disobedience that has enormous power to force true political
reforms from the political system. This is the only way to
make it crystal clear that the presidency and Congress no
longer represent any significant fraction of the people.
This is the only way to show that America’s representative
democracy is no longer representative and, therefore, is no
longer a credible democracy. Just imagine a federal
government trying to function in the usual ways when only 20
percent of the eligible voters actually voted.
takes more courage to boycott voting than to vote for lesser
evil Democrats and in the end this is the only way for
people to feel proudly patriotic. This is the only way to
not contribute to the ongoing bipartisan criminal conspiracy
running the federal government.
have broken government because the spirit of Americans that
gave us our revolution and nation’s birth has been broken,
in large measure by distractive and self-indulgent
consumerism. It is better to recognize that those who vote
suffer from delusion than to criticize those who do not vote
as apathetic. Non-delusional nonvoters recognize the
futility of voting.
Democrats will not restore our democracy. That is the
painful truth that most people will not readily accept.
Such is the power of group delusion. Voting produces
never-ending cycles of voter dissatisfaction with those
elected, both Democrats and Republicans. It is time to
break this cycle of voter despair. Voters that bitch and
moan about Congress and the White House have nobody to blame
but themselves, no matter which party they voted for.
S. Hirschhorn observed our corrupt federal government
firsthand as a senior official with the Congressional Office
of Technology Assessment and the National Governors
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