The Message From Both Parties Is That
Americans Are Disposable
By Paul Craig Roberts
September 08, 2012 "Information
Clearing House" -
If political conventions are ranked on a one to ten scale
for intelligence, I give the Republican Convention zero and
the Democrats one.
How can the United States be a superpower when both
political parties are unaware of everything that is
happening at home and abroad?
The Republicans are relying for victory on four years of
anti-Obama propaganda and their proprietary programed
electronic voting machines. For nearly four years Republican
operatives have flooded the Internet with portraits of Obama
as a non-US citizen, as a Muslim (even while Obama was
murdering Muslims in seven countries), and as a Marxist (put
in power by the Israel Lobby, Wall Street, and the
Most Republican voters will vote against Obama based on
these charges despite the curious fact that no committee in
the Republican-controlled House of Representatives held a
hearing to determine if Obama is a citizen. If Obama were
not a citizen, why would the very aggressive House
Republicans not capitalize on it. It would be easy for a
Congressional committee to determine if Obama were a
citizen. Despite the propaganda, the Republicans in office
have shown no interest in the propaganda charges spread by
Republican operatives over the Internet.
Either Republicans have no confidence in the charges and do
not want to end up proving with Congressional hearings that
Obama is a citizen, or the Republicans, having destroyed
every other aspect of the US Constitution, reducing it to “a
scrap of paper,” feel that making an issue of the last
remaining Constitutional provision other than the Second
Amendment would be the height of hypocrisy and don’t want to
risk opening the constitutional issues that Republicans have
run roughshod over.
If the Republicans can destroy habeas corpus, due process,
violate both US statutory and international law, ignore the
separation of powers, and create a Caesar, why can’t the
Democrats run a non-citizen?
Why didn’t the Republican convention raise the issue about
the Obama regime’s claim that the executive branch has the
power to assassinate US citizens without due process of law?
No such power exists in the US Constitution or in US
statutory law. This gestapo police state claim exists only
as an assertion. Republicans ignored this most important of
all issues, because they support it.
Why didn’t the Democrat convention raise the issue that the
Republicans took us to wars based on 9/11 assertions without
ever conducting an investigation of 9/11? No qualified
high-rise architect, structural engineer, physicist,
chemist, or national security expert believes a word of the
US government’s 9/11 story. Neither do the first responders
who were on the scene and witnessed and experienced the
Many experts keep their opinions to themselves, because
otherwise the federal grants to their universities are over
and done with or their architectural and engineering
businesses are boycotted by patriotic former clients.
Regardless of these risks, there are 1,700 architects and
engineers who have sent a petition to Congress that they do
not believe one word of the official explanation and who
demand a real investigation.
Why did not either party raise the question of how can the
US economy recover when corporations have offshored millions
of US middle class jobs, both manufacturing jobs and
professional service jobs. For at least a decade, the US
economy has been able to create only lowly paid domestic
non-tradable (not exportable) service jobs, such as
waitresses, bartenders, and hospital orderlies.
Both parties talk total nonsense about jobs. The Republicans
say they can create jobs by not taxing the rich. The
Democrats say they can create jobs by financing jobs
programs. The Republicans say that the Democrats’ jobs
programs simply take money from business investments and
give it to those who patronize bars and the drug trade. The
Democrats say that the low taxes of the Republicans just
subsidize yachts, exotic cars, private aircraft, and
$800,000 wrist watches for the one percent, most of which is
Neither political party will admit that when US corporations
offshore their production for US markets, Americans are
removed from the incomes associated with the production of
the goods and services that they consume. Offshoring is
defended by both moronic political parties as “free trade.”
In fact, offshoring is the gift of what was US GDP to China,
India, and the other countries to which US corporations
locate their production that they sell to Americans. US GDP
goes down, the GDP of the countries who make the American
goods sold to Americans goes up. The idiot free market
economists call the de-industrializing of America “free
As an intelligent economist--an oxymoron-- would know,
destroying consumer incomes by moving their jobs to other
countries, leaves consumers without incomes to purchase the
imported offshored goods.
Neither American political party recognizes this disconnect.
Neither party can afford to recognize it, as both parties
are dependent on corporate campaign financing, and
offshoring boosts executive bonuses and share prices. A
political party that opposes offshoring of US jobs simply
does not get financed.
So, the great “superpower,” the “indispensable nation,” the
world hegemon, is going into an election, and no one knows
what are the stakes.
Why did not either political party ask: if Washington has
demonized Iran, why did the 120 countries that comprise the
non-aligned movement convene in Iran last week?
Is Washington’s propaganda failing? Can Washington no longer
convince the world that the countries that Washington wants
to destroy are evil and must be destroyed?
If Washington’s propaganda is failing, the world rule of the
hegemonic power will not succeed. As world rule is
Washington’s goal in keeping with the neoconservative
ideology, then Washington is failing and is not the
superpower it pretends to be.
Most credible foreign policy experts, none of which either
political party has, believe that Washington has thrown away
US “soft power” by its obvious lies and unjustified military
attacks on seven Muslim countries, its encirclement of
Russia with missile bases, and its encirclement of China
with air, naval, and troop bases.
In other words, Washington’s moral force no longer exists.
All that exists is financial and military force, and both
will fail as they are insufficient.
Neither party asked why the US is at wars with Muslims for
Israel. Why should Americans be losing lives and limbs for
Israel while going broke and running up enormous war debts
for our children and grandchildren? The answer from both
parties is to blame the country’s bankruptcy on what
Washington does for its own economically disenfranchised
citizens. America’s financial problems are all the fault of
Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps, housing
subsidies, Pell grants--any and every thing that gives a leg
up to the non-one percent.
In short, the attitude of both parties is: if you are not
the one percent, you are disposable.
Both Obamacare and the alternative Republican voucher
program dispose of ill Americans who confront potentially
terminal diseases. The American people and the ill no longer
count; only the budget counts. Letting the elderly die
sooner is cheaper. We can therefore afford more wars for
hegemony and more tax cuts for the one percent.
Have any peoples in human history ever been less represented
by their government and political parties than Americans?
The US government represents Israel and the one to ten
percent. Everyone else is disposable.
Regardless of the political party whose lever is pulled in
November, every American who votes will be voting for Israel
and for their own demise.
Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury
for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street
Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard
News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many
university appointments. His internet columns have attracted
a worldwide following.
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