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War is Peace

Naturally, the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship. …voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country. — Hermann Göring

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Real Change

Apparently real change is: pandering to gun lovers, giving the telecoms immunity, warrentless wiretaps, continuing GOP propaganda (taxes, health care, etc), being a corporate slave, breaking your word to take public funding, pandering to Zionists, courting Christian Evangelicals, fearing nuclear power, increasing the military industrial complex, $30,000 per person get togethers, support for the death penalty, religious profiling for photo ops, …

The Democrats are at best a sliver of a difference from what we already have. They continue to spew the same bullshit we have to hear from the Republicans about lowering taxes and universal healthcare not working. Middle class citizens don’t need tax breaks. The middle and lower class need higher wages, more time off, lower cost of education, more public transit, more bike lanes, cheaper insurance, cheaper medicine, someone stopping those who look to prey on those in need in order to make a buck, instead of dining with them and working for them. Even worse, Democrats try to play that beat on their drum, but anyone who is paying attention knows that lowering (and not raising) taxes is not going to bring us any of what they promise, and their promises don’t go far enough. Its plain to see the Democrats do not plan to bring a “new kind of politics” (whatever that means) or take on their corporate bedfellows.

And what of foreign policy? I can assure you a Democrat would only slightly change our international policy. Sure we’d be looked at more favorably by plenty of countries, but if we are talking Europe just look at their abuse of power and their corruption throughout the world and tell me thats a great compliment coming from them. I don’t remember Clinton ever removing the sanctions in place on Cuba.

In the end we still get a conservative who won’t bring us that much cheaper transit, health care or education, improve our international policy, truely go after a new energy policy or decrease the military. We still get corporate and religious cowards. An aristocracy. This is class war.

Change? I don’t see change.

Don’t vote for them just because they get media coverage and aren’t completely stuck in the middle ages like the GOP. They are enjoying their rein as the only perceived alternative, and I don’t see them helping to change the political landscape with regards to the two political party dominance either, I only see them hindering it.

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