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Cosmetic Democracy

Posted in 1 by activecitizen54 on January 14, 2010

Cosmetic Democracy

The big news of the day:

And 5 Supreme Court Justices who want to keep the United States Citizens in the dark.  Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, Alito and Kennedy all agree that video of the California Supreme Court hearing on Perry v Schwartzeneger must not be shown.  Stevens, Ginburg, Sotomayor and Breyer all supported the video feed.

On to the rant:

I am not in support of this video but it presents an opinion of socialism and is worthy of some thought.  Give careful though to how the “free market” system we have now doesn’t work with the bail-outs and the Corporate Communists.  This Oligarch is pissing and moaning over mythology that is demonstrated not to work or one that is not working now because of FED manipulation and the Corporate Communists greed.

Strong consumerism, Unions with Balls and American Middle Class with guts can cure the current crisis but we have to rise up and make the changes required to restore our futures and our children’s futures.  Move your money is a small step in starting this process but it’s an important one.

Feel free to follow the rest of this rant on youtube.


Charles Lewis at the Huffington Post writes:

“The problem is, what has happened to that lofty, Founding Fathers notion of government as our protector? To me, the most important contribution, and the most disturbing part of Janine Wedel’s brilliant new book, “Shadow Elite: How the World’s New Power Brokers Undermine Democracy, Government and the Free Market“, is that she has laid bare the lie that we have functional separation today between the public and private sector. Over time, capitalism and democracy have become gradually melded into corporatism in the corridors of power in Washington (and in many other national capitals around the world). Public and private are now substantially blurred, as the “transnational” political elites and the financial elites have become literally the same people. It is a condition which leaves the people feeling unrepresented, unprotected and utterly disregarded, a prop in their own play, a hollow feeling the great Peruvian journalist Gustavo Gorriti once eloquently described as “cosmetic democracy.”

This idea of Democracy in appearance only is certainly true within the hallowed halls of Capital (I know the difference) Hill from our recent experiences. With George W and Dick(less) Torturer feeding their greed with “no-bid” contracts to their cronies while building an illegal military in private contractors.  Obama may be continuing on this road too.

There are several reasons for this and I place the blame squarely upon the failure of the journalistic integrity in the United States.  We have a Right Wing Media and the reality is that the Liberal view the true left has no voice.  More importantly the real Mom & Pop, Main Street Americans are just ignored and treated with indifference or humor.

Of the new, up and coming  journalists Matt Taibbi, Rachel Maddow, Jeff Sharlet and perhaps one or two others have demonstrated integrity and the only one of the group who has “balls” is Rachel in her ultra-civilized; stick the knife in and turn skewering of right-wingers, the Cults of Jesus and the bigoted.

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