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Republicans are Thelma and Democrats are Louise

By Mitch Gurney

June 24, 2012

America needs help. But our bogus two-parties are useless for solutions as each are under the control of corporate campaign financiers. Yet in classic respondent conditioning, aka Pavlovian conditioning, most American voters obediently constrict themselves to the tired Republican-Democrat party duopoly. Even though an increasing number of voters are becoming aware it’s nothing more than a Tweedledum and Tweedledee reality freak show few seem capable of breaking free from the Pavlovian conditioning.

I’ve written on several occasions  that there’s no significant difference between the two parties in terms of domestic and foreign policy since both are financed by the same Wall Street interest. Tim Kelly a columnist and policy advisor at the Future of Freedom Foundation observes in The Continuing Economic Crisis that “neither is likely to cross hairs with their paymasters.” Historically this has been true given the corruptive influence money has in politics and as historian Frank Thomas has repeatedly warned us about and even more loudly following the Supreme Courts United Citizens ruling.

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Typically corporate campaign financiers have at least staged a faux appearance of there being a difference between their [bought] candidates but this may no longer be the case. The current election taking shape makes it quite clear, as Tim Kelly observes, that “switching out Obama for Romney is pointless for their differences on domestic and foreign policies are nominal.”

A recent post at The Daily Reckoning while describing the political situation in Argentina could have just as easily been describing our situation here in the U.S:

Nobody here actually believes their elected officials, of course, but they vote them in anyway…probably under some delusion of “civic duty.” People march down to the ballot box, waving a [red, white, and blue] flag, banging on casserole dishes and demanding change. Then they carefully replace the old crooks with new crooks, much the same as what happened in the last election in the US. Then, the political class loots the people’s accounts. They make out like bandits, while the rest survive on “futbol para todos.” It’s strange, yes…but it’s the way it goes just the same.
The average man on the street…trusts his Dear Leaders because he is told to trust them. He swore an allegiance to the flag every morning while in school…and he takes this more seriously than his own common sense, long since abandoned.

Republicans…Democrats…Bernanke…Greenspan. No matter. It’s the same people pulling the same old tricks. Aside from faces and names, there is no change. It’s an illusion, designed to make the audience think they have a say in what happens on stage. But the script has already been written. And this is a rerun.

Rolling Stones Matt Taibbi provides the stark realities of political and Wall Street corruption in full bloom while reporting on the recent financial corruption case, U.S.A vs. Carollo, Goldberg and Grimm in The Scam Wall Street Learned from the Mafia. Taibbi reports:

The Carollo case provides far more than a detailed look at the mechanics and pervasiveness of bid rigging; it offers a clear and unvarnished blueprint of the architecture of American financial and political corruption.

Defense counsel showed us, for instance, how CDR employees were routinely directed by their boss, David Rubin, to make political contributions to select candidates, only to be reimbursed by Rubin for those contributions later on. This kind of corporate skirting of campaign finance limits is something we’ve always suspected goes on, but we rarely get to see direct evidence of it.

More interesting, though, were the stories about political payoffs…a mere $10,000 bribe to a politician – a couple of Super Bowl tickets and a limo – scored CDR a total of $665,000 of the public’s money. If you want to know why Wall Street has been enjoying record profits, here’s your answer: Corruption is a business model that brings in $66 for every dollar you invest.

Even more startling was the way that a notorious incident involving former New Mexico governor and presidential candidate Bill Richardson resurfaced during the trial. Barack Obama, you may recall, had nominated Richardson to be commerce secretary – only to have the move blow up in his face when tales of Richardson accepting bribes began to make the rounds. Federal prosecutors never brought a case against Richardson: In 2009, an inside source told the AP that the investigation had been “killed in Washington.” Obama himself, after Richardson bowed out, praised the former governor as an “outstanding public servant.” This article is a must read

There’s a massive Wall Street movement to bust up Unions in this country. Yet the most lethal Union of all – that between Wall Street and the Democratic and Republican Party appears not to be on the radar with most voters or at least not yet, but there is hope.

We’re long overdue for busting up the monopoly this bogus two-party has over our political system and our legislative processes. The Democratic Party dates back to 1790 while the Republican Party dates back to 1854 and that’s long enough.

Libertarian 3rd Party Presidential candidate Gary Johnson observes in a campaign video:

Both parties are indistinguishable from one another. Both are keeping America broke. Both are keeping America at war. Both have trampled on the Constitution. And both are products of the same big money players that never change behind the scenes. It’s time to give the elephants and donkeys a little company. We the people are ready to let Washington know the TWO-PARTY IS OVER.

And in another campaign video points out:

Republicans are Thelma. The Democrats are Louise. Together they are taking our nation over a cliff. We have a President and a majority in Congress who insists on endless war. But a majority of Americans are insisting on Peace. As our President, Gary Johnson will end the wars and bring our men and women home — where we will rebuild and renew our broken nation together. We the People will have PEACE. Demand it. Donate to it. Elect it. Protect it. The fight for our liberty never ends.

Ron Paul won’t be the Republican nominee but apparently has strong delegate support that could give him enough strength to shake things up at the Republican Convention and perhaps even have some influence over the Republican platform.

I suspect something wicked is afoot with Ron Paul’s son, Senator Rand Paul, endorsing Romney while secretly cozying up with the neocons and playing a major role in cutting the steam out from under his father’s run for the President. Et Tu, Rand Paul observes:

It seems to a lot of Ron Paul supporters that Senator Paul has been just a little too eager to see his father leave the Republican presidential field, especially since Ron Paul’s popularity was growing exponentially. In May came the announcement that shocked the faithful: The Ron Paul campaign was being suspended in the remaining primary states. It was a wholly unnecessary announcement since the campaign; the devoted workers, its social media activists, and even the fundraising were all largely a bottom-up effort. At the grassroots level, the Ron Paul Revolution was just getting started.

The news deflated the movement. Immediately there was speculation that the ham-handed announcement was engineered by Rand Paul who didn’t want to be tainted by the expected defeat of his father by Mitt Romney in the Kentucky Republican presidential primary just days away.

It’s time to shake it up. It’s time to rumble and let Washington know the [bogus] TWO-PARTY IS OVER.  It’s time we drove Thelma and Louise over that damn cliff.

Gary Johnson for President is a viable alternative over Ron Paul and is expected to be on all 50 state ballots come November. I align with more of his positions on many key issues as compared to that of Ron Paul. As the peoples candidate Gary Johnson is a better choice over Obama and Romney.

Even though their positions are similar on many issues, party faithful Ron Paul won’t break rank and endorse a 3rd party candidate like Johnson. This shouldn’t be surprising, it’s rare for a two party faithful to break rank and risk weakening the tired Republican-Democrat party monopoly over the American political system. But there comes a time when principals should override party and that time came now for Gary Johnson, once a Republican, to become the 3rd party Libertarian Presidential candidate.

The Johnson campaign plans on targeting Ron Paul supporters during the Republican national convention in Tampa in August.

It will be a long uphill battle to effect change through the power of our vote and it won’t be accomplished in a single election or perhaps even in several elections but the fact remains we must begin now and never give up; “the fight for our liberty never ends.”

It’s no secret that the corporate media is fully invested in the tired Republican-Democrat party duopoly and routinely censors 3rd party candidates consequently making it tough for Gary Johnson to get the public’s attention and be allowed to participate in the Presidential Debates. The writes:

Although rarely mentioned in the same sentence as Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, Gary Johnson will be on the ballot in all 50 states and is as viable a candidate as the other two from the older, stale parties. His campaign is gaining steam as the campaign seeks out county coordinators and its coffers begin to grow. The only challenge in Johnson’s way is getting news media to mention him in the same sentence as the other two candidates.

Just a few days ago, former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura was interviewed by CNN, and offered strong words of support for Mr. Johnson, encouraging voters to rebel and cast a vote for Mr Johnson. But, when CNN posted the interview to their website, his remarks about Mr Johnson were mysteriously missing, as reported by the Daily Caller.

As further testimony to the stranglehold the bogus two-parties has over our election process in order for Johnson to secure a spot in the national debates this fall, his campaign needs to lift their polling numbers above 15% in a series of recognized national surveys.

In a radio interview on NPR Mr Johnson describes how the corporate media, mentioning CNN as an example, manipulates the electoral process by excluding candidates in their polls thereby suppressing their poll ratings and thus blocking them from the debates.

While it’s true if elected President he’d have to contend with our Wall Street’s Congress (until we turn them out) he can trip them up with veto power and stimulate national debate on key issues so desperately needed in this country today.

It is often said that “voting for a third party candidate is wasting a vote” and while this may have been true in the past solidarity and strength in numbers can turn that obsolete in the wink of an election.

Clearly, there are options, if only voters were to act on them. Another presidential candidate, Bob Hall observes on his Facebook blog:

Who would expect anything different from the “official” candidates? We all know where they get their money. Yet we’re angry when they don’t represent our interests? And we criticize others for “wasting” their time and votes on long-shots? When we’re ready to get behind better candidates, we’ll get better government — and happier lives.

A vote for either Obama or Romney is NO change at all and that to me is the greater waste of a vote.

A vote for freedom and a break from the past is never a waste of a vote.

In November I will vote for Mr. Johnson and have abandoned the tired Republican-Democrat party duopoly.

Mitch Gurney

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