We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Justice Department Wins Rosemary Award for Worst Open Government Performance in 2011
This article provides a lot of details on how the realities of operations in the US Justice Department, which earned them this award, differ from the open government policies proclaimed by President Obama. That is factually correct, but it seems to suggest that this is the fault of members of this department.
Once again, I feel compelled to clarify that the role of US Presidents is to serve as chief public relations officers for the Empire. Thus, one cannot take anything they say seriously no more than one should take seriously the pious announcements from big oil corporations about all their efforts to promote "green" energy.
Obama is an employee of the ruling class, and like all other officers in this front organization called US government, which is operated from behind the scenes by a Mafia-like coterie of political operatives who serve the interests of the One Percent, he takes his orders from them. Judging by the huge campaign contributions that he has received from corporations and the rich, he has been given a very good performance review by the One Percent and will no doubt continue to be employed as chief public relations officer ("President") for another term.