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, March 3, 2012

The Jeb Scenario: Can You Say “President Bush” again?

Click here to access article by Russ Baker from Who What Why.

The sad spectacle of US election campaigns has been substituted for real news in the One Percent's mainstream media. This is the periodic spectacle that they try to frame as being the essence of "democracy". This independent journalist and author who is an expert on the Bush clan (he wrote Family of Secrets) explains how the Republican party primary election campaign has left the current crop of contenders for their party's nominee for President looking so bad that they may be forced to turn to another candidate who might have some credibility. 

Okay, I hear you screaming that you couldn't stand another Bush in the White House! Don't worry. This is all about appearances. The One Percent really loves Obama. As Baker writes:
My hunch is that the Bushes and the real establishment (that’s not the Tea Party, not the Santoriacs or the Gingrichites, folks) just love how bad the GOP field is. Obama is almost certain to be reelected. Which is just fine. Like Clinton, he’s played ball on all the big issues that really matter to the One Percent of One Percent—foreign intervention, oil, Wall Street bailouts.