Why do Americans elect such awful Presidents? For the same reason they elect so many awful Congressmen, Senators and Governors: because they refuse to ask the right questions. Allow me to explain.
I think most of those reading this would agree that there's a world of difference between "being your own leader" and being a cheer
leader for someone else. And most people, unfortunately, are always looking for excuses to be the latter, that way they can go on treating politics as just another spectator sport
. But in doing so, they ignore
(a) the fact that feel-good platitudes designed to elicit cheers and applause from the already-converted are no substitute for specific ideas on how key governmental policies can actually be made conducive to securing a truly just, prosperous and free society;
(b) the fact that, although ideas themselves are indeed bullet proof, the political leaders who espouse them are not; and
(c) the consequential fact that, the more a nonviolent revolution
is driven by the force of a particular person's popularity instead of by the force of ideas, the easier it is for the banker-owned political establishment to neutralize that revolution through either character assassination or -- if the political leader in question becomes too
popular and/or advocates policy reforms that are too threatening
to the institutionalized privileges
of the parasitic ruling class -- literal assassination (as the anti-war followers of RFK and MLK all found out the hard way).
Now, that's not to say that an idea
-driven nonviolent revolution
is incompatible with supporting and promoting a particular candidate, just that the latter must be a mere supplement
of, rather than substitute
for, the former.
With regard to elections, aside from institutionalized election-rigging, the primary reason why establishment Democrats and establishment Republicans continue to get elected -- even when there are third party candidates on the ballot -- is that voters continually ask the wrong questions.
Instead of openly asking where the candidate in question actually stands on key issues, most voters -- both liberal and conservative alike -- silently ask to themselves meaningless questions such as...
* Does this candidate seem like someone I'd like to have a beer with?
* Does he pay lip service to preserving and defending the Constitution?
* Does he pay lip service to the importance of "freedom" and "liberty"?
* Does he pay lip service to the importance of feeling "safe" from evil terrorists?
* Does he pay lip service to the need for "change"?
* Is he able to read from a teleprompter more skillfully and articulately than his main opponent?
And so on and so forth, ad nauseum.
Corporate-whore Republicans like George Bush and corporate-whore Democrats like Barack Obama have repeatedly proven that they're able to answer such questions to the satisfaction of the easily-duped voters who ask them. This is why our government continues to be a government of, by and for parasitic robber barons
instead of a government of, by and for "the people," and hence why things continue to get worse and worse regardless of which of the two banker-owned major parties is in charge.
Bottom line: an answer is only as good as the question that elicited it, so if either corporate-whore Democrats or corporate-whore Republicans seem like the "answer" on election day, then we're asking the wrong damn questions!
Thus, if the American people are truly interested in changing things for the better, they must start asking better questions. It's as simple as that.
Instead of asking, "Is this someone I'd like to have a beer with?" or, "Does this candidate pay lip service to empty platitudes about liberty?" we must ask, "Does he advocate the right policy positions
To get a more specific idea of what I mean, here are the questions I ask when assessing a particular candidate:
On election reform, does this candidate support or oppose the reform measures listed at the beginning of this thread?
On monetary reform, does this candidate support or oppose
-- putting all derivatives
through Chapter 11 bankruptcy and, in the reorganization proceedings, wiping out all derivatives;
-- liquidating all of the ill-gotten assets of criminal scam artists such as Henry Paulson and Bernard Madoff, and using the resultant proceeds to help replenish whatever retirement funds they raided;
-- replacing our current debt-based money system with a debt-free "Greenback" money system
, whereby all new money -- instead of being loaned into circulation at interest
-- is spent
in at no
-- instituting a new round of international agreements modeled on the Bretton Woods Accords
, with an aim towards replacing the current “floating” exchange rates for national currencies with a fixed
rate that, as such, is pegged to the value of either an agreed-upon standardized price index or an agreed-upon “basket” of diverse, widely available, everyday commodities?
On foreign policy reform, does this candidate support or oppose
-- bringing an immediate end to our imperialist
, hornets' nest-stirring
wars of aggression; and
-- abolishing the CIA
On civil liberties, does this candidate support or oppose
-- repealing the "Patriot" Act
-- repealing the Homeland "Security" Act
-- repealing the Military Commissions Act
-- repealing Presidential Directive 51
-- repealing the Establishment of the Council of Governors
-- abolishing FEMA
On national sovereignty, does this candidate support or oppose
-- withdrawing the U.S. from both NAFTA
and the WTO
-- enacting the American Sovereignty Restoration Act
On drug policy reform, does this candidate support or oppose
-- ending the drug war
(and with it all of the corruption
and police state thuggery it breeds); and
-- abolishing the DEA?
On gun control, does this candidate support or oppose
-- repealing all federal gun control
-- abolishing the BATFE?
On health care reform, does this candidate support or oppose
-- repealing Obama's corporate fascist
health care "reform" bill;
-- relegalizing alternative medicine
-- making health insurance tax deductible (so long as there's an income tax) for individuals as it already is for business owners;
-- revoking bogus or overextended drug patents granted to Big Pharma
for either "me-too
" drugs or drugs developed primarily at taxpayer
-- informing the masses of the extent to which corporate-whore politicians from both major parties have precipitated a tremendous artificial surge in the need for health care services by either imposing or green-lighting such things as tainted vaccines
, GMO foods
and flouridated water supplies
, and by turning a blind eye to the endless regulatory violations of politically-connected factory farms
(i.e., "Big Agri
") while throwing the book
at small family farms for even the smallest and pettiest of infractions?
On energy policy, does this candidate support or oppose
-- using antitrust action to break up the oil cartel
-- educating the masses about the manufactured myth of "peak oil"
-- assuming public ownership of any and all domestic refineries that Big Oil shut down to create artificial scarcity, and bringing them up to full production in order to alleviate our dependence on foreign oil; and
-- revoking any and all patents purchased by the competition-hating oil cartel for alternative energy technologies currently not in use?
On environmental policy, does this candidate support or oppose
-- educating the public about ClimateGate
, about the manufactured myth of man-made global warming
, and about how Al Gore
and his corporate cronies have been attempting to exploit this myth as a means of extorting billions if not trillions of dollars from the American people via the fraudulent "carbon tax
-- passing stricter laws against the use of depleted uranium
, and arresting and criminally prosecuting all former and current U.S. officials who violated international law by authorizing the use of depleted uranium in such countries as Iraq and Afghanistan;
-- levying a severance tax
on oil extraction and devoting part of the resultant revenue to equipping all federal buildings with solar panels, and the rest to an Alaskan-style oil dividend
-- shifting the tax burden to the greatest extent possible off labor
and onto the economic rent of land
, so as to alleviate (among other things) urban sprawl
, and with it both (a) oil-wasting, carbon monoxide
-spewing traffic congestion, and (b) excess deforestation?
On education policy, does this candidate support or oppose
-- eliminating federal involvement
in so-called "education
" and passing the tens of billions in savings onto the bottom 90%
of income earners?
On the issue of "terrorism" and "national security," does this candidate support or oppose
-- sponsoring and promoting a nationally televised airing of (a) all of the admitted
cases of false flag
terror attacks orchestrated at least in part by U.S. officials, (b) all of the evidence pointing towards 9/11 being an inside job, and (c) all of the evidence pointing towards U.S. government involvement in any other acts of terrorism (e.g., the "underwear bomber");
-- arresting and criminally prosecuting any current or former high-level U.S. official who has admitted to authorizing torture, and/or for whom there is incriminating evidence of being either a participant in a false flag terror attack or an accomplice after the fact;
-- passing a federal law specifically against false flag terrorism in all its guises and variants, with the mandatory penalty for conviction being life in a maximum security prison without possibility of parole for any military person ranked Colonel or higher, and for any U.S. official who (at the time of the offense) either served as President or was seven or less heartbeats away from the Presidency; and
-- enforcing U.S. immigration laws
, while continually reminding those obsessed with political correctness that doing so will in no way apply to the hundreds of thousands of Mexicans who immigrate here legally
every year, and that Mexico's restrictions on immigration are far
more exclusionary than those of the U.S. (which, if we apply the same standard to Mexico that the corporate whore "news" media applies to the U.S., means that Mexico is far more racist
than the U.S.)?
On the issue of internet freedom, does this candidate support or oppose
-- repealing any and all "cyber security" laws or regulations that allow for Chinese-style censorship and control; and
-- enacting the Internet Freedom Preservation Act
I could go on, of course, but I think you get the idea.