Barack McCain and John Obama walked hand in hand to
beg Congress to allow the transfer of Main Street
America' s hard-earned but dwindling dollars into Wall Street's bottomless pockets, a move of such magnitude that is unprecedented. Described as 'the greatest transfer of wealth in world history', a 'bail-out rip-off', 'grand
larceny' and 'plunder', the bipartisan initiative to rescue those responsible for the catastrophe befalling the country was reminiscent of the bipartisan initiative to repeal the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933 intended to control speculation and other abuses.
While Senator Obama blames Republicans for the present financial disaster, he surely knows that Bill Clinton was the one who killed Glass-Steagall when he signed the deregulating Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999, a veto proof legislation overwhelmingly approved by Congress. Sandworld Weill, chairman of then Citicorp, Phil Gramm (R-TX) and James Leach (R-IA) had worked hard to help bring about
the banking industry's fondest wish. It unleashed sub-prime mortgage madness and made Clinton widely popular in Ponzi moneymaking circles. Politicians of all stripes, bankers, organized crime and media promptly banded together to fleece whoever could be fleeced. Those who protested
were mercilessly cast aside, ridiculed, insulted and even crushed. It is relevant to note that the same Phil Gramm advises John McCain today while the same Clinton gang
pulls strings from Democratic closets.
Prior to that, the two presidential candidates did their best to reassure war profiteers that war will not only continue but will expand. Faithful to Karl Marx's division of labor, the already alienated John Obama said he will keep pounding
and murdering Iraqis and 'bomb, bomb, bomb Iran' while the no-less alienated Barack McCain said he will try his hand
at pounding and murdering 'Afpaks', the current fashionable racist acronym for Afghanis and Pakistanis.
Both are in agreement to start a new Cold - and perhaps Warm - War with Russia and a possible one with China. Both are united in keeping Palestinian necks under Israel's vicious apartheid boot, unruffled by the sadistic slow death of those made prisoners in the Gaza concentration camp. Neither has paid much attention to the majority of Americans who have shouted 'no more war' and 'no bail-out', having, belatedly understood that the first is directly responsible
for the second.
If we supported the historic nomination of Senator Obama and helped fund his campaign via the DullesNOW.org site, it was in the slim hope that the destructive and anti-American Clinton-Bush monopoly could be loosened enough to allow better people to start the enormous task of stirring the
United States back onto proper tracks. The intelligent Mr. Obama gave the impression he had grasped this need.
Yet, his pandering to the groups that brought the nation
to her knees is the best indication that the catastrophic Clinton-Bush policies will continue regardless of which candidate is elected, their choice of vice-president reinforcing the message. The lawbreakers, Hague Tribunal fodder and yesterday's losers who officially advise them
now are the sure indication that the trust and integrity needed to rebuild America are lacking.
The two candidates have now returned to the theatrical verbal jousting and phony clashes that pass for democratic discourse, hardening tone and rhetoric to erase from voters' mind the recent in-your-face joint display of brutal and naked power intended to pledge alliance to those with the real power to deliver the White House: the financial elite.
The current unfolding disaster is a timely reminder that Americans are politically powerless, in spite of the breathless propaganda to the contrary, and will remain so as long as the discredited one-party system endures. For no progress will be made unless they courageously face this upsetting and discouraging reality, overcome the empty feelings it engenders, and find the strength to organize for viable political parties to emerge.
Dulles NOW activists have staunchly opposed the continuation of colonial wars for the now evident reasons. As such, we have not seen any incentive to reverse the 2004 decision not to participate in the continued cash-and-carry farce these presidential elections truly are. The Dulles NOW Executive Committee has therefore unanimously voted to abstain again in 2008.
In that regard, thinking women would do well to remember that the right to vote so dearly won by Alice Paul and her heroic crew never meant that women were obliged to vote and even less to walk to the booth 'holding their nose' as the ridiculous saying goes. Their victory means that women won the right to express their political will in equality with men under the law. They ought to know that women refusing to participate in sham elections send the most powerful of messages, one which terrifies the political class.
They must think twice before blindly obeying the diktats of the two political parties vying for power and they must be suspicious of the guilt-inducing tactics of the parties' corrupt handmaidens hastily baptized 'women leaders'.
For this is a time to revolt, not to mindlessly fall into the trap set for next November4th and to keep in mind that a
no vote is also a vote.