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      ThouArtThat
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      Chris Hedges: American Requiem <– web link

      Well, it’s over. Not the election. The capitalist democracy. However biased it was towards the interests of the rich and however hostile it was to the poor and minorities, the capitalist democracy at least offered the possibility of incremental and piecemeal reform. Now it is a corpse. The iconography and rhetoric remain the same. But it is an elaborate and empty reality show funded by the ruling oligarchs — $1.51 billion for the Biden campaign and $1.57 billion for the Trump campaign — to make us think there are choices. There are not. The empty jousting between a bloviating Trump and a verbally impaired Joe Biden is designed to mask the truth. The oligarchs always win. The people always lose. It does not matter who sits in the White House. America is a failed state.

      “The American Dream has run out of gas,” wrote the novelist J.G. Ballard. “The car has stopped. It no longer supplies the world with its images, its dreams, its fantasies. No more. It’s over. It supplies the world with its nightmares now.”

      There were many actors that killed America’s open society. The corporate oligarchs who bought the electoral process, the courts and the media, and whose lobbyists write the legislation to impoverish us and allow them to accumulate obscene amounts of wealth and unchecked power. The militarists and war industry that drained the national treasury to mount futile and endless wars that have squandered some $7 trillion and turned us into an international pariah. The CEOs, raking in bonuses and compensation packages in the tens of millions of dollars, that shipped jobs overseas and left our cities in ruins and our workers in misery and despair without a sustainable income or hope for the future. The fossil fuel industry that made war on science and chose profits over the looming extinction of the human species. The press that turned news into mindless entertainment and partisan cheerleading. The intellectuals who retreated into the universities to preach the moral absolutism of identity politics and multiculturalism while turning their backs on the economic warfare being waged on the working class and the unrelenting assault on civil liberties. And, of course, the feckless and hypocritical liberal class that does nothing but talk, talk, talk.

      If there is one group that deserves our deepest contempt it is the liberal elites, those who posture as the moral arbiters of society while abandoning every value they purportedly hold the moment they become inconvenient. The liberal class, once again, served as pathetic cheerleaders and censors for a candidate and a political party that in Europe would be considered on the far-right. Even while liberals were being ridiculed and dismissed by Biden and by the Democratic Party hierarchy, which bizarrely invested its political energy in appealing to Republican neocons, liberals were busy marginalizing journalists, including Glenn Greenwald and Matt Taibbi, who called out Biden and the Democrats. The liberals, whether at The Intercept or The New York Times, ignored or discredited information that could hurt the Democratic Party, including the revelations on Hunter Biden’s laptop. It was a stunning display of craven careerism and self-loathing.

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      “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
      - John F. Kennedy

      "The further a society drifts from the truth the more it will hate those who speak it."
      - George Orwell

      "It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."
      - Jiddu Krishnamurti

      "Sometimes a pessimist is only an optimist with extra information."
      - Idries Shah

      "A riot is the language of the unheard."
      - Martin Luther King

    • #375615
      Two way street
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      to the Speaker in a few weeks.  Maybe Representatives need a new Speaker of the House for the Biden Administration.  Maybe Mamabear needs to be moved to the Obamacare committee to listen to Americans about premiums and deductibles.

      February 2021, the American People tell Biden what healthcare they need and want.  The People’s Party has messages to the Duopoly leadership about the People’s Movements.

      Edit:  As of now, Americans will have no Obamacare beginning January 1, 2021.  Enrollment into Obamacare does not exist now either.

      2020-2024 Campaign Season: We the People are in the fight for our lives and livelihoods.

    • #375624
      ThouArtThat
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      @twowaystreet

      Hi tws,

      I am 63 years old – unemployed for 4 years – no cash flow – ergo no healthcare. I could care less about open enrollment and have no expectation of M4All before eligibility at age 65.

      As to why you are recommending a full court press on M4All, I have no idea what could actually be achieved since Biden will veto any such legislation.

      TAT

      “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
      - John F. Kennedy

      "The further a society drifts from the truth the more it will hate those who speak it."
      - George Orwell

      "It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."
      - Jiddu Krishnamurti

      "Sometimes a pessimist is only an optimist with extra information."
      - Idries Shah

      "A riot is the language of the unheard."
      - Martin Luther King

    • #375633
      djean111
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      He even said he will bring back the ACA penalty.  No one can pressure him now – enough people voted for him, and that is ALL THAT COUNTS.  In fact, the Democratic Party knows enough people will vote for the blue in 2024.  No matter how Biden/Vichy Dem screws them over.  Our government, and I thin more so for the Democratic Party, is pretty much totally detached from what people want or need.  It is all about Wall Street and the MIC and huge bribes, um, contributions.  That satisfaction thingy is only useful as campaign material against the faux other team.  Like the Washington Generals and the Harlem Globetrotters, the Dems and the GOP just divide up the gate receipts at an expensive dinner or something.


      @twowaystreet

      America is not a country, it's just a business. (Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly)

      Everything I post is just my opinion, and, honestly, I would love to be wrong.

    • #375640
      mmonk
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      Fear not the path of Truth for the lack of People walking on it. - RFK

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