Third Party War with Iran on the Ballot?
Today, Swami Donkeynanda (AKA myFDL’s asshat-in-chief) shall debunk yet another molecule of the recessive “uniparty” meme that animates the activism [irony alert] of the few, the proud, the MyFDL echo chamber.
Fed gratefully for the prior several years from the baloney tray of disingenuous ideological propagandists such as pro-Citizen’s United Cato Institute-sponsored Glenn Greenwald, an entire half-dozen or so committed MyFDL
radicals middle class progressives are now apparently convinced that war with Iran is not only preferable but necessary in order to help create the conditions for a planetary catastrophe which will usher in, as if by magic God logic, a new golden green age led by the munificent Obi wan Kenobis of the whiteysphere.
Ok, I’m exaggerating. But then, what is it that you are all doing?
First, the “Uniparty” debunkment:
A deal to resolve the Iranian nuclear dispute, based on face-to-face negotiations between Iranian and U.S. officials, could follow quickly upon President Barack Obama’s reelection on Nov. 6, but those bilateral relations would likely veer toward confrontation if Mitt Romney wins and his neocon advisers retake control of U.S. foreign policy.
Sources familiar with the status of the talks say the potential settlement is much closer than is publicly understood, with a reelected President Obama prepared to relax the harsh economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for tight constraints on any Iranian nuclear program, assuring that it is for peaceful purposes only.
One person familiar with the status of talks said the post-election discussions also could lead to a broader rapprochement between Iran and the United States, two countries that have been at odds since 1979 when Iranian radicals overran the U.S. Embassy and took American diplomatic personnel hostage.
Now for the new Gospel of “The Way:”
In a brilliant essay in a leading white middle class pseudo intellectual journal, leading progressive
pseudo intellectual Matt Stoller lays out a compelling progressive case for organising around a third party vote as soon the conditions wrought by an undefined opportunity-inducing catastrophe will force a ravaged humanity to turn eagerly for salvation to a vanguard of visionary green progressives such as…..Matt Stoller, for instance.
And maybe even open up some social policy room on the right for noted Paultard Greenwald.
The upside possibilities here are enormous! All we need is a bit of third party organisation to identify ourselves to each other, plus the occurrence of a planetary catastrophe that we can work with and just like that we are in business. Yay!
How do we drive large-scale change during moments of crisis? How do we use this election to do so? Well, voting third party or even just honestly portraying Obama’s policy architecture is a good way to identify to ourselves and each other who actually has the integrity to not cave to bullying. Then the task starting after the election is to build this network of organized people with intellectual and political integrity into a group who understands how to move the levers of power across industry, government, media and politics. We need to put ourselves into the position to be able to run the government.
After all, if a political revolution came tomorrow, could those who believe in social justice and climate change actually govern? Do we have the people to do it? Do we have the ideas, the legislative proposals, the understanding of how to reorganize our society into a sustainable and socially just one? I suspect, no. When the next crisis comes, and it will come, space will again open up for real policy change. The most important thing we can use this election for is to prepare for that moment. That means finding ways of seeing who is on our side and building a group with the will to power and the expertise to make the right demands. We need to generate the inner confidence to blow up the political consensus, against the railings of the men in suits. If there had been an actual full-scale financial meltdown in 2008 without a bailout, while it would have been bad, it probably would have given us a fighting chance of warding off planetary catastrophe and reorganizing our politics. Instead the oligarchs took control, because we weren’t willing to face them down when we needed to show courage. So now we have the worst of all worlds, an inevitably worse crisis and an even more authoritarian structure of governance.