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Jon Queally, Common Dreams . . .

As reported by the Washington Post on Saturday, President Obama is heeding the instructions and advice of pollsters and political consultants as the administration abandons its flirtation with populist rhetoric and a brief White House push to make the scourge of economic inequality a political issue. Instead, according to officials who spoke to the Post’s Zachary Goldfarb, the administration will pivot towards more ‘politically palatable’ messaging less likely to draw critique from Wall Street and the political right.

I don’t have to tell you why Barack Obama and those triangulating “Democrats” in Congress have concocted this worst possible campaign strategy at the worst possible time. You know why. And we all know what the end result in November will be–millions of Americans struggling to survive in this rigged economy will see no point in voting for a party that keeps betraying them. Republicans will win big because midterms are always base elections, and “Democrats” will have the convenient excuse they’ve been looking for to move even more to the right.

Moral cowardice is not the underlying motivation for that strategy.

Not anymore.

It’s coldly calculated treachery.

Welcome to the Citizens United Century, behold the smoke and mirrors of another midterm election, get ready for the fully-scripted consequences of it, get ready for even more corporate control over the “government,” brace yourself for even more surveillance, for drones in the sky across this country, for escalated fracking and drilling, for environmental carnage from the Redwood forests to the Gulf Stream waters, for pipelines through the amber waves of grain, for a crashing economy from California to the New York islands, for the full implementation of TPP and TISA and God only knows what other horrors. From now on you might as well just mail your paychecks directly to a Wall Street bank, damn near every dollar you earn is going to end up in their vaults anyway.

How can any progressive still possibly think that we can vote our way out of this?

Thanks to the exemplary “journalism” of the corporate media, millions of “low-information voters” still have no clue that the political system is broken, that the judicial system is broken, that the “news” is nothing but propaganda, that all the clocks are striking thirteen–that corporations have become people, that money is speech now, that war is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength. Add to that the harsh reality that 50 million “conservative” voters will always be against us, seething with outrage behind their barricades of white supremacy, raging about imaginary socialism, howling at everyone in sight that conservative lies are true because conservatives say they’re true.

We’re going to overcome all of that by voting?

For who?


The last few years in politics have been a Golden Age of Reason compared to what’s coming next. The bat shit is going to be ten feet deep in the streets of Washington.

Have I mentioned the beneficial and unifying influence of the NRA yet?

Let’s put it this way—don’t forget to dodge the bullets when you walk out the door, the US of A has become a free-fire-zone. Fascism isn’t on the way, it’s here, that’s the blunt, bitter truth and pretending it isn’t is the worst possible response. It’s time to put the euphemisms away, it’s time to call it what it is.

There’s a feeling I get when I look to the west,
And my spirit is crying for leaving.
In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees,
And the voices of those who stand looking.

How much longer are so many people on progressive websites going to keep pretending this political culture of militarized police, massive surveillance, and corporate-control of damn near everything isn’t fascist? Does Wolf Blitzer have to announce it on CNN before it’s official?

Is that what it’s going to take?

Summon all the courage you can when you get up every morning, you’re going to need it. Honor the moral imperative of resistance. Stop voting for the lesser of two evils. That’s not the solution, it’s the problem. Defy the bastards, defy them all. Never give in, never give up. Resistance is a long, hard road, but it leads to the sunrise.

Lauren Oliver . . .

You can build walls all the way to the sky and I will find a way to fly above them.

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