Slapping a Woman As Good Government: McCain Power of Story

10 10 2008

Thanks to Daryl, or I wouldn’t have seen this. Pass it on.
Maybe do it today if you can, just as the McCain campaign is insisting Governor Palin and her First Dude were doing the right thing trying to protect the public from Trooper Wooten, suspected of being too volatile and erratic to be trusted with government authority in public safety. . .





Free Market Power of Story?

10 10 2008

There’s nothing free about our so-called “free market” because its masters control every aspect of our lives yet were never elected and don’t represent our needs and interests.

This crisis lays bare just how much power they and the institutions they lead exert over our daily lives.

Their actions have brought us to the brink of an economic crisis that threatens not only their own existence but ours. They are affecting our ability to own our homes. They are affecting our ability to find and keep gainful employment, and to retire in comfort after a lifetime of labor. They are affecting our ability to save for our children’s education, thereby influencing not only our lives but those of the next generation. They are affecting the ability of our communities to maintain our libraries, parks, and fire departments.

In a word, their actions are reducing the pursuit of happiness to the pursuit of economic survival.

This has always been the case more than we usually cared to recognize. The financial crisis has merely exposed this reality and generalized it across the population. It simply makes it impossible to avoid the question of what it means to live in a democracy when such basic aspects of our lives are affected by the actions of others in a manner so completely outside our reckoning. These are people we haven’t elected, and institutions which our elected representatives have not only failed to control but have actively aided in their folly.

It may be one of the most positive outcomes of this crisis that it compels us to ask fundamental questions about our political system, questions we may normally be too complacent or polite to ask. What is the true nature of the relationship between the market and our democracy? Do we really have a government by the people for the people? Does the government at its heart and core truly represent our interests? Again, I’m not talking here about this or that administration. Important as this election is, these issues go beyond the outcome of Obama vs McCain.

So, is our democracy worth the name?





Sarah Palin’s Own Pallin’ Around, with Black Helicopter Steve

10 10 2008

Salon dot com commentary preceding the new detailed investigation by Max Blumenthal and David Neiwert:

Oct. 7, 2008 | “My government is my worst enemy. I’m going to fight them with any means at hand.”

This was former revolutionary terrorist Bill Ayers back in his old Weather Underground days, right? Imagine what Sarah Palin is going to do with this incendiary quote as she tears into Barack Obama this week.

Only one problem. The quote is from Joe Vogler, the raging anti-American who founded the Alaska Independence Party. Inconveniently for Palin, that’s the very same secessionist party that her husband, Todd, belonged to for seven years and that she sent a shout-out to as Alaska governor earlier this year. (“Keep up the good work,” Palin told AIP members. “And God bless you.”)

AIP chairwoman Lynette Clark told me recently that Sarah Palin is her kind of gal. “She’s Alaskan to the bone … she sounds just like Joe Vogler.”

So who are these America-haters that the Palins are pallin’ around with?

Gov. Palin’s Troopergate investigative report is due out tomorrow, I hear. Or rather later today — it’s about 2 am right now. 🙂