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Sunday, 09 April 2006 13:14

A Political Pox: Pledging Allegiance to Neither House

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- Jack Random - The failure of American democracy has become so obvious, so ingrained, and so pervasive, it is little wonder that so few Americans even bother to vote. The system is designed for corruption, to resist change and deny both the will and the interests of the people. The tragedy of the American democratic experiment is that we have largely surrendered to corporate power. We have all but given up hope of meaningful change.

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JUSTICE DELAYED, DEMOCRACY DENIED: TAKE THE PLEDGE

Jack Random


THE JAZZMAN CHRONICLES ? DISSEMINATE FREELY
April 9, 2006

 

In the first year of the most dubious presidency since the enigmatic Franklin Pierce, a cozy circle of Texas Pioneers (major contributors to the Bush campaign) captured a king?s ransom by gaming the deregulated west coast energy market. Vice President Dick Cheney flatly refused a congressional request for the names and minutes of his secret energy task force.

In late 2001, the Enron scandal broke. Thousands of employees and millions of stockholders were ultimately defrauded of pensions and investments by an elaborate corporate Ponzi scheme. The names of Tom Delay (recipient of a $50,000 contribution) and Karl Rove (a major investor who sold out before the fall) surfaced, along with many other members of the Bush administration. Four and a half years later, former CEO?s Jeffrey Skilling and leading Pioneer ?Kenny Boy? Lay are finally taking the witness stand in defense against a variety of fraud, conspiracy and insider trading charges.

In July 2003, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson wrote an op-ed in the New York Times casting serious doubt on the president?s claim that Iraq had purchased yellow uranium from Niger for potential use in nuclear weapons. A week later, the ambassador?s wife, Valerie Plame Wilson, was exposed as a CIA agent. Over two years later (October 2005), the Vice President?s chief of staff, Lewis ?Scooter? Libby was indicted for lying to a Grand Jury and obstructing justice. He faces trial in early 2007.

In January 2003, after the Republicans secured a majority in both houses of congress, newly elected Majority Leader Tom ?The Hammer? Delay lined up every lobbyist on K Street, waved his magic wand, and granted every wish in exchange for generous contributions to the ?democratic? process. Facing indictment and the guilty pleas of former aides in the pervasive corruption scandal of Pioneer super lobbyist Jack Abramoff, the Hammer recently resigned his seat in congress to protect the ill-gotten gains of the Republican party.

Republicans need not fear: As history instructs us, all their dirty laundry will be secured in a lock box until after the next election. Secretly content with rigged districting and mindful that some of their own soiled undergarments are also locked away, the party of opposition will continue to murmur ?culture of corruption? beneath the threshold (perhaps hoping that nonpartisans will take up the cry) before falling back on their default position: ?We can do better.? Certainly, they could hardly do worse.

In the world of politics, justice delayed is truly justice denied.

What consequences have the White House and its party of dominance had to face for wanton practices of corruption and blatant conspiracies of mass deception?

They twisted, distorted and tortured facts to justify an aggressive war yet the president was re-elected and the government?s commitment to the Bush policies of war is virtually uncontested.

They fattened the wallets of every powerful corporate interest in the nation at the expense of the elderly, poor and working class yet they won control over both chambers of congress.

To date the only price the Republicans have had to pay for arguably the worst governance in American history is a plummeting approval rating in the polls that do not count. Given tailor made congressional districts, designed for optimal incumbent protection, combined with a pathologically timid opposition, any price to be paid in the next election will be mollified.

It is not inconceivable that the Republicans will retain control of congress, an outcome that would demonstrate beyond all doubt that our system is not only broken; it is in shambles. It is the ninth ward of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. It is the wastelands of Fallujah and Ramadi after the cleansing. It is the incomprehensible chaos of Iraqi politics.

The failure of American democracy has become so obvious, so ingrained, and so pervasive, it is little wonder that so few Americans even bother to vote. The system is designed for corruption, to resist change and deny both the will and the interests of the people.

The tragedy of the American democratic experiment is that we have largely surrendered to corporate power. We have all but given up hope of meaningful change.

I will not insult the reader?s intelligence by pretending to offer a realistic solution to this tragedy. I do not believe that writing your representatives accomplishes anything more than feeding the myth that our politicians care. I do not believe that electing pro war Democrats will accomplish anything more than allowing those who identify themselves as liberals to feel better about their lot in life.

I will suggest, however, that desperate times require desperate measures.

What more will it take to awaken the slumbering masses to the hard, cold reality of two parties dominated by the same corporate interests?

We need to enfranchise the disengaged not by encouraging them to buy into a broken system but by inspiring them to actively oppose it.

The well-worn argument that a vote for an independent or third party candidate is a wasted vote does not apply. The truly wasted vote is the one that never reaches the ballet box (or the one that does not register on electronic voting machines).

The major parties are leaving a vast and gaping hole where a great many Americans reside. Neither party will advocate an immediate end to the occupation of Iraq. Neither party will stand up for the inalienable rights of immigrant workers. Neither party will demand an end to NAFTA, CAFTA and the ?free trade? policies that have stolen our jobs and crippled our working class. Neither party will demand an open and honest investigation into the numerous and demonstrable violations of law and civil liberties by the current White House. Neither party will affirm habeas corpus, the right to vote or freedom from unlawful espionage or unreasonable search and seizure. Both parties will freely sacrifice the Bill of Rights for an illusion of national security.

If not now, when?

George W. Bush is history. He will not be ?elected? again. The mainstream candidates that are currently being test marketed for our possible consumption are separated by nuance and rhetoric, not policy.

If not now, when?

If it is only spitting in a cesspool, so be it. You can be sure it will register in Washington more profoundly than a thousand letters or the next mass protest. If enough of us take the pledge, come what may, it would shake them to their rotten and corrupted core.

Take the pledge:

1. I will vote in every election.

2. I will not vote for Democrats or Republicans.


Jazz.


JACK RANDOM IS THE AUTHOR OF THE JAZZMAN CHRONICLES (CROW DOG PRESS) AND GHOST DANCE INSURRECTION (DRY BONES PRESS). THE CHRONICLES HAVE APPEARED ON DISSIDENT VOICE, THE ALBION MONITOR, BUZZLE, PEACE-EARTH-JUSTICE AND COUNTERPUNCH. SEE RANDOM JACK: www.jazzmanchronicles.blogspot.com.

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