"Super Tuesday" or "Stupor Tuesday" - The Property Party Wins Again...
Peter Dale Scott addresses the Santa Cruz Media Strategy Summit, January 26, 2008.
In the above video, Peter Dale Scott talks about the futility of engaging with a system that offers no real choice, referencing Gore Vidal, who has said, in various ways, "We only have one political party in the U.S., and that is the property party, which essentially is corporate America, which has two right wings, one called Republican and one called Democrat. I can't say I like either of them."
In his book, (which he quotes from in the video), The Road to 9/11, Scott points out that real change in this country is not going to come from the top down. In other words, substituting one representative of the Property Party for another is not going to change anything. Real change in this country will come from the bottom-up, through the networking efforts of grass-roots activists and media activism that currently has its home on the internet. A real, workable coalition is needed, engaging the divided voting public. Scott writes that what we need "is a movement, like that of Solidarity in Poland, that unites the various elements in civil society instead of setting them against each other. I suspect that left and right, by discarding preconceptions and learning more about those whom they presume to be adversaries, could discover that they may have more in common than they believe." (The Road to 9/11, p.250)
Yesterday, on DemocracyNow!, former Rep. Cynthia McKinney talked about the disenchantment of the voter who can see through the false paradigm presented to voters by the Property Party;
AMY GOODMAN: How did you go from Democratic Party to Green Party?
CYNTHIA McKINNEY: It’s a very good question, and of course, you know, I have now been to twenty-two states across our country, and I ask people who come to my events to hear me, what exactly was your tipping point? And so, I’ve learned that there ... is a community of people who have found that life is possible outside of the two-party paradigm. They have searched for resolution of issues that are of grave concern to them, and they have not found it within the two-party-system. But that has sometimes meant that they would withdraw from ... the electoral process altogether.
And so, we have a whole huge swath of the potential electorate who don’t even vote at all. And starting in 1968, many of them have said that the treatment (by) the Democratic Party of people, their children basically, who were outside of the Democratic National Convention and who wanted only to express their opposition to the Vietnam War, that was a tipping point for them. Others have ... said that 9/11 truth is a tipping point for them. The failure of the Democratic Party to support impeachment, which is really the ultimate form of accountability in our system, is a tipping point for them. And then, of course, we have this huge population of the African American community that has decided to withdraw itself completely from the electoral process. And Hurricane Katrina was like the last straw.
And so, what we now want to do is to bring those people back in and to demonstrate to them that it is possible for us once again to have this community of conscience of people who are willing to participate in the process and to make that participation based on shared values. And our values are, first and foremost, peace. The values that we have to express are ending the disparities, the glaring disparities based on race and class that exist in our country.
Scoop columnist Michael Collins explores the issue of the Property Party, but calls it the "Money Party" in a four-part series at Scoop;
The Money Party is a small group of enterprises and individuals who have most of the money in this country. They use that money to make more money. Controlling who gets elected to public office is the key to more money for them and less for us. As 2008 approaches, The Money Party is working hard to maintain its perfect record.
It is not about Republicans versus Democrats. Right now, the Republicans do a better job taking money than the Democrats. But The Money Party is an equal opportunity employer. They have no permanent friends or enemies, just permanent interests. Democrats are as welcome as Republicans to this party. It’s all good when you’re on the take and the take is legal. Links to parts 2, 3, and 4.
(Collins continues his critique in a semi-satirical piece called, The Massive Multiplayer Political Game (MMPG).)
Perhaps we should call it "Stupor Tuesday", as millions of Americans will be casting votes today, convinced that it means something.
But those are the citizens lucky enough to cast a properly tallied vote. At Mark Crispin Miller's blog, you can read about the theft of the New Hampshire primary, and the perils of easily manipulated electronic voting, lots of problems today across the country on digital machines, but you'd never know it from the Property Party's Press.
Unless you are a die hard conservative voting for Ron Paul, voting Republican is akin to a chicken voting for Col. Sanders. On the other hand, voting for Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama is also difficult to fathom. OilEmpire.us has a good selection of articles laying bare the paucity of real difference between the two candidates.
It's too bad Willie Nelson isn't running for President.
(Peter Dale Scott video courtesy 911tv.org.)