Occupy Wall Street is planning a gathering in Philadelphia for the July 4 week; which will presumably be followed by more protests at the convention later in the summer and they have been putting up with some of the same propaganda manipulation and attempts to smear the movement by the establishment without addressing important issues; but first I have a few comments about the Wisconsin recall election which turned out to be a disaster.
(This was originally posted on Open Salon June, 6, 2011)
Scott Walker has officially won the recall election, but not fairly. This election was carried out without allowing the majority of the public to have access to the information they need to make decisions; instead the information that they based their decisions on was controlled by the political establishment and an enormous amount of it was blatant propaganda that was purchased by super-PACS.
Any rational person that has paid any attention to the issues might be wondering how these voters can be so stupid; the more likely explanation is that it is based mainly on complacency and ignorance.
The truth of the matter is that this election was lost in the preparation and the ballot would have been flawed even if Tom Barrett had won. He probably never should have been nominated in 2010 let alone re-nominated for the recall in 2012!
It is hard to understand why they would gather up so much opposition to Scott Walker and then just re-nominate the same establishment candidate that probably didn’t even represent the majority of the public at all; this is presumably because this recall election was based largely on an enormous amount of hype cheering and demagoguery. I don’t live in that state so I don’t have first hand knowledge of how things were handled but I did see the coverage largely on Ed Shultz and other TV shows. The coverage in the media included a lot of cheering crowds and from the start the potential candidates to oppose Scott Walker were making appeals to emotion without what I would consider adequate discussion on the issues.
Ed Shultz the great savior of the working man, according to MSNBC, is nothing but another demagogue yelling and screaming without taking time to review the issues adequately! Other establishment talking heads are little or no better. Clearly what is needed is much more rational discussion on many different issues and the nominating process clearly needs to be controlled by people who are sincere and take the time to sort through the issues. If we rely heavily on leaders those leaders should rely much more on education of the public and passing simple legislation that people understand and support, instead of appeals to emotion that lead people to vote without understanding what they’re voting for.
The public seems to have allowed the establishment to control the way this election was held from the beginning; when there was a major problem with Scott Walker they seem to have jumped on the establishment bad wagon to over throw him without actually addressing the issues properly. They don’t seem to have made an effort to allow alternative parties to compete. Dr. Hari Trivedi did manage to get on the ballot but he wasn’t allowed to participate in the debate and the discussion that was presented to the vast majority of the public was controlled by the same establishment which clearly isn’t even trying to educate the public. Furthermore even if Dr. Hari Trivedi or any other candidate had a much better position under this system the current media would portray them as “fringe” due to the fact that they don’t support the agenda of the corporations.
Until the public is better educated and they can handle their own elections and decide who can run for themselves there is good reason for Mourning in Wisconsin, and many other places where democracy is under an all out assault from those that want to control the press and the entire political system if they can get away with it.
This may not be for long!
Fortunately there is an enormous effort being made to change this situation but it is still being carried out by a small percentage of the public and with the overwhelming opposition from the corporate media which has turned into a propaganda machine they clearly have their work cut out for them. The Occupy Wall Street is part of that movement and they have been doing a lot to help educate the public on many of the most important subjects; but they’re not the only ones doing this. Most of the other organization that are trying to educate the public are also relatively small and they’re not getting any help from the corporate media either but one individual has received much more support at the grass roots level than many others; this is Jill Stein. She is one of many candidates listed at Project Vote Smart in the run for the presidency. Both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama refused to fill out the questionnaire that Project Vote Smart offers which would help voters to have a much better idea where they stand on many issues so they could make their decisions based on the issues.
If they were applying for a regular job and they refused to fill out the job application they wouldn’t even be given any further consideration at all; yet the corporate propaganda machine has attempted to present them as the only viable candidates. As I indicates when I took a closer look at Jill Stein she clearly has much more support than many people realize; and she is taking positions that are for the benefit of the majority of the public unlike Mitt Romney and Barack Obama who have both taken an enormous amount of money from the corporations and clearly indicated that they will get their moneys worth at the expense of the majority of the public.
Update: The following has just come out of the Jill Stein campaign as I was publishing this post:
We need more people that are not dumb enough to fall for it anymore; then the corporations can’t dictate policy without doing more than give the rest of us lip service!
There is a lot more anyone can do at the local level if you can’t make it to many of the larger protest and this could include some things that the larger protest are less capable of doing. That may include reading up on important issues and helping to educate people at the local level or other activities that OWS or another grass roots organization can help with.
A reasonable amount of skepticism is understandable and even expected to stories like these; I know that I started out skeptical the first time I heard one of them and I remain skeptical when I suspect someone may be going too far or has a motive to distort things. However after reading about a few of these stories that have been thoroughly investigated throughout history and found to be at least partially true I wouldn’t be too quick to rule things out. Furthermore I wonder what the proper behavior of the establishment would be if these protesters were just criminals. Wouldn’t they be doing a much better job when it comes to handling many of the issues that the protesters are bringing up? I have no doubt that they would; hence my conclusion that even if a small number of these arrests are legitimate and there are more that probably aren’t related to the movement at all the protesters deserve much more attention and an opportunity to get their point across not more distractions.
This should be little or no surprise to well informed people. Barack Obama has been following the usual pattern of presidents once they gained office; he has quickly forgotten his promises including the one to put on a “pair of comfortable shoes” and walk the picket line himself nor has he done much if anything to stand up to Scott Walker including campaigning for his opponent. Instead he has begun collecting record breaking amounts of contributions from the same corporations that he pretends to stand up to including Bain Capital. A close look at his record clearly indicates that despite some of his rhetoric he intends to give the contributors their moneys worth.
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I’m not sure I know where that last part came from or that I agree with it but I’ll let it go.
This is just one example of many of what they routinely try to do when they think the public isn’t paying attention.
It is hard to believe this is happening in the USA; but clearly for one reason or another, these types of things are happening on regular basis. When they openly and routinely admit that they have a drone program to conduct assassinations without trial we should stop thinking of our government as the defenders of our rights. When the corporate media reports this without much if any scrutiny or outrage that isn’t designed to advance someone’s agenda skepticism of the government is warranted.
Also the fact that a significant African American news outlet is seeing through Obama’s agenda indicates the possibility that independents may have much more support than many people realize. This is just one of many small organizations that recognize these scams and aren’t believing them any more.
To close is a relatively lighter article about how News outlets are trying to use intellectual property laws to control the way they’re portrayed by critics even when it is clear they don’t have a case. This effort didn’t work but the fact that they keep trying things like this is intended to intimidate many other people.
If it’s helpful to anyone I have been compiling a long list of alternative media outlets which is also including other lists from other people so there is a much more diverse source of news. If anyone has any sources they would like to add that I missed feel free to do so; it’s stored on a Wiki.
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