by Mickey Z.
05 November 2008
Do you ever get the feeling that the voting booth is a lot like those
buttons you find on some big city street corners? You know, the ones
you push so you can obey the law while pretending to make the light
turn green more quickly?
From high profile veterans to the suddenly energized young folks
brandishing Obama bumper stickers on their fuel efficient (sic)
vehicles, the Leftin almost all its guisesdrank the Kool Aid again.
Not just the lesser evil fairy tale but also the "Democrats can be
pressured by popular movements" fabrication. No demands are placed on
Democratic candidates for fear any hint of leftist tendencies would
make them unelectable. Instead, we hear: "Let's get them in office
and then pressure them with our time-honored and battle-proven
protest methods." Sheer, unadulterated fantasy. Not a shred of
evidence to back it up but it's put forth every time America elects
(sic) another president.
Question: Was any pressure exerted on the last counterfeit lefty, Bill Clinton?
Answer: Token, at best.
Question: Did such activist pressure – as wretchedly feeble as it was
– have any impact on Bubba?
Answer: NAFTA; the repeal of welfare; the bombing of the Balkans,
Iraq, the Sudan, etc.; Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty
Act; Defense of Marriage Act, abandoning his pledge to consider
offering asylum to Haitian refugees; backing away from his most
high-profile campaign issue: health care; reneging on his promise to
"take a firm stand" against the armed forces' ban on gays and
lesbians; the invasion of Somalia; increasing the Pentagon budget by
$25 billion; firing Jocelyn Elders; dumping Lani Guinier; renewing
the sanctions on Iraq; ignoring genocide in Rwanda; passing a crime
bill that gave us more cops, more prisons, and 58 more offenses
punishable by death; the passage of the salvage logging rider;
continuation of the use of methyl bromide; weakening of the
Endangered Species Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act; lowering of
grazing fees on land; subsidizing Florida's sugar industry; reversing
the ban on the production and importation of PCBs; allowing the
export of Alaskan oil; the telecommunications bill; unconditional
support for the Israeli war machine, and not pardoning Leonard Peltier.
I could go on for hours but either you get the idea by now or you
just don't wanna hear it. And don't forget: much of this happened
while Mr. Bill was enjoying the "advantage" of a
Democratically-controlled Congress in 1993-4.
Ain't democracy swell?
Besides, what makes us believe in some imaginary left wing pressure
(which, if it even existed, we already know will not be aimed in
Obama's exalted direction) that has the strength to influence presidents?
While the savvy strategist/activists of the Left harbor their
delusions of grandeur about their ability to sway the Prince of Hope,
here's a tiny bit what theyand all of ushave allowed to happen
without exerting our "influence": epidemics of preventable diseases;
the poisoning of our air, water, and food (including mother's breast
milk); global warming, climate change, animal and plant extinctions,
disappearing honeybees, destruction of the rain forest, topsoil
depletion, etc.; one-third of Americans either uninsured or
underinsured in terms of health care; 61% of corporations do not even
pay taxes; presidential lies, electoral fraud, limited debates, etc.;
the largest prison population on the planet; corporate control of
public land, airwaves, and pensions; overt infringement of our civil
liberties; bloated defense budget, unilateral military interventions,
war crimes committed in our name, legalization of torture, blah, blah, blah...
Before you know it, the US government will start spying on American
citizens and detaining prisoners without charges while allowing
corporations to ravage the earth in pursuit of profit, wiping out
entire eco-systems in the process. Oops...sorry: they're already
doing all that and the mighty Left is fighting back by supporting Obama?
Everywhere I went on Election Day, I was asked by friend and stranger
alike: "Did you vote?" Once the polling booths closed, I could be
100% certain I'd not be asked another politically motivated question
by such people for another four years. No one would be rushing up to
me and demanding to know if I was planning to do anything about, say,
FISA, the death penalty, the PATRIOT Act, homelessness, or factory
farming. The election is over. Obama has won. For 99% of the Left,
that means their work is done until 2012. It's time to gloat and reap
all the rewards, right?
My prediction: The only pressure that will be consistently exerted by
those on the Left will be the pressure of their soft butts on their
couch cushions as they sit back to smugly watch Jon Stewart, Keith
Olbermann, Stephen Colbert, and Bill Maher.
My advice: Take up yoga, lefties, because you're gonna need an awful
lot of flexibility to perform the contortions necessary to explain
and justify President Obama's actions over the next four years.
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