Saturday, July 19, 2008

Check Out Comedian & Political Activist Steve Hofstetter

I received an email from comedian and political activist Steve Hofstetter asking me to post his video below encouraging young people to remember 2004's heartbreak and vote this year. I've sampled another of Hofstetter's videos and he's damn funny. If you want a good laugh I suggest clicking here and listening to his video about the lies and politics of drug abuse.

The video below however is a sober reminder about the stakes of this election. Politicians disappoint and let us down. Our ultimate salvation resides with truth tellers such as Hofstetter who utilize their talents to promote awareness and combat apathy.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Truth and Consequences

As this presidential campaign unfolds there are three truths being neglected by Obama and McCain, the corporate media and the entire political class:
  • America no longer has the leverage, infrastructure and intellectual heft to maintain a corporate empire through military and economic power.
  • Unless there is accountability for the Bush Administration’s war crimes committed since 9/11 America is in grave danger.
  • Our society has insufficient institutions to safeguard the livelihoods of wage earners in a 21st century global economy.
The silence on these truths is deafening. As Frank Rich noted in today’s New York Times, the Bush Administration’s torture regime has actually facilitated the resurgence of al Quaeda. But Rich is only one truth teller within the decrepit corporate media establishment and he’s pissing in the wind. Meanwhile, in a post cold war world other countries don’t automatically rally to our banner. And in a post 9/11 world we’ve managed to alienate the civilized world while emboldening our enemies.

Our financial and banking system has become a brutal hockey game without impartial referees. McCain and Obama are debating whether to target tax cuts for the rich or the elusive middle class when we really need an entirely new socio-economic model. Christ, does McCain really believe that a balanced budget and holy jihad against pork barrel spending can be an elixir for the mess we’re in? And how does Obama really hope to assuage what ails America by violating the constitution and expanding Bush’s faith based initiatives?

Neither McCain nor Obama are addressing these realities because our culture doesn’t embrace truth. 2008 is 1932 on steroids. But Americans just want to elect somebody who will promise to let them party like it’s 1999. Do enough Americans get it? Do enough Americans want to get it? Ultimately, Obama and McCain are a reflection of us.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Senator Russ Feingold: The Indispensable Liberal

Thankfully, as we celebrate our independence this July 4th, we have Russ Feingold exhorting us to stand up for our civil liberties. Sadly, Feingold has had to shame his colleagues who mostly haven't read the so-called FISA compromise and could care less about its contents. Feingold's valiant efforts have helped to delay passage of this feculent legislation for the time being. It will require aggressive citizen action however to prevail over the well funded telecommunication companies.