You Can Elite
(Note: I wrote the following before the ABC "debate" between Clinton
and Obama on the 16th. The inane, insulting and out-of-touch questions asked
by both Gibson and Stephanopoulos only solidifies my point about corporate
intrusiveness into the voting process.)
Allow me to add my voice to the growing throng of "Let's elect an elite
person to be president."
After all, this sideshow novelty we've had for the last seven years as commander
in chief, Mr. "Are you ready for some football?", hasn't exactly
done a stellar job of cleaning out the Athenian stables. In fact, most of the
horses are dead and a couple of them are mysteriously pregnant. And all the
horse manure has simply been piled up in the corner for future generations
to clean up. (That's the most apt visual metaphor for the federal deficit I
can possibly think of.)
The Republicans tarred John Kerry with this "elite" brush back in
2004 but I don't think it had much to do with the result of the election. John
Kerry is a smart human and a good politician but the fact of the matter is
he is simply uglier than five miles of bad road and about as entertaining to
hear when debating fiscal policy. Those characteristics are the very reason
the corporate media went out of their way to champion Kerry, because he was
the only Democrat running that made Bush somehow look attractive. Kerry came
out of nowhere late in the campaign, nudging aside John "Cuite Pie" Edwards,
Dick "Hunky Boy" Gephardt, Bob "Nature Boy" Graham and
Dennis "Well, at least his wife is a total babe!" Kucinich.
We're going through the same occurrance now, which is the reason we have, literally,
a dark horse vying for the candidacy against an old gray mare. Presidential
debate fact-checkers proved time and again that Edwards, Kucinich and Chris
Dodd were routinely given short chronologic shrift during the question and
answer periods, the allotment of time skewing heavily in favor of Ms. Clinton.
The Republicans have been salivating for four years to get Hilary in their
media sights but something went wrong, and his name is Obama.
So why is Obama still here while the others have failed? The biggest reason
is money. The man has put together the most impressive grass-roots funding
system in American history. He has yet to take one thin dime from corporate
interests and he still leads all the rest in total funds pledged. And he's
poised to get even more after Denver as his base is comprised of "typical" folks
donating $20 and $50 at a time. Meanwhile, Hilary's corporate backers are starting
to dry up, many of them having hit the $2500 limit months ago.
McCain is just another in a series of Conservative quislings who will continue
Bush's failed policies designed to benefit the rich and influential at the
expense of all others. Clinton would be an effective leader as she'd at least
pay attention to detail but she's in bed with the wrong people, and I don't
mean Bill. She's taken WAY too much money from Big Pharma so she can't be counted
on to work for the people's welfare.
So I'm an Obama man now and the biggest reason is that I am certain that, of
the three, he's the only one who has the kind of personal ethics that can really
clean up Athens. It's just too bad the former sheriff turned it into a ghost
town before he left... aside from all the ponies with the bad Texas accents.
And now, a few wise words about "elitism" from Brother John.