There are times when attempts at leadership intended to reclaim the support of the doubtful fail to achieve their desired effects, due to incompetence or downright cretinistic ignorance. A specific example is a new video put out by the climate advocacy organization 10:10. This new video completely destroys the worthy effort to raise consciousness regarding ecological dangers facing mankind by emulating a totalitarian society which eliminates those who disagree with the official party line.
I found the video both offensive and inconsiderate, The terrorist tactic of blowing up non-believers and showering those who do believe in the goals of the campaign with the bloody remainders of the doubters completely erases the ecological message. It is not funny; it is gross and offensive. I agree totally with climate change activists of 350.org who are involved in organizing the completely unrelated 10/10/10 event, and who decried this sorry and misguided attempt at activist humor as, “the kind of stupidity that really hurts our side, reinforcing in people’s minds a series of preconceived notions … that we’re out-of-control elitists…”
This graphic video debacle is as ignorant, ill-considered, and oblivious as the recent Democratic Party campaign to herd those deemed by the party to be sheep back into the fold. Rabbi Michael Lerner, writing in The Huffington Post, explains that Obama-Biden “seems clueless” looking for that voter enthusiasm they generated in their 2008 campaign, and lost since. Rabbi Lerner puts his finger directly on the problem of why the “wayward” Democratic base exists when he exposes the deliberate delusion of the administration: that this lost enthusiasm is due to a belief by the administration that the “liberal and progressive base is naïve” and that we are not recognizing that all of the wonderful things Obama-Biden did for Corporate America are to be seen as good. “What’s good for GM [and Wall Street banks] is good for America”, and all that garbage.
Enthusiasm you want, eh Barry? Try this on for size: Ja wohl, Herr President! Ve vill fall into line, und ve vill enchoy it — nicht!
Those of us who don’t see the glamor of the administration’s accomplishments, and who don’t marvel at the corporatist’s new clothes on display for our impressment, are immediately blown up by Obama-Biden with a derisive dismissal of our reticence and repeated exhortations to “buck up” while being sharply ordered to “stop whining” about the poor performance of our elected public servants. Just who the hell do you think you are toying with, Barry? Sarah’s Tea Baggers?
We will certainly stipulate that the Republican alternative is the worst of the two options you Beltway bozos seem to believe is the total range of our choices. But what makes you Democrats think that being the lesser of two evils is going to fly this time? The Republicans face the same problem that you do, in that many of their sheep have bolted the fold, and are roaming loose about the hinterlands with the insurgent radical TEA baggers. Your only advantage to this dilemma distressing your opposition is that we who have strayed haven’t coalesced into an opposing faction as the TEA baggers have. That isn’t likely to happen, as some of us are quite willing to let you eat the midterm losses your sorry so-called successes merit. Others of us will reluctantly cast our ballots in your favor and hope that we can reclaim the momentum in two more years. There is no critical mass either way.
But still others of us will vote for any alternative to the two-faced political monopoly, including “none of those listed.” We aren’t all disappointed liberal progressives, either. With Obama’s approval rating at an all-time low, and with Sarah Palin’s approval rating at an all-time low, as revealed in a Washington Post poll, and with both parties’ approval ratings at an all-time low, I don’t know how to make it more clear that we American voters are mad as hell, and we aren’t going to take it anymore. We aren’t happy with maintaining the status quo, which is leaving us twisting in the winds of change. We will vote for Nobody before we vote for anyone from the two-faced political monopoly which abandoned us for corporate swag, a strategy endorsed by both The Wall Street Journal and Ralph Nader, and which covers a wider spread than does the two-faced political monopoly.
As a concerned voter, I have already performed the act of voting None of the Above many times, especially against that useless piece of Blue Dog crap who represents my district. I have also so voted for state-wide offices when there was no clear advantage to supporting any candidate. It is the only way that I can accurately express my displeasure over the malfeasance of our elected officials who, as Obama-Biden amply demonstrated this week, seem to believe that we are under their control and working for them, instead of their working for us at our pleasure.
One thing I would like to see is for the states to enact a law similar to that proposed in 2007 for Massachusetts, which stipulates that if “None of the Above” were to win the largest vote total, then voters have the power to call a new bye-election instead of electing a candidate. Wise political parties would then offer different choices to the voters, but we haven’t seen a wise political party in this nation since the The Stamp Act of 1765 was passed by Parliament. Voters would continually have to reject any candidates again offered, until the message gets across that someone else is desired.
“But wouldn’t this inhibit the function of the government?” you sputter, outraged. I counter that astute question with another: “How would we know?” We already have one Senator blocking all deliberation in the Senate, a move which continues the GOP strategy of bringing all government functions to a halt so as to make Obama look more inept than he’s already doing by himself. Thus, out of 535 elected legislative representatives of the public sitting in the Congress, not one is able to conduct the public’s business. How can the government be any more stymied than it now is? It cannot, yet there are so many issues oppressing We, the People that require addressing. Fooled us more than once, so shame on us!
It is time for us to stop relying upon self-serving incompetents and corporate sellouts to deal with our problems. The last ten years alone should be ample proof of the failure of that strategy. We have to reclaim our constitutional rights to self-government before the corporatists cement them into our deep sea diver boots and nudge us over the side in them. If that means bringing the corporatist duopoly to an end, and having to endure hard times while the reorganization takes place, then so be it. What have we got to lose that we aren’t already losing anyway?