October 24, 2012 by J. Madson
Since the days of LBJ, leftists have in large part tried to change the Democratic Party from within to no avail. The truth is that if you’re a Lefty, the Democrats are not your friends. As explained here:
The American political system, since at least 1968, has been operating
like a ratchet, and both parties — Republicans and Democrats — play crucial, mutually reinforcing roles in its operation. The electoral ratchet permits movement only in the rightward direction. The Republican role is fairly clear; the Republicans apply the torque that rotates the thing rightward. The Democrats’ role is a little less obvious
. The Democrats are the pawl. They don’t resist the rightward movement — they let it happen — but whenever the rightward force slackens
momentarily, for whatever reason, the Democrats click into place and keep the machine from rotating back to the left.
What this amounts to is Democrats demanding your vote in the name of pragmatism and realism in order to keep out the latest “right-wing madmen” while Democrats move to the “center” which is the same as a rightward direction of movement and thus it goes every election more to the right.
The Democrats’ rightward shift not only enables the Republicans to move farther right themselves; it actually compels them to do so….The ratchet clicks: Nixon. The pawl holds: Carter. Click again: Reagan. And again: Bush Senior (and Iraq War I). The pawl holds: Clinton. Click: Bush Junior and Iraq War II; then another click, and it’s Bush Junior triumphant, and God knows what to come.
It is in light of this that I would like you to consider the various news items below. First we have John Kiriakou the only “person to be criminally prosecuted, and now likely jailed, as a result of the Bush-era torture regime… who refused to participate in torture, helped expose the program, and said on national television that torture was wrong.” Covering up torture and war crimes and prosecuting those who tell us about them much like the prosecution of Bradley Manning.
Next, we have a former right-wing Congressman and current host Joe Scarborough on MSNBC acting as the voice of reason in critiquing President Obama’s killing of innocents by drones while Obama cheerleader and Time magazine contributor Joe Klein advocates the murder of 4 year old children
(See video here)
SCARBOROUGH: “What we’re doing with drones is remarkable: the fact that over the past eight years during the Bush years – when a lot of people brought up some legitimate questions about international law – my God, those lines have been completely eradicated by a drone policy that says: if you’re between 17 and 30, and within a half-mile of a suspect, we can blow you up, and that’s exactly what’s happening . . . . They are focused on killing the bad guys, but it is indiscriminate as to other people who are around them at the same time . . . . it is something that will cause us problems in the coming years” . . . .
KLEIN: “I completely disagree with you. . . . It has been remarkably successful” –
SCARBOROUGH: “at killing people” –
KLEIN: “At decimating bad people, taking out a lot of bad people – and saving Americans lives as well, because our troops don’t have to do this . . . You don’t need pilots any more because you do it with a joystick in California.”
SCARBOROUGH: “This is offensive to me, though. Because you do it with a joystick in California – and it seems so antiseptic – it seems so clean – and yet you have 4-year-old girls being blown to bits because we have a policy that now says: ‘you know what? Instead of trying to go in and take the risk and get the terrorists out of hiding in a Karachi suburb, we’re just going to blow up everyone around them.’
“This is what bothers me. . . . We don’t detain people any more: we kill them, and we kill everyone around them. . . . I hate to sound like a Code Pink guy here. I’m telling you this quote ‘collateral damage’ – it seems so clean with a joystick from California – this is going to cause the US problems in the future.”
KLEIN: “If it is misused, and there is a really major possibility of abuse if you have the wrong people running the government. But: the bottom line in the end is - whose 4-year-old get killed? What we’re doing is limiting the possibility that 4-year-olds here will get killed by indiscriminate acts of terror.”
Here Joe Klein is revealing the terrorist nature of our drone program which an earlier report on the effects of drones on Pakistan civilians documents. Is this any different than the rationale given by Al-Qaeda? As Glenn Greenwald points out “Almost every single person arrested and prosecuted over the last decade on terrorism charges, when asked why they were willing to kill innocent Americans including children, offered some version of Joe Klein’s mindset.”
Our next item of business is the DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz claiming ignorance of the Obama kill list which was reported on the front page of the NY Times in May and has been discussed in length by various other media outlets.
Robert Gibbs, a senior campaign adviser for US President Barack Obama, defends the assassination of a innocent 16 year old by stating that kids of terrorists should have more responsible fathers.
And lets end this with the Washington Post story from this morning where we learn that this type of drone warfare and murder of innocent civilians will continue for a decade to come. Names will continue to be added to the kill list. Those people will be killed without due process which the administration has given the Orwellian name “disposition matrix.” It is reported that this will include “plans for the “disposition” of suspects beyond the reach of American drones.” A senior administration official states “We can’t possibly kill everyone who wants to harm us,” but apparently that does not mean they won’t try.
So here we are in 2012 with targeted killings of US and non US citizens absent any due process becoming a permanent feature of the United States foreign policy. If targeted killings were actually effective one would assume they would decrease with time but like most violent actions these killings seem to only increase the number of people we now need to kill. Leftists are told they must vote for Obama because Romney is clearly worse and click the pawl ensures we keep moving to the right. Those on the right who are bothered by these civil liberty violations and war mongering are told they must hold their noses and vote for Romney because Obama is a radical socialist Muslim Kenyan leftist; a very strange leftist indeed whose foreign policies are closer to George Bush and domestic policies resemble what was considered conservative policy only a short time ago. This is of course part of the right wing ratchet effect ensuring we are always moving to the right.
So as we draw closer to the presidential election, let us remember that if you vote for either of the two parties regardless of how reasonable and pragmatic you view your choice, you will be voting for the continuation of a system that ensures the murder of innocent human beings. You are voting for the continuation of a system that now claims the right to murder anyone, anywhere in the world without any debate and any due process.
The same is true for Romney who claims the same right to kill anyone, anywhere, and has expressed a willingness to do the same. From the Republican primary debate on November 12, 2011:
Scott Pelley: And that is time. Thank you, sir. Governor Romney. Governor Romney, recently President Obama ordered the death of an American citizen who was suspected of terrorist activity overseas. Is it appropriate for the American president on the president’s say-so alone to order the death of an American citizen suspected of terrorism?
Mitt Romney: Absolutely.
So if you vote consider the words of Arthur Silber who writes
If you vote for Obama or Romney, do so proudly. I want you to say: “I vote for Obama/Romney proudly. I am proud to be a knowing accomplice to their murders, including the murders of innocent human beings.”
As I stated at the forefront, leftists have in large part tried to change the Democratic Party from within to no avail. Libertarians on the right have tried to do the same with the Republican party to no avail. Remember, these parties are not your friends. We are not going to create a better world or nation by supporting evil with the hopes of some ancillary good. We must stop supporting evil. Cheney was rightly criticized for stating “We also have to work, though, sort of the dark side, if you will.” Take note, when one states you must be a realist, a pragmatist, and vote for the lesser evil this is in fact what they are saying: that you must choose evil. We must vote even for evil in the chance that some good end will come from those means.
Let us remember the words of a German engineer who despite saving many lives by surviving and taking the “oath of fidelity” understood it represented a “certain and immediate” evil. The same must be true of support for a person who claims the right to unrestricted, unbounded murder. As the engineer said: “I had to commit a positive evil, there and then, in the hope of a possible good later on. The good outweighed the evil; but the good was only a hope, the evil was a fact.”
If you do not refuse to participate now, if you do not refuse to condone this system now, when will you?