Cognitive dissonance. That is the only way to describe the logic in thinking that the way to rid our government of depraved politicians is by electing new members into political parties that are built on the foundation of corruption and nepotism. Yet every election cycle, hard core partisan fanatics are sold on the idea that a shiny new face will ride into our nation’s capital and deliver us from the strangle hold of self-serving public swindlers.
By focusing on personalities, we keep missing the forest for the twigs. The problem of our politics is not the people we elect but the duopoly as a whole. It is beyond preposterous that a country with more than 300,000,000 is limited in choosing between two equally malicious options. Democrats and Republicans are offshoots of the same corporate ideology, they differ in their means but their end is the same.
Both parties enact policies of wealth transference from the many to a few and both are prostitutes of the military-financial, prison-industrial, media-politico and pharma-insurance complexes. Billions of dollars are funneled to the political parties through these various industries, believing that one person is powerful enough to overturn this level of graft and corruption that emodies both parties is either the height of delusion or the apex of duplicity.
The only way we have a chance to root out the institutional racket that has turned America into a pyramid scheme is by rooting out the institutions themselves. Sadly, we keep turning to the latest media created darling to save us. The logic of this makes no sense. Can one redeem the KKK from within? Can one save a sinking boat by adding buckets of water to its hull? Can one cure Ebola by injecting new blood into the tainted body? No. No. No.
How many times must Lucy pull the football out underneath us before we wake up to the hoodwink? The establishment is deploying the same trick every four to eight years as they alternate their victims. Remember when George W. Bush was supposed to be the compassionate conservative and had the Republican base believing in a new era of limited government. Two wars and a Patriot Act later, he left his loyalists deflated and flabbergasted.
Then same trick was then unleashed on Democrats as Barack Obama was presented to the left as the embodiment of change. More wars and trillions of dollars to Wall Street later, liberals and progressives realized that they were sold a bill of goods by a smooth talking corporate mannequin. The establishment yet again dusted off the playbook of cyclical change to present Donald Trump as a radical departure from the First Bank President. It's all smoke and mirrors, Pelosi, Trump, Obama, Bush, and the endless faces paraded before us are meant to divert our attention and keep us preoccupied on the soap opera of politics. Click To Tweet
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and noted that she would eventually start pivoting away from the issues she ran on. It took less than a week for her to backtrack about Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and this morning I found out about Alexandria taking money from JP Morgan and private equity firm called Elevation Partners. This is not to single out Alexandria nor to bash her unfairly, when two parties have a choke hold on government and their corporate masters have a leash on both, you either play the insider game or you will not be long in power.
The only thing that stands in the way of a mass awakening and a revival of the 1776 spirit in America is because too many are medicated by optics and lulled by rhetoric. Manipulative ads, feel good stories and a constant injection of “us versus them” narratives have effectively numbed the citizenry to the insidious nature of both political parties. Democrats and Republicans alternate playing good cop/bad cop to their respective bases, manufactured dissension and a drumbeat of identity politics prevents us from realizing that both parties are in on the hustle.
If you look back over the past 100 years, irrespective of the faces who occupy the White House and Congress, the policies of endless wars and catering to the 1% have been remarkably steady. That is because we keep voting between chicken shit and cow manure and expecting a gourmet of change. Will we keep doing the same thing for another 100 years? When will we stop focusing on personalities and find ways to dislodge both political parties? #EbolaPoliticalParties
“If we choose, we can live in a world of comforting illusion.” ~ Noam Chomsky
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Originally from Ethiopia with roots to Atse Tewodros II, Lij Teodrose is a former community organizer whose writing was incorporated into Barack Obama's South Carolina primary victory speech in 2008. He pivoted away from politics and decided to stand for collective justice after experiencing the reality of the forgotten masses. His writing defies conventional wisdom and challenges readers to look outside the constraints of labels and ideologies that serve to splinter the people. Lij Teodrose uses his pen to give a voice to the voiceless and to speak truth to power.
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