Monday, November 22, 2004

Empire in Ruins: Black Faces in Low Places

by Rohan Seivwright

An empire falls slow, in increments, with barely perceptible cracks to trip awake a sleepwalking citizenry. Those oppressed by it will welcome the decline, but what will be left? Will lessons be learned? What are the answers for the future? To find answers about what's ahead sometimes one has to look over their shoulder.

In addition, a keen eye on the minority can reveal subjugated truths about society and the ruling elite. This past week, the week of November 13th, was rich with Blacks in the news for what would appear to be varying reasons, but the truth is they're all a product of the same failed revolution which fizzled in the sixties and seventies.

In those times, a wave of indignation grew towards an imperialist American government. The young rejected capitalist greed. The Black people became militant. Women resisted patriarchal rule. It was a beginning of real change. It caused concern for the ruling class.

To quote Richard Nixon:

You have to face the fact that the whole problem is really the Blacks. The key is to devise a system that recognizes this while not appearing to.

If you look at the Civil Rights Movement and the Black people who were fed up with the systemic racism stifling their personal growth, you'll see a divide that continues today, and will continue until more people see the cracks.

The divide began with Martin Luther King who didn't start the movement, he didn't carry the movement, he was a part of the movement. The media built up MLK. He became the friendly face of civil rights; An acceptable Negro.

Then there was Malcolm X. Filtered through the corporate media, Malcolm X would become the unfriendly face, the Boogieman to scare white folks towards MLK, the Negro version of the carrot and the stick.

Truth is, both MLK and Malcolm X, as they fought for human decency, connected and saw the struggle of the poor, the oppressed, the disposable, as a global struggle. They saw the institutional problem, not between races as much as between classes, and not the middle class against the poor but the plutocracy against the working folks. They questioned whether it was wise to integrate without asking two basic questions: What are we integrating into? And if it's flawed, can we change it? This is not what is taught in history class. I repeat, this is not what is taught in history class.

What's been taught in schools has to do with Blacks wanting equal rights. That's it. Blacks were and continue to be looked at as people who just want to be paid. Get a piece of Uncle Sam's pie. No matter how rotten that pie may be.

The struggles of the 60's were not about getting a piece of the pie. Those struggles, seen in the emergence of groups like the Black Panthers, were about institutional change for the betterment of the world. Careerism didn't apply. Black faces in high places mattered little. If the game remains the same, changing faces won't make a difference.

Malcolm's militant stance and message of self-reliance gave fuel to what became the Black Panther Party movement. They were a defense against racist law enforcement and a corrupt state. They were believers in power being decentralized and spread among the people: community control. They believed human beings had a right to the necessities of life: food, clothes, shelter, medicine, a clean cup of water. These things were a threat to the Power Elite. This needed to be co-opted. The corporate media did its job and the Panthers were portrayed as an Afrocentric Jihad against Whites.

The media's fetishistic relationship with the Black Panthers (made fun of in the movie Network) helped shape the members of the Black Panthers as nothing more than dangerously sexy Black Nationals ready-made for Pop-Culture folly. This created the convenience of two groups. On one side, you had the Malcolm X spawned Black Nationals, and on the other side you had the Martin Luther King spawned Integrationists. This can be seen as a classic example of divide and conquer.

Today, with Malcolm and Martin gone, the rewriting of what they stood for produced a certain breed of Negroes. They are wholly connected to the American Dream Machine and the hidden engine of profit over people.

Look at the results:

After the Rodney King beating and the LA Riots, the urban sprawl became a hot topic in the media. Then the media itself came under scrutiny for its coverage or lack of coverage of the social forces behind dilapidated neighborhoods. It was viewed only as a race problem, not a problem of poverty being ignored. The corporate media always uses race in order to displace the bigger issue.

So, viewed as racially insensitive, the answer inevitably would be superficial. Networks hired more Blacks, first as cameramen, make up artists, assistants, then as talent before the camera. Most of this talent came in the form of Black-Barbie-Dolls. Yes, there were the Bryant Gumbels before this, but the numbers increased drastically after the riots; especially the number of attractive Black women. It's a way to sedate dissent.

How these Info-Babes have been used falls in line with the corporate view of the world. Job security and careerism matter more than integrity and truth. To think the reporting on inner city strife would improve because of more Black faces, attractive Black faces, insulted the intelligence of about twenty percent of the population. The rest of people could care less because of the amount of distractions thrown into their faces.

An example of one of these distractions comes in the form of Sharon Reed. She's a news anchor out of Cleveland Ohio who works for WOIO Channel 19. Five months ago, she did a report on the "artist" Spencer Tunick.

Tunick's claim to fame has been his photos of naked people in public areas. Sharon Reed took it as her duty to tell this pressing story to the best of her ability. As reported in The Plain Dealer newspaper:

Anchor/reporter Sharon Reed appeared seminude and nude although the camera caught her from afar and from the rear in a heavily promoted story on WOIO Channel 19's 11 p.m. newscast Monday. Reed participated in Spencer Tunick's nude photo installation in downtown Cleveland in June, and narrated a first-person story.

Reed said she considered it an important story. "I'm my own person. I don't do anything I don't want to do for any job, or anything," she said.

The idea came from general manager Bill Applegate's desire to cover the Tunick event in a different way, news director Steve Doerr said.

Doerr said that besides the sweeps ratings, he held the piece for five months hoping to air it in conjunction with Tunick's art book containing the Cleveland images, which has been delayed.

The nudity, though cheesy, wasn't what made this report suspect. It was the timing. Yes, they said it had to do with sweeps and Tunick's book release. Capitalist greed makes for a handy and honest excuse. But was it a coincidence that the same time this report hit the airwaves, there's been a grassroots effort to investigating voter fraud in Ohio.

It's almost poetic that the secretary of state of Ohio is a Black man named Blackwell, who happens to be a dogmatic Republican. After the 2000 election fraud it's truly American that a Black face in a powerful position would choose to help disenfranchise poor and Black voters this time around. Then to help distract the Cleveland citizens, a Black woman strips naked for her career in showbiz news. I wonder if her vote counted.

Where's Jesse Jackson or the cantankerous Bill Cosby? Cosby, with Jesse Jackson by his side, slammed low income Blacks for not speaking the Queen's English, and called Black children rapists and thieves, then said his critique stemmed from the failure of poor Blacks to hold up their end of the bargain after the Civil Rights movement. He's been pretty damn silent during these last two elections where Blacks have been systematically shoved aside from the voting booth.

Jesse Jackson backed away from the demonstration against voter fraud in 2000, so its no surprise he is silent now. Oh, he'll say a few things here and there, playing the role as Black leader, but he won't lead Blacks against the system that enables voter fraud. He has bills to pay, people he owes.

From Ohio and naked anchorwomen, we'll take a peek at the NFL and Terrell Owens. For the two people who don't know, Terrell Owens took part in a pregame promo, creating an echo chamber of complaints. Here's how OnMilwaulkee.Com described it:

The controversy was created during the promo in which Terrell Owens, who was in full uniform, was propositioned by Nicollette Sheridan, who plays the flirtatious Edie Britt on ABC's hit series "Desperate Housewives." At the end of the skit, Sheridan drops her towel and jumps into Owens' arms. ABC did a very good job making sure the viewers knew that she was completely nude without showing anything that wasn't seen on that afternoon's episode of "Days Of Our Lives".

What I am trying to figure out is why was this controversial? Why are people upset about this promo? How on earth can the NFL call the kettle black while it has been playing the role of the pot for years?

This is one of those instances in which before there can be an answer you have to search for the questions. In my mind, this is nothing but ABC promoting one of its shows during Monday Night Football, which is its right, since it paid equal to the GNP of a small third-world country for the rights to broadcast MNF.

Here's one answer to the question. Tony Dungy, coach of the Indianapolis Colts, said what he found offensive was the idea of a Black athlete willing to toss aside his responsibility for a quickie with a blonde hair blue eyed woman. He added the Kobe Bryant rape case as a reason why this should not have been shown.

Pat Buchanan, a man known for his hatred of the Black radicals of the sixties, did an hour show on the promo. Buchanan has never hid the fact he believes America is a white country and should stay that way.

Terrell Owens, by no means a mental midget, knew he played into a stereotype, and in the end, self-promotion trumped racial history.

But this is not what's important.

What's important had to do with this wordy sentence from the above report:

In my mind, this is nothing but ABC promoting one of its shows during Monday Night Football, which is its right, since it paid equal to the GNP of a small third-world country for the rights to broadcast MNF.

ABC, Disney, FCC Chairman Michael Powell, nor the FCC owns the airwaves. The airwaves are PUBLIC. The airwaves belong to US. The discussion about who is responsible for the tactless promo is moot if the discussion never turns to the monopolization of PUBLIC AIRWAVES.

One of the funniest things about finger pointing among the elite, is the totally willful amnesia the corporate news displays when they attempt to analyze the infighting. When the NFL chastised ABC for the cross-promotion stunt, I hoped, almost prayed for a renegade reporter to dig into the NFL's history and the characters around the NFL to understand the bigger picture.

A majority of early NFL owners were known gamblers. Some were even tied to organized crime. One time Dallas Cowboy owner Clint Murchison Jr., Kansas City Chief owner Lamar Hunt (son of oilman H.L. Hunt Jr.), Cleveland Brown/Baltimore Raven owner Art Modell, New Orleans Saints owner John Mecom Jr. (who had very close ties to Mafia boss Carlos Marcello, a key player in bringing a team in New Orleans), Chicago/St. Louis/Arizona Cardinal owner Charles Bidwell (who was a bootlegger and an associate of Al Capone), and Philadelphia Eagle owner DeBenneville "Bert" Bell (who had ties to the East Coast Mafia) all were known to have been gamblers and bet on football (some even their own teams). Carroll Rosenbloom, one time owner of the Baltimore Colts, not only bet on his team, but also altered the outcome of a game because of it.

No wonder Condoleezza Rice dreams of being the NFL commissioner. The NFL world isn't much different from her world in Washington DC.

Speaking of Condoleezza, she's been promoted to secretary of state. This is the same woman who when faced with a memo warning of impending attacks from Osama Bin Laden, ignored it. Can anyone say Treason? Where's Bill Cosby?

George Bush and the Republican Party can now brag of placing the first Black female in that position.

At least Harry Belefonte had the nerve to call Colin (My Lai) Powell a "House Nigger" when Powell still had the job. What will Bill Cosby call Condoleezza?

Cosby and Jackson were happy to bash low income black parents for not being better. Better like Condoleezza? Yes, Black crime has been a problem in poor neighborhoods. But who's more deadly: Condoleezza and her gang of imperialists who bomb women and children in order to remove one man, or a broken street kid with a gun? The kid at least won't lie about his reasons for violence.

Misplaced violence is nothing new for poor frustrated Blacks who grow up disrespected, violated, and left behind in a society where Black men are devalued with the help of the corporate media. The revolutionaries of the 60's wanted to provide something better for the youth, but the establishment had other plans.

Black men of the new millennium are narrow and myopic in their thinking, just like Americans in general, but with more desperation. Most see one avenue for "legitimate" success: Entertainment. Black teens go "balls to the wall" for the Music Industry, the Hollywood Industry, and the Athletic Industry. That's the highest level of achievement a majority of Blacks recognize. Just ask Sharon Reed.

To look closer at the hypocritical media and the outrage at the violence committed by a certain group of people, take a quick run through what happened at the Vibe Award show and the Detroit Pistons game.

During the Vibe award show, a man approached the table of music producer Dr. Dre, where many of his fellow "artists" were seated. The man asked for an autograph then began punching Dr. Dre in the face. This brought the wrath of all the rappers seated at the table. The man who started the fight was stabbed a couple of times, ended up in intensive care, and survived. Needless to say, lawyers will help ease his pain by seeking to beef up his pockets. Young Buck, a rapper who just won an award, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

Now why would a wealthy rapper who has everything he wanted in life, risk jail time to stab one man who was already outmatched by a dozen rappers? The answer is simple. He's reactionary. That's what reactionary people do. They go overboard when they are threatened, or when they perceive a threat. Doesn't matter if he's Black or White. He's a homegrown American, through and through. In today's world, the reactionary American is king. The reactionary American gets respect. The reactionary American gets what they want when they want or else. He's going with the winning formula.

The thing that stands out is the breezy coverage this action got from the media. Sort of a 'Been there, done that' tone in the articles. As far as the mainstream is concerned, rappers who beat and kill each other can only help the rap industry sales, not hurt it. The bottom line dictates the coverage. Battered and murdered rappers are a good thing for the market.

In contrast, look at the brawl between the Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers basketball teams. Words such as "Uncivilized" and "Disgust" were thrown about. Talk of it as the worst episode in sports history. No mention of Monica Seles being stabbed by a fan, but that's the corporate media for you. The main thing was NBA Commissioner David Stern talking about the "fear" he felt. He stressed the word "fear." He leveled record suspensions and promised to have more security in the stadiums.

This reminded me of mayor Menino of Boston. During a baseball celebration, when Victoria Snelgrove died after a pepper-spray ball pierced her left eye, the Mayor barely acknowledged the fault of the overzealous police officer who aimed his "non-lethal" weapon at the heads of Red Sox fans who celebrated the Red Sox victory. Instead, the Mayor blamed the fans. It's the citizens fault, and they must be punished. It's your fault because you have too much freedoms, and when one starts trouble there will be collective punishment. This is the reactionary father figure. This is the example being set.

The thing is, NBA commissioner Stern didn't care about the safety of the fans or the players. He had to protect the interests of the league. The fear of losing revenue motivates people like Stern. The market dictates. In the rap world, thugs are cool and great for business, but in the NBA, thugs are scary to the middle class folks who buy pricey tickets to these games. At first Stern flirted with the "Hip Hop" crowd, promoting street credible players like the ultra-tattooed Allen Iverson, who kids like, but it's the parents who bring them to the games. At the same time, the NBA has become a global game, marketed all over the world. The merchandise has to be consumer friendly.

Another angle on this whole capitalist exploitation topic can be found in the current R Kelly sex tape.

A man in possession of a tape of R.Kelly allegedly having sex with the wife of a professional athlete and another woman was arrested and charged with extortion.

One of the women turns out to be gospel singer DeLeon, wife of baseball player Gary Sheffield. She acknowledged her relationship with Kelly. They were together ten years ago when she was seventeen.

A quick reminder: R Kelly is known for urinating on a fifteen year old and then paying her for sex, all on videotape.

R Kelly's kinky history with teenage girls isn't news. At least not anymore. What's interesting, has been the reaction of the music world to R. Kelly. While battling court cases for his sexual habit, he's been hotter than ever, a real earner for the music industry. Jay Z, a platinum selling artist, didn't mind going on tour with R. Kelly and making tens of millions of dollars.

R. Kelly is now suing Jay Z for 75 million alleging that "spite and jealousy" prompted violence that forced Kelly off their national tour. The breach of contract suit claims that Jay-Z was bothered because Kelly was the higher-paid performer. The suit alleges that the animosity led to technical problems, violence against Kelly, and threats to force the promoter to drop him. A statement from Island Def Jam Records, which Jay-Z is slated to take over, blamed Kelly's "lack of professionalism and unpredictable behavior" for cancellation of the tour.

Jay Z's view of R Kelly isn't much different from the United States government's view of dictators. No matter how vile, how sick, how demented the man is, it doesn't matter as long as he serves your interest. If he begins to hurt, or stray from your interest, then you can throw his past behavior in his face and the public will follow. It's a proven formula.

To end this with an image which makes for the perfect metaphor of where the culture has arrived, just look at Destiny's Child. First, a quick summary of their background:

Destiny's Child recorded their first album in 1996. A few months after the release of Destiny's Child's second album, LaTavia Robertson and LeToya Luckett left the group because of problems with their management. They were then replaced by Michelle Williams and dancer Farrah Franklin. But it wasn't long until Farrah Franklin kind of disappeared. Farrah Franklin stopped showing up for promotional gigs and the group announced that she had "moved on."

Beyonce Knowles, whose father has managed the group from the beginning, has been accused of the typical ego driven attitute that comes with the terroritory. The girls who left the group, couldn't stand her for one reason or another, and claimed Beyonce Knowles's father played favorites.

Now, fast forward to a show the young ladies did this past week.

While onstage, doing a song from their new album, Michelle Williams, tripped and fell. The other two, Beyonce Knowles and Kelly Rowland left her there to struggle back to her feet. They kept performing as if nothing happened. It was awkward. It was disturbing. It was funny as hell. It's the current state of the culture.

Friday, November 12, 2004

Arafat 1929 - 2004

Yasser Arafat has been one of many Boogie Men from the cold war who has been used as a tool for the Global Elites. His time on earth was spent playing into the hands of elite power who need to keep the world in a state of fear.

The CIA's Role in the Peace Process

The CIA has a long history of involvement with both Israel and the PLO. The agency's ties with the Israeli Mossad date as far back as 1951. Both agencies began monitoring the PLO in 1964 and worked clandestinely to recruit Palestinian agents to spy for their respective causes. The CIA's connection with Yasser Arafat and the PLO dates back to the early 1970's, when Arafat used the CIA as a diplomatic back channel, knowing it had been blessed by the White House. The first sustained secret contacts between the CIA and PLO were established in Morocco in 1976 and later developed by Richard Ames, an advocate of Arab causes within the CIA. Moreover, the CIA was instrumental in protecting moderate PLO figures, including Yasser Arafat, and helped broker a deal in the early 1980¼s that enabled the PLO to evacuate Lebanon for Tunis. While CIA contacts were downgraded in the 1980¼s, following terrorist strikes during the Reagan and Bush administrations, they were revived and expanded by the Clinton administration shortly after the Israelis and Palestinians signed the Oslo Accords in 1993.

How The CIA Tried To Bully Arafat

Tenet had gone to Arafat warning: "We can make new borders, we can make peoples, we can make new regimes." This is what the CIA boss told Mr Arafat at Camp David. And when the Palestinian leader would not make the capitulation that Bill Clinton and the Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Barak, wanted, Mr Tenet threatened Mr Arafat. He said: "So you will go back to the Middle East alone." He meant that he would not have the support of the CIA. And Mr Arafat replied: "If this is the case, you are most welcome to come to my funeral – but I won't accept your offers."

Friends of the CIA

The Bush administration now faces an acute dilemma in unraveling the confusion and complexities created by U.S. intelligence taking on responsibilities that are deeply operational and political. Operating under an intelligence "finding" signed by President Clinton, the CIA has helped train and equip Yasser Arafat's security forces.

Hamas is a Creation of Mossad

Ahmed Yassin, the spiritual leader of the Islamist movement in Palestine, returning from Cairo in the seventies, established an Islamic charity association. Prime Minister Golda Meir, saw this as a an opportunity to counterbalance the rise of Arafat’s Fatah movement. .According to the Israeli weekly Koteret Rashit (October 1987), "The Islamic associations as well as the university had been supported and encouraged by the Israeli military authority" in charge of the (civilian) administration of the West Bank and Gaza. "They [the Islamic associations and the university] were authorized to receive money payments from abroad."

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

John Perkins, a former respected member of the international banking community. In his book Confessions of an Economic Hit Man he describes how as a highly paid professional, he helped the U.S. cheat poor countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars by lending them more money than they could possibly repay and then take over their economies. More

This book is a must read.

No Appeal

With a third of the votes unrecountable, another Florida could happen anywhere
Posted on Thursday, November 11, 2004. Originally from Harper's Magazine, November 2004.
By Ronnie Dugger.

To steal elections is human nature. In 1948 a U.S. Senate seat was stolen, by simple ballot-box stuffing, for Lyndon Johnson; without it he would never have reached the presidency. John Kennedy only won the presidency in 1960 with the support of dead voters in Chicago. But now we approach a national election that is susceptible to theft in its very machinery—not just in Florida but almost anywhere. Read Full

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Love Me, I'm a Liberal

lyrics by Phil Ochs

I cried when they shot Medgar Evers
Tears ran down my spine
I cried when they shot Mr. Kennedy
As though I'd lost a father of mine
But Malcolm X got what was coming
He got what he asked for this time
So love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal

I go to civil rights rallies
And I put down the old D.A.R.
I love Harry and Sidney and Sammy
I hope every colored boy becomes a star
But don't talk about revolution
That's going a little bit too far
So love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal

I cheered when Humphrey was chosen
My faith in the system restored
I'm glad the commies were thrown out
of the A.F.L. C.I.O. board
I love Puerto Ricans and Negros
as long as they don't move next door
So love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal

The people of old Mississippi
Should all hang their heads in shame
I can't understand how their minds work
What's the matter don't they watch Les Crain?
But if you ask me to bus my children
I hope the cops take down your name
So love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal

I read New republic and Nation
I've learned to take every view
You know, I've memorized Lerner and Golden
I feel like I'm almost a Jew
But when it comes to times like Korea
There's no one more red, white and blue
So love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal

I vote for the democratic party
They want the U.N. to be strong
I go to all the Pete Seeger concerts
He sure gets me singing those songs
I'll send all the money you ask for
But don't ask me to come on along
So love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal

Once I was young and impulsive
I wore every conceivable pin
Even went to the socialist meetings
Learned all the old union hymns
But I've grown older and wiser
And that's why I'm turning you in
So love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Thinking Out of the Box: Avoiding the Conservative/Liberal Trap

These are examples of politically honest individuals, who are not slaves to the conservative/Democrat machine which has dragged us into a shameful period in world history.

A refreshing interview which gives reasons to what went wrong with the Democratic or Liberal political machine. Kerry's failure shouldn't be too much of a surprise. He was a false choice. Anyway, here's a great conversation between two politically honest people.

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Alexander Cockburn is a long-time columnist for The Nation, author of many books and articles, and co-editor of the newsletter CounterPunch.

Scott Horton talks to Dr. Frederic Whitehurst and Sibel Edmonds about Edmonds's case against the FBI, which includes allegations of incompetence, sabotage, intimidation, and corruption.

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Indian novelist Arundhati Roy condemned the war in Iraq as "cowardly" as she accepted the City of Sydney Peace Prize.

Ms Roy was presented the $50,000 prize, for her humanitarian work, by NSW Governor Marie Bashir, at a gala dinner at the University of Sydney.

As she mounted the platform in the decorated hall, she joked she was not worthy of the prize after she had been portrayed as a terrorist by the media.

"The Governor made me sound like a very nice person but from the newspapers I hear that I support terrorism and I am a terrorist and I am a disgrace," she told the crowd of invited guests.

"People have raised doubts [about giving me the Sydney Peace Prize], telling me I do not have a peaceful bone in my body."

But in a 10-minute speech, the former Booker Prize winner showed her peaceful side by denouncing acts of war and poverty around the world.

"We are in the middle of a war which your Government supports, which I think is one of the most cowardly wars that has ever been fought," she said.

"Today we live in a time where wars are manufactured in order to sell weapons."

Ms Roy criticised the Australian Government for supporting the war in Iraq.

"Even in our own self-interest, this was the wrong Government to vote for," she told the audience.

The author thanked the Sydney Peace Foundation for giving her the prize, which she donated to three Aboriginal foundations.

She advised the audience to think about the kind of world they wanted to live in.

"There are two ways of looking at this: the American way ... or to begin to move towards some kind of semblance of social justice," she said.

"We need to expand our way of thinking, we need to ask ourselves some serious questions about our limitations."

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Dean, Nader, and the Death of Liberalism

Howard Dean, the anti-war candidate, had the live feed amplified during sound clips, thus showing him as extreme eccentric which crucified him in the minds of most Americans. It gave an excuse for establishment liberals on mainstream media to wave off Dean and support Kerry.

Kerry's men illegally stopped Nader; another anti-war candidate. Kerry then spoke of adding more troops, modernizing the military, and policing the homeland. In other words, he spoke Bush's language.

Kerry promised a complete vote count, but didn't honor his word. 250,000 votes uncounted in Ohio. Plus, Ohio's Secretary of State is a Bush man. Thousand across the country were told to go home (not vote) because the machines wouldn't work.

Was Kerry, Dean, and Nader just a way to rally disillusioned liberals, setting them up for the kill? After the 2000 elections, people were politicized, then after 9/11, many were radicalized. Was Kerry, Dean, and Nader used as a way to sedate dissent?

Real liberals know there's no difference between the two big parties. But the establishment left still held on to the fantasy. This is important for the fraudulent government. They must have a leftist mass who believes in the system. Feed them a little Dean, a little Nader, then squash them with Kerry, and say it's just the way the ball bounces.

The media beats the audience over the head about being one America, and not being divided. One America, one party, one cult of Gumpified citizens who vote against their best interest. Bush is not conservative, Kerry is not liberal. They never were. They have, and will always be on the same team.

A documentary, which of course won't be shown in the United States of Propaganda, details the rise of Neo-Conservatism and Islam Fundamentalism. The documentary is a three-part series called The Power of Nightmares. (part 1 can be downloaded at this link)

In The Power of Nightmares, the narrator details the birth of the Neo-cons and the Islamists who took flight after liberal ideals failed black communities in the 60's and rioting spread in places like Watts and Detroit. The same social unrest that plagued the U.S. spread around the globe and questioning of authority aggravated leadership. They needed a remedy. The two groups used religion to galvanize the public, and the culture war began. By the 70's, Liberals were asleep under a disco globe and a marijuana haze. (many vote based on moral and cultural differences, not policies)

Reagan came to office, used the Soviet Union to scare the public into uniting against a common enemy. In 1979 the Taliban, Islamic radicals, with the Neo-Con doctrine, fought the Soviets in Afghanistan. The relationship between the Islamic radicals and Neo-Con radicals was sealed.

They now use each other to keep their power over us.

Liberals started to wake up, questioning everything from the Patriot Act to who was really behind 9/11. This was a problem for the establishment, who vowed to never endure another political environment like that of the 60's.

Liberals needed to be handled. Enter Dean. A tough talking Dean, who in his history had never shown any proof of being anything but establishment, culled the leftists with his "passion." The leftists were desperate, so they jumped on the Dean bandwagon. Where did that wagon bring them? To Kerry with the help of the phony media, who marked Dean as a madman.

Nader came out, and spoke basic truths, showing how similar Kerry was to Bush. His words fell on deaf ears, because by this time, the fear of another Bush term, and the media's acceptance of Kerry, which included the rightwing Bill O'Reilly (he found Kerry reasonable), made Nader a spoiler, an outcast.

The reaction to Nader was proof the sedation worked. Co-opt the liberal movement and lead them back to the land of Gumpification.

Kerry quit today. Why? Because he is establishment and has no fundamental problems with the Neo-Con agenda. Don't go by what he says. Go by his actions. It's sad to see the liberals die like this.