Obama is not
interested in changing anything; he's interested in becoming the President of
the United States. He's a member of one of the two controlling parties in the
US. Both parties are controlled by corporate interests. Why else has the
congress not reined in Bush? We will see more of the same under a different
brand name. Why else did Obama change his mind less than two weeks after
winning the primary election and vote for Bush's illegal domestic spying
Why else does he side with state agencies when they are in violation of state or federal law?
No, there is nothing fancy about Obama, he's just another self serving politician. He'll get the votes because McCain is just the last gasp of a dying generation and people will hold their noses and vote for something marginally better than the open criminality of Bush. The leadership we are offered is a very good explanation for the condition of our country. But then, we keep voting for them.
What would we have to do to elect someone besides a person prepped by the two ruling parties and sponsored by corporate interests? We would have to take the money out of our election system. Money is spoken of more than any ideas during election season, but who would have to make the changes in law? Well, the seated elected officials of course, and time has shown that they have no interest in evening the playing field. I actually think that we are too far down the road for that type of solution. It's clear that the people in power would resist any attempt at a constitutional change in government even to the point of violence, the attacks on the US.
Constitution in the last 8 years and to a lesser extent over the past 3 decades demonstrate the lengths that the people benefiting from the status quo will go to maintain power.
I notice that young folks are somewhat tired of the same old financial games played at their expense. This is something that the younger generations have in common world wide. The receptions given to Bush and the Chinese Olympics representatives in Europe was very heartening. The youth are aware that the very same people who gave us Vietnam trotted out the very same tired old MO and started a war for profit in Iraq. It's no accident that the UK was supportive in this operation, BP has a financial interest in the plundering of the region.
It was heartening to see the youth of the UK objecting loudly to their own government's involvement in Iraq. And that's where the "change" will come from. Not from Obama, who is part of the problem. The change will come from another generation with eyes wide open and hands on their hips as they audit the condition of the planet we've left them. They see through the televised shell game performed by the very same people who are gathering wealth through the abuse of oil, processed food and pharmaceuticals. I predict they won't have much patience with the last of the dinosaurs who think they can fob off a perpetual war for profit on them whether it's called a war on drugs or a war on terrorism. I believe that we will then see fundamental reforms in government, and the global village concept will be based on humanity, not the WTO.
Richard Wales is a US based engineer.
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