November, America will have two unpalatable choices: either Tweedle Bush or
Tweedle Kerry. Given such, nothing of substance will change. Oh, those of us
who cringe at the sight of neocons may be momentarily relieved to see the
"creative destructionists" pack their bags and leave the Pentagon, the State
Department, and the White House, head out for their radical right-wing
foundations and conspiracy tanks, but it will be, all told, little more than
a shuffling of deck chairs and a change of stationary.
The Tweedle Democrats are a bit more liberal when it comes to social policy,
but in the realm of foreign policy they are almost identical to the Tweedle
Republicans. The style is different, but the cloth is cut from the same
bolt. Recall Clinton's bombing of Yugoslavia, his raids on Iraq, his
vindictive destruction of the al-Shifa pharmaceutical plant in Khartoum.
Recall as well Clinton's NATO commander, Wesley Clark, almost starting a war
with Russia in Kosovo.
In essence, the only difference between the Clinton and Bush neoliberal
agenda is the difference between multilateralism and unilateralism. Bush is
the lone cowboy, while Clinton wanted the United Nations and Europe on the
neoliberal bandwagon. For more on the lack of difference between Kerry and
Bush, read John Pilger's recent article:
Bush or Kerry? No Difference.
"Let them have the election without us," writes
Fisher. "The media whores and special interest groups and Corporate
arm-twisters can vote for the brownnose of their choice. After all, they're
the only people the politicians work for. The rest of us should boycott this
fake-phony-fraud of an election." The only difference between Bush and
Mike Whitney sees it, "is the difference between driving off a cliff on
a bike or in a limo. The flight pattern might be different, but the results
are guaranteed to be the same."
The idiot Tweedle Democrats bemoan Ralph Nader the Spoiler. Instead of
criticizing the Tweedle Republicans for stealing the election in 2000, these
Democrats point to Nader's insignificant 3% of the vote. Even so, exit polls
in 2000 showed that Nader took his votes in equal measure from Bush and
Once an idiot Tweedle Democrat, always an idiot Tweedle Democrat.
If the Democrats sincerely wanted the progressive vote, they would endeavor
to change their party from a pale mirror image of what the Republicans offer
and rediscover their progressive roots. As it now stands, the vast majority
of Tweed Dems have absolutely nothing in common with Ralph Nader or, for
that matter, Dennis Kucinich, who was completely marginalized and ignored by
the "media whores" mentioned by Fisher.
In fact, as underscored by Pilger, the Tweedle Democrats have a more
consistent record of butchery than the Tweedle Republicans. "Like the
Blairites, John Kerry and his fellow New Democrats come from a tradition of
liberalism that has built and defended empires as 'moral' enterprises. That
the Democratic Party has left a longer trail of blood, theft and subjugation
than the Republicans is heresy to the liberal crusaders, whose murderous
history always requires, it seems, a noble mantle."
"The leading mouthpiece for the New Democrats' radical interventionist
program could be our next president," notes
Mark Hand. "John Kerry, the frontrunner in the quest for the Democratic
Party presidential nomination, has been promoting a foreign policy
perspective called 'progressive internationalism.' It's a concept concocted
by establishment Democrats seeking to convince potential backers in the
corporate and political world that, if installed in the White House, they
would preserve U.S. power and influence around the world, but in a kinder,
gentler fashion than the current administration."
Of course, this "kinder, gentler fashion" translates into mass murder, and
the end result is identical to the less kind and more brutal Bushites --
dead Iraqis, Afghans, Haitians, Colombians, Nigerians, and countless others.
It's still empire, if an empire tumble dried with fabric softener for public
Kerry likes to pose as a liberal populist. But even the nutcakes on the
radical right know this is fakery.
Fred Barnes, executive editor of the Weekly Standard, the neocon house
organ bankrolled by Fox's Rupert Murdoch, says Kerry's fake populism works
on Tweedle Democrat consultants and the party faithful, but it falls flat as
a pancake on everybody else.
"In Boston, Kerry has a home on fancy Beacon Hill," writes Barnes. "In
Washington, he lives on an estate near Rock Creek Park and belongs to the
Democratic establishment... As a senator for 19 years, he's advocated
mainstream liberalism, not the left-wing populism of fringe figures like
Ralph Nader and Jim Hightower. So it's easy to conclude Kerry's populism
doesn't reflect the essence of the man. It's a pose."
Barnes forgot to mention Kerry is also a member of the Council on Foreign
Relations, not exactly a flaming liberal bastion, but more of a New World
Order fraternity. Like his rival, Bush, Kerry is a Bonesman. And although
Barnes would never admit it in a month of Sundays, so-called "mainstream
liberalism" is not a radical departure from what Republicans espouse, at
least on foreign policy issues, thanks mostly to the New Democrat William
Jefferson Clinton and his pet project, the Democratic Leadership Council.
Oh, and then there's the nearly $640,000 Kerry the anti-corporate populist
received from lobbyists. Many of these corporate lobbyists represented
telecommunications and financial companies with business before his
committee -- the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee --
according to Federal Election Commission data compiled by the nonpartisan
Center for Responsive Politics. "Here is a man who wants to appeal to public
distrust of insider politics, yet he is the ultimate insider,"
Mark Rozell, chairman of the Department of Politics at Catholic
University in Washington, told the Detroit Free Press. "It is a stretch to
say that he has no connection to insider Washington and that he is untainted
by politics and lobbying."
"Senator Kerry has taken individual contributions from lobbyists, but that
has not stopped him from fighting against special interests on behalf of
average Americans," Kerry spokeswoman
Stephanie Cutter told the Washington Post, obviously taking most of us
for morons. "If anyone thinks a contribution can buy Kerry's vote, then they
are wasting their money."
Excuse me, Ms. Cutter, such patently absurd nonsense may work on your
average and pathetically desperate "anybody but Bush" Tweedle Democrat, but
for those of us with frontal lobes intact it ain't gonna wash. Corporations
buy votes, they don't throw money after politicians because they like the
hors d'oeuvres at their fundraisers or the cut of their chic Cristophe salon
So, for all the idiot Tweedle progressive internationalist Democrats out
there: come November, when you vote for Kerry, you will be voting for mass
murder and flagrant violation of international law. Like the Good Germans of
Nazi Germany, you will be guilty of supporting crimes against humanity.
Let's hear no whining on the day you are held accountable. Don't blame it on
Bush. Remember John Kerry voted to invade Iraq, as did the vast majority of
the Tweedle Democrats in Congress.
He also voted for the Patriot Act. "It reflects," he boasted on the Senate
floor, "an enormous amount of hard work by the members of the Senate Banking
Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee. I congratulate them and thank
them for that work." Hard work? As I recall, nobody even read it, they
simply gave it a thumbs up because they were afraid of Bush calling them
no-good unpatriotic pantywaists.
Finally, Kerry voted for NAFTA, so no commiserating over your lost job. Get
over it. McDonalds is hiring and those jobs are now considered
Next time -- if there is a next time -- vote for Ralph Nader.
is a photographer, multimedia artist and writer living in New Mexico. He is
Another Day in the Empire: Life in Neoconservative America (Dandelion
Books, 2003). To see his photo work and read more of his essays, visit his
excellent “Another Day
in the Empire” weblog.
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