The Real News
Posted by Arroyoribera on August 26, 2007
Here is a true alternative to the mainstream press, owned as it is by a handful of individuals and corporations.
A new day has dawned. The two terms of President Bush have been the birth pains of that new day.
What is needed now is for people of conscience and commitment to support endeavors which are built on solidarity among the peoples of this planet.
As I have said and written on many occasions for the last few years, the real hope for the world is that there is now not a single person on the planet earth who does not know that the United States is the great obstacle to global peace and development. Here is how I made the case in The Pacific Northwest Inlander on Dec. 2, 2004, one month after the U.S. public in its infinite wisdom and absolute incompetence, elected George Bush president for the second time.
Published in the Pacific Northwest Inlander on December 02, 2004
In the 1970s and 1980s, Americans loved to say that people around the world knew it was the U.S. government, not the U.S. people, that was the enemy of peace and justice around the world and at home. That is no longer true and the recognition is growing daily around the world. This is the hope presented by the Bush re-election — that the people of the world increasingly realize that the U.S. public is not capable of and is not interested in a U.S. government that is good for the rest of the world. The opportunity presented by Bush’s re-election is that the people of the world will realize that they must challenge and defeat the U.S. government (and the people who elect it every four years) in international forums, in the marketplace of ideas and in every other forum of international debate.
All the Democrats and “progressives” asked John Kerry to do (in 2004) was to beat George Bush. Kerry was essentially told by Democrats and so-called progressives, “Go wherever you have to go ideologically and do whatever you have to do politically. Equivocate on abortion, support the war in Iraq, do whatever you have to. Just beat George Bush.” But Kerry and his party couldn’t do even that.
Kerry didn’t beat George Bush. Despite moving as far right as he could and becoming in the end a pro-war, ruling class, conservative Democrat, John Kerry lost. You, my fellow so-called “progressive” Americans, sold out. You — Noam Chomsky, Howard Dean, Spokane Progressives, The Nation magazine, all of you — led first-time voters and young voters to John Kerry and the ideologically bankrupt Democratic Party. Several candidates out there, Ralph Nader and David Cobb among them, could have and in fact did eloquently address every issue that you claim out of one side of your mouth to believe in. But you, yes you, silenced them and their supporters.
Not to worry, right? Your house is warm, your bed is made, there’s food in the fridge and two cats in the yard. Yes, you sold out and the rest of the world knows it.