In this cartoon, we are asked to assume, yet again, that W is just a dumb little puppet who's being manipulated by Dick and Karl, el al. Now I'm not saying he ain't dumb, what I'm saying is, look at his Dubai Ports thing (this is a video clip from CNN, not the same link I've included before). What is the motivation? Ask yourself who stands to gain from this thing. Is it any suprise to find out that the Carlylse Group somehow has their hand in this?
The problem with the Dems, besides the fact that they are not liberals, is that they believe this is a level playing field, a fair fight between rivals, that it's just a matter of convincing voters that their ideas and philosophies should appeal to the average person. Voters have already been taken out of the equation. Consider this article that appeared in Salon.com a while ago, that plainly shows what the right has been up to for some time. Here's how it starts:
One recent Sunday, at Morton Blackwell's Leadership Institute, a dozen students meet for the second and final day of training in grass-roots youth politics. All are earnest, idealistic and as right wing as you can get. They take careful notes as instructor Paul Gourley teaches them how to rig a campus mock election.
It's nothing illegal -- no ballot stuffing necessary, even at the most liberal colleges. First you find a nonpartisan campus group to sponsor the election, so you can't be accused of cheating. Next, volunteer to organize the thing. College students are lazy, and they'll probably let you. Always keep in mind that a rigged mock election is all about location, location, location.Or, look at any of the evidence from the K Street Project, where lobbying firms are instructed to hire and with only Republicans if they want their bread to be buttered. Here's what Bill Moyers had to say about it in a recent article called "Restoring the Public Trust":
In addition to finding Jesus, Tom DeLay also discovered a secular ally to serve his ambitions. He found out the power of money to power his career. “Money is not the root of all evil in politics,” DeLay once said. “In fact, money is the lifeblood of politics.” By raising more than 2 million dollars from lobbyists and business groups and distributing the money to dozens of Republican candidates in 1994, the year of the Republican breakthrough in the House, DeLay bought the loyalty of many freshmen legislators and got himself elected Majority Whip, the number three man in Newt Gingrich’s “Gang of Seven” who ran the House.
Here’s how they ran it: On the day before the Republicans formally took control of Congress on January 3, 1995, DeLay met in his office with a coterie of lobbyists from some of the biggest companies in America. The journalists Michael Weisskopf and David Maraniss report that “the session inaugurated an unambiguous collaboration of political and commercial interests, certainly not uncommon in Washington but remarkable this time for the ease and eagerness with which these allies combined.”
DeLay virtually invited them to write the Republican agenda. What they wanted first was “Project Relief” -- a wide-ranging moratorium on regulations that had originally been put into place for the health and safety of the public. For starters, they wanted “relief” from labor standards that protected workers from the physical injuries of repetitive work. They wanted “relief’ from tougher rules on meat inspection. And they wanted “relief” from effective monitoring of hazardous air pollutants. Scores of companies were soon gorging on Tom DeLay’s generosity, adding one juicy and expensive tid-bit after another to the bill. According to Weisskopf and Maraniss, on the eve of the debate 20 major corporate groups advised lawmakers that “this was a key vote, one that would be considered in future campaign contributions.” On the day of the vote lobbyists on Capitol Hill were still writing amendments on their laptops and forwarding them to House leaders.
The Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, famously told the lobbyists: “If you are going to play in our revolution, you have to live by our rules.” Tom DeLay became his enforcer.
The rules were simple and blunt. Contribute to Republicans only. Hire Republicans only. When the electronics industry ignored the warning and chose a Democratic Member of Congress to run its trade association, DeLay played so rough – pulling from the calendar a bill that the industry had worked on two years, aimed at bringing most of the world in alignment with U.S. copyright law – that even the House Ethics Committee, the watchdog that seldom barks and rarely bites, stirred itself to rebuke him – privately, of course.Sometime last summer, I think, I read an indepth article in The New Yorker about a private college that recruits mostly home-schooled students , who, if you didn't know this already, are raised with hyper-conservative ideology, and educating them on public affairs and political science. TNY doesn't archive all it's articles (yet - though they say you can find them on LexisNexis), and it's since gone to be recycled, but trust me, it made me shiver.
And, if you read anything about global media consolidation (this is a helpful and colorful chart to help you understand the extent to which you are being controlled), you will see that the evil empire has their death grip on everything (did I just mix metaphors?) - OH OH, I have another one . . . We're in the MATRIX!! (the first one, not the lame sequels).