This little editorial is really a perfect example of the problem all dissidents for democracy face: all trees, no forest. Feminist trees, anti-racist trees... Powerful trees, important trees, justice-seeking trees. But no forest. Not even a hint of the real forest. The writer believes in trees. In treeness. In the individual tree. In the glory of the diversity of trees. All manner of trees. Believes in trees working together. And s/he is willing to lionize the nominal feminist tree (Clinton) and the nominal anti-racist tree (Obama). But neither of them are lions about these issues. In fact, both have avoided these issues. Does that make them holier-than-lions--i.e., morally higher than the outspoken feminists and anti-racists themselves? Not at all.
The forest is the System--the hyper-capitalist, globalist, corporatocratic system. That's the system we should all be fighting. Fight and win that battle and the good and true issues of feminism and anti-racism will be enjoined, addressed, and seriously dealt with.
But the older feminists are willing to lionize Clinton who is no feminist. And Obamaphiles are willing to lionize another charismatic who knows how to make people believe him.... And both camps do so because they believe in the System, by God! But the System is broken. It is rotten. It's out of control and isn't humanistic. It cannot be fixed from within. The System must be changed fundamentally. The American Dream is dead, because it was only a dream, not real, nor plausible.
Yes, let's break the race barriers, the glass gender ceiling--everyone shouts and dances with passionate intensity. All the while the fat pigs who really control things, who believe in "natural law," the law of the jungle, that might makes right, in scarcity-not-abundance, in "get-it-while-the-getting's-good"-- they're going to the bank with your last-week's paycheck.
Neither Clinton nor Obama are going to get us out Iraq any time soon. Read their records.
Obama can't control the forces arrayed about him, even were he to somehow win. And Clinton--who wants her husband back in the White House eight more years. She's an Iraq-war enabler. The Planet--the real Goddess--Mother Earth--cannot afford their disconnection to the Planet, the real Goddess, Mother Earth; it cannot abide any longer.
I will campaign for Obama and against Clinton, however: because the people who follow Obama today are the young and hopeful, because they will see sooner than others when Obama shows he really doesn't understand the whole picture. And they will tell him; they will demand his attention. The people who follow Clinton, on the other hand, are either nimnals who believe that the system of the American Dream is still viable, or perhaps they, like the author, desperately want to break the glass ceiling of gender more than anything else in the world. Both are blindered.
If I see that the majority are incapable of true and decisive change, or are unwilling to seriously risk their creature comforts, what can I do but think that a meltdown sooner rather than later is the better way of it? And a meltdown is coming.
Those are my serious thoughts. Now for a little prognostication, which, of course, is much less serious.
Clinton is going to play dirtier and dirtier in this campaign; she already is--witness the "3 am" ad. While Obama's going to have more delegates going into the convention, the superDs are going to throw it to Clinton. I, and many, many others, are going to come unglued at this. Obama will then foment a real third party thrust. And it may just work--'er, well, almost. At the last minute, sometime in September or October, Israel is going to do something stupid, like bomb Iran. Bush is going to back the move. Americans will become very afraid. And then McCain will win.
By the 2012 election, the third party is going to be fired up and really ready to go. Obama will then become President as a third party candidate. First time in over 150 years. Perhaps he will have his eyes opened by then.
I like Hillary... no more than I liked Slick Willy. Both are documentable betrayers of the democratic trust and carry outsized egos.
Mar 9 2008 - 5:03pm