Swans Commentary » swans.com December 31, 2007 - January 1, 2008  



No Beauty Will Win The Beauty Contest


by Philip Greenspan





(Swans - December 31, 2007 - January 1, 2008)  The quadrennial political burlesque currently hitting the headlines features a diversified cast of contentious clowns -- male and female, black and white, right and left -- who will strut and fret as they vie for the brass ring of their parties. The show has just begun and it will keep running for almost a year with lots of revelry, laughs, tears, and hoopla.

Those wannabes who have proven their devotion to the vested interests will receive contributions galore and be glamorized by the mainstream media. They will appear in bizarre debates moderated by a popular commentator who will ask innocuous questions that will reveal nothing of substance. Issues of voter concern are invariably antagonistic to the interests of the establishment. Accordingly, such issues and the candidates who address those issues -- Kucinich, Gravel, and Paul -- are taboo and will rarely, if ever, surface.

Behind the scenes hardheaded politicos will clandestinely trade convention votes they control as the need arises. The quid quo pro? The rights in the incoming administration to select the recipients of lucrative government contracts and/or to name occupants to important positions in the bureaucracy.

The sounds and fury of the acceptable wannabes will reverberate over the airwaves and for a day or two thereafter will be assessed in the news media. The idiotic charade will signify nothing but with so much babble and newsprint devoted to such nonsense the booboisie will be mesmerized and believe that the election of one of those clowns might represent real change.

In truth it does represent change. A change to a new gang of the political bandits who will take charge!

Nothing but nothing beneficial to the general welfare ever came down gratuitously from elected officials and the establishment. Whether they were Republicans, Democrats, Whigs, Federalists -- you name 'em -- it made no difference. There is only one way to get the system to respond. Demand! Demand!! DEMAND, LOUD and CLEAR, the changes you want!!!

It took the suffragettes almost a hundred years to get the vote. Wildcat strikers -- sit down strikers, they were called -- occupied their employers' premises and refused to move resulting in recognition of unions. Black activists defying Jim Crow got civil rights enacted.

The establishment has huge investments at stake in the existing political system. They don't want the status quo altered. "Please" or "Pretty please" is not enough to move their very-well-rewarded representatives -- they're supposed to be the people's representatives, yours and mine. You've got to scare the hell out of those characters. Then they'll move.

Things happened in the 1930s and the '60s. Things are now so bad that another conflagration is due -- it's overdue. Many people in cities and towns all over the country protest regularly. More are needed. The government and the media have got to know that we're mad as hell and we won't take it anymore! Don't just sit there. Join those protesters and there'll be a far better chance for change than by voting for the elephant or the jackass.


· · · · · ·


If you find our work useful and appreciate its quality, please consider
making a donation. Money is spent to pay for Internet costs, maintenance
and upgrade of our computer network, and development of the site.

· · · · · ·


Internal Resources

US Elections & Democracy

Activism under the Radar Screen

Myths & Realities

Patterns which Connect


About the Author

Philip Greenspan on Swans (with bio).



Please, feel free to insert a link to this work on your Web site or to disseminate its URL on your favorite lists, quoting the first paragraph or providing a summary. However, please DO NOT steal, scavenge, or repost this work on the Web or any electronic media. Inlining, mirroring, and framing are expressly prohibited. Pulp re-publishing is welcome -- please contact the publisher. This material is copyrighted, © Philip Greenspan 2008. All rights reserved.


Have your say

Do you wish to share your opinion? We invite your comments. E-mail the Editor. Please include your full name, address and phone number (the city, state/country where you reside is paramount information). When/if we publish your opinion we will only include your name, city, state, and country.


· · · · · ·


This Edition's Internal Links

2008 Infamous Predictions™ - SWANS

Infamously Incredible Predictions For 2008 - Carol Warner Christen

Message To Our Readers - Gilles d'Aymery

Parting Words - Charles Marowitz

Acrimonious Acronyms And The USA FUBAR - Jan Baughman

Dodo Lives - Martin Murie

Of Sunnis, Shi'ites, And Strauss - Michael Doliner

The Insurgent Word: Surge - Gerard Donnelly Smith

Five Films, Three Operas, And A Mystery Symphony In New York - Isidor Saslav

On The Dinka Express - Book Review by Peter Byrne

Priapic And Libidinous - Humor by Marie Rennard

Journey To The Sleep Doors: Sybilla - Poem by Guido Monte & Francesca Saieva

· · · · · ·


[About]-[Past Issues]-[Archives]-[Resources]-[Copyright]



Swans -- ISSN: 1554-4915
URL for this work: http://www.swans.com/library/art14/pgreen128.html
Published December 31, 2007 - January 1, 2008