Hagel’s confirmation has become a memorable battle, in part because many of his opponents are strongly pro-war while always having avoided themselves the kind of sacrifice Hagel exhibited. Andrew Kreig, Justice Integrity Project
Senate Democratic Majority Harry Reid is a rat of epic proportions. He was the only member of the Democratic majority who voted against cloture on the filibuster now in place by Senate Republicans. Reid earned his latest rat tail for two acts against the citizens of this country. First, of course, is the vote against cloture, thus allowing the Republicans to block the Hagel nomination. Reid was forced into this vote by parliamentary rules which Reid himself created. Before that, Reid assured the survival of the filibuster by refusing to curtail the odious process when he wrote the rules for this session of the Senate.
As the consummate insider, there is little doubt that Reid knew about the likely Hagel choice for Defense before he made his decision on the filibuster rules. Crafty, isn’t he. (Image: DonkeyHotey)
What’s with this guy? The opposition to Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense comes from the warmonger supporters of the national security state. On this nomination, they got their marching orders from the pro-Israel at any cost fanatics who worship at the shrine of endless war. Absent Hagel’s even handed view of U.S. Middle East policies and interests, his nomination would have been approved about the same time as that of new Secretary of State John Kerry. Read More
Why We Get Such Lousy Leaders and
How to Get Rid of Them
By Michael Collins
Hey, hold on there!Who says we have lousy leaders?Just about everybody.Between 40% and 60% of voting age citizens stay away form the polls in just about every election.In 2004, there were 221 million voting age citizens and 44 % of them, 98 million people, chose not to vote.Of the 226 million potential voters in 2006, a whopping 62%, 141 million people, stayed home.
When you ask why they chose not to vote, the common answer is ”œit makes no difference, they’re all a bunch of crooks.”If ”œno difference” were a candidate, he or she would win every election.
Why don’t we hear more about this huge voting block, ”œno difference?”Because an open discussion of the year in and year out refusal of half of those 18 and older to participate throws cold water on the legitimacy of every president and elected representative that we have.
No matter who they are, the elected consistently lack the endorsement of around half the population that stayed home plus somewhat less than half of those who voted since those voters chose another candidate.The right to govern is consistently granted by around 25% of the voting age citizens in presidential elections and 20% or less in off year elections.
It’s obvious.The Money Party doesn’t want us to vote.Its members, those few individuals and corporations who control most of the wealth, fund, elect, and control candidates who act in ways that cause people to say:”œForget about it.There’s no difference between any of them, they’re all a bunch of crooks.”
Let’s take a look at what happened after the 2006 elections.