In America today, dissent is a fraud, Free Speech is a fraud, and our electoral process is a fraud. They are a highly staged and choreographed kabuki dance that both Right and Left benefit from. Neither side is really willing to risk sacrifice or commitment to stand up to the Corporate Colonial powers who now rule us.
For either the Right or Left to admit that we have had a coup d’etat and nolonger rule our own nation would require them to come up with some real plans of action of how to take back our country. There is too much money in their hands to actually stand for anything real and substantive. So they read their teleprompted script and play act at relating to Middle Class Americans.
The Corporate Totalitarian Coup has essentially just used and usurped our Constitution. This can be seen in the way even public dissent in this nation has become a product of Corporate America, and is marketed to us just like a consumer product. The only choice we seem to have left is what products to choose.
While I believe that almost all of those people at Tea Party Movement events believe they are engaged in real dissent, it is in fact tightly scripted and directed by the very people who are destroying the lives of the very people they are using to take away their rights. In fact Corporate America has been exposed by several sources to have funded and created the structure and framework of this movement. It is Corporate Dissent with placards even created by a Corporate advertising department.
In case you want to pretend to yourself that this isn’t so I suggest that you look up Freedom Works, the lobby group headed up former Texas Congressman Dick Armey. Freedom Works sponsors include GE, GM, Verizon, AT&T, Exxon-Mobil, and as Paul Krugman noted the usual cast of Right Wing Millionaires, The Koch’s, Scaife’s, Bradley’s and the Olin’s.
But as much as some on the Left would like to pretend that this is to push a Right Wing Agenda. I think it is much more about continuing to set up the pretense that our Democracy is still alive, well and functional even as most of us in our heart of hearts know that is most certainly not so.
There is also another function of the Corporate takeover. The phony grass roots dissent is always directed at the very institutions in society that if utilized could actually benefit the Middle Class and resurrect our democratic principles.
As in any Totalitarian state, the so called people are directed to attack identified enemies that were actually beneficial to the Middle Class. So you have the Corporate Media, which by the way is not just Fox but essentially all of it, identifying Unions, Government Agencies, Liberals, People of Color, the poor, immigrants, Gays and any group that is in actuality vulnerable is identified as the culprit in causing all that ails this nation.
The phony dissent is directed to these straw enemies giving the appearance of participation in the decisions but it is all a manipulative fraud that enables Corporate power to become even more entrenched.
America has become a colonial nation as has the whole world. As I noted, Globalization is a smiley face name for Corporate Imperialism. In a nation that once was a Democracy, legitimacy becomes a major issue. Corporate America needs all of us to believe that our elections are free even though we all should be at least somewhat aware that may be fiction.
The freedom to disagree can be seen by some as a sign of a democracies strength but in this case our dissent is privatized and is as corporatized as virtually everything else is in this society. For dissent to be seen as real it will need to be backed by real action and require real commitment not just buying the souvenirs from a spectator event and waving a Corporate designed placard. You might actually really have to fight for your rights. Are you ready to back that up with real action, because we will never be free again unless you are ready to stand up for your right?.