I normally like reading Glenn Greenwald because even though he is not what one would call a radical, he still does his best to hold politicians accountable, regardless of what side of the aisle they sit on. Today however, I have a bit of a problem with what he wrote. I don’t want to go into too much detail (you can read it yourself) but it seems to me that he is pushing the whole Democrat vs Republican thing in today’s blog. He talks about whether Democrats will gain more seats or Republicans will make a bit of a comeback in the 2010 midterm elections. I say, first of all, that the elections are still over 15 months away, but more importantly they don’t really mean anything. These things go in cycles; Democrat president with Democratic majority, Democrat president with Republican majority, Republican president with Republican majority and so on and so forth for the past couple hundred years or so. Hundreds of “reporters” and talk show hosts get a paycheck because of this back and forth and they therefore fuel the fire. Greenwald uses the following poll to try to prove to us that the Democrats are in better shape than there so-called opponents:
A Wall St. Journal/NBC News poll from just last month also found: “25 percent hold a favorable view of the Republican Party, which is an all-time low for it in the poll.” By contrast, “45 percent hold a favorable view of the Democratic Party”
People were only given two choices and yet neither party received more than 45% approval- what does that say? There are a growing number of people who would never vote Republican, yet are getting more and more dis-satisfied with Obama; does this mean that a third party finally has a chance?
Tariq Ali is an activist/writer whose books I’ve been meaning to read for a while now. Every once in a while I read an article or blog by him, and it is usually along the lines of my thought process. Today is no exception, as he talks about the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan, or AfPak as it is slowly starting to be called. Obama shows concern about protestors getting beat in Iran or the people not being heard in Honduras, while at the same time not blinking an eye when commanding a manless drone to kill dozens of innocent Pakistanis. As I’ve said a dozen times before (and I’m sure I’ll repeat at least another dozen dozen) Obama has made attempts at improving some facets of our lives, but for the most part he is no different than Bush II, Clinton, Bush I and so on. I find it very confusing that most of the people who elected Obama claim to understand that change comes from below, and they only way their savior is going to actually do anything is if we put pressure on him, yet hardly anyone is making a stink of the wars that he is expanding. Not many Obama supporters are in the street demanding that he stop torture, give prisoners back their rights, at least make an attempt to restore some of our civil liberties back here at home. If they truly understood that the only way things change is if the people make them, why would they even think they need a president? We are not going to stop the killing, oppression and torture happening in our names with our money until we start realizing the power we have.