Posted 8 years ago on Oct. 10, 2011, 2:55 p.m. EST by SwiftJohn
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I do not claim to speak for others, but this is what I believe.
I believe in Democracy, I believe in the vote. What I doubt is our present system. What I doubt is our present parties.
What I want to know is this: Why should I vote for you?
Why should I vote for you Democrats? You promised to end illegal or unnecessary or merely mismanaged wars that benefit only Iran and chose instead to start more. You promised to close Guantanamo Bay bit it continues, and now you have established, to much acclaim, a process by which Americans can be assassinated without law, without process, without even needing to present evidence of their crimes except through anonymous accusations in the "press."
You promised to come down hard on illegal wiretaps and instead chose to make such crimes legal and absolve all criminals. You promised to end intrusive government and instead sit idly by while the FBI recruits, trains, and arms would be terrorists only to magically stop them at the last minute as they did in Massachusetts and Oregon. In this way they bring the whole cycle of crime in-house to much fanfare but little function even as they argue before the U.S. Supreme Court that requiring a warrant to put tracers on any random individual is just "red tape."
By the same token you promised to regulate Wall Street, to ensure that executives who led failed companies were held accountable for their losses and were not rewarded. Yet when push came to shove you stood against reintroducing the Glass-Steagall act or enacting the Vockler rule. Hell you couldn't even bring yourself to demand that executives who ran their banks into the ground be fired or forego their bonuses even as the rest of us get laid off.
When faced with mounting evidence of a nationwide conspiracy designed to circumvent state and federal laws on registry of title (MERS) and equally organized systems to produce fraudulent documents (Robo-Signing), systems that cross state lines, you do nothing. You cannot bring yourself to punish the banks for destroying documents they should have kept. You cannot bring yourself to punish them for falsifying documents they do not have, or paying others to do so. You cannot even act seriously to protect homeowners whose properties have been seized illegally, let alone the ones who are so far under water they won't float again. Instead you have put your weight behind a "plea deal" that will slap two billion dollars on the wrists of an industry that profits in the trillions every year.
Yes you have a jobs bill in time for the election as employment is at 9% and 22% of all new college graduates have no jobs. But you turn to Jeffrey Immelt to be your job creator. You side up to someone who has presided over massive outsourcing to raise his stock prices, has hidden billions of dollars in profits overseas to avoid paying taxes, and even supported the misnamed "American Jobs Creation Act of 2004" which gave the company a tax break for moving jobs out of the country. What kind of jobs creator will he really be? You could have danced with anyone, you chose to dance with Wall Street not with us.