Vote Independent or Stay Home

“Voting for Obama or Romney is like choosing between death by hanging or firing squad. Either way you're dead.”

independentVoting for Obama or Romney is like choosing between death by hanging or firing squad. Either way you're dead.

The same goes for choosing Republicans or Democrats. Each party replicates the other. On issues mattering most, not a dime's worth of difference separates them.

They're pro-corporate, pro-war, pro-Israel, anti-populist, anti-civil and human rights, and anti all values real democratic societies cherish.

Post-November 6, nothing will change. Duopoly power assures harsher times ahead. Expect direct and proxy imperial wars to continue. New ones will be launched. War on terror/existential threat deception will justify them.

Waging war on freedom rages domestically. Hypocrisy, not democracy, is policy. Dissent is endangered. Big Brother spying is endemic. Democratic values are fast eroding en route to disappearing altogether.

Torture is official policy. It's institutionalized at home and abroad. America's gulag is the world's largest. Anyone can be arrested, detained, and held uncharged indefinitely for any reason or none at all.

Obama appointed himself judge, jury and executioner. His kill list decides who lives or dies. No one is safe anywhere including US citizens. State-sponsored murder is policy. Death stalks anyone threatening Washington's imperium.

On November 27, 1941, Franklin Roosevelt issued Proclamation 2524. He declared December 15 Bill of Rights Day. It was done to commemorate its 150th 1791 ratification.

At the time, he hailed "America('s) charter of personal liberty and human dignity." He said it includes "freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and the free right to petition the Government for redress of grievances."

American freedom always was far less than he claimed. Today it's vanishing in plain sight. Tyranny is replacing it. Constitutional, statute and international laws don't apply. Presidential diktats replaced them.

Obama governs that way. Romney won't change a thing. Due process, civil protections, and judicial fairness are null and void. Police state laws destroyed them. Expect harsher ones to quash freedom entirely.

Third worldizing America is planned. Bipartisan complicity assures it. Poverty, unemployment, homelessness, hunger, inequality, and overall human deprivation are at unprecedented levels or close to them.

At the same time, $4 trillion or more in domestic spending cuts are planned. When help is badly needed, ordinary people will be hurt most. Medicare, Medicaid, and other vital programs are targeted. Ahead they're on the chopping block for elimination along with Social Security.

Job creation remains moribund. Policies aren't in place or planned to stimulate them. Layoffs will increase. The greatest divide between rich and poor in US history will widen.

Military spending and generous corporate handouts will rise. Corporate taxes will be cut. No matter who wins, policies Obama's (Simpson-Bowles) deficit cutting team proposed will be instituted. They include:


  • ending or capping middle class tax breaks; home mortgage interest deductions and tax-free employer provided medical insurance will be affected;


  • billions of dollars in Medicare cuts;


  • substantial Medicaid co-pay increases and steep cuts overall; millions will be denied vital healthcare when they most need it;


  • raising the Social Security retirement age and cutting benefits by reducing or eliminating cost-of-living increases;


  • cutting or eliminating welfare benefits; food stamps and other vital programs will be affected; and


  • other socially destructive policies.


At issue is destroying social America. Corporate bosses and privileged elites demand it. They want it all for themselves.

Obama and Romney agree. So do congressional leaders. It has to go. Eliminating it is planned to further Washington's imperium, increase corporate empowerment and profits, and benefit super-rich elites already with too much.

America's ruling class wants everything its own way. Social justice isn't in its vocabulary. It's in the way so kill it.

In the 1970s, America began shifting right. Since the 1980s, neoliberalism dominated US politics under both parties. Bush I continued Reagan policies. Clinton hardened them. Bush II went further.

Obama outdid him. He did what supporters thought impossible. He matched Star Trek. He went where no administration went before. Imagine what he'll do in a second term. Expect Romney to match or exceed him blow for blow. Congressional Republicans and Democrats assure it.

Money power runs America. Corporate bosses demand it. Whatever they want they get. Ordinary people suffer most. Social justice are four-letter words.

So is prosperity for millions losing out entirely. Bad as things are now, expect worse. Expect America's great divide between rich and poor to widen.

Neoliberal/imperial priorities let essential public needs go begging. It's baked in the cake. Party leaders are on board. Rhetoric alone differentiates one side of the isle from the other.

America's democracy is fake. Back room deals decide who rules. Free, fair and open elections don't exist. They don't rise to the level of bad fiction. They mock legitimate governance.

No wonder so many people opt out. Maybe one day an election will be held and no one will show up. Something has to give to change things.

America's duopoly offers no choice. Vote independent or stay home. Support people oriented candidates committed to real democracy of, by, and for everyone fairly and equitably.

Back peacemakers, not rogues wanting to ravage one country after another. Choose wisely for a society worth living in. Do it because it matters. Throwing out bums for new ones never solved a thing and won't now.

Real change more than ever is needed. Great struggles are won in small steps. Take one on November 6. Boycott America's duopoly.

Oppose the corporate driven pestilence. It's destroying personal freedoms and social justice. Have your say. Do it wisely.


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Stephen Lendman- BFP Contributing Author & Analyst
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. He received a Harvard BA in 1956 and a Wharton MBA in 1960. Since 2005, Mr. Lendman has been writing on vital world and national topics, including war and peace, American imperialism, corporate dominance, political persecutions, and a range of other social, economic and political issues. He hosts The Progressive Radio News Hour on The Progressive Radio Network. Visit Mr. Lendman’s blog site here. He can be reached at

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  1. Just so happens I did some research today. Please see Greg Palast’s offer to get his latest book free for the next 4 days.
    Here are some highlights: If you want me to be a partisan water boy for the Democratic Party, skip this.
    Barack Obama means “The Blessed One We’ve Been Waiting For.” But who was waiting for him? We never heard of this guy until 2004. Less than three years before taking the Oval Office, he was in the Illinois State Senate, a swamp of scammers, backhanders, and Party Machine tools, not a stellar launchpad for the presidency.
    And then, one day, the Blessed One was visited by his fairy godmother. Her name is Penny Pritzker. Penny’s net worth is listed in Forbes as $1.8 billion, which is one hell of a heavy magic wand in the world of politics. Her wand would have been heavier, and her net worth higher, except that in the 1990s the federal government fined her $400 million for the predatory, deceitful, racist tactics and practices of the bank she owned on the South Side of Chicago.6 Penny did not like that. No, not one bit. What she needed was someone to give her Hope and Change. She Hoped someone would Change the banking laws to let her get away with this crap. Pritzker introduced the neophyte state senator to the Ladies Who Lunch (that’s really what they call themselves) on Chicago’s Gold Coast. Obama got lunch, gold, and better—an introduction to Robert Rubin, former Secretary of the Treasury, former Chairman of both Goldman Sachs and Citibank. Even atheists recognized Rubin as the Supreme Deity of Wall Street.
    Rubin opened the doors to finance industry vaults for Obama. Extraordinarily, Democrat Obama raised three times as much from banking and finance as his Republican opponent in 2008. So what did Rubin get for showering the Blessed One with gold? Obama agreed to take care of Rubin’s poodles, Larry Summers and Tim Geithner. They became Obama’s first cabinet picks, Summers as economics czar and Geithner as his czarina, Secretary of the Treasury.


    I decided to vote for climate change in the 2012 election. I may vote for Gary Johnson since he most reflects my values. However, that could be a wasted vote. A vote for climate change has already forced a Republican governor and Obama to work together based upon the October Surprise Sandy sent by the Creator as the result of many
    prayers to avoid war and further destruction on this planet. Based upon Biblical prophecy, this will sway a few undecideds in the quest for souls into the kingdom of heaven. For the rest, it will make them more intransigent. Amidst the millions of dollars worth of blue chip stocks, precious metals and high yield Goldman Sachs holdings listed on GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney’s financial disclosure forms is a $1 million-plus
    investment in a hedge fund called Elliott Associates, LP. While the investment is unlikely to provoke much reaction on Wall Street, the name is instantly recognizable in Republican political circles as that of the multi-billion-dollar hedge fund run by one of
    the most sought after, undecided GOP donors in the United States – Paul Singer. Singer is the ultimate vulture capitalist documented in Greg Palast’s Vultures’ Picnic. New York: Dutton. 2011.

    Karl Rove and the Enron grifter Ed Gillespie, have assembled $200
    million from big polluters and Wall Street moguls to buy the 2012 election. A boatload
    of new Jim Crow laws target Democrats by erecting impediments that deter poor and minority communities, senior citizens, and students from exercising their franchise. David, an all state quarterback, entomologist, and high school teacher learned to do accounting from his father. David agreed to do the taxes of a millionaire and saved
    him a large sum of money. He was reported as unlicensed, and had to do a year in prison, with a year of supervised probation. Now restored to most of his civil liberties, he cannot vote for 5 years because of ‘Jim Crow’ laws instituted by Rick Scott, Florida’s
    current governor.

    “Sixteen states have enacted voter suppression laws that will affect the election of 214
    electors, 79 percent of the electoral college.” Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

    “Oil, coal, gas, and nuclear lobbies can now rig the rules that govern our energy policy to reward the dirtiest, filthiest, most poisonous, most addictive fuels from Hell rather than the cheap, clean, green, wholesome, abundant, and patriotic fuels from Heaven.” RFK
    That scenario is reflected with the NSTA (National Science Teachers
    Association) that tried to block distribution of ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ through efforts of Exxon/Mobil. Locally, solutions with hydrogen fuel cells (Bing Energy), lithium ion gas batteries, molten salt parabolic mirrors, exist to restore distributed energy grids. Even at sustainable conferences efforts to promote carbon based technologies continue through corporate control of insecure bureaucrats.

    “I started covering the election games in November 2000 when I got my hands on two computer disks from the office of Secretary of State Katherine Harris of Florida.
    My team cracked the computer codes and found the names of ninety-one thousand criminals-felons-Harris listed to purge from voter rolls. We went through Harris’s list name by name. We didn’t find felons. But most were guilty of VWB: Voting While
    Black.” Greg Palast

    It’s more than troubling that the first funder of the Rove-bot database and campaign operation was, within days of the Citizens United decision, billionaire Ken Langone. Langone knows all about databases. It was the database firm funded by Langone, ChoicePoint Inc., which crafted the faux ‘felon’ list used by Katherine Harris to
    scrub innocent black voters in 2000.

    While Walker’s campaign officially outspent the Democrat eight dollars
    to one, this was only the tip of the cash-berg. Those semi-billion-dollar babies,
    DataTrust and Themis, went for a test drive. Weirdly, Wisconsin voter registrations show a drop of 107,000 in the first six months of 2011, even before a mass attack on the list by the GOP-controlled legislature.

    It wasn’t God who gave the Koch Brothers their gifts; they were Dad-given, inherited from Fred Koch, who made his fortune through oil deals with Joseph Stalin. Why the hell are we running an oil pipe two thousand miles to Texas? That’s a bit like “coals to Newcastle,” ain’t it? The answer is: Flint Hills Refining of Corpus Christi, Texas – now
    owned by Koch Industries.

    The Ice Man, Texan Harold Simmons, is now the Number One donor to the Republican Party. The Ice Man?s new big investment is Waste Control Specialists LLC. The Ice Man wants to take in all of America’s toxins and poisons, creating a twenty-square-
    mile toxic dump in West Texas. But it was a dump without a hole. The business zoomed in value once the State of Texas gave Simmons a hole for his waste dump. The permit for the crapola was issued despite the unanimous objection by the state’s own expert panel, which said the hole was way too close to the giant Ogallala aquifer, the very same
    water source that Obama tried to save by moving the XL Pipeline. It’s the drinking water source for eight states.

    Like the Ice Man, Singer the Vulture used the cudgel of “tort reform” to beat the weakened workers into submission. Our investigation learned that Singer paid about $10 million for some “debt” supposedly incurred by the Republic of Congo. To collect on his $10 million, Singer had begun seizing about $400 million in the poor nation?s assets.
    Either the Greek government would pay Singer and Dart several times what the speculators invested, or Singer and Dart would undermine the entire bailout deal, bringing down the remnant of Greece’s economy – and the rest of Europe with it.
    Held hostage, the Greek government dipped into its emptying purse and paid Singer and Dart every penny they demanded. Singer’s co-investors in his fund Elliott Management made a killing -including the “blind” trust of one Mitt Romney.

    Without any public announcement, without the usual press release and in language so abstruse only a lunatic journalist who went to the University of Chicago Law School would notice, Obama’s Justice Department nailed the Vulture to the wall. They demanded a US federal court to stop Singer from attacking Argentina. Obama’s Justice
    Department and Hillary Clinton’s State Department together filed an amicus curiae, a
    “friend of the court” brief in the case of NML Capital et al. v. Republic of Argentina. It wasn’t all that friendly. Obama, a constitutional law professor, suddenly remembered that the president has the power, unique to the Constitution of the USA, to kick the
    Vulture’s ass up and down the continent, then do it again. Specifically, Obama and Clinton demanded the court throw out Singer’s attempt to bankrupt Argentina.

    “The CEO of UBS (a.k.a. United Bank of Switzerland), had put together the Argentina deal. Swiss bankers don’t allow anyone to move the hole on their green.” Greg Palast This link ties into the monsters even bigger than Singer and Simmons, who big as they are, are expendable. UBS nearly went under as a result of this deal and has been forced to initiate large scale layoffs. But never fear, they are the stepchild who supports the BIS, who in turn support them. Who is the major shareholder of BIS? – the Rothschild Family.

    In this war of titans, Obama and Clinton are merely foot soldiers, not the generals. It’s
    billionaire banking-powers versus billionaire hedge-fund speculators. One is greedy and scary and the other is greedy and plain dangerous. Take your pick.

    Rubin opened the doors to finance industry vaults for Obama. Extraordinarily, Democrat Obama raised three times as much from banking and finance as his Republican opponent in 2008. Rubin received over $100 million from Citigroup (the commercial bank-investment bank – casino created by deregulation). His payoff went unchallenged by Citi’s new owner, the US Treasury, which put up over a trillion dollars in loans and guarantees to pull Rubin’s creature out of bankruptcy.

  2. Go crazy in gotham city. Joker or Penguin. Neither of them into FREE FALL of WTC7, and with Philip Zelikow and Thomas Kean named co-chairs of Romney’s intelligence transition team ,
    we can look forward to more of the FKNSAMO .

  3. Thanks for the good comment and heads up about the book, Simon. Couldn’t tell just how much of that was your writing, but it was pretty good.

    Remo, thanks for the link. Haven’t been checking 911 blogger for a while. It’s been a weird place for a while, not to say all weird, but weird. Maybe it’s me.

  4. Abby Martin talks to author and former US presidential candidate Ralph Nader about the US electoral system and breaking out of the “lesser of two evils” mentality, Abby then talks to RT Arabic correspondent Reema Abu Hamdieh about US double standards in the Middle East, highlighting how the protests in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia are being ignored in America. BTS wraps up the show with a look at California’s 2012 ballot initiatives Prop 34, Prop 36 and Prop 37.

  5. Remo,
    Why do you think the free fall of wtc7 could only be caused by a CD? This is not the place to get into technical discussions. But this is statement is speculative. A CD is only one explanation… intentional destruction of 8 floors of structure as Gage claims. There are other means to produce the movement of the building.

  6. @SanderO: If it’s not the place for technical discussions, I think you should probably address remo’s point about the irony of who is on the intelligence transition team, rather than a technical discrepancy which is beside the point, if, as I understand your view, they were lying liars, even if it wasn’t CD (but bad building design which was covered up by the Commission, as you assert).

    Just a thought, since you’ve repeated this statement more than once, while making technical arguments about WTC7 here.

    As far as I’m concerned, I don’t see why any discussion shouldn’t be had here, as long as it is respectful and on topic for the article it’s posted under.


  7. Xicha,

    I’m a free speech guy but I don’t think this forum is a place for technical discussions. 9-11 was a multi layered event which involves many levels to understand it all.. political, sociological, historical, and of course technical since it was a *mechanical event*… buildings came down.

    The political, sociological, historical all are pivoting about what actually happened, and who cause it to happen, or let it happen or didn’t stop it from happening.

    If the destruction was not a CD ergo *the inside job* it still might have been an LIHOP (another treason for sure)… but there is little doubt at all that the official story is a myth, a pack of lies… all of which cemented a narrative which enabled domestic and international policies to be implemented. In a very real sense it didn’t matter if it was a LIHOP or a inside job because we suffer the same outcomes – the OCT… we were attacked for our freedoms yadda yadda.

    Empires have been oppressing peoples around the world since it all began and it’s nothing new. It’s also true that the oppressed at some point fight back to throw off their oppressors. And the way they do it … we call terrorism or asymmetrical warfare. Terrorism or insurgencies or whatever you want to call it exists and the empire creates it. Black defines white… Oppressor creates the oppressed.

    The empire clearly is able to exploit the fear factor to crush even a non real, artificially created threat. No nation or band of terrorists could destroy the empire. It will destroy itself by over reaching… as they always do. Terrorism simply vents frustration in reality… does not threaten the empire.

    Democracies don’t go out and conquer. It’s not in their DNA. So they need excuses – an attack will get the war machine in business…. a Pearl Harbor floods the recruitment centers. No mystery there. Empire wanted more of the ME and so this became the perfect excuse to take it.

    Empire didn’t need to kill 3,000 innocents… or destroy the WTC…all they needed was the fear that we had an enemy which could penetrate our shores, our skies and that all of us were vulnerable.

    My sense is that they understood how to exploit fear and terrorism and simply helped 9-11 to happen in all sorts of ways… but not CDing the towers. That was unexpected. But it only strengthened their argument and boiled the blood of the patriots who demanded vengeance who would have demanded it if the towers didn’t fall.

    How the military was let off the hook is a mystery. But they were even promoted and given oodles of cash to take of their war plans off the shelf and go ream time… because we needed them for that. Who else was going to kick ass?

    There is no evidence of CD. There is a lot of misreading of what happened but people who don’t understand physics and engineering and by many who do. Hardly anyone I read or speak with can actually describe what happened in an detail… except the nonsense such as “free fall” = CD.

    We’ve also seen how they stage their numerous stings and so this is there MO… 9-11 was a big one and it was botched up and so they stayed with plan A and covered up their blunders of course. You could see them scrambling to do that.


  8. @xicha You are right. I will try to keep the quotation marks more clear to separate Greg Palast thought from my own.

  9. Hi Simon, thanks again. I shared the book offer with friends and family.


    @sander0. I didn’t say anything about CD in this post. I called FREEFALL WTC7 to point as THE 2.25second ‘critical moment’ in the deception, illuminating the LIARS paradigm. That neither ‘presidents’ show any interest in confronting the blatant high crime of 911. FKNSAMO. Meaning, if either of them were NOT part of the continuing cover-up, they would have already made noise toward contesting NIST’s ‘new phenomena’ 2.25 second observed free fall of a complex 81 vertically columned 47 storied steel framed high rise deconstruction WITHOUT aid – aids coincidentally forensically found in the dust and DOZENS of eyewitness testimonies of 911. But also ‘AID’ as outlined in the above referenced CIA:PSYCH paper employing assets to control the narrative ‘Safeguarding illicit transformation of probability into certainty.’

    The fact that ALL known building destruct precedent holds CD hypothesis PROBABLE, and NISTs ‘new phenomena’ secret LS-DYNA hypothesis IMPROBABLE [low probability of occurring:FEMA], would not be lost on Prosecutors during the most ferocious cross examination in all of criminal history if we could just grow JUSTICE some, and get it properly heard.

  11. Reme,

    While there were 81 columns from above floor 7, there were only 45 below floor 7.

    And the collapse was a multi stage process, not just the notable 2.25 seconds of unimpeded decent. The visual record indicates that beginnig up to a minute before the FF drop a large part of the inside of the building – the core region had already collapsed.

    The suspect area was a very unorthodox structure with numerous trusses built on floors 5,6&7 spanning over a Con Ed sub station. There was a massive explosion reported by Hess and Jennings in this area of interest at about 10 am and this may have been electrical equipment origin and could have led to the eventual weakening and failure of those trusses and then the collapse of the core above them.

    The FF descent may simply be a consequence of the fact that there was little structure below those trusses… sort of like a bridge span dropping into the sea.

    Did NIST produce a factual report? Hell no. Did they know why the tower came down? Maybe.. they should have? If they did why didn’t they tell the public? Is covering up a CD the only possible reason we were lied to?

    Can you come up with any other possibilities?

  12. +1 for Rocky

  13. @SanderO: I think you should submit an article to the Journal of 9/11 Studies and let us know the response. If, as you say, they aren’t interested in anything but selling CD(s), then their unwillingness to look at the points you offer should be made public – publish their response here. I don’t know if you have put anything together for such an article, but I would appreciate it if you would.

  14. Not sure why anyone would contend variations on an already discredited ‘magic bolt'[NIST] internal sequential collapse scenario when we know from a basic policing level prima facia CD is uninvestigated probable cause, the evidence of which is studiously avoided at all levels of the the cover-up.

    UNTIL CD is properly investigated and contested in open courts of criminal law, supeona, cross-examination, it remains by a country MILE first and foremost. This just feels like game play.

  15. Remo,
    That’s poor logic. If you study the actual movements of the building from the first observed swaying of the tower more than a minute before the free fall drop… there is reason to believe that the internal structure was coming apart…or had come apart hence the swaying. This is read by what we see moving and understanding the structure and what was meant to keep the tower from NOT moving.

    There appears to be a progressive or cascading failure… not a blow out of 81 columns resulting in the top dropping. If you understand the strucuture the FF collapse is understandable. But we need to understand how the trusses were failed… not the whole set of trusses and columns and transfer girders… it was a failure that progresses THROUGH the structure… like a tipping of dominos. You tip one and it can knock 1,000 or 1 million down… cascading progrssive failure.

    begin here:

  16. Xicha,

    Thank you for the suggestion about submitting a paper to the Journal of 911 Studies. I have assembled a fair amount or my own research… produced graphics and slides, calculations and so forth. I am an architect. I’ve read the papers at the Journal and am not impressed. As a former (expelled) board member from AE911T I don’t even think it would be read, let alone published if I submitted my work.

    Others have asked me to publish. I’m not in a position to advance conclusions as much as ask the right questions or questions others don’t want to ask… because they’ve already concluded it was an inside job.

    I do believe we need an investigation and access to more evidence. There is only so much that can be done with what we have. We certainly can’t conclude as Remo does that it was likely a CD. In fact it is unlikely that it was a CD and this is an extraordinary claim and demands some pretty iron clad evidence not what is put forth.

  17. @SanderO: It would be good to have you somehow make this argument with your professional peers, especially those promoting CD. Or at least show that you are attempting that, so that the discussion here doesn’t devolve. Please let us know if you find a way to do this. Thanks again!

  18. Just post it on an open blog. Tell us through here. Anyone interested will pick it up. I’d love to read it.

    Other than that we both agree WTC7 is in dire need of proper investigation with access to ALL evidence. The full weight of the LAW.

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