General18 Oct 2008 07:44 pm

Years ago most Americans assumed that political decisions regarding elections were decided in private smoke filled rooms. Platforms were constructed running mates selected and alliances formed all out of the public view. This view has somewhat faded and we now seem to think we’ve advanced to a simpler time where individual candidates control their own destinies despite being surrounded by speech writers, handlers and press secretaries.

Yet, as some of my most recent posts suggest I am of the old school in assuming that the media along with political powerlords help decide which candidates will emerge and be taken seriously for the presidency. Why they are selected has more to do with their ability to be elected then their policies and voting record. It has more to do with their ability to serve the status quo than their ability to serve the public. People, like Ron Paul, Howard Dean and Dennis Kucinich, who propose dramatic change from the status quo get marginalized and posed as kooks.

The winner of this election is going to inherit the worst domestic environment since the Great Depression. The people who work behind the scenes are well aware of this and have provided us with a healthy set of potential scape goats. Each candidate and their running mate, though relatively harmless to the status quo, can be used to deflect blame from our recent leaders and policy makers which have created the economic fiasco we will be dealing with for the better part of the next decade.

Though FDR was a popular president he is still blamed by many political and economic historians for reacting poorly to the demands of the depression. Such people state that FDR made the situation worse by inhibiting capitalism through the introduction of socialistic policies and programs. These individuals claim that the economy would have rebounded far sooner had FDR and the government supported big business rather than demonize and regulate it. In essence they have scape goated FDR for the depression because they can easily disassociate themselves from his policies.

Likewise I feel both candidates and their running mates are easy targets for this same kind of assault and scape goating. Though they are not a threat to the status quo, the current candidates can easily be viewed as political fringe and outsiders of mainstream capitalistic powerlords. One does not have to go all the way back to the 1930’s to see this form of political deflection of economic blame being utilized.

The policies of Nixon and Ford created the inflationary nightmare that Jimmy Carter inherited back in the mid 70’s. Yet, Mr. Carter was quickly blamed for much of what happened on his watch. He was labeled a political outsider and his “bleeding heart liberal” tendencies made him a weak leader who punished corporate America rather than work with it. In the long run Mr. Nixon was viewed as a liar and a crook, yet he and his insiders were not viewed as economically incompetent or blamed for the hyper inflation they spawned.

Will George Bush be remembered much the same? Will he and Greenspan walk away generally unscathed as the new administration takes the majority of the blame for how they incorrectly responded to the economic environment they inherited?

Mr. Obama is an easy target for this type of blame. First, he is not wealthy and has no particular economic credentials. Second his populist tendencies could easily be mislabeled as socialistic. Mr. Biden is one of the few remaining liberal icons in American politics so he too is quite an easy target. Mr. McCain though recently being painted as a conservative has a history of being able to work with liberals and make concessions when needed. This, couled with his age, will make it easy to depict him as being out of touch and not an economic insider. Ms. Palin is young, inexperienced and geographically an outsider.

Obama and Palin are additionally easy targets from racial and gender perspectives and could be used to turn back the gains in respect for these “minorities” by decades. This group of candidates almost looks to good to be true from a blame/scape goat perspective. It is for this reason that I believe they have been allowed to win our vote.

Those in the know are not surprised by our emerging economic crisis. They saw the deflationary depression coming long ago. That is why the Fed was lowering interest rates when gold was over a thousand dollars an ounce, and continued lowering interest rates when food prices doubled and oil went to near $150 a barrel.

Those in the know in their smoked filled rooms needed a scape goat.  So they gave us not only one, but four potential scape goats. They have stacked the deck so they once again cannot lose. Once again the rich capitalists will not be blamed and held accountable for their incompetence and greed.

It is my contention that whichever party wins this election will not return to the White House for at least eight years if not more. Well, they may stay in the White House for the duration of the depression, but they will not regain the presidency for a long time after that. Though there really is no remaining substantial difference between the two political parties I do believe the Democrats will be declared the winner of the election. This will prevent all conservatives from being blamed for what is to come, and allow them to come and save the day when the depression has run its course.

Capitalism may not be fair or kind, but it certainly is not stupid or blind. Though I hope we use the coming turmoil to incorporate a better social/economic system, they are certainly setting up the possibility of history repeating itself. Like the last depression the rapist will once again come and save us from our depravity. Once again the capitalistic system will not be seen as the cause of economic hardship and imbalance but as the vehicle for growth, progress and the rise in the quality of life.

Speaking of old school the following is the lyrics for a song I wrote near 30 years ago which goes well with the themes of this post.

Say Boys    Press highlight at left to play song.

Say Boys

God you’re looking neat and you’re talking sweet
Say Boys

Politicians cower at the thought of your fame
Governments move only by your OK
Industrial genius omnipotence so grand
I’ll take your autograph and humbly kiss your hand

Pages, cages
Look at the fads psychoanalytic
Sages, rages
Look how we live and think corporate demarcation

Subliminal satori play the ad mans game
Grab you by your conscience to you plead insane
Seductive and pompous give us all a career
For recreation they gave us pot, lust and beer

Pages, cages
Look at the fads psychoanalytic
Sages, rages
Look how we live and think corporate infiltration

Politicians cower at the thought of your fame
Governments move only by your OK
Industrial genius omnipotence so grand
I’ll take your autograph and humbly kiss your hand

Pages, cages
Look at the fads psychoanalytic
Sages, rages
Look how we live and think corporate subjugation

I say boys I marvel at your ways
I say boys ubiquitous and fey
I say boys, oh, oh boys
I say boys it’s all but decayed

Jim Guido

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