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Most U.S. politicians run parallel campaigns: one public for non-corporate voters concerned with non-corporate litmus tests (abortion rights, church and state, minority rights, gun control, immigration, environment, etc.)  and one private for corporations dependent on the government for work, approval or property (defense contracts, financial regulation, foreign aid contracts, transportation infrastructure contracts, energy regulation, import/export approval and tariffs, farm subsidies, media use of public-owned airwaves, healthcare regulation, etc.).

Like most Republicans, some national Democrat politicians mainly represent corporate interests and count on cynically manipulating constituents’ reliance on non-corporate litmus tests. In this sense, blue-state voters not weighing corporate cronyism are like red-state voters since both blindly support corporate-crony politicians who pass a few non-corporate litmus tests.  

Though I value "litmus issues" and donated money to some groups promoting and defending litmus views I share, these issues increasingly seem less important as corporations tighten their grip on our government.

Corporations are the de facto government of the United States:

They direct our troops (Marine General Smedly Butler’s confession, "War is a Racket," still applies) and tax revenue. Corporations dictate tax law, industrial pollution limits and penalties, transportation systems (roads over rail), energy policy, monetary policy, credit and bankruptcy law, other civil law, healthcare options, mass media content, mass food supplies and foreign aid (3rd-world countries can have aid as long as they use it to award big contracts to a few U.S. corporations; read "Confessions of An Economic Hit Man" by John Perkins).

But at least we can have abortions and carry pistols. Yippee. Something for both blue and red state non-corporate voters.

Corporations have picked H. Clinton as their Democrat. Her contribution sources prove this. You tally corporate votes by counting corporate contributions. A mere human citizen gets one vote and rarely contributes money. Corporations vote with large contributions of money and perks (use of private jets, etc.) and wield mighty advertising and media influence.  Corporations no doubt will gladly endorse any Republican candidate but Ron Paul, and they hope to present voters with their favorite Dem and Repub packaged in non-corporate issues for mass consumption.

The issue of a woman president is overblown and a distraction from the issue of corporate control. The last thing we need is yet another corporate crony, male or female. Regarding woman politicians, California Representative Barbara Lee and Senator Barbara Boxer are not corporate cronies as far as I can tell. California Senator Diane Feinstein is a mild one. Condoleeza Rice and Kathleen Harris are full-blown cronies (Chevron named an oil tanker after Rice for crying out loud, or rather, for not crying out loud). In the context of modern politics, male-v.-female is a red herring.

One of my associates is an H. Clinton fanatic from the original N.O.W. generation and cares little about corporate issues. She’s completely fixated on getting a woman elected and sends gushing emails with photos of her and H. Clinton together at fundraisers. I’m younger, and to me H. Clinton is an extra-smart pro-choice moderate corporate-crony Republican pushing an HMO-enriching healthcare system.

B & H Clinton are incredibly bright and tough, and like B., H. is a skilled corporate crony, as shown by her coddling of Murdoch and corporate lobbyists. With Clinton, 2008 may be reminiscent of 2000 when many Dems voted for a 3rd-party candidate because of exasperation with corporate cronies in both parties. If Clinton wins the nomination, I'll consider writing in my favorite and may change my lifelong Democrat registration to Independent or something else (even if I end up begrudgingly voting for Clinton).  I mean, come on!  H. Clinton is obviously more than smart enough to have known the truth about Iraq but still voted for war because she subjugated and subjugates her sparkling intelligence and unremarkable moral compass for positive spin and power, similar to Bush, Rice, Rove and Harris (that’s boy, girl, boy, girl, but really all the same).

Originally posted to generatech on Mon Oct 01, 2007 at 01:08 AM PDT.

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  •  Spot on (5+ / 0-)

    I think this is exactly right.

    Corporations have picked H. Clinton as their Democrat.

    I almost think you can take this one step further and say that Corporations have picked H. Clinton as their President. For their purposes the Republicans are played out for now.

  •  bleh (4+ / 0-)
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    al Fubar, DaleA, goldberry, cpresley

    The issue of a woman president is overblown and a distraction from the issue of corporate control.

    agreed. but, then, why do you single her out? are the rest of the candidates pure? are they free of corporate ties, and corporate donors?

    H. Clinton is obviously more than smart enough to have known the truth about Iraq

    aren't they all? was she the only candidate to have voted for the aumf? then why the double standard?

    With Clinton, 2008 may be reminiscent of 2000 when many Dems voted for a 3rd-party candidate because of exasperation with corporate cronies in both parties.

    many dems voted 3rd party, in 2000, because they were fools. if they do, again, in 2008, it will be for the same reason.

    "you gotta pay yer dues if you wanna sing the blues, and you know it don't come easy" -richard starkey

    by Laurence Lewis on Mon Oct 01, 2007 at 01:19:20 AM PDT

  •  You lost me at 'corporate'. (4+ / 0-)

    Because at that point I knew I was looking at yet another meaningless rant about evil, 'corporatist' Hillary Clinton.

    If you want to make a point about that, come up with votes and plans of hers, and explain why they are more 'corporate' than those of other candidates.

    Help! Mitt Romney's hair is hypnotizing me!

    by Frank on Mon Oct 01, 2007 at 02:06:13 AM PDT

  •  so... (3+ / 0-)
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    al Fubar, DaleA, goldberry

    Of course Hillary accepts corporate money. Any politician of her pay grade will have done so. The point to investigting campaign money is which particular corporations and PACs that money comes from. Most campaigns won't turn down free money from whatever source, but if there are clusters of contributions from one industry or another, that information can serve as an indicator.

  •  The problem here.. is a matter of hindsight.. (2+ / 0-)
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    DaleA, Theghostofkarlafayetucker

    Look at the various scandals in the Republican party.. It is easy for Partisan Democrats to say "duh, of course there was going to be some scandal - just look at how buddy buddy that rep/sen was with such and such organization/corp"..

    Heck, look at how many Democrats are CONVINCED that the War in Iraq is about OIL so that the corporate friends of the Administration can get rich... easy to see any number of Democrats come out with these accusations.

    But when it is one of our own who is buddy buddy with corporate circles, and is always justifying their acceptence of corporate donations and lobbyist money - some poor fools, who think that "R" means corrupt and "D" means perfect, will take the position that any "smearing of a D must be from the Right Wing attack machine".

  •  My Mantra Exactly (1+ / 0-)
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    AmericanHope

    I love it when someone comes along and puts out a diary saying the same things I have been saying.

    Rec'd.  We are in real trouble here with HRC in the lead, and no one will even try to change it.

    my byline tells how I feel

    We need to talk with our wallets because no one is listening to our words

    by one pissed off democrat on Mon Oct 01, 2007 at 04:36:23 AM PDT

  •  Shopping at Wal-Marx ... (1+ / 0-)
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    DaleA

    Is this the aisle where they keep the Freemasons and the Jews? I'll have half a dozen of each, please.

    The best fortress is to be found in the love of the people - Niccolo Machiavelli

    by al Fubar on Mon Oct 01, 2007 at 05:15:42 AM PDT

  •  Like some Republicans (3+ / 0-)
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    Frank, DaleA, cpresley

    Like most Republicans, some national Democrat politicians mainly represent corporate interests and count on cynically manipulating constituents’ reliance on non-corporate litmus tests. In this sense, blue-state voters not weighing corporate cronyism are like red-state voters since both blindly support corporate-crony politicians who pass a few non-corporate litmus tests.  

    some Democrats prefer to repeat talking points rather than looking at how candidates have actually voted while in elected office.

  •  the corporate cronies cant believe how easy it is (0+ / 0-)

    just put up a woman and they get everything they want--

    and the support of the majority of democrats.

    this has always been the corporate wet dream: to get the so-called left to go along w/the corporate right.

    they got it now.

    those were good times, as far as we knew --colbert

    by AmericanHope on Mon Oct 01, 2007 at 06:19:56 AM PDT

  •  Oh goody, another candidate hit diary. (1+ / 0-)
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    cpresley

    So tell me generatech, which cpresidential candidate, in your opinion, is not a corporate crony?

    "Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest." ~ Diderot

    by Bouwerie Boy on Mon Oct 01, 2007 at 06:30:55 AM PDT

  •  you are correct (0+ / 0-)

    anyone w/ a triple-digit IQ could see that the argument for war was bogus.  The horrible truth is and was, hillary and the others WANTED the war--or more succinctly, they wanted the oil to keep the corporate party going.

    If bush had pulled it off--killing millions and buying off the rest--hillary's strategy would now be paying off.  As it is, she and hubby are preparing to screw us over again, and w/ that special Clinton talent for convincing most people that it's what they want.  hillary holds America in as much contempt as bush, because she sells her immorality [amorality actually] as virtue.

    History is a comedy to those who think, and a tragedy for those who feel. --Henry Walpole

    by Zacapoet on Mon Oct 01, 2007 at 07:55:08 AM PDT

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