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Senator Obama is a wonderful candidate in many ways, but he is not the messiah many of you seem to think he is.  Love is blind, as they say, and my sense is that quite a few Obama supporters are "in love" and thus blind to some of the realities surrounding Obama's candidacy.  

Chris Hedges has written an article designed to open people's eyes to the real connections Obama has with Corporate America (the hidden government), connections every bit as compromising as those of the Clintons.  

Barack Obama's campaign message, filled with lofty promises of change and hope, is also filled with repeated reassurances to the corporate elite. Pick up a copy of Obama's book "The Audacity of Hope." The subtext is clear. It is a steady reminder to corporate America, a reminder bolstered by Obama's voting record, that corporations would have nothing to fear from an Obama presidency.

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The corporations have gotten the message. The same Beltway lobbyists, corporate donors and public relations firms, the same weapons manufacturers, defense contractors, nuclear power companies and Wall Street interests that give Clinton and John McCain money, give Obama money. They happen, in fact, to give Obama more. And the corporate state, which is carrying out a coup d'état in slow motion, believes it will prosper in Obama's hands. If not, he would not be a viable candidate. We have come full circle, back to the age of the robber barons and railroad magnates of the late 19th century who selected members of corrupt state assemblies to be their pliable senators and congressmen and sent them off to Washington to do their bidding.

There have been some important investigations into Obama's links with major corporations, including Ken Silverstein's November 2006 article "Barack Obama Inc: The Birth of a Washington Machine" in Harper's magazine. Newsweek has also detailed many of Obama's major corporate contributors. Obama's Leadership PAC includes John Gorman of Texas-based Tejas Securities, a major supporter of Senate Democrats as well as the Bush presidential campaigns. It includes Winston & Strawn, the Chicago-based law and lobbying firm. It also includes the corporate law firms Kirkland & Ellis, and Skadden, Arps, where four attorneys are fundraisers for Obama as well as donors. Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, and Henry Crown and Co., an investment firm that has stakes in industries ranging from telecommunications to defense, are all funding the Illinois senator.

The entire article can be read here.

As someone mentioned in the Comments section of the article, it is probably too late in the game for a real analysis to begin.  The Obama campaign has successfully painted itself as a revolutionary movement and sold the story to the nation.  If the superdelegates were to switch allegiance now, there would be a huge negative reaction among the true believers who would perceive this a persecution of their candidate. This would do great damage to the Democratic Party.

And just to answer questions about Chris Hedges, here is more about him:  Wikipedia entry on Hedges.

As I have posted elsewhere, I will -- of course -- vote for him if he is the candidate, just as I would vote for Clinton if she wins the nomination (unlikely at this point).  My strong support went first to Gore, then to Edwards.  In my view, both Obama and Clinton are flawed and compromised but either would be infinitely better than Bush.  

So, go ahead and vote for Obama, campaign for him, send him money, write diaries about him, but for your own sake, do it with your eyes open.  

Originally posted to shakti on Wed Apr 30, 2008 at 06:02 AM PDT.

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  •  the Harper's article (1+ / 0-)
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    May all beings be free from fear.

    by shakti on Wed Apr 30, 2008 at 06:08:38 AM PDT

  •  Blah blah blah (2+ / 0-)
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    mayan, votingin08

    Let me know when Obama sits on the Board of Directors of Wal-Mart, okay?  And also let me know when you have information that is not so ridiculously misleading--individuals who donate to campaigns have to list employers, even though the donation has nothing whatsoever to do with said employer or industry.  

    I'm sure the donations from my own household could be touted as $$ "from X corporation!  In Y industry!" but that would be a lie.  Our donations are from us and have nothing to do with an employer or that employer's interests.

    Similarly, I know plenty of people at places like Winston & Strawn and Kirkland & Ellis and guess what?  They're just Democrats like anyone else.  It's not surprising that people who once worked with Michelle Obama would support her husband, either--I'd probably support a friend who ran for office (shocking, I know).

    Obama does not have a PAC.  He does not take PAC or lobbyist money.  So the best his opponents can do is to try to tie random donors' employment into an issue.  Pathetic.

  •  My favorite kind of diary... (1+ / 0-)
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    A variant of the...

    "My mother supported Obama when I was in utero.  Really.  Truly.  I myself have been voting for him since the New Deal. are the many reasons that I am CONCERNED...and damnit you should be too.  So I hope you supoport him...but this time I'm around:  a) I'm wringing my hands; b) I'll vote if the sky stops falling; c) my vote is going for HRC; d) my vote is going for John McCain; e) my vote is going for Lyndon LaRouche; etc. etc. world without end, amen."

    Let's talk Mark Penn, Charles Black, Karl Rove, Joe Liebershmutz, etc. etc. etc. No oligarchs here, eh?

    "We're all working for the Pharaoh" - Richard Thompson

    by mayan on Wed Apr 30, 2008 at 06:10:31 AM PDT

    •  did *you* read the article?n/t (0+ / 0-)

      May all beings be free from fear.

      by shakti on Wed Apr 30, 2008 at 06:12:15 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  No one gets near the Presidency unless he or she (1+ / 0-)
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        is a foot soldier for capitalism and at least willing to contemplate mass murder for corporate profits and the maintenance of American political and financial hegemony.

        That includes Albert Gore, the bourgeois bred former senator who never saw a military appropriations bill he didn't like.  

        And it also includes John Edwards, whose rhetoric has never matched his voting record.  

        We have wasted history like a bunch of drunks shooting dice in the men's crapper of the local bar. --Charles Bukowski, Notes of a Dirty Old Man

        by Kab ibn al Ashraf on Wed Apr 30, 2008 at 06:20:13 AM PDT

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        •  I agree with this (0+ / 0-)

          and I'm a huge Obama supporter!  I don't see him as some kind of Messiah that's going to change our politics - at least not right away.

          The important thing is that he's selling the idea and people are buying it.  He may not live up to 100% of the ideal.  Hell, he may not live up 20%.  The point is that he's telling us it is possible for US (the people) to run our government again, and people are coming out saying they want it!  The people of the US want corporations our of our government and they're vocal about it more than ever before!  That in itself is huge!

          To vote into office, the man that conveys this message, is only the first step.  We are sending a LOUD message to our government.

          Obama is not perfect and yes, I'm sure he has corporate ties too.  What matters is that he is getting the public fired up!  We want the kind of government that he is selling!  I want it!

          Small steps.  We'll get there.  Obama is a great man, but no where near a perfect man.  He's the first step.

          When Bush Took Office, Gas Was $1.46

          by diddosMN on Wed Apr 30, 2008 at 06:39:35 AM PDT

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      •  truth (0+ / 0-)

        Just like the msm, articles are opinions and spun and twisted at the writer's whim.Kinda like you have done here.

  •  HELL what man is NOT FLAWED... (0+ / 0-)

    Give me a break...

  •  asdf (2+ / 0-)
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    jenesq, Kab ibn al Ashraf

    Vote with your eyes open

    Great advice - nothing more painful  than walking, full speed into a Deibold Machine.

    May 6th 2008: IN Insignificance Day

    by stevej on Wed Apr 30, 2008 at 06:12:49 AM PDT

  •  Never thought he was anything other than a man (2+ / 0-)
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    joanneleon, diddosMN

    who is trying to do his very best for this country.  I don't agree with him on everything (driver's licenses for immigrants is an example) but many other Americans don't either.  I've always felt he wants to try a different approach to achieving goals and he wants Americans to participate in our republic again, so that we have a shot of actually solving our problems.  He isn't going to get things done to the extent I would like to see them, but I think he can get things going in the right direction and get people involved.  Then it will be up to us to insist that the progress continue and to educate those around us to the benefits of being progressive.  Obama is an intelligent, man who can start to heal the wounds the last several years have inflicted on our country and world and also restore our constitution to its proper place and prove that diplomacy is the only real option to make the world safer.

    Boycott all dishonorable journalistic standards and disengage from all things Clinton. It's Obama vs McCain 2008.

    by psdunc on Wed Apr 30, 2008 at 06:13:21 AM PDT

  •  Warts and all (0+ / 0-)

    I'm on my fourth choice candidate now.  They are all politicians and they are all flawed.  Ignoring the facts and accepting them for what they are, warts and all, is the only rational thing to do.

    "The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good." --Samuel Johnson

    by joanneleon on Wed Apr 30, 2008 at 06:20:06 AM PDT

  •  I have to suppress a "screw you" for (0+ / 0-)

    insinuating I'm such an idiot that I think Obama is a "messiah."

    Instead I'll just say, "thanks for your concern."

    NetrootNews coming soon!

    by ksh01 on Wed Apr 30, 2008 at 06:44:31 AM PDT

  •  Hmmm (0+ / 0-)

    Ok I have now read the article and researched Hedges. Chris's view while interesting make a leap with no proof. Yes many of Obama's individual donors come from major corporations and law firms and lobbyists. However, to make the leap because these people work for these firms and corporations and donate to him he is now beholding to their employer is once again guilt by association. While not out of the realm of possibility, Hedges stating it's so doesn't make it so.

    And as to my eyes open, very much so. No one knows what will happen once any of these candidates get elected. We go on what we believe, as much as what we know. Voting for an elected official is always going to be a bit of a leap of faith, with the understanding there is a 50-50 chance we will be disappointed.

    In the choice between changing ones mind and proving there's no need to do so, most people get busy on the proof.

    by jsfox on Wed Apr 30, 2008 at 06:55:18 AM PDT

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