We had a server outage, and we're rebuilding the site. Most of the site features won't work. Thank you for your patience.
imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
latest news
best of news




A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List


IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

You Abandoned Your Most Loyal

by Sudhama Ranganathan Wednesday, Jun. 08, 2011 at 6:43 PM

In the lead up to the national elections of 2008 both parties rattled off their lists of things they would do differently. They told us how they would act regarding the dual wars middle class Americans have been forced to pay for ? even more so than the large corporations benefitting from the wars. They told us how they would reverse the problems caused by the sub-prime mortgage scam that caused the two bailouts of Wall Street. They told us how our civil liberties would be brought back to a place that made sense. They told us how sweeping changes Americans desired would be made reality.

You Abandoned Your M...
youabandonedyourmostloyal.jpgdojfyb.jpg, image/jpeg, 218x320

In the lead up to the national elections of 2008 both parties rattled off their lists of things they would do differently. They told us how they would act regarding the dual wars middle class Americans have been forced to pay for – even more so than the large corporations benefitting from the wars. They told us how they would reverse the problems caused by the sub-prime mortgage scam that caused the two bailouts of Wall Street. They told us how our civil liberties would be brought back to a place that made sense. They told us how sweeping changes Americans desired would be made reality.

But the changes that came form that election, and the 2006 elections and the 2010 elections have not borne the fruit promised – not by a long shot. The wars are essentially still raging and we are engaging in nation building in Afghanistan and Iraq. Though we were given a drawdown table we are still in both countries. How much US treasury must we expend in Iraq? How is that coming back to us and is it benefitting us?

The Bush administration admitted the premise for going into Iraq was wrong. They were given faulty information by the CIA and so they decided to make the case for war based on that evidence to Congress and the nation. They said it would be short, yet we are still there even after the “president of hope” swept into office based in large part on his promise to end that war claiming among other things we should not be involved in nation building. So why are we there still and how is it benefitting the middle class Americans paying for it? Why are we forced to pay for the Bush administration and the CIA's mistake?

The president of hope also promised to pull out of Afghanistan once he had gone after those responsible. Well we did that and Osama Bin Laden was killed. It is widely reported that Afghanistan will not be ready for decades if not longer to run the kind of government we would set up for them. Corruption is rife and even that nation's leader's brother has his hands in the cookie jar – way in. Perhaps it's time we let them forge their own future. We can't afford to pay for their nation building as we aren't being compensated any more than we are in Iraq. If instability is the issue well we provided plenty of arms and aid to Saudi Arabia and other countries we stayed detached from during instability. Why so much interest in Iraq and Afghanistan?

The number one contractor in Iraq, Halliburton, incorporated itself in a tax haven to skip out on American taxes and moved its headquarters from Texas to the United Arab Emirates when it started getting sued for massive overcharges to American taxpayers. They don't care about us one bit. Yet we are still forced to pay them. Why? Why isn't the Iraqi government paying them or whomever they decide to pick?

The regulatory reforms instituted after the financial crash of 2008 failed to truly address the issues that caused the crash. The regulations still allow the same practices to take place essentially and the financial institutions are bigger than they've ever been. “Too big to fail? Hey let's just let them merge that should fix the problem. Oh yeah and make sure if they do fail Americans now getting poorer will foot the bill.” Genius.

Democrats promised to look after the middle class and middle class workers. That has always been their strong suit – their bread and butter. So what happened? American workers have had their jobs shipped overseas due to currency manipulation deals to prop up nations we favored in places like Asia and Eastern Europe to keep them from becoming communist during the Cold War which ended in 1989. The middle class are becoming poorer and poorer and how did the current batch of Democrats support them when their rights were being taken away across the country?

When union rights were torn to shreds where were the Democratic big wigs? What were they thinking about? What was running through their heads? What were the scrappers for the little guy planning and implementing to make sure middle class Americans were protected? We will never know. Why? They were absent.

We know now what Representative Anthony Weiner was thinking about and spending all his time away from the House planning, but what about the rest? Where were they when massive rallies were taking place which should have been led by luminary after luminary from the Democrat's national party? We know Republicans weren't going to be supporting them, but they never did. They said they would strip middle class union workers of their rights and they did. Union rights and labor negotiating rights was always something they were against, but what did the Democrats do? They watched from their tinted windowed limousines in Washington and made a few comments here and there.

If they were true to who they claimed they were they should have been there every day with top party people there speaking every day in the fight with the people. But they abandoned and left when they were needed most as if they were afraid of a good fight, so they gave up before they even tried. Only the local Democrats tried and there was not much they could do all by themselves apparently, but at least they tried.

Democrats promised if given the opportunity they would make the changes they said they would in 2006 and 2008. When they were swept into office and handed the super majority to do so what did they do? They dragged out a year debating each other on heath care reform. Where were the changes to end too big to fail? Where were the measures to start the drawdowns in Iraq and Afghanistan to ensure no new nation building? Where were the amendments to the Patriot Act they all told us went too far when they campaigned?

Sure there are good aspects of it but there are bad ones too. How do we know that? Because they told us that when they campaigned. They lied to get into office. They were dishonest – at least thus far. When the vast sums of money were given to Wall Street how much went to start a jobs program like we had during the great depression and other major works to get people employed? Where was all the money being invested in education for the future of America we were promised.

Are the children in our urban centers better off more safe and freer to concentrate on their studies instead of avoiding gangs? Lol. What happened to sensible immigration reform to end the money wasted on rounding up people picking lettuce under the table and get focused on drugs and guns? “Huh? What's that mean?” When the economy does pick up again and jobs come back, which they will as they always do to one extent or another, what real safe guards are in place? Republicans rolled back regulations leading to the crash while Democrats have done little to ensure a repeat.

The Republicans have spent all their time making sure government doesn't run properly so they can get elected. Gee thanks guys for sacrificing what's best for us all for your own gain. What's the hold up? Oh that's right it's you guys again. With no progress as your answers for the economy and more what good are you?

But the biggest disappointment thus far has been the Democrats who were given a majority to bring sweeping changes but have just continued the policies of the previous administration and abandoned middle class Americans thus far. Instead of being the president of hope president Obama has behaved more like president O-Bush-a. If they are truly sincere Democrats will spend the next year and some change concentrating on making good on their promises instead of more talk designed to fool us again. What good are our taxes if they are to be wasted on the inaction and corruption of fools? Let's hope for some real reason to allow our hope to be restored between now and the next election.

To read about my inspiration for this article go to www.lawsuitagainstuconn.com.

Report this post as:

Local News

Woolsey Fire: Worst News of 2018? J01 12:18AM

Oppose Environmentally-Harmful Development D10 4:03AM

Oppose Environmentally-Harmful Development D10 3:58AM

OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center Presents Night for Hope O30 5:38PM

Marshall Tuck’s racist dog whistle O27 5:01AM

Marshall Tuck’s ethnocentrism contradicts Californian values O27 4:32AM

Contra Costa-Hawkins O25 3:48AM

Debunking Some Anti-Prop 10 Propaganda O12 6:56AM

Why Should California Choose De Leon Over Feinstein? O10 9:55PM

Change Links September 2018 posted S02 10:22PM

More Scandals Rock Southern California Nuke Plant San Onofre A30 11:09PM

Site Outage Friday A30 3:49PM

Change Links August 2018 A14 1:56AM

Setback for Developer of SC Farm Land A12 11:09PM

More problems at Shutdown San Onofre Nuke J29 10:40PM

Change Links 2018 July posted J09 8:27PM

More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena J02 7:16PM

"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena J02 7:08PM

Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles J30 11:26PM

Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! J11 6:58AM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Tutelle comportementaliste J20 9:18AM

A Mistake: Jesse Jackson-Toyota deal-in Lexington -Ky is .8 billion over 10 years 2018 J20 1:17AM

If Trump Declares a AantionalEmergency, He'll Be Breaking the Law J20 12:47AM

Jesse Jackson's Sneak Attck on Toyota Lexington Ky and it's workers 2018 J19 9:12PM

Video: Chris Herdges in Eugene, 1 hr 24 min J19 5:37PM



Judge Delays Ruling on Puerto Rico Debt Deal White House Opposes Island's Food Assistance J18 6:04PM



Paraphysique de proxémie guerrière J18 7:59AM


FARCELONA 8.17.2017 J17 3:23PM



PR Debt Cancel, Judge Reviews Cofina Debt J16 9:04PM

Réseautage, fragmentation du capital J16 4:20PM

Paraphysique de manipulation mentale et sociale J15 9:51AM

The Global Justice Project and Human Survival: We're Badly Off Track J15 5:08AM

The Global Justice Project and Human Survival: We're Badly Off Track J15 5:08AM

The Global Justice Project and Human Survival: We're Badly Off Track J15 5:08AM

Markets as a Fetish, Globalization, and Dissent Management J14 1:03PM

State Debts - The Primal German Fear J13 5:09PM

Sans liberté, sans égalité, sans fraternité J13 8:09AM

From Progressive Neoliberalism to Trump - and Beyond J12 9:22PM

Copper Cures Cancer J11 1:42PM

Steven Taylor, Investor who Evicts J11 9:24AM

Du sectarisme, des sectes, des clans J11 8:10AM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy