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The End of Polls: The Marketing of Politics in a post-Republican world

For weeks, since the first Presidential debate, the pollsters, like fat ticks on the backs of their media hosts, played the public like a backwoods fiddle. The din built to a stunning crescendo as they plotted that this was such a close race between the two hegemonic party representatives as to be too close to call. Poll after poll drove the marketing, and to no small degree attempted to sway public opinion over the election. I consider myself better informed in the pallid minutia of politics than most, which hardly seems like something to brag about, but I was hearing about polls from companies and organizations I am sure only came into existence to carve out part of the immense commercial and financial pie of this election. Others seemed to have appeared for suspiciously nefarious purposes.
Indeed, the polling helped to drive the feverish explosion of political ads, helping to create a wild momentum that was better endured than criticized. And who in the media would criticize the windfall profits wrought from that avalanche of advertising? For a nation which praises itself incessantly over its talent for production (never mind most of that production has been pimped overseas to slave labor) the election produces nothing, and nothing of value but forgettable commercials to be discarded the day after and in fomenting ever-deepening social rifts.
Sadder still are the fools who buy, sell or never seem to notice this piss poor record of pundits and pollsters. The truth of polling is that, they are not about understanding social psychology, but by manipulating it. It is social cheerleading, a pseudo-scientific exercise in peer pressure. It is meant to help sway people towards the popular, or most popular option, cola, candidate, toilet paper. As an argument statistics are a fraud. Alone they are colorless and lifeless numbers that prove nothing, but only indicate basic patterns requiring greater scrutiny, experiment, observation and cynicism. Instead, we have made statistics the proof, particularly in politics.
If nothing else, this election should prove once and for all that the polls were completely wrong. What was supposed to ultimately be a tie instead turned out to be a pummeling by the democrats. The Presidential race wasn’t ever close. Why anyone would ever trust, or buy anything at all from the likes of Frank Luntz, Real Clear Politics, Dick Morris or Guy Benson, let alone so-called legitimate polling companies like Gallup is proof that it is a scam, or that the Right dominated media is far dumber than even I thought.
The proof is nakedly obvious. The polls weren’t just wrong, they were disastrously wrong. They were laughably wrong. Then again there is that little voice inside of me which wonders if they were really wrong or if they were complicit in an effort to sway public opinion. Given the vehement and obsessive loyalty by the corporate and status quo Press, like one mob crony protecting another,,,naw, that couldn’t really happen in a democracy, could it? Either way, I think the age of the polls are over. Whether corrupt or incompetent they have proved themselves obsolete, unnecessary completely overrated.


Big government? Damn right. The biggest! Just fix it.

So the mantra from the right these days is that government is too big, and we must shrink it, not to make it more efficient, but so it can get out of the way of business.In the age of the highest corporate profits in human history that rhetoric is obscene. Fundamentally, that is an anti-American, anti-Constituional idea. Let’s set aside the argument that government exists because it has the power to do things individuals simply can’t do, like build a road, fight a war, enforce health and safety codes, maintain a justice system and get toilets to flush safely from coast to coast.

This nation is being duped into buying the perverse and dangerous idea that corporations are virtuous and wise, while government is corrupt, inept and out of control. Are they saying they’d happily trade corporate control for the United States government? Have they never seen a corporation go bankrupt? Go out of business? End pensions? Break the law?

Name me a single corporation that has existed as long as the US government? Name me a single one that acts as a democracy? Name one that voluntarily protects the interests of individual workers rights without those rules being imposed by government. Name one. That corporation doesn’t exist.

Without government, corporations would pollute the environment, abuse employees, and even murder labor activists http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/26/international/26COLO.html?searchpv=day04&pagewanted=print . They would be free to pay employees the lowest possible or barely survivable wages with no benefits in dangerous environments. Get hurt on the job due to their negligence and you’re history, and so is your family’s future.

The problem with government is that the Democrats and especially the Republicans have allowed and facilitated the corporate stranglehold on government,  a crime promoted and repackaged in the pseudo-Press suppositories of FOX, CNN, MSNBC and talk radio, all of which are owned by significant corporations with huge interest in the outcome of this quiet coup.

The people can take it back, but they have to get smart, get organized, and defend a government large enough to defend a Constitution that was written for people not corporations.

What you really what, whether you realize now or later, is a government big enough not to get bullied by terrorists, rogue nations, competing nations, and least of all self-interested corporations. But it has to be a government humble enough to protect the homeless guy on the corner from being run off because he fell on hard times, or the millions of families faced with foreclosure

The Bush tax cuts for the rich (still in effect) have failed to generate the jobs Republicans and the rich promised would happen if those tax cuts continued. The government should be big enough to conclude a war and recognize the rights of minorities and the wrongly accused.

Big government? Damn right. The biggest! just fix it.


Perry hot air responsible for record Texas heatwave?

Facts have a liberal bias, a concept Presidential hopeful Rick Perry seems only to eager to prove every time he opens his mouth. His latest rabble about Global Warming portrayed either a fundamental  ignorance of science, a stunning disregard of reality or a near criminal sacrificing of long-term public good for corporate profits.

But let’s take Ricardo’s pearls of wisdom one at a time and see how they stack up against the facts-liberal or otherwise. His own words are taken in their full context from a rally in Bedford New Hampshire on Wednesday: 

“I do think global warming has been politicized. We are seeing almost weekly or even daily scientists are coming forward and questioning the original idea that man-made global warming is what is causing our climate to change.”

Not quite Ricky. On April 7th, the Conservative Guardian in London debunked the idea that Scientists were fleeing from the concensus that Humans have significantly contributed to Global Warming. “A survey of 928 peer-reviewed abstracts on the subject “climate change” published between 1993 and 2003 showed that not a single paper rejected the consensus position of man-made warming. Three-quarters of the papers reviewed implicitly or explicitly agreed with the consensus position; the other quarter were focused on analytical methods or historical climate change and made no comment either way.” http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/apr/07/scientific-consensus-climate-change

Also in April the L.A. Times reported on a study by Human-driven Climate Change skeptic Richard Muller, Physics processor at UC Berkley, and other skeptics who believe climate change has been exaggerated. Instead, “Muller unexpectedly told a congressional hearing last week that the work of the three principal groups that have analyzed the temperature trends underlying climate science is “excellent…. We see a global warming trend that is very similar to that previously reported by the other groups.” http://articles.latimes.com/2011/apr/04/local/la-me-climate-berkeley-20110404

“I don’t think from my perspective that I want America to be engaged in spending that much money on still a scientific theory that has not been proven and from my perspective is more and more being put into question.”

Oh, once again Richard, the facts, well…

 
Among the lib-pinko-commie-hippie-treehugger groups warning of the future, and in some cases imminent national security threats of Global warming is CNA, Center for Naval Analyses, which advises the liberally-minded Navy and Marine Corps, whose Military Advisory Board “consists of eleven retired three- and four-star admirals and generals, representing all four branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. “
 
They concluded that “climate change represents a risk to American national security. The MAB’s purpose is to help Americans understand the risks of climate change to our security and encourage policymakers and military planners to begin planning to avoid these risks.” http://securityandclimate.cna.org/report/
 
Too liberal still? Perhaps the report from the Strategic Studies Institute titled “The National Security Implications of Global Climate Change” from March 2007. That’s march in 2007, a whole president ago, in which retired US Marine Corps General Anthony Zinni warned “”We will pay for this one way or another,” said retired Marine Corps General Anthony Zinni, former commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East. “We will pay to reduce greenhouse gas emissions today, and we’ll have to take an economic hit of some kind. Or, we will pay the price later in military terms. And that will involve human lives. There will be a human toll.

“The U.S. should commit,” said the General, “to a stronger national and international role to help stabilize climate changes at levels that will avoid significant disruption to global security and stability,” the Military Advisory Board recommends. http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/events/details.cfm?q=82

Or we could all just pray for rain. Guess you’re right little Ricky. Facts do have a bias…to the truth.


Big government? Damn right. The biggest! Just fix it.

So the mantra from the right these days is that government is too big, and we must shrink it, not to make it more efficient, but so it can get out of the way of business.In the age of the highest corporate profits in human history that rhetoric is obscene. Fundamentally, that is an anti-American, anti-Constituional idea. Let’s set aside the argument that government exists because it has the power to do things individuals simply can’t do, like build a road, fight a war, enforce health and safety codes, maintain a justice system and get toilets to flush safely from coast to coast.

This nation is being duped into buying the perverse and dangerous idea that corporations are virtuous and wise, while government is corrupt, inept and out of control. Are they saying they’d happily trade corporate control for the United States government?

Name me a single corporation that has existed as long as the US government? Name me a single one that acts as a democracy? Name one that voluntarily protects the interests of individual workers rights without those rules being imposed by government. Name one. That corporation doesn’t exist.

Without government, corporations would pollute the environment, abuse employees, and even murder labor activists http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/26/international/26COLO.html?searchpv=day04&pagewanted=print . They would be free to pay employees the lowest possible or barely survivable wages with no benefits in dangerous environments. Get hurt on the job due to their negligence and you’re history, and so is your family’s future.

The problem with government is that the Democrats and especially the Republicans have allowed and facilitated the corporate stranglehold on government,  a crime promoted and repackaged in the pseudo-Press suppositories of FOX, CNN, MSNBC and talk radio, all of which are owned by significant corporations with huge interest in the outcome of this quiet coup.

The people can take it back, but they have to get smart, get organized, and defend a government large enough to defend a Constitution that was written for people not corporations.

What you really what, whether you realize now or later, is a government big enough not to get bullied by terrorists, rogue nations, competing nations, and least of all self-interested corporations. But it has to be a government humble enough to protect the homeless guy on the corner from being run off because he fell on hard times, or the millions of families faced with foreclosure

The Bush tax cuts for the rich (still in effect) have failed to generate the jobs Republicans and the rich promised would happen if those tax cuts continued. The government should be big enough to conclude a war and recognize the rights of minorities and the wrongly accused.

Big government? Damn right. The biggest! just fix it.


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