The election campaign of 2012 has begun! Republican candidates seek to outdo each other in attacks on President Obama. These candidates are simply a sideshow. The main event is being staged via the media. “Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies,” aka, “Crossroads GPS,” is running commercials blaming President Obama for our huge national debt, high unemployment and skyrocketing gas prices. This political ad, and similar ones, will be aired innumerable times before the 2012 election. Joseph Goebbels, Adolph Hitler’s Minister for Propaganda, said “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”
Crossroads GPS is an offshoot of American Crossroads, a PAC created in June 2010 by extremely wealthy Wall Street moguls, spearheaded by Karl Rove and former RNC chairman Ed Gillespie. The group invested $17 million on candidates in the 2010 mid-term elections to achieve a procorporate majority in the House of Representatives. We do not have to look far to see how a pro-corporate president benefits wealthy Americans. President Clinton left office with a balanced budget and a surplus in the treasury. Under George W. Bush Congress deregulated financial institutions, granted tax breaks to wealthy Americans and spent trillions of dollars attacking Iraq. Eight years of the Bush presidency left us deeply in debt. Obama is burdened with a debt he did not create.
Congressmen who support the Bush policies now insist middle-class and poor Americans must sacrifice to pay down this debt. The wealthy must keep their tax breaks for investment in American jobs. After a decade we are still waiting for this to happen. Investment dollars and jobs are going overseas, and Americans are losing jobs. Teachers and civil servants are experiencing major job losses due to reduced tax revenue. Obama’s efforts to create jobs are being undercut by congressmen dedicated to policies benefitting only the very wealthy.
Oil companies, not Obama, raised gas prices following civil uprisings in oil-producing countries and Japan’s nuclear disaster. Obama’s insistence that Congress end breaks for oil companies, which are experiencing record profits, has been rejected by congressmen backed by corporate sponsors.
In Mein Kampf Hitler, a Christian supporter of capitalism wrote “Thus inwardly armed with confidence in God and the unshakable stupidity of the voting citizenry, the politicians can begin the fight for the ‘remaking’ of the Reich as they call it.” We can learn from the past. The next chapter in America’s story might be how the people rose to the challenge and saved our political democracy, overcoming brainwashing tactics designed to “remake” America into a government of, by and for wealthy corporations.
Margery Abel — Franklin, N.C.