Another presidential election is almost here. Once again, the people will not be voting for their own interests but for the interests of the 1 percent who are in control. The Koch brothers, oil, drug, insurance companies and the newest member of this elite group, Drone manufacturers.
Witness the meaningless two debates thus far between Obamney and Robama. The billionaire fossil-fuel Koch brothers had the anointed ones arguing who would allow more drilling on federal lands, fracking up our groundwater and polluting our air with “clean” coal. Making America a leader in developing renewable sources of energy, solar and wind, was off the table.
Health care was a finger-pointing display between the two standard-bearers. Obamacare vs. Romneycare. Meaningless babble from both candidates. The insurance CEOs remain secure with their million-dollar salaries. With a free hand to profit off the sick and a license to interfere with the patient-doctor relationship no matter which of them wins.
Drones appeal to both of these “leaders.” No wonder this was not an allowable question. Witness the recently passed law by the Republican-controlled Congress and signed by the Democratic president: In September 2015, surveillance drones will have unlimited access to American air space. The government will have the people in a virtual surveillance lockdown. Clearly not in the public interest but great for maintaining the 1 percenters advantage over the rest of us.
When will the presidential debates allow the voices of the peoples’ interest and not just that of big money? When will Americans vote their conscience and not their fears? With the debates controlled by the Dems and Repubs it will probably take a second Revolution to have a genuine democracy of, by and for the people.
As further proof of how surreal it has become in America, Dr. Jill Stein, the physician running for president on the Green Party ticket, was arrested and handcuffed to a chair for eight hours. Her crime: attempting to enter the Hofstra auditorium where the second debate was being held.
Steven Fenichel, MD