Iraq, Iran, War, Money, Me, and US

Now, before I start, let me disclose that I’m politically independent – having voted for Clinton in his first term, and George W. Bush in his first term. I feel it’s important to state this only because (a) it’s the truth, and (b) I don’t live my life on party lines. I’m neither Republican nor Democrat – I’m just a regular ol’ American. Right? Left? Middle? Feh.

Last night, I watched Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers on Google Video. Its creator says:

For the past seven months, I have worked with politicians and groups all over the country trying to get the message of this film out, namely that we have to ask questions, to demand that Congress does its job. It appears that to do that, we need to make some serious changes in Washington. I hope and expect that the American public will look at this film and demand change. Patriots seek justice. Without justice, America folds.

And lest you think I’m pointing fingers at this country’s conservative leadership, check out Feinstein’s war profiteering:

SEN. Dianne Feinstein has resigned from the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee. As previously and extensively reviewed in these pages, Feinstein was chairperson and ranking member of MILCON for six years, during which time she had a conflict of interest due to her husband Richard C. Blum’s ownership of two major defense contractors, who were awarded billions of dollars for military construction projects approved by Feinstein.

The special interest groups are OUT OF CONTROL. And if you think we’ll stop with Iraq:

[EDIT: I originally had Rosie O’Donnell’s statement here, but some readers felt this somehow undermined the credibility of my position.] Only time will tell. War isn’t about freedom anymore – it’s about money. I keep hearing the Bush administration stating over and over again:

…serves at the pleasure of the President…

Am I wrong to think that they should be saying: “The President serves at the pleasure of his/her Citizens?” Guess so. This country is NO LONGER IN OUR HANDS – and as bright-eyed as I want to be about the situation as it stands, I can’t help but think that THIS IS NOT GOING TO CHANGE ANYTIME SOON. This isn’t about patriotism – it’s about politics and power. Elections are nothing more than dog and pony shows.

On the radio today, I heard a presidential candidate having to defend himself because he hadn’t generated as much financial support as Giuliani or Hillary. SINCE WHEN DID THE SIZE OF YOUR POCKETBOOK IMPACT YOUR TRUE ABILITY TO LEAD? Campaign finance is OUT OF CONTROL. The Internet is the great liberator – and the first “underdog” candidate to take advantage of that fact is going to win a lion’s share of my support based on the fact that s/he isn’t supporting an INHERENTLY IMBALANCED SYSTEM.

Screw the television networks, man – run your freakin’ campaigns on YouTube, Revver, Break.com, Blip.tv, etc. Forget the newspapers, man – run your freakin’ campaigns in blogs and citizen media networks. Drop the radio dial, man – hit up podcasters far and wide, whether politically-oriented or not.

I seriously can’t believe that my fellow Americans continue to put up with this shit. I support our troops, and I support the belief in our nation – but I refuse to support corruption and government that is not truly ruled by the people. It doesn’t matter who we elect in this next cycle – war is inevitable, profiteering is inevitable, opaqueness is inevitable, posturing is inevitable…

…but the day of reckoning is coming sooner than you think.