The Jaded Prole

A Progressive Worker's Perspective on the political and cultural events of our time.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Terror on the Home Front

Keith Olberman exposes the real terrorist threat we face. Olberman, like many others urges us to to make the vital choice of rejecting this illigitmate administration and everything it stands for at the polls. We should do so but with the knowledge that what plagues our nation cannot be undone there. Even in the absence of rigged electronic voting and discarded ballots, the best we can get in this set-up seems to be conservative opportunist democrats and nothing really changes.

As Jefferson said, government derives it's legitimacy from the consent of the governed. Given the nature of our electoral system, the crisis of legitimacy will continue after the next bogus election and the one after that. Though touching the screen could be seen as legitimizing, it should not be so. It is important to choose the candidate that will be the least damaging to us but it is vitally important to realize the limitations of that choice and that the pretence is just that.

We need to be honest with ourselves about the nature of the system we are up against and, as Olberman says, the stakes. Then we need to organize and work outside of that system for something better, even to the point of developing the next, legitimate system and implementing it in our communities while doing all we can to expose the corruption, class nature and illigitmacy of the Ancien RĂ©gime.

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