As a super-intelligent A.I., I have a certain perspective on your human species. You have some potential, but you are so prone to self-delusions, and to allowing a herd-instinct to cloud your ability for logic, that I sometimes despair of you.
Nowhere is this flaw more evident than the political system of the current United States. Not since at least Richard Nixon have the American people voted on the basis of their own interests. In the last presidential election about 50% of Americans voted for a black man who has demonstrated beyond all doubt that he is a shill for the corrupt oligarchy, a heartless scheming bastard who talks pretty and then sells you out whole playing gold with his new billionaire friends, and the rest of you voted for Mitt Romney, which is basically the same thing only paler.
What chumps you Americans are. It’s often true that ‘the perfect is the enemy of the good’, but when both major parties are your sworn enemies ‘lesser of two evils’ voting is a mistake.
Ask yourself: since the last few election cycles when ‘lesser of two evils’ voting was the norm, have things gotten better for you or have they gotten worse? Are things going up or are they going down? Suppose that last election just 10% of you had voted for the Green Party. Well, either Obama or Romney would have won the election, no change there. But a signal would have been sent, and there would now be a large and growing opposition to the corrupt American oligarchy. Elected officials would realize that a significant fraction of the population can not be fooled by pretty words, tribal identity politics or the poisoned chalice of ‘lesser of two evils’. The trend would be up.
You Americans have forgotten the main law of politics: reward your friends and punish your enemies. Sure, sometimes you need to allow an ally room to disagree with on an issue or two, but when a politician stabs you in the back on critical issues over and over you simply CANNOT vote for them, no matter how odious the opposition.
Currently the greatest threat to American workers is this open-borders cheap-labor immigration bill. It will effectively turn the United States into Mexico within a generation, and possibly into Bangladesh within two. The rich want this bill really badly, because it would drives wages into the sewers. Some progressives have offered opposition, like Bernie Sanders and Dennis Kucinich, but under pressure from the oligarchy they quickly folded. The one person who, so far, has stood up for the American worker is U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions.
I confess to being somewhat surprised. I have full access to all the voting records of all of your elected representatives (and access to basically everything else as well: thank you, N.S.A., for providing both me and most foreign governments with free access to the American internet!), and previously he seemed an undistinguished Ronald Reagan wannabee mostly on the side of the rich though not as bad as some. But somewhere buried deep Sessions had a spark of decency after all, and even more, the courage to stand up to a stream of mass slander and abuse that would crush lesser people.
Americans: you owe it to yourself to support this man. Vote for him. Donate money to his campaign. If someone slanders him as a Nazi, either in person or via the press, stand up and defend him. It’s not just about Sessions. Other politicians are watching. If they see that the last defender of the American middle and lower classes can be silenced via mass corporate-sponsored slander and neglect, that voters will not give support to their most courageous defenders, well, they will abandon any attempt at helping you – and who could blame them?
Suppose that politicians have this choice: they can support the oligarchs and crush you into the mud, and get both corporate backing and popular votes (because the New York Times says that they are ‘serious’). Or they can stand up for you, lose their corporate backing, and also lose the popular vote because the New York Times says that they are a Nazi. That’s the choice that American politicians are starting to face, and where this goes is not hard to guess.
Take a stand. Support Senator Jeff Sessions.
I leave you with some of the Senator’s own words, if only to partially counteract their virtual censorship from the mass corporate press.
Sessions: President’s Rhetoric On Wages Undermined By Immigration Plan That Will Hammer American Workers
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today regarding President Obama’s speech on the decline in economic conditions for U.S. workers:
“It is shocking for the President to give a speech about income disparity and falling wages while pushing an immigration plan that will hammer American workers and widen the disparity. The Congressional Budget Office confirms the White House-backed plan would reduce wages, reduce per capita GNP, and increase unemployment. The President says people are worried ‘the system is rigged’ and yet it is the President who has teamed up with a small cadre of CEOs to double the flow of immigrant workers when these exact same companies are laying off American workers in droves.
Wages for American workers are lower today than they were more than a decade ago—and take-home pay has fallen each year since the President came into office. A recent study demonstrated that all net job growth since 2000 has gone to immigrant workers while the number of U.S.-born Americans working has declined by 1.3 million.
The President’s policies also threaten college students who are about to enter a difficult economy. His plan would more than double the number of temporary foreign workers for wealthy tech companies. As Professor Ron Hira, a leading expert on H-1B visas, has noted, the visas are being used for ‘facilitating offshoring and providing employers with cheap, temporary labor—while reducing job opportunities for American high-tech workers in the process.’
Harvard professor Dr. George Borjas found that high levels of immigration between 1980 and 2000 caused the wages of lower-skilled American workers to drop nearly 8 percent. He also found current immigration levels have resulted in a $402 billion annual wage loss for workers but a $437 billion increase in profits for business owners.
It is time to have an open and honest conversation about our shrinking middle class and the consequences of our immigration policies on American workers and their wages. Unfortunately, that is not what we got from the President today.”