yes, Jayne, there is a Santa Claus (so long as we keep him in our hearts). but no, jayne, there is no democracy. there hasn't been for quite a long time. it's not Bush who started it. it wasn't Reagan or Clinton. it was a group of former Communists who became disillusioned with that party's goals, realizing that it had no chance of surviving or effecting change. so, they became Democrats. they were part of the New Deal and Kennedy's Camelot (though many were opting out by that point). some were singled out during the McCarthy debacle. after that, they became Neo-Conservatives. and they studied. and they realized that corporations, not nations, are the true rulers of this world. corporations make and break governments. corporations control the flow of money and research. corporations such as IBM, AT&T, Exxon, General Electric, Mobil, Johnson & Johnson, Nike...these entities are what control your and my destiny inasmuch as we consume. and we consume much more often than we vote or read or write. do you drink water? they own the water. our government doesn't. do you need gas, electricity, food, entertainment, clothes, housing? all basic needs, all owned by corporations. all touted by politicians as issues to be addressed if only you will vote for said politician. but said politician's war chest is not filled by you or me. it is filled by corporations intent on changing or introducing legislation. it is filled by corporations which are filling the opposition's war chest as well. corporations don't care who wins so long as one does. and it's no secret that the "special interest lobby groups" and PAC's in D.C. are the movers and shakers. all governments look at public polls. all governments try not to step too far out of the norm when pushing their agendas. but the special interests and PAC's are the corporation fronts that tell our governments just how far they CAN tiptoe out without being dragged down. halliburton being given new war contracts despite its lousy accounting department, despite its cost overruns and fraudulent billing? no problem so long as Bolton is being held up for crucifixion. no problem so long as Rove is blabbing secrets. the corporations are the ones raping us. they are the ones who control our every move. Bush and his band are the Players, the ones who put on the show in order to distract. if he's lucky, Bush will go down in the history books as a great president. if he's unlucky, he'll be remembered as a schmuck. the corporations don't care either way. they get their contracts. they manipulate the stock market. the oversee global transactions. they shadow every government in existence and almost always are "in the king's ear" before our government is. and our government will never say boo, because the corporations are the best at wooing and bedding. and once bedded...always wedded.
(so, this may have nothing to do with the above diatribe, but i find it indicative)
Leaked emails from two former prosecutors claim the military commissions set up to try detainees at Guantanamo Bay are rigged, fraudulent, and thin on evidence against the accused.