The Huffington Post

Pearl Korn

March 5, 2012

America is engulfed in a new kind of warfare these days against a threat from within that is holding our nation hostage and destroying all we hold dear, especially our democracy and a middle class way of life we may never see again. The new weapons of mass destruction being used against us are vast, unlimited and unidentified amounts of money poured into super PACs by special interests and corporations in order to buy off members of Congress, seize the reins in Washington and take over our country.

Democracy in America has been brought to its knees over the past two years, ever since the Supreme Court handed control of our political process over to a horde of thugs in three-piece suits. The Citizens United decision bestowed the status of “personhood” on corporations and endowed them with the right of free speech through their ability to raise unlimited money to influence campaigns for public office. Following his State of the Union speech, our President declared he supported an amendment to overturn the Citizens United decision, only to flip-flop a few days later and claim that the playing field must be leveled as he voiced support for a super PAC that will benefit him and “candidates who… support economic policies that generate American jobs and invest in the American economy,” among other things. O conceded that he must wallow in the muck too, as there apparently is no highroad out of this quagmire.

The president must make his case for reelection to the American people as he travels the country in full throttle campaigning mode, yet despite holding a winning hand of achievements at home and abroad, he still feels he must out-sleaze the other side to win. The once Grand (and now Pathetic) Old Party has no solutions and offers one ditzy idea after another that will further erode the values on which our nation was founded, most notably our safety nets of Social Security and Medicare that exemplify our humanity and fairness and willingness to take care of our own. The Republican candidates continue to put on a sickening display of daily lunacy as their war of attrition wends its way through the caucuses and primaries. Hysteria and hypocrisy are their mainstays, while the real issues and solutions have been buried under an avalanche of misogynistic rants and vulgar assaults on women’s health and personal freedom — a carnival that does not entertain. Next comes “super PAC” Tuesday, where, I’m sure, “shock and awe” will take on new meaning.

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