The grand charade

We are living in an empire that ‘takes no prisoners‘. Sadly, the majority of we working stiffs still follow the hypocrites, thieves and liars like lemmings. These so called leaders play their magic flutes and hypnotize us with hype and false hope, as we fall over the cliff of reason.

I had the strangest dream last night, as vivid as can be. In it, I was spending time with Dwight Eisenhower. I was able to connect one on one with him in this dream, and he was very candid with me regarding the Military Industrial Complex, as he referred to it in his January 1961 farewell address. Eisenhower, in the dream, knew that I knew that his hands were not so clean when it came to foreign policy covert ops and such. Yet, he looked at me with this understanding that you cannot go back and change what has been done . . . only learn from it. Will my fellow Americans soon come to that realization about our political system?

My friend, fellow activist Ed D., has this sign that he holds when he goes out to demonstrate: Bush = Obama = Bush. How right he is! If we need validation that this whole two-party thing is a charade, follow the news of the new Bush Junior Presidential Library.

When I turned on C- Span and saw jimmy Carter giving a speech at the opening of the library, I shook my head. Here is this guy who has spent his golden years running around and challenging phony elections overseas and challenging the Israeli treatment of the Palestinians. Then he goes and attends a library for a man who should be in prison for war crimes, as well as being the primary recipient of not one but two rigged elections!

Sitting on the dais, also as guest speakers, were the other living presidents. Now we know Bush Sr. and Bill Clinton for what they are: servants of this empire. Well, include the latest servant on that list, Mr. Hope and Change himself! One would think that it was bad enough that Obama refused to allow investigations into the run-up to the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq. Then he pushed for the Defense Authorization Act to strip away whatever civil liberties we have left in America—all the while authorizing 10 times more drone attacks than under the war criminals Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Powell, Rice et all.

Folks, we have a Congress that is filled with hacks. We have local and state governments that are ditto. When will the working stiffs out there realize that it is all a charade? Anyone, no matter how noble a person, becomes corrupted once they align themselves with either of these two parties. They have to compromise whatever humanity they have left or they would not be allowed to hold office.

Take Dennis Kucinich, a man I have always admired. He stood up and spoke out for years against the empire. Yet, in 2008 and again in 2012, Kucinich went ahead and publically supported Obama, full well knowing the disgraceful policies Obama advocated.

Both major parties have shoved that ‘lesser of two evils‘ crap at us for generations! The time has come for all true progressives and conservatives to turn your backs on the whole lot of them! Stop supporting the two-party charade! Get out and stand in public on the key issues that matter most for our survival. Forget the ‘hot button issues ‘and stick to what matters most: This Military Industrial Empire that is bankrupting our economy and turning America into Amerika the Police State!

Philip A Farruggio is son and grandson of Brooklyn, NYC longshoremen. He is a freelance columnist (found on Intrepid Report,, Information Clearing house, Op Ed News, Dandelion Salad, Activist Post, Dissident Voice and many other sites worldwide). Philip works as an environmental products sales rep and has been an activist leader since 2000. In 2010 he became a local spokesperson for the 25% Solution Movement to Save Our Cities by cutting military spending 25%. Philip can be reached at

4 Responses to The grand charade

  1. Indeed! What was Jimmy Carter thinking? What was he doing “glorifying” as much as he could Jr’s work to reduce the HIV epidemic in Africa. I personally doubt that was even born out of Jr’s own criminal heart. I am willing to bet that was born out of some cabinet person or close aide to Bush to polish him up for the public and present him as a good guy.
    And, as for Dennis Kucinich … Grand Charlatan is my pet name for him since he went back on his advocacy/support for Universal Healthcare:Medicare for All. Yeah! Grand Charlatan, or another one of those, “Excuse Me. It wasn’t my fault I flipped on an issue, After all, ‘What would you have done if you were in my shoes?’” Putz!

  2. right on with the comment by ET. when will the good folks of this nation realize that those who supposedly ‘ lead us ‘ are not at all!
    we need to get up and get out on the street corners and town squares, even but for ONE HOUR a week, and hold signs to express our dissent and to at the same time EDUCATE and INFORM our neighbors of better ways to be a republic. thanks

  3. Consider the fact that Bill Clinton in 1991 had an income of $46,854, since he left office he has made 89 million from speeches alone. Any of our ex presidents, no matter how criminal or corrupt while in office can generate huge sums of money from speaking engagements or writing books.
    Do you think, given those facts that they would jeopardize that by standing up to the MIC and the banksters?
    Most of our congressmen end up working on K street when they leave office or for some bank or fortune 500 company that hires them for their connections, not their talent and they make ten times what they did as elected officials. Do you still wonder why they are so corrupt?

  4. Good column. Remember, the lesser of two evils is an evil.