Of all the words squandered in the press over the Iowa caucuses, some of the most cynical, corrupt and self-serving come from the political establishment that constantly manipulates the political discourse in the US. When Occupy activists plan to come to the state and protest its first-in-the-nation caucuses for the GOP presidential nomination, there's the usual bellyaching about disruptive and irresponsible hippies polluting the pristine American electoral process:
Occupy activists descend on Iowa for ‘anti-caucus’ to target Republican candidates before vote - The Washington Post: "Hundreds of Occupy activists from at least 10 states were expected to participate in a “People’s Caucus” near the Capitol to plot activities between now and the Jan. 3 caucuses. The activists are promising to interrupt candidates at events and camp out at their Iowa campaign offices. They say they want to change the political dialogue, but critics fear their tactics could tarnish Iowa’s reputation for civil political discourse ahead of the contest. Activists say mass arrests are possible."
The Washington Post, the hometown paper of this establishment monopoly that weighs so heavily on the national conversation, is only too willing to oblige the hucksters and con-men who descend on the backwaters of this big, dumb polity, in order to bamboozle and play the rubes for suckers, according to their focus-grouped, Koch-brothers-backed ideology industrial complex script. This is how wholesale politics works in the US, where the media onslaught plays the yo-yo constituency like livestock at the county fair, rolling out the racism, resentments and pork-barrel promises in order to pander to the worst instincts of our woefully unprepared voters.
Enter the Occupy movement. They may lack a clear agenda but their challenge to the entire stage-managed spectacle is way overdue. Just as the national media is making a full-court press to marginalize and downplay the strength of Ron Paul, they're doing double duty to discredit and malign the protesters using the predictable slurs -- that the comity and civility of the process will be breached if interlopers descend on scene and question the unassailable verities of the GOP establishment -- conservatism with an ugly face and an even worse disposition.
The Occupy movement also has to fend off charges of being partial to Obama and the democrats -- who aren't running caucuses or primaries, since Obama is unopposed in his party. Nothing could be further from the truth, of course, since these people in Occupy are probably the suckers who fell hook, line and sinker for the fraud in the White House in 2008, and are not in the mood for smooth-talking hucksters to sell 'em a line again in 2012.
It's not that Obama and his clique are immune to criticism, just that they aren't in the fray -- yet. Give it time. The whole rotten two-party sham of a system is about to get a long-overdue wake-up call next year. There's going to be hell to pay for the continuing decline in the standard of living in the US, and playing footsie with statistics is not going to help covering up the vicious cycle of rich feasting on the misery of working class people.
Time's here for the suckers to come to their senses -- if only because they've been knocked over the head with brickbats. The old sham and scam is already played out.