by Scott Creighton
The neoliberal agenda keeps rolling on.
South Carolina Democratic Primary – hacked
In South Carolina something happened that is supposed to make us believe that in America, anything can happen. That a relative unknown can rise up and challenge the status quo just so long as we “get out the vote”. You see? it is a “free” country…
But it’s a lie.
Thirty-two-year-old Alvin Greene of Manning defeated 64-year-old Vic Rawl of Charleston in Tuesday’s primary. Rawl is a former judge and legislator, who had about $186,000 cash available and had already scheduled a fundraising event for Thursday.
Greene raised no money in the contest, had no signs and no website. AP
We are supposed to believe that somehow, some nobody who didn’t advertise, didn’t have a website, and didn’t even have any signs came out and beat a former judge and 4 term lawmaker in South Carolina? Really? Is that what we are supposed to believe?
Here’s a little more background for you…
Court records show 32-year-old Alvin Greene was arrested in November and charged with showing obscene Internet photos to a University of South Carolina student. The felony charge carries up to five years in prison.
Greene said he had no comment when asked about the charge Wednesday and hung up on a reporter. Washington Post
Alvin Greene was picked to fail. Picked to flop against a very corporate friendly seated republican senator, Jim DeMint. He was hand-selected out of the democratic primary pool (and probably paid to sign up in the first place) by the neoliberal business elites who run the electronic voting machine scam. That’s right, South Carolina uses direct recording electronic voting machines in every single county.
Jim DeMint is a darling of the hijacked version of the Tea Party movement and like Glenn Beck, he is a spokesman for the neoliberal elites. His recent book goes on and on praising Milton Friedman and IMF style economic policy while calling everything else evil “socialism”…
Here’s another tricky point: socialists have generated a lot of writing over the years, entire libraries of theory and polemic and pointless sectarian hairsplitting. Mr. DeMint cites precious little of this. He walks us through books by free-market economists Milton Friedman and Friedrich Hayek—he even reprints the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence—but actual socialists barely appear at all in “Saving Freedom.”
… Mr. DeMint is fond of fairy tales, introducing one chapter with a meditation on the Three Little Pigs and another with some thoughts on the story of the Gingerbread Man. The workings of the nation, too, seem to be best understood as a sort of nursery rhyme or parable. Government is a force of surpassing wickedness, ruining everything it touches. But the market is freedom incarnate; an institution of superhuman goodness.
Maybe the senator is onto something here. The catastrophes brought on by the laissez-faire creed and by business-friendly regulators have been on page one for years now. So in response the faithful choose fairy tales. They will believe what they want to believe, and with a full-throated cry of “socialism” they will simply drown out the rest. Wall Street Journal
One the flip side, lets take a look at the man who lost the South Carolina Democratic Primary, Vic Rawls…
We’ve seen what happens to an economy built on the pursuit of artificial, speculative profits. A boom of residential construction fueled by debt and risky loans crashed. DeMint blames that on working people who bought more house than they could afford, but our state is littered with million-dollar houses no one needs or wants. They were built by, but not for, working people.
What we needed and lost are the industries that produced our appliances, machinery, clothing, furniture, cars, construction components, computers, electrical equipment and ships.
According to some theories, America gets richer when these industries move to other places where labor is cheaper. That enriches a few, over the short term. We get cheaper goods, for a time. However, it devastates consumer spending, the tax base and ultimately the core strength of our nation to defend and renew itself. If we can’t build cars, we won’t be able to afford to buy them for long.
We certainly can’t pay our bills by making complicated bets on a stock market composed of shares in corporations that don’t make anything here any longer and whose potential customers have no money.
It isn’t complicated. Jobs are just hard. Work is hard. It’s also sometimes dangerous. It merits fair pay and reasonable benefits. Real productivity accomplishes something at the end of the day, whether it’s digging a ditch, machining a transmission or writing a computer program. It’s reward should be dignity and reasonable security for working men and women.
My opponent, Jim DeMint, is dismissive of the needs of working South Carolinians. He supports “free trade,” which opens our borders to cheap foreign goods. He’s opposed to regulating safety in the workplace. He works actively to keep wages low by opposing the right of workers to organize. He’s opposed to the minimum wage. He sees no role for government in saving our major industries, like automotive manufacturing. He’s opposed to government support for new jobs in renewable energy. He showed no interest in the negotiations to bring Boeing to South Carolina, in which many responsible Republicans participated, but he showed up for the groundbreaking photo-op after the hard work was done. from Vic Rawls’ website
Now that would make for an interesting set of debates wouldn’t it? But now what do the people of South Carolina have to look forward to? Can a U.S. senator get out for work-release? Can a candidate get out for the debates? I wonder what kind of porn he was sharing with that college student anyway.
The Alvin Greene story will live on for a bit then die off as if it never happened.
Jim DeMint will breeze on into another 6 years of for-profit service to the neoliberal regime and Vic Rawls will probably know what they did to him but he will never be able to prove it. The MSM will dismiss any question like those I just brought up with the label of “conspiracy theory”… but you and I know better.
How exactly is it that Jonh McCain went from dead-last in the 2008 Republican primary to lock it up in record time, in less than 2 months?
Why is it that he was partnered up with Joe Liebermann, hated by most conservatives at the time, whispering John’s answers in his ear?
The near disastrous hacks of the presidential elections in 2000 and 2004 taught the neoliberal establishment a little lesson prior to 2008; if you want to hack the election, hack the primaries. You can put up a Don Knotts to face off with a Mike Tyson in the championship round… and then you just let nature take its course.
This is what really happened in South Carolina yesterday and it’s a shame that most people will never even know it.