The Donkey In the Room

Besides all the flowery speeches at the Republican Party Convention in Tampa last week, all that was not shown was the elephant in the room, corporate fascism at home and imperialist doctrinaires at the ready (headed by the odious John Bolton, who is anxious to shape the foreign policy agenda come January 20, 2013), glossed over by that ever dependable facade of phony patriotism and dividing the masses through class and race.  Ditto for the Democratic Party Convention in Charlotte that took place this week, which merely put a donkey in the elephant's place, a kind of metaphor for squeezing the average person a little more gently and being less blustery and foolhardy than Mr. Bolton and his team -- perhaps.  That's the best we can hope for from these two conventions, but we would rather have a strong third party that would show both the elephant and the donkey to the door.

Post-script:  Charlotte Convention Democrats tried to take the Almighty out of their platform, but had a change of heart after an uproar in the media and orders by President Barack Obama to return the reference to the Lord.  A voice vote for approval barely got a majority from the entire convention floor and clearly was short of the two-thirds needed despite re-affirmation by the chairman of the convention, the mayor of Los Angeles.

[revised on 9/8/12]

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