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News :: Politics
Protest the Deval Patrick rally on Boston Common
15 Oct 2006
"Bush Lied, Dems complied. Thousands died"
"Time to end the Duopoly of the War Parties"
"Vote Green/Rainbow."
Sunday, Oct 15th
Boston Common, bandstand, 2:30pm

Since early this year, so-called 'progressives' have been spreading the idea that Deval wants to be governor in order to free an innocent man, accused of a vicious rape. Well, the DNA evidence is in now; the accused is guilty. What's the 'progressive' excuse now for backing this corporate toady?

Deval's record - no matter how sugar-coated the messenger is - is abominable. Abominable, no other way to put it.

Re Deval Patrick as counsel for Coca Cola: "Mr. Patrick became a key player in an international culture of unbridled greed. The company’s behavior was characterized by a pattern of lies, deception, immorality, corruption and abuse of labor, human rights and the environment."

"...As Texaco fights plaintiffs' charges that it inflicted ``cultural genocide'' in Ecuador, the company in the past year hired a new general counsel well-known in Massachusetts, Deval Patrick of Milton, a former chief of the U.S. Justice Department's civil rights division. He contends the plaintiffs shouldn't have access to U.S. courts, only those in Ecuador - a move Bonifaz says would effectively kill the lawsuit. Patrick declined an interview request.

"This has the potential of being a groundbreaking case,'' said Arthur Berney, a professor of constitutional law at Boston College Law School, who filed a brief supporting the lawsuit. "It is going to cause the corporations of the United States to think twice about how they conduct their businesses abroad, whether it be the kinds of harm that occurred with Texaco, or in the workplace, as with some of the footwear manufacturers in Indonesia."

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The Prophecy of Deval
15 Oct 2006

The rest of the country does not care that Deval Patrick won the Democratic primary yesterday in the gubernatorial race of Massachusetts. They're too busy ignoring their own corrupt, idiotic local politicians. Deval's primary victory is not important for the reasons his campaigners and the New England media would have you believe, but it is important nonetheless. It might very well prophesize the immediate political future for the rest of the country.

Patrick's campaign "ran on hope." That was and is their mantra. It sounds less potentially illicit than saying he "ran on Coke," although that might be more accurate, as he is a former Coca-Cola executive. (You can google "Coke" and "Columbia" and/or "India" and get a quick glimpse at why this is not exactly something to be proud of.)

As with all contemporary political speech, the slogan "running on hope" is both devoid of substance and expertly crafted by artisans of allusion and illusion. Hope for what is never specified. This is no accident. When it comes to ideological stances or clearly formulated policies that diverge from the mainstream, Patrick is still as broke as when he was (famously) growing up in a ghetto in Chicago.

If you've heard of Patrick you've probably also heard that he's "urban." An "urban" "visionary," just like Condeleeza Rice. She once was a Chevron executive, he a Texaco executive. And like Condi, Deval can quietly bide his time as a bureaucrat. According to yesterday's Boston Globe, Deval once held "a prominent post" in the Clinton administration. (So prominent in fact it's never worth mentioning; we all remember what it was, right?)

Condi and Deval's life stories are truly Horatio-Algeresque. But to me they also suggest that Republicans and Democrats are equally adept at hiding a racist status-quo behind faces of color.

Deval's "Running on hope" is rich phrase in terms of allusion: allusion both to vague notions of Civil Rights-era justice, now just phantoms in an increasingly third-world-style caste system-- oh yeah, did I mention that Patrick is Black?-- and an allusion to The Man from Hope (Hope, Arkansas, that is) Bill Clinton. The honorary Black President. Clinton's people, too, were masters of cloaking their collusion in our nationwide continual drift Right in meaningless rhetoric. All signs point to Patrick and his cronies (grass-roots cronies though they may have once been) heading the same direction should they win. Democrats run the state, despite some gains by Republicans, and are integral to all the networks of corruption and influence that define the political landscape here: Bechtel and its never-ending Big Dig, organized crime, Harvard's continual land-grabbing, etc. Patrick's people have no real incentive to buck the system because here Democrats are the system. They present no economic alternative to the Republicans. They're only back in power insofar as they ever left. They're totally, 100% full of "hope" when they pretend to represent an alternative to the mainstream. This is especially true in Massachusetts.

But the slogan the Patrick campaign trumpeted all over its blue placards annoys me most of all: "Together we can."

I saw the future in that slogan and I didn't like what I saw.

Together we can... what?

Cure AIDS? Raise a barn? Eat pudding on the beach?

Your guess is as good as mine. And that's precisely the point. Together we can't do anything together except fantasize about happy days over the horizon. Conjure something good in your mind, and that's what Deval Patrick is about. That's where you're headed with Deval. Because, in reality, obviously there's nowhere to go, really-- not, at least, under the present system; it's tacitly admitted to as being beyond repair. No promises are made, therefore none can be broken. This strategy is indicative of the deepest cynicism, hidden underneath a facade of doe-eyed optimism.

Look deeply into the backlash against Bush as it unfolds. Don't be fooled by exteriors, by presentation. You can see the immediate political future in it. And the past. This backlash is almost identical to the backlash against the elder Bush that catapulted the original Man from Hope into the White House. These backlashes-that-aren't are all about opportunism, not substance. They may emanate from the grass-roots, but they die there too, once co-opted.

And so it is the Democratic Leadership Council's time to take the reigns of power again, despite their proven incompotence. It's time for more John Kerrys, more Al Gores, more Clintons. The popular disgust with the GOP means that olive branches must be offered to disillusioned Republicans, not Lefties. Southerners, not Northerners. Whites, not Blacks. Men, not women. Former war-supporters, not people bright enough to see it would be a slaughter of innocents from the get-go. And, in the Massachusetts governor's race, disillusioned Romneyites, not Greens.

Summation: the Democratic base is the party's main obstacle. The party must negate almost any message its base sends. So it is the Dems end up saying nothing, but somehow they have to say it louder. Cue the new Man From Hope! Only a Black millionaire could thrive amongst so much contradiction.

Lucky for him, despite all the decades of heading Right, of supporting the continuous centralization of capital and power, the liberals will still vote Democratic. As will almost every voting African-American in Massachusetts.

The past 30 years of the Democratic Party can be seen as a kind of testing of the populace. How far can the opposition party go towards becoming a confirmation party? Who will be the next acme of this grand project, this complete Big-Dig-style gutting of the popular base?

Answer: Deval.

(Or so Deval hopes.)
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