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Democrats convene in Denver amid police state security and a sea of corporate cash
Tuesday, August 26, 2008 :Nothing could more graphically expose the political fraud of the change you can believe in mantra promoted by the Democrats and their presidential candidate Barack Obama than the reactionary atmosphere surrounding the partys national convention, which kicked off Monday in Denver, Colorado.
The more than 4,000 Democratic delegatescovered by an army of some 15,000 members of the pressare convening in what amounts to a political bubble surrounded by security measures consistent with those of a police state. The convention itself, not to mention the lavish parties being thrown for the delegatesmany of them elected officialsis being paid for largely by major corporations looking to buy political influence.
The media has focused the bulk of its attention on the conventions first day on speculating as to whether lingering bitterness on the part of Obamas principal rival for the nomination, Senator Hillary Clinton, and her supporters will detract from the unity message that is meant to predominate. Most of this coverage is cast entirely in terms of personal frictions and identity politics, without a hint of any substantive political issues involved.
This is in keeping with the general tenor of the convention itself, which is packaged as a $60 million, four-day infomercial, with no question of a debate over policy breaking out on the floor of Denvers Pepsi Center, where the delegates are assembled. The media, with very few exceptions, functions as an uncritical conduit for this process, accepting its narrow parameters as given.Read More