The Real Deal–He Should Campaign on Substance in 2008, April 20, 2008
This is my first Jesse Ventura book and I am deeply impressed. This man is the real deal, honest, straight-up, with plenty of common sense. His ideal running mate is not John McCain or Robert Kennedy Jr. but rather the star of The Average American: The Extraordinary Search for the Nation's Most Ordinary Citizen. I would gladly serve these solid citizens in a staff capacity.
The book lacks an index, while offering plenty of balanced outrage. This is a serious person who sees all that is wrong with America, and who would have no problem agreeing with the authors of Running On Empty: How The Democratic and Republican Parties Are Bankrupting Our Future and What Americans Can Do About It; or Breach of Trust: How Washington Turns Outsiders Into Insiders.
A few of my notes from this captivating book and personality:
+ “Special interests have a stranglehold on our reality. Nobody is being told the truth.”
+ Castro told him JFK assassination was an inside job. See Someone Would Have Talked: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the Conspiracy to Mislead History for confirmation–CIA trained team of Cuban exiles in revenge for Bay of Pigs
+ Reform Party was bogus, Perot let his ego run away with his brain
+ Buchanan hijacked the Reform Party and looted its treasury to pay off his old campaign debts
+ Both political parties are gangs
+ Organized religion is a business milking people like cows for their milk (money)
+ Down on NAFTA
+ Bush-Cheney passing federal laws that prevent states from protecting their own citizens properly from corporate predation
+ 9/11 Commission a cover-up, just as the Warren Commission was–government lies to the people (e.g. Gulf of Tonkin incident, simply cannot be trusted
+ CIA has embedded case officers within state and local governments
+ Positive on Ralph Nader as an honest person bringing up issues the two criminal parties will not raise
+ Properly faults Bush-Cheney for ignoring intelligence and privatizing war while bankrupting the Nation—if not impeachable, should at least be commitable to an insane asylum (see my lists on impeachment and holding Dick Cheney accountable, at least take a look at Vice: Dick Cheney and the Hijacking of the American Presidency
+ There IS a ruling class, not sure of its composition, we have to take the country back from them
+ Electoral college is long overdue for termination.
+ O'Reilly, all of those talking heads are scripted, media is about generating cash through entertainment, not about informing the citizenry
+ FCC fines broadcasters and others but they are appointed, not elected, and not accountable for their subjective definition of what is obscene
+ “Revisionist history troubles me deeply.” page 265. This is the point where I decide this guy is a serious and qualified candidate to be our president.
+ 27 years of Bushes and Clintons, time for an independent party nominee to win and lead
+ National Guard should stay home.
+ Citing Mussolini, fascism is the marriage of corporations and religion. We have that here, now.
+ Need term limits on reporters, not just politicians. Reflects a profound disdain for Minnesota reporters.
I put the book down at the end of a very long very rainy day feeling good about this author, his independence of mind, his integrity. In combination with Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Social Movement in History Is Restoring Grace, Justice, and Beau; Society's Breakthrough!: Releasing Essential Wisdom and Virtue in All the People; The Tao of Democracy: Using Co-Intelligence to Create a World That Works for All; and Collective Intelligence: Creating a Prosperous World at Peace, I have a very strong feeling that the national immune system is going to kick in and finally out these frauds that pretend our elections are honest and meaningful.
It's a real shame Ralph Nader does not play well with others. I'm going to get in touch with Jesse Ventura and urge him to form a Transpartisan Sunshine Cabinet that can create a balanced budget by the 4th of July 2008. He does not have to run for President, all he has to do is set the standard by which we can judge the fradulence of “the system” candidates. For those enchanted by Barack Obama, as I was until I saw his dishonest advisors, see Obama – The Postmodern Coup: Making of a Manchurian Candidate.