I ended my biotech support for Bush and Conservatives for two reasons: 1) I realized their ‘apparent’
Grass roots opponents of embryonic research and human cloning opposed both on moral grounds. Bush vetoed embryonic stem cell initiatives to generate good PR with Conservative Christians. Meanwhile, pharmaceutical and biotech agendas determined every Bush appointee to head the FDA, NIH, and Health and Human Services. All were embryonic research advocates whose actions ensured the courses of Science and Medicine would safeguard over a trillion dollars annually in pharmaceutical and medical revenues for decades to come—monies reaped from human suffering.
The strategy is simple: Tell the public what it wants to believe to promote social division, i.e., that vast, world-shaping issues such as global warming are matters of worldview opinion, that Americans can eat their cake and drive it too, that whatever happens—including ‘natural’ disasters like the Frankenstorm, nationwide droughts, or forest fires that chased tens of thousands from their homes—it’s not our fault. Why? A nation divided will never challenge financial paradigms that betray the present to exploit the future.
My behind-the-scenes exposure to national policy-making taught me that both sides of our political leadership can be on the same side of lucrative issues, industry’s side, while playing worldview games to lure voters into deluding themselves.
To those who control our politicians, our lives, and our future, very few issues matter. Big Coal, Pharma, BIO, Big Oil, Energy, International Banking, and agro-giants such as Monsanto care about markets and profits. Issues such as abortion, gay rights, education, social welfare, our quality of life, or our financial security serve as battle cries to incite and divide us while seducing voters to embrace party platforms and industry goals.
At the top, GOP and Democrat leaders stand at the beck and call of the wealthy in finance and industry. We like to believe this isn’t so—that someone is on our side. Those behind this charade count on us believing it, and as long as we do, no one will be on our side...including ourselves. But this doesn't mean we shouldn't vote. The truth is quite the reverse.
Between Romney and Obama, one clearly belongs to powerful special interests...financial entities with compelling incentives for blocking the changes our planet and children need us to make. In my opinion, the best Americans can hope for in "Elections 2012" is to not gift wrap the future to Big Oil, Coal, and Pharma. Whether we do or not depends on our having to the courage to face climatic and energy realities we'd rather deny, ignore, or rationalize into psychologically convenient spins.
We need to admit who stands ready and eager to sell us out.
J. Perry Kelly recently published a speculative urban adventure on Kindle, The Sibyl Reborn (http://www.amazon.com/