The Problem

It’s hard to witness the state of American politics — the daily activities in Washington or the 2012 general election campaign — without the uncomfortable sensation that you live in a banana republic. Because we are the direct beneficiaries (or targets) of what’s going on, politics in America have become tragically entertaining.

Which house subcommittee will parade another amendment banning contraceptive freedom for women in South Dakota? In Kansas? What new Ethics Committee charge will Rep. Darryl Issa — famed for spearheading a contempt of Congress vote against Atty. General Eric Holder — bring before the chamber? Which representatives will attempt to block votes to raise the debt ceiling letting the entire global economy collapse in flames?

Even though both parties partake and benefit from the million dollar Super PACs this campaign season, I believe only the Republican Party is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the banking industry and the interests of the 1%. Still today, they listen to their own music with ear buds so deeply imbedded in their skulls that they need surgery to remove them. Good luck trying to get them to see reason, common sense, or to make policies that will lead to jobs, which would create for them the Armageddon-like scenario of improving the economy under President Obama’s watch.

It is not new that billionaires continue to pump hundreds of millions of dollars into lobbying for their pet legislation on Capitol Hill. It goes without saying that they would support their main boy and one of their club by underwriting Mitt Romney’s presidential bid in a new attempt to buy the country.

What is new is that after all we’ve been through these past few years under the gorgeously hot Uranus-Pluto square cutting through bullshit like a hot knife, we’ve not only been seeing through it, some politicians are paying attention. When the ad “Firms” appeared on the web earlier this week, there was collective gasp of disbelief that the Democrats had actually grown a spine. The ad was an artfully devastating summary of Mitt Romney’s history as a vulture capitalist for Bain Capital. It summed up in less than a minute the economic disaster caused by Bain’s primary practice: to purchase American companies, close them down, and send their jobs overseas — the very essence of what happened over the last twenty years. The punchline: “Mitt Romney is not the solution. Mitt Romney is the problem.”

Indeed, this has been true for years before President Obama and even George W. Bush. We have an alarming joblessness rate and a man running for president who profited from it.

The ad comes on the heels of the shit storm already brewing over Romney’s refusal to release his tax returns from the last 12 years, and has been followed by a Super PAC ad called “Stage,” where a man describes how the workers of his once successful company were asked to build a stage where Bain Capital representatives would come to announce that their plant was closed and that they were fired. This ad, with over a million hits its first day on the web, was so potent that ABC News called it “The Bain ad Romney should fear most”. Upton Sinclair would have been proud.

It makes you think there must be an astrologer somewhere at work in the basement of the Democratic National Committee. Nancy Sommers at Starlight News had this to say:

During early 2012, Neptune moved into a square with Romney’s Ascendant (00 Gemini 43). The first crossing was in February, and, although the influence remains all year, the next crossing will be a prolonged and much more potent transit running from late August through mid-December 2012. This is extremely problematic for Romney, especially as there are also numerous Saturn transits in his chart during this time. What it suggests is that the growing theme of his dishonesty and his lack of core beliefs and moral strength are likely to gain increasing traction and sour the electorate. There will be confusion, gaffes, shifting positions, and attempts at deception, as well as self-deception.

She goes on to say that even this will not be the end of Romney’s trials:

Possibly even more troubling for the former governor is the solar eclipse that fell exactly on his Ascendant (00 Gemini 43) on May 20, 2012. Historically, a solar eclipse is seen as heralding trouble, often bringing in very unfortunate circumstances somewhat outside the normal range of difficulties for up to a year after the actual event. But an eclipse is also somewhat of a wild card, so one should use caution in basing predictions upon it. This particular eclipse (00 Gemini 21) was square to Neptune (3 Pisces 05) when it occurred, and the Neptune transit in the fall will be coming back across the exact square of the eclipse from September 8 through November 11. It seems likely that the worst effects of the eclipse will occur during that time. It is not impossible to imagine some kind of serious revelation, perhaps from those tax returns, that causes an unraveling of Romney’s candidacy in that period.

I have nothing against Mitt Romney. In fact, I kind of feel sorry for him, but in this world people like Mitt Romney will survive comfortably even in their discomfort, and he doesn’t need our pity. Romney is the problem, or a problem, and he’s also the problem’s latest puppet.

The real problem remains that money has our democracy in a choke hold. This election and our government under Citizen’s United is now blatantly being bought by the highest bidder(s) who will use us, our natural resources and the future of our children as collateral in a high risk game. But, if the stars prove right this election season could serve as an expensive lesson to those who think they can pull that off.

That premise, that you can buy the government you want, needs to be wiped cleaned from the consciousness of our republic if we are to remain one. This is why we should use the square energies of those two potent outer planets of revolution, with the assistance of a solar eclipse on someone’s ascendant, to help us make that point to our advantage, and change it for the good. We need the first presidential election under Citizen’s United to fail the very people who stand to benefit from that Supreme Court decision. It’s about time for this problem to be solved.

About Fe Bongolan

Fe Bongolan is a writer, dramaturge and actor living in Berkeley, California. Along with her Planet Waves column "Fe-911," Fe performs with Cultural Odyssey's "The Medea Project -- Theater for Incarcerated Women," which produces work empowering the voices of incarcerated women, ex-offenders, women with HIV-AIDS and young girls. A long-time Planet Waves fan and an employee in the public sector off and on for 30 years, she describes herself a "mystical public servant." When it comes to politics, she loves reading between the lines.
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7 Responses to The Problem

  1. Lizzy Huffy says:

    Thanks for this piece, Fe. It’s funny cos yesterday I was sent this piece (below) to translate about Super PACS – and was hoping to get more info on PW, and sure enough your piece turned up!
    “The real problem remains that money has our democracy in a choke hold (…).We need the first presidential election under Citizen’s United to fail the very people who stand to benefit from that Supreme Court decision. Yes, well said.
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/07/08/obama-s-money-worries-the-republican-superpac.html

  2. bkoehler says:

    Brendan,

    Very well. :)

    Fe,

    It’s a real soap opera; just keeps on keepin’ on. Even Dallas and JR have returned!
    be

  3. astrodem says:

    Well said, Fe! Well said indeed.

  4. Brendan Brendan says:

    Gol dang it Be, we ain’t gonna use no French doohickey! This is Amercia, we gotta use two horses and a rope to draw and quarter him right proper.

    Mittens is such a mistake for the R’s, his run will and should taint the down ticket races across the country. Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of people… :-)

  5. Fe Bongolan says:

    astrodem and be:

    The word is really almost. Not sympathetic really. The cluelessness is just amazing. Like the Bourbon kings in Versailles as be suggests.

    astrodem, I saw that link in Huffpo. The speculation alone about the tax returns is Mitt’s “birth certificate” controversy.

    It’s a sad and funny thing this is George Romney’s son. Romney senior ran the last time Uranus and Pluto were in aspect. Mitt’s dad would be considered a tax and spend liberal by today’s conservative standards and a communist by the Tea Party. That his son is attempting to do a George W and try to outdo his dad during this Uranus-Pluto cycle — well psychologists, mythologists and playwrights have covered this topic in-depth.

    I’ve followed the thread of your discussion with Starlight on that matter bk, and know what you’re inferring here. For those who are interested, you should take a look at the discussion thread there about Romney in Nancy’s current article. The astrological analysis is quite revealing, particularly in the exchange between be (barbk) and Nancy (Starlight). Saturn and Chiron is not a good mix when you’re trying to do better than Dad.

  6. astrodem says:

    This article kind of speaks to your sympathy for him. Though, personally, I don’t feel sorry for him one bit. Romney has been running for president for years and has had presidential aspirations for at least a decade, maybe longer. It’s obvious that his tax returns would be an issue if he became the nominee and that non-disclosure would cause him huge political problems. The fact he failed to prepare for this illustrates how deeply arrogant and politically incompetent he is.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/18/mitt-romney-tax-returns_n_1682539.html

    “Mitt Romney has been determined to resist releasing his tax returns at least since his bid for Massachusetts governor in 2002 and has been confident that he will never be forced to do so, several current and former Bain executives tell The Huffington Post. Had he thought otherwise, say the sources based on their longtime understanding of Romney, he never would have gone forward with his run for president.”

  7. bkoehler says:

    Hi Fe,

    I kinda feel sorry for the guy too, but not in a “my heart is breaking” way; no he who would be the leader of the free world is merely the public puppet of the “let them eat cake” strata of society. No doubt he has some backed-up karma he must pay for, otherwise he would off-shore himself to some Caribbean island and kick back. However, there is no fear the voters in this November’s election would ever elect him President of the U.S., unless of course the election was rigged. Well, just in case we best polish up the guillotine to make sure it’s still sharp. heh heh heh!
    be

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