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The Disillusioned Reality of the American Choice

Chomsky - People should vote against McCain and for Obama - but without illusions. There is no shame in voting for the lesser of two evils.

Paul Jay

The question posed by
ABC's George Stephanopoulus "is not whether elites should
rule, but which elite should rule?" It's a candid question that
reflects the disillusioned reality of the looming American election.
In an interview with Noam Chomsky, the renowned professor urges the
voters in swing states to vote against McCain, therefore for Obama,
while maintaining realistic expectations about the Democratic



Critics of American
political options argue that the two prevailing parties are two
halves of the same whole. Chomsky explains that there lies some
merit in this belief, as the Democrats and Republicans formulate the
"larger business party". This reality is highlighted as
both parties hold to-the-right stances of public opinion on a host of
issues, such as healthcare. For said reasons, it is imperative that
the voting public sets attainable expectations for an Obama
administration, while recognizing that the elevated 'change' rhetoric
will dissolve into standard Democratic policy.

Americans are concerned
about healthcare. In recent polls 95% of voters demonstrated an
interest in the issue. Interestingly enough, the healthcare issue
only surfaced in the public political agenda in 2004. In 2008, we
witnessed both Democratic candidates approach the issue. Chomsky
illustrates that this shift in focus is not a result of changing
Democratic ideals, but a response to the emphasis of healthcare
concerns from economic heavy hitters, such as the manufacturing

Chomsky states that
there is no shame in voting for the lesser of two evils, if one feel
that the issues are reduced to this. The responsibility lies on the
shoulders of the swing state voters to ask themselves, if the change
they want to see will be achieved through voting for Obama or
alternative political parties in order to strengthen their future
political presence. At the end of the day, he reminds voters to keep
illusions in check as they head off to the polls in November.

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