Stop American Aid to Israel: Crack the Mainstream Crooks

Since I announced my election bid in Illinois’s 5th Congressional District, former home of Rahmbo Emanuel, I have heard every brand of “you’re insane” imaginable, often from my closest friends and confidants. People are curious as to why an “un-experienced” peace activist/ French teacher would find himself qualified to serve in the United States House of Representatives.

The first and most cogent response is: We’d be better off with a 435-long pack of hounds than what we currently have. I am insulted that anyone would dear compare my moral fabric to the corrupt lawyers and businessmen who pretend to represent us in Washington. To even reduce my credentials to the point of uttering my name in the same breathe as these foul and disingenuous people is demeaning and unsettling.

The “Other America” has been rapidly gravitating to my campaign: everyone from Progressives to Paleos knows that it’s not worth a second of their time to consider the usual establishment crooks. When I challenged the other candidates to rise to a level of moral decency by refusing checks from corporate interests, they all sloughed me off as crazy. Luckily, from an early age, my dear parents prepared me for the plight faced by functioning minds in the United States, so I am quite used to being considered crazy for my rational pursuits. I thought I would at least convince one of the other minor candidates, or someone posturing as a progressive, to take up the cause. But, alas, it will be just Matt Reichel refusing those corporate donors.

My next step is to make the other candidates, 19 and counting, commit to cutting off aid to Israel.

Oops! Did I just say that? I should probably be sent off to the nearest nut house and loaded full of big pharma drugs, sucked of all ambition, and planted in front of a television. Maybe then, after a few months of visual bombardment by Murdoch’s pawns, I’ll come around to understanding why the American taxpayer need fund Israeli atrocities year in and year out.

Instead, I gave AIPAC their couple hours of lobby action a few weeks before Christmas. I can imagine that it would be one hellish nightmare for the organization to go from Rahm Emanuel to me, so I at least wanted them to see that I am a real, breathing ambitious human being.

We met at a Starbucks downstairs from their office on LaSalle St in Chicago, just upwind from the brooding Board of Trade. The place was packed with important looking people, as we sat there leisurely chatting about the recent history of Israeli murder and the military benefits brought thus to the United States.

My rapidly moving eyeballs bounced back and forth between Vladimir’s eyes and his lapel pin (the one with the Israeli and American flags in union). I pressed him on what he thought of the numerous UN resolutions condemning Israel that have been singly stamped out by American vetoes. Firstly, he explained, you have to understand that the United Nations General Assembly is made up of people who are a small step above pirates on the evolutionary latter. There is a reason that the Security Council exists, he assured me, and it is to give a heightened voice to the respectful people of the world.

I responded: “I can’t believe you think so highly of Stalin!”

Vladimir continued (I paraphrase): “The other thing you have to remember is that France would veto those stupid resolutions as well, but they prefer to have the U.S. take the lead so as to not disturb their leverage in the Arab world.”

I couldn’t come up with any quick witticism, because I had just heard one of the most ridiculous assertions ever from someone sitting in a Starbuck’s next to a bunch of important looking people.

We then stopped shootin’ the bull and started moving on to business. Actually, I would have been content to continue chewin’ the ol’ rag all day, but AIPAC came to accomplish something. And that something, accompanied by an attractive glossy brochure, was convincing me of all of the benefits that come to Americans as a result of our investment in Israel.

One example is the Bradley Reactive Armor Tile, currently being used by American tanks in Iraq. Unsurprisingly, Israel is at the forefront of the development of military hardware, and, thanks to their experience in bulldozing through civilian neighborhoods in the occupied territories, they have made it safer for American troops doing the same in Iraq.

They are also particularly skilled in the domain of security and law enforcement, a fetish they hold in common with the United States. Increasingly since 9/11, various state, federal and municipal law enforcement bodies have regularly visited Israel to gain priceless tutelage on how to manage an Apartheid state. Among other things, this training has focused on “urban combat,” which has paid enormous dividends in our efforts to target civilians in our convoluted Empire building in Iraq.

American aid to Israel is an investment that just keeps paying off. Since they don’t accept any of that wasteful, socialistic humanitarian aid, and instead take only military handouts, the money comes boomeranging back to Americans in the form of contracts for our wonderful merchants of death i.e. Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon.

Meanwhile, voting against aid to Israel is made purposely difficult by our friends in Washington. The Congress stuffs this figure into the larger foreign aid bill, so that you have to vote against real humanitarian aid in order to vote against military support to Israel. Even if you were a man or woman of principle on Capital Hill, the crooked lawyers and bankers who run the Big House would never make life simple on you.

However, they prefer to not let you get there at all by rigging the electoral charade. The easiest and most time tested way to get elected is to convince all of your investment banker friends to shoot you a quick 2 g-notes, while your boys involved in the big media swindle trumpet your run as something monumental.

So say you don’t have any wealthy and powerful friends? Your interest is running a campaign rooted in principles of peace, internationalism and workers’ rights. You seek to re-frame the nation’s understanding of the American dream by re-focusing our cultural energies on communing with the world, re-committing ourselves to a liberal arts based education so as to re-invigorate the national discourse, while urging the citizenry to respect and live foreign cultures and languages. In this case, your only option is to challenge the other candidates on their moral credentials until they crack.

Despite living in an era where our political system is in shambles due mostly to the disastrous effects of corporate lobbies, none of the other candidates in Illinois’s 5th district are interested in raising the moral bar. Absolutely none of them expressed any readiness to pledge with me against the acceptance of corporate donations.

And despite living through another humanitarian crisis brought on by an over-zealous outpost to the American empire, I’m sure that I will be the only candidate in this race ready to rise to the challenge of ending these crimes being committed in our names with our tax dollar.

Anyone in the Congress with a moral backbone should be pledging to immediately cease American aid to Israel. Likewise, anyone running for federal office at this hour should do the same. You can call me insane all you want, but I call myself the only man running in this primary that is willing to question Israel and corporate financed elections.

With a little luck and a lot of public pressure, we can get the mainstream crooks to crack.

Matt Reichel is a freelance writer and PhD student at Rutgers University. He can be reached at: Read other articles by Matt, or visit Matt's website.

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  1. bozh said on January 10th, 2009 at 10:18am #

    i am hoping matt reichel get’s elected. even just two or three voices in washington is better than none.
    and i am very grateful for having kucinich, nader, cynthia, DV and many more (probably 1 mn amers) on my side and on the side of sanity.
    and i am always ready to snip my own extreme wishes and join mainstream opposition to land stealing and expulsion of people. thnx

  2. Paul Meyer said on January 10th, 2009 at 4:10pm #

    I wish him God=speed. Unfortunately, being sane in an insane culture has many of the appearances of madness–hence, sane people are “crazy”! Sure BDS is Israel is essential, but so is dismantlement of the MIC complex (military-industrial-Congressional complex). The financial-Zionist-media complex (same guys, different hats) needs to be challenged as well. Is there an age-limit for running for Congress?

  3. anthony innes said on January 10th, 2009 at 6:10pm #

    The reason I continue to use DV is articles like this. Matt Reichel gives voice to a USA, those loyal to the Constitution still want to hear. Obama must signal a return to rule of Law for the USA $ to be a viable instrument of trust ( essential to any fiat currency). Present indications are parlous .Bush is unquestionably psychologically damaged goods and the neo Nazi congress that supports him, outed here by Reichel are traitors to every thing that the Constitution stands for.What a fiasco!
    For those who care google LIDICE .What the Nazis did there is identical to to what Israel is doing in Gaza.This is Godless criminality gone nuts.

  4. Linda Beck said on January 11th, 2009 at 10:05am #

    This is one of the most ridiculous messages I have read. Sure, throw cheap shots at your readers: Vladimir, Stalin, Israel in one entry, and make us all run for cover! Let’s cut the money for Israel, and give them to those poor arab countries so we can have more jobs here protecting our country from the terrorist acts. It is despicable that Israel would share their technologies with our army!!! ( Or medical, agricultural, scientific advancement for that matter too).
    Maybe you should consider the advice of your friends and family and keep your day job: we have enough idiots in the government as it is!!

  5. Tevye said on January 11th, 2009 at 10:19am #

    AIPAC = treason !

  6. John said on January 11th, 2009 at 10:58am #

    Keep up the good work. Good luck and God Bless You.

  7. Shabnam said on January 11th, 2009 at 11:10am #

    The zionists know that AIPAC has widely been exposed. To serve the interest of the zionist entity, the Zionist have created other group, a dove, like Ehud Barak – who is conducting Palestinian Holocaust now. This group is calls J street PAC – J stand for Jews. Their goal is:

    {The PAC’s goal is to demonstrate that there is meaningful political and financial support available to candidates for federal office from large numbers of Americans who believe a new direction in American policy will advance U.S. interests in the Middle East and promote real peace and security for Israel and the region.}
    According to Wikipedia:
    {J Street is a Jewish nonprofit advocacy group based in the United States that promotes meaningful American leadership to end the Arab-Israeli and Palestinian-Israel conflicts peacefully and diplomatically. Jeremy Ben-Ami is Executive Director of J Street and J street PAC, the new “political voice of the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement.”}
    Ben-Ami has also been actively involved in Israeli politics and communications. In 1998, he started a consulting firm in Israel which worked with Israeli non-profit organizations and politicians.
    People should watch these ‘New Direction’ carefully.

  8. Brian said on January 11th, 2009 at 11:19am #

    Wish Matt and Tom Geoghagen weren’t running for the same seat.

  9. The Angry Peasant said on January 11th, 2009 at 12:54pm #

    Mebosa Ritchie has a point. We haven’t seen one article in DV about what’s happening in Darfur, have we? Not one. We’re on about our ten thousandth about Israel. Maybe we’re getting a bit obsessed with one subject, when many children are being massacred elsewhere as well.

  10. The Angry Peasant said on January 11th, 2009 at 1:17pm #

    And Mr. Reichel, I would be interested in knowing where you stand on issues like universal health care, affordable housing, affordable education, etc. I do not live in Illinois, but based on your words I have heard so far, if I did, you’d have my vote. America desperately—desperately—needs leaders who refuse to bow to corporate interests. That means ANY corporate interests. Don’t ever falter. A mansion and a yacht will do you no good when there’s no more ozone layer.

  11. Max Shields said on January 11th, 2009 at 1:18pm #

    The Angry Peasant

    We’ve had discussions about Darfur on DV (probably pre-dates your posting here).

    Darfur is frequently used by the Zionist (and others to be sure) to deflect the horror of the concentration camp and apartheid going on in Palestine.

    My understanding is that Darfur is a resource (water) conflict which was expanded but has never reached the level of the Congo conflict (which the West and Israel have ignored for geopolitical reasons).

    There are a number of mythologies regarding the Sudan/Darfur conflict. Mahmood Mamdani has written some of the most comprehensive analysis of what’s going on ( as well as work done on the Myths of Darfur on CommonDreams. Others on DV have posted extensively on Darfur and other less covered conflicts on the African continent.

    The real issue is who’s using this Save Darfur and is it really part of the same old “humanitarian interventionism” that has ruled this and other empires for centuries. But the Zionist constant drum beat on Darfur hardly add credibility, not to mention the US war crimes as we post in Afghanistan and Iraq – who the hell are we to point fingers?

    That doesn’t mean Darfur is not a tragedy, but its scope that the “zealots” who have taken it as a mission and the mis-information (like the use of the term “genocide” which the UN refuses to use because it does not meet the criteria of a genocide (while what Israel is doing does!!!)

  12. The Angry Peasant said on January 11th, 2009 at 1:55pm #

    Too true, Max. Too true.

  13. Kim Petersen said on January 11th, 2009 at 2:38pm #

    Great campaign Matt, but why did you meet in the Zionist supporting Starbucks?

  14. tim said on January 17th, 2009 at 8:56am #

    Idealism sucks.

  15. jeff said on May 17th, 2009 at 1:35pm #

    Incarcerate all who took part in aiding the terrorist nation of israel. This radical new approach will make the world a lot better for everyone,except the real terrorists.

  16. Maneshevitz said on June 14th, 2009 at 8:59am #

    He will need a lot of luck to win the seat of Rahm (Deadfish) Emanuel. Although AIPAC has been exposed, Zionist Israel and its operatives here in the U.S. will never give up anything. This whole scenario with Obama is a ruse. Look at his ‘handlers’; Emanuel and Axelrod; then look at all the Obama appointments. Obama will be used and then disgarded. They did the same thing with the idiot “W”. This will repeat and repeat until America either goes back to its roots and gets rid of the Jewish stranglehold, or the end of America. The only peaceful way of keeping America is to stop electing Jewish (or Jewish friendly) politicians, and call for the immediate elimination to the White House Staff Position of Jewish Liaison. I know of no other favoritism like this given by the White House. If the majority of Americans knew about this, they would be outraged.