With today’s entry into the Democratic Presidential Primary of blah-blah-blah something something Deval Patrick, the last week has now officially devolved into a full-on reality show about billionaires and their cronies desperately trying to put out the fire raging in their gin-and-Beluga-caviar-soaked disco party here in the good ol’ US of A. To recap, it’s…
If the Electoral College were somehow provided real evidence of a Russian conspiracy to fix the election for Trump, the absolutely most dangerous thing they could do would be to give the presidency to Clinton.
Sanders was, in fact, the “all issues” candidate, and Clinton simply cherry-picked those that wouldn’t change one iota about our current economy. She was doling out breadcrumbs imagining that we would think they were bakeries.
The only real result of watching this debate will be this: Corporate media will have suckered you into watching it so that they can collect hundreds of millions of dollars more from the broadcast and the post-debate punditry reach-around shows.
Voting my conscience, advocating for representatives who actually represent my concerns and ethics, is not protest. It is a requirement of a conscientious citizen of a democracy. Them’s the rules.
If you want to call me a petulant whiner who doesn’t live in the real world, go for it. Do you know what made me so angry in the first place? A Clinton supporter calling me a petulant whiner who doesn’t live in the real world.
We have to change the way we choose. Without that, we are forever at the mercy of corporate democracy and corporate media, which insists that there are only ever going to be two parties – and both parties are fairly closely aligned in their devotion to the system itself. Neither likes the idea of competition.
What we have now is the public vivisection of the status quo, a “money, mo’ money” status that has led us to Bernie Madoff, Martin Shkreli, “The Big Short” and too-big-to-fail banking firms that are now bigger and more risky than they were before the Great Recession. We can see the bones of corruption beneath the layers now, and we are finally infuriated. We’re ready to act, en masse, because eyes are opening to the lies and the manipulation that so transparently attempts to keep a candidate we like from even appearing on t.v. We don’t trust the previously trusted voices, and we find more and more often the ties between the the naysayers and the money behind the curtain.
If Warren wanted to stop Trump, she had better options. Standing on the sidelines of the presidential primaries wasn’t one of them. Meeting after school with Trump in his favorite social media insult-arena wasn’t one of them either.
The actions of the political abuser are no less callous or brutal in their effects than those of domestic abusers. Minimizing such acts has led us where we are today, a political and legal environment that gives politicians and their corporate supporters little more than wrist slaps for destroying the environment, impoverishing millions of Americans, and imprisoning over 2 million others.
The outcome was predetermined. Either way, plutocracy wins, and that’s not good for anyone.