That any power which may have seemed to be in the hands of the people has been stripped away, could be blamed on the people themselves. But, it has always been an illusion to think that the people ever had any real power in this country. The elite, from the days of founding right up to the present day have always had control.
So, this is what the elite are doing to themselves. This is not about the elite, the point zero, zero one percent of the population attempting to gain control or to hold control. As always has been the case, control is firmly in the hands of those in the corporate/military/political establishment. They are the ones who run the systems that govern what happens and does not happen in this country.
And, this is where they have led us... this is the position they have created for themselves... it truly appears that they have lost their collective minds !!!
And Bernie says he will support the candidate nominated by 'his' party... support the system ??? Yeah, thanks Bernie.
There is always this stupid talk about 'taking back the country' as if it ever belonged to the anyone else... but now, as bad as things are, the people have an opportunity for a peaceful revolution, to actually take the country... go to the polls on election day and turn the tables on the system.
We citizens could make the difference... we could go third party... we could show some common sense... we could vote for a candidate we believe could and likely would do a good job in the White House, actually work to benefit the people of this country ... we should rally behind Jill Stein.
We citizens could break away from what we know to be a corrupt system that is designed only for the benefit of the elite. If we do not, it will only get worse from here... and this is about as bad as one could have imagined !!!
from OpEdNews By Dave Lefcourt
It's become obvious there's no need to wait for the Repubs & Dems convention extravaganza's this July. It's the "Donald" & the "Hillerator", Trump v/s Clinton, the two most hated candidates to lead their party's ever. Trump is despised by his own party & Clinton though supported by a majority of women is despised by many (most?) others in America. It's "Horror v/s Horror" this November.
Caricature of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump
The initial intent from here was to wait for the Repubs and Dems conventions to officially name their candidates for the presidential "sweepstakes" before giving my take on the choices.
Well obviously there's no need to wait for the conventions extravaganza's.
It's the "Donald" v/s the "Hillerator". The two most hated candidates to lead their respective parties since...never happened before-at least in the memory of this septuagenarian.
Donald Trump is despised by his own party and Hillary Clinton though supported by a majority of women is despised by perhaps a majority of all others in America-but many of those won't even vote in November.
From here it's "Horror v/s Horror" so many people going to the polls in November will hold their nose and choose what they consider the lesser of evils-not exactly a new phenomenon in America, but this year it's truly bottom dwelling.
The self important billionaire Trump, blowhard extraordinaire, reality show host, narcissist, slick real estate magnate against Clinton the neo-con, neo-liberal war monger.
The former ready to build a fence on the southern border to keep out immigrants, torture Muslims and kill their family members while the latter calls Russian President Vladimir Putin "the new Hitler", supported the Afghanistan and Iraq invasions and occupations, regime change in Syria, Ukraine and Libya, a supporter of NAFTA and till recently the proposed TTP and TTIP financial agreements that if approved would have corporations able to sue governments if a countries regulations reduced the corporations profits and all held before a corporate court. She's in the pocket of AIPAC-lead organization of the Israeli Lobby- and all but a corporate exec of Goldman Sachs who received hundreds of thousands for speeches delivered at the financial "master of the universe".
As for Trump he's made so many off the cuff comments it's hard to know where he stands. Though he has said he'd work with Putin, the Iraq war was a mistake, sees no need to engage in regime change in Syria, that Europe needs to defend itself, NATO needs to be scrapped, that its function ceased to exist with demise of the Soviet Union.
These last are sensible ideas but who knows if he's elected whether any or all these ideas will be acted upon.
Meanwhile Hillary, with a record of supporting war, regime change and antagonizing Russia, one wonders could the world survive with a woman out to prove she has the cojones to use military force.
Then there's Bernie, still "in the ring", but won't get the Dems nomination as he's said all along he'd support the party's nominee.
What about his supporters who openly despise Hillary; what will they do? The sense here is they'll not vote for Hillary, stay home or vote for Trump. The idea they'll follow Bernie's lead and support Hillary is wishful thinking. They'll feel betrayed.
Yet the real betrayal is the electoral process foisted on the American people.
If there was a true democratic process in the US, neither the "Donald" or the "Hillerator" would be their party's nominee. There would be a viable, independent 3rd party and big money would be banned from corrupting the electoral process.
Debates wouldn't be controlled by the Democrat and Republican parties as is the case now but include ALL viable candidates and controlled by a respected, independent organization-as was done years ago with the League of Women Voters who stepped down from running the debates when the two parties interceded and limited the debates to only those candidates they decided could be in the debates. It was the reason Ralph Nader wasn't allowed to debate in 2000, 2004 and 2008.
Electronic voting machines would be banned and replaced with paper ballots so legitimate recounts could be occur.
Registration of voters would be simplified by mail or online and no eligible citizen would be turned away.
Election days would be national holidays and polls would remain open to accommodate all voters.
Now the electoral system is so rigged the choices available are essentially only the major parties selections with 3rd parties so marginalized they are an afterthought. It's a cruel farce and the people are the butt of it.
This from the country that fosters the canard of bringing "freedom and democracy" to those it invades and occupies, condemns human rights violations in countries it opposes yet considering its own contemptible record of human rights abuses in Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib in Iraq, the current US presidential electoral charade fits in quite nicely with its foreign misadventures.
So what else can one expect from the exceptional, entitled of the indispensible country, Trump v/s Clinton, "Horror v/s Horror"
Dave Lefcourt Retired. The author of "DECEIT AND EXCESS IN AMERICA, HOW THE MONEYED INTERESTS HAVE STOLEN AMERICA AND HOW WE CAN GET IT BACK", Authorhouse, 2009