In Brief—A candid look at the Republican Party and the current sclerotic state of American politics.
Bring in the Clowns—
The colorful little car rolls to a stop in the spotlight on stage. One, two three…ten Republican men emerge dressed in their Sunday best, pockets bulging with money showered on them by their rich benefactors who stand expectantly in the wings. The ten men take their assigned places. The clowns have arrived.
An additional seven clowns who didn’t fit in the car console one another and wait their turn in the spotlight. Although this laugh-a-thon has been going on for months, this performance in early August of 2015 is still fifteen months ahead of the general election in November of 2016. The European countries have an election season of about four months. In America it’s perpetual.
The audience of supporters and critics waits with ‘bated breath for the fun to begin. The clowns don’t disappoint. Egos soar and nonsense flows to feed the believers who want to hear the nonsense spouted by the clowns. In turn, the clowns know their faithful will lap it up in the eternal hope that the anointed nominee—a clown like all the others—will deliver once in the Oval Office.
By the time of the general election in the late fall of 2016, many of the voters will be bored silly with their nonsensical blather on stupid women, undeserving minorities, drug-toting immigrants, and the need for war. The last clown standing will be designated as the nominee to face the opposing party.
The wealthy king-makers of the Democratic Party have long decided on the party’s nominee and funnel buckets of money to the candidate through organizations turned loose by the Supreme Court’s conservative politicians in black robes. The more popular challenger limps hopefully along soliciting small amounts from donors who justifiably thirst to see the changes he promises. The crowds are big, but the challenger’s exchequer can’t compete with the tidal wave of money filling the coffers of the anointed nominee.
Between now and the winnowing, the clowns will pander to their frightened-of-change, ultra-Christian white constituency in the expectation that the fearful rubes will vote one of them into the Oval Office. What the clowns seem to forget is that the electorate is largely composed of the same people they want to support them: women, people of color, immigrants, students, the elderly and the young. Maybe the clowns hope to bore the electorate to death.
The Electorate: Ignorance v. Stupidity—
How about the electorate? Some are bright, realistic and informed, making an attempt to differentiate between the baloney and the facts. Still, the overwhelming majority will vote for their party regardless of what their representative has said or done and regardless of the party’s platform that is the blueprint of what the party stands for.
The typical voter will forget that s/he opposed the candidate during the primaries. Like a programed zombie, s/he will vote for the nominee for no other reason than the nominee represents the party. It’s automatic regardless of the fact that the opposing party nominee may be more qualified or that a Third Party candidate may be better. Too many voters are so stupid they couldn’t follow a three-legged skunk with a nosebleed down a narrow, snow-covered alley. That is the sad picture of the average voter in America.
America in a Changing World—
Since World War II until recently, America has found itself strutting (and warring) in the role of leader. Times have changed despite the hollow denials flowing from Washington. America is now just one of several powerful nations. The problem is that too many of America’s leaders, and certainly America’s pampered military, still believe the rest of the world should march to America’s cracked drum.
Clothed in hypocrisy and hubris, Uncle Sam finds itself having to negotiate instead of engaging in perpetual war. The military believes that by killing more humans with its drones and bombs, war is the answer. Contrary to this flawed belief, the endless killing generates greater resentment and hatred against America. Doing the same thing as before and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity. America refuses to learn…about anything, and the taxpayers pay the bill. Maybe, just maybe, the oligarchs running America don’t want to learn because the perks and the money faucet will dry up.
Like other countries, blue-pill America lives in a fishbowl of propaganda unaware that they are immersed in polluted water. The clowns want it that way. The oligarchs want it that way. The military wants it that way. Does the benumbed electorate want it that way?
One of the clowns drools at the prospect of sitting in the Oval Office. To the electorate I say be careful what you vote for, you just might get it.