14 April 2016

Well, to Be Fair, Some Knew It Already

In all of my admitted excitement over the thumb in the eye that Trump is giving the GOP, remember that my pro-Trump piece had the ubiquitous disclaimer I use for any political discussion: 

Content Advisory: The following discussion assumes arguendo that any of this matters. 

I'll still root for Trump on the off chance it matters.  But as the always interesting Tyler Durden at Zero Hedge notes, this may be the year Americans realize that we are in a rigged game:

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2016: The Year Americans Found Out Their Elections Are Rigged 

“Now it’s just an oligarchy, with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for president or to elect the president. And the same thing applies to governors, and U.S. senators and congress members.”

    – Former President Jimmy Carter

The 2016 election has been a wild ride, with two insurgent grassroots campaigns literally giving the political establishment a run for its money. But as the events of this presidential primary season play out, it’s becoming clear the U.S. election — and even more so, the presidential race — is a big scam being perpetrated on the American people.

Events from the last week have exposed the system as an illusion of choice and a farce. They have reinforced at least one study showing the U.S. is an oligarchy rather than a democratic republic.

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What we are witnessing — for the first time on a large scale — is the political establishment’s true role in selecting the president of the United States. The illusion of choice has become apparent. The establishment anoints their two picks for president, and the country proceeds to argue vehemently over the two candidates they are spoon-fed. This dynamic is reminiscent of a prophetic 1998 quote from philosopher Noam Chomsky: 

“The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum.” 

Ahh, the illusion of choice. Sure, in reality there are third party candidates who should be given a fair shake, but in our mainstream media-augmented reality, third parties do not exist. They aren’t mentioned. They aren’t even included in presidential debates. This is another way the media stifles healthy debate, stamps out dissenting opinions, and preserves the status-quo. 

We The People” don’t choose our presidents; they are hand-picked by a powerful group of political party insiders — parties that have long since sold out to the highest bidders. What we have on our hands in America is a rigged oligarchy, and that’s not a conspiracy theory — it’s fact. Now, however, millions of Americans are becoming aware of it thanks to the populist campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. America’s elections are controlled by a big club, but unfortunately, “you ain’t in it!” 

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Watch the videos at that post, too. Even media shills can't help but notice it.

2 comments:

Lynne said...

Well, we should have gotten a hint in 2008 (McCain's weak run and the muzzling of his VP candidate), the Republican hostility against the Tea Party starting in 2009, the awful run by Romney in 2012, the stolen primary by Thad Cochran in Mississippi in 2014.

Maybe I'm hopelessly naive but I believe that Trump is really running to win and the Republicans are really fighting him. So, if he is unable to get the nomination, I will withdraw from any kind of political activity.

Until then, I'm going to support Trump to the best of my ability. I'll be honest, though, it doesn't look good.

Anonymous said...

Well said, Timman. Finally, a lot of Americans are waking up to the fact that the presidential elections are rigged.

As a supporter of Trump, even though Trump has some ideas that run counter to Catholicism, he's our only hope that the "system" will be forced to change. It would be a wonderful thing if we could have a candidate such as Pat Buchanan again, but as the system runs now, there's no chance that a devout Catholic could ever win the nomination, unless the system changes. That's one of the reasons why it's important to support Trump. He'll set a precedent.

M. Ray