American democracy has been replaced by an either or choice between an unpopular candidate in Hillary Clinton, and Donald Trump, who seems clinically incapable of not pissing off one group or another.
Trump is the presumptive nominee, if primary results stand. There is the possibility of a brokered convention. GOP rules don’t allow any dark horse contenders from winning their convention–the nominee must be engaged in campaigning prior to the convention.
In a smaller version of the two-party choice General Election, Trump’s only alternative inside the GOP appears to be Ted Cruz.
Cruz is a hypocrite who was born in Canada of Canadian parents. This disqualifies him from the Presidency, under the Constitution’s specific requirement that a President must be native born. Cruz was not.
The GOP could thwart the rules but Cruz’ nation of origin will be a thorny legal issue if his name makes it to the GOP ticket, even as a Vice Presidential candidate.
Two conclusions can be drawn from the lack of choices, within the GOP or in the General Election. It’s as if the Star Chamber that really runs our government–known as the Deep State–has set up Hillary to win.
I say this because of the lack of any threat to Trump clinching the nomination. If an executive with a demonstrated record of public service like Michael Bloomberg could have run, then yes, there would be choice. But it seems as if a mouth like Trump is the best they can offer.
Trump can’t win. There’s no way a candidate can piss off so many people and get their vote. And not just any people–minorities.
It’s proof the GOP has gotten completely out of touch with the changing demographics of our country. Do they know that as much as 45% of our society are minorities? Yes, that’s right: the number is well over 40% (excluding white women.)
Add it up. As I said on zerohedge.com:
“The U.S. is about 14% black (growing) 16% Hispanic (growing), Red/Native 2% (growing), Asian 8% (growing), and non-minority gay 2%+, which is over 40%. Even if by some miracle Trump can capture 20% of the minority vote, he’s facing a pissed off, very-likely-to-vote group comprising 80% of 40% or 32% of the entire electorate.”
I forgot a few groups, t00, “…Jewish Americans, who are likely to go against Trump, and Muslim Americans, too, with the latter 95%+ maybe. That’s another 5% or so opposed.”
And my conclusion was:
“So yeah you can disrespect brown or black or red or gay people in your speeches and get your way in the GOP primary but not in the general, when all the disrespected minority groups will show up in order to tee off on Trump.”
The GOP would be wise to avoid further marginalization at the polls, like what we saw in the Arizona Republican primary, where the voting machines had been cut in the greater Phoenix area. All this does is make the Republicans look less willing to accept that it’s not the 1950s any more, and that their self-imagined world view is hopelessly antiquated, however comforting to the average GOP primary voter.
States like Ohio and Florida in the General Election in 2004 disenfranchised minority voters. The problem was especially bad in Columbus, Ohio, where minority districts had their proportion of voting machines greatly reduced, making many voters wait for hours. Meanwhile voters in the whiter suburbs outside the urban core were greeted by no waiting at all. From a messaging perspective, this shows a race-based fear of minorities, and ultimately inadequacy in addressing them and their needs.
It’s no coincidence that the national election in Ohio in 2004 was run by Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell, who famously prophesized that Bush would win his state well before the election.
Oh well, who’s counting anyway? Looking back more than a couple elections is pathologically impossible for a majority of Americans anyway. Our national conscience fades quickly although the wars we’ve started haven’t.
Leave it to teenagers not to think out the consequences of their actions. And Americans are teenagers at this stage of our national political maturation as a country.
There’s no point in telling a teenager who’s a chronic offender what punishment awaits them. You could probably even tell them that doing X will certainly lead to Y outcome–punishment– but they’ll do X anyway.
Maybe teenagers are teenagers because at that stage of their mental development they lack the brain function of older adults, and cannot grasp the consequences of their actions. I remember a study (ground-breaking when released but common knowledge now, apparently) based on CAT scans of the brains of 18-19 year olds. The study determined that the specific area of the brain which is crucial to grasping consequences–a necessity for making good decisions–hadn’t reached full physical development.
Do we have an area in the American brain that’s still in development? Is there some long-suppressed accountability gland that will one day develop fully and get us to think of the decisions we make and the effect that they will have?
It’s in recognizing the consequences of past bad decisions that we’re able to learn and grow. It takes maturity in order to see where we made bad decisions in our past and make the right ones going forward. Seeing changes in how teenagers think as they pass into adulthood is a great reward for those parents that raised their children properly.
To everyone but the bad parent, it’s all too obvious that a young adult is misbehaving. Everyone else can see the consequences of their offspring’s misbehavior but they can’t. The behavior of so many American young adults is appalling, and I blame bad parenting, or a lack of it.
It’s like we have a parent who blames everyone and everything for their child’s misbehavior, other than the child. This of course just encourages more immaturity and less responsibility. This is because maturity requires an individual to take responsibility for the consequences of their decisions, a function no one else can do for you.
So if countries have a bad parent, it should be obvious in the misbehavior of the children. Everyone in the neighborhood can see the bad apple, or bully if they turn out that way.
If we can’t learn from our mistakes, we are bound to repeat them. To the rest of the world we must be seen as that one family from which all the bad kids come, the one house where the cops are always stopping.
At some point, responsibility for bad parenting passes to the state, through institutionalization of the errant child. It’s then that the child understands that their actions bring consequences.
Maybe a bad kid is destined to be a societal misfit and reject. Maybe the parents did everything they could. Perhaps it takes more than bad parenting to turn a child into a problem.
The United States is a problem child. And the parent of our national policies–foreign, etc.–appears to be an immature, apathetic public and leaders disconnected from the consequences of their failed policies. Enabling the epic fail is of course the lack of choices guaranteed by a two-party system that offers plenty of tumult but nothing of substance, much less any way to disrupt the ongoing buffoonery.
Trump’s ascendance to the top of the GOP ticket exemplifies a crappy system based on unqualified candidates. It appears that the primary process involves weeding out qualified candidates or discouraging any people of substance from confronting the status quo.
And if the Presidency of Barack Obama is an example, what is said during campaigning is utterly the opposite of how they’ll behave once in office.
Change? Want change? This President has consistently supported the status quo and Establishment whenever possible. Rather than bring change, he’s demotivated vast numbers of young voters who took him at his word and saw what their participation brought–nothing.
If something came out of all that participation in our democracy, it was the truth that nothing would change, and that the status quo would deny them true representation from that point forward.
I don’t know if there’s some little tiny organ inside our collective brain that stores our epic fails, even those of the recent past. I’m still trying to figure out when the post-Vietnam mantra of “no more land wars in Asia” died out.
I guess our collective memory is too small to let our past mistakes linger on. Instead they’re washed as if by some great Memory Hole, banished to the realm of the past that we forgot.
The Vietnamese haven’t forgotten. Neither have the Iraqis. Remember them? The people whom we invaded although there was no evidence they’d been involved in terrorism. And the intelligence was not false but rather fabricated.
They have war crimes for a reason–they hold leaders accountable for their consequences of their actions. Innocent people–the victims of wanton cruelty and lawlessness–are protected on both sides when rules are followed. Yet we seem to have a way around that. Winners have the ability to rewrite history, to ignore whatever atrocities they’d committed, like frying 400,000 innocent people in Dresden in 1945.
We hear about how the bad guys did this or did that but maybe our record at winning wars has disconnected our collective mind from the consequences of our actions. What we apparently need is a defeat to be repeated every generation so we can begin to understand and to grow and mature. Lacking accountability we will just make more mistakes. And the consequences of our misbehavior appear to be escalating.
We’ve gone from the unlearned Vietnamese mistake to one called ISIS. We’ve gone from licking our wounds in a conventional war to opening up an endless and unwinnable occupation of Muslim lands which has become a rallying cry for our enemies.
Instead of selectively targeting insurgents as our President claims we have been indiscriminately murdering extra-judiciously through the use of drones. Over a thousand women and children have died. Are they acceptable collateral damage–implying that they are necessary to win–or are the mounting piles of dead innocents propaganda for our enemies?
So incompetent has our occupation been so far that Obama has resorted to a surge back into Iraq. And so veiled has the reentry of US troops into Iraq been that we only heard about the presence of American troops there after one had died.
As it did from the beginning, our occupation of Iraq has had no conditions for withdrawal. This is terrible strategy and puts our military in an open-ended policing role. Haven’t any of our leaders read about the English interventions into Iraq in the 1920’s. They spent a great deal of money, blood, and treasure only to get out, eventually realizing that the country, whose borders were drawn by European powers, in what was known as the Balfours Agreement, was ungovernable, a no-win Cluster F*ck.
At this point we must assume the continued use of hard power in the Middle East is the reason that we don’t have any real choice in political candidates. In this respect, both assumed candidates belong to the War Party, a euphemism for the Deep State and its pursuit of endless war. There’s an agenda, it’s hidden, and undemocratic. It revolves around the continuous flow of money to the Military and Security Industrial Complexes, while justifying a widening stream of lost rights for Americans.
The only logical conclusion to the deprivation of Americans’ rights and representation is revolution. I can’t see any way that the Deep State will be removed from the host.
Thomas Jefferson expected revolution every 20 years. As long as political outcomes are determined by a vetting process that denies candidates like Sanders, there won’t be representation for the American people and frustration/white rage will be vented through means less peaceful than voting.
Unable to change course, more and worse wars are the inevitable outcome along with the utterly unforeseen but thoroughly foreseeable retaliatory consequences. These are asymmetrical, unpredictable in scale or timing, and abetted by a flood of Muslim migrants into Europe–and soon the U.S., meaning more attacks are pending. (At least one of the attackers in Brussels, a Syrian, came in with the recent wave.)
Younger people, addled by a growing stream of toxic vaccines, have become unhealthy as a result and we will be made physically weaker as a people over time. They’ve been sold out and will have to pay the debts of the War Party in their blood.
If we were good parents, we wouldn’t be leaving them a legacy like this. As a matter of fact, there’s no way a good parent would ever let this happen to their children, jab by jab. Delegating control over the health of one’s children to the State demonstrates a level of gullibility and gross denial typical of only the worst parents. The consequences of the epic fail are sick and autistic children, with no one acknowledging the problem even as their numbers grow ever larger–in a case of epic denial.
We’re also chronically over-reliant on debt, a process that will continue as long as Quantitative Easing continues throwing money at the Financial Sector, and even more federal debt piles up with the crushing onslaught of entitlements and a weakening economy.
Those are topics for another post. Bottom line is that America seems doomed to repeat errors of the past, even when a total lack of any progress is apparent, like in pacifying Iraq through the use of hard power. We are pretending that we can surge our way out of the biggest mistake we’ve ever made.