This year the most talked about subject matter has to be the U.S. Election, and I suppose in some way it’s refreshing for someone other than a celebrity being the topic around the water cooler – anything to stop the incessant chatter about the Kardashians I guess. But, that being said, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the two candidates up for this years election have more in common with entertainment than politics, in fact their persona is very much akin to a celebrity feud with cheap shots and superficial support being garnered by both sides.
I guess it would be apt for this generation to vote for the host of ‘The Apprentice’. Very similar to the raised-on-TV Generation X voting for the actor Ronald Reagan, for people raised amidst ‘American Idol’ and ‘The Kardashians‘ to elect someone who has been among other things, a Reality TV star, is quite befitting for a post-noughties election. Either that or elect the wife of a previously impeached President – because what more can you ask from a favouritism-supporting, celebrity-obsessed generation than a vote for nepotism?
Regardless of the outcome of these elections, it has to be recognised that the upcoming American President will be either the least popular or the second least popular candidate in electoral history, and that takes some doing. The choice for this election really is the definition of a catch-22, it’s like choosing between a dagger being plunged into your heart or a knife slitting your throat. In fact, from the look of the two candidates, it’s more like choosing between Greg Stillson from ‘The Dead Zone’ and Eleanor Shaw from ‘The Manchurian Candidate’. Whatever you choose, Martin Sheen or Meryl Streep, the end result will most likely be an unwanted orgy of power, corruption, debt, death, and destruction.
For decades now I’ve witnessed both sides of the alleged political divide gain power and yet over the years I’ve seen no real change. By now I’d hoped that the older folk would no longer be fooled by yet another false political paradigm, I thought that once people had been through umpteen elections with almost the same outcome, they’d realise that voting has never and will never change anything. It’s different if you’re young, when everything is new and fresh, voting might seem like actual democracy. But if you’re over, let’s say forty years of age, haven’t you seen four years after four years of the same political, hierarchical, corrupt bullshit? Left or right, Democrat or Republican, have you ever seen any change once the votes have been tabulated? Did Bush Senior make things better? Did Mr. Clinton make things better? Did Bush Junior make things better? Did Obama make things better? So why would you think that either of these two cunts on offer in 2016 will create change or “Make America Great Again”?
Knowing this history of sameness, people still can’t be stopped from voting, even though not voting is just as valid and is as much a choice as voting. It’s very telling that a ballot paper never has the option of “none of the above” so that voters who disapprove of both choices are also counted. Instead we call people who don’t vote “apathetic” like all of them just didn’t bother to show up. In a real democracy there would be an option to state your objection, but instead people are offered a choice of the lesser of two evils or are derided and labelled as uninterested or uncaring. This lose-lose situation or “lesser of two evils” choice really is obvious in this year’s election, and for all the people who think that they’re choosing from a concrete left vs. right option, they really need to look closely at the two candidates.
Firstly to all the Democrats out there, it has to be recognised that Hillary Clinton grew up a Republican; she volunteered to campaign for the Republicans in the ’60s and she was President of the Young Republicans at her college. Her supporters of course state that all that was in her youth – something that occurred long ago, but they fail to acknowledge that she also voted for George Bush and the Neocon’s Patriot Act after 9/11, and she supported both the Afghan and Iraq wars – are we to believe that a person with this type of right-wing history is the best choice for the left? It’s pretty telling that even Hillary’s campaign logo has the arrow within the “H” pointing to the right, this is either unintentional or foretelling of her future as President – very similar to Tony Blair in Britain, a vote for an apparent liberal can and will result in the most right-wing decisions from a supposed left-wing candidate.
On the other side of the so-called political divide is billionaire, one-time-Democrat, and grandson of a brothel owner Donald Trump, the tit that’s somehow become the people’s champion – the choice for the average Joe, the candidate for the everyday, working-class, poor people who say they hate rich politicians. That to me is the most idiotic thing I’ve ever heard, take a closer look and it’s obvious that Trump is anything but “for the people” – he’s a politician in all but name.
As the Republican’s nominee, Donald Trump loves to talk tough but he fails to mention his convenient deferments which meant that he himself avoided war in the ’60s. Now what could be more like a politician than continually warmongering without sacrificing his own life and limbs for his cause? This John Wayne-style, pro-military hypocrite brings up the Army, Navy, and Air-Force like Rudy Giuliani brings up 9/11 – to deflect from the fact that he’s really a puss-weed who likes to hide behind the pretence of gung-ho nationalistic conflict without getting his own hands dirty. Trump is so obsessed with war that he even brought up ISIS as an answer to Anderson Cooper’s question about sexual assault during the debates …dodging questions, how atypically non-political he is… not
As a teenager, Donald because of behavioural problems was placed into a private boarding-school-slash-Military-Academy where he was known for being a bully. Maybe his enrolment into a military school went to his fuzzy, fly-away head, because in recent years he’s been bringing up the U.S. Military like he was a recruiter loitering in a minority school’s car park. The fact that he bullies anyone who opposes him just goes to show that he hasn’t really progressed from the mindset of a high-schooler.
Trump’s bullying and antagonising of various demographics has now become so ingrained with his persona that everybody around him including the Secret Service isn’t sure which of the various groups, ethnicities, sexes, or religions that he’s offended hates him the most. Even when a non-Muslim, non-Mexican, white Republican protester like Austyn Crites shows up to his rally and holds up an anti-Trump sign, the overreaction by his security agents shows the atmosphere that surrounds him – Donald J. Trump has pissed off so many people that both the media, the public, and his entourage has lost count – nobody really knows who his enemies are any more. Almost everybody from every walk of life hates the man, what a great start for a potential President.
There is a small part of me that wants Donald Trump to win, just so that in four years, after a trail of broken promises and u-turns, I can say “I told you so” to the idiotic people who were apparently “oh so sick of politicians”. The option of a disappointing Trump rather than a disappointing Clinton is a much better prospect, especially since with the former option, the middle-American working class white folk can’t complain about their selection once things start going tits-up. But having said that, if you think that a billionaire, tax-avoiding, sexist, xenophobic, orange-skinned, fluff-ball-haired prick is any better than the ex-Republican, fake-minority-pandering, wife of a cheating, cigar-poking, saxophone-sucking disgrace, then you’ve been hoodwinked. Like I said before – this election is the very definition of a catch-22.
So let’s recap; you want a liberal President, then why choose someone who supported an illegal war? You want a President that will take America out of debt, then why choose someone who’s businesses have been declared bankrupt several times? With two illogical choices and two candidates with dubious pasts, isn’t that the definition of a swindle? Regardless who wins, there’s no need to rig an election when both options offer nothing but bullshit or cloaked bullshit.
It’s funny that Trump and his supporters feel that the election is rigged only if he loses, that has to be the most ironic, nonsensical thing I’ve ever heard. If the elections are rigged (which I and many other people have been saying for years) don’t you think that regardless of the result, the next President, even if it’s President Trump will also be in the pocket or under the thumb of the elite? I guess supporters of someone who appeared in an interview with Alex Jones obviously can’t tell straight and scrupulous from sham and shill.
Judging from either side’s bullshit hyperboles and political rhetoric, we have many years of liberty-destroying crap to come. You’re either voting for a giant Berlin or Israeli-style border wall and possibly an unconstitutional ban of certain religions entering the United States, or you’re voting for a supporter of the Patriot Act and possibly an unconstitutional banning of firearms. But in a post-9/11, post-Boston-Bombing, anti-due-process, witch-hunting America where imbeciles chant “Lock her up!” when referring to Hillary, the masses will only have themselves to blame for any bondage they find themselves in.
People who don’t wholeheartedly approve of Hillary Clinton will vote for her just to keep Donald Trump out of the oval office and vice versa. That’s democracy in action folks, forget abstaining and forget voting for a third party, just choose between these two obvious tossers. So instead of saying “fuck you” to both options, people will vote for one of the candidates just to stop the other from becoming President – what a great example of western democracy. I’d love it if people actually stood up and said “no” for once, it would be a historical moment if the people as one refused to vote, imagine if this election had a 0% turn out – that would be a huge statement to the corrupt establishment. But alas, that’ll never happen, the public will always rush to pick sides even if they don’t like either one. People are anything but forthright, year upon year they’ll choose between a prick and a dick, knowing full well that either way they’re gonna get fucked.