Please Believe in Our Broken System
Our political system is a mess. Faith in the system has been crumbling for decades. There is a good reason for that. We live in an oligarchy. That is not hyperbole, it is fact.
I was listening to The Young Turks podcast from August 5th, I was struck by the panel’s approach to the subject of rigged elections. The overarching theme seemed to be “Believe in the system. But, here is the mountain of evidence that proves you should be alarmed”. That is a mesmerizing balancing act. TYT is not alone. The Majority Report, Professional Left, Thom Hartman and others are doing the same. They all seem to treat the #DNCleak as if it were an anomaly – Hey look at that. Isn’t it horrible? Trump is SCARY!!! Moving on.
My view of the leak is that is reveals something systemic and we should be alarmed. The casual way in which the DNC approached gaming the media and supporting the Clinton campaign is telling. It reminded me of the unconcerned fashion with which Officer Michael Slager dropped his taser by the body of Walter Scott after killing him in cold blood. That is not meant to be an overstatement of the seriousness of this breach of the public faith.
The DNC Leak has far-reaching implications. The least of which is that the Democrats handed the Trump campaign gift that will keep on giving until November. Election rigging is now plausible to a vast swath of American voters. This leak is a mere sampling of what are likely hundreds of thousands of emails, if not millions. Think about that. More information is available here.
We live in an era of legalized political bribery. Hundreds of millions are being spent by American oligarchs and multinationals on our political process. The return on investment is likely in the billions. The DNC was actually selling government positions to donors – in the real world. In this environment, we are told that we should not even imagine that political operatives would move to hack a voting machine, change/break rules or game the media. I find this completely ludicrous. These things are not only possible, they are likely.
Bernie supporters were all silly conspiracy theorists until the leaks happened. Then we were told it wasn’t all that bad. Now it’s “Look away! Trump is coming!” We watched the media tear down Bernie while avoiding important issues. That same media is on the attack again against Dr. Jill Stein.
I am in no way a supporter of Donald Trump. But, it must be noted that the same media that gave him a pass for more than a year is now targeting the Donald with some of the most withering coverage we have seen in the modern era. No time to really get into policy discussions with Hillary. Coincidence? Doubt it.
I can’t help but feel like the entire country is being herded to Clinton White House 2.0.