This is a quick rant about the incredibly annoying habit the people of the U.S. have of settling for something unworthy of consideration. What’s so annoying is that we do it for important things yet fight and argue incessantly over insignificant details in life.
Settling for a different type of soup with dinner or a different brand of soap is one thing. Settling for Hillary Clinton as your representative for the “highest office in the land” is another matter altogether. (Obviously, choosing Trump as the GOP nominee is the height of ignorance but that, sadly, has become the norm for the party of mental illness and adolescent anger).
Bernie Sanders could have been the nominee for the democrats. He may not be perfect, but no one is. And he’d definitely be a better choice for almost everyone on the planet. Clinton is a better choice than Sen. Sanders for bankers, bioengineering firms, war manufacturers, security firms, intelligence agencies and corporate manipulators looking for a handout. That’s about it.
I was watching “Real Time with Bill Maher” and the brilliant Cornel West was speaking the truth about Hillary Clinton. I stopped watching and decided to vent my frustration because I refuse to accept that so many people are able to ignore the facts about her. YES, she’s a better choice than Trump. She’d be a better choice than Benjamin Netanyahu, too, but what’s admirable about that?
Dr. West pointed out that while he’s been a strong supporter of Bernie Sanders this election cycle, he disagrees with Sen. Sanders about “his political revolution being able to work through the Democratic party.”
He also properly pointed out that the Democratic party “… is still a Wall St. party. It’s still tied to militarism.”
And, about Hillary Clinton: “I look at Hillary Clinton from the eyes of the women and children who were pushed off welfare, from those in the mass incarceration regime, from those in Honduras and Haiti, on the West Bank under Israeli occupation. Under Hillary – she was not for kids in those contexts.”
When confronted by Bill “Sellout” Maher for treating Trump more kindly by calling him “mediocre”, he said:
“She’s brilliant, she’s smart, but she doesn’t have a whole lot of integrity.”
This is Truth. There is nothing wrong with Dr. West’s statements, yet Bill Maher and a majority of his audience took offense.
These people are so full of misplaced enthusiasm over Hillary Clinton being the nominee for the “other” corporate political party they don’t see what’s going on.
If it wasn’t for corporate media pushing two false ideas: 1) that Donald Trump has ANY legitimacy whatsoever as a political candidate and 2) that Bernie Sanders is unrealistic in his desire to revolutionize governing to help create a compassionate society that cares more about living beings than corporate entities, Hillary Clinton wouldn’t even be on the democratic ticket.
If Fear Inc. had any legitimacy as an industry given the responsibility of informing the public, the people of the U.S. would be in a position to make intelligent, rational choices about who should lead the nation. Instead we have multimillion dollar public discussions that are actually pissing contests (GOP) and misinformation competitions (Corporate Democrats). We have people choosing Clinton over Sanders because “she’s earned it” and because the corporate media has used the nightmare of a President Trump to bludgeon the masses into fearful, irrational thinking.
Of course Hillary Clinton would make better choices in Supreme Court nominations.
But, she’ll also further the agenda of the manipulative rulers. She supports genetically modified organisms in our food supply, she’ll do nothing to prevent Monsanto from tightening control over the global food supply, she’ll push for tepid, if not fake, regulation in the financial industry (remember her connection to Goldman-Sachs), she’ll support meddling in the affairs of sovereign nations calling it protecting the homeland and she’ll never do anything about the issue of tax subsidies to the fossil fuel industry or her friends at Walmart.
If someone wanted to buy a 3 bedroom house and was offered a dirty shack next to an abandoned lot, they’d walk away in disgust and fire the realtor. When it comes to politics, we settle for the shack without running water. Then, we complain about the lack of water and blame someone else for our dirty hands.
We’ve endured five consecutive administrations that hold the desires of corporate sociopaths as more important than the needs of the majority of the population. Virtually everyone knows we need actual change. So, what’s holding us back?
How can sane people support Bernie Sanders in an attempt to become somewhat civilized, then be forced to settle for the same type of government that has wreaked havoc on the majority of the planet? That means we accept Black men murdered in our streets every day; the criminalization of forced poverty; corporate welfare for billionaires like David Rockefeller, the Koch Brothers and Donald Trump; an educational system that destroys creativity and pushes mediocrity; tax breaks for companies that pollute our drinking water & soil; invasion of privacy on an unheard of scale; obscene amounts of money spent on weapons systems we don’t need and an unrelenting attack on civil rights. We hold up the U.S. Constitution as the most amazing document in the world, then use it as toilet paper.
Wake up, people. Pay attention to what’s happening and say something while you still can. And face the fact that you can’t blame it on someone else any longer.