Today is the national (s)election day in the USA, and for those of you in the rest of the world watching this carnival that occurs once every four years in this country, you have my sympathies, for the fates of so many people in so many countries, even powerful ones such as Russia or China, are tied to an increasingly corrupt process in the "leader" of the "free" world, by a voting population increasingly showing signs of systemic illiteracy and stupidity.
Don't get me wrong, I am a passionate believer in liberty, and in the basic ideals upon which this nation was founded. As such, I tend to be profoundly "conservative" and even "libertarian" in some aspects of my political outlook, with a few (a very few) borrowings from the political left.
As such, I have no confidence in either of the two main political parties, one of which has given us spirited defenses of slavery in the guise of states' rights, which has given us that institution which so epitomizes corruption at the most egregious levels - the Federal Reserve - which has given us the ponzi scheme of Social Security, and endless similar schemes, and I have no confidence in the other, which has given us an endless war on terror, our own homegrown Heimatsicherheits Amt, endless promises to curtail and abolish useless and stupid Federal agencies like the Department of Edgycayshun, and to shrink the size of government and the deficit, but never does so.
This is our much-vaunted two party system...
My "no confidence" vote extends to the Amerikan lamestream media, which, this year as in previous (s)election cycles, completely ignores any election coverage of third party candidates, leaving it to RT TV to cover debates with those candidates.
This is our much vaunted two-party free press system...
My no confidence vote is cast because one candidate promises to repeal a "health care"plan, which is nothing but corporate welfare for the insurance companies, put into place by his "opponent", who based crucial aspects of his plan, on his "opponent's" plan.
I have no confidence in participating in a (s)election process when neither "main" political party has done a thing to protect American jobs, while allowing corporation after corporation to ship jobs overseas. I have no confidence when neither party does a thing to protect our borders. I have no confidence when neither party discusses -- in their contrived "debates" moderated by a media bought and paid for by the same corporations buying and paying for the candidates "debating" - the serious issues of GMO foods, the threats they pose to one of our last genuinely productive sectors of the economy: agriculture and the American family farmer.
I have no confidence in a system bailing out banks and bankers too big to jail.
I have no confidence in a system that has fostered one of the most fraudulent education systems in the world, whose falling test scores are in inverse proportion to the power of teachers' unions, colleges, doctors of education, and money thrown at all the latter.
I have no confidence in a system where voting is done on hackable computers, where there is no paper trail, and where the votes will be counted by foreign companies in foreign countries, and where, as we saw last week, some news stations' election results were already "pre-recorded" and "mistakenly" released.
I have no confidence in a system where neither major political party, nor candidate, openly debates or discusses the erosion of civil liberties and rights... I have no confidence in a system that would view these words and the sentiments they express, as subversive: "Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of a day, but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers, too plainly prove a deliberate systematical plan of reducing us to slavery." (Thomas Jefferson)
I do not watch the "debates" any more, since the so-called candidates are insulated from any real questions, from any real people, and for the first time, in years, I won't even bother watching the (s)election results.
In short folks, my participation and interest in this four-year ritual is at an all-time low because my commitment to the ideals of this nation are at an all time high.
And I am not alone, as former Reagan administration advisor Paul Craig Roberts has weighed in here:
See you on the flip side...