Erection 2016

I’m already sick of it, aren’t you? Here’s what’s going to happen because we never learn.

Right now, on the Right, we have Trump. Trump is America’s id. His popularity is due to three things primarily.

First, he’s got name recognition. He’s a billionaire, so he can capture some of those actual Wall Streety non-religious don’t-tax-me-bro types and those idiots living in trailer park who think raising taxes on the rich means them. Yeah, sure, your Cheez-Whiz supply is in jeopardy. *

Second, he is “plain spoken.” By this I mean he talks like a 4th grader {no, seriously, linguists have analyzed his words} and therefore can capture a larger portion of the IQ bell curve, specifically the portion on the left downward slope.

Third, he completely defies political correctness, which even I at times find annoying when it is taken to the extreme. This appeals to the Libertarians, who would also like to see someone not from Washington, DC in the White House. He has taken W’s “let’s have a beer together” appeal and turned it on its head. He could actually insult his supporters and they would love him for “being honest.”

None of that matters. He also makes Jeb look reasonable to those who don’t like the way Trump behaves, and has forced the Republicans to deal with de-coded language on things like race, which will help Hillary. Both of these candidates think that they can leverage the Trump phenomenon to their benefit.

On the so-called Left, we have Bernie Sanders. Bernie is an Independent in the Senate, but caucuses with the Democrats and is running on their ticket.

Here we see the pat on the head for the Left, who has no real representation to speak of and really never has in this country with the exception of people like Kucinich. You will note that Kucinich is no longer in office.

Truly, apart from the New Deal which, Orwellian revisions of the Business Plot aside, was not the result of liberalism and progressivism, but rather how the end rounds of Monopoly always seem to wreck the game for everyone. The Great Depression was the result of, for example, people making things they could no longer afford. The Reagan tax cuts have not been repealed, so let’s stop pretending there is anything even approaching liberal at work in a government that is fully aware that those cuts have turned the United States into a fascist-plutarchy hybrid with a 10% chance of theocracy thrown in because that’s what happens when you have instability.

It just doesn’t exist. The Democrats are, if you look at what they do instead of listening to what they say because those things are rarely kin, the far Right. They are anti-labor, which is to say that they are pro-poverty. They privatize just like Republicans. They murder brown people with  flying, exploding robots just like Republicans do. They protect the criminal elite just like Republicans do. They spy on and commit covert ops against protestors and civil rights champions just like Republicans do. They rob teacher, cop, fireman, and other public worker pension funds and then cry financial shortcomings just like Republicans do.

But we are being allowed to have our conversation. We are being allowed to have a fantasy, indulge in a delusion that will never come to pass.

It won’t because the fix is in. The Deep State sees the end of the Middle Class as a feature, not a bug. Having half the population paid peanuts to watch, harass, imprison, shoot, or otherwise engage and occupy the other half seems a great way to keep them out of their hair. Where some of us saw problems with the 2001 National Intelligence Estimate stating that the growing wealth gap would be the biggest threat to national security in the 21st Century, the elite saw opportunity. They could end the Republic. No more pandering to the masses just to get their puppets in, they could take more direct, more overt control.

But we’re getting our show. We’re getting to chat about trying something we’ve never really ever tried. Because why question it when it’s working for the powerful few?

Once these two acts of the national money passion play have ended, we’re back to what really shitty media outlets will call “serious” politics and then it’ll be between Hillary and Jeb:

Lee Fang, “Corrected: Major Figures in Democratic and Republican Money Groups Go Into Business Together,” Intercept, 20 August 2015:

Hillary will win because the Republican Party is so far off the rails. In an urge to please their corporate and oligarch overlords, they overdo it, lurching ever further to the Right in order to differentiate themselves from the Democrats.

Fear of nullification of Roe v Wade will force the moderates and Left to vote for her. Alliances with Uganda, for example, and other loudmouth, unhinged anti-LGBT talk will do the same. Seeing a repeat of W’s catastrophic terms in a potential third Bush administration will drive people to the only other choice that they are given.

You’re welcome. You could ignore the whole thing now for the duration, if it weren’t going to constantly be in your face.

* See what I mean? Insult politics is contagious. And sadly fun.

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