America, A banana republic?
With the election of President-elect Donald Trump is America destined to become a banana republic? Will our political democracy be totally handed over to the greedy oligarchs and their trolls, the GOP?
Dumber-than-dog-shit Americans voted for this clown ignoring his promises to kill Obamacare, believing he would bring jobs back, and nodding in blind stupidity to his racism, misogyny, and xenophobia. They screamed in joy as Nazi salutes were offered and mocked minorities who were stupid enough to attend his rallies. It never crossed their feeble, uninformed minds that he and the GOP would love to create a Third World banana republic out of the U.S. In fact, it is probably a good guess that the buffoons voting for Trump are ignorant of what a BR is. According to Wikipedia, BR is defined as follows:
More generally, it is a derogatory term for a country that is considered to have a weak economy, a dishonest or cruel government, and public services that do not work. In economics, a banana republic is a country operated as a commercial enterprise for private profit, effected by a collusion between the State and favored monopolies, in which the profit derived from the private exploitation of public lands is private property, while the debts incurred thereby are a public responsibility. Such an imbalanced economy remains limited by the uneven economic development of town and country, and tends to cause the national currency to become devalued paper-money, rendering the country ineligible for international-development credit.
1. A Congress that does not legislate or support any policies that benefit the citizens.
2. A government that offers subsidies and enables businesses that defraud and conceal malpractice.
3. A government that lies the country into wars, supports dictators, ignores human rights violations, etc.
Just a few example but I am sure you get the idea. If not, wait about six months into the Trump Administrtion.
in an article in the American Prospect titled Report from the Field: The Rust Belt’s Blues Turn It Red:
"There were similar, worse surprises in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. And voter suppression wasn’t the only reason. It takes a lot of villages to get out the vote. But a lot of the villagers stayed home this year, rather than pitching in to help elect or even vote for Clinton. As Harold Meyerson and Gabrielle Gurley have pointed out recently, Clinton was never able to come up with a pro-worker message that resonated with Midwestern working-class whites, or that generated the same enthusiasm in the black community that Obama had. Clinton’s inability to marshal sustained and committed engagement from her own base turned out to be her candidacy’s most fatal flaw."
This article is just one more piece of the puzzle explaining why HRC lost the key states of Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Ohio electoral votes. It was not about the disgusting Donald Trump being a better candidate, Supreme Court vacancies, trade deals, inequality, or injustice. It was about telling and convincing rural America that she was really sincere in addressing their needs. She failed miserably. Rural and Small-Town America is not interested in someone who soft-peddles on trade issues which cost them their jobs, on fracking which destroys their farms and pollutes their air and water, or student loans which are destroying their educated children's futures. They want the basics: life, liberty, and a decent standard of living, not bullshit about togetherness.
The DNC bears significant guilt as well in this failure with its Third Way, Wall Street friendly, and neo-liberal policies. Catering to the professional elites and abandoning blue collar workers, many of them union workers who worked in the close factories in those states shows a grand stupidity and arrogance.
Yes, Hillary won the popular vote by a million plus votes over a demagogue and racist but lost the heart of America due to arrogance and elitism. The question is whether the DNC has learned anything?
Hatred and ignorance prevailed 11/9
Americans in their infinite racial hatred and universal ignorance elected Donald Trump as President of the United States, Tuesday. Hillary Roddam Clinton won the popular vote by 300,000 votes(according to NY Times) but lost the antiquated and undemocratic electoral college vote, an anachronism that should have been abandoned decades ago. Why did she lose to such a despicable human being as Trump? There are several key reasons.
First, she had, as well as Trump, net unfavorable ratings among voters. For thirty years, the GOP has mounted a concerted effort to slander her every move. Constantly saying she was a liar, untrustworthy, devious, and unfit. The exact characteristics befitting of Trump. Her actions did little to dispel many of these lies, such as the email scandal, flipflopping on: TPP, $15 minimum wage, support of fracking, Wall Street links, the Clinton Foundation, support for neoliberalism, globalism, etc.
Second, the Democratic National Committee's sabotaging of Bernie Sanders' campaign during the primaries. Many Bernie voters were turned off and sat on their hands on Tuesday as evidenced by there being seven million less votes cast in 2016 than in 2012. Bernie's message resonated with many voters in both parties and the sabotaging obviously pissed people off. This was quite obvious when the email disclosures from Russian hackers exposed the inner working of the DNC. Democratic voters did not believe her when she started parroting Bernie's progressive messages; it was viewed as political expediency.
Third, 53% of white women voters voted for Trump, a statistic I find astonishing given Trump's sexism and misogyny. In an article about voters in Smithfield, Ohio, a woman said she voted for Trump because he promised change. She did not think his behavior was a large negative which I guess is okay as long as he is not grabbing your pussy. She had previously voted for Obama but said he did not do anything. She complained about people losing their unemployment benefits and not putting people to work. The fact that unemployment benefits are supplemented by the federal government and controlled by the state government escaped her. The fact that Congressional Republicans cut federal support and that her Republican governor and legislature denied providing more money for the benefit also escaped her. Her obvious ignorance is symptomatic of the Trump voter along with her mistrust of Clinton.
With seventy percent of the population functioning at a high school or below academic level, critical thinking and fact-checking are unheard of. It is a sad state of affairs that Trump was elected and not Clinton, not that I am a Clinton fan, but when hatred and ignorance controls your actions then you deserve the consequences and with Trump there will be many.
I've voted for my last neoliberal
Two weeks ago I cursed myself, held my nose, drank my last ounce of Absolute and mailed in my ballot with Hillary Roddam Clinton as my choice for President of the U.S. I tried to rationalize this event by telling myself that I am really voting for Atty. Gen. Kamela Harris of California for the U.S. Senate and that HRC is just an afterthought but the reality is I had to vote for HRC and suffer through four more years of half-ass policies designed to soothe the public's anger while promoting the greed economy.
As a registered independent, a pragmatist, and a progressive, I had no choice. Voting for the racist pile of garbage and probable pedophile that is Donald Trump was out of the question. A third party vote is ludicrous especially given that the choices are between a fraud, Jill Stein(see Daily Beast), and an imbecile, Gary Johnson of the fraudulent Libertarian Party. So I was stuck with Clinton.
I say that because this is the last time that I will vote for a neoliberal since I have finally come to understand just how disappointing and fraudulent their policies are. Neoliberalism maintains protections for the oligarchy(the 1%) while screwing the masses(the 99%). Inequality grows, opportunities diminish, workers suffer, bogus trade deals are enacted and the status quo is protected. I have had my fill of those policies and Clinton is a four year continuation of the same: protecting Wall Street criminality, imperialism in the Middle East and/or wherever her corporate masters tell her to fight, giving lip-service to pressing domestic issues and lacking the courage to solve them.
Clinton will accomplish nothing during her presidency! She will be continually obstructed by the fascist, misogynist and racist Republican Party. She will have at least two or three Blue-dog Senate Demos who will not support her policies(Manchin-W, Virginia, and Bayh-Indiana, Heitkamp- North Dakota, plus others). She will need the Senate(if Demos are able to win it back) to change its rules to eliminate the filibuster to get nominees confirmed for judiciary and other government appointments. She will be unable to get any meaningful tax reform, budget initiatives, infrastructure spending, banking reform(if she tries), healthcare policies(public option), or student loan reform through the House GOP idiots. In other words, her presidency will be four years of stagnation, obstruction, and wrangling with the GOP's countless scandal-mongering, Clinton Foundation/email/Benghazi investigations, and possible impeachment.
The only light at the end of the tunnel is 2018 if the stupid, lazy, uninformed public goes to the polls and gives Demos some more progressive non-neoliberals and votes out the GOP trash in the House and Senate. History does not bode well for that happening; so that in 2020 the Demos will have to run a truly progressive presidential candidate and dump Clinton's neoliberal mob or America will continue on its path of becoming a Third World Oligarchy.
Comments to think about.