Working The Big Con in the Land of Corn
I just absolutely fucking hate electoral politics anymore – I’ll leave that bullshit up to the lame hacks and shills over on the so-called “A list” blogs – it is all such a big con game where the elitists and their corporatist media toadies pull off the magic act of selling charlatans to the masses of asses as though they were pimping any other product. The system as it is has been set up to filter out any candidate who may actually try to change things for the better in regards to the people or to blow up the fucking rotting militarist looter capitalist eat the young empire of greed and blood that the United States has mutated into over the past quarter of a century or so. The permanent campaign finally gets it’s first big test with the voters on Thursday with the Iowa Democratic caucuses leading off the next month or so of the big exhaustively hyped by a media entrusted to stick their fingers in the dike in order to keep the false façade of a sham democracy in a land run by transnational corporations, financial goliaths that specialize in chicanery bordering on outright fraud and the military industrial security complex that exports death and grown tyranny on our home soil. It is what author Peter Dale Scott refers to as “the deep state” and the amoral charlatans who are chosen to be our political ‘leaders’ are merely figureheads for the dark and nefarious forces that really have their claws on the levers of power.
The ugly truth is that this country is now bordering on third world status and 2008 is going to be a very cruel year, foreclosures will continue as millions of people whose only crime was that they bought into the fraudulent ‘American Dream’ are thrown out of their over mortgaged equity challenged homes in droves. The credit crisis is going to metastasize throughout the entire system as the defaults on those evil little pieces of plastic in everybody’s wallets are going to rise and thanks to the fucking Democrats the bankruptcy laws no longer exist, for all we know the swine are ready to sign off on opening a vast gulag of debtor’s prisons and use slave labor to entice corporations to actually start to make things here again. Of course everything as the media tells you is ok, the economy is robust pay no mind to the Chicken Littles screaming that the sky is falling and that we are entering a recession, hell core inflation is low even if you are paying 3.50 a gallon for gas and upwards of 5 bucks for a gallon of milk. The conditions in America today eerily parallel those leading up to the Great Depression and the bill is coming due posthaste for all those years of living stupidly. A lot of people get this but those who have a vested interest in continuing to squeeze the last drop of blood and last cent of profit out of America need to maintain the illusion for just a little while longer.
There are, as they say, two Americas. There is the America of the rich and the America of the poor, as Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards likes to point out. There is the America of Red States and Blue States, populated, as columnist Dave Barry likes to joke, by “ignorant racist fascist knuckle-dragging NASCAR-obsessed cousin-marrying road-kill-eating tobacco-juice-dribbling gun-fondling religious fanatic rednecks” and “godless unpatriotic pierced-nose Volvo-driving France-loving leftwing Communist latte-sucking tofu-chomping holistic-wacko neurotic vegan weenie perverts.”
These divisions seem to grow, and to grow more antagonistic, by the year. But the real divide, the separation that may matter more to the future of American democracy, is between the political junkies and everyone else. The junkies watch endless cable-TV news shows and listen to angry talk radio and feel passionate about their political views. They number roughly 20 percent of the population, according to Princeton professor Markus Prior, who tracks political preferences and the media. Then there’s all the rest: the people who prefer ESPN or old movies or videogames or Facebook or almost anything on the air or online to politics. Once upon a time, these people tended to be political moderates; now they are turned off or tuned out.
As amusing as the Democrat’s circus may be it is nothing like that of the Republicans who can ALWAYS be counted on to deliver the highest ratings on the freak show scale. The front runner, Il Duce Americano Rudolpho Giuliani is largely bypassing the state and focusing on Super Tuesday, his ghoulish wrapping of himself in 9/11 doesn’t go over very well when a gittar strummin’ preacher like Mike Huckabee is around, at least for now in the land of tall corn. Huckabee has been treated by the punditry like the second coming of Jesus Fucking Christ himself by the knuckle dragging foot soldiers of the ‘Christian’ Right and in something that I find to be quite humorous has in a way become the Republican party Wall Street establishment’s very own Frankenstein monster – after all, they only appeased the mouth breathing buffoons all too willing to put their kids to bed cold and hungry as long as they could wage total war against gays and Darwin but God forbid that a real Jesus juicer would have the audacity to actually occupy the Oval Office. The deceitful charlatans running the game were always in on the joke that George W. Bush was a white knuckle, mean as a snake dry drunk and former cokehead whose words were always betrayed by his deeds and that he would always be counted on to worship the moneychangers when it really came down to it but Huckabee justifiably scares the shit out of these people. I always predicted that the corporatists would one day have to throw against the Raptureheads and theocrats and the huckster from Hope with his populist outsider status worn on his sleeve could just have enough clout with the bible thumpers to be the one future Grand-Führer of the fetus wars who would also bring a bit of the real Jesus into the formula to finally run the moneychangers out of the temple – of course that they would be gassed along with the rest of the liberals, gays, hippies, feminists, Jews, Muslims, blacks and any other less than deserving human is a mere triviality.
But my all time favorite bit of triviality in the runup to January 3rd had to be Huckabee’s utterly shameless Christmas commercial where he appeared with a fucking highlighted cross in the background that was Rovian imagery at it’s finest. The commercial was controversial to say the least but the greatest and most honest comment on this fucking disgrace was delivered by Ron Paul who while being interviewed on FOX let slip that the commercial brought to mind Sinclair Lewis’ classic statement on fascism with his hit it out of the park, spot on assessment that was allegedly supposed to be not a part of the actual interview:
“It reminds me of what Sinclair Lewis once said. He says, ‘when fascism comes to this country, it will be wrapped in the flag, carrying a cross.’ Now I don’t know whether that’s a fair assessment or not, but you wonder about using a cross, like he is the only Christian or implying that subtly. So, I don’t think I would ever use anything like that.”
Fucking Touche! In invoking Sinclair Lewis Paul pegged the entire fucking neocon movement and it’s alliance to the ‘Christian’ goose steppers who have taken the peaceful, loving and critical of wealth and hypocrisy Jesus Christ out of Christianity in favor of the Tim LaHaye/John Hagee version who chortles with righteous glee as he preaches his message of fuck the poor in between missions to drench Muslim children in napalm and white phosphorous and dreaming up plans to herd trainloads of gays into American gas chambers in the name of the great Christian nation. Huckabee is a cross between Lewis’ own Elmer Gantry and Andy Griffith’s Larry “Lonesome” Rhodes from the 1957 film classic A Face In The Crowd”.
Right The Fuck On! It’s no wonder that guy has crossover appeal and it’s equally obvious why he and Dennis Kucinich are treated as though they have leprosy by the party bosses – they are fucking rightfully horrified that what they are talking about may spread and infect moribund, fat assed Americans with a sense of moral outrage and a the seeds of an idea that maybe if they got their fucking asses off of their sofas and actually raised a bit of hell that things could change for the better.
But in the meantime we have the dog and pony show in Iowa, followed by New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina and whatever dipshit enclave of uninformed and angry fuckheads that are able to be used by the oligarchy to set the pace and give the ‘momentum’ to the bought and paid for future leaders of this sad post 9/11 land of sheep and shame. Iowa is a perfect example of why our political system is so fucked up today, could somebody please explain exactly why that it is that a shitty little Midwestern state with a total population that is less than most major cities is given such importance in the process of choosing a candidate along with it’s inbred northeastern cousin New Hampshire?
Maybe the whole caucus thing is quaint but it’s an anachronism that ill serves the rest of America which as a whole is sure as shit a much more diverse place than two hick states with a whopping total of eleven electoral votes. Quite simply put as the great H.L. Mencken once put it: “No one in this world has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby”.
Rubes are just easier to fool and it’s always the nature of lemmings to follow.
Let the games begin!