What’s really going on?

So for my first few posts I touched on the current political climate, in terms of the upcoming presidential election. But I’d be remissed if I didn’t give my honest opinion on this whole process.

The first time I voted was in the 1996 general election. President Clinton was running against Senator Bob Dole, and I was 18 years old at the time but had a slight inkling of how things really worked. Even though I had my cynical views on elections and the election process I cast my ballot nonetheless. I have always looked at my vote as my cover charge to the bitch-fest that takes place before, during, and after elections. If you don’t pay the cover charge, you have no reason to bitch. ¬†The following election in 2000 would be the one to confirm my suspicions about just how corrupt and full of shit the entire process really is. As many of you remember that year Vice President Al Gore ran against then Texas governor George W. Bush. The election was decided in the courts instead of “by the people” and Bush became the president after losing the popular vote. This single event proved that greater powers decide who the “elected officials” in this country are and how it is decided. Names and people that we will never know or hear of plan and decide these elections long before they occur. The campaigning and everything else is nothing more than an elaborate theatrical production meant to distract the populace and give the illusion that they actually have a say in what happens.

Now people will tell you that this is a democracy and we have the right to vote and our vote does count for something. That’s bullshit. True we have the ability to go and cast a ballot, and pay that cover charge to give us the right to bitch, but it’s only that. These elections, and the candidates who end up winning these elections are the faces we know. We’ll never get a chance to see what happens behind the curtains because the people who pull all these strings have paid for the anonymity to be able to have this influence. By no means am I a conspiracy theorist, but if you really buy into the illusion of your vote counting for something, you are being fooled. Everything is always about one thing, and one thing only – money. When you hear all this talk about the 1% that is the distribution of wealth, which equates to power. That 1% decides who the next president is going to be, who the next senator from Idaho is going to be, who the president of Afghanistan is going to be, the president of Egypt. You get the idea.

This entire election was decided years ago. When Trump was made the standard bearer for the Republican party, and the “heavyweights” of the party were broomed to the side, you kind of knew that this whole thing has been set up for a Clinton win. Even Bernie Sanders who I talked about yesterday is a pawn in this whole game. Each and every person that has come and gone in this election cycle has a role to play in this production. Even you and I have a part in this show, that’s when that cover charge comes into play. People need to believe that this whole thing is real, they want to believe that their voice and what they feel and go through matters. People don’t want to believe that what I’m talking about could actually be possible, but it is.

I know the way I’m describing it makes it seem like it’s this dark smokey room with a bunch of men seated around a table deciding the fate of the world. It may not be exactly that way, but the way it’s being packaged and sold to us is not the way it is either.



Bernie Sanders, the people’s candidate

When you take a look at all the candidates running in the 2016 presidential election; both on the Democratic and Republican side, it’s hard to argue that Bernie Sanders and his message is the one that truly looks to benefit the working and middle class. The only problem for Bernie Sanders and his message is it’s not the way things are normally done.

If you take a look at the issues Sanders wants to tackle and reform, you can’t help but get excited and want to throw your full support behind this guy – he makes you “feel the Bern”. He talks about income and wealth equality, free college tuition, taxing Wall Street, medicare for everyone, lowering prescription drug prices, and on and on and on. This is exactly the guy we need to turn this country around and completely reform the American political system so the people have a voice. This is the guy that is going to combat global warming and take on the banks that sent this country into the greatest financial crisis since The Great Depression. Bernie Sanders is a political superhero! He’s a true man of the people. And in the interest of full disclosure, if he were to win the nomination I would most certainly vote for him, there is no question.

The fact of the matter is, business in Washington has been done a certain way for a long time. Every 4 years a general election occurs, and we get a bunch of new candidates that come out with their list of issues and how they are going to change America, and make it the America it used to be. Progressive candidates emerge in every election cycle, they tend to gain popularity on college campuses and they run on platforms that always appeal to younger, educated voters. In 2004 Howard Dean mounted a formidable campaign, and at one point looked poised to win the Democratic nomination, until his now infamous scream. John Kerry, the establishment candidate eventually won the nomination and lost to Bush in the 2004 presidential election. In 2008 Obama sold us hope and we bought it – but what really changed? Sure, he got a lot of his legislation pushed through, and a lot of what he accomplished did benefit average Americans. But did anything really change? That brings us to 2016 and Bernie Sanders. He’s this election cycle’s progressive guy, but be sure that because of his radical ideas he could never be allowed to win. And in the crazy off-chance that he were to win, everything we have heard would be a distant memory once Senator Sanders took up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Because no matter who the person is that “we the people” elect, the way business is done does not change.

Sanders is talking about taking on some of the strongest, most influential lobbies and special interest groups in the country – the people who really make the laws. Taking on Wall Street, oil companies, pharmaceutical companies would NEVER¬†be allowed to happen. These politicians all know how Washington works, and they all know how to run a campaign and energize their supporters, and in the end every single one of them does the same thing as all the others that came and went before. Our attention spans are short, and a million things happen between election cycles, that’s why we forget all the beta versions of Bernie Sanders, but he’s not the first and he most certainly won’t be the last.