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A yearend fiscal cliff(hanger) approaches. Around $2.2 trillion in sequestered budget cuts are scheduled. Trillions more are planned in out years. Social America is being destroyed. At issue is how much will be front or back loaded given dire economic conditions heading south.

Mum's the word from Tampa and Charlotte. Grandiosity has center stage. Pomp and circumstance substitute for responsible governance. America most often had pathetically little and none now.

Both parties believe America's future depends on greater wealth disparity, ignoring public need, waging war on humanity, silencing truth, and cracking down hard on non-believers. 

Perhaps Isaac's fury signaled disapproval. Wait till Nemesis shows up. She's Greek mythology's goddess of vengeance. She also punishes hubris and arrogance.

She's here unseen. She's unforgiving. She's patiently stalking and preparing to make her presence known. She'll announce it saying "only the doomed" see her. Perhaps she has bankers, war profiteers, and corrupt politicians in mind. 

She has lots on her plate to address. Fixing longstanding government of, by, and for America's privileged won't happen easily.

Conventioneers are oblivious. They're cocooned out of harm's way. They're bought and paid for to scam others. Political conventions lack legitimacy. Media scoundrels pretend otherwise. Like elections, they're theater. They're hype and pre-arranged duplicity. They mask double-dealing flim flam.

The entire political process is fraudulent. Party bosses, special interests, and media scoundrels play lead roles. Everything is pre-scripted. Secrecy and back room deals substitute for a free, fair and open process.

Candidates are pre-selected. So are winners in key races. Big money decides. Privatized elections control things. Corporate owned, programmed, and operated electronic machines vote. People have no say.

Issues are unaddressed. Horse race journalism and trivia substitute. People are left uninformed in the dark. Media scoundrels manipulate news and information. A truth emergency leaves everything mattering most unexplained. Public trust erodes for good reason. 

Partisan politics serve business and privileged elites. Ordinary people are shut out. Independents are ignored. America's democracy is the best money can buy. Duopoly power runs it. Democrats are interchangeable with Republicans. Differences between them are minor. Not a dime's worth exists to matter.

Both sides support imperial wars. They endorse the divine right of capital to exploit workers, gain new markets, control the world's resources, and rule it unchallenged. Beneficial social change, independent voices, and electoral democracy lose out under a rigged system against them.

The entire process was constitutionally flawed by design. Over time, things got worse. Today, it mocks political legitimacy. It's so bad, maybe one day an election will be held and no one shows up. 

Why bother without real choices. Candidates sound like cardboard cutouts. Rhetoric features focus group tested pre-packaged slogans, sound bites, double-talk, and promises made to be broken.

Each side highlights its virtues. Opponents are denigrated and marginalized. Debates are worse. Charades avoid issues. Independents aren't invited. Exclusionary rules bar them.

US-style democracy failed. It's too corrupted to fix. Presidents and Congress serve monied, not popular interests. Pretense gets harder to hide.

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I was born in 1934, am a retired, progressive small businessman concerned about all the major national and world issues, committed to speak out and write about them.
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wars. They endorse the divine right of capital to... by Don Caldarazzo on Thursday, Aug 30, 2012 at 11:17:01 AM
You are so right Don Caldarazzo. I didn't vote las... by Swamper Tom on Thursday, Aug 30, 2012 at 12:34:04 PM
It would be nice to start over.  I think they... by Don Caldarazzo on Tuesday, Sep 4, 2012 at 11:16:01 PM
It is a long shot, but in my own mind, I know what... by Swamper Tom on Wednesday, Sep 5, 2012 at 7:33:52 AM
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