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Circus Shenanigans in Tampa


The greatest snow job on earth.

by Stephen Lendman

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey calls theirs "the greatest show on earth." Politics in America combines sham with show me the money.

Republicans got first dibs. Their version of politics US-style hits Tampa from August 27 - 30. Mother nature had first say. Isaac's fury claimed day one. Perhaps its message was nyet on three days of hype, bombast, fraud, and promises made to be broken.

The following week, Democrats have their turn. Charlotte, NC hosts three days from September 4 - 6. Growing numbers of Americans reject both parties. A pox on politics serving elite interests only. They're in lockstep on all issues mattering most. Duopoly power controls them.

Perhaps one day these charades will be held and no one notices. Why bother when bipartisan complicity spurns public concerns. Just scrap 'em, say some. 

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Bush's 2000 and 2004 chief media advisor, Mark McKinnon , said "Four days of speeches? No thanks".Watching the convention is like turning in to a movie where you already know the plot and ending."

Building consensus perhaps heads them for irrelevance. It'll happen when most people no longer care. Ritualistic babble insults more than edifies. Yammering politicians only address themselves and deep-pocketed funders. For many, preaching to the choir no longer cuts it.

US broadcasters used to televise conventions wall-to-wall. CBS and ABC scheduled one hour only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Each party gets equal time. 

NBC replicates them for Republicans. For Democrats, it's one hour Tuesday, football on Wednesday, and two hours Thursday. 

All three networks plan reruns in prime time. Big money's at stake. Convention mumbo jumbo draws blanks. Low ratings mean less revenue.

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NBC news anchor Brian Williams admitted that audiences "have had it up to here" and won't watch.

Cable channels plan more. At issue is who cares. Ringling Bros. entertains. Political versions insult. 

US politics are dysfunctional, corrupt, and offensive. At 10%, congressional approval hit an all-time low. It's surprising anyone except the top 1% extends support.

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