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Demagoguery Substitutes for Debate

VP joust wasn't even bad theater. It was a sham.

by Stephen Lendman

When is a debate not one? When it's not intended to be. When theatrical blather substitutes. When demagoguery takes center stage.

On October 11, it showed up prominently in Danville, KY. Centre College played host. ABC News correspondent Martha Raddatz moderated 90 minutes of film flam. 

Unmentioned was her close Washington military/intelligence establishment ties. She supports America's right to bomb, invade, ravage, occupy, colonize, and exploit one country after another. Her loyalty got her prominence Thursday night. Call it spoils sharing for services rendered.

Like all so-called political debates, Biden/Ryan was prescripted theater. Demagoguery best describes it. Democrat and Republican candidates represent wealth, power, privilege, and imperial lawlessness.

They spurn public need, democratic values, and right over wrong. They represent the worst of a morally degenerate nation. They govern one not fit to live in. 

The criminal class in Washington is bipartisan. It threatens humanity. Whoever wins or loses in November, it hardly matters. On issues mattering most, both parties are in lockstep. Ordinary people aren't served either way.

Money power runs America. Gore Vidal understood. He explained  well. His comments are worth repeating.

He called America "a nation of ongoing hustlers from the prisons and disaster areas of old Europe."

"I do not think that the America System in its present state of decadence is worth preserving." 

"There is only one party in the United States, the Property Party....and it has two right wings: Republican and Democrat." 

He called democracy a system "where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates" no different from each other.

"By the time a man gets to be presidential material, he's been bought ten times over."

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When the "debaters" are following a pre-written, p... by Sister Begonia on Saturday, Oct 13, 2012 at 2:36:52 PM
Demagoguery disguised as an OpEd Article.  No... by Gusto on Saturday, Oct 13, 2012 at 6:31:36 PM