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And now, no drum roll please, the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.
It won't be as shallow as the recently completed Republican extravaganza in Tampa; more people of color and of course more of a sense of "I feel your pain". Yeah I know that was Bill Clinton's signature piece but Barack Obama will surely claim his share of "feeling your pain".
Too bad it's pretty much all for naught and irrelevant.
For if the two party's attendees don't exactly mirror each other, their party's policy making does and that's ultimately where the "rubber meets the road."
Corporate $ covers the cost of these affairs and in the end for these poobahs, it doesn't matter which candidate or which party win the "prize," (sic) election. They'll still be ones pulling the strings of the marionettes they put in office, while the public is propagandized into believing they're voting for their "chosen" candidate; that being the biggest ruse of all.
Legitimate, qualified and experienced candidates not affiliated with either of the major party's are out there running but they're largely marginalized, usually have limited funds to campaign with, their message limited to the internet and word of mouth and often precluded from spending on costly television advertising and then excluded from the debates which are essentially controlled and managed by the two major parties. So unless you're a billionaire like New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg who can spend millions of his own money, it's a tough road to hoe.
Sure there's an independent Bernie Sanders here and there that overcome the enormous odds against them and get elected without the deep pocketed individual and corporate largesse behind them. But he's an anomaly in our money debased electoral system.