Caricatures of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump
With the quadrennial political extravagances finally over and each party's "charlatan" now formally in place, the "Hillerator" Hillary Clinton and the "Donald" Trump will now spend the next three months or so in character assassination of each other saying he, she is unfit to be the next president. Political theatre (vaudeville really) revealing both are nothing more than a "charlatan" only in their particular way.
Why "charlatan"? Well according to Merriam-Webster a "charlatan" is "a person who falsely pretends to know or be something in order to deceive people", a quack, fraud, faker, one making showy pretenses to knowledge or ability. Hmm. Pretty descriptive of the two posers wouldn't you say.
Now the Hillerator and the Donald weren't the only "charlatans" performing in these spectacles and here I point to some of the Dems at the convention who have been passed off as progressives.
Of course that begins with "Bernie", "charlatan" extraordinare who in April stated Hillary was "unqualified" to be president but now three months later "he intends to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States". How's that for deceiving his followers.
Then there was Elizabeth Warren saying "Hillary will fight to hold big banks accountable". Sorry I almost choked on that one. Apparently to Warren Hillary taking all that scratch from talks at Goldman Sachs doesn't qualify, she'll still fight to hold the big banks accountable. Of course how silly of me.
Former Congressman Barney Frank-he of the "Dodd Frank" law that was supposedly enacted to contain Wall Streets' excesses- is now a Wall Street executive. Cashing in now are you Barney? Frank blasted "Bernie or Bust"ers who vowed not to vote for Clinton saying in an LGBT caucus it was his "special mission" to get Sanders supporters to vote for Clinton. Hearing this they walked out. Good for them.
Howard Dean, former governor of Vermont and 2004 primary candidate for the Democrat nomination spoke of Hillary's "poised and persistent" fight for expanded health care- Medicare for all not mentioned- and "she's going to win in Colorado, and in Iowa, and North Carolina, and Michigan and Florida and then we're going to the White House". Thank you Howard for those "screaming" insights.
Then there was the biggest "charlatan" of all, Bill Clinton extolling his wife's virtues as a mother to daughter Chelsea t saying, "My experience is it's a pretty good thing to follow her advice". Oh you go "slick Willy". Recalling his "I smoked marijuana but I didn't inhale" retort in his 1992 campaign pretty much sealed the deal about "slick Willy" being the "charlatan" he was then and continues to be now. That he still seems to hold sway with people of color is mind boggling but a testament to his deceitful "I feel your pain" character.
But there are politicos who are the real deal as in Jill Stein soon to be the Green Party's nominee for president and before her Ralph Nader to name two whose integrity was never compromised in their run for the presidency.
It's sad that politicos with integrity have no chance being elected, much less nominated in our two party duopoly. That's because the two major parties are beyond redemption, incapable of reform and only a truly independent 3rd party, rejecting corporate largesse control could transform and overturn the current corrupt electoral system now exclusively in the hands of the two major parties.
Maybe it's begun with the Green Party and Jill Stein particularly if she can garner enough votes in the November election to truly be on the future electoral radar because Hillary or Trump will only make matters worse domestically and internationally.
The question remains can we survive the machinations of either "charlatan" in the oval office?