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Even Best-Case Election Scenarios Not Very Promising

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The 2012 Election
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The 2012 Election by The Daily Californian

Do you hold the belief that no matter how the 2012 election turns out America's future is bleak? You have good reason for feeling that way. Let's examine the possible election outcomes:

**WORST CASE ELECTION SCENARIO: Romney wins, and Republicans Take the Senate and the House.

RESULT:  America moves at a rapid pace toward a theocratic police state corporatocracy.

**NEXT WORSE SCENARIO: Romney wins, Republicans and Democrats each capture one house of Congress.

RESULT:  Democrats slightly slow down our descent into a theocratic police state corporatocracy.

**BETTER SCENARIO: Obama Wins, Republicans and Democrats each capture one house of Congress.

RESULT:  As is the case now, the country continues its gradual descent into a theocratic police state corporatocracy .

**BEST CASE ELECTION SCENARIO: Obama Wins, Democrats sweep Congress.

RESULT:  The most unlikely outcome, but if it happens the country would continue moving toward a theocratic police state corporatocracy, at a slower pace .

I wish it were otherwise, but based on current political and economic conditions, the United States of America seems destined to continue its inevitable decline. Because consumerism and a rapacious economic system dominate and control our political/cultural lives, a change of course is unlikely.

Because both the Republican Party (completely) and the Democratic Party (mostly) are dependent on greedy corporate benefactors, and unlimited money is the rule, the wants and desires of the average American run a distant second to the wishes of the One Percent.

Until and unless money is removed as the driver of our elections and political process, which would require the passing of a constitutional amendment, the negative results of these election scenarios are inevitable. A change from this course will require an outraged citizenry taking to the streets and demanding it, which is something this country hasn't seen since the Vietnam War era forty years ago.

Until and unless conditions deteriorate to the point that the Occupy movement grows exponentially and a desperate electorate takes to the streets in massive numbers (not likely to happen this year), only then might the Owners of America  (as George Carlin famously called the wealthy elite) be forced to make changes and give up some of their power. Barring that, the queasy feeling you get in the pit of your stomach thinking about this year's election will return for many elections to come.


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