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Trump is just the symptom, it's the system that's diseased

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It isn't much of a stretch to say the US political system is broken. That it serves the interests of the big corporations, Wall Street, the military/industrial/political/security/surveillance complex, big Pharma, AIPAC and the Israeli interests et al. is well known.

What that system doesn't serve are the interests of the people.

Today, some including Noam Chomsky believe Trump and the Republicans are so terrible they advise hold your nose and vote for the Democrats-vote for the lesser evil.

Well they're both evil. Dems might articulate better at times but both parties are beholden to the big moneyed interests who underwrite the campaigns of those they select and get elected. The legislation, the laws and regulations enacted, the oversight and enforcement goes to the benefit of those interests, certainly not in the interests of the people.

This writer once drank the Kool-aid voting for the lesser evil. Well no longer.

Bill Clinton was the cure for that. This lesser evil of a president near the end of his 2nd term signed into law the 1999 Gramm, Leach, Bliley Act, the law that overturned the 1933 Glass Steagell Act signed by FDR that separated the investment banks from the commercial banks. That deregulation was a primary cause for the 2008 financial meltdown, the sub-prime mortgage crisis that created the great recession.

However it's not just Clinton or "Poppy" Bush before him or Dubya, Obama, now Trump or those in Congress who enact the legislation. It's the system that puts them in office to wreak the havoc they do.

Of course it's just not domestically. It's internationally as well.

Take America's interference in the affairs of other countries. Our corporate media focuses on other countries interfering in our elections, i.e. we're bombarded with the MSM blaming Russia for getting Trump elected.

Yet when we interfere in other countries it's the US upholding their human rights, our wanting to bring freedom and democracy, uphold the will of the people against the "evil" dictates of the regime in power. It's supposedly our "goodness" as Americans that gives us that right, even for regime change. That arrogance is always against any country taking an independent course, refusing to accept US hegemony over it.

Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, Cuba, now most currently Venezuela and Nicaragua, two Latin American countries that are in the crosshairs of American politicos who are interfering un-mercilessly with American economic sanctions and threats of secondary sanctions against any countries doing business with them.

It's hardly been in the MSM "news" yet the NICA Act, Nicaraguan Investment and Conditionality Act, is a Congressional bill agreed to by ALL members of Congress [1] sent to Trump last Friday who will undoubtedly sign it into law.

This NICA Act "will give the US president the authority to impose targeted sanctions on Nicaraguan government officials, former officials, or people purportedly 'acting on behalf of 'Managua". It "also seeks to prevent international financial institutions from providing 'any loan or financial or technical assistance' to Nicaragua's government. The NICA Act encourages the US government to increase assistance to anti-government civil society in Nicaragua, including independent media, human rights and anti-corruption organizations and to support the protection of human rights and anti-corruption advocates in Nicaragua."

All this against the legitimately elected government of President Daniel Ortega who won with 62% of the vote that international observers said was a fair election.

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