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Why Do Americans Pretend They Have Government?

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It's become apparent that Americans no longer respect the office of the presidency. Why should they? Clinton's cigars, the profound stupidity of Bush Junior, Pop Bush's read my lips and now Obama's deceit is enough testament that winning the presidency is most certainly not a reflection of the winner's character, honesty or even good intention. Obama, beginning his presidency, surrounded himself with the architects of the financial meltdown. His Chief Economic Advisor, Lawrence Summers, doesn't respect him. He dozes while Obama drones through another speech.

Obama, the left's worst nightmare, and the right's gleeful affirmation of all they had hoped for in a black democrat, has nominated Elena Kagan to replace Supreme Court Justice Judge Stevens. The right doesn't need to win elections when democrats so readily adopt their ideology When brand X falls to brand Y, it's not because one is superior to the other. It's because one out advertises the other. The same can be said for presidential elections.

The presidency is like a Cracker Jack's prize. "Let's Make A Deal," closely approximates the winner of the presidency on election night, when the winning contestant, along with his victorious staff, goes nuts. The presidency allows the winner to fly around in a luxury jet. He visits exotic ports of call. He pretends his shrewd negotiating skills win concessions from his foreign counterparts. Brass bands and cheap bunting are the trappings of power that, removed, will usually reveal an unsuitable and unqualified fraud posing as a leader. Maybe Britain has the right idea, with its King and Queen. At least their subjects can believe that a drop of royal blood qualifies them as leaders.

When a fool like George W. Bush is ushered into office, without winning a popular majority, he responds as if he's actually the vitally important man he's hyped up to be, and the office of the presidency lets him get away with it. Bush was startled to learn that he, as the president, was in charge of all military power. "You mean I'm, like, the General of the Army? The Navy? The uh, uh?"

"Not quite, Sir. In the Navy you'd be the admiral. But getting back " you are in charge of the whole ball of wax. That's what commander in chief means, sir."

Obama, not quite as stupid as Dubya, worries about whether or not he looks presidential. He knows he's a fraud, which at least puts him above his predecessor, who actually thought he'd gotten elected, and believed himself to be a legitimate president. Whatever may be, the U.S. Presidency is a World Class joke. Only Americans believe in its sanctity. And of course, its presidents. China has been laughing at the U.S. for thirty years. Americans must borrow evermore larger amounts of money if they wish to continue their life styles. A trillion from the Chinese, almost that much from Japan. The U.S. also owes Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.

The republicans have convinced Americans that taxes are the bane of the nation's very existence, when in truth, we wouldn't owe the company store trillions of dollars if Americans paid taxes. The ever shrinking tax revenues the government collects goes to social programs for the many corporate welfare cases. China watches U.S. capitalism screw the pooch, and finds American ignorance amusing. The U.S. is a thoroughly deluded nation whose citizens still haven"t grasped that their living under a corporate oligarchy. Another cup of tea?

Undignified, lazy and corrupt opportunists, willing to grovel for the chance to be president, should be a national embarrassment. But that's why pomp and circumstance are vital. Ceremony, no matter how hollow, will cement some character from the eighty first, heavily republican/democratic district, as worthy of the honor of pretending to statesmanship with all of its attendant circumstance. Next thing you know the man you previously regarded as a couple quarts short of a gallon is the president, and if you're not careful you'll start believing the damned fool actually represents you.

The media joins in the hoax. A lucky lottery winner, whose prize is the presidency of the U.S, is sworn in. The dumb sot hasn't the slightest clue of how to go about fixing anything. He's not even aware there's anything broken. Oh, sure. All of them promise change, as all of them must. Otherwise how could there be anything wrong? And why would anyone vote? Republicans, beginning with Reagan, began fixing the government which wasn't broken. But that was the point. Government had to be destroyed to make way for corporate fascism. Destroying the tax base was very effective in bringing down the nation.

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Jon Faulkner is a licensed Master Mariner. He has long considered the conservative republican mindset a form of mental illness. He lives in northern Maine.

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