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A Picture of Guernica

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It is lodged somewhere between an Orwellian nightmare and Dickensian wet dream. Two, count em, two, political parties disintegrating in mid-flight. In Cleveland, the saner wing of the Republican Party tried in vain to stop Donald Trump. In Philadelphia, the saner wing of the Democratic Party (irony) also tried in vain to stop Donald Trump. In both camps, the question begs, who do parties answer too? What is the correct protocol?

The Democrats, (irony) worked tirelessly from day one, to strangle the will of the people. The Republicans did the same, but lost control. The Democrats, (irony) succeeded, giving you Hillary Clinton, the Republicans failed, giving you Donald Trump. Do the parties work for the people or do the people work for the party? Here in Cleveland, where the city and state spent millions, sprucing up downtown, expecting tourist dollars. Well"it turns out, there isn't much nightlife in a police state. I've heard, Pyongyang is a drag that way too. Besides, this was a disaster for Republicans. Who wants to go party after condemning the country to Donald Trump? No, I think I'll just go back to my room.

For Democrats, (irony) Hillary's dirge was the point after touch down. Success! Mission Accomplished! That's one small step for Fascism, one giant defeat for mankind. Hillary is a part of the machine and the machine is a part of Hillary Clinton, just like the Terminator. UK Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson (irony) called Ms. Clinton "A sadistic nurse in a mental hospital" referring to her as "Lady Macbeth". Okay, how do you really feel? A fellow politician, out of her control gives such a scathing denouncement, combined with the cloud of corruption which follows Hillary Clinton. Combined with her own right wing, neoliberal agenda, paints a picture of Guernica.

From the invasion of Iraq in March of 2003, till now has been thirteen years, six months. Heading into our second decade of non-stop war. Of wars of nebulous and distant causes, smokey and imaginary. A war of resource conquest, no differently than Germany invaded Poland. The policy of we can, because nobody can stop us, is in force. Hillary Clinton, as a Senator, whole heartedly supported it. As Secretary of State, she encouraged it. As President, she'll instigate it. A vote for Hillary Clinton is a vote for authoritarian war.

But wait, let's go down the rabbit hole and see the Queen of hearts. A convention locked down with thought police, cruising the aisles, hunting down transgressors. Papers Please! You vill not hold this sign up! Es ist verboten. A political convention with the enthusiasm of a wake for a distant uncle. It's somewhere between Monty Python, Firesign Theater and the Twilight Zone. The slurry of professional speakers, all dryly repeating the same message, sort of. My favorite were the two young people who got fired for questioning their pay at the pizza parlor. The man made $9.25 and the woman only earned $9.00 per hour, they got up and spoke in favor of a Democratic (irony) Candidate, who is against raising their pay to $15.00 an hour.

Speaker after speaker, frenzied the crowd into a bored tedium. Politician's, Clergy and General's. Because, there are never enough "oohrah's" around when you need them. The self-professesed Progressive Party of the United States cheers war, cheers waste and cheers death, shouting down any talk of peace. The Goldwater girl with Nixon's tongue, learned at the foot of the master.

"I get it that some people just don't know what to make of me.

So let me tell you.

The family I'm from"well, no one had their name on big buildings.

My family were builders of a different kind.

Builder's in a way most American families are.

They used whatever tools they had - whatever God gave them - and whatever life in America

provided -- and built better lives and better futures for their kids." -- Hillary Clinton

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