ignorance, cognitive dissonance, reductive rationalization, diversion
or delusion -- call your suicide pact Kool Aid whatever you want -- has
little sway with the Grim Reaper. Just ask Steve Jobs. He thought he
could beat the Big C. He was dead wrong.
made its bargain with unspeakable Evil and now is afflicted with the
cancer of its own corruption and self-sabotaging choices.
To avoid the pain, it has euthanized its democracy.
To avoid thinking about extinction, it has embraced fantasy, magic, demagoguery.
To avoid the humiliation of moral bankruptcy, it has exalted profit over people.
To mask its treachery, it wraps itself in the flag, thumps on the Bible, and proclaims: "You're either with us or against us." Anyone who doesn't fall in line is carted off to a for-profit prison.
To keep the sheeple giddy as we sashay to slaughter, it now promotes puerile pandering, grandstanding and simpleminded showmanship over a principled, thoughtful, honest and constructive national conversation.
Thus . . .
Elections have become a circus. The center ring is reserved for the ones with the shiniest teeth-whitened smiles, biggest megaphones, and most dazzling tricks.
It's all so very entertaining, eh? What will Donald Trump say next? Ha ha ha!
has hollowed itself out from the inside. As is embarrassingly and
frighteningly evident from the current presidential campaign, the
political system can now only collapse into its own vacuousness -- the
black hole of a sham democracy.
Cruz, Clinton, Sanders? They're symptomatic of the times. The
inflammation. The nausea. The diarrhea. The vomiting. They're the
struggling, heaving, gasping of a deathly ill body politic, telling us
something's very wrong. Quick! Call an ambulance! Vital signs are
So I say . . .
Don't yell at Hillary. Or Trump. It's like yelling at a stuffy nose. Or a rash.
They're just symptoms. It's a waste if time.
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