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November 6, 2018. Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other.

“There is only one party in the United States, the Property Party…and it has two wings: Republican and Democrat.”
—Gore Vidal

“And that, I think, was the handle—that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn’t need that. Our energy would simply prevail. There was no point in fighting—on our side or theirs. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave. . . .So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark—that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back.”

— Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

 

Nancy we’re capitalists get used to it Pelosi is the next Speaker of the (Whore)House. The Dowager Feinstein will return. The fascists expanded their grip on the senatorial nut sac and the malignant troll, the Caligula, the Lady McBeth of the senile, decadent and depraved empire, while now subject to jabs and legislative pin-pricks, has something to run against.

Vidal wasn’t wrong but time requires an adjustment. There is still one party, with two wings but the Democrats are the spineless corrupt wing, and the Republicans are the ruthless fascist wing.

Poor Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She won, and that’s her tragedy. She’s young and naïve, and thinks the system works if you believe, and clap hard enough then Tinkerbell will live again. Nancy, in full wicked stepmother mode, will send her off to some bureaucratic Idaho, because she’s young, and pretty, and Nancy is old and corruption is tattooed across her face, and in her beady reptilian eyes.

The fascists have gerrymandered minority control. Voter suppression, on a scale appropriate for a banana republic is the order of the day. The Empire is senile. Hunter Thompson knew what he was talking about. He could smell the rot, feel the touch of death. He knew that they had been defeated.

Demographics are fate. Half the electorate is racist, fascist, imbecilic, and then there’s the spineless Democrats. The fascists have two advantages. First, as a smart man once said, tyranny is always better organized than freedom, and the fascists are better organized than the Democrats. The second advantage is that the fascists are running against the Democrats, who under Nancy, will offer what they always offer – capitalism with a smile.

It is no small thing that Trump and his pimps in the senate and in Moscow, now have a large bureaucratic speedbump that will slow down their spastic assault on the system. But while the (Whore)House will issue subpoenas, and hold hearings, and memos will be leaked by Democratic committee investigators, and Trump’s taxes will almost certainly be made public, and his slithering, sordid relationships with Arab oil barons, and Russian oligarchs, and Sheldon Adelson, will all come spilling out, like a cow’s viscera at a slaughter house, the fact remains, the Democrats don’t want to change the system, they just want to control it.

Abortion is still not safe but it’s less unsafe than it was yesterday, and marriage equality is safer, and more people will have access to medical marijuana and just plain access to weed, and healthcare wont be expanded, but it wont be eviscerated, and less of the already circling the drain environment will be destroyed and more of it will be kept on life-support.

But then there’s the rest.

Trump is not the cause, he’s the symptom; the belch that came after the system ate the Constitution when it passed the utterly illegal, draconian, Orwellian Patriot Act.

The corrupt corporate media (as well as the so called, alternative media) cannot bring itself to examine why the “left” does not exist in America, because to do so would mean excavating the extent to which the Stasi have placed millions of people, under permanent, civil liberty destroying, surveillance.

That this Panopticon has destroyed the ability of millions of people to force serious change to the system goes missing in the sham debate. What remains are the fascists, the useless corporate Democrats and the tepid “radicalism” of Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and the Young Turks cadres who say they’re “Democratic Socialists.” And while they believe in universal healthcare, and “free” college tuition, they still want their iPhones, and they wouldn’t dream of eliminating the Stock Market. As a result, Sanders only seems “radical” in comparison to Clinton, but he’s still a creature of the system.

That the Market is incompatible with a Democratic Republic, that it is antagonistic towards freedom, precisely because the success of the Market demands a permanent underclass of wage slaves, and that it is the fuel for the machinery of night, that is eating the environment, and will lead inevitably to the extinction of humanity, is not a blip on their radar. Because if it was, they would be true radicals, and they would be under the thumb of the Stasi who, let it never be forgotten, were handed a blank check by both the Fascist wing of the Property Party and the spineless, Democrats.

The result is the binary, bi-polar, sclerotic balancing act, where the national seesaw waves from side to side; from slow death by capitalism, to a faster death by capitalism.

Pick your poison.

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2 comments on “November 6, 2018. Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other.

  1. Like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, we Iowans have the young Zach Wahls who won a senate seat. You might remember him for the speech he delivered at the Iowa House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee. He also gave a speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention thanking Obama. In both speeches, he spoke about same sex marriage.

    His speeches were motivated by being raised by two mothers. They are a liberal family living here in liberal Iowa City. One of his mothers is a doctor known for her diet she developed for her own MS, the Wahls Protocol. They are good liberals, an upper middle class family with the respectability politics of the liberal class. But it is devoid of any radical challenge to the system. And so Wahls will be likewise swallowed up, leaving not even a ripple where his cheery idealism sank.

    For all my interest in diets like that of Terry Wahls, it doesn’t replace actual solutions to a disease-ridden system of environmental destruction, toxic poisoning, food system corporatism, and healthcare failure. Mostly, it is other upper middle class people who follow such diets because they aren’t cheap, not with how much junk food is subsidized in our country (e.g., subsidizing of corn and high fructose corn syrup).

    The good liberal has many good ideas. They would be wonderful ideas in a good society. But that isn’t the world we live in. Nothing will change because Zach Wahls stood up to bigots in a speech and won a seat in the center of corrupt power.

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    1. rauldukeblog says:

      Essentially yes. The left side of American liberalism is a fairly standard European centrists.

      The absence of a genuine left opposition (and I don’t mean “Leninist” or “Maoist” in the strict sense – just left of center) is something no one discusses – outside of people like “us.”

      Last night I watched a bit of TYT and Cenk while essentially on the correct side politically has this oddball notion of “taking over the Democratic party” but not a word about specifics beyond numbers and votes.

      In other words liberalism with an attitude.

      Of course on the surface we’d rather a liberal than Trump Inc. but as you say the ugly truth is we could just as easily end up with a “Democratic” dictator as not.

      Some “terrorism” event or an environmental disaster and as with Obama and Holder etc we could find ourselves with a “liberal” who says all the right things for their liberal base – nods to environmental policy, marriage equality, abortion – and then unleashes the military and lets the Stasi do even more.

      The central issue – the fact that “9/11” was blowback from a decadent and depraved set of foreign and domestic policies all within the context of the cult of the Market is a non-existent talking point.

      Similar of course to all other historical moment or events – you’re either with us or against us is the rally cry across the centuries. Stop the Hun is not any different than the Muslims are out to get us.

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