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