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2016 Presidential Election:
for Transformational Political Change in America
By Ben Tanosborn
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, October
Members of the capitalist
class and their servants alternate control of government for the
benefit of the privileged minority in a farcical show known as the
2016 Presidential Election: Hope Shrinks Eternal for
Transformational Political change in America
we are in the midst of a national election… literally. Many Americans are
already casting their vote while an over-staffed, self-serving mainstream
media continue keeping us entertained in a surreal world where democracy and
hypocrisy walk hand in hand, as if a perfect couple forged right in the
bosom of E-Harmony.
Now that the three debates have come to pass,
one of the two plausible star-candidates has asserted his star-privileged
status keeping Americans in suspense by adding his own epilogue to the play.
Donald Trump is telling the creator of the three-act morality play,
American Democracy, he intends to write an epilogue after the denouement
(vote) in the third act on November 8; an epilogue that will serve as his
personal critique to a play that has been performing quadrennially,
unrevised, in Main Street America during 58 seasons in a row.
After sixteen months of milking a free ride thanks to Donald Trump, many in
the media have finally come to realize that they have created an incredible
monster who’s running amok; sort of a replay of the 1982 fantasy/horror
movie, “The Thing,” giving America’s enfant terrible, Donald Trump, a major
cult-following at par with the movie.
In stupefied horror after the
third debate, television political gurus, and gurus-wannabe as well, just
could not believe what was coming out of Trump’s mouth at the tail end of a
well-managed debate by Chris Wallace. But why were these pseudo experts in
politics surprised… wasn’t that the same stance Trump took at the very start
of the Republican primaries when he wouldn’t commit allegiance to the future
Truth be admonished, the overwhelming
black-Latino vote will not be enough to carry the day for Hillary Clinton,
and a gentle gender-push appears to be required so that this long-careered
politician – not to confuse length with success in service – can close the
deal with the electorate and return to the White House; this time around,
deservedly, as First Deceiver and Warmonger-in-Chief. And that gentle
gender-push, as irrational as it may appear to us, will be the necessary
last spade of dirt that will bury narcissist Trump, possibly his brand, and
a Republican leadership that stupidly, and sadly, surrendered its
guardianship of conservatism to the demands of a third rate charlatan.
As little convincing, or at times even phony, as some of the presumed abused
women who have surfaced to expose and condemn Trump appear, there is true
legitimacy and merit in denouncing and eradicating any type of abuse. Gender
abuse should only exist in history books, whether sexual or non-sexual…
abuse deriving from power and always perpetrated by someone with greater
physical, economic or social might; or even by an ideology (or religion)
rooted in a community.
I am staring at the Official Ballot which has
been mailed to me from Precinct 190, Clark County, Washington State. No, I
won’t be mailing my ballot until the last minute when my vote will still be
accepted to count. I am critical at the undemocratic way we handle such
important process in the United States. I look at the two-page ballot
asking me to make choices on initiatives, advisory votes, a proposed
amendment to the state constitution, and many federal, state, and local
offices. And, as I do, a rapid thought crosses my mind which encompasses
the results of the prior six quadrennial elections (1992, 1996, 2000, 2004,
2008, and 2012) and whether my vote had been given to the then elected
president… and I appeared to be out of tune with the majority who turned out
Only once out of six times did I coincide in choice with
the majority in the land (2008), and it wasn’t long before I came to regret
that one time, as I saw Obama continue a flawed foreign policy which appears
to be irreplaceable in our America no matter who is elected… as if all
presidents-elect must be vaccinated against world peace before they take the
oath of office.
As I look at the alternatives for First Citizen in
2016, I am looking at seven parties in the ballot, with only two providing
an attainable chance to win the presidency. So, like or not, it will have
to be Bad-Judgment Hillary Clinton or Mind-Repulsive Donald Trump.
Fortunately for those of us who live in a state fully committed to one of
the two evils, blue-colored in this case, we have five other ways to vote
without “by conscience” being forced to vote for the lesser evil. Lucky for
us in the State of Washington!
Yes, sadly for America, hope (in
politics) shrinks eternal!
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