One of the many problems with politics today is that campaigns are often carefully choreographed dog and pony shows that are funded by various special interest groups. The whole purpose of these campaigns is to keep the voter distracted from real issues and concentrate our attention on irrelevant talking points. There is also another more insidious reason behind the bread and circus…
We now have less than one year until the 2016 presidential election, and you can expect to be treated to an earful of carefully crafted, expensive sound bites and political spin about climate change, education, immigration, taxes and war.
Despite the dire state of our nation, however, you can rest assured that none of the problems that continue to undermine our freedoms will be addressed in any credible, helpful way by any of the so-called viable presidential candidates and certainly not if doing so might jeopardize their standing with the unions, corporations or the moneyed elite bankrolling their campaigns.
In other words, talking about real issues that are relevant to the average voters is not what the special interests want. To do so, it would shine a light on how they game the system and rig our economy in ways that benefit them. Let takes some of the topics from the linked article as an example.
- National Debt: The only time the national debt is mentioned is as a talking point given as evidence on how Obama is a bad president. What nobody really talks about is to where most of that money went. A huge portion of Obama’s portion of the debt went directly into the hands of the large financial institutions to prop them up and basically to socialize their losses. Of course, to talk about that would be decried as class warfare.
- Costs of war: Ever since 9/11, this country has spent trillions on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. There seems to always be some sort of boogeyman that needs to be fought. For some reason there always seems to be money for bombs but never any for butter. As mentioned in a previous post on this blog, winning wars is not profitable. These endless wars funnel billions of taxpayer money into the balance sheets of special interests. Of course, to talk about that would be decried as unpatriotic.
- Surveillance: Going hand-in-hand with endless wars is the government’s increased intrusion in our lives in the form of loss of privacy. The government has deemed that “the people” are not trustworthy and must be monitored much in the same way that people were monitored in the book 1984. Of course, the special interests have a stake in this as they get kickbacks from the government for facilitating these dystopian policies. Of course, to talk about that would be decried as letting the terrorists win.
- Police brutality: The police in this country have become increasingly more militarized. They gear like a military force and they train like a military force. It should not be of any surprise when they start acting like an occupying military force. The courts have practically given police carte blanche in everything it does and thus, there is really no accountability of them to the communities they are supposed to serve. Of course, to talke about that would be decried as being a cop hater.
As usual, we are going to have elections where the real issues will not be discussed. The winner will be beholden to special interests and “the people” will continue to be a nuisance that get in the way of “progress.”