Remember when Bill Clinton ran as an outsider and vowed to restore hope? Remember when Barack Obama campaigned against the establishment and promised “hope and change”? Remember when George W. Bush professed to be a “compassionate conservative? Remember when Bernie Sanders pledged to take on the status quo and proposed to lead a political revolution? Remember when Donald Trump swore that he was going to take on the “deep state” and be an anti-globalist? In each case, the supposed change agents morphed into an establishment sock puppet quicker than Sarah Palin can say “you betcha”.
The same Bill Clinton who sold dreams to his followers sold America down the river by gutting Glass-Steagall and signing NAFTA into law. George W. Bush compassionately killed more than a million Iraqis and led thousands of American service men and women to their early graves. Barack Obama transformed from the first black president to the First Bank President as he shoveled tens of trillions of dollars to the same banking criminals who bled our economy in 2008. Then there is Bernie, the erstwhile insurgent who insisted that he was going to carry the nomination battle to the convention only to drop to his knee and kiss the ring of Dick Cheney in pantsuits aka Hillary Clinton. As for Trump, he proliferated the swamp in our nation’s capital and topped it off with his toxic sludge and his poisonous personality.
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) July 18, 2019
I wonder how many times we are going to keep falling for these gimmicks before we realize that the whole of our politics is nothing more than a shell game. Democrats and Republicans are not opposing parties, they are symbiotic factions who are in cahoots as they bludgeon the poor, working and middle-class while serving their wealthy globalist patrons. It speaks of the power of the media-politico complex that Americans are conditioned to forget the last shyster and focus on the current chiselers in power.
By the time George W. Bush left the White House, he was almost universally despised. After leading America into wars of choice built on a mountain of lies and giving preferential treatment to the 1% at the cost of the vast majority of Americas, most of us were convinced that he was the worst president in the history of the United States. Never mind that Obama trumped Bush as he started more illegal wars than his predecessor and transferred infinitely more money to the neo-aristocracy than Dubya, when it comes to morality and politics, everything is situational in America.
Now that we have the current oaf in the White House, all the sudden the excesses of Bush and Obama are forgotten. The same “fourth estate” that paved Trump’s path to the presidency by giving him more than $200 million in free media now all the sudden are beside themselves as they pretend to be outraged by the president’s fatuity. The same Democrats who made Trump’s election possible by lending their support to Haiti fleecing Hillary are now feigning outrage at the same man who was the Clintons’ best bud.
Albert Einstein once noted that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome. There is not a more apt description of US politics than the one offered by Einstein. Partisanship has a way of deluding anyone who drinks from its chalice; people literally stop being rational when they decide to be loyalists. Our nation has become a cult of personality in ways that makes the adherents of Jim Jones look like independent thinkers by comparison.
As we enter the 2020 election season, the mania is kicking in full blast as political devotees—whom the Soviets used to call “useful idiots”—are incited by the press and the two equally bankrupt parties. This time around, it’s Joe Biden—who should be starring on “How to Catch a Predator”—who is promising to stick up for the middle class after he helped his former boss stick it to the bottom 90%. Not to be outdone, Kamala Harris, the former Californian Attorney General who revived penal slavery, is now promising to restore fairness in America.
— Lij Teodrose Fikremariam (@TeodroseFikre) July 17, 2019
I could go on and on right down the list of every two-faced Democrat who is slithering talking points from their forked tongues. But in the end, it does not matter because the problem is not the politicians, the reason why our government is utterly broken is because the system itself is depraved. Until we, the people, understand that the problem is not the politicians but the institutions they serve, nothing will ever change. If you like being Charlie and you admire Lucy’s okie dokes, go ahead and prepare the kick the football again in 2020—it will end with you on your ass just like last time. #ElectionInsanity Click To Tweet
“It is hard to free fools from the chains they revere.” ~ Voltaire
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Originally from Ethiopia with roots to Atse Tewodros II, Lij Teodrose is a former community organizer whose writing was incorporated into Barack Obama's South Carolina primary victory speech in 2008. He pivoted away from politics and decided to stand for collective justice after experiencing the reality of the forgotten masses. His writing defies conventional wisdom and challenges readers to look outside the constraints of labels and ideologies that serve to splinter the people. Lij Teodrose uses his pen to give a voice to the voiceless and to speak truth to power.
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