It’s great to see Ralph take a shot at militarism as Point 1. Duopoly politicians and media (including much of the “progressive” media) seldom mention the relationship between imperial militarism and domestic austerity.
As for elections, I think that Ralph is truly wrong on this. Look at active war zones where “elections” are being held. Look at post-Katrina New Orleans where hundreds of thousands were displaced and people didn’t even have addresses for months, if not years.
Post-Harvey Texas/La is an emergency zone. Talking about elections at this point is beyond absurdity.
According to the Arkema Corp., their chemical plant in Crosby (northeast of Houston) will blow up next week and there’s nothing to do but evacuate. The massively polluted floodwaters have yet to recede. There are still possibly hundreds of bodies to be found and a massive (estimated) $160 billion recovery, reclamation and rebuilding project to undertake.
East Texas and SW La should be declared an emergency zone and a transparent recovery committee should be appointed to oversee the region. Of course capitalists and their flunkies will dominate it, but elections are just a distraction. Better the sore be exposed for all, than disguised with the Kabuki of the U.S. “political” process.
But there’s really nothing to worry about because the current elected mayor has supported the Astros in playing ball again this weekend in downtown Houston and they’re giving thousands of free tickets and t-shirts to flood victims and I’m sure the national anthem will be a really moving event. On With the Games!!!