“All great changes,” said Deepak Chopra, “are preceded by chaos.”
That starts to get at it — how to understand, and start healing, the national wound inflicted on this country, and the world, by the 2016 presidential election. But I need to throw in a little John Oliver as well.
“We are faced,” he said on his TV show, “Last Week Tonight,” “with the same questions as the guy who wakes up after a Vegas bachelor party deep in the desert, naked, tied to a cactus and a dead clown. Namely, how the fuck did we get here and what do we do now?”
Well, my opinion is that you can listen to this guy.. " We lost! So it has to be fraud, and everyone that voted for Trump is a racist!" or, we can face what I think is the truth. Clinton lost because 70 odd counties in 6 swing states switched from voting for Obama to voting for Trump. Why they switched seems to me a better question.
I agree. I see this election theft and racist meme being advanced mostly by mainline establishment democrats who hesitate to admit that they put up a flawed candidate who was short on pushing policy and long on beating the evil Trump. Clinton was a no change candidate when voters wanted change, so she had little to offer other than beating the monster Trump and his "deplorable" supporters. Not a good strategy with her low trust rating. Had she been less committed to preserving Obama's legacy and more committed to serious change, she might have been able to overcome the low Democratic voter turnout that doomed her.
Democracy in Athens meant voting citizens actually being expected to KNOW the issues, discuss them in forums, rotate into leadership roles etc. Granted the number of "voting citizens" was limited, but that was 2000+ years ago. To create a truly democratic state here, we need to start placing greater value on education and critical thinking and less on "group-think" and conformism. For example, while the author accurately explains the racist elitism that infects our society, he doesn't even touch upon the ugly monster lurking under this obscenity, namely capitalism, which by its very definition exalts cupidity, exploitation, and manipulation, and is rooted in individualism. The group-think, though, is that "free markets are the best path to economic success for the individual," that individualism is somehow the only way to position one's self vis-a-vis the "other," that an obsessive pursuit of wealth is normal, that we essentially don't have any personal responsibility toward our fellows, and that it's perfectly okay to suspend ethics when engaged in money-making activities ("it's just business,"--"business is business"). We shall NOT overcome our social ills if we don't confront these monsters. The people who want to "make America great again" aren't talking about spiritually great, morally great, intellectually great. Nope--it's all about being the biggest bully on the block and making money. Economically great. Capitalism. Let's take a good look at that, shall we.
No mention of the fraud and disenfranchisement of voters in the Primaries that saw Sanders lose to Clinton.
Were Clinton and the DNC truly concerned about an arrogant racists such as Trump coming to power, she would have stood down and allowed the better candidate to run , that Candidate being the one that was stongest on Policy and best able to defeat Trump on both that policy and character.Instead the DNC and Ms Clinton focused their efforts on discrediting Sanders and suggesting he was a sexist and racist as well , with their "Bernie Bros" statements and suggestion his support came only from white males.
The DNC and Clinton than came up against a true racist and sexist and tried the same tactics stacking her character against Trumps own and coming out in the eyes of the voter as distinctly "second best" on that score.
How's this for election theft? Just bump previously registered voters off of the rolls of the eligible with the charge that they attempted to vote more than once and hence are guilty. Or in the alternative, make sure that predominantly African American districts have only one place to take advantage of early voting. Then watch as frustrated voters give up after waiting for hours in a mile long line that moved at a snail's pace.a report by Greg Palast gives more details: ( I wonder if CD will report on this?)
This is not just a Republican ploy. The Hillaryites used the same sort of nonsense to insure her victory over Sanders.
Koehler gives a good analysis of the biases that are built into our supposedly democratic system. While it is clear to me that Clinton was a repulsive candidate and the DNC basically orchestrated the horror we now face, it is equally clear that the system itself was designed to be biased and has been increasingly manipulated to thwart the will of the 'entire' population. It seems to me that a future populist alternative should take on these issues as well as a progressive platform.
yes! education and encouraging critical thinking skills IS the hidden key that could open the door to real democracy. in one of her closing campaign speeches hillary mentioned the urgency of saving "our democracy." we_the_people cannot claim a legitimate role in "our democracy" for we are now and have from day one been relegated to the audience. we can cheer or we can boo, we can even vote for the "leaders" who meet behind closed doors to make deals and policy decisions. not until we_the_people take an active role in the budget, trade decisions and military actions can we call this our democracy! we have been coerced to believe the simplistic idea that one vote per citizen equals democracy, but that's just not all there is to it.
right you are, 'ncycat', we need to take a good, hard look at capitalism. capitalism is based in ownership of land, water and who has the rights to exploit Nature's resources for profit. capitalism is in no way compatible with a democracy that declares the equality of all. capitalism sets up a hierarchy based on material wealth. capitalism creates a contentious "shark's tank" environment which destroys the earth and any possibility for us to live a harmonious and sustainable life.
i admire the north dakota water protectors who remind us "water is life!" these non-violent warriors for sustainability and the future of our species preform a service for all of us. yes, indeed! " Let's take a good look at that, shall we."
It is important for Democrats to call for abolishing the electoral college. And since the Republican party now has a majority in the House, Dems should also point out the evils of gerrymandering, except possibly in states like Massachusetts that still have a thoroughly blue caucus. Hopefully, this doesn't come across as hypocritical.
Election theft? Dre electronic voting machines, privately owned used in public elections. Now many worn out and broken privately owned Dre electronic voting machines used in public elections, many without paper trail as in Texas. Washington D.C. we have a problem.
Yes, and it is all traced back to theft, genocide, slavery, rape, looting. ALL that "wealth" is founded on theft, genocide, slavery, rape and looting. Colonialism is not in the past, it is the economy. The claim to "own" land.
And the corporation was invented for these purposes. The original corporations -- the British East India Company, the Dutch East India Company, the Hudson's Bay Company etc. -- were created to carry out colonization, theft, claims to "own" the land.
No one, pretty much no one, in anything resembling "mainstream" media, academia, politics, will even look at these truths, let alone honestly consider how to move forward from where we are. It is always "unrealistic" to look at the utterly corrupt foundations and operating principles of "the economy."
All blessings to the Water Protectors, and to everyone everywhere who undermines colonialist, capitalist, corporate claims to "own" everything.