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2016 presidential campaign: Highway to Hell

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The two major parties are so out of touch with the people and reality that severe internal wars are inevitable and coming. The Republican Party is worse off, because the party apparatus will never accept Trump. Similarly, if Hillary gets the nomination over Sanders because she gamed the super delegates, there will be a war in Democratic ranks too.

Both parties are corrupt, beholden to big money, and do not care about the populace. And the populace knows it. Which is why serious self-destruction looms for both parties. And it won’t be pretty. And before some Hillbot squeals and clutches their pearls, yes, I will vote for the corrupt Hillary over a Republican, knowing fully she will do nothing to prosecute Wall Street and will almost immediately get us into more wars. But our country deserves and needs better than this.

I like Sanders, however I agree with Doug Henwood who in his recent book about Hillary said if Sanders becomes president, Wall Street try to rip him to shreds. Also, yes I know Sanders is a Democratic Socialist which is very different from being a fire-breathing revolutionary socialist, but American voters mostly don’t the difference and if Sanders get the nomination, Republicans will hammer away at him being a commie and that will cost votes, maybe lots of them. Educating Americans about socialism would take years. We only have months.

The Republican Party may be closer to outright blowup since the rank and file will never accept Donald Trump as their legitimate candidate, and Trump has nothing but contempt for the rank and file. If Trump manages to win enough primaries and collect a big mass of delegate votes, the July convention in Cleveland will be the site of a mass political suicide. The party brass, including governors, congressmen, senators and their donor cronies will find some device to deprive Trump of his prize, and the Trump groundlings will revolt against that move, and the whole nomination process will be turned over to the courts, and the result will be a broken organization.

Parallel events could rock the Democratic side. I expect Hillary to exit the race one way or another before April. She comes off the shelf like a defective product that never should have made it through quality control. Nobody really likes her. Nobody trusts her. Nobody besides Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Huma Abedin believe that it’s her turn to run the country. Factions at the FBI who have had a good look at her old State Department emails want to see her indicted for using the office to gin up global grift for the Clinton Foundation. These FBI personnel may be setting up another constitutional crisis by forcing Attorney General Loretta Lynch either to begin proceedings against Clinton or resign.

The Democrats could feasibly end up having to nominate Bernie on a TKO, but in doing so would instantly render themselves a rump party peddling the “socialist” brand — about the worst product-placement imaginable, given our history and national mythos. In theory, the country might benefit from a partial dose of socialism such as single-payer Medicare-for-all — just to bust up the odious matrix of rackets that medicine has become — but mega-bureaucracy on the grand scale is past its sell-by date for an emergent post-centralized world that needs its regions to get more local and autonomous.

The last time the major political parties disintegrated, back in the 1850s, the nation had to go through a bloody convulsion to reconstitute itself.

It was called the Civil War. Don’t think such convulsions can never happen again.

“Cause the people got fat and grew lazy
Now the vote is like a meaningless tool
You know they talk about law, about order
But it’s all just an echo of what they’ve been told

Cause there’s a monster on the loose
It’s got our heads into a noose
And it just sits there watchin’

Our cities have turned into jungles
And corruption is stranglin’ the land
The police force is watching the people
And the people just can’t understand”
— Steppenwolf, “Monster”

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