A Distressed Government

Government has become many things – all of which are showing serious signs of distress. It is crumbling. They know it, and are afraid. Perhaps this goes a long way in explaining their irrationality.  Fear now permeates the very fabric of governmental existence. Hypocrisy, recklessness, denial, and criminality are rampant. Government has evolved into a monster of epic proportions that is now turning on itself and eating its own. Paranoia has set in.

Government has long been a purveyor of fear. Whipping up fear amongst the public and directing it where they want it is a favored tactic. But they’ve become a victim of their own policies. In deciding who they want us to fear the most they are seeing enemies everywhere, enemies of their own making, as they work feverishly to distract us from their real agendas and nefarious covert actions.

Government has become home and haven for the elite criminal class. They’ve cloaked themselves in a veneer of respectability, but the cloak is wearing thin. They make their own rules with a reward and punishment system that’s the reverse of that which is applied to us. They think nothing of the harm they do to others. It’s this very narcissistic arrogance which will, in the end, be their undoing. How sad they’re so deeply mired in their own filth that they’re unable to dig themselves out.

Government has become a living symbol of lost hopes, dreams, and opportunities. People are tired, stressed, numb, and at a loss. Through television, political double-speak and false promises, people are being bombarded with a false reality that doesn’t mirror their own existence. They need to keep false hope alive so they can continue to profit from us in every way possible, for as long as possible. It’s interesting to ponder what’s going to happen when there’s nothing left to take. Perhaps it’ll end with them taking out each other. From the looks of it, that’s already begun. Now that would be a show worth watching.

Government has become an elite university specializing in deceptive, manipulative, and threatening language – their stock in trade. Diplomacy and honest dialogue are viewed with derision, and they sneer at those who are skilled in it. They don’t conduct themselves in the manner of seasoned statesman, but as immature, spoiled children. It’s all about the show, the glitz, and sleight-of-hand magic tricks. Snake oil salesman highly encouraged to apply.

Government has become practiced in relying on omissions and denials, especially when it comes to pointing accusatory fingers at others. They commonly fault others for what they themselves are guilty of. Crucial pieces of information are always withheld or obscured. They cannot win against the truth and they know it, and so the truth must be avoided at all costs. This is what makes relying on the mainstream news so dangerous. They believe what they’re told to believe, and relay what they’re told to relay. Their job is no longer truth in reporting, but propaganda.

Government has become cumbersome. It’s top-heavy and ineffective. The right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing. All the various departments, bureaus, committees, branches, etc., etc., are all so busy doing their “very own important work” that the world outside their doors is neither here nor there. It’s like a very large puzzle with a lot of missing pieces, or has an elevator that doesn’t go all the way to the top, or is a few bricks shy of a load, or a few peas short of a casserole. Get the metaphorical picture?

Government has become a planet unto itself – straight out of The Twilight Zone. (Theme music, please). I sometimes wonder, when these people speak, just who it is they’re speaking to. It certainly isn’t to anyone who possesses a questioning and independent mind. They’ve modeled themselves into ridiculous perversions of how government officials should be. Perhaps they just enjoy the sound of their own voice so much that it matters not to them how they’re perceived, and even less if they’re believed. But their act is getting old, and they aren’t drawing the crowds they used to.

Government has also become its own worst nightmare. Their behavior has become so erratic, obsessive, and nonsensical that they fail to see that the real danger comes from within – from them. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot. They’ve lost control of their own plot. Just watch the crumbling of the political parties as one example. They’re destroying themselves from within with scandals, infighting, a refusal to face reality, and an unwillingness to change. I often think we’re witnessing, in real-time, a true descent into madness. They’ve cloaked themselves so thoroughly in their own deceptions that they cannot see what is in front of their faces.

Comparisons are often drawn between George Orwell’s book 1984 and government today. But I think the truth is worse than that. I think that book was read, greatly admired, and adopted many years ago as the government’s bible; the end goal. A book of fiction turned into the ultimate reality. It isn’t going quite as smoothly as they envisioned though. People are beginning to wake up, and allies are getting fed up. But never forget that fear makes for a dangerous foe, and fear is playing a crucial role in government’s actions. How very scary it is to live with such people in control.


A Regime Change to Call Our Own

It was bound to happen, sooner or later. America’s long history of regime change has finally come home to roost. Those who pushed so ardently for it elsewhere are now pushing for it here. Ah, the irony of it all. Wonder how this one’s going to turn out. If past events are any indication then fasten your seat-belt. It could well be a bumpy ride.

Regime change can be a messy and nasty business, and there’s certainly no shortage of nastiness going around Washington. It’s hard to imagine it getting worse, but no doubt it will. The entrenched establishment wants Trump gone so bad they can taste it, and they’re doing whatever they can to make it happen. They’re desperately looking for anything they can use to impeach him. They are also using the well-documented formula of funding and inciting a color revolution to help bring about this regime change. It’s nothing other than an intelligence op courtesy of the CIA and backed by the establishment.

Getting student youth involved to form protest movements is a strategic factor in regime change. Youth can be easily manipulated because of their idealistic innocence and lack of life experience. They want to participate in the crusade; to stick up for what they see as wrong done to others. Or perhaps there’s no real motivation other than being part of a movement and getting their fifteen minutes. Whatever their motivation is they’re missing critical pieces of the picture. They’re following obediently along and putting their focus where they’re being directed to put it. Are they not concerned about anything else, or are they merely prey to an effective process of distraction and misdirection?

Where is their indignation about the high cost of tuition? Or the poor job prospects? Or the death, destruction, chaos, and de-stabilization wrought by foreign policy? Or the poverty and worsening life standards people everywhere face?  Or the loss of rights and privacy concerns? Where are they with their signs and slogans and marches? Where were they even before the election? They’re being used as pawns in a scheme that in the end will not benefit them in the least. Someday they’ll wake up to find that while they were busy defending the rights of certain groups and focusing all hatred and anger on Trump, we all lost our rights.

Notice too, how academia as a whole has jumped on the bandwagon. The social pressures to conform to the extremes of political correctness have certainly done its job. The threat of having funding withheld or losing one’s job is a great motivator too. Higher education is, after all, a business. The universities are so intent on following the approved agenda they’re putting the state of higher education in jeopardy. Its value is being greatly diminished as the focus is not on teaching students how to think critically for themselves, but programming them on what to think. This is dangerous and should be raising red flags.

The mainstream media is also deeply complicit in this attempt at regime change. Full-blown state propaganda has taken over in the western world. They are the tip of the spear, and have proven themselves to be unreliable, unprofessional, and biased. Indeed, there is much that happens in the world that is ignored by them. If it doesn’t fit the approved corporate and political narrative, then it’s not news, or it’s deemed to be fake news. Anyone who doubts this should considerably widen their research to include other sources and perspectives.

And let’s not overlook the money. There’s plenty of funding to help fuel the flames of regime change. This is a well-documented practice in other countries and it’s happening here now. The U.S. gave five million (and some cookies) to fund the regime change in Ukraine. Why would the same not happen here? There are many other sources too that provide money to various NGOs, institutes, and foundations that are willing to push the agenda of the U.S. and the world’s elites. This is standard practice. Look it up.

What we’re witnessing is a vendetta against one man – Trump. Was he a poor choice for president? Yes, he was, but so was Clinton. They’re both equally scary in their own ways. It’s doubtful, though, that we would’ve seen the backlash had Clinton won, but that’s because she was an establishment candidate. Trump is considered an outsider to be disposed of.

What does this tell us about the political state of the country? It tells us that the problems go much deeper than the office of the president and we should be focused on the system that presented us with these very poor choices. America is not ruled by one man alone and it is not a democracy. Changing the president and nothing else is like putting a bandage on a wound that requires major surgery.

What we need is a vendetta against the established elite and the system that has been hijacked and manipulated to benefit them, and only them. Too many people aren’t recognizing this and the very real dangers it presents.

Changing the president isn’t going to rid the country or the world of the inherent problems we face. We’ll still be plagued with corruption and greed at all levels of government. We’ll still have an aggressive foreign policy. We’ll still have a fragile economy with people unable to make a livable wage. The infrastructure will continue to deteriorate. The healthcare system will still be an increasingly expensive and dysfunctional mess. And the shadow government will still be in place exerting their influence in politics and people’s lives.

Those who back regime change because of their dislike for one man should be careful what they ask for. Such a move may only erode our system of government even more. It may depend on the methods and means used to make it happen. But every action taken by the government seems to open the door to further change that is detrimental to us in the end and is ultimately leading to a system that bears no resemblance to what was intended. It will also set a very dangerous precedent. Is this really what we want?








What’s Behind The Russian Hacking Allegations

The cries of Russian hacking have finally begun to subside. They were a convenient diversion which seems to have run its course – for now anyway. But diversion is exactly the point. Continuous diversions and accusations are being used as distraction and misdirection tools and not just by Clinton and the Democrats. There are plenty of Republicans in that mix too. In fact, anyone who is a part of, or has been hoodwinked by the Establishment is absolutely furious. Their agenda has been upended. Blaming Russia for something is usually a part of that, but as with most things there are unsaid motives behind this story.

Clinton, the Democratic Party, and their supporters absolutely refuse to accept any responsibility for the election loss, or perhaps their psyche just renders them incapable of it. The blame must be placed elsewhere. Not only that, but they seem to be unable to move past the loss. They were blindsided and humiliated, and now they are extremely angry. Now should be the time to regroup, rethink, and rebuild. Instead, they have embarked on a new campaign; a campaign consisting of revenge, slander, and propaganda. There is no interest in rising from the ashes, only in stoking the embers.

They desperately want to direct focus away from the content of the Clinton emails and their implications, and onto a source. They also want to downplay that she used a private email server. The last thing anyone in the political structure wants is people looking too closely at their inner workings. No better way than to distract people with allegations of Russian hacking. It has become clear that there are major problems and some very questionable practices, and people, within the Democratic Party. Clinton will claim innocence and try to hide her deceit to her dying day, but she is dishonest, and this has long been known. She may have been “cleared”, but she is far from guiltless. In the current political climate placing blame is more important than admitting to it, especially when the stakes are so high.

Interference in elections by any country other than the U.S. is not acceptable. If that isn’t the pot calling the kettle black then I don’t know what is. It’s become a normal part of U.S. foreign relations policy to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries. According to a study done by Don Levin of Carnegie Mellon University, there were “81 times the United States has attempted to influence presidential elections in other countries between 1946 and 2000.” I wonder how many more can be added from 2000 to present. And this study didn’t even include military coups and regime changes supported and enacted by the U.S. If Russian hacking did influence the election I hardly think we have any room to complain. Both countries are guilty of trying to interfere in the past.

Russia must, at any cost, be the enemy. This is especially true of a strong and independent Russia. Russia’s foreign policy has been one of reason and constraint, proving much more stable and effective than the U.S. policy. This has proved embarrassing to the Establishment, and so the warmongers are beating their drums ever more loudly. It’s long been their strategy to intentionally worsen relations with Russia by portraying them as the evil aggressor, so a Russian hacking movement was considered an opportunity too good to be wasted. The military industrial complex needs to keep the money-making machine rolling. This is a high stakes game and they are willing to risk all to keep it going.

The voters are stupid. They are unable to come right out and say the voters are stupid for choosing Trump over Clinton, but they’d probably love to. Politicians have long thought voters stupid. As it would be stupid of them to say that publicly they did the next best thing – blame Russia. They would have us believe that Russian hacking of emails, and subsequent disclosures by WikiLeaks were the reason for the election loss. They can offer up no proof for this, only lots of suspicion, innuendo, and “fake news”, believing that all voters are stupid enough to buy it.

Putin and Trump are both hated and feared. Why? Because these two are viewed by the Establishment control freaks as rogue players on the world stage. They follow their own script, not the Establishment approved one, and for this they are both hated and feared. Control is slipping and panic is setting in. World upheaval and unrest are real. People want change from worsening life situations. Do Putin and Trump signal a change in world leaders that will continue? There are important European elections coming up this year. What is the Establishment to do? Probably blame Russian hacking if they don’t get the results they want. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Stay tuned, it’s going to get interesting.

Of course, none of this will ever be publicly acknowledged through plain speaking. Consider that they are willing to risk nuclear war, or civil war, to maintain control and achieve their ends. This speaks volumes and none of it good for us. Meaningful dialogue and diplomacy is not in the toolkit, and with their obstinate attitudes the risks have been ever-increasing. We are in a state of perpetual war now. We’ll see where it leads.






Re-Directing the Anger Post-Election

So Trump is to be the next president. What a huge surprise as so many didn’t think he could do it. What should be far more alarming than Trump’s win are the resentments and divisions it’s causing between people. Like it or not, Trump was a legitimate candidate, and any who voted for him had every right to do so. As we continue to move farther into the post-election season, it’s important we don’t get stuck in a cycle of hate and re-direct anger towards those who deserve it and away from each other.

The people who voted for Trump had their reasons for doing so, as did those who voted for Clinton. Some voted for a third party, but many people don’t view this as an option. Instead, they believed they had to make a choice and decide who was the lesser of two evils; a truly sad state of affairs. The campaign was ugly and brutal. The main focus for both sides was one of personal attacks and blame with little attention devoted to issues. They certainly did Jerry Springer proud.

So, whose fault was this? It isn’t our fellow citizens, it’s the establishment. These are the choices we were presented with. So why are people continuing to direct their anger towards each other in this post-election season? Where is it written that you must vote the way others want you to? The ballot box has always been regarded as a sacred and important part of how we define our country. Don’t be so quick to abuse it or in future it may come back on you. Harassing those who didn’t vote your way accomplishes nothing.

But undoubtedly, the establishment loves to see this happening. If our anger is directed at one another then it’s not directed at them – where it belongs. This is playing right into their hands, and the talking heads of the mainstream media is complicit in this. They accomplish this by appealing to people’s emotions and avoiding logic by way of misleading and false news. This is not beneficial, and is in fact a dangerous tactic. The more we take out our frustrations and anger on each other and not the establishment, then the less motivated they will be to make any changes. They just sit back and enjoy the show. Is this really the result we want?

Voting may or may not be rigged, but the system surely is. The political parties, corporations, banks, and lobbyists, aided by their mouthpiece the mainstream media, have molded and deformed the system to suit their needs and ignore ours. That’s why the election choices we had weren’t much of a choice at all; but the result was a start. The win for Trump signified, more than anything else, that Americans are fed up with the status quo. Perhaps this will lead to reform and better choices in the future. This is where we should be directing our energies in this post-election season and moving forward.

Real and meaningful reforms will have to be pursued doggedly and forcefully. They will not change or give anything up lightly or willingly. But it’s going to take perseverance and hard work to make it happen, and we can’t do that if we’re divided. You make might not like him, but Trump has won so let’s see where he takes us and how he does. After all, there will be another election four years from now. If we can keep the spotlight and pressure on the establishment, and they see we’re serious and united against their corruption, then hopefully we’ll see better choices next time around. If we allow this division to continue and build, we may see civil war instead.


Expressing Displeasure at the Polls

The only way to break or weaken the hold of our two party systems is to sufficiently threaten their power base. They will only change if they are forced to, and this needs to happen. Otherwise, the status quo will be maintained and we will not only get more of the same, but things will get progressively worse. And so what are we to do about this? Many believe there isn’t anything we can do, that we are powerless. On an individual level we are, but perhaps not if enough take to expressing displeasure at the polls.

I have my own method for expressing displeasure at the polls. I no longer vote for major party candidates, and haven’t for a long time. Many think they have to or it’s the same as throwing their vote away because a third party candidate cannot win. This is certainly one way of looking at it, but it’s not the only way. I know the person I’m voting for isn’t going to win, but that’s not the point. The message I’m sending by not voting for a major candidate is the point.

Withholding my vote from them is a definite way to get across my displeasure and mistrust of them. The more people do this, the more votes they lose. As percentages for third party candidates rises and theirs falls, even though they may still have control, they will definitely sit up and take notice. They don’t want to see this happen. If their voter bases are threatened in meaningful way then perhaps some actual reform can occur and better choices appear. Refusing to vote at all, or voting for someone who you really disapprove of, is to truly throw your vote away.

There are two other methods I employ to express displeasure at the polls. In my state we have a semi-open primary system. Voters must register as Republican or Democrat or they cannot vote. This is an example of the stranglehold these two parties have on the electoral process. What if I don’t like either enough to want to register as belonging to that party? I’m out of luck and cannot vote.

This is where it is clear that the election isn’t about the candidates so much as it is about the parties themselves. So, every time I vote in a primary I change the party I’m registered with. This is my way of telling them that I’m not happy with either party, and also that it isn’t any of their business anyway. I’m interested in individual candidates. The parties have proven themselves to be an unproductive nuisance.

Lastly, I will withhold my vote whenever there is only one individual to choose from. It is troublesome to me when there is no one to challenge them. This occurs often at the local level. Only one choice is no choice at all. Of course these people “win” because no one is running against them. But I will not “vote” for them, as this is not reflective of a democratic process.

The general consensus among the public seems to be that our political system is seriously flawed, if not broke, and has been for a long time. The hallmark of the monopoly the Democrats and Republicans have on the electoral process is embarrassment and shame. They look like fools, and by extension so do we. More importantly, they are reckless with their actions and words, and have no one’s best interests at heart except their own.

I realize that alone I make no difference and it doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things. However, I am uncomfortable with doing nothing, and if it is within my power to do something, no matter how insignificant, than I will do it. Hopefully, more people will find the little things that are within their power to do, and do them. The little things do tend to add up after all. If we want change we must start somewhere. This is mine.


The Not-So-Amazing World of Carny Politics

Time is short, the election is drawing near, and carny politics has been the defining characteristic of this campaign. This makes it hard to take either of the two major candidates seriously. They are making fools of themselves. Their focus is skewed and good luck figuring out their priorities. If this is what we have vying for one of the top jobs in the world then we are in sorry shape indeed. Bring on the clowns and the cotton candy.

Where then, is the media in all of this? Remember those who are supposed to hold the government accountable? Oh, that’s right, they’re the ones supporting and broadcasting carny politics right into our homes. They enjoy providing a dizzying ride that spins faster and faster and leaves a sickening feeling behind. Just know that the ride never stops so if you want off you must jump. Perhaps we should call them the Carny Media instead of the Mainstream Media. But I’m sure that would offend their politically correct sensibilities. Can’t have that now, can we?

They, and the candidates, are like invasive species feeding off each other. Together they have created a maze of illusions, paranoia, and deceit. It’s a precarious path, and for them it has become an intoxicating and addicting one. A laser like focus on controlling content and direction has blinded them to the many hazards they have instigated. The road to the future has become littered with theoretical mine fields that, given the right trigger, have the potential to be as deadly as the real thing.

This is a never ending nightmare worse than any horror movie. And the nightmare will continue long after the winner gets their White House prize. Perhaps we should rename it the Fun House. After all, that is where the head clown resides. A place where nothing is as it seems and people hide behind many masks and play many games. They make their own rules yet are the first to break them.

Carny politics is a stupid yet dangerous game. Its very danger lies in its stupidity. We should be asking how much of this stupidity is intentional. Just like the magician, they are using misdirection to focus attention where they want it, and away from where they don’t. Why are we hearing about sexist and racial comments and acts from years ago now? Why is it so important to blame Russia for leaked emails, without proof, rather than addressing the content of those emails? It’s just distraction tactics pulled from their common bag of tricks.

The politically correct culture is anything but correct. Its distracting rhetoric adds nothing meaningful or productive to the mix, especially in the current climate. It’s used primarily to stir things up, and quite effectively too. Meanwhile, pressing issues are left to rot in the world outside the protected realm of carny politics. How long can this go on? Given the chaos and uncertainty in the world, a major priority adjustment is in order. Sooner rather than later, or the next president may end up being the last.


Where Would You Like Your Conflict Served?

Ever found yourself eating in a greasy diner – not because you want to – but because it’s the option at hand? The environment is unclean and the menu choices are not very appetizing or healthy. This presents a conflict between the need to eat and the desire to. But since it’s what’s available you cross your fingers, make a choice, and hope for the best. Sounds a lot like our presidential election this year, doesn’t it? Except there is much more at stake than just indigestion or food poisoning.

So how to decide which poor choice to go with at the polls? It’s common practice for lies to be told and campaign promises to be broken, so other factors need to be considered. One important area is the potential for increased future conflict and war, and both candidates show signs of it. The difference between them is where it’s most likely to be played out.

An escalation in international conflict and war under Clinton is highly likely. She has aligned herself with the neoconservative warmongers and in fact doesn’t hide it. She will be an aggressive president pursuing aggressive policies all over the world. Top of the list is Russia. Further and severe deterioration in relations with Russia will occur. We have been pushing and provoking them for quite a while now. Eventually they are going to push back. What then? Assuming they could be easily defeated is a dangerous mindset to have. Such things rarely proceed and play out as people expect.

Nuclear war has been avoided for many decades, but cooler and saner heads in Washington no longer prevail. I cannot help but wonder if mutually assured destruction is turning into self-assured destruction. If Clinton is elected – and this is the most likely outcome – be afraid. Be very afraid. The tension level is going to ratchet up considerably. She is going to push them, and she will push hard.

While Clinton’s penchant for conflict lies abroad, Trump’s  – with the exception of Mexico – lies mostly at home. He is adept at bringing to the surface people’s base emotions. Perhaps because he is so expressive with his that people feel more freedom to vent their own. He likes to stir the pot because he is good at it and he knows it. Stirring the political pot hasn’t been a bad thing because our political system needs shaken up. But I very much fear that this would be his normal mode of operation in domestic matters if he is elected.

Tact and diplomacy don’t seem to be traits Trump possesses. If he does he hides them well. His aggressive rhetorical style has the potential to raise tensions in this country to an extremely uncomfortable level. Of course some of that over the top rhetoric is because it’s campaign season. It always increases during this time. However, in Trump’s case I don’t think it can all be put down to that alone. I think we’ve been getting just a little taste of his true personality. He is good at antagonizing prejudices, thereby undermining efforts of cooperation and negotiation. He could very well be a president of one step forwards, and two steps back.

I realize that this is an oversimplified generalization of both candidates. But when I step back and view them this is what I see. Clinton representing increased international conflict and war, and Trump increased domestic conflict and – who knows – a possible future Civil War. Perhaps I’m wrong. In this case I definitely wouldn’t mind being wrong. In this present environment of worldwide unrest, conflict, and war – anything is possible. Anything is what we should be prepared for.




Unmasking the Politicians

Election season is on us again here in America and we know what that means – lies, lies, and more lies. This is nothing out of the ordinary; the lies just get ramped up during this time, as it’s the granddaddy spectacle of political life. The presidential election serves to highlight, more than any other time all which is disturbing and wrong in our politicians and our political system.

Politicians lie about all kinds of things which become evident as campaign promises are repeatedly and systematically broken by those who obtain office. These people are pathological liars who lie consistently. It’s a disease I call Diarrhea of the Mouth because every time they open their mouths the only thing that comes out is a bunch of shit. That may sound harsh, but the truth often is. The biggest lie about the elections is that they are a democratic process. They are not. Democracy was taken out of the equation a long time ago. The end result is that the person with the most powerful people and organizations behind them – along with their money – wins, and I believe this is decided long before the show begins, and make no mistake, it is a show.

The debates are painful spectacles to watch if you have the stomach for it. They are not debates in the true sense of the word but a simulated performance meant to maintain an illusion of engagement and participation in a democratic process that exists in name only. The two main political parties hold all the power with little difference between them except stances on contentious domestic social issues. It is on these issues that people who vote must choose who they consider to be the “lesser evil”, and I’ve lost count on how many times I’ve heard people make this remark. This is a serious indicator of a system that is broke and dysfunctional.

The elections aside, it’s common knowledge that politicians lie, and it’s unfortunate that it has become so par for the course that many have become apathetic about it, even though the threat posed to the citizens they supposedly represent is very real. Politics is a game with very high stakes. This game cannot be played or won by being nice or good. There may be the odd politician here or there who is decent, but they are rare, don’t have much impact, and tend not to last long within the game.

Politicians strive to present an acceptable image to the public, and they rely heavily on their duplicitous language skills and professional composure and attire to accomplish this. This makes it especially important to look beneath the surface and see what is really in play. It’s time to call the politicians out and expose the true nature of their existence.

Politicians are whores and modern versions of courtesans reminiscent of the courts of kings. This too, may sound harsh but politicians spend the majority of their time not representing and working for the people, but soliciting for money and currying favor from those with money and influence to give. The only real difference is that they’re not selling their bodies but their principles (if they had any to begin with), their votes, and most importantly, they’re selling us out. Collectively, we pay a heavy price for every secretive deal that is cut, for all legislation passed with its hidden implications and obscure language, and for all the misdirection they employ to distract us from seeing too closely what they are really doing.

Politicians are predators. Their positions, with the money and influence it brings, are how they define themselves. Protecting and retaining those positions are extremely important to them. They view their privileged existence as a right, not as a responsibility, and regard people outside the world they inhabit as expendable. They have twisted the logic to suit themselves by adopting the belief that they are not here to serve us, but that we are here to serve them. They are always contriving new ways to take our money and our liberties. And they do it with a smile on their face.

Yet politicians are also puppets. They are the tools used extensively to take from, and control, the masses. They are owned by the people they have sold themselves to, and this makes them expendable too in the end. They are very aware of this – how can they not be? – as there are always others ready and willing to fill their shoes if they fall short of expectations, and this more than anything else keeps them in predatory mode. It’s not survival of the fittest, but survival of the most pliable. Karl Marx once said that religion is the opiate of the masses, but what is the opiate of the politician? It is status, money, and influence, and works quite well to keep them pushing the agendas of those who control them – and it’s not us.

Returning to the subject of elections, some people complain about those who choose not to exercise their right to vote. As people come to believe and understand that their vote doesn’t count, they lose their reason and motivation to do so. They are correct about their vote not counting, but not voting is precisely what politicians and their backers want to see. They know that in the end they won’t have to take from us that which we have already given up, and they are dead set on a course to take as much from us as they can.

Then there are people who keep hoping for a candidate to win who will actually do what they say they will. I don’t think this is possible any longer. The system is so corrupt and so controlled that such people would never be allowed to obtain office. They are allowed to participate in the race but don’t get any farther. The third party candidates on the ballot are there for show. It’s part of the illusion that we have a choice, but these people have little more chance of winning than I do.

It never ceases to amaze me when I see and hear people enthusiastically backing a certain candidate. They may think they are voting for change or the best candidate, but all we get is more of the same, and I think it’s safe to say that things get progressively worse with each successive administration, and this has been the trend for decades.

I have heard and read in various contexts over time, as I’m sure most have, references to the few being sacrificed for the good of the many. This is not a true statement when looking at the political climate today. It’s the many who are being sacrificed for the good of the few, and our politicians are complicit in ensuring that this happens.

“Politicians are masters of the art of deception.” ~ Martin L. Gross