The Decline of Functioning Democracy

Well the first national polls came out last weekend revealing the presumptive nominees, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in a virtual dead heat.

Some 70% of those polled indicated that the choices available are the worst in their lifetimes.  A majority indicated that they are not voting FOR their choice but are casting their vote while holding their noses to keep the OTHER candidate from winning.  Both have negative ratings of over 50%.

Republicans appear to be falling into line behind Donald Trump because, IMHO, they will do anything to win.  Some of these folks would vote for Hermann Goering if he headed the ticket.

Hillary, on the other hand, is still locked in battle with Bernie Sanders who refuses to drop out.  A Bernie win in California would be highly embarrassing to the Clinton campaign.  While Trump appears to be uniting the GOP, Hillary is still under assault from the Democratic left.

More telling is a national poll showing Sanders crushing Trump.

Will the left vote for Hillary or will it say home?  She has her work cut out for her.

Meanwhile the billionaire class and big business continues it’s assault on wage earners.

There is nothing surprising about this.    It is a 40-year trend of government bent to the will of the superrich at the expense of everyone else.  The goal of the super rich is the end of a functioning democracy.

The one percent does not want “the people” to have any real say in how the nation is governed.  Commencing in the 1970s the super rich began  a furious effort to roll back the democratization of the 1960s.

The growth of lobbyists began to bend the legislative branches to it’s will pressuring for lower taxes, deregulation, dismantling of social programs.

The increasing cost of election campaigning brought both parties to their doors with hands out and empty pockets.  Big business pushed for trade agreements which put workers all over the world in competition with each other, putting American workers in competition with exploited Chinese workers.  Jobs were exported and the wage class made to feel much greater uncertainty about the future.

The corporate executive class however was never put in competition with the Chinese, Japanese or Korean executive class.  No.  They were well protected.

The assault on unionism began in earnest under Reagan and has continued ever since.  The greatest danger as perceived by the billionaire and business class is the solidarity of workers.  Workers must stand alone against corporate power uncertain of their future.  Workers must believe it is every man for himself.

Unionism is somehow “socialist” which the billionaire class has turned into a derogatory term – somehow “un-American.”

What is “un-American?”  Appears to me that it is any idea or any individual  opposed to corporate power and the mega-rich.  If you were criticizing Berlusconi in Italy for his corporatism, no one would call you  “un-Italian!”   Anyone doing so  would be greeted with howls of laughter and derision from Milan to Palermo.

“Un-American” is a totalitarian term used in a society which is not free.  In the former Soviet Union the greatest crime was to be called “Anti-Soviet.”  No one is un-French or un-British.

The billionaire class wants an uneducated class of worker / voters diverted by bread and circuses and thoroughly indoctrinated.  The defunding of public education from Kindergarten through public universities is the perfect way to keep the populace dumb and cut taxes.  The high cost of college produces kids in debt before the have their first job.  They are trapped into wage slavery.  They can forget their dreams while children of the wealthy live theirs.  Kids with no hope flock to the military available as fodder for endless war and corporate profit.

Corporate advertising is designed to convince that there are things you must have, shit you must buy and that your “success” is measured by your “stuff.”  Shopping will make you happy.  Spend more than you make – easy credit is available.   Keeps you in debt and working harder at that uncertain crappy job. ; keeps you doing more for less.

The inequality of income and wealth continues to grow  as the billionaire class buys the government and funds BOTH major political parties.  It continues to marginalize the rest of the nation.  The vast majority of Americans have absolutely NO VOICE in the formulation of legislative programs and policy.   The lobbyists write the bills and the House and Senate approve them without even reading them most of the time.  The bills are designed to make the rich even richer and to shift the cost of government onto the backs of the working class.  The assault on social security, Medicare and Obamacare go on unrelenting.

Meanwhile in desperation millions point the finger and blame the “other” for our problems – first it was the Irish and Italians.  Now it is the Mexicans, Muslims, women, gays, immigrants, blacks, Hispanics.

Those feeling  marginalized and disenfranchised in the Republican party have successfully beaten the GOP establishment – not this year the likes of Jeb Bush.  The left constituency in the Democratic party hs not been successful in beating the establishment DNC.

The Republicans picked a narcissist billionaire wind bag to shake things up.  The Democrats seem determined to field the weakest most disliked mistrusted candidate they can find against him.

“If voting changed anything they’d make it illegal!” – Emma G.

 

 

About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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4 Responses to The Decline of Functioning Democracy

  1. beetleypete says:

    Other than the obvious American references and names, you could just as easily be describing the sorry history of my own country, since Thatcher first came to power, in 1979.
    There is a derogatory term for union agitators and left-wingers here which is widely used.
    It isn’t un-British, it is ‘unpatriotic.’
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • toritto says:

      Hi Pete – yup! Anti-patriotic! It means you oppose billionaire and corporate control of the state. And in your case probably anti-monarchist as well!

      Kind of like anti-Soviet!

      🙂

      Regards from Florida.

      Like

  2. jfwknifton says:

    One of your best posts that I have read. Well done, an excellent summary of the way things are going. This is the reason that there is so much power being wielded over here that we should not vote to leave the EC, There is too much cash to be made. The ordinary working class person, fed up with the vast immigration that has taken place, would vote to leave, but the powers that be are the ones who control the news. And they just give lots more airtime to one point of view rather than the other.

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