• Burn It All Down

    June 29, 2016

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    Posted in: Democracy, Military, NSA, Post-Constitution America

    Reichstag fire

    Here’s where things stand.

    The only mainstream candidate in recent decades to come along with new ideas, a model of not accepting big money with strings attached, and willing to address the critical issues in America of economic inequality and lack of health care for many, is done.

    Unless Lin-Manuel Miranda does a musical of his life, Bernie’s just a footnote in the history books. But the stigma that he won via a set of tricks to include the “superdelegate system,” some election fraud, and overt partisanship by the Democratic National Committee and much of the media, never mind what Obama does with the FBI report into her mishandling of classified information, lingers like the smell of ripe sh*t in a stadium toilet.

    The Republican candidate pulled in a helluva lotta votes via old-fashioned demagoguery, modern racism, and some clever Tweets. Trump is running strong in swing states like Ohio and Pennsylvania. But his own party hates him, many refuse to endorse him, a lot of people are hoping he self-destructs, and many more want some magic process to replace him with one of the “good Republicans” who already failed in the primaries.

    And then Hillary. She has famously high negatives, is distrusted by a vast number of Americans, believed to be an actual criminal by large numbers, and has yet to answer for her emails and her corrupt Clinton Foundation. She is the textbook case of big money, big donor politics, and a lifetime Washington insider. Republican hatred for her assures Congress will do as little as possible for any agenda she puts forward if elected, assuming she has one other than to immediately start her campaign for a second term while further enriching herself.

    That all adds up to a miserable picture of America in 2016. We have a reality TV star and real estate developer running against the only candidate in American history seeking the White House while under an active FBI criminal investigation.

    What’s a voter with still intact critical thinking skills to do? Fall victim to the emerging meme of both candidates, vote for the lesser of two evils, pick me or you’ll get the other one? Are we really supposed to participate in an electoral process that is subtitled “Pick the One That Sucks a Little Less?”

    No. Let the whole damn thing burn down and collapse.

    Let Trump/Clinton take us into as many wars as they hope to, bleed our youth and our treasury dry. Stand back as three military personnel a day commit suicide. Fight the Russians, ISIS, the Chinese, militarize Africa like 21st century colonialists, set up more secret prisons, expand Guantanamo, torture, hell, rape the families of “terrorists” in front of them to force confessions on anything and everything and then use that info for a new war. Fake WMDs in Iraq? That was amateur work.

    Let them concentrate more and more wealth into a tiny group, such that the concept of the “One Percent” is quaint; let it be the .01 percent. Let them deliver cash and gold directly to the front door of the White House and stop pretending such things are “contributions.” Let people go hungry, make higher education only for the rich or those stupid enough to take on a lifetime of student loan debt. Watch people suffer from lack of basic health care. Stop wasting money on infrastructure that wealthy people never use anyway. Thin out the herd with lead-soaked water.

    Throw up billboards reminding everyone that the NSA is spying on everything they do, and make kids rat out their parents who smoke weed. Unleash the drones over America and stop wasting money “prosecuting” American terrorists. Keep the prisons looking like plantations.

    And then stand back and watch it all burn down. Turn us loose to eat each other. Make us fight for scraps and scavenge trash piles. If anything is left after all that, then maybe we can try again. If not, we should all just smile and welcome Chelsea Clinton to the White House in 2024.

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  • Recent Comments

    • rich bauer said...


      The photo is the Reichstag burning, nicht? Since the article is “Burn it ALL down” may I suggest a drawing of Rome burning 1952 years ago this July. Or perhaps one of the day we bombed Baghdad, which started our “shock and awe” descent into Hell.

      Burn, baby, burn.

      06/29/16 8:36 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Two cannibals eating a clown. One clown to the other:
      “Does he taste a little funny to you?”

      The USA could be one giant Donner Pass campout. Ugh.

      06/29/16 9:09 AM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...


      It’s ironic when you compare to what is going on in the political establishments in the UK. One guy resigns, partly because it is the right thing to do, and in the Labour party, people are actually voting against the de facto head because they really don’t have confidence in him and aren’t going to settle.

      Meanwhile here, people think the agents of change are the status quo

      06/29/16 9:30 AM | Comment Link

    • Bruce said...


      After Lameduck TPP/TTIP/TiSA; it’ll be By FU¢KING A$CEN$ION! https://timedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/4719987661.jpg?quality=75&strip=color&w=1100

      06/29/16 1:35 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      “The only mainstream candidate in recent decades to come along with new ideas, a model of not accepting big money with strings attached, and willing to address the critical issues in America of economic inequality and lack of health care for many, is done.”

      Hillary would disagree.


      06/29/16 3:45 PM | Comment Link

    • traven said...


      Peter.. you must be particularly “down” today. Remember when we elected an educated black man to bring us “Hope and Change”. Isn’t that encouraging?
      And just look at today when the market was up just after the day several jihadists penetrated the extra tight Turkish security cordon around their airport and killed over 40 and wounded several hundred. Doesn’t that prove that money is optimistic about world conditions? Keep your spirit up. We’re so far down that it “looks like up to me”.

      06/29/16 4:33 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Traven- I wish the closing shot of our present events would resemble the ending of TREASURE OF SIERRA MADRE. The gentle Mexican music that followed a hearty laugh at the joke of fate, nature or God. I reference that ending to keep me sane.

      06/29/16 5:25 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      And yet it can get WORSE: Let US assume Trump selects Jeff “The KKK is okay with me” Sessions for his VICE. Place your bets on the next Civil War. Anagram for “Don Trump + Sessions” is DESPOTISM SON RUNS. Trump’s father Fred was arrested at a KKK rally. Makes sense why Don was slow to condemn the KKK.


      06/29/16 5:55 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      “If anything is left after all that, then maybe we can try again.”


      Living in New York City you should know the only thing that will survive will be the cockroaches.


      06/30/16 8:26 AM | Comment Link

    • lindaj said...


      Refreshingly jaundiced and accurate at the same time.

      07/3/16 7:08 PM | Comment Link

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