Scepticism with regard to what calls Greg Palast refers to as ‘The best Democracy Money Can Buy’ is more than advisable and you even find a very appropriate little joke for the “hope man”; “What is Barack Obama’s favorite TV show? Game of Drones.” Just about sums his two terms in office up and the articulate riveting rhetoric was just a ruse to continue a very imperial project.
Therefore, should anyone be taking an interest in the farce that is going on in America at the moment? Sanders as a socialist alternative? Well, if he is, he is most certainly not going to get the Democratic Party’s nomination and, if he isn’t, well, he might just. Still, it is to be expected that corporate America has already chosen and the mainstream media will already be hell-bent in ensuring that Hillary gets the nod. Yes, you can fool some of the people some of the time …, or, something like that, but the marketing ploy, the circus, that calls itself “American democracy” will fool just about enough Americans and, if it doesn’t, recourse can be sought in the unpledged delegates, tossing coins, and, if need be, ballot rigging.
Of course, as Ms Clinton’s time as Obama’s Secretary of State indicates, should she become the next person to occupy the oval office, there will be no let up in what Andrew Bacevich refers to as Washington’s “tacit consensus” . A consensus where “Republicans and Democrats disagree, however loudly, matters less than where their views align” and those views align most in the area of foreign policy. In referring to her time as Secretary of State, Andrew Levine points out that:
“In Libya and throughout the greater Middle East, not just Syria and Iraq, people know well how much harm Hillary did. Pakistanis and Iraqis know too; as does everyone worried about maintaining peace with Russia and China.”
Yes, expect more of the same and, you might want to ask, what about Donald Trump at the other end of the spectrum? “The other end of the spectrum”, you didn’t really get it, did you? Donald is still a long way from becoming president and if he should get his party’s nomination, and if he should defeat Hillary and the array of forces that will be against him, expect him to change his tune as he will soon realise that the very system that has given him his privileged existence requires a continuation of the mass murder and genocide on foreign fields. Taking note of the circus across the Atlantic, but it is about as relevant as the Eurovision Song Contest and, come what may, corporate America’s show must go on.