The main reason the one-percent is fighting “net neutrality” is power. Net neutrality and crowd sourcing, the wisdom of the collective, makes it damn near impossible for the one-percent collective to continue their egregiously oppressive monarch, not monarch-like, practices. So, net neutrality must go.
I mention these facts because people are often unwilling or unable to put things together for themselves. Plus it’s so much easier, to say little of more pleasant, to accept the twisted, tortured, tormented version of reality spoon fed us by the machinations of the one-percent from womb to tomb.
The outcome of mid-term elections we’re told by those in control of the media is fairly predictable. The ruling party will lose control of the legislature to the minority party. If it’s so predictable why bother with elections? The most obvious is answer is so that “we the people” can continue our delusional way happily, ignorantly believing in the make-believe world of democracy.
A very recent study “from Princeton and Northwestern Universities concluded that the U.S. government represents not the interests of the majority of citizens but those of the rich and powerful.” That by definition and in the US practice is an oligarchy not democracy.
I would add, in case you hadn’t been paying attention or were too brainwashed to comprehend or just worn from working and shopping to care, that elections and public policy in the US do not reflect the “will of the people” but the will of the oligarchs who run things. It has always been so.
The looming mid-term elections promise to bring us more of the same on many levels. The status quo is by most accounts the “desired outcome”, the benchmark. But is it really status quo?
No doubt you’ve been exposed to the concept that if you put a frog into boiling water the frog will leap out. But if you place the frog in water that you then begin to warm up gradually, the frog will cook. Too late, the frog realizes what happened. That is the nature of things insidious. It is where we as a nation are presently.
It is that insidious effect, a slight tic up---a fraction of a notch that shifts the balance of the “status quo” in favor of the one-percent to the detriment of us all of “we the people” that is so gradual that people don’t notice. That has occurred since President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was in office.
Take a step back. Take the time to visualize.
Since President Roosevelt shifted economic tectonic plates almost eight decades ago, the right of center oligarchs have chipped away at all things egalitarian that President Roosevelt put in place. Without those policies the “we the people” of that day and beyond would not, could not have survived the tragic consequences of the one-percent contrived and initiated Great Depression.
Two decades later Lyndon Baines Johnson lost the South and its slave-state legacy Blue Dog Democrats by having the gall and political wherewithal to enable both the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts.
Beginning with the “I am not a crook” administrations of Richard Millhouse Nixon, GOPers and Blue Dogs with the aiding and abetting of the one-percent continued chipping away at those institutions meant to protect the vulnerable.
Between 1968 and 1992 there was only one four year term in which the White House was (pardon the expression) occupied by a Democrat. Jimmy Carter was a moderate left to twist and turn in the breeze by DINOs, (Democrats in name only).
Ronald Reagan, racist and bigot, continued the dismantling, eviscerating and or emasculating of any agency meant to keep the playing field level and the vulnerable safe.
Bill “Bubba” Clinton, an incredibly smart guy who lacked the moral fiber to resist the call of the one-percent was able to create the illusion that cloaked the reality on the ground. President Clinton was the overseer of the destruction of those venerable institutions put in place by FDR and LBJ decades earlier leaving empty shells, a specter of what once was.
These cruel machinations were made possible by the insidious manner in which they were made possible. The majority US population didn’t notice, didn’t care and or were ready to bash the defenseless and so we are where we are today.
The results of the mid-term elections are all but a foregone conclusion. The majority voters, white, Anglo-Saxon, Protestants, WASPs we used to call them, are collectively racist, xenophobic, misanthropic bigots. Anyone who questions that analysis is, detached from reality, history deprived and or a WASP.
We’re told by the geniuses that voter turn-out for mid-term elections is usually low and that compounding that tragedy it’s mostly the WASPs that vote.
As Noam Chomsky puts it, "As long as the general population is passive, apathetic, diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable, then the powerful can do as they please, and those who survive will be left to contemplate the outcome.
And decades before Chomsky, Orwell put it this way, “… football, beer and above all, gambling filled up the horizon of their minds. To keep them in control was not difficult.” George Orwell
No, you don’t need to be a Harvard history PhD to figure out the future. You just have to have the stomach to watch the slow motion train wreck.
From Texas Red: a cratered landscape of for profit prisons, deplorable apartheid public education, lack of healthcare and politicians and majority population intent on keeping it that way…