Since the spring of 2015, Democrats & Republicans have begun jockeying for the next US presidency, and there is still over a year before voting on November 8, 2016. As of yet, nothing serious has been discussed by any of these hopefuls– call it a severe case of the Emperor’s New Clothes.
Here is a list of questions that people should ask, since they won’t ever be brought up by the corporate-controlled media which manages this deranged circus. These queries are then answered with an honesty & directness that is unheard of in official political discourse.
Q: What is being done to end this bogus ‘war on terror?’
Nothing. The US military invaded Afghanistan in October of 2001, in response to 9/11; and has been ravaging & terrorizing this part of the world ever since. The latest highlighted atrocity is the willful bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan– killing 22, including 12 medical personnel. This is a war crime by any definition.
Photo above by Andrew Quilty
Q: If you are a candidate who insists on maintaining (or increasing) troop levels in the Middle East, with the continued indiscriminate use of violence on the population as a whole; how do you not consider yourself a war criminal?
It is politically incorrect to compare today’s fascists with yesterday’s Nazis. Violence abroad and attacks on democratic rights at home are two sides of the same coin. Police violence against the poor of all races is the domestic extension of this foreign policy.
Q: Why do all Dems/Reps support law enforcement when they murder innocent civilians?
The truth is, Dems/Reps support police/military violence against the American workers because it has increasingly becoming the only way to maintain the current levels of social inequality. The US social safety net has been shredded by decades of budget cuts, so the jackboot of the ruling class is now used to control mass discontent.
Q: How can a campaign that raises so much Super PAC money respond to the needs of ordinary working people who can’t afford to donate such sums?
To ask the question is to answer it. Politicians are bought & paid for, long before the voters go to the polls. The only representation that goes on in Washington is done by high-powered lobbying groups, representing big capital.
Q: What about global warming?
No capitalist candidate wants to seriously address this problem. Unplanned industrialization has led mankind into the downward spiral of climate change, with potentially disastrous consequences. Capitalists are only concerned with this quarter’s profits. This important question, which affects the future of everyone on this planet is always ignored or marginalized by mainstream politicians. They have no answer, because in fact, they represent the problem.
Q: What about the risk of nuclear war with Russia and/or China?
That’s a classified secret. All foreign policy is strictly controlled & monitored by the Pentagon & CIA, with no public input.
Q: Why does Donald Trump get so much press?
Donald Trump is a reactionary bigot. His role in this election cycle is to push all discourse to the right– and down into the muck. The corporate media has fully participated in this degraded celebration of ignorance and personal wealth.
Q: Is there a candidate who can give a fair definition of socialism?
Bernie Sanders (Democrat) is the pseudo-socialist; he supports militarism abroad and an anti-immigration policy at home– which is the polar opposite of socialism. Socialism is the revolutionary transformation of society from private ownership of wealth (capitalism), into public ownership of the means-of-production, via a worker’s revolution. The major candidates and their philistine lapdogs in the media have likely never read Karl Marx, or any other classical Marxist– including V.I. Lenin or Leon Trotsky.
Q: Will my vote count?
Probably not. Elections are manipulated by the puppet-masters who fund campaigns and control the media. The election of a U.S. president can’t be left up to the population, as they may make the ‘wrong’ choice; therefore biased media coverage and electronic voting manipulation will be decisive in determining the next presidency.
Q: So who will get the nominations and eventually the presidency?
The candidates who raise the most money. Hillary Clinton (Democrat) and Jeb Bush (Republican) have the most cash & machinery in place to win (or if necessary, steal) an election.
Q: That sounds like more of the same garbage, what other options are there for working people?
Socialism or barbarism.