Donald Trump’s Presidential Bid Proves the US Electoral System is a F*cking Joke

June 18, 2015   |   Nick Bernabe

Op-Ed by Nick Bernabe
June 18, 2015

(ANTIMEDIA) America’s electoral system is a fucking joke and if you didn’t know that before, Donald Trump’s spoof presidential run should be more than enough to convince you.

Already, before Trump’s announcement, the current candidates offer little relief to the rational skeptic that thinks $2 billion dollars being spent on a presidential campaign is not exactly a “free democracy.” Add to that the monarchs — Bush and Clinton — that are likely to absorb most (if not all) of the media’s attention and you have a recipe ripe for faux democracy. In fact, researchers from Princeton University conducted an in-depth study of American politics and came to a surprising (or not so surprising) conclusion: America is an oligarchy, not a democratic republic.

What is an oligarchy you ask? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, it’s “a government in which a small group exercises control especially for corrupt and selfish purposes.” Princeton researchers said:

“We believe that if policy making is dominated by powerful business organizations and a small number of affluent Americans, then America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened.”

Now, back to the joke of Trump, who perfectly punctuates the claim that America is an Oligarchy. The man is a billionaire, with billionaire friends, who have billionaire agendas. Presidents are supposed to be elected by a popular vote, therefore should represent the majority of Americans’ views, not those of the several hundred people that own most of the wealth in the world.

In 2012, the main pillar to his pump-faked positioning for a presidential run was hinged on Obama-birther claims — which true or not — did not amount to a quantifiable policy stance or critique of Obama. His 2012 pre-campaign push essentially said “Obama might not have been born in America so vote for me.” That was his platform.

The 2016 campaigns are no better. The fate of 300 million Americans and countless millions abroad who are affected by U.S. foreign policy has descended into a reality TV show, only now it actually has an actor with experience.

Trump’s 2016 campaign cornerstone is building jobs while talking trash about other countries’ economies. Pretty ironic coming from a man whose companies have gone bankrupt at least five times, costing taxpayers unknown millions. Trump made his fortune by getting sweetheart deals with the government for his real estate empire, just like his father did, costing cities like Las Vegas and Atlantic City billions in subsidization dollars. He’s the biggest corporate welfare king in the 2016 field — and that’s saying something with dogs like Bush and Clinton in the race.

The billionaire stole Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World” song to use in his announcement speech, to which Neil offered an epic response. He said most of the Mexican immigrants being “dumped” into the U.S. are rapists and drug lords. He said “we have people that are stupid,” seemingly referring to the American public (and you are if you seriously consider voting for this d-bag). Reports have surfaced that he actually had to pay people $50 to attend and cheer for him, and all that was just from his 2016 presidential announcement speech.

The fact that Trump can even be considered a contender for president just goes to show how far from reality the political and media establishment has drifted. It’s hard to imagine anyone taking the comb-over king seriously. His speeches and public statements are filled with hyperbole and trash. He thinks Edward Snowden should be executed even though his revelations exposed NSA spying that was later ruled illegal by the 2nd Circuit Court. He’s a bad reality TV star and his mere act of running makes the whole process seem even more fake that it already is. Trump is a bad-acting trust fund corporatist baby with a bad haircut, that’s where his political career should begin and end. But like they say: “The problem with political jokes is that they get elected.”

You can watch the whole announcement speech below if you feel like wasting nearly an hour of your life.


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Author: Nick Bernabe

Nick Bernabe founded Anti-Media in May of 2012. His topics of interest include civil liberties, the drug war, economic justice, foreign policy, geopolitics, government corruption, the police state, politics, propaganda, and social justice. He currently resides in Chula Vista, California, where he was born and raised.

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  1. This proves it? Surely the Republicans nominating Sarah Palin for Vice President in 2008 proved once and for all how a big a joke US politics is.

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  2. “free democracy.” there never has been . There are Owners that what they want you to believe it's a democracy, Trump is no different than the other Guys and Girls but the Drama, Trump brings is a great distraction it a Show folk and the little people are going to get hurt. Your vote is a manufacture Consent to let them do what they are going to do any way. Understanding at this has a level 101, but we just can't get by 101. Politicians are bought and paid for not by the voter's. Sorry to Rain on the parade You don't have Choices you have Owner's.

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  3. He talks and acts just like Joan Rivers. Only Joan did it better. RIP Joan. Trump has stolen your act.

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  4. He's representing the billionaires, using decoy tactics to fool stupid people to fall for his irrational and non sense speeches. You think Obama is bad? if he gets elected all of us the Middle class will be literally half naked, with an ax and pick building a bigger empire for him and his billionaire friends. Good bye of whatever democracy is left… hello Oligarchy

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  5. I think I just wasted 5 minutes reading this rant. Donald Trump is not a joke; he is Americas only hope.

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  6. politicians are selected not elected and if Trump got in he wouldn't be any worse than than the other clowns running. wouldn't vote for any of them

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  7. Who's fault? Trump, Bush, Clinton, Obama (insert any other politician name) or the American "sheeple" for not being savy enough to understand the implications of not understanding the U.S. Constutution and the limited powers contained within. Sorry, no real offense, but a very shallow article…

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  8. Oh, thanks… I will never get the two minutes back that it took me to read this crap.

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  9. The fact that Trump is considered a serious contender for the GOP nomination shows the effectiveness of the oligarchy propaganda machine.

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  10. It's not the American people's fault. The oligarchy manufactures propaganda and distributes it through the 3 "news" corporations through the over 3,000 outlets and brands to you and I.

    Without verifying through research and the use multiple sources to distinguish the proper context then and only then can we discern what is misinformation, lies ir manufactured truth.

    We need to stop blaming the average American for where we find ourselves.

    Our government is waging an information war, through propaganda against it's population to deflect responsibility and to program us to blame each other while the oligarchy steals our resources, lands and revenue. The oligarchy is to blame, they us propaganda, run our institutions and utilities into the ground. They lobby to privatize everything capturing ever more of our government organizations while they discarded monopoly laws and now own everything. The same people doing this, some 2000 people worldwide. They are at fault for keeping 37% of the increase of production over the last 40 years.

    The oligarchy plans arw working, calling each other names and blaming each other is part of their plan. Let's work together to reverse the oligarchy and take back our country.

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  11. instead of arguing over who is gonna be president of the US, why dont we all come to an agreement about SOMETHING ELSE! the problem is that people need to be working together on something instead of arguing over one person.
    just pick something to do, and work together to make sure that goal is accomplished. without race or class involved.
    GET RESULTS, thats what matters on bottom line!

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  12. LMAO !!! Because I know your being sarcastic and can't possibly believe for a second that Donald Trump is anything more than a self indulgent weenie !!

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  13. All of you are idiots if you think we're going to vote our way out of this mess. The banksters and the corps .own it all.

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  14. Scott Lee, as a fellow Sanders supporter, I agree with much of what you're saying, but Dan makes a very valid point.
    I live in Arizona, for example. We just saw Bernie at the Phoeonix Convenstion Center. Many of my republican friends refused to go. Despite the information available to them, despite how much logic, rationale, and common sense you throw out them, ther'yre simply stuck,,, addicted to the train of thought that big business, and the oligarcy, have their best interest at heart.

    In an age of technology where inforation is available at your finger tips, ignorance is a choice.

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  15. Scott Lee "It's not the American people's fault." Then "Let's work together to reverse the oligarchy and take back our country." So it is our fault.

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  16. "Presidents are supposed to be elected by a popular vote, therefore should represent the majority of Americans’ views, not those of the several hundred people that own most of the wealth in the world."

    If this were the case then Obama shouldnt be president…

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  17. Scott Lee – Thanks for the well written response. I can appreciate your point. I really do not want to criticize my fellow Americans, however, it is my viewpoint (not saying it is right or wrong) that we are focused too much on the "shiny" objects and are distracted from the real issues that plague our nation. Focus more on what is important e.g., family, friends, and our local communities. Again, just my opinion, not saying it is for everyone.

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  18. Friends in Europe are gobsmacked at the way we elect our representatives. Under the parliamentary systems set up in places like Germany and The Netherlands, candidate money has relatively little clout in elections. 'Normal' people–that is, people who aren't part of the 1% of the 1%–can run for elective office. That means legislative bodies that include former schoolteachers, union officials, transit workers, etc. Thus, there's a greater cross-section of social representation in the elected MP's. And because parliamentary politics are about building national coalitions instead of honoring local clowns who've managed to carve a niche in a friendly district, the parties can dictate who becomes part of a winning coalition of representatives. Trump would be laughed out of his first campaign in a parliamentary system–and no party would put him up because of the damage he would do to the whole party's prospects of winning.

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  19. So go ahead and blast on trump, it doesn't make a difference. He has the best potential for change than anyone else in the GOP field. He speaks and says what others won't. He sheds light were others want to keep it hidden from the people. It will all be a little clearer for you and the others when he is elected and the changes benefit you. See the process for what it i, but the end result will be a better saffer america.

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  20. Trump is 100 times more qualified than that "Community Organizer" currently in the White House.

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  21. If an actor (Reagan) , a peanut farmer (Carter) even a war general ( Eisenhower ) can become president, then why not a Billionaire that knows how to create the jobs we so desperately need to have back. We cant be a nation of consumers when there aren't enough jobs for people to have excess money to spend. We need to be the worlds greatest manufacturers again.

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  22. he doesn't know how to create jobs. He just milks the government and crony capitalism for his own benefit, didn't you read the article?

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  23. another Faux Newz imbecile who doesn't even know what a community organizer is. Trump isn't qualified to be a local dog catcher

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  24. yeah here in America it's nearly impossible to win higher office if you aren't already rich, white, married, and Christian. The powerful groups and individuals select candidates for us to "vote" on

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  25. uh he'd be A LOT worse, have you heard anything he's said, or paid any attention to his character (or lack thereof)?

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  26. Michael Kittredge actually you're delusional if you think he wont win; and by a landslide at that. Name one other contender drawing in 40,000+ (enough to fill football stadiums) into his rallies.. just sayin.

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  27. Do you guys understand that "Faux" is pronounced "Fo"? I see these democrat drones repeating this lame line constantly like it's The Ultimate Knee Slapper

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  28. And Michael who would you choose to elect? One of the do nothing puppet politicians that will do or say anything for some extra money in their pocket like a 1930s whore? Ya that's so 2012 of you let us be delusional

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  29. You mean the graduate of Columbia University, Harvard Law School, President of the Harvard Law Review, Civil rights attorney, Constitutional Law Professor, three term Illinois State Senator and one term US Senator? Like him or not, if that resume isn't qualified, what is?

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  30. People just can't see that Trump is a player , he manipulates people in business like he is doing to people in politics now . They put the pencil to his tax plan and if a miracle of some kind didn't happen , it would add $10 trillion dollars to the national debt over the next ten years . Just repealing the estate tax , that only applies to estates over $10 million dollars , would add $25 billion a year to the deficit . He's been a corporate welfare recipient ever since he got his $100 million dollar inheritance from daddy . He calls going bankrupt and then being bailed out by bankruptcy laws a good business model ! He wants to deport 11 million people , a lot of them American citizens , at who knows how much the cost and he wants to build a border wall with Mexico and force Mexico to pay for it !? He is the same kind of oligarch that are attempting to buy the whole country with the help of corporate shills in Congress . He spends half his time condemning the others that have criticized him or pissed him off some way and HE has pissed off just about every demographic in the U.S. with his hate filled racist diatribes and the other half of his time talking about himself , not issues . I usually don't comment on Trump , but I couldn't help myself . Bottom line is , Trump is a playa' an' ya'll are bein' played !

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  31. Bankruptcy doesn't mean much when you deal in a deb currency, it is just a way to restructure your debt. The USA is bankrupts, so are most corporations. The government has never been "for the people", it is for "certain people". You are confused.

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  32. Does anyone really think its a great idea to remove the minimum wage? Then on top of that remove any regulations around environmental protection and make it so corporations pay zero in taxes? Sounds to me like a recipie for caos, does anyone really believe corporations have had it rough and they need to be larger? Do people really believe that the rich need another tax break? Along with that and the right retoric around rights is down right scary. I don't understand how anyone votes for these guys. Sorry I would rather vote for someone who has a plan for the middle class not the billionare class. I would rather vote for someone who has a net worth close to my own. Someone whos voting record is and has always been on the right side of history. #feeltheburn

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  33. Ron Trytek Records from Columbia and Harvard are all hidden, no publications while at the Law Review, not a Law Professor, just an assistant, showed up for few votes and showed no accomplishments as Senator. Resumes can be deceiving. Just because he speaks well doesn't mean he is qualified. He had no administrative experience and he is in the most demanding administrative job in the world. And failing miserably, I might add.

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