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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