Open Thread - 02-09-24 - The Un-Immaculate Misconception
It's agonizingly apparent that We the People are not our government's constituency. Corporations and the rich are the true constituents. Our leaders are selected for them, not you and I. All of the current campaign rhetoric is hot air rising, meant to fill the balloon of hope, until it bursts shortly after the election into a limp plastic dose of reality. We're being fooled again.
Both Biden and Trump, if either are elected, will be lame duck presidents. When their four years are over, then what? The winner won't have to worry about re-election, that is IF there will be another election. Hell, We the People, may not make it through this election. That would make us all lame ducks. Quack, quack.
Hopefully the two houses of congress will stay divided. IMHO, continued stalemate is the better option. The downside of that is the president's ability to enact executive orders. The presidency has become too powerful with congress's acquiescence of their constitutional authorities which allow the president to rule by edict rather than by consensus of the people as wishfully manifested by the supposed tripartite structure of the American form of government. Especially in the matters of war. How convenient for the puppet masters.
The House of Representatives is the vehicle by which lobbyists, who represent the monied class, utilize to propose bills that the corporations themselves write. The Senate is where bills go to die that somehow make it past the lobbyists' purview, or the occasional bill that was but a canard thrown out as red meat to feign concern for the hoi polloi.
The Un-Immaculate Misconception is the misinterpretation that the US practices democracy when in truth it's more akin to a monarchy. One has to wonder when a future president will go full Caesar and pull back the curtain from the political facade and disband the useless congress in lieu of dictatorial powers.
The 2024 Presidential election may very well decide who will be the first American Caesar. Then again the argument could be made that we're already there.
In professional wrestling this election cycle would be promoted as the The Battle of the Despots, featuring a two party tag team of geriatric gemokes. Replete with two villains. And We the People as willingly duped fans cheering on the facade of democracy.