I want to preface this piece with the notion that I find politics in general ineffective in the US. What the majority of the citizens want is NOT reflected in the policies of this nation. Our government is owned and controlled by the multi-national corporations and their will is abetted by the mafia branch of the government, the CIA (et al). Secondly, we face the existential threat of rapid impending climate disaster and extinction, the future shock of which probably makes politics moot. That said, when looking at next years primary season, I think Tulsi is a better candidate than Bernie. Here's why...
OMG! Russian twitter bots!
Because the problem with our "sacred" elections is Russia! ROTFL
Let's forget for the moment that the primary corruption of our elections is legal bribery.
Let's also forget for the moment the complete corruption of the DNC, if only because it's been done.
And then there is the super-delegates.
This was quoted in gjohnsit's recent diary on the new McCarthyism: "Is This the New Russia?"
With the #DNCFraudLawsuit Gaining Momentum, Where Are The Left Journalists Covering Electoral Fraud/Voter Suppression/DNC Collusion of The Rigged the Dem Primary?/Loads of Evidence of Documented Foul Play, Here's Just Some From New York and Chicago/If Elections Are the Foundation of Democracy, Then Where Are We As A Country When They're Proven To Be Corrupted?
As the political waters become murkier and murkier, in most every direction at the moment, it becomes more and more incumbent on us to be ever vigilant citizen watchdogs and journalists. We must watch closely those who we we're inclined to think of as allies.
In an ironic twist involving the very form of election fraud which was previously mocked by many Clinton supporters as "conspiracy theory," some of the recently defeated candidate's supporters are now calling for a hand-count of ballots in some swing states in the general election, suggesting the election was hacked.
It’s a funny thing about fraud. It’s a bit like poisoning a well. Once you’ve done it, there’s not really any going back, either for the water or for you. I guess people wanting to use the well could conceivably purify the water after the fact, but that would take both an honest assessment of the poisoning, and expert knowledge of how to get poison out of water. Lacking either of those elements, the water is poisoned—that’s that.
Just to pick up on Steven D's excellent diary concerning the "magic fractions", and the complete lack of objectively verifiable results in the US election process. This is truly a huge deal, and without a doubt, there is no single issue extant that is more important, or more urgently in need of confronting, if we are to have any hope at all of a positive change in direction in our society.
The fact that election results cannot be independently and objectively verified effectively destroys the legitimacy of anyone installed into a governmental office as a result of such a debased and inherently corrupt election process. How can a government be said to function with "the consent of the governed" when it's impossible to determine independently whether such consent was in fact given?
This whole election cycle has convinced me that the corruption (that I always knew was there) truly runs deep. The system is rotten to the core. So I decided to look up a brief history of superdelegates.
The history is a bit involved but the basic premise is that the Democratic Party, in the wake of presidential campaign losses beginning in 1968, wanted a system that would insure that the best candidate was put forward.
I interrupt these regular pie fights of nothing burgers with an important update from Sane Progressive and the DHS wanting to declare our election systems "critical infrastructure".
Stop and think about that, if you can pull yourself away from gossiping at the water cooler, what would the "potential" be, if DHS took over our election systems?
Are our elections important to you? Just saying....
From Sane Progressive:
I've been thinking about the things we don't talk about (in the USA). We can talk about many things here. There are no rules forbidding it. But even here, some of these subjects are hot potatoes. And if there is an official story, parts of it are likely to be defended. It is as if we live lies, which must not be challenged.
Despite the mounting evidence that election fraud is real and pervasive, many still dismiss it as a "conspiracy theory." I've explained why this label doesn't make sense, but not everyone will buy that explanation. So instead, let's focus on some real-world examples of election rigging being caught.
OK, Wait a minute!
I'm hearing WAY too many people going back to talking about politics as usual, and just accepting that Bernie got screwed over in the primaries, in depth no less, but what do we do NOW? -And honestly, I've found myself getting caught up in that. But at least speaking for myself, that has to end. FULL STOP.
Here we are folks, less than a week until the Democratic National Convention and the countdown finally begins. Cue the curtain call to political theater; we've seen this all before. So then why do I feel something is different this time? Maybe because we are hoping all of Bernie's delegates make it to the floor, crash through the veneer of bullshit, and become the voices of 12 million people who were jilted by the Democratic Party.