“There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.” John Adams; modern America is a reflection of its choices in the last decades. Essentially what has taken place is a superficial battle between the Massachusetts Kennedys and Texas Bushes. Ronald Reagan, John McCain, Bob Dole, Mitt Romney and Dick Cheney with a dash of Newt, Buchanan and Robertson on the Right, up against the Clintons, John Kerry, Howard Dean and Joe Biden with some Obama, Nader, Gore and Sanders thrown into the mix on the Left. The candidates campaign relentlessly and dumb-down the debate to one-liners; seeking the blood-roar in the crowd. The illusion of Left and Right doing battle between moral black and white is itself a quilt of lies patched together in self-serving litany. Look at all the promises of Obama to prosecute the Bush administration crimes of illegal information-gathering on its citizens and the use of torture on its enemies.Since WWII, a whole host of white men with big feet walked out into the garden of the political kudza from the legions of the desolate Military Industrial Complex pfumfering mock apologetics about manifest destiny. It has evolved that millions of dollars are needed to be raised to win elections. How handy for the choreography, and no problem.If you’ve got what it takesWhat it takes is to become a three-by-five card who stays to the index. Which is? What the big feet walking tell you it is. Is it democratic? Don’t be daft.A serious paucity in real options inside the political arena exists. The systemic devolution into lobby politics and the merger of the state and economy into one authoritarian entity, means for anyone to get into the electoral process in a serious way they already have to have the nod of the big feet before they make their first press conference to declare their intentions to the public or no one will come to listen. The meat-eating Keynesian press have turned the political process into a match about personality, so any ‘weird’ or ‘unattractive’ candidate, like a libertarian for instance, can be ignored with assiduity. They’ll do the judging for you, no need to worry. They’re smart that way.Want a little help to break the ice and get the inside track as a candidate with ideals? It’s doable. Lobbyists have the road map. On your own? You’re a colossal idiot.You have principles, character and a good sense of what society needs in a leader. You can follow the index and still make real change. You’re ready to declare, but it is a horrible length of time to get elected. You decide that you are the right guy to lead but 5 or 6 years of campaigning seems unreasonable, 80 to 100 million dollars to raise to run a tad high. In the end, you can’t do it. But no trouble, you’re not the one they were looking for in any case. It’s such an invasion of privacy that any decent individual couldn’t survive. This too is no problem, they aren’t after ‘decent.’You don’t have the ability to work with the real group who run the day-to-day lawmaking in America, the lobbyists.
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