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An Election by the Wealthy & for the Wealthy

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If you are searching for an undemocratic election in the world, you don’t have to go to a third-world-nation country in Africa or to a theocratic State in Middle East such as the apocalyptic Mullahs’ regime in Iran to find one. You just need to look into the process of the U.S. presidential election. The election is structured through pledged delegates that outwardly delivers based on the grassroots votes, but next to it there is Super-Pacs-Super-Delegates system that literally has the power to shape the election outcome for the benefit of the top 1% wealthy. In plain English, Super Pacs work as lobby mediators between the wealthy that own and control the corporations and the party Super Delegates whose unbound votes determines the fate of the candidates. Strictly speaking, the political election is run by the rich investors and corporate owners, they are the ones who buy the votes and accordingly appoint the political authorities from reps and senators to governors and presidents. Based on 2015 American Values Survey, 64% Americans believe their vote does not matter because of the influence that wealthy individuals and big corporations have on the electoral process.

Joseph E. Stiglitz, a contributor to Vanity Fair writes “Virtually all U.S. Senators, and most of the representatives in the House, are members of the top 1 percent when they arrive, are kept in office by money from the top 1 percent, and know that if they serve the top 1 percent well they will be rewarded by the top 1 percent when they leave office. By and large, the key executive-branch policymakers on trade and economic policy also come from the top 1 percent. When pharmaceutical companies receive a trillion-dollar gift — through legislation prohibiting the government, the largest buyer of drugs, from bargaining over price — it should not come as cause for wonder. It should not make jaws drop that a tax bill cannot emerge from Congress unless big tax cuts are put in place for the wealthy. Given the power of the top 1 percent, this is the way you would expect the system to work.”

George Carlin who was noted for his black comedy and his thoughts on politics, psychology, religion and various taboo subjects, says “They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They’ve bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the state houses, the city halls. They’ve got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies, so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying — lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else.” Warming to his rant on the American Dream, Carlin continues: “It’s called the American dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.”

Video Clip: George Carlin ~ The American Dream

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Super Delegates however plays a more important role in Democratic Party than in Republican group. Prior to the start of primaries in February 2016, the corrupt democrat super delegate system gave Hillary a lead of about 400 votes over Sanders. Where on earth do you find such a bizarre election, in which the party machine cast its fate with a candidate early on before even the election begins? Since then the public has been told forever that Bernie has no chance. While without the super-delegates count, the difference in number of the current earned pledged delegates between the two candidates are only 290. And considering the remaining States’ primaries with 852 pledged delegates up for grabs, the prospect of a solid chance for Bernie should not be out of question at all. There is an explanation for such type election process; it is called a fixed election run by the rooted creatures of the Democratic Party, who have ties to 1% wealthy to make Hillary the next U.S. president. They spend millions of dollars in Medias to sell a complete unfit presidential candidate to the public. She is the queen of disgrace, from mishandling classified information and jeopardizing the national security, to lying to the families of the Benghazi victims, to allowing her foundation to receive funds for her family members from foreign nationals, to her tie to Wall Street in her presidential bid, to whitewater scandal, and the list goes on. She is widely seen as untrustworthy. Some warranted critics about Hillary say: “The woman has never succeeded in any job, she’s created chaos after chaos, including now all of North Africa spilling its refugees into Europe, and it’s due to Hillary for taking out Gaddafi and not thinking about what would happen afterward, she’s absolutely a soulless and incompetent candidate.”

Video Clip: George Carlin Doesn’t vote

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Bernie Sanders has realized the influence of money in U.S. politics and has repeatedly warned the public about the corrupt campaigning system. He has a progressive mandate and promises people to bring social democracy through a political revolution, which demands the people participation. Sanders argues that the federal budget allocation is along with loopholes and is not processed properly. He disputes that America spends almost as much on defense as the rest of the world combined, which is a waste of money and asserts that the defense budget should greatly be reduced. He asserts that Middle-class Americans are forced to pay taxes, while the super-rich and big corporations enjoy tax amnesty that provide them hidden billions of dollars in profits and that needs to stop. He has estimated that rectifying and closing the above-mentioned budget and tax loopholes can provide the required fund for establishing free national health, tuition-free college education, jobs program, and rebuild America act.

 

Mansur Rastani, PhD

June 06, 2016

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