Despair Follows Delusion by Joel S. Hirschhorn

by Joel S. Hirschhorn
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Dandelion Salad
Nov. 3, 2010

Despite all the hype and rhetoric, only one impact of the midterm elections is assured.  Notwithstanding power shifts from Democrats to Republicans in Congress there will not be any deep, sorely needed true reforms of our corrupt, dysfunctional and inefficient government.  The culture of corruption in Washington, DC will remain.  Hundreds of millions of dollars from corporate and other special interests will assure that.

Voters who think otherwise are either delusional or stupid.  It will not matter whether you voted for Republicans because you wanted to defeat Democrats (or vice-versa), or whether you voted for Tea Party candidates, or whether you voted against incumbents, or whether you voted for what you believe are lesser-evil candidates.  Americans lost however they voted, but it may take time for most to comprehend that.  That is a terribly painful reality, which is why many who chose to vote will resist facing the ugly truth.

When it comes to politics in America, delusion and stupidity are rampant, like a terrible epidemic that has killed brain cells.  Several billion dollars were spent selling candidates this year.  Who profited?  The many media outlets that received the advertising bonanza and companies that supplied mailings, posters and automatic phone calls.  At least all that spending was kept domestic.

Yes, you are thinking that this is the most cynical view possible.  Cynicism beats delusion.  I recommend it.

This is what American history tells us.  Americans have been brainwashed and tricked into thinking that elections are crucial for maintaining American democracy.  That is exactly what the two-party plutocracy needs to maintain their self-serving political system and that is also what the rich and powerful Upper Class wants to preserve their status.  But voting in a corrupt political system no longer sustains democracy.  It only sustains the corrupt political system that makes a mockery of American democracy.  Think about it.

In the months following this election, when unemployment and economic pain for all but the rich remain awful, anyone who pays attention and is able to face the truth will see that there is little chance of genuine government reforms.  Nor will any of the nation’s severe fiscal and spending problems be smartly attacked.  The Republicans will blame the Democrats, the Democrats will blame the Republicans, the Tea Party winners will blame the system, the radio and cable pundits will blabber endlessly, and Jon Stewart and other comics will have an abundance of material to take jabs at.  The two-party plutocracy will triumph.

Every member of Congress will, as before, spend most of their time and energy doing what is necessary to win the next election.  The army of lobbyists will be busier than ever legally bribing politicians to sustain the successful political strategy of the rich and business sector to make the rich and superrich still richer at the expense of the middle class.  Anyone who thinks that winner Republicans will work to overturn economic inequality is stupid or delusional.  A disproportionate and ludicrous fraction of the nation’s income and wealth will go to a tiny fraction of rich and superrich Americans.  Nothing that President Obama or the Democrats have done or championed was aimed squarely at reversing economic inequality and the death of the middle class, which by itself justified defeating them.

President Obama, of course, will continue his self-serving rhetoric with the sole goal of winning reelection in 2012.  The presidency just made him destructively delusional.  Of course he will speak about working with Republicans.  Wait and see.

Here is what non-delusional Americans can hope for: Maybe a decent third party presidential candidate will emerge.  Maybe the Tea Party movement will wake up to the reality that electing Republicans is a terrible strategy for reforming the government and restoring the health of the nation and shift their interest to forming a third party.  I doubt very much whether any of the Tea Party winners in Congress will stand up and aggressively work for and demand true reforms.  The new Republican Speaker of the House is a classic establishment Republican.  Maybe the greatly expanded calls for an Article V convention (mostly by Republicans and conservatives) as the constitutional path to reforms through constitutional amendments will gather more energy (especially from Tea Party people) and finally succeed.

Welcome to the good old USA where citizens, unlike those in Europe, do not riot in the streets demanding justice but keep believing in the nonsense that voting for either Republicans or Democrats will work for them and the nation.

Despair follows delusion.  Despite the endless media hype, the political revolution of 2010 is like a badly made firecracker – a dud.  President Obama, Republicans and Democrats will have learned nothing profound, not enough to dedicate themselves to real reforms.  Along with economic pain, widespread anger will persist as nothing tangible results to make the lives of ordinary Americans a lot better.  Will Americans demand smarter strategies than voting in regular elections with choices between Democrats and Republicans?  What do you think?

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17 thoughts on “Despair Follows Delusion by Joel S. Hirschhorn

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  8. I agree that we are in for some extreme experiences in America. I just don’t think that American corporatists are about to allow their EU rivals to have access to the spoils of the next American Civil War.

    I agree that China is the wild card in what is to come. They are heavily invested in American real estate as well as government debt. I can see them coming ashore to “protect” their investments.

    The only question is which side of the next American Civil War is going to ally with them to protect themselves against our former neighbors. I wouldn’t bet on it being the Tea Baggers. They think their little Glocks are going to save them.

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  10. Good post but why would you even remotely proffer the possibility that the “Tea Party” (hate that moniker) would or could offer any real reforms or form a new platform or party? This is a purely fabricated movement by the wealthy elite (Koch Bros. for one).

    Whilst some of them may not be as completely insane, ignorant and racist as the others, most of them prove they promote the same strain of corporatism/fascism as the Republican party.

    The few TP’s I have heard interviewed who aren’t outright loons or racists, may well be angry about the banks, bailouts, the Fed, spending in general, but are not coherent and have absolutely ZERO understanding of history or economics. And they have ZERO real solutions to offer, other than lower taxes and stop all spending (except military), end the Fed -(great, except another banking system must replace it), get rid of EPA, Dept of Education, in other words, replace the current corporatism with more of the same but even worse with absolutely no restraints on it.


    Why would you think or post that there may be a slight chance for hope there when there clearly is not? And how chilling would it be were these people to call an Article V convention?

    If there remains any hope at all, it would be with the remnants of the left rising up, regrouping and forming a third party with a coherent anti corporatist platform.

    Very dark times indeed.

    America will eat itself.

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  12. Events have not varied much from the prefabricated, formulaic Bilderberg/Trilateral Commission agenda: Obama gets very little done and acts as a fall guy while Hillary (who very much does NOT have his back) remains very quietly in the background. In exchange for his cooperation, Obama and his family get to live out his term in office.

    Rage at Obama’s broken promises means that even the Republicans who voted for him and against a continuance of the Bush regime now return to the right. The movement toward turning the US into a fascist police state is finally completed in 2012 – and by then it won’t matter whether it is Hillary or whatever puppet the GOP produces who wins that election.

    Meanwhile anyone who’s anyone has already moved their money and resources overseas (or into gold bullion) and is shopping for a place to flee to when the shit hits the fan in the US.

    War on American soil within 5 years, after assorted other attempts to winnow the population are rolled out (biowarfare disguised as pandemics, more false flag “terrorist” attacks, and contrived “acts of God” such as Xe-perpetrated wildfires and flooding brought on by global warming).

    Fascist groups in Germany, Scandinavia and England are already financially poised to come in and “save” what’s left of America’s bacon after the country has been well and truly pillaged by their corporate fascist counterparts in the US, Saudi/UAE/Kuwait/Dubai, and Israel.

    The only wild cards are China – and possibly the American people themselves, who may or may not figure out what is happening in time.

    • It’s a bit extreme, Eileen.
      We need to worry less about the plight of americans & stressing over every conspiracy theory floated by boullion-dealers. Worry about the wars.

  13. Americans will demand nothing but full-speed backwards. If they could have slaves again, they would.

    Your big problem now is your supreme court ruling back in Jan denying a ban on corporatizing elections.

    You can’t democratically repair the Supreme Court, it’s a construction flaw in the US system, almost as unsound as the kommandor in thief idea.

    If there’s one thing proven over the last half-century, corporate marketing propaganda is profoundly effective on this particular pathetic puree of a people.

    Marketers with unlimited Money, can get whole generations of girls to stop eating, boys to become obese, kids to smoke themselves to cancer, their parents to believe that greed is god, whole generations to enlist in suicidal militaristic escapades abroad, and all while suffer no recriminations, no accountability, only uncommon valor, patriotic pride. Truly the real Greatest Story Ever Sold.

    Houston you have a problem.

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