Step Right Up – to the Amazing American Quadrennial Electoral Extravaganza! by Paul Street

Step right up and knock me down!

Image by Andrea Williams via Flickr

by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
May 5, 2019

Step Right Up! Step Right Up! It’s Uncle Sam’s Authoritarian Carnival, Featuring the Amazing American Quadrennial Electoral Extravaganza, the Greatest Show in the World!!!

Narrow Spectrum Big Money Corporate Parties and Candidates!

Malevolent Narcissists and Wall Street Sell-Outs Masquerading as Champions of the Middle and Working Classes!

Elitism Masquerading as Populism!

Plutocratic Puppet Shows!

Dazzling Issue-Avoidance!

Absurdly Exaggerated Focus on Candidate Character and Qualities!

Watch the Biggest Issue of Our or Any Time – the Climate Crisis – Get Amazingly Avoided!

Savage Class Inequalities – a New Gilded Age – Papered Over!

Taking the Risk Out of Democracy!

Corporate Media Mystification on a Grandiose Scale!

Deeply Deceptive Issue-Framing!

Slithering Snakes of Neoliberal Surrender!

Watch Superdelegates Defy Majority Sentiments!

Watch the Citizenry Killed and Re-born as a Corporate-Managed Electorate!

Racist Voter Suppression!

Campaign Finance Miracles Invisible to the Eye!

Caucuses and Primaries Savagely Rigged!

Dazzling Demonstrations of Militarized Policing!

Eardrum Smashing Feats of “Non-Lethal” Repression!

Mass Consent Manufactured Before Your Eyes!

 Gross Orwellian Whitewashing of Criminal Foreign Policies Past and Present!

Creepy Candidate Eating Contests!

Watch Ordinary People Lose Their Minds!

Thrill at the Marginalization of Public Opinion!

Realty-Defying Conflations of Even the Slightest Israel Criticism with Anti-Semitism!

Islamophobic Idiocy as Common Sense!

Amazing Fake Multiculturalism in Service to Corporate Power!

Fascist Dog-Whistling Like You’ve Never Heard!

White Nationalist Amerikaners Foaming at the Mouth!

Astonishing Acts of Nativist Scapegoating!

Amazing Death-Defying Destructions of Democracy, or What’s Left of it!

Peek Behind the Curtain to View the Faces of the Terrifying and Amazing Un-Elected and Interrelated Dictatorships of Money and Empire!

Remarkable Feats of Nauseating Racism, Sexism, Classism and Ecocide!

Ride Through the Amazing New Tunnel of Identity!

Drop Your Jaws Viewing Astonishingly Vapid Debates!

Thrill at the Amazing Old Age of the Leading Candidates!

Orwellian Deceptions and Huxleyan Diversion!

Infantilizing Spectacles for All, Young and Old!

Amuse and Confuse Yourselves to Death!

Step into the Amazing Coffin of Class Consciousness: The American Ballot Box!

Ride the Election Night Roller Coaster of Hell!

Graduate from the Electoral College!

(Fake Your Electoral College Entrance Exam — with Hollywood Celebrities!)

Count the Amazing Number of Times Vapid Automatons Say “Hope” and “Change”!

Walk Through the Scary Graveyard of Social Movements (Exhibit Sponsored by the Democratic Party)!

Ride the Rapids of Reflexive Racial Reaction!

Match Wits with the Totally Inauthentic Opposition!

Watch Democratic Socialists Get Eaten Alive!

Watch Live Sex Acts Between Financial Institutions and National Party Committees!

Watch Fascism Germinate in the Belly of Uncle Sam!

Freakish Electoral Machinations That Will Chill Your Spine!

Partisan Acrobatics to Take Your Breath Away!

Amazing Candidate Animal Tricks!

Watch a U.S. President Eat His Own Shit!

See Democracy Distorted Beyond all Recognition at the Corporate-Imperial Hall of Mirrors!

Kiss the Species Goodbye at the Extinction Gallery!

Step Right Up to the Show That Never Ends!

Authoritarian Capitalist Electoral Circus!

Buy Your Tickets Now!

Paul Street is an independent radical-democratic policy researcher, journalist, historian, author and speaker based in Iowa City, Iowa, and Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of seven books to date: Empire and Inequality: America and the World Since 9/11 (Boulder, CO: Paradigm, 2004); Segregated Schools: Educational Apartheid in the Post-Civil Rights Era (New York: Routledge, 2005); Racial Oppression in the Global Metropolis: a Living Black Chicago History (New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2007); Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics (Boulder, CO: Paradigm, 2008); The Empire’s New Clothes: Barack Obama in the Real World of Power (Paradigm, 2010); (with Anthony DiMaggio) Crashing the Tea Party: Mass Media and the Campaign to Remake American Politics (Paradigm, 2011); and They Rule: The 1% v. Democracy (Paradigm, 2014). Paul writes regularly for Truthdig, Telesur English, Counterpunch, Black Agenda Report, Z Magazine and Dandelion Salad.

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