I have found the Idiots and they are… Me?

“Don’t want to be an American idiot.
One nation controlled by the media.
Information age of hysteria.
It’s calling out to idiot America.”

A decade ago, I sat in the office of a United States Senator and pointedly asked him why we were in Iraq. He replied, “Because Osama Bin Laden has terrorist training camps outside of Baghdad.” (Spoiler Alert: al-Qaeda didn’t have a presence there until the US destroyed the country.)

I was thinking today about the Presidents we have survived this century, each one more horrible than the other. I suppose at a certain point in my life I sided with the Democrats, and I definitely did during the reign of George Bush the Second. I loathed the Republicans and their warmongering, their government expansion, and the erosion of the freedoms of the common American (to this I now add the erosion of their ability to participate in the economy). I looked at Clinton’s impeachment as a bit of a clown show (clearly I hadn’t seen anything yet, thank you Clinton #2) that was really irrelevant. Yes he lied and perjured himself, but was knowing who all was sucking his dick in the Oval Office really relevant to fulfilling the duties of President? He lied about something that wasn’t their business in the first place.

I saw the lies of the Bush 2 era Republicans as relevant and malicious. I sat in the office of a United States Senator and pointedly asked him why we were in Iraq. He replied, “Because Osama Bin Laden has terrorist training camps outside of Baghdad.” That was a lie. That was a lie that had enormous consequences. Behind that lie was all the death and terror the people of that country were now experiencing. Quite objectively, the average Iraqi is less safe now than they were under their previous autocrat — at least then they could go to the market without being worried about bumping into the local suicide bomber.

We also know that the other lie that was told to justify the invasion of Iraq — the infamous WMD’s — was just that, a lie. The national debt had gone down under Clinton (maybe that’s what we should start calling his girlfriends…). The cost of Bush’s imperial wars massively increased the debt.

I kept thinking how terrible Bush and his minions (or masters, it was hard to tell) were. Anyone who supported them had to be a fucking idiot. The American redneck idiot. I knew better than those dumb mouth breathers. How could they elect someone like that? I was smarter than them, and I knew it.

I also recognized the role the media was playing in all of it. They repeated the Bush cabal’s lies about everything. No questions asked (unless they were told to ask them by the White House). Then on top of that, I cannot count the number of times I heard a Republican say, “the Liberal Media” as if there was a media conspiracy out to get them. The idea seemed so ridiculous. I always thought the (now called) mainstream media was simply parroting the official story, and that it was just Fox news that was a little out there.

Then came Ron Paul in 2012. He had some interesting ideas, and some that have merit. I watched as he was purposefully shut out of the conversation during the election. Then came the Teaparty reactionary wave of congressional elections — perhaps this means Congress will be overrun by Berners in 2018. I thought it was strange how Paul was ignored by the media. I now recognize that it was not that his ideas were crazy, it is that his ideas threatened to upset the current political/economic power structure.

I supported Obama in 2012. In fact, I was so excited about him and the things he was saying. Here we are eight years later and all out of Hope, and there was no Change. Sure there was Obamacare, the withering husk of good intentions lumbering to its graveyard. Other than that it was a continuation, nay, an expansion of the Bush era policies. What I came to realize is how could I hate Bush and like Obama for doing the same things?

We are now faced with the real possibility that either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton could be President of the United States. We are being asked to decide on the number of bullets we want in the gun for the “nuclear war” Russian Roulette. I’d give Trump a 3 out of 6, because you never know. He says he wants to work with other countries — and he is really good at letting other people do the work and foot the bill, and taking all the credit himself. Kind of like Reagan. Hillary gets a 6 out of 6. She’s already trying to blame the Russians for the misconduct of the Democratic National Committee as well as her own. On top of that, he proposed solution to the crisis of metastasized US backed al-Qaeda and company insurgents destroying Syria is to start a war with Russia. Literally.

How did we get into this position? Two things I noticed was the absolute paucity of news coverage of Bernie Sanders, and the overwhelmingly pro-Hillary commentary. Serious, Sanders got about 2 minutes of coverage for every hour Clinton did in the news. Once again, he has some good ideas, but most of them involve upsetting the apple cart for the current power structure. Clinton’s serious failings were essentially ignored by the press, who then would spin stories about Trump that were a deviation from the facts. I guess Trump and the media have that in common.

The current narrative consists of the idea that everyone who supports Trump is part of the un-cool group these days. That is white, male, uneducated, poor, rich, Southern, racist, misogynist, etc… It is amazing to me the amount of pushback and vitriol I have received by daring to utter the phrase, “Trump has made some really sound foreign policy suggestions.” The keyword there is some — like when he talks about working with Russia, instead of, you know, starting a nuclear war which all the scenarios lead to an uninhabitable Northern Hemisphere…

Recently the US has experienced a number of racially motivated riots, and there are definitely structures in place that would lead to anger (that or they really are being paid by the Open Societies Foundation to protest). Trump is the national equivalent of such a riot. How you might ask? Think of all the times a protest or riot has ended with people destroying the community. Trump is not a reaction to being worried about immigrants — by the way, have you seen Sweden’s rape statistics lately? Trump is the manifestation of anger at the political/economic power structure in the US. A power structure that includes the media.

My distrust from the Bush era never left. The same horrifying things are happening again, only this time they are being used for a Democrat. (I use this adjective loosely as she started as a Republican Goldwater volunteer, and very much maintains the neocon worldview. Trump incidentally started as a Democrat. Look up their historical comments on gay marriage…) She might be a compulsively lying psychopath, but damnit, she’s our compulsively lying psychopath, and isn’t it time we have a woman in the White House? Death to the Patriarchy!

Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, and Ron Paul have all targeted the banking cartel that currently controls our economic system. Hillary talks like she works for one. Well I suppose they do pay her millions of dollars… The same media that walked us into the Bush wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are trying to push us into a Clinton the Second Presidency that will be a continuation of the last 16 years of terrible policies. A media that doesn’t even try to hide its allegiance.

Ten years ago I thought every Republican was an idiot. Now I have no choice but to believe that they were, in fact, correct in their claims of media bias. However, I don’t think it is as much a liberal bias as it is a statist, establishment, status quo bias. Now I listen to the same elitist attitude about how everyone supporting Hillary is so much smarter than everyone who is not. It’s tiresome, and unproductive. I suspect that a Hillary Presidency would drive many people to hate the Democrats the same way it drove the progressives of the last decade to hate the Republicans, and the Democrats don’t even see it coming. Except the Sanders supporters who are ready to Bern it all down, but can’t in good consciousness support Trump either.

So far, it doesn’t matter which party is in the White House:

“Don’t want to be an American idiot.
One nation controlled by the media.
Information age of hysteria.
It’s calling out to idiot America.”