The 24 Day Revolution! Stun FOX and CNN!
One of my favorite political memories was the stunned looks on some of the cable news faces when Bush won in 2000. Wolf Blitzer, on CNN, looked as if he'd been tased. I'd love to relive that moment. But I'd like to add Sean Hannity to the list of people who should be seen loosing bowel control on the air.
The media are now so smug in their assumptions. They carried Clinton and Trump. They gave them tons of free press through the primaries. Then they retired to their editorial corners and declared that it can only be Trump or Clinton. Any mention of another possibility is ridiculous. If you listen to people, you'd get the impression the general population has bought this line once again.
BUT...for those sickened by the race to the bottom we are witnessing, for those who don't see any redeeming qualities in the "republican" or the "democrat", we have something going for us we've never had before; numbers. Huge numbers.
Think about it. The polls are now polling likely voters. People who actually vote make up less than half the voting age population. Clinton and Trump polling the 40's indicates that each candidate has the support of about 20% of the voting population. That leaves up to 60% of American adults are available to a third, fourth or fifth party.
I would wager a good number of those people would like to cause Sean or Wolf to piss their pants.
That is what the 24 Day Revolution is all about. The idea is to simply continue to share this argument as it unfolds in text and video. By repeatedly exposing people to the idea that they are not the property of the major parties they may start to feel their value and independence as voters.
WARNING! States have different rules about how close to an election you can register. So if you are not registered but want to be a part of the Revolution, REGISTER TO VOTE NOW!!!!!!!!!!!
DREAM WITH ME!
Imagine the reporting on 8 November, and the morning after, if the electoral results were rolling in and all the pundits turned out to be wrong! It will be laughable to watch them try to make sense of it. Can you see the House and Senate members racing to the microphones trying to convince everyone they knew this was coming all along?
Hillary would go into hiding, that smug smirk knocked off her face permanently (perhaps it would be a learning moment for her). Trump, of course, would be telling anyone who would listen that it was "all rigged and unfair, very unfair. Believe me." To which we could all happily say, "You're welcome."
We can do this! We can have a better president and sit back and watch them all scramble to understand it.
IT'S UP TO US!
I'm not going to say you don't have the right to vote for anyone you wish. But if either of the two creatures the media and the major parties foisted on us gets into office, those who voted for them have a hand in doing grave harm to our country.
This isn't the first time I am saying all this, but the context is different. We have a chance to do something amazing. Listed here are just a few of dozens of reasons to try.
Hillary will happily drive the nation and the economy into the dirt. We aren't far from there already, as we will see when the Fed finally stops spoon-feeding Wall Street [1. Kept alive by artificial means, the stock market is completely removed from the actual state of the economy. When the quantitative easing gravy train roll to a stop, the market will reflect the condition of the wider economy. That, my friends, will be a dark day indeed.].
What would Hillary Milhouse Clinton do when the Fed finally can't carry her as they did Obama? If you are intellectually honest you know the answer to that. She will seize the opportunity to gather much more power unto herself. She is without conscience. She is, as we always knew, in bed, naked and having rabid (financial) monkey sex with the the biggest of the crony capitalists. The "emergency measures" she would take would dwarf the $2 trillion dollars we pissed away in 2008-2009[2. the bank bailout and the stimulus package]. That wasted money resulted in the executive branch acquiring more power for itself and treating it's bank and union minions to big fat give-aways.
Some far-left types might say that's a good thing. We need a strong central government to fix this country. I respectfully disagree with the assertion. But what is not open to argument is that Hillary is not your girl to do that. She isn't a true socialist in the mold of Jill Stein. Hillary has no sense of other. Hillary cares only for Hillary. Others only exist in her world to serve HER - not the country. She's proven this.
I will give you one of countless examples of Hillary in a snapshot. At the State Department, nothing was permitted to cross her desk that wasn't a photo op, super good press, face time with Obama or the Clinton "Foundation". Just one negative result? Well, by the time Chris Stevens was begging for more security to run guns all over the Middle East, Hillary was no longer getting any face time on the issue of Libya.[3. This article addresses it indirectly. As apologetic as the piece is, it is still damning.] While the CIA and Secretary of Defense remember getting Cc'd about the need for security, Hillary doesn't. This isn't an example of her famous, phony amnesia at work. She really never saw the emails and wouldn't have done anything about them if she had. There was no money in it and there was no self-promotion in it. As a result, four men were killed in Benghazi. The most amazing thing is she has not had a moment's remorse over the affair.
In Street Politics, I wrote that her "What difference does it make..." moment was staged, planned for when she ran out of obfuscations. As it turns out, that is exactly what is was. She hired a publicity firm to tell her what to say before the committee. That fact has been public knowledge for a week. You likely haven't heard it.
We know it all to be true. My words are not intended for the truly ignorant or the willfully blind. I am speaking to people who want to do the right thing by this election.
But What About Trump and the Economy
Ah, but what would Donald Trump do when the funny money runs pout and the real economy is laid bare. He is supposed to be this great CEO, right? He's a brilliant businessman, right? Well, no. That's quite wrong actually. to demonstrate Trump's brilliance they point to The Trump Tower and the casinos he "built." Here are the facts. Trump did find investors excited about being in the big-time and building big things. The real work, including the writing of "his" books was left to professionals. Trump didn't pick them because magically saw a spark of talent in up-and-comers. He found out who already did what he wanted to have done and doubled their salary. Trump's job then, as is has been ever since, was to be the face man. He's the court jester, if necessary. He was to keep investors and buyers entertained and interested. He was good at that. It doesn't take a genius to give a mark anything he wants to keep him happy.
But in the process, Trump ran the finances of these great projects into the ground. His own bankers said Ivana was more aware of finances than he was. The result, by the time the bankers were forced to take action, was that all four major Trump projects were in dire straights. When the dust settled, Trump was out as CEO and put on a generous monthly allowance. His job was as before; in exchange for the use of his name Trump would continue to receive the allowance and continue the dog-and-pony routine. Everything he did professionally was done to polish the Trump name. Not the family name, but the Trump Taj Mahal name. He was also allowed to bid on facilities maintenance contracts for any projects that used his name.
All this has served him well. He has gone on to a "Reality" TV gig, where he was fed lines to throw at pretend interns, got paid to put his name on all sorts of projects and stayed in the public eye. All this was good for him and the companies he lost, but left his name on.
I never faulted Trump for using the bankruptcy laws as they should be used when the companies needed it. Only jealous losers go on about how rich he is when he had to file bankruptcy. And his loyal fans say that using those laws are a sign of his hidden genius. But unlike more short-sighted fans and enemies, I understood the need for those reorganizations and who initiated them as an indication he was in way over his head. History and this campaign proved me right. He's not a genius. He's not even a good chief executive. He is what we see every night on TV. He is a self-absorbed, inarticulate, immature Twitter fan.
Worse, if he is elected, the Fed won't attempt to carry him. They would like nothing more than to pull the rug out and blame a "conservative"[4. This is the price you pay for pretending to believe Trump is a conservative. He is not. He never has been.]
When the financial balloon goes up, Trump will revert to type as he does now, even when he knows it is suicidal. He CANNOT help himself. He will fume at the Fed. He'll say it's unfair. He'll say HE is being treated poorly. 'It's all rigged." He'll say. Advisors will try to get him to focus and say the right thing. He will try, but he won't really understand where they are going and won't really be interested. He will obsessively tell everyone it isn't his fault.
I may be writing for naught anyway. This is unconfirmed, but I understand Trump is considering starting his own network, like Oprah. What serious human being would even be daydreaming about that in midst of a bruising political campaign; no matter how loony the campaign had become?
There is more, much more. Join the revolution! But don't vote yet. Check out McMullin, Johnson and Stein. If you are honest with yourself, you will see that the Revolution is correct. We can do better than Clinton or Trump.
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