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2016 — The Year America Realized the Inevitable Result of Constantly Choosing the ‘Lesser of Two Evils’

Election after election, Americans sat idly by as decent candidates who challenged the status quo were shunned and dismissed by the media as unelectable. All the while, demagogues on power trips were continually thrust into the limelight as the only viable options. Well, the chickens are finally coming home to roost.

Exactly how nonsensical the 2016 presidential election could get — and how far mainstream media would go to distort facts and significance — received a resounding answer this week, thanks to Wikileaks first massive disclosure of Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta’s hacked emails and the oh-so-convenient twin reminder from the DNC via the media that Trump said some awfully lewd and disgraceful shit some 12 years ago.

While the two campaigns are now lobbing barbs at one another over the supposed revelations (the sensible among us knew all along to be true), the corporate media presstitutes busied themselves condemning all things Trump — while pretending not to notice the ginormous implications of any number of eye-popping disclosures about Clinton found in the Podesta leak.

Let’s face it, America — we’re doing it wrong.

Perhaps this first installment of Julian Assange’s long-awaited October Surprise should have fallen in our laps in the nascent stages of Clinton’s bid for the White House. Perhaps the Washington Post — in virtual certain coordination with the DNC and/or Clinton campaign — should have let slip the repulsive Trump video when he first began to lead the field of GOP presidential hopefuls.

Perhaps Hillary’s perfect track record of fabrication, mendacity, near — if not outright — criminal behavior, and interminable list of scandals should have nullified any integrity for the presidency in the American public’s collective mind, if not landed her behind bars, years ago.

Perhaps Trump’s laughably false reputation as businessman extraordinaire, despite a history replete with scamming, conning, shortchanging, failing to pay, lawsuits, swindles, bankruptcies, and, oh yeah, those not-at-all worrisome underage rape allegations and the aforementioned statements, from his own mouth, about forcing himself on women against their will, should have prohibited any intimation of hopes for the White House before the thought ever crossed his mind.

Apparently none of these matters occurred to any of the players involved — or, maybe they did — and strategy dictated their timing less than a month prior to the national election because, at this point, it’s too late for America to reverse its idiotic, failed-from-jump-street course toward utter disaster.

We’re not only speeding toward the edge of a perilous cliff, but arguing over who should steer the wheel — leaving no one competent enough available to man the brakes.

It’s additionally entirely possible control of the wheel won’t matter, considering the current driver’s obstinance might first divert us into full-scale world — if not nuclear — war.

War, it should be noted, that will be funded through debt and with our tax dollars.

And several theaters of military operations — as war has not yet been officially and never will be declared in Syria, Yemen, and other sovereign nations — directly fuel this potentially decimating and longer-lasting theoretical World War III.

Wars having nothing to do with the betterment of humanity, the advancing of innovation, the freeing of enslaved peoples, the furthering of liberty, the enriching of anyone but the military-industrial machine, or even, necessarily, with the hegemonic taking of someone else’s natural resources.

Wars the imperialist government of the United States, which has incidentally gone rogue and no longer represents its people, undertook in the name of fighting both the terrorism and terrorists it created and continues to fund — again, with our tax dollars.

Wars which somehow made acceptable the bombing of hospitals and markets and schools and aid convoys and emergency workers and weddings — as well as militaries against which no official declaration of war, again, has ever been made.

And as if these altogether astronomically alarming points weren’t telling enough of 2016’s surreality, there’s actually so much more.

Americans not embroiled in vicious debate over which godawful candidate could be worse for our future posit inane theories about Kim Kardashian’s … whatever … or freak out about a nonexistent clown apocalypse or scold the dead victims of police violence for not being in complete compliance with laws governing nonviolent, noncriminal, victimless acts that should not exist in the first place or lambaste an athlete for protesting the wrong way and showing ostensible disrespect for a piece of cloth and a song symbolic of all of these problems.

Have we lost our fucking minds?

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Much of the world seems to think so — and, given the evidence, how far off can they really be?

We’ve become a culture of victim-blamers, censors, politically-correct social justice warriors, hypocrites, race-baiters, xenophobes, instigators, whiners, tattletales, finger-pointers, perpetual victims, hyperbolic crybabies, narcissists — and generally experts in everyone else’s lives but our own.

On the other hand — though you might not realize, since these headlines don’t sell — we’ve also quietly innovated, organized peaceful resistance, come together despite differences, taken successful stands against callous policies and reckless industries, usurped the mainstream media’s forever-faulty narratives, subverted Big Government, spread awareness, helped save our planet’s flora and fauna from near ruin, and generally effected good works.

So, perhaps, hope does indeed spring eternal.

Perhaps someone cagey and powerful or loud enough might yet dive for the brakes. Perhaps absurdity’s epic proportions will prove to the public-at-large that — once and for all — our loyalty to the parcel of land on which we exist should not extend arbitrarily to the ideologues claiming to rule it.

Perhaps elections are distractions, war only lines a few wallets, and the end of the American empire will not only ultimately bring peace — but is far past due.

  • william beeby

    I congratulate the writer of this piece , Claire Bernish , as it is very well written , very true and I very much agree with the points she makes so well.

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  • Oct 9, 2016 – CNN Caught Telling Audience What To Say (Listen @ 5 Seconds)

    https://youtu.be/W0cf6xkX9B4

  • Scrimshaw

    An excellent wake up call for the sleeping masses… If they’re willing to hear it. We have been tricked into screaming at eachother about which is the lesser of two evils, and mocking those who try not only to warn us, but point out that of we only chose to, we could be debating ther merits and positions of the greater of two goods. The Single Party with two heads is pro war, and antifreedom. Period. Dot.

    The Greens and the Libertarians are Pro Freedom, Pro Peace, and truely represent the majority that has been carefully trained to ignore them.

    THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE.
    Choose Good, or settle once more for great Evil.
    Peace or War, Life or Death, Liberty or Subjugation.
    Spreak up NOW, or forever dream of peace, for you shall neither recieve, nor deserve any.

  • Oct 9, 2016 – PROOF: HILLARY IS ROTHSCHILD’S PUPPET

    Author James Perloff returns to SGT Report to breakdown the hardcore proof that Hillary Clinton is the Central Banker’s choice for US President, and the Rothschilds, Rockefellers and Bush families will do anything in their power to see her inserted into the Oval office so that their international crime “business” can continue unabated and unaccountable to rule of law.

    https://youtu.be/tJ7_evaLfkM

  • tz1

    Does anyone else see irony in a post about evil, or lesser evil where the author cannot control her tongue or fingers?
    “Have we lost our fucking minds?”
    No, but we’ve lost our souls and all have become hypocrites.
    So much scripture says that someone who cannot control their tongue can’t control anything else.
    The only thing beyond that is we now have PERFECTLY representative government – it represents our evil and apathy. What is it now, 60 million dead aborted babies?

    • The three Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) were created by ancient people, most of their stories taken from other, much older religions. Those people knew very little of the universe in which they lived, believing the Earth to be flat and the center of the universe. They needed to believe in something to make their lives have meaning and to explain what happens to them after their own death. Fear of the unknown is the reason religion has been so popular for such a long time.

      Why do people put their faith in something like that? Not a single shred of evidence has been found that this super being called God exists. Wouldn’t you think that if he existed that he would have left some evidence in every corner of the planet? Why wouldn’t he come visit every now and then to make sure people knew he was still around? Why didn’t he give out bibles to everyone on the planet instead of just making himself known to a few people in the Middle East? What about all the other people around the world at that time and before that time, what happened to them? And what about all those people that came after this religion was “discovered” but had not yet received that knowledge? All religions stink to high heaven and all have footprints on them of those in power who wish to control those beneath them. Time to wake up!

      Wouldn’t it be better to learn everything you can in life, not rejecting any ideas, and then determining for yourself what you think life is about?

      I’m a Pantheist and follow the teachings of Buddha (a way of living life, not a religion) and that is after living much of this life as a Christian. Pantheists believe that the universe (and everything in it, including us) is God. You are one with “God”, all the time, before you were born, while you live and after you die, you are still one with it.

      Too many things simply did not make sense with Christianity so today I am here with one idea but tomorrow, who knows where I’ll be? The point is, you are doing yourself a great disservice by taking the first idea you come across and running with it while rejecting all others. Never stop searching!

      • tz1

        You initially sounded like an atheist so I would have said “what is the point as you will cease to exist”. Yet did not Buddah say the material world is an illusion? If it is an illusion, does it matter whether the illusion is a plane or a sphere (note – Christians did NOT believe the earth was flat – see various videos by Stefan Molyneux and others that simply seek truth; there are real, historic errors, but there are also slanders).

        I have considered Pantheism, but simply don’t believe in it. I’m a Traditional Catholic, but am learning Mormonism from two Elders who are explaining it to me. I’m beginning to understand it in detail but don’t believe it. I’m always open that I may be wrong.

        But this puts my reply into focus. The complaint was about two evils, yet was posted containing profane or vulgar language. Usually the most true position has the least contradictions and ambiguities (Godel said we cannot be free of them, but he didn’t say we couldn’t find a minima)

        • I said Ancient People’s believed the Earth was flat.

          With Pantheism I feel much more as one with God (the Universe) than I EVER did when I was a Christian (Baptist and Catholic). I only reject religions which are creations of man, not the idea that there is more to this universe than what I can see.

      • Guy

        You know what ? After all that searching since the 60’s, when I first started after listening to the Beatles and Maharishi Yogi, Baba Rhamdis and a few other enlightened souls.

        I still haven’t found myself, so I guess I am doing something wrong and will just have to vote Republican after all. Rather than, to make Hillary my guiding light !

        • Not voting for either, both are tools of the Plutocracy.

  • ♓Ξ▲ѴƳ Ƙ∆RM∆~Ð∈ßϯ SᏝ▲V∈

    I’ve heard of the Bush Crime Family and the Clinton Crime Family. I have yet to hear of a Trump Crime Family. The only choice right now for who is going to be our next president is Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. Who do you want to be your president. Ask yourself WHO is the far far lesser of two evils. Its really that simple because its your only choice right now. Choose wisely.

  • Watch this movie:

    Owned & Operated
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njSV5LtVmR4&list=WL&index=7

    It explains everything pretty darn well.

  • junktex

    Ron Paul and Jill Stein were two of the “shunned”

    • Paul Brar

      Don’t forget Bernie..

      • junktex

        Bernie received a lot of press coverage and was more of a victim of DNC corruption.Bernie did not have as much character as Jill Stein/Ron Paul as he eventually supported crooked Hillary.Paul and Stein never compromised their principles

        • Paul Brar

          Didn’t Jill Stein ask for a recount of the vote? Hmmmm…..

          • junktex

            Yep.In retrospect,I think I was too hasty in lauding the duplicitous Jilll Stein.

  • Genevieve Hawkins

    Ahh but if we didn’t have war who would take US dollars?

    • Guy

      Maybe the ones who need them the most !? We tried that in Bangladesh, din’t work out to well. Tried it again in Afghanistan, bad move. Now in Syria, dumb and dumber !
      Our attitude of throwing Democracy and Money at them dosen’t seem to be working out to well, dose it ?