It is the media not the voters who choose, at least the final two candidates. Clients and agents of the two national parties, the corporate media includes/excludes skews, spins, exalts and mythologizes two prime characters in the ultimate reality multi-media show in which monstrous fortunes are moved, speculated and confirmed. In the end the voters decide on which of the two is to be president, their tribalist votes funneled to those select candidates.
I have been arguing for progressives lefties and liberals to quit bitching, be in the streets but also be in the ballot box. They didn’t turn out for the Illinois governor’s race and now our besides themselves with Bruce Rauner’s austerity and anti-unionism, in a template precisely that of Wisconsin’s Walker, Kasich in Ohio and Schneider in Michigan. Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan, once solidly in the blue are now in play come 2016. It looks like, after Chicago mayor Rahm Emmanuel’s debacle with NATO, his outrage with the schools, TIFs, red light cameras to name a few, turn out in the election is expected to be extremely low. Liberals and Lefties, disenfranchised, disappointed, disillusioned and just plain disinterested will also help Jeb Bush become the next president.
Don’t kid yourself; the media has already decided that Hillary and Bush are their parties presumptive candidates. Why else would that already be covering every word, every footstep? This will be billed as the ultimate grudge match between America’s political royalty. The RNC has already decided that all of their resources are to be levied against Hillary.
And there is the mathematical and statistical component. Over the 116 years, since 1900, there have been 11 Republican presidents serving 68 years as opposed to 8 Democrat Presidents, serving 48 total years. Democrats presidents have never succeeded one another except when JFK was assassinated, ostensibly by the rightwing, and Johnson took over. Since Obama is a Democrat, history would virtually guarantee that the next president would be Republican. Since we know that the process of choosing candidates has been intercepted and manipulated then we can assume status quo. Jeb Bush will be the next president.
Of course the variable is the American voter, showing up to vote for tweedle Bush and tweedle Hillary, but if history is any indicator that looks unlikely. I have almost no hope or faith in progressives or the Left to show up and vote, Instead they seem content to do anything but vote on election day, and are content to be the perpetual victim, the proverbial whipping boy for the state. They’ll show up in the streets and on facebook for a half an hour once the republican and corporate co-opted government gets their well intentioned dander up. But then there will be a scandal with a reality TV personality, a must watch youtube or twitter sensation, a bowl game or a new bar to go to and the weekend radicals will abandon t heir rice-paper activism.
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WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “Shoot Down: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com