Friday, 16 September 2016

The Appalling State of UK and USA Politics

It has been thirty-seven years since Margaret Thatcher reshaped the Conservative Party. It has been thirty-five years since Ronald Reagan reshaped the Republican Party.

Thatcher, a devout follower  of Frederick Hayek, repositioned the right-of-centre Conservative's closer to right-wing Libertarianism by forging together Neo-Conservatism fueled by Neo-Liberal policies. She, like the former Hollywood B-lister,  an admirer of Milton Friedman, was a huge fan of laissez-faire free trade but tellingly, to quote Reagan, the despicable 'trickle-down' method of wealth creation.

For once the UK led. Regrettably, it has to be said.  

Thatcher was followed by Major, an insignificant player on the world stage. Reagan was followed by George Wubble U's daddy, George Bush the First. The gent decided to declare war on a nation and its leader the USA formerly supported, Iraq and Saddam Hussein. George Senior made a bigger impact than John Major it has to be said. 

"He who joyfully marches to music rank and file, has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action. It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder." - Albert Einstein

George senior and John Major were pale variants of their predecessors whose genius in redefining not only their respective political parties but also the opposition's, laid the tracks upon which all future politics would run down.

In America, the once progressive Democratic Party turned turtle and accepted the poisoned chalice proferred by big business and slid to the right. Applause please for William 'Bill' Clinton. The champion of the corporates. 

In the UK the once powerful, socialist driven, Labour Party were turned into toothless paper tigers. The only solution was for them to change course. Enter Tony Blair, a massive admirer of Big Bill Clinton. Enter New Labour or, in reality, Conservative-lite.

And so it has been these past three decades. And so it will remain if the masters behind the politicians have their way.

Thatcher and Reagan forced the left, almost destroyed them in fact, to move to the right, to take up the centre ground as vacated by the former parties that occupied that position thereby allowing the right to move further right whilst the centre-left drove into a centrist smudge which leant heavily to the right. Fait accompli. This has left us, the voters, with very little choice as the available parties are so alike.

If offered a choice between Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton then my vote would begrudgingly go to the latter. This though is not a fair choice being offered to the American voters. The reason neither candidate is particularly popular is because neither candidate is particularly trustworthy. Both being different flavours of the same dish.

My heart would shout Jill Stein but the  chance of something as radical as the Green Party, with all the media mind manipulation, the corporate dislike of being told that simply making money  and damn the consequence is no longer a viable option, just won't wash with them. And let's face it those  corporates own both Republican's and Democrat's.

With Wikileaks revealing the dark depths of Hilary Clinton's dreadful lack of judgement it is yet again showing us that the only pragmatic choice would have been Bernie Sanders. At least he would have guaranteed a progressive Democrat victory.

My concerns, as a slave to the hegemony of the USA, are these...

Trump is either playing mind games with the right, playing to the audience to gain their votes but with little intention of doing half the stuff he says he will, or, and far more worryingly, he means every word and wants his finger hovering over that red button.

Clinton is a corporate cuckold kowtowing to big business, a person so keen to watch her bank balance increase that she will, as she has indicated, push TTP through. One thing for sure is that she is no progressive.

I disliked Margaret Thatcher. I disliked her policies and her ludicrous desire to re-establish a hierarchy that furnished the few with millions and the many with hardships. At least she was sincere, a thing neither Trump or Clinton are.

God bless America.  Gods help us all.

Russell Cuts the Corn From The Brewers Whiskers.

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