In my opinion, in the eyes of the masters of our universe, the (s)election of 2016 was a disaster from the start which might lend one to believe, as I think you do, that the whole purpose of it was to undermine not only our belief in the system we have but also to undermine young people’s expectation of a better tomorrow. To kill hope, so to speak.
I don’t think that is true. It may be the unintended consequence of (s)Election 2016, but often times people misconstrue “outcome” with “plan” when it comes to the workings of our Deep State. Because that’s how the Deep State likes it. Even their losses become victories.
Don’t give into that thinking, it’s just their spin. Because when you do that, you really have lost.
Donald Trump, like Bernie Sanders, never expected to be president. He, like Bernie, was a foil for the real chosen one… Jeb Bush.
You see, TPTB understood there was a growing hostility on the right to yet another Bush Presidency. So what did they do? They ran and promoted a FORMER DEMOCRAT and NEW YORK LIBERAL in the Republican Primary to serve as a kind of a threat. The idea was the primary would come down to Jeb or Trump and folks would “hold their nose” and vote for the “responsible” choice, in part because… Trump couldn’t beat Hillary.
Sanders served in a similar but different capacity (kind of like the difference between “ISIS” in Syria and “ISIS” in Iraq.) His role was too keep the young people motivated and engaged in the unDemocratic Party right up until the end when he would lose and then, knowing progressives, his followers wouldn’t show up to vote for Hillary. Bernie wouldn’t stump for her and that would be that.
In the end it was supposed to be Hillary Vs Bush and they KNEW how unpopular that would be, but remember… George H. W. Bush helped them considerably over the course of his life from serving their interests at the Bay of Pigs to JFK to serving as head of the CIA for a while. And Prescot was also a loyal servant to their interests.
That would have broken spirits as well, a kind of a “in your face, we will run who we want and MAKE you vote for him” kind of thing.
But a funny thing happened on the way to the forum… Jeb was SOOOOO hated, he couldn’t get out of the primaries NO MATTER HOW MUCH THEY TRIED TO RIG IT. And when that happened and they couldn’t get Marco out either, they had to change their plans.
They knew they didn’t want Ted Cruz. He was detestable even by them. Marco wasn’t ready and Bush, in spite of spending nearly a hundred million dollars before Jan. 1 2016, was a non-starter.
They needed to figure out what to do then and the ONLY course left to them… was to ordain Jeb’s planned foil for the General Election, Hillary Rodham Clinton. The primaries were nearly over and it was too late to run another candidate on the unDemocratic Party ticket (but remember, they did float that idea, Joe Biden I believe was talked about stepping in for a while)
True, she was flawed and pushing TPP early on (because remember, she was SUPPOSED to lose at first) and not showing up for the campaign (270 days while under investigation) and seemingly out of it much of the time back then but all of that would change once it was clear Jeb was out. Suddenly her campaign took a turn because all of a sudden, she was the chosen one.
It was at that time that the role Sanders was too play changed as well. Now his task was to keep the youth energized and then, once it was stolen from them, he had to convince as many as he could to vote for Hillary.
The focus on Trump also changed. Overnight almost. The media viciously attacked him at every turn whereas before he had been the quirky darling of the Republican primary getting about 2 billion in free airtime.
But HIS approach also changed. I think his advisors, all of whom were attacked and are gone now, told him… you know… you could win this thing and BECOME PRESIDENT.
Think about it. He was supposed to be out in June of 2016 and throwing his support behind Jeb but now he had to run the course of the election and the ONLY THING standing between himself and the Oval Office was a HATED Hillary Clinton.
What kind of businessman isn’t going to see and take advantage of that kind of easy money?
So his rhetoric changed a bit, he became even more populist and non-interventionist and anti-globalization in his speeches and while everyone outside his offices thought he was still playing along… he and his closest advisors had a different plan.
That’s why they were all targeted for removal especially the one guy who was probably behind Trump’s treachery as they saw it… Steve Bannon.
In the end when it became obvious he was really running, yes, they wiretapped him, they unleashed identity politics in the election campaign at him, they did everything they could to ensure Hillary would “win” including rigging many of the outcomes in various states, but ultimately, he won those three states he wasn’t supposed to, because Hillary is so corrupt and deplorable, and he won the damn thing.
So, understandably, he immediately had to be put in his place. The Russian hacking/collusion thing was designed for that purpose. Meant to undermine him, our faith in “populist” presidents AND to keep him “on the farm” so to speak, with the constant threat of removal from office for one reason or another.
Yes, they did their best to undermine the seated president of the United States and more importantly, the office which he held. Yes, they attacked our democracy and undermined our FAITH in our system. The Russians didn’t do that, our Deep State assets and their minions in politics and the media did.
They did it because… Americans “VOTED THE WRONG WAY”
When one thinks about Trump’s betrayals it’s easy to come to the conclusion that he was ALWAYS the choice by TPTB and everything went according to plan in Nov. of 2016. I don’t think that is the case and the evidence is overwhelming to the contrary in fact.
I think Jeb was supposed to be our next president. I thought that from early 2015 and have seen nothing since then to make me feel otherwise. Condi Rice would have probably been his VP pick, since they were running against Hillary, a vote for Condi would have been a welcome alternative choice for women on BOTH SIDES of the fake political divide. PLUS, Condi would have been a great pick for them as she could have actually run the White House like Dick Cheney did for “W”
THAT would have sent a more devastating message to the American people about their power. Taking someone like Jeb Bush and FORCING the American people to vote for him and elect him into office would have been a powerful statement about REAL power in this country. But they failed and that pissed them off.
Then they figured they would FORCE us, once again, to vote for ANOTHER CANDIDATE we hated, Hillary. And once again, they failed.
Then they were frightened. They were frightened not of Trump or his phony populism (he’s a damn neoliberal billionaire silver-spooner fo God’s sake) but rather… they were frightened of their LACK OF CONTROL. Because, I think it is safe too say at this point, they are control freaks and “stability” is the only other alter (other than Mammon) at which they worship.
That’s a terrifying thing to the real governance of any country. When you think you have the levers of power so well calibrated as to control the outcomes of any given circumstance and suddenly find you don’t, that’s a sort of “Coming to Jesus” moment for you. All of your assumptions are suddenly cast into doubt. You begin to think you have little to no control over anything and desperation ensues.
The glorious markets become tepid, your billionaire owners wonder about your value and you yourself start to fear if that dreaded SHIFT away from neoliberalism is on the horizon. They know it’s coming and the backlash will be a terrible,unforgiving thing. It gives them nightmares akin to images of the French and Russian revolutions. Cold sweats. Wet beds. Sleepless nights. Instability.
Trump’s betrayal was never a matter of “if” as much as it was “when” but that’s not because he was their plan from day one.
That’s because, like Obama before him, Donald Trump has no moral center. And though people wrongly thought that him being a billionaire would FREE him from their control, the opposite is in fact at play. His personal/business empire gives them that much more to threaten him with… threaten him with or bribe him with… depending on how you look at it.
Presidents always betray the candidate that ran for them. That’s how it works in the Shining City on the Hill. Reagan betrayed his promises. So did Clinton. So did Bush. So did Obama.
Mr. Smith doesn’t change Washington with his powerful, down-home, populist, po-dunk charm… Washington rewires Mr. Smith from the inside out. It reboots him with a different operating system and a built-in back-door access that allows them to monitor and guide his every move.
That’s why weak, overly ambitious, morally ambiguous men have always been the preferred champions for that particular office. Any office for that matter. It’s a corrupt, neoliberal, corporate Western “democracy” thing. It’s one reason when you look at statesmen from countries not infected with our disease, they look like the kinds of real leaders of principle we wish we still had.
It’s very simple… they are chosen because they are weak by our real leaders who are not. They are chosen as yesmen and sycophants to power because the REAL power wants it that way.
Trump is the accidental president because a funny thing happened on the way to the forum. His betrayals are one part cowardice and one part ambition but they were not what was supposed to be and they do not serve as any kind of proof that his orange ass was ever intended to sit in the throne.
Though the power behind the throne would LOVE anyone aware enough to even consider such questions to BELIEVE that they never lost control of the process, in truth, they did …
And there is a message in that somewhere, one of real hope, despite Trump’s turning into Hillary with a comb-over… which is absolutely WHY they would rather you BELIEVE he was their choice and you would just a dupe.
But nothing could be further from the truth and they know it… AND SO SHOULD YOU.
Their power is not absolute and that scares the shit out of them. Democracy reared it’s ugly head, you “VOTED THE WRONG WAY” and for a brief moment in history… we steered the ship of state into uncharted waters despite their best efforts to maintain the course of history they plotted for us.
All things being equal, I would say 2016 wasn’t a bad year after all. We shouldn’t let them turn their loss into ours. Because that’s what they do.
screw em. They lost. We won. And no amount of RussiaGate or self doubt will change that fact.
Of course.. when we won we got… Donald Trump.