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Ah yes, the shouting. If anything marks the current midterm election, it is the unending, ear-busting din of shouting from all sides of the political spectrum.
In this election of extremes, the shrill volume of attacks, counterattacks, claims, counterclaims, threats and counter-threats would have drowned out the real messages of the election is any such messages had actually existed.
Most political campaigns are built around sound bites but this was a collection of sound screams — ones that will continue right up until election day.
Normally, we don’t expect smart people as candidates — those with an IQ above that of an average plant know better than to run for office — but the shrill incompetence of this year’s crop of wannabes have driven the bar of expectations to sub-terrain levels.
Christine O’Donnell needs a brain transplant to just rise to the level of moron. Sharron Angle proves the American education system is turning out illiterates. The list goes on…and on…and on.
But some — too many — of these incompetents will win because the average American voter is too dumb and stupid to think past their own anger and frustration. They won’t consider what effect their choices will have down the road. They just want to throw the bums out and they don’t care that the clowns they elect will turn the normal political circus into a second-rate carnival.
There’s no doubt that the current Democratic leadership of Congress is a miserable failure with equally corrupt and morally-bankrupt leaders in both the House and Senate.
But the crop of challengers that will replace many incumbents — and probably give control of at least the House back to the Republicans — will answer to the same, failed GOP leadership that ran Congress before the 2006 midterm elections.
The influx of loudmouths and demagogues spawned by the phony grassroots operation called the tea party “movement” will just add to the noise in the already debate-stalled House while gains in the Senate will just add to the gridlock that has turned that body into a meaningless chamber.
The problem cannot be solved by switching back and forth between two corrupt political parties that put their agendas ahead of the nation’s needs. It’s the system that must be changed and without drastic, history-changing upheaval, nothing will change.
This election, more than any in recent memory, shows the corrupting influence of big money in politics. The Supreme Court opened the doors by allowing unlimited spending by corporations — both real and those “created” as a sham to pump money into elections.
Both parties have become pawns of billionaires — George Soros on the left and the Koch brothers on the right. The tea party is just a front for Charles and David Koch to force their private agenda on a gullible electorate. Soros did the same thing in 2006 but he had more restrictions then. Now the restrictions are gone and those with the most money to burn control the agenda and — ultimately — the nation.
Didn’t this kind of situation spawn a revolution back in 1776?
Back then it was kings and profiteers. Now it’s industrialists, political consultants and profiteers.
Those are the bums we have to throw out — and that action can’t be taken at the ballot box.