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Americans’ 2016 Choices: Lesser-Able and Lesser-Evil

Hillary Clinton, Donald TrumpOnce again, the quadrennial apparition has reached the dreaded countdown to political ignominy, placing American democracy on trial once again… yet quickly dismissing the charges, letting the political circus continue with its three-ring democracy made up of a dangerous quasi-autocratic executive, a corrupt special-interests Congress, and an ugly, politically tainted judiciary.  But in 2016, the choice of whether to re-elect Lesser-Evil for the umpteenth time might be looking at Evil as a new candidate: Lesser-Able. 

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True Believers and the U.S. Election

Eric HofferOne thing that Donald Trump has done is brought the U.S. version of “true believer” to the political forefront. This group of people was best described by Eric Hoffer (1898-1983). Hoffer was a largely self-educated, working-class, American social philosopher. His best-known work was entitled The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements, published in1951.

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Deplorables, Delusionals and Demagogues United by a Flawed Foreign Policy

trump-supportersIf you are an alien, terrestrial or extraterrestrial, looking at our nation these days, you would be scratching your head trying to figure out why our country is known as the USA and not the DPA (Disunited Peoples of America). Only thing that appears to unite us – not all but most – is the love of empire and pride in a corporate-military war machine that mercilessly sucks a great part of our economic, intellectual and moral resources; truly impoverishing our people and making Americans, friends of some but enemies of most people around the world.

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There Is Nothing Unusual About Ignorance

Gary JohnsonThe vast majority of people “live locally.” Wherever they are residing, that is the arena of their life, and it is that environment that they know best. Even up-and-coming American political leaders are subject to this rule. This became embarrassingly obvious when, on 8 September 2016, Gary Johnson made his now famous faux pas.

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Archie Bunker Still Lives within Some, Many or Most of Us

Trump's supportersPoliticians are human and occasionally they cannot contain themselves, allowing their true sentiments to come out; sometimes in droplets hardly noticed, but sometimes in damaging blurbs.  We, certainly the media, usually point to these blurbs as gaffes.  But in reality they simply represent what these politicians think but are not supposed to acknowledge in a world where we must try, at times force ourselves, to be painfully politically correct in order to achieve some modicum of conviviality.

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