Today (12/9/16) I read this in Google News:
“The President has directed the Intelligence Community to conduct a full review of what happened during the 2016 election process. It is to capture lessons learned from that and to report to a range of stakeholders.” This was the White House Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Adviser Lisa Monaco, speaking at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast.
Pledging a “full review” over breakfast, huh? Personally, I’d feel better if they had just had their US taxpayer backed breakfast, and wouldn’t pursue this bullshit further. You know why? Because this system sucks no matter who wins, no matter who interferes in it. To some degree, it hardly matters who is kept out of the process. It is time to find a new way of doing things, and to actually do things intelligently en masse for once. No more social stratification, no more imposing our ideas on others by force. People: Stop doing stupid things so often, please!
The two parties are terrible. They do terrible things. They lie. They cheat. They rig things against each other, against us. But that barely even matters, as we are the ones who let them happen. We go too far out of our collective way to legitimize them, and some people will never even see the problem.
This country elected a buffoon this time, to be sure, but that’s how things have always been. This buffoon simply makes it a little more obvious than some of the others (though George W. Bush gives anyone a run for their money).
The simple point is, there is no true democracy — be it representative democracy or even direct democracy. There are merely attempts at it, with varying degrees of buffoonery. Similarly, there is “No True Socialism,” and capitalism and the free market are sham concepts as well.
What good will come out of the “full review”? If the US finds something and decides to punish anyone, how will it help you? More importantly, how will it help me? It won’t. It simply won’t. In fact, it would cost taxpayers more money and broaden the government’s spy bullshit powers.
You know what this all reminds me of? The government isn’t entirely different from the Mafia. It might not always say, “If you share this information, I’ll kill you and your family,” but it will go after spies and “hackers” at times, and we are supposed to feel safe and secure about it. Why? I don’t know. Because that’s the official narrative. Meanwhile, it’s well known that the US government has supported — and no doubt will continue to support — all kinds of unsavory despots and terrorist groups, while doing other unsavory shit itself. And I’ll just lay this little fact down right here: The Iraq War cost people at least 2 trillion dollars. Putting aside all the Iraqis killed and the rise of ISIS over there, this still could be considered a massive scandal.
Now, don’t you feel better about being protected from Russian interference? Don’t you feel better about Ecuador removing Julian Assange’s internet privileges during the election? Ecuador said at the time: “The Government of Ecuador respects the principle of non-intervention in the internal affairs of other states. It does not interfere in external electoral processes, nor does it favor any particular candidate.”
Well, I can definitely agree on that last part. I too do not favor any particular candidate, and don’t like supporting a system that punishes spies while surely doing a bunch of spying itself. And this isn’t to say spying is a good thing or bad thing. I don’t want to paint myself into a corner here. But let’s not pretend our election cycle is pure or sacred in any way. It’s a foul sideshow. Perhaps we should try things other than elections, spying, threats of violence and actual violence. After all, this is the year where we could finally truly see how dumb the system is. The worst 2 candidates were chosen by the stupid parties, and the asshole whose catchphrase was “Your fired!” got elected, even though he apparently didn’t actually win the popular vote. That is almost objectively stupid. Maybe there’s a little bit of subjectivity there, but only trace amounts. It is as close to being objectively stupid as any fact can be.
And so, government, if you wish to keep spying, try pointing those binoculars up your own ass for once. You’ll find plenty of deep and dark secrets while you’re at it.