Saturday, August 06, 2016

Cornucopia of Lies, More Lies, Damn Lies : A Plague on Both Their Houses

"I actually think Donald, if you hooked him up to a lie detector test, he could say one thing in the morning, one thing at noon and one thing in the evening, all contradictory and he'd pass the lie detector test each time."
"Whatever lie he's telling, at that minute he believes it."
Ted Cruz, former contender Republican presidential nominee

"[She lies] for good reason: To admit otherwise would be to confess taking, and paying taxes on, what some think amounted to a $100,000 bribe [through cattle-futures trades]."
William Safire, columnist, New York Times "Blizzard of Lies"

"On any fair reading, the pattern of behaviour that [investigative reporter Peter] Schweizer has charged is corruption."
Lawrence Lessig, director, Edmond Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University

"Bill and Hillary have mixed personal wealth, power and influence peddling."
Jeffrey D. Sachs, Earth Institute Director, Columbia University

A boorish low-lifing, self-promoting narcissist who is a television celebrity, a brash loud mouth, a real estate tycoon and a man whose short attention span and boredom convinced him he could have some fun in the political arena, challenging all the Republican hyenas whose political positions more or less mirror his own but without his charisma and talent, so why not advance himself as someone able to fund his own campaign for Republican candidate for the presidency?

Speak Paul Ryan has has criticized Trump’s call for a ban on Muslim entering the US and said his attack on a federal judge was ‘textbook racist’.
Speaker Paul Ryan has has criticized Trump’s call for a ban on Muslim entering the US and said his attack on a federal judge was ‘textbook racist’. Photograph: Eric Thayer/Reuters 

Just to stir up the waters, as it were. To get a high out of seeing all those stiff-mannered, civil clowns blanch at his comments that the man-on-the-street lauds as honest and plain-speaking. Who could have predicted the wave of popular support that would sweep him off his feet? But it's there, and it's genuine as people applaud his authenticity, his diamond-in-the-rough qualities and his extravagant prose, his promises to deliver them back into American pride.

The game became serious for Donald Trump when he assessed the popularity his ebullient self-confidence was met with, his condemnation of dirty, corrupt politics as usual. They enjoy his eccentric boastfulness, they like to see someone who's in the billionaire class being casual and down-to-earth; he's their man, their middle-finger-raised to the Washington crowd, the corporate interests. Overlooking his own, of course, because he's special.

And who is he running against? The most blatantly incompetent, corrupt Democratic candidate that connections and influence and women's lib could conceive. A congenital liar, an underperformer, a schemer who lied about exposing classified government secrets to hostile nations, a woman who as Secretary of State just shrugged off her failure to secure the lives of Americans from terrorists in Benghazi, lying under oath, celebrating her innocence after James Comey's indictment.

A woman accused of fraud, obstruction of justice and corruption. Of course her Republican rival is nothing to brag about as an upstanding citizen of virtuous conduct; he too is suspected of all those venal  and illegal practices. But as a private citizen, not an elected official in the executive branch. Betraying the public trust at the most fundamentally deep levels of government administration of the public weal is Hillary's faultline. Trump is just a nasty little charlatan.

The Clintons mysteriously have gone from White House penurious to massive private wealth. The Clinton family foundation did well by leveraging their political influence and power. The Clinton Foundation took in millions in donations from parties involved in the transfer of half of America's domestic uranium output to Moscow through those same parties; what an amazing coincidence was revealed by The New York Times.

Is anyone listening? Doesn't matter, really. Sometimes you're really and truly stuck between a rock and a hard place, and that's where the American voting public now find themselves. Out of a population of 320 million people, two of this low calibre is all that remains to challenge one another for the presidency? Is the United States prepared for this.>

Is the world?

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