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Thursday, March 24, 2016

"The Greatest" When Compared to the Worst & the Argentina visit

When I sit and have discussions with people on domestic politics and global affairs, the best way to accurately describe the USA as a country comparatively to others, is to say as a nation it is equivalent to former NFL QB Donovan McNabb

To which I get confusing stares, and then I go on to explain.

McNabb spent most of his career with the Philadelphia Eagles and is widely regarded as the greatest QB to ever play for that franchise

Which is a super compliment until truly understands how mediocre to awful the rest of the QBs were to ever wear an Eagles jersey since the team's inception..  75+ years of absolute collective garbage representing that city's football team.

So yes, McNabb is the 'best' compared to crap but when compared to QBs who were actually great, the guy was nothing special
The USA is in most ways the greatest nation on Earth when comparing to others historically, yet we have the potential to Truly be a nation that the rest of the world envies and time and time again we fall flat due to greed and the need for total control over the world

For instance there are nations that completely deny their citizens the right the vote, and others that have rigged elections where the act of voting is allowed but only one name on the ballot..

Wonder who wins that election?
And in the US, we have supposedly "free" elections that are structurally limited to two candidates who pretend they're as different as night and day but greedily suckle from the same financial and corporate teats.

And both parties do their utmost to control who the candidate will be to ultimately represent them in the Presidential election..

For Democrats, it is super-delegates which are current and former politicians, lobbyists and others with no legal responsibility nor allegiance to select who the people want..

With the Republicans, they set up archaic and intentionally confusing rules for their delegate count so that even a candidate who crosses the number threshold still can not breathe a sigh of momentary relief
Two weeks ago, a Republican convention rules member told CNBC, a day after GOP front-runner Donald Trump rolled up more big primary victories that Political parties, not voters, choose their presidential nominees..

""The media has created the perception that the voters choose the nomination. That's the conflict here," Curly Haugland, an unbound GOP delegate from North Dakota, told CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Wednesday (3/16). He even questioned why primaries and caucuses are held.

"The rules haven't kept up... The rules are still designed to have a political party choose its nominee at a convention. That's just the way it is. I can't help it. Don't hate me because I love the rules.""

Asshole..

But I digress..
Someone please remind me how our system of choosing nominees by party officials differ from how the Fascists and Communists elect their leaders?

Now if Trump can actually survive all the sickening sabotage and dirty tricks by small-minded power-hungry men and women in his own party, maybe I won't look so negatively on the vote and lack of significance it holds for Americans..

Until then, I still keep my cynicism

Presidents of both parties have shown they do not have the slightest clue what true democracy is and never seem willing to learn
Once in office the purposely insulate themselves from the voice of the people and ultimately only hear positives about their performance and never truly know how hated they are by some

They also love using the power of the Presidency to meddle in the affairs of other nations, sometimes even starting up coups to destabilize regions until people are put into power that we like and can do business with

Once such incident occurred 40 years ago today in fact.. March 24th, 1976 and it happened in the nation that the little brown monkey President decided to visit with his family on the taxpayers' dime..

Argentina
On that date, a US supported military coup began resulting in the disappearance and death of over tens of thousands of people and resentment still lingers toward the US for it..

Of course the little brown monkey will lay a commemorative wreath which is as meaningful as the moment of silence in Brussels by the leaders responsible for letting the Muslims live in Belgium in the first place...

Argentine Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo PĂ©rez Esquivel wrote in an open letter prior to Obama's visit that he would not be welcome on Thursday's anniversary because the U.S. “has been and is behind all the destabilization attempts on popular governments of our continent.”

So very true..
But let's move mast the symbolism and this bullshit that the little brown monkey President is a good person wanting to do the right thing..

Why is the prick in Argentina?

Obama’s visit is meant to promote the Trans-Pacific Partnership and like all trade agreements we enter into,  it is led by large corporations and filled with secret clauses which threaten countries’ sovereignty,”

The 12-nation TTP is one of the largest economic treaties to lower trade barriers. Concluded in 2015, it has drawn political opposition in the United States as well.

You didn't think the mulatto was visiting these nations as a good-will ambassador did you?
Ever since the Monroe Doctrine, the US has looked at the rest of this hemisphere as our playground and we set the economic rules which the Caribbean, Central and South America are to abide

We also treat the Middle East as our stomping ground and pretend Israel is our friend and ally when its really treated by one Administration after another as our yelping dog to sit and fetch as we please.

If it was truly treated as a sovereign, independent State, then Israel would never be under any obligation to tell the US ahead of time of its desire to bomb Iran's nuclear sites just to have careful plans fall to pieces when the US intentionally leaks the secret to the media

A true sovereign, independent nation or state simply Does
But analysis of that distorted relationship is for another time

Less than 10 months to go and then all that Presidential decision-making power will be taken away from this little brown monkey forever

Maybe American Democracy isn't so bad after all..