A bunch of mostly teen-aged trolls screwed the Donald over in Tulsa – all by way of a social media platform. They tRik-toked the guy. Trump and his team thought they’d have 100’s of thousands of people attend his political rally and, in the end, only 6200 showed up. That seems kinda fair to me. I mean, Trump trolls got him elected and Trump trolls are still grinding the BS out on just about every political forum. They cheat and lie all day, every day. It seems just that some of that ‘lying’ and ‘fake news’ got turned back on Trump. It was good to see.
But…..it also showed up Democracy for what it really is: A pretty simple con-game in which to the early participants go the spoils. Almost like a pyramid scheme. If you do not get involved at the very early stages, you are simply grist for the mill, cannon fodder, one of the sheople. You will be taken to the cleaners.
Democracy is NOT the voice of the people – especially if the people remain mute, disengaged and apathetic. Democracy is for sale. Democracy goes to the best ‘marketer’. Democracy favours advertising. Democracy favours the BIG spenders. Democracy is anything BUT the voice of the people. Democracy, it seems, is a prostitute. Capitalism and democracy go hand in hand.
It is interesting to take note of the real practitioners of the Democracy game-as-we-know-it. They are the inner-sanctum movers and shakers in the parties. Party pimps. The parties’ back rooms have the electorate 90% sewn up long before the election writ is even dropped.
First, you get a few backroom boys appointing a good-lookin’, toothy, puppet-cum-spokesmodel to the local party’s nomination (think: Justin). That alone narrows choice to near zero. The local party reps CHOSE the candidate – NOT the voting public. And, of course, the other BIG or BIG TWO parties do the same. We now have 3, maybe 4 ‘candidates’ vying for their place at the publicly funded trough we refer to as parliament or the legislature. The candidates ‘owe’ the party for getting that far.
We the people did not choose them. The candidates owe the people nothing at that stage and their party reminds them of that all the time. That means that we did NOT have a choice for MLA/MP from the thousands of people in the constituency. We only had a choice of a select few chosen for us by various small committees when we were not looking. That is not the democracy most people think is at play. Because, by that stage in the process, when everyone is aware there will be an election, all REAL choice is gone.
But you know all that. And you chose to accept it. We all chose to accept it and we do so without much protest. We are complicit in our own dysfunction. We are enabling a corrupt, unrepresentative con to perpetuate a false democracy and there appears little will in the electorate or the existing system to fix it.
This fiasco-of-politics comes up for me now and then. OK, a lot of the time…..and it was prompted again by a recent call from our local Green party back-room-woman. The Fed-Greens, this time. They asked that I participate in a ZOOM meeting. I demurred. She persisted. I said, “Well, I cannot see myself voting for anyone else but Green and only because they are telling truth to power in the political sense by pushing the GREEN agenda. But I sure as hell don’t vote GREEN because you guys are any good at it!”
“You do not think we are doing good”?
“No! I do not. Not in the least. Do you?”
“Well, No. I do not. What are we doing wrong?”
“Well the thing that bugs me first and the most is that you do not listen. And yet, you are always asking for money. Basically, you are saying to me, ‘We are just another party doing what the other parties do. So, give us money. We’re gonna act and do like the other parties. We do not have an original thought in our heads’. That is what I hear and that is so incredibly disappointing”.
“I agree. And many in the party are saying the same thing. You should attend the Zoom meeting and say that stuff!”
“I have been saying that stuff. I have been saying that stuff for more than 20 years…from Adrian Carr to Andrew Weaver. You guys just do not listen. I am no longer going to yell into the ether even if it is green. Furthermore, 20 years ago I had the juice to help out and I offered to do so. Today, I am an old guy. Even if I said the words that moved the Green party in-crowd, I no longer have the long-term juice to back it up. I am a limp Bernie Sanders without the energy.”
“Oh, God! I feel the same way. I no longer have the energy.”
“Well, nice of you to call. See ya.”