The appeal of US politics? Better baddies.

Posted on April 7, 2012



There’s an episode of the Simpsons where Lisa wins a trip to Washington in an essay contest of how great America is. She is later dismayed after witnessing a bribery scandal and later pictures a scene in her head of pigs gathered around a trough filled with dollars and Uncle Sam holding a bucket aloft refilling it with more and more money. I don’t blame you for a sense of deja vu. After all, truth really is stranger than fiction, none more so than in the world of American politics. With the “truth” as an adjective being used very loosely.

But the race to become the prime candidate in the GOP for the chance to go toe-to-toe with Barack Obama is really heating up at present with Mitt Romney having his nose in front going through courses and distances to cross the line. The republican party has always had a ‘what you see is what you get’ stance and at least you can pretty much know what to expect : A lot of Evangelical rhetoric, flag waving, unwavering support of Israel above America in many ways, flagrant over tax breaks for the rich and letting the rest foot the bill.

Then there’s Newt Gingrich. A former House of Representatives speaker, bankrolled by casino mogul and multi-billionaire Sheldon Adelson who is a double-standard in himself. He, who himself a while back called the Palestinians an ”invented people”. Islamophobia, preying on people’s imaginations and worst fears are cards he plays with his blinkered view on  his country’s foreign policy. A sidenote must be made of those that dropped of the running early on, who included the risible Sarah Palin and the stuttering Herman Cain. Between all the names mentioned above, that’s enough hot air to fill a large balloon upwards into the clouds.

It might be a little unfair perhaps to label Gingrich as the only candidate who is bankrolled, as they all are via private benefactors, some not so private, others from corporations. All to their benefit. See the thing with money is that it can get you pretty far. What can get you further still is the power to influence. The power to choose to do good or to commit evil. The influence from a staunch Zionist like Adelson to be dictated to with the amount of cash being lined into the pockets of Newt. Hence an asinine comment such as Palestinians being ”invented”.

The same goes for Herman Cain, a man who is an ex-CEO of Godfather’s Pizza and business executive at Burger King who was filmed in a classic, couldn’t be scripted video of him not being able to pronounce Uzbekistan, even more hopeless over what action to take over Libyan intervention. It’s still painful viewing almost a year on. Though nothing new, it’s a common move that people in high-ranking positions of big corporations move into the political arena to manoeuvre their strategic interests and who or where to bomb the guy who sitting on top of an oil well in the Middle East. Dick Cheney is a prime example for one.

But what’s the appeal of their hot air ramblings? The fact that they’re the anti-hero in many ways. That they’re so compelling to watch while they attempt to screw the life out of anyone who doesn’t earn a six-figure salary. And they play that role so much better than those in the UK. Newt Gingrich standing next to Nick Clegg is made to look like the Grinch or Montgomery Burns and Hans Moleman from the Simpsons at times. That’s quite a feat to have the ability to control a population with total autonomy and crush anything that stands in the way is almost straight out of a Marvel comic, with trying to obtain world domination with one territory conquered after another. Because let’s be honest – democracy is an illusion. It doesn’t really exist, not if you don’t have enough green.

But if you are a white collared individual or waiting for daddy’s inheritance to fall back on, or if you’re just one lucky, lucky bastard, then the mire of bullshit is all yours. Even if you don’t know where an ex-Soviet Socialist Republic is on a map.

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