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The US Presidential Election: The Liberty Bell Tolls

©2016 by Raymond Alexander Kukkee [caption id="attachment_3118" align="aligncenter" width="388"]The Cracked Liberty Bell tolls... The Liberty Bell Cracks[/caption]  

American Election:  The Bell Tolls for Democracy

Americans are visiting  the polls on Tuesday.   That is, if they haven't already voted early.  A bell tolling, you ask?   Is democracy at work?  We have witnessed the most surprising, dirtiest,  most impolite and  loco  race for the White House  in history.  Revelations of racism, misogyny,  sexual predatory behaviour and assault,  vows to refuse the results,  accusations of rigging, disbelief in the system, hate, off-script visceral reactions and  certainly troubling, local, state, national and global fear mongering. The Liberty Bell tolls for democracy—for democracy, in the USA, like the old bell, is cracked. Badly.

Accusations: Unmitigated gall and finger-pointing...

Nerves jangle.   According to the juicy rhetoric, the victor  of this sleazy race will be either brash, dangerous, unstable,  nasty, and thin-skinned  in the persona  of 'a one-time reality star 'you're fired'  billionaire Republican Donald Trump  or  the Teflon®-coated,  'crooked Hillary' corrupted and corrupt,  reportedly careless, unstable, a negligent private-server-using emailing security risk. That would be none other than the  tired, worn-out, evil ex- lawyer,  corporate-funded Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton, the 'First Lady' of the past. We must not forget, along with Hillary will come an added bonus in the form of    disrespected boy toy -adviser, "First Man' Play-Bill, her hubby , Monica's playschool friend, and ex-President.  Yes, that Bill.

Wow. Some choice. Uber rich, both with coloured past, the  spoiled candidates are both unpopular, considered unfit,  or pretty close to it, depending on—what?  What exactly is the measuring stick?  The  past, morality, questionable dealings,  failures in security?  And which playbooks and lip service,  foundation records are consulted, which tax disclosures.  Don't forget Clinton Foundation games.

Well okay,  let's add a  little truth?   Some truth and bare-bones honesty from the candidates themselves might  be nice  at this late date.

Yet— it never dawns on the public. It never ceases to amaze thinking observers that these unbelievably unsuitable, brash individuals  are deemed the best, the only candidates possible, chosen magically and inexplicably  from 300,000,000  people. Unbelievable.  Notice that 'best of the worst'  is not relevant. It simply does not apply.  Consequently...

The Liberty Bell Tolls for Humanity

To hear Hillary tell it, the Donald might stub his toe, fall down or suffer a few bruises —and instantly, in a rage, push the  nuke button , destroying humanity itself in a Trump-apocalypse.  Subsequently, in that model,  if Vladimir  isn't his friend any more out in the old sandbox, if China floats a fishing-boat in the China sea,  North Korea winks, or Melania, God forbid,  sends the old boy out in the White doghouse for diddlings of the past, Trump might get a  headache,  suddenly hate more Mexicans, say bad words like you're fired!  and build  higher fences at all borders. And chase  out immigrants, just in case, to  revive isolationism.   Most likely all of that won't matter, anyway, since Hillary insists the world can first expect  a resounding  tantrum and unprecedented button-pushing in the old sandbox.

"Trump  is thin-skinned"  —according to one  who screeches about unwashed deplorables, (Trump supporters) the dumb voter, the foolish uninformed, who (coincidentally) may not be persuaded to choose her hidden corporate agenda.  Of course there is  more screeching about the undecided Republican or Democrat, who's who, —who happen to rightly  voice displeasure with Trump locker-room talk and escapades past and present—but secretly love his less-than-stellar 'let's make America great' oratorical  skills.  And the Hillary-bashing part.   Nevertheless, what remains is a genuinely rich, Trump-hating rant...from an equally-unsuitable,  exhausted gender-chosen 'candidate' .... to make history yet. Go figure.

Clearly, as we consult the latest FBI machinations and revelations, the runes,  tea leaves, waving peasant-sticks and broken Trump signs, the Liberty Bell tolls for humanity itself.   After the election, everyone may wish to take that under advisement.  And go for coffee.

The Liberty Bell Tolls for the United States of America

Most notably,  it has become increasingly apparent the political system used by the United States of America is badly broken.  Think about it. Millions of people  somehow, somehow voting  for the worst candidates in history  BUT  80% or more Americans do not like either candidate. Following that heady deception,  that  supposedly rigged honest  voting process, the Electoral College is free to ignore the popular vote and decide for themselves who's going to destroy lead the country, blow it to smithereens,  or manipulate  it with  a deceptive,  some suggest 'corporate fascist-minded police-state bureaucracy'.

Bad choices, people, result in bad outcomes.

Given that the founding fathers of 1776 clearly did not have any faith in  '(We )the (ordinary) People' and  the subsequent choices made by ordinary American voters, a reality check is sorely needed. The Liberty Bell tolls for the minds, core values, and  perhaps the very existence of the United States of America.   The unimaginable is always possible; in observation, if the USSR can fragment with political differences, so can the USA.

Is a revolution in the making?  You decide. On Tuesday. That is, if you've decided to vote at all in the biggest political circus in history.  Vote or not, you'll hear  bickering, name-calling and the acidic results of lies, half-truths, mandatory head-examinations and media spin.

Unbelievably, a Boeing 747,  U.S. Air Force One  may be seen, dutifully trundling President Barack Obama  in partisan high fashion, happily coaching voters,  stumping for the 'stellar' Hillary —all the way across America  to Hillary-rallies everywhere— at a cost to taxpayers of  $200,000 per hour.  How about that?  That's the President, " Ensuring democracy" ...er... when he should be at the White House hard at work.  We must wonder who should be paying the bill for that one...

As for we Canadians—this is just another  'beyond belief' American reality show. It may be X-rated entertainment but it is entertainment that concerns.  Perhaps it is comic relief from the  cold realization that the performance of our own collection of  'politicians' breaking political promises, practicing the Peter Principle, taking ga-ga selfies, and leading parades while selling out Canadian interests— is equally disastrous.

...Let us laugh.  Perhaps a prayer or two for the old Liberty Bell might be in order.  Coffee time before the big show...

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What they Don’t Tell You

©2016 by Raymond Alexander Kukkee  

 It's a good thing you dropped into reality, Alice                                                           What they don't tell you, Alice...

 

Uninformed? What They Don't Tell You

Do you ever get the feeling you are going through life  uninformed?  Playing catch-up? Suffering from a lack of information?  The remediation for being left in the dark   and  discerning what they don't tell you (for whatever reason)—should be quite simple.  Clarify known  facts. Recognize and classify  observable anomalies and contradictions. Develop alternative models , including  an understanding of all relevant facts within reason. Question everything —as advised by Albert Einstein, then draw conclusions and re-question both the effectiveness of the deductive process and the value of the answer.  Repeat as necessary...yada yada.  Simple? No.

We wish it was simple to accurately discern and discover what they don't tell you,  but logic suggests deeper issues may be involved;  seemingly insignificant but nagging  little white lies of convenience, half-truths,  secrets,  and  fast-growing deceptions...all  of which may be selective wool drawn over your eyes, manipulation, coverups,  or attempts at avoidance meant to interfere with progress or mess with your mind.

The Path to Discovery

The path to discovery and enlightenment may be long and arduous  enough on the straight and narrow, but with adequate dilly-dallying  it seems  wide, wandering and easy  paths  more closely describe the typical status quo.  What they don't tell you  is that even  otherwise intelligent, resourceful people meander, glance this way and that, accepting,  adding and even promoting fanciful,  constructs of their own in their sketchy attempts to relay information to you, the lost.

A simpler approach  should be: Ask. Discover. Use logic.   Deduce.  Listen to honest folks only. Follow the straight path to discovery. Truth is just around the corner behind the white picket fence.   Let us try, but, alas...gaze down the rabbit-hole, Alice.

Wishes, Lies

With  a bird's-eye view  you now optimistically  dream up the right question.   Do facts line up within logic? Was the apparent response honest, or  clearly suspect?  If so, ask againCreative liars and miscreants and crooked politicians become nervous when questioned.  Complex webs of creative lies may have already been  proffered in a state of panic—a moth-eaten blanket full of holes,  further details of deception essential to hide the truth.   'What they don't tell you'  may soon become an inescapable quagmire of perpetuated  lies and distorted facts. Not simple to  remember or escape from, 'half-truths' become essential prompts.

Half-truths:  A plague

Interestingly, half-truths, political correctness and  'what they don't tell you'  are all signature fallout from the  modern  degradation of honesty.  Our  compromised,  deceptive but slick world suggests ' a plague of half-truths' and practiced political correct euphemisms are now more acceptable  than truth, as long as  feel-good 'success', status and wealth are achieved.  Half-truths are  manipulative  tools,  twisted fact, deception with  intent,  and imagined, childish  justification —the means to any devious agenda and further decay.  

Revelations of societal decay should not surprise;    traditional values are ignored; sterling values are increasingly seldom taught, are even less frequently practiced, and now, upon occasion, may no longer even be expected by anyone.

In an observable, vicious cycle, offspring  quickly learn  lessons of instantaneous gratification as opposed to being carefully required to observe, learn and understand values.  What have they not been told?    The young may not have been advised  that learning,  morals,  hard work, independent thought, charity, understanding and tolerance are essential.  Blind acquiescence to  the media, corporate power, greed,  and the dark side of human nature with  instant gratification are default lessons—at any cost.

What they don't tell you   is that  we have willfully failed to stem the flow of genuine humanity, wisdom and civility from our veins. We are complicit as we cheer and  emulate the 1% and somehow vote for  future generations of devious feel-good social manipulators, even the corrupt. In the media, we  listen spellbound to insatiable,  greedy, thoughtless, powerful, destructive,  and short-sighted ideologues posing as potential leaders.  What they don't tell you is changing everything for their benefit.

Perfection?

As we know , perfection  in humanity is not possible, nor is it simple.  We get that.   But why? What they don't tell you, Alice...may also be the ultimate answer you seek...

Is it any surprise  they don't tell you to think for yourself?

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