I wanted to write about the election in some fashion, but it’s fucking depressing, so I have delayed. I’m not saying it is without hope. In Bernie Sanders I believe there is a candidate that is addressing the main problem in America, that our economic system has completely corrupted our ability as a country to deal with the very real problems we face. A system that values money above all else, and that is what our system truly values, has lead to obscene income inequality, environmental degradation, a mainstream culture that is largely meaningless, and more. My hope comes from the fact that not only is Sanders bringing this issue to a larger audience, but that he is dong as well as he is so far. At the beginning of the election I didn’t have much hope that a democratic socialist could go almost head to head with the Clinton machine.
That being said the rest of the election feels like the WWE is organizing it in a banana republic. Send in the clowns. Imagine if you were from another country looking in. The most powerful country in the world, the country with the strongest military, was considering putting either a reality TV star or Ted Cruz at the head of one of its two political parties. I don’t even know what to call Ted Cruz. Words escape me. I can’t tell if he is a charlatan of the worst kind, or a dangerous true believer. There is something reptilian about him. He makes George W. Bush look like FDR. (Never ever say things can’t get worse. The world will install a trapdoor in the abyss if you boldly declare you have hit rock bottom.)
In the middle of all of this you have Clinton. I don’t know what to make of her either, but for a different reason. Her husband was a corporate Democrat. If you think otherwise go read about his presidency. What does she believe in? Does she share her husband’s values? (There is no guarantee either way.) How could someone that has been in the public eye this long still mystify me as to what her true political beliefs are? In one sense I understand it. She was attacked so vehemently from the outset, when she was First Lady, that it’s not hard to imagine that she would have to develop an impenetrable exterior to deal with it. But armor can not only protect, but conceal. I think she would be pretty centrist, but there are a few key issues, in terms of what kind of centrist, that could make all the difference. (There is a potential for Clinton to be a great president. She is definitely smart and capable. I think she understands the machinations of the political system enough to get things done. However, without knowing what she believes, I feel like choosing her over Sanders would be casting a vote into the void, just hoping for the best.) Don’t get me wrong, I’d vote for her over this bunch of Republicans, as it would be a vote against total insanity. But what does it say about our country that we might end up having to choose between middle-of-the-road and batshit crazy?
On another note, I can’t help but feel that many on the right and left are angry about the same things, even if they can’t agree on the cause. A lot of people are feeling the uncertainty that our economic system has caused. But I also think both sides feel the meaninglessness that is inherent in our culture. Those on the right might call it immoral, but I would just say meaningless, though what has created it is a certain kind of greedy immorality. The main operating value is money. Whatever makes money wins. This is how we end up with so many things that just end up representing the lowest common denominator. Although there are of course things that the right and left will never agree upon, I do believe that if both sides could recognize the meaninglessness of a lot of our culture, and the fact that greed has created it, there could be positive changes that would satisfy members of both groups. But maybe I’m just dreaming?