The 2012 American presidential election is, even more than most in the country, a charade, existing mostly to anesthetize the citizens so as to perpetuate their rulers in power.
On the one hand, we have the Democrat whose signature ObamaCare, a prima-facie unconstitutional expansion of totalitarian government into private affairs that depends upon an Orwellian Supreme Court, and on the other hand, a Republican governor whose signature RomneyCare was ObamaCare’s foundation and model. Both candidates support virtually unlimited immigration at citizens’s expense, both support reduction of middle class living standards using environmental excuses. Both need continued spending of non-existent funds to camouflage the economic nakedness of their policy. The duo is no choice, but a sham.
The world saw the Soviet and Chinese economies collapse of their internal contradictions, primarily that central economic planning is an oxymoron as a market substitute. The world failed to notice that the western welfare states were but sugar-coated version of the same fallacy. Now, that omission of attention is being corrected by dismal science as economic reality overwhelms political promises in both the E.U. and the U.S.
To paraphrase President Lincoln from long before the current nonsense: You can fool some of the people all of the time. You can fool all of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool economic reality! The reality of both Europe and America is an excess of irresponsible political promises over available resources. You can’t pay your bills if you ain’t got the money! The political classes in both places have incurred obligations to their citizens far beyond those citizens’ ability to pay and the due bills are now exposing the bankruptcy of the promises, exactly as occurred in the Soviet Union and China before them.
In a desperate struggle to perpetuate themselves rather than to admit this, the two U.S. parties are putting forth two faces, one (sort of) black and one white, but both are merely painted onto practically identical robodolls operated from backstage by the same forces.
The two parties know it’s all coming apart; neither wishes to own the public crash and take on the now immortal role of Herbert Hoover. If the Democrats win this Pyrrhic election, they will prolong the destructive spending in an orgy of money-printing to postpone the undeniable; the Republicans may wish to see the crash as soon as may be for plausible deniability. Both are responsible for the decades of spending excesses that have led us here. Neither has an excuse that will stand, no more than do the politicians of the E.U. watching France, now lining up behind the earlier beggars of southern Europe.
The E.U. is the largest swindle the planet has seen, the successor to the post WWI Treaty of Versailles, which beggared Germany and led to WWII. The E.U. attempted to attach Latin Europe to Germany’s economic teats as permanent sucklings in an eternal parasitism, Versailles again under a painted smile. The outcome remains unsettled but the economic failure is under way, running ahead of America. And as in the last century’s Great Depression, the European recovery, such as it will be, will come sooner than America’s.
Whether what we know as Western Civilization will withstand the economic failure will have to be seen; much of the rest of the world is already cracking under the preliminary strains with China becoming bellicose to distract its population from its own nascent crackup, a parallel to Argentina’s recent rediscovery of Brits on the Falkland Islands. The near East, central Asia and Africa are already burning while India smolders.
The U.S. election is a planetary sideshow preceding the main event.