Twenty-first Century Political Landscape

Probably the best any thinking people can do now is give up on politics and focus on things that make for a full and happy life. Reading literature and memoirs from those who live or have lived in police or otherwise authoritarian states may help with this transition to political hopelessness and disengagement. This really never was a democracy, but whatever democratic mechanisms once existed – however imperfect – are gone. Of course only the privileged can tune out and find happy diversions.. But it is futile to hope for any change in the system we have, at least in its fundamental structures, dispensation of rights, equitable social and economic justice, the integrity of the federal government. It is over.

Those who like the thrill of politics and contention and are moved by moral idealism – the virtue-signallers will hold the field – can still fight it out on the terrain of identity politics and online call out culture. They can prevail over the unsuspecting on facebook and twitter, and other social media. They are really the only ones who may see little victories here and there, however pointless and small- at least they can claim victory in shaming those who transgress accepted forms of speech and thought, they can ruin people who go too far, screen-shot their comments and make them go viral, and maybe make them lose their jobs. They can humble others who would otherwise be their comrades, make them think and speak their way, or say nothing for fear of slipping up. The ‘intellectual’ avant-garde and cultural arbiters of Oceania will preside over the safe-space of a safe politics.

But any agenda that threatens the power and control of a government bent on upholding the capitalist system will have no hope of implementation. Anyone hoping for a more just, less racist, and less militarized policing system can forget it. It will become increasingly more repressive because of the threat of domestic terrorism. Gun control advocates might get a few crumbs thrown their way if the Dems win congress, but that will only increase the violent rage of the right (who have weapons stockpiled) and lead to more domestic terrorism. Radical reformist groups on the ground will be targeted more as well. The gender politics people might get some concessions on bathrooms. And how “equal pay” can be enacted in a free market capitalist system is quite a mystery but Billary will no doubt come up with something that looks and smells like it is a “step in the right direction.” Of course that will only benefit bourgeois women in the professions, the women she represents. Can’t imagine what even that would be though in terms of new legislation,

That’s about it, I’d say. Insurance and healthcare costs will continue to spike along with military budgets, US interventions, and wars. More and more people’s lives will become ever more precarious. The liberal media will cover it all up and spin it positively for the Democrats, while the right wing media holds half the country in thrall with ever more outlandish conspiracy theories and maddening fascist paranoia that send the alt-right off its rocker. Then the next recession hits in 2-3 years. Find happiness in friends, nature, family, reading. Enjoy what you have before the bottom falls out for a lot more of us.

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Bill Clinton’s Adultery is a Red Herring Tossed Out By the Liberal Media. The Real Issue is Serial Sexual Abuse of Women

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Liberals promoting Hillary in the media and Democratic party strategists keep pretending that Clinton’s opponents are making hypocritical attacks on Bill Clinton for infidelity in marriage – while Trump’s womanizing has been notorious- and that Hillary is unfairly being blamed. This is a deflective strategy meant to keep focus away from the truly disturbing matter of  the real nature of Clinton’s womanizing: his serial abuse of women. The issue is not his 12-year affair with Gennifer Flowers (I know he admitted to having sex only once with her, but he never inhaled either) which was indeed consensual,  despite efforts by Hillary’s damage control team to pretend it is so.

Juanita Broaddrick is another matter. She has accused Clinton of rape, posing a real dilemma for Hillary’s feminist supporters who argue that women who accuse men of rape must be believed. He also sexually harassed Paula Jones and paid an $850,000 settlement to her to resolve her lawsuit. Most famously, of course, he used a 21- year old intern for blow jobs in the Oval Office, which is hardly an “extramarital affair” or “relationship,” as Clinton defenders portray it, but an abuse of his power in one of the most degrading ways imaginable of someone under his authority. I dare say that most women who engage in consensual affairs or relationships with men – married or not – do more with them than just give them blow jobs. No doubt Monica believed it was more, probably that he cared for her. But what else would a 21-year old intern seduced by the most powerful man in the world think?

Let’s not forget that interns are college students, or graduate students, who win these coveted positions to further their own careers. A well-know film studies professor, Laura Kipnis, was recently nearly crucified for writing an article questioning the growing sexual paranoia fostered by the new feminism on college campuses, noting that professors used to routinely sleep with students. Students went ballistic. Her  critics lambasted her for ignoring the power discrepancy between faculty and students and prompted a Title IX investigation, of which she was cleared of any wrongdoing. If young feminists on campus today find the notion of student-faculty encounters an abuse of faculty authority, how much more of a power discrepancy exists between the President of the United States and an intern assigned to his office?

Bill Clinton also – like Trump, who is accused of raping a 13-year old girl – made a number of trips to convicted sex-offender Jeffrey Epstein’s rape and sex-slave island. Considering his history with women, it’s unlikely he went there just to walk the beach and sip piňa coladas.

Hillary did everything possible to cover up her husband’s serial abuse of women, using intimidation tactics and  a private investigator to slut shame and ruin the women involved. “Bimbo eruptions” were not to be allowed  to get in the way of the couple’s political ambitions. After all, it would be Hillary’s “turn” someday after Bill left the White House.

It is difficult to comprehend how Hillary and her supporters can contend that is Trump a misogynist without wincing as if Bill Clinton wasn’t one too. I mean, what is misogyny? Is it just calling women fat or commenting on menstruation?  I’d say that rape, sexual harassment, and rank usage of young women for blow jobs counts as misogynistic behavior too. Bill Clinton and Donald Trump are both serial abusers of women, neither are the typical spouse material for a feminist. But then again Hillary is not really a feminist. She just has her hopes pinned on bourgeois feminist desire to get into power. Women are an important constituency for her, especially older boomer women. She will say and do anything to get power, and this is working for her. So I guess Liberals will keep on serving up that Kool Aid and pretending that her detractors are hypocritically trying to use Slick Willy’s affairs against her. It’s really not about his affairs.

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