Ralph Lopez majored in Economics and Political Science at Yale University. He has been published in the Boston Globe and the Baltimore Sun.
As an unprecedentedly gruesome spectacle which is the political equivalent of watching Pink Flamingos unfolds before our unbelieving eyes, we almost long for the good old days of George W. Bush merely lying straight to our faces. The DNC has reduced the noble old warrior Bernie Sanders, hero to millions, to dancing to its tune like a poodle in a tutu, while offstage the Hilbots sing Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Trump. This is the sick empire in its Caligula phase.
When Sanders got booed by his delegates after asking them to support Hillary, saying she "must" be president, he said "brothers and sisters, this is the real world."
Sanders has bought into the "She's Not Trump" game lock, stock and barrel. But even worse than debasing himself, he is asking his supporters to debase themselves too, and wants Vermont to be the state which nominates Cheating Hillary.
This is where Sanders exceeds the rights of beloved candidate and friend. It is any man's or woman's right and to debase themselves, if they want . But it exceeds an individual's rights to ask someone else to do the same.
This is the way in which Bernie is in error, in the stomach-churning dog and pony show that is the Democratic Convention, in which Hillary arrogantly struts the stage as if she has earned the right to be there. The evidence of election fraud was already overwhelming, even before Wikileaks confirmed the plot against Sanders, and the Hillary "conspiracy theory" people should be the ones to tell the voters who stood in the blistering sun in Arizona for hours for the chance to vote, and then couldn't, that it was all in their minds.
But Bernie errs in another way. The very idea that the world will end if one man in a tricameral system of government is elected - the Big Bad Trump scare tactic - is beyond ridiculous. But a woman amoral and cunning enough to steal an entire primary season, who never met a war she didn't like, is truly something to fear.
How Bernie Sanders Really Won the 2016 Democratic Primary
Hillary has spent a lifetime currying favor in Washington and the power centers of the nation, learning the fears and weaknesses of every man and woman of consequence, and will get what she wants. Trump is an amateur, and not a very smart one at that. Trump and Putin seem to get along. That's good. Hillary insults Putin every chance she gets, and wants war with him.
Sanders jerked to life when the puppet-master pulled the strings today and intoned gravely for Americans to imagine their "children living under a Trump presidency." But it is not a Trump presidency which keeps me awake at night. Quite the opposite. It is a Hillary presidency.
Has Sanders seen what Syria or Libya, or Iraq looks like, the first two of which the Hillary State Department brought into being? Dead and maimed children everywhere. Does Hillary exhibit the somberness of an FDR or even an LBJ at war? No. We saw in an unguarded moment, upon hearing the news of Muammar Ghaddafi's death, her wide-eyed wonder and glee at death and destruction when she laughed and paraphrased Caesar: "We came, we saw, he died."
Hillary as Julius Caesar: We came, we saw, he died."
This is the Hillary who can barely contain her desire to attack Iran, saying she would not hesitate to "obliterate" the country. Surely under Hilary it would be no problem to arrange the casus belli.
Hillary repeated the Bush lies about weapons of mass destruction in the run-up to the Iraq invasion, her political calculus telling her it would not do to allow Republicans to call her "weak" as a woman, no matter how many people died for it.
Michelle Obama gushed today that Hillary is amazing, does not "buckle under pressure." Which is true. She has never buckled under the pressure to not attack any country she wants to attack, which Michelle's husband has also taken part in, with his bloody "interventions" and gun-running to Islamist psychos who happen to oppose regimes unfriendly to the US and Israel.
Michelle Obama is no one to talk about peace to anyone.
No Bernie, we will not unite, and it tears our hearts to see what they are doing to you, how ridiculous they are making you look. Has Hillary threatened your grandchildren? We know Hillary means business. Ask DNC data guru Seth Rich. But if so, in a heartbeat a million supporters would be camped on your front lawn placing their own bodies between yours and harm. You would not have the space for us.
It's not a matter of holding our noses and voting for Hillary, because, you see, if we vote for Hillary, nothing will ever change, because we will have enshrined the principle that there will be no fair elections in America. You must understand we can't do that. If we hold our noses and vote for Trump, and let you lead an immediate impeachment movement - you are still a US senator, after all - then we will make it known that cheating will not be forever rewarded, and we might have a fair election someday.
When you told us we should rise and challenge Wall Street, and the war complex, and make a better America which works for everyone and not just the one percent, you never added, "unless they rig the election, then you must support these very same interests." Hillary is a full-fledged member of the Big Boys War-Making Club, and proud of it. She is accepted as someone who will not only pull the trigger, but likes it. As Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein said astutely, many of the things we fear from Trump, Hillary has already done.
"Trump says very scary things—deporting immigrants, massive militarism and ignoring the climate. Hillary, unfortunately, has a track record for doing all of those things,"
There is one other thing. We know Trump is a boor, obnoxious, and has pandered to the lowest denominator. But we'll never forget the look of wide-eyed joy, almost sexual pleasure, on Hillary's face when told, unscripted, that Ghaddafi was dead, in a war that she helped start. There is a hope that there is something inside idiot Trump which does not take joy in war, in the sounds of wounded children. A soul. The same cannot be said of Hillary.
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