Cryptocracy. Not only do I not know the current form of government but whatever government is exercising power over the country, it intentionally and effectively obfuscates its true nature.
But we vote, everyone gets a say because it is a Republic or Democracy or something.
The American election system has so many anti-democratic traits that it resembles the fish at the end of Old Man and the Sea. Even if you can overlook the electoral college, gerrymandering, party manipulations and outright bribery, you still have to face the fact that the tabulations of the new voting machines are done in secret, unnaccountably, at the corporate headquarters of people who have every reason to manipulate the results. And statistically, the results of all of the computer tabulated districts, for over a decade, have been wildly different from both pre-election and exit polls. These issues are completely ignored by the central corporate news media although they air all right-wing allegations of ID related fraud and occasionally mention the difficulties people have obtaining their identification, etc. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both took advantage of the loopholes allowing themselves, basically, to count the votes of their own elections, on top of all the other sleezy manipulations the Republican and Democratic parties pulled in their favor.
In summary, to speak of the United States as if it were a functioning democracy or republic, or even as if it were a place where the popular vote legitimizes the powers that rule it in any meaningful way, or even as if an american citizen(perhaps yourself) were represented by their government as decreed plainly in The Most Orthodox History as The Core Principles Of The Constitution and Entire Reason The Country Was Even Founded In The First Place, is most certainly, obviously, utterly naive in the most dangerous and shameful way.
This is, of course, further complicated by the just as obvious fact that our own State Department repeatedly justifies the high altitude laser guided bombing and frequently outright invasion of numerous foreign nations for exactly the reason *that their governments do not represent their people.*
So, basically, don't talk to me about voting until we're talking about throwing out computerized voting machines, bribery(i.e. citizens united), the electoral college, and gerrymandering. (I'm helping the few people who are but the rest of you might as well be voting in a fantasy world of Rupert Murdoch's creation.) I have no faith in either presidential candidate to do so, neither any local party to do so. Nor do I have any faith any sufficiently large media organization is even capable of presenting such complicated ideas to its audience, even if the distant golfing owners were to become capable of repenting from the fact they are just stooge parrots torching the last vestiges of any non-bribe aspect of representation in the United States while loudly proclaiming themselves Humble Patriots.
How can the situation be that bad, aren't I eating a sandwich?
Yeah, I'm eating a sandwich too, but is that the full capacity of your analysis? We live in a vastly complicated world, the danger, as stated by some obscure non-successful comedian spouting off on his website, is that we become overtaken by what future historians would call a "Mania."
It's like an airplane or boat with a broken sensor on the tip of the wing, or you not being able to feel your legs. The pilot or the brain, whatever control center, starts to be out of touch with reality when the parts it coordinates don't send accurate information back. When those parts aren't *Represented* in the decision-making process. So when your leg fell asleep while you were sitting, when you get up and start to walk you curl your toes under your feet and sprain them, without noticing until later. For the moments your leg was asleep, you were not living in the real world of your body, a temporary circumstance where you take action based on some very wrong assumptions, or a mania, also similar to a schizophrenic ranting in the street at someone who isn't there, or alzheimer's patient repeatedly sweeping the same floor.
At first this is a nuisance, but eventually, in the absence of any actual care for the feet or other facts of whichever matter, the control center gets taken over by forces who think they may not even need the feet at all, that they are too much trouble, that it doesn't matter if they get sprained, or rug burnt. On a different scale, manias in large technologically advanced human societies start with things like, I don't know, the destruction of cities due to easily preventable flooding, poisoning of entire cities due to a political and economic inability to regulate clean water, wars against ideas like "Terror" or "Drugs," and eventually escalates until the power-mad leaders of nations sacrifice their own people in one way or the other. Jared Diamonds books repeatedly note food shortages, death cults and cannibalism and we can assume a million different fantasy causes for convenient wars and pograms.
So say you want to be really smart and cool and even have a chance at approaching what it means to be a Wise person, are you going to be caught up in a mania? In a mania, the wise people are always on the outside of things saying things like "Hey guys, are you sure that's a good idea?"
There are signs up everywhere saying 'Free Speech', but for some reason the person resisting the mania finds themselves out of work, unpopular and frequently in danger as their rights and well-being rank pretty low on the totem pole compared to the axe-men chopping down the last few trees on the island and building the Temple to Zordac or giant wall or embassy in Baghdad or miniature nuclear bombs...
Ok then, so you think you're wise-
Eh, I didn't say that. I aspire to be wise, I think everyone does. But I would never listen to anyone who called themselves wise. In fact, if you read closely, what I'm saying here is that there are a lot of things that I don't know. As a comedian I am a public person and public people have a duty, I believe, to not pollute society with stupid shit by reinforcing a bunch of trends that are markedly suicidal(that are also unfortunately at times markedly non-humorous in a "there is a mob outside my house" kindof way)
Then what mania is taking over the United States right now?
I think the most dangerous one, considering the Nuclear(and etc) Arsenal and global scale of the pentagon's military operations, is the destabilization of our political system. If there were another election fiasco like 2000, maybe not this year, but maybe four years from now, there could be a true constitutional crisis where no one knows who won this or that election.
Constitutional crises lead to dictatorships, not revitalization of democracy. Dictators exacerbate some or another mania, it's difficult to predict which one it might be though. You could expect the Pentagon and some large banks to pick some super-rube they liked, like Donald Rumsfeld(or the Bush de jour...ugh). But what made america work was the representation, not any smart decision made in Washington D.C. and every person outside of Washington D.C. knows that giving Washington D.C. more power is not going to fix anything. It's more likely to further assist bankers and generals as they squeeze everyone else for every scrap that can be appropriated for their yachts and bombers.
This will be exacerbated by ongoing climate crises, coastal flooding and huge storms. Civil order of any kind will only be maintained by military policing and an extensive network of secret police and informants.
Meanwhile central news will say and do whatever it takes to present a picture to those upper middle class folks in their gated communities and workplaces that the leadership is really pretty great and never does anything that bad, and you'll stop hearing about those pesky police abuses and the word whistleblower will become dangerous to even speak out loud.
This is the path we are headed down and it will get rolled up further in the delusional marketing, cruel ecocide, unjustified war, batshit religious fanaticism and quite a few others and they will all compound each other in surprising and very inconvenient(and for some, painful, and others, deadly) ways.
This is all well under way, I'm not going to waste much time trying to spell it out for people who just turned off the TV. The history of people trying to stop manias in their full swing is quite instructive on the results of spending too much effort curbing the profits of those profiting off the insanity....
So are you Politically Correct?
I have no idea what politically correct means. I must admit I despise the term, I think everyone defines it differently to themselves so in a way it acts like a universal dog whistle. It's kindof a mindfuck, because by even using the term you admit there is some ultimate judge of what is "correct" and that there is some court of opinion where some imagined group rules what is and is not acceptable.
But it is almost always used in the negative sense, as in, "I'm going to say whatever I want even if others say it is not politically correct." And as more people help each other get comfortable around each other going against the imagined group of others, they actually cement a bond based on what are often bound to be very bigoted personal beliefs and language that is deeply offensive to some people.
Where is there anyone actually defining politically correct or calling people out on being politically incorrect? To me it just appears some people want to stop hearing about it when they hurt other peoples' feelings and other people want to pretend there is a fantasy chorus behind them encouraging them whenever they tell someone else their feelings are hurt. Then add everyone who is acting out of some intention to help others when they don't feel anything one way or the other, then you have, what I call, a mindfuck.
So, due to it's uselessness and ease with which it is applied to manipulation, I recommend deprecating the term and removing it from usage. I will find people still using it from here on out, thinking they are adding some valuable commentary, to be kindof boring at best, maybe kindof annoying, but maybe intentionally using the mindfuck to their own advantage.
As a comedian living in a society that I find wildly and deeply insane, I fully expect to get called just about everything for waking up in the morning. I find all three major religions absurd and just about all military, and also banking, activity going on in the world to be a crime and the people involved frequently worthy of imprisonment, at best.
The difficulty of being a comedian is you actually have to say things. Most comedians have a picture of their face as their website, but here I go telling you my entire view of the world. Most, what some might call, successful, comedians do everything they can to avoid going on the record like I'm doing or, worse, have no analysis because they either don't have the courage or depth. Then there are the nihilists who allegedly don't believe in meaning at all(until it's them getting run over by the bulldozer.)
But I guess I'm a different animal. I know myself. I am not going to be able to do the game where I hide everything that I think while I dispense fluff the world over. My analysis always leaks out, just like my comedy.
And I think it's one of the best things about me, so if you're looking for fluff then make a 180 and turn that advertisement back on, there is a big story! Donald Troomp twooted something snarky, oh snap!
Calling all non-rubes, Calling all non-rubes.....