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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Mayhem in the Making: A Political Circus, an Out-of-Control Government Bureaucracy, and a Distracted Populace

The government, aided and abetted by its captive media machine, is a master at selling 'bread and circuses' to the masses who perceive government as the cornucopia of plenty. While the delusion can't last forever or even much longer, the Sheeple People continue to support the only master they've ever known. Yet, the snoozing Sheeple are starting to wake up even if they aren't waking up in sufficient numbers to halt the government's plunder machine and emerging police state.
With less than eight months to go before the next presidential election, political chatter among the candidates is ramping up and serious political discourse is declining. All the while, the corrupt government machine is taking advantage of a populace distracted by the political theater to advance agendas that are completely at odds with the nation’s fiscal, legislative and constitutional priorities. Indeed, the process of voting and electing a new president has become little more than an expensive, sophisticated ruse designed to deceive us into thinking we actually have a say in what happens in our government. However, the sad fact is that the United States government has ballooned into an overreaching, out-of-control bureaucracy accountable to no one in particular – not Congress or the president and least of all the taxpayers. Thus, while the candidates mug for the cameras, American taxpayers are being taken to the cleaners – a different kind of mugging, altogether – by government officials eager to placate their corporate benefactors. While the surveillance state is slowly being erected around us, our civil liberties are systemically being dismantled. While our government wages war after endless war abroad, the war on the American people – fought with sound cannons, tasers and drones – is entering its early stages. And while the partisan rancor over who will occupy the White House becomes more toxic with each passing day, the elephant in the room – what no one is talking about – is the fact that it doesn’t really matter who gets elected, because no matter how often we change out the resident of the Oval Office, the immense, intractable, implacable, bureaucratic colossus that is our federal government remains entrenched. In other words, the more things change, the more they remain the same. On Wednesday, November 7, the day after the next president takes office, the government as we have come to know it – corrupt, bloated and controlled by big-money corporations, lobbyists and special interest groups – will be largely unchanged. And "we the people" – overtaxed, overpoliced, overburdened by big government, underrepresented by those who should speak for us and blissfully ignorant of the prison walls closing in on us – will continue to trudge along a path of misery.
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