The Political Carnival

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The “political carnival” is finally over! No more politics of lesser evilism! No more hearing the quasi-presidential words like “wrong” and “trust me, folks,” by Donald Trump. And no more forcing yourself to watch Hillary Clinton come out on stage with some ridiculous outfit—-that Martians from outer space and retired costume designers helped her put together.  For those who were semi-interested, but yet, disgusted, and even frustrated at the buffoonery and imbecility of both candidates, you can now safely return to your lives knowing that neither Hillary nor Trump will ever torment you again—-well, at least until one of them becomes president in November.

To say that this year’s political journey has been both interestingly-problematic and ridiculous would be one of the major understatements of the century. From the very beginning, Donald Trump’s call for violence at his rallies, building a wall between us and Mexico, and suggesting that he could “shoot somebody” and not “loose voters” was insane and theatrical from the start. And together with his refusal to show his tax returns, his many references to the size of his genitals, and even when he said that “If Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her,” certainly did not help him against Hillary Clinton. In a way, his off-the-cuff rhetoric, disregard for trigger-warnings, and the politics of bullieism, eventually laid the foundation for him to get schooled and man-handled by Hillary Clinton at all three debates. Say what you want about Hillary; but it would be hard for you to deny that she was prepared, experienced, and better composed than Donald Trump since day one. And, yes, everyone likes an underdog, and outlier, etc, like Mr. Donald Trump, but what people like more than that is familiarity, consistency, and experience. The Clinton Empire has had their fingers on the pulse of the American heart way longer than Donald Trump’s real-estate successes and popular tv show “celebrity apprentice.”

Although this may be true; that Donald Trump’s campaign was questionable from the start, Hillary Clinton’s campaign was also no stranger to buffoonery, scandals, and idiocracy. For example, after she was investigated by the FBI for her improper use of highly classified documents, instead of apologizing right away, she later claimed that she did not know that the emails that contained the letter “C” were meant to be highly classified. Then, when one of her good friends, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, whom was also the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, was busted by Wikileaks for her corroboration in sabotaging the Bernie Sanders campaign, Hillary immediately offered her a job as honorary chair for the Clinton Campaign.

And then there was the time when Hillary was confronted by a Black Lives Matter activist for her 1996 “superpredator” remarks—-which she suggested that black and brown youths had “no conscience, no empathy,” and that we should “bring them to heel.” Or, there was the time when she suggested that “half of Trump’s supporters,” can be put into what she called “The basket of deplorables.” The laundry list is endless! Hillary Clinton’s pay-to-play style of politics, her technocratic arrogance, and her acceptance of corruption also debased her credibility and favorability amongst reasonable voters—-searching for an alternative to Donald Trump. The biggest political dilemma that voters were faced with throughout this political journey of imbecility; was, to either vote for someone as narcissistic, inexperienced, and problematic as Donald Trump or vote for someone like Hillary Clinton who was experienced, progressive, but yet, insanely corrupt and two-faced? Not a whole heck of a lot of options there!

This is going to come out as a shocker to most people; but, I actually didn’t mind Donald Trump. Like most of his supporters, I liked that he spoke from the hip, put up his own money for his campaign, and wanted to do away with the politics of “business as usual.” However, the people who he aligned himself with—-like, white supremacist David Duke, the Koch brothers, and Sheldon Adelson—all turned me off. Not to mention his call for violence at his rallies, disrespect to women, and lax temperament. Hypothetically speaking, a Donald Trump presidency, in my opinion, would actually be a good thing for the country. Why? well, because he’s so problematic, I believe that would rapidly galvanize reasonable citizens to band together and truly begin to impregnate the type of discourse that would force America to finally live up to its ideals.

To the end that Donald Trump was brass and untamable, he stood zero chance against Hillary Clinton’s cool, calm, and collected nature, progressive politics, and her feel-your-pain language to ordinary working-class men and women. The obvious juxtaposition and dichotomy between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump—-like, how he was brass and she was reserve, he used separatist language while she used the language of unity, he bragged about grabbing women “by the pussy” while she denounced violence against women, etc, is actually what made her more favorable than Donald Trump. Like president Barrack Obama, people saw Hillary as a blank canvas to paint their dreams and aspirations on. Inasmuch as Donald Trump was doing a decent job in the beginning to expose the hypocrisies of Hillary Clinton, ultimately, however, it was Hillary’s consistency, epigrammatical, and noe-disparaging remarks that eventually added up to a fantastic defeat of Mr. Donald Trump at the last debate.

To the folks out there—-like, the Bernie or Bust Movement and other reasonable human-beings—that have wiped their hands clean with this year’s “political carnival,” I know it would be too much to ask of you to vote for either candidate on November 8th—-given how bizarre, scandalous, and problematic this entire thing has been. Furthermore, I know that you know that whoever is elected president of the United States come November, that, things will still be “business as usual” and that our lives will not suddenly become rosy and picturesque. I am confident that there will still be corruption, global warming, war, and….(you can fill it in the blank.) What we will be left with, however, is going to be one of the second biggest symbolic victories of all time. So, in the spirit of the many idiocracies of this year’s “political carnival,” I leave you with one of the toughest political questions of all time from Donald Trump Jr.—i.e, “if I had a bowl of Skittles and I told you that two (Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump) would kill you, would you take a handful?”

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The Addiction to Celebrity Culture

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One of my biggest pet peeves is when I am reading a news site and I pass by an article that discusses a celeb beef, a new celeb relationship, or announcing what a celeb wore or how hot their abs are. It drives me crazy, and definitely not in a good way. In fact, it makes me feel worried for the state of things once again. I believe it is mentally unhealthy to put so much stock in celebrities; let me tell you why.

The only reason people pay any attention to the celebrities and their lives is because they are famous for being on TV, for their music, or whatever else puts these people in the “public eye”. People become obsessed with celebrities, simply because other people have become obsessed with them. I mean, would Justin Bieber be as popular if he didn’t start off marketing to teenage girls just hitting puberty? Probably not, and Justin and his PR team knew that. That’s why they started marketing his own line of women’s perfume in the beginning of his career. What exactly does Justin Bieber know about women’s perfume? Does that sound remotely mentally sound? It isn’t, and nor should it.

Also, people get addicted to celebrity culture because they are thirsty. Yes that’s right, T-H-I-R-S-T-Y. So thirsty, they look like they are really worried about re-populating the planet after 3/4 of the population has died, as opposed to just having a sexual attraction to a person. This aspect of celeb addiction, I find uniquely sad. If a person can’t realize how easily manipulated people are becoming when they are shown a “pretty” (I use quotations to signify the reality that most celebs’ physical appearance is manufactured) face in order to buy something, see a movie, or to endorse a politician *hint hint*, then that person needs to wake up to the reality of what celeb culture is actually about. It is a tool of manipulation, no more, no less. Can you think of another point as to the existence of it?

Celeb culture sets up impossible standards as the reality of what humans should aspire to, even though the celebrities themselves can’t live up to it either. One example is this whole idea of being America’s darling, of being the apple of everyone’s eye and the kind of person that makes the world swoon every time they take a breath; their name is always on someone’s lips. First off, it is annoying when pop culture find a new person to obsess about and spam them to the world. Every other headline is about them and everything they are doing because people just need to know that this person exists *eye-roll*, even if they are a total ass, or even crazy.

Even though, I like Hunger Games and the X-Men franchise, I will use Jennifer Lawrence as an example. When she first gained popularity, people wouldn’t shut up about her. It was, “Jennifer Lawrence this, and JLaw that”, “she’s the new IT girl”. Whatever that means. In a nutshell, she was the bee’s knees in Hollywood for awhile. However, when she was telling off a reporter in a manner that rubbed EVERYONE the wrong way for asking her about the Oscars when he meant to say Golden Globes, and for taking photos at the same time. It just came off mean instead of her being funny like she tried to make it sound, and everyone laughed along with her. It wasn’t funny though. It was a-hole-like. That is another problem with celeb culture. Because they are celebrities, they get to act like how they want and treat people however they want, simply because they are famous and “universally loved”. 

When are people going to realize that celebrity culture is extremely damaging? When their young daughters start taking skip days to go get botox or cosmetic surgery to “appear more sexy” instead of sneaking off to go to a movie? A guy who spent over $100,000 to look like Justin Bieber died from cosmetic surgery. Or how about when people are starting twitter fights with other people over a celeb’s personal problems and they start saying some truly messed up things. That is an every day occurrence. I think it is going to be a big wake-up call for people when they start to understand that what happens in celebrities’ lives really shouldn’t matter to them. It is pointless, damaging to their psyche, and it is somewhat sad. It’s not to say that you can’t be a fan of a celebrity’s work. Just don’t sell your soul to them, just because some celebrities have sold their souls to the Hollywood machine.

 

What Is Going On With The Democrats?

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There have been many rumors regarding Hillary Clinton’s current campaign to the presidency. People have been saying things like, “Trump is a straw man to help Hillary’s run”, “Hillary had many delegates under her thumb, which gave her a lead ahead of Bernie Sanders”, “Bill Clinton met with Loretta Lynch in order to pull some strings to get her off the hook with her email scandal”, and so on and so forth. However, with this latest WikiLeaks hack into Democratic Party emails, it looks like there has been some truth to the rumors.

The hack was perpetrated between by two separate cyber-espionage groups, who are speculated to have connections to Russian Military Intelligence. I just have to say, America seems to come under cyber-attack from other countries quite often, and not just random hackers, but from military installations. If foreign government hackers are actively hacking and attacking into American cyber-systems, itsn’t considered an act of war?

What was exposed in the hack is REALLY interesting. There are several instances that are being portrayed in the media as the Democratic National Committee being specifically against Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. There are emails questioning his religious background and subtly condemning him for it, accounts of the DNC shutting off access to the party list of likely Democratic voters (to which Sanders sued to get renewed access to), back and forth emails plotting how to sabotage the Sanders campaign, and the list goes on.

Now, this didn’t occur amongst Clinton’s personal campaign officers, which would be expected and accepted. This occurred in the overall Democratic party platform. This is troubling for many reasons. One of them is obvious, that the Democratic party has been biased against anyone who could threaten Hillary’s presidential campaign. This means that this entire presidential campaign on the Democrats’ side was basically for Hillary, and somewhat planned. The more troubling thing is the active discussion of how to sabotage other campaigns. The fact that this is going on seems EXTREMELY reminiscent of what happened with George W. Bush’s first presidential run and Florida. Remember that, everyone? Except that it is the Democratic National Committee sabotaging its own.

The exposure of these emails seems to be very significant, based on the reaction of Democratic party. Because of the hack and the information that has been revealed to the public, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee Debra Wasserman Schultz has decided to publicly step down from her position after the Democratic National Convention. Publicly, the committee and several officials, including both Obama and Clinton, have said they thank Schultz for her service and this “step-down” she is doing is to for the future of of the Democratic Party and to bring new blood in, or something. Behind closed doors is another matter; this is a huge embarrassment for the Democratic Party to anyone who is paying a little bit of attention.

The Democratic Party has been exposed as having been biased against Bernie Sanders, the top contender against Hillary Clinton for the presidency on the Democrats’ side. They have even had talks of sabotaging Sanders’ campaign and even attempted to (allegedly) by limiting resources available to him. Add to that the fact that Clinton DID have a head start on Sanders when it comes to delegates, it seems that the rumors are true: there has been some work to get specifically Clinton into office, at least within the Democratic Party. So, this all begs the question: what else has been done to get Hillary Clinton into the presidency?