*America’s election system is designed only to give the theater of
democracy with none of the substance*
(RINF) – It is a virtual certainty that the American establishment will resort to
election fraud to help Hillary Clinton. They simply do not know what to do
about Donald Trump. America’s election system was not designed to handle a
phenomenon like him, a non-politician, a man with some genuinely fresh
anti-establishment views, who quickly rides a wave of popularity to do a
hostile take-over, as it were, of a major old-line party.
America’s election system is designed to give the theater of democracy with
virtually none of the substance, but even in the face of that reality,
election fraud in America still has a long history. Even though we are
usually talking about two establishment candidates representing two
establishment parties, the competitive instincts of the two rival gangs,
each eagerly seeking power and privileges and appointed offices for
themselves and their adherents, have often resulted in vote fraud. How much
greater is the impulse now in that direction to defend against a candidate
who actually wants to change something?
Despite an unprecedented spectacle of the press acting as a national public
disinformation system united in one goal, to discredit Trump, including
even polls deliberately engineered with sampling errors to give a false
view of what is happening, and a massive effort to build Hillary up into
something she is not, a decent human being, the momentum for Trump
Even if you don’t have reliable numbers, you can just feel it from the very
desperation of the establishment. The President spends much of his time
flying around making insipid speeches for his party, the newspapers leap to
publish every unconfirmed negative report about Trump or such absolute
trivia as this or that movie star or pop star saying what an awful man
Trump is. And you have to ask where all these voices were during decades of
business deals in the great cities of America and other places which saw
successful projects springing up all over with fanfare and publicity.
No, it is only now that the establishment actually feels of the hot breath
of popular revolt against much of what it has done over the last two
decades – its uniquely poisonous policy brew of constant war and completely
ignoring most Americans – that we get this explosion of rumors, unproved
accusations, and Joseph McCarthy-style innuendo. Before that, Trump was a
highly productive member of society welcome at public events of every kind.
After all, wealth and celebrity are always welcome in America. It is only
change that is not.
Critics are right about a lot of unpleasant things in America, and their
voices are simply not heard in its tight little press oligopoly. Is
America’s establishment right about Syria? About Libya? About Yemen? About
Israel? About NATO? About Russia? China? Being right in America today can
be quite lonely.
America invented marketing. It is one of its few truly original
contributions to culture. And the arts of marketing are intensely at work
in politics there, to the extent there is often almost no substance despite
all the carefully-packaged words. The immediate period after an American
election resembles the experience of a person who has purchased a new
product which quickly proves to work nothing like the advertising promises
said it would.
American elections closely resemble a marketing battle between two
oligopolistic corporations, as between Coke and Pepsi or McDonald’s and
Burger King. There are only two parties and that situation is controlled
through countless institutional and regulatory gimmicks put into place by
the two parties themselves.
America’s campaign financing system is a deliberate and effective method to
discourage the birth or growth of any new parties. It is what economists
call a barrier to entry into a market, the kind of thing which keeps
non-political oligopolistic markets from becoming more competitive. The
little ones are allowed to just struggle along on the margins for
appearances and owing to the disproportionately high cost of eliminating
Most of the noise and intensity of American elections are just hollow, but
it is the kind of stuff to which Americans are exposed in their economic
life, day-in or day-out, so for ordinary people without the time to be
well-informed, nothing could sound more normal.
That is what is so different about Trump. Despite his flaws and distasteful
tendency to be a bigmouth, on some really important matters, matters of
life and death, he is speaking truth and speaking it plainly. There is a
kind of revolutionary quality in parts of his message. Of course, this in
part reflects the fact that he has never before been a politician, only a
successful, hard-nosed actor in the economic sphere.
That is something new in American elections, and the establishment is
rather shaken by it. Therefore, the American press has created and
sustained an unparalleled campaign of highly biased and even vicious
reporting and commentary.
People abroad do not realize that about 90% of what Americans hear comes
from just six big companies, none of whom, you may be sure, is interested
in change and especially anything even slightly revolutionary. National
broadcasting and national press have been so consolidated through years of
massive mergers that there is no real alternative voice reaching most
And those huge news corporations – intimate members of the establishment,
always supporting the government of the day in its imperial wars and
projects – have made a concerted effort to diminish and demean Trump.
Equally, they have universally praised and supported Clinton, despite her
dark record of unethical personal behavior and violent public acts, despite
having been responsible for the deaths of thousands of women and their
Never mind Trump’s private off-color remarks, here is a woman married for
decades to a genuine sexual predator, a man who was having sex with a young
intern right in the Oval Office. And she wants to bring him back into
affairs in Washington, having promised to give him responsibility for
Why did she tolerate decades of his disgraceful and even criminal behavior?
Because it gave her serious leverage over him in office, whether as
Governor of Arkansas or President of the United States. We have a hundred
voices telling us of her violent temper and demands and the central role
she would assume even though elected to no office.
She has always been about one thing only, and that is to enjoy power over
others which she has exercised with brutal intensity, all while maintaining
a bug-eyed, laughing face in public. She is without question a genuine
Even when we see fascinating revelations about her inside political
maneuvering and dishonesty from leaks on the Internet, the national press
manages largely to ignore them or to diminish them. They do not catch fire.
The techniques of public relations and damage control – outgrowths of
marketing principles and psychological manipulation techniques – are
employed to suffocate any fires.
We do see signs that the Internet is starting to have some real impact with
the general population, and to the extent that is true, we also see the
establishment working towards suppressing alternate and independent voices
on the Internet by a variety of means.
America uses an awkward expression, “controlling the narrative,” to
describe what the establishment is quietly undertaking, always trying not
to assume the open appearance of old Soviet-style suppression of
information or the promotion of heavy-handed disinformation while in fact
assuming the substance of their purpose.
In the longer term, I am not convinced they can succeed. The Internet is an
almost uncontrollable force, that is unless you actually suppress and
control aspects of the Internet itself, something recent remarks by Obama –
a man who is a strict disciple of secrecy and inner-sanctum privilege –
suggest in vague and politically-correct language, there may well be
efforts underway towards that goal.
This fact only adds to the importance of this election. If Trump loses,
there can be no doubt, the secretive, manipulative, and ruthless Hillary
Clinton will commission whatever efforts are required for information
suppression. After all, a person ruthlessly pursuing war and secretive
manipulation of world affairs can never be a friend to openness and truth,
which are literally enemies of such goals.
The entire business of terror and fighting terror offers a great deal of
latitude this way, suppression in the name of fighting terror, the great
irony, of course, for America being that it does not consistently fight
terror, it frequently employs it as a tool of statecraft. We’ve seen that
in my lifetime in everything from the long covert battle against Castro and
the hideous, pointless war in Vietnam to the employment of jihadists in
Afghanistan, Libya, or Syria.
For some genuine history of American vote fraud, readers should see my
lengthy comment on Obama’s recent speech, in which he told Trump to “stop