The naysayers will call it politainment, but that’s as uncreative and trite as trotting out “reactionary”.
And while there was indeed a tremendous amount of substance in this first US Presidential debate a month ago, it was solely from one side.
Lester Holt largely disgraced himself as another “presstitute” (not my coinage, but fitting).
Holt was the decidedly unmoderate moderator.
“The questions are mine and have not been shared with the commission or the campaigns.”
“The audience here in the room has agreed to remain silent so that we can focus on what the candidates are saying.”
You see, Americans don’t stay silent.
They/we might be wrong (the “ugly American” stereotype), but we/they are rarely silent.
Some observers around the world recognize this as the asset it is.
Others denigrate it as “squeaky wheel”/”loudest duck”.
There’s very little silence in this year’s election (except in the corporate mass media concerning Hillary Clinton’s litany of disqualifying activities).
“I am honored to have this role, but this evening belongs to the candidates and, just as important, to the American people.”
…but most of all, to the American “elite” (and their transparently biased media) who had already picked their anointed, sycophantic, warmongering, maniac of a candidate: Hillary Clinton.
“There’s been a record six straight years of job growth…”
But at what rate, Lester? Read the Wall Street Journal, fucking moron.
What I meant to say was, the “record growth” is anemic in historical terms.
So the “record” aspect is merely academic.
It’s been stable as shit. That is the most accurate characterization.
Then “Secretary” Clinton takes over:
“Today is my granddaughter’s second birthday…”
Oh really?!? I didn’t know robots could reproduce!!
“First, we have to build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top.”
“That means we need new jobs, good jobs, with rising incomes.”
Her biggest export would be American jobs. She’s got a bad case of cognitive dissonance from too much globalist Kool-Aid.
“I want us to invest in you.”
Whether that’s what she wants or not, it’s not what she’s planning to do. So it’s immaterial what she “wants”. Her intent is clear: destroy her own country economically (if not literally in a nuclear war) by way of some twisted Robin Hood fantasy. Sorry Hillary, we’re not in Jonestown. Why don’t you drink your Kool-Aid first?
“…most of the new jobs will come from small business.”
Which will go OUT OF BUSINESS as a result of your idealist, rubbish policies.
“…equal pay for women’s work.”
Oh, you mean like never, ever having a job…like you?
Hey Hillary, your boss (the American people) called. They want to know what the hell you were doing using a personal email server as the goddamned SECRETARY OF STATE??? And by the way, they want your work emails…because those are property of the company (the United States of America). Oh… You were writing emails about yoga on the job? Ok, no problem. But as you were being paid to write emails on “yoga”, we’d like to take a look at those emails. You did, after all, produce “yoga” emails with our tax dollars. Oh… You destroyed the emails? After being subpoenaed?? Hmmm… That’s a problem.
[That must have been one hell of a “yoga” discussion.]
“We’re going to do it by having the wealthy pay their fair share…”
Oh, excellent. I guess we can start with freezing the assets of the Clinton Foundation. Seems that some small group was getting very rich off of that scam.
“Donald, it’s good to be with you.”
First and last time she’d ever say that.
“I hope that I will be able to earn your vote on November 8th.””
You’ve never earned anything in your life. You’ve been a carpetbagger from Arkansas to New York to Washington, D.C. “Social climber” does not qualify as a métier.
Ok…that’s enough Clinton. How about some truth? Fire torpedo #1!
“That’s called business, by the way.”
Ah, business. Value. Creating value.
If you’ve read this far (and I’m sure there are very few who have), I’ve created value for you. I’ve held your attention. You could think I’m the dumbest motherfucker on the planet, but that feeling of condescension is worth your time. Perhaps I’m entertaining. That’s also value. And, God forbid, I actually say something that rings true… For anyone who agrees with me enough to delve so far into this specious blog post, I’ve created value.
“Secretary” Clinton creates NO value…in anything she does.
I don’t even take enjoyment in insulting her. To insult her is my duty. I don’t want this person leading my country for the next four years. Hell no!
“And, Hillary, I’d just ask you this. You’ve been doing this for 30 years. Why are you just thinking about these solutions right now? For 30 years, you’ve been doing it, and now you’re just starting to think of solutions.”
Exactly. Say what you want about Trump, but he hasn’t been dicking around as a government do-nothing during that time. He’s created value. You can denigrate the true worth of that value, but it does have a dollar value. It’s like a stock price. It is a market measurement. You want your money back? Fine. Sell your one share of Google stock. Yes, the broker will charge a fee. No, holding one share is not recommended. But it’s a market measurement. The market value of Trump’s activities is indisputable. It’s not perfect. It doesn’t figure in obtuse Althusserian dimensions, but it’s a measurement (damn it!).
Hillary is much more comfortable hiding in the maze of government with her private server and hiding behind the nonprofit structure of the Clinton Foundation. She creates no value. She never has to prove what value she has created. She knows that her social climbing has bought her immunity from accountability.
[BUT MAYBE NOT]
Hillary might have been thinking about bringing jobs back to America for the past 30 years, but she certainly hasn’t acted on those musings.
“Your husband signed NAFTA, which was one of the worst things that ever happened to the manufacturing industry.”
[giant sucking sound…alarums and excursions]
“But you have no plan.”
Of course she doesn’t. Her plan is being prepared by a bunch of globalists. All she has to do is stay on two legs and… [whoops!]
“…you are going to regulate these businesses out of existence.”
And that is no accident.
“I’m going to cut taxes big league, and you’re going to raise taxes big league, end of story.”
Yeah, pretty much.
“She tells you how to fight ISIS on her website. I don’t think General Douglas MacArthur would like that too much.”
Indeed, no matter the outcome of this election, Hillary Clinton is not going to go down in history as a master strategist.
“…you’re telling the enemy everything you want to do.”
Right again. Pick up some Sun Tzu, Hillary.
“…the taxes are so onerous…”
“…we have a president that can’t sit them around a table and get them to approve something.”
Yeah, that’s because he’s never had a job either. “Amateur golfer” does not cut the mustard.
“And with a little leadership, you’d get it in here very quickly, and it could be put to use on the inner cities and lots of other things, and it would be beautiful.”
Value-creation works. As a model. As a measure. What ISN’T sustainable is sucking the thriving countries dry in an effort to bring up the languishing ones. There is a solution. There is a deal. A compromise. But Hillary doesn’t have that spark of problem-solving genius. All she knows is the college playbook from pseudo-intellectual, hippie-era Yale.
Ok, I’m even starting to bore myself.
There is not enough digital ink in my pot to finish penning this diatribe.
I think you get the point.
In cinema terms, this was an auteur (Trump) vs. a metteur-en-scène (Hillary).
Shot. Reverse. Shot.