June 8, 2016
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You’ll hear a lot of noise today from main stream media about how Hilary Clinton has won the Democratic nomination. The fact is Hillary actually won the nomination on a day when nobody voted. A few days ago Glenn Greenwald reported in The Intecept before the results of the final six primaries were known:
Last night, the Associated Press — on a day when nobody voted — surprised everyone by abruptly declaring the Democratic Party primary over and Hillary Clinton the victor. The decree, issued the night before the California primary in which polls show Clinton and Bernie Sanders in a very close race, was based on the media organization’s survey of “superdelegates”: the Democratic Party’s 720 insiders, corporate donors, and officials whose votes for the presidential nominee count the same as the actually elected delegates. AP claims that superdelegates who had not previously announced their intentions privately told AP reporters that they intend to vote for Clinton, bringing her over the threshold. AP is concealing the identity of the decisive superdelegates who said this.
Read all at The Intercept
Clinton’s nomination is certainly a milestone in American politics. Even if we remember the fix was in for this process, which is a travesty of democratic politics, to throw up as the Presidential nominee, Obama's anointed successor, (the deal was made in 2008 apparently) Mrs Clinton is still the first woman to be nominated. Americans will of course overstate its world significance and wallow in excessive self-congratulations; I have already seen several 'Liberal' websites proclaiming the USA is about to elect the first female head of state. In fact many countries on the planet have elected women as their leaders (Britain has The Queen as head of State, a non political position, and the Prime Minister - i.e. first servant - as its political leader.) Margaret Thatcher was our Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990. There have been many female presidents, and political leaders in nations where the presidency is a largely ceremonial position, whose close family members have not previously served as president. So claim that the United States of America will be first to elect a female leader are just another example of that lunacy known as American exceptionalism. Unless they are actually anxious to point out that the USA leads the world in nepotism.
Having said all that, the U.S. presidency is an extremely influential political and cultural position in the world. Particularly for a country with such an oppressive history on race and gender The election of the first African- American president was acclaimed as a great breakthrough for black people when in fact only the USA can elect an "African - American" president and nations in Africa and the Caribbean had been electing black leaders for decades before Barack Hussein Obama came along. But there is good reason to express concern about this all-too-predictable conclusion to the 2016 US Democratic Party nomination campaign.
That the winner of the Democratic Party nominating process is declared in such secretive and suspicion - worthy circumstances, an elite-driven stitch up that betrays the brave battle fought by Bernie Sanders against a woman of limited political experience and a very dubious track record in business and her legal career, whose preformance as Secretary of State, the only public office she held, was a disaster, and who is surrounded by scandals and at least one ongoing criminal investigation is symbolic of what the Democratic party, and the political establishment in the USA, actually is. But we could say that in rallying behind a Wall Street-funded, status quo-perpetuating, multimillionaire militarist dubbed 'crooked Hillary' by her opponent, The Democratic Party is getting exactly what it deserved.
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