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The choice of any American President, and the marketing of that President before, during and after his term, is not a matter of meritocracy or a choice of the voters.

It is more like a coronation well before any voting occurs of a few princes, of both parties. Princes who will each honor and preserve the interests of the financial elites of the nation should they be elected.

It isn't that the President finally selected is the nation's leader; it is more that the President is selected for his ability to lead the nation where the elites wish it to go -- sometimes they see the nation is ripe for thievery and harvesting the proles, and so a Reagan or Bush is pushed into office.  Sometimes the see that the nation needs to feel as if it is back in honest hands, so a Carter or JFK is permitted a term. In neither case is it the will of the people actually being expressed, only played to.

In a process that will cost up to a billion dollars during this coming 2008 election season, one prince or another will be declared unelectable well ahead of time, or even driven from serious public consideration by the media, in a guided choice that the voting public is asked to go along with -- or rather, that one half of the voting public is asked to go along with, since over half of American voters -- don't ever vote.

As contrast to this system, look at what is not possible -- a populist leader arising "from the streets" and being swept into power by the support and votes of the people. He or she would die before they ever got close to the halls of power. Small plane accident. Outright assassination. Something will happen.

However, my dear geezer in Paris, I must challenge your entire premise that we American got what we wanted in Bush. Twice.

No sir. We got raped twice.  The two-to-one approval rating you speak of was in the fever following 9/11, when the fondest wishes of the economic elites was rammed through good and proper and the cover stories were holding. It was not so in either election.

He did not win in 2000 and he did not win in 2004; he was inserted into office so the ultra-wealthy could clear cut the American middle class and make this into a third world country.

And that little project's proceeding nicely.

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by Antifa (antifa@bellsouth.net) on Wed Dec 27th, 2006 at 07:03:14 AM EST
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It isn't that the President finally selected is the nation's leader; it is more that the President is selected for his ability to lead the nation where the elites wish it to go -
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I agree.I am new to this "democracy thing" but that's how it looks to me too...

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As contrast to this system, look at what is not possible -- a populist leader arising "from the streets" and being swept into power by the support and votes of the people. He or she would die before they ever got close to the halls of power.
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Looks like that!

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by vbo on Wed Dec 27th, 2006 at 09:46:27 AM EST
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Speaking of selected, Bill Wyatts experiences in the 2004 election is illuminating. He ran in the republican presidential primaries against Bush. He lost (though he got 10% in Oklahoma), but more interesting was his attempts (mostly in vain) at getting on the primary ballot. In most states the primary was cancelled as there was no (legitimate) candidate against Bush.

I followed his blog at the time, but it looks like it is gone now.

This article from 2004 pretty much sums it up Unknown takes on Bush in Republican primaries.

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by A swedish kind of death on Thu Dec 28th, 2006 at 10:24:15 PM EST
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This is the conventional progressive wisdom, and widely supported. My view is different. I think it's us. We give them the power to "manage" us- to push our buttons by trotting out these seductive puppets- by not knowing our own susceptibilities.


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by geezer in Paris (risico at wanadoo(flypoop)fr) on Fri Dec 29th, 2006 at 11:22:57 AM EST
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