Wednesday, January 3, 2024

Poor, Poor Dear.

Bob is having a bad time this year already. It was Marjorie Taylor Greene who said to Tucker to the effect that if you think that US Congressman will sell his family for a free dinner, you are wrong--it is much worse than that.  

US Senator Bob Menendez, a key figure in Washington’s swath of Russia sanctions, has been accused of accepting bribes from Qatar in a new federal indictment. It’s the second foreign nation that the Democratic lawmaker is alleged to have illegally assisted. Manhattan federal prosecutors said on Tuesday that Menendez, who has held New Jersey’s US Senate seat since 2006, improperly used his position to help a property developer in securing financial assistance from a wealth fund run by a Qatari sheik. In return, Menendez is accused of receiving payoffs including cash, gold bars, and a range of other high-value items. The 70-year-old senator pleaded not guilty last year to corruption charges that alleged he had worked as an illegal agent of Egypt without registering his intent with the Justice Department as required by law. The document unveiled on Tuesday does not contain new charges against Menendez but broadens the scope of his alleged wrongdoing.

The fact that the US political system is corrupt top-bottom is nothing new, what is funny is how this illiterate shyster-lawyer with zero diplomatic pedigree ended up as a chair of Committee on Foreign Relations? One reason, of course, is that he is of Cuban descent and is most likely nothing more than a creep who, granted his background, obtained a position by psychotic Russophobic rhetoric--this thing is valued very high in Washington. And it came naturally, albeit do not generalize too much--I underscore this, do not, that being from poor family (the first guy in his family to attend college) he developed a desire to be "motivated" by additional income. Boy, look at Biden's laundromat.

You see--here is a Catch 22 of the American politics. You can come from big money and because of that not give a shit about own wealth, playing only with own delusions about nation-state realities, or you come from poor background and engage in graft. Or, both of the above. Normal people, with principles and decency are very rare in US politics. As one great comment stated, LOL.

It has been said that American politicians should dress like NASCAR drivers. That is wear gear plastered with the names of all of all of those who have 'sponsored' (or should I say bribed) them.

So, how do you right the ship of American politics? I don't have prescriptions other than a classic Lenin's one--of three signs of revolutionary situation. Specifically this:

When it is impossible for the ruling classes to maintain their rule without any change; when there is a crisis, in one form or another, among the “upper classes”, a crisis in the policy of the ruling class, leading to a fissure through which the discontent and indignation of the oppressed classes burst forth. For a revolution to take place, it is usually insufficient for “the lower classes not to want” to live in the old way; it is also necessary that “the upper classes should be unable” to rule in the old way.

Remarkably, this applies not only to socialist revolution, it applies to any revolution, and American political and media classes are so corrupt that they cannot govern, both due to corruption and wholesale incompetence adorned with humanities degrees from equally corrupt US Ivy League universities, which were supposed to be the elite-producing machine. They also failed at that. Hence, systemic failure at all levels, ranging from governing, to war, to education to what have you. And the economic crisis is upon us. Europe already is in the recession which is galloping towards depression and civil unrest. In Lenin's words--they are "unable to rule in the old way". Come to think about it--they never were.

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