What will having a woman as the president of the United States do for the US and the world? Very little, as far as effecting real political change goes. Undoubtedly a step forward for gender equality, it would nevertheless accomplish little to improve the state of our world. As you will see in a video below, women feel the same way about the issue.
This year’s presidential campaign has been a highly publicized and controversial circus, and has served tremendously in waking people up to the fact that the US electoral process undermines democracy. The super delegate process has made that abundantly clear this year in particular, and as Theodore Roosevelt once told us, “presidents are selected, not elected.”
While we can get excited about the fact that a woman was placed into power, is this truly the way we want to see it happen and is this corrupt woman the type we want in power?
Here is an informative video by journalist Abby Martin of The Empire Files tells it like it is, explaining that Hillary Clinton is the top pick by big corporations to keep the American empire running.
This year’s campaign has also shown more people how little it matters who specifically gets elected. A statement made by democratic nominee Bernie Sanders in a debate with Hillary Clinton explains this best:
Let me tell you something that no other candidate for president will tell you, and that is, no matter who is elected to be president, that person will not be able to address the enormous problems facing the working families of our country. They will not be able to succeed because the power of corporate America, the power of Wall Street, the power of campaign donors is so great that no president alone can stand up to them. That is the truth. People may be uncomfortable about hearing it, but that is the reality. (source)
What’s most likely to happen? This election shares much in common with the previous one, which saw a black man elected president for the first time. This marked a major step forward socially, to be sure, but didn’t really accomplish as much as people had hoped. Obama was made into a celebrity figure rather than someone with real power and I am confident the same thing will happen with Hillary. America is dominated by big corporations and big banks, and they dictate the major decisions and governmental policy, not presidents. A great example of this is the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), but there are many.
“A power has risen up in the government greater than the people themselves, consisting of many, and various, and powerful interests, combined into one mass, and held together by the cohesive power of the vast surplus in the banks.”
– John C. Calhoun was the 7th Vice President of the United States
The President Doesn’t Make Decisions
Blaming the president is not the answer; much of their decisions are probably not even their own. They function more like scapegoats, someone to blame when things go wrong, to distract us from the real people running the show. After all the years we’ve voted, has anything really changed? It’s time to address the absolute dominance that corporate/financial America has over the United States, and the world.
The real menace of our Republic is the invisible government, which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy legs over our cities, states and nation. . . . The little coterie of powerful international bankers virtually run the United States government for their own selfish purposes. They practically control both parties . . . [and] control the majority of the newspapers and magazines in this country.
Below is a video that was recently posted by Reason TV. Written and produced by Austin Bragg, it speaks to this very issue. The president has orders, is told what to do, and is influenced by corporate and financial ‘masters’ that put them in the presidential position in the first place. A woman being elected will mark a major step forward for women’s rights and equality, but it won’t change the larger political landscape, which is utterly corrupt. She will still be taking orders from someone else.
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