Since media here overflows with coverage of the circus called the US Presidential Election a postcard from Sweden canâ€™t escape that issue. The fact that the charade is more farcical than usual doesnâ€™t prevent our media from treating it with subservient sincerity, although every enlightened person knows that the outcome is irrelevant for the real policy executed by the next president. Itâ€™s just two factions of the same Business Party competing, and the only thing entertaining is the fight itself.
We all remember Barack Obama in 2008. In his victory speech â€“ indeed a rhetoric masterpiece â€“ he appeared as an almost socialist savior who intended to redress every injustice and restore peace in the world. And we know what happened. He kicked off his tenure by bailing out some of the richest crooks in the country with Â§700 billion and (thus) helped them evade prison sentences. He didnâ€™t fill Guantanamo with new unwanted people, instead he sent drones to kill them in their homes on the other side of the globe (thereby ridiculing the Norwegian Peace Price Committee).
Such issues are handled with kid gloves by our media, eager to bolster Big Brother. Our apologetic and protective attitude towards USA is obnoxious to the brink of suffocation. To have at least some fresh air and rational critique one has to turn to the New York Times, then youâ€™ll understand!
Despite numerous and daily articles and reports on the US election itâ€™s telling how such a central concept in US policy as Citizens United is treated by our main media: namely not at all. Searching the archive of our most important paper yields a few hits where this democratic abnormity is mentioned in passing, without explanation. Itâ€™s as if they want to spare their audiences the insight that the leading democracy in the world is nothing of the sort, just a genuineÂ plutocracy.
Itâ€™s true that two (whatâ€™s called) populist candidates, one to the right and one to the left, have advanced fairly far in the process this time, indicating that peopleâ€™s voice has some relevance after all. But it was unavoidable that Bernie Sanders were to be outmaneuvered one way or the other (and that was secured by DNC itself). The infamous â€œpussy grabberâ€ to the right has come a step further, though he seems to stop there. Should he become president â€“ God and the world forbid â€“ he will be forced to implementÂ the basic Business Party policy with just some minor modification.
There is no alternative.
Except that there really is! Real alternatives!