from Rachael L. McIntosh:
Voters of America, you are being played – BIG TIME.
I’ll start this off with one word: ELECTORAL COLLEGE. Ok, that’s two, but you get my point (I hope). This election for president of the United States of America is already settled. It has been done and over with since last year and this whole circus we are forced to endure is simply theater to the point of, psy-op (psychological operation). And no. I’m not being melodramatic.
Most people walking around fail to realize that the primary/caucus system we have going on here has only been around since 1972. The Constitution of/for the United States of America tells us exactly how the electoral college is the only body that votes for president. (Some of you might appreciate the difference between the word ‘of’ and ‘for’ and I included that for your benefit).
Before 1972, citizens belonged to political parties who would basically act like a sort of mafia (as if that has changed at all) and use a “mixed system” to make backroom deals within their party to figure out who would be representing the party in the presidential election. That’s when family bloodlines (as if that has changed at all) were important and which church you went to, and ‘do you know the so-and-so family?’ was of critical importance. You belonged to a private club. It was only with the advent of TV that people finally got a clue when , “Hey! we live in a Democratic Republic! The People should be picking out who is going to run for President of this great land!”
As we all know, that generation was completely optimistic about changing their world for the better. That’s how we got the sh*t show we have now, namely almost a full year of political coverage where colorful charts and graphs, poll numbers racing up and down, and people being rilled up to the point of hysteria at rallies (or not) are covered obsessively (or not) and projected into the minds of the citizenry. News with computer generated graphics and hosts with expressive facial expressions and body language relate the events to the general population. Some yell at us and some make a joke of it, all in the name of entertainment because that’s what the news technically is – entertainment. That’s why the televised news channels always win lawsuits and can get away with their dramatic delivery which sometimes contains complete falsehoods. And that’s why the news channels (mostly viewed by the Boomer generation who set up this primary system) have teams fastidiously aligning the news outlet with the demographic profile of their viewers. Basically if you are watching the news on TV you are caught in a feedback loop at this point. But that is a whole different blog post so I’ll move on.
Knowing that TV is the primary means of communicating to their voters, political candidates, especially for an office as high and mighty as President, need to be savvy with the medium. We all know that Ronald Reagan was a famous Hollywood actor comfortable with the camera. Same with former governor of California, Arnold Schwartzenegger, who also might have run for president had the whole thing with his birth certificate been easy to fix. Well, this election gave us Donald Trump. If there was ever anyone who knew how to work the medium of television, it’s him. It is well known that the man has received many more hours of television time and coverage than any of the competition. < Remember that point. What is the US population NOT thinking about with all this coverage of Trump? And why would that be valuable? and to whom? hummmmm… >
Like a meth addled hedgehog, Trump also uses new media, especially Twitter, to create ‘share worthy’ content. Everyone knows who Trump is. He has successfully penetrated his target market which, according to his own political campaign strategists, is a “low propensity voter” who “the elite” consider “stupid”, “racist”, and “bigoted” people.
At this point you may think this is solely a hit piece on Trump. It’s not. Read on.
Have you wondered why during this past year of presidential primary coverage in between the antics of Donald Trump we are getting ‘real time’ coverage of people getting shot up in (gay or otherwise) night clubs, or during a peaceful march, or people getting mowed over with trucks in other countries? or shot in Munich at the exact moment DNCLeaks was hitting the scene? Emotions seem to be flowing non-stop from our screens and it’s literally exhausting.
Keep reading and you’ll see where I’m going with this.
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