Inspection- The Leo Bloom in Bloomberg

by Ken Carman

 Is the media: both social and main stream, playing to the rubes, also helped by corporations and politicians? Are they, like Leo Bloom and Max Bialystock, trying to sell us some American version of Springtime for Hitler in InspectionGermany? …hoping to make us all prisoners of hate? IF so, here’s how.
 Despite the fact I am no Bloomberg fan this is not some anti-Bloomberg screed.
 Despite the fact I feel if you think Biden is a bad candidate Bloomberg was worse this really has little to do with Bloomberg the person: any personal defects

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he may or may not have.
 Despite the fact both Bloomberg and Steyer were oligarch candidates and I loathe the very idea of yet another possible president from the oligarch, or oligarch-wannabe, class.
 Unfortunately this has to do with what may be a growing rube-ish segment of society who is increasingly selecting our leaders. And a lot to do with why Trump had that extra edge; along with the far more influential election fraud tactics Republicans have been perfecting, that helped him ascend in 2016.
 Steyer and Bloomberg: both exceedingly rich guys, are examples of the oligarchs who seem all too interested in leading the nation. Once upon a time part of the assumed requirements for becoming president was experience, working their way up the ladder rather than just having a lot of money and influence. This is what we get for Idiocracy Frito-ish idiots assuming the outsider is always the better choice. You know, the outsiders who, when elected, are quickly slammed by lobbyists who are long term insiders.
 A lot of the massive, life threatening, fumbles new administrations go through happen for this very reason: people attaining positions when they have no experience as to how to get things done, or how to resist the lobbyist onslaught. With Trump the assumption, as it has always has been with fascists, is that if one has run corporations: no matter how many bankruptcies, no matter how poorly, one would make a better president. Nonsense, unless you want more dictator than president. A CEO or owner of a huge corporation is closer to that than someone who is supposed to be president for ALL people: not just his “base” of slavishly obedient sycophants.
 But it does work well enabling oligarch and fascism: where the rulers and corporations that back them, are favored by them, rule at the expense of everyone NOT absolutely obedient.
 Back to Bloomberg and Steyer.
 The difference between the two is both interesting and frightening. If there’s one thing Steyer and Bloomberg; more fit a name for some firm like Bialystock & Bloom, prove is that simply having money assures nothing. Having money and noise does, kind of like with Trump. And Bloomberg had the noise factor.
 As Trump went through 2016 there was a lot of potential candidacy killing news that grabbed us by the… Same is true of Bloomberg. If one has been reading all the Facebook political shtick the jig should have been up for Bloomberg long ago considering what would have amounted to slander… if it hadn’t been true. It started with stop-and-frisk, went to his former Republican credentials, and then got quite dark. That should have killed his candidacy, as a lot of the TV analysis should have. Instead, despite waiting until Super Tuesday, his polls went from a blip to 10% and more. I understand these were the actual first contests he ran in, but I think it was more than that, and this is what I find frightening, all too telling.
 The bill boards helped, the TV ads helped, spending a lot of money helped: all this is a sad reflection on our oligarch-supporting pay to play political system: not all that unlike our pay to have justice justice system. But worse, like Trump, I think noise that should destroy a candidacy is helping them. Dimwits, whose depth of understanding is thinner than a single drop of water on pavement, say to themselves, “Hey, there’s a lot of noise here, let’s vote for this guy! The ‘establishment’ and the media don’t like him. Must be a winner.”
 Honestly? I’m not sure their depth of thought is even that deep. Ability to sense a scam? NO, they constantly fall for them and blame everyone else but who conned them: and especially blame those who warned them. Analysis? FORGET IT. “Taint An-Al-is-sis what rich people do wid dem, Sigh-Chi-Uh-Trists?”
 God, I hope to hell I’m wrong about this, but if not… maybe Idiocracy isn’t coming. Maybe Idiocracy is here. And if, like in 1984, when words meant the opposite of what actually do, soon we’re all going to be forced to dance that Prisoners of ‘Love’ dance.

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Inspection is a column that has been written by Ken Carman for over 40 years. Inspection is dedicated to looking at odd angles, under all the rocks, and into the unseen cracks and crevasses, that constitute the issues and philosophical constructs of our day: places few think, or even dare, to venture.
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