We've seen this pattern before. After every catastrophe - the second latest and worst being the 9/11 terrorist attacks - all sorts of deranged conspiracy theories crop up like radioactive monsters after an A-bomb test in a Japanese sci-fi flick. The so-called liberal media in this country, poleaxed by Donald Trump's Presidential triumph, are now scrambling about in a disarrayed, demented orgy of conspiracy theorizing about what is really behind Hillary Clinton's loss. The main suspect targeted by the news media is Russian dictator, Vladimir Putin. In spite of their most feverish efforts to fabricate a case supporting this allegation after the fact, there remains absolutely no substantial proof that this election was manipulated in any significant way by Russia.
But who is to blame for this electoral catastrophe? As is so often the case, the root cause is closer to home. Much closer. It was truly an inside job at the highest level.
To find out, allow the Roman principle of lex parsimoniæ to be your guide - the law of parsimony, i.e. the most streamlined and simplest explanation is usually the correct one. So, let's dispense with all this convoluted, tortured, conspiratorial nonsense about the Russians installing Donald Trump as Czar of All the Americas. Proof has now surfaced that Clinton aids clandestinely leaked the Podesta e-mails to Craig Murray, former British ambassador to Uzbekistan, who then delivered them to Julian Assange for dissemination on WikiLeaks. This whistle-blower's motivation stemmed from "disgust at the corruption of the Clinton Foundation and the tilting of the primary election playing field against Bernie Sanders." Murray states unequivocally that, "The source had legal access to the information. The documents came from inside leaks, not hacks." Ultimately, however, the worst damage to the Clinton campaign was performed by Clinton herself. She, and she alone, is the chief author of this unfolding disaster.
Hillary Clinton and the DNC lost because of their 25 year track record of throwing minorities, the middle-class and the poor - the very people whom they proudly claim to champion - under the bus for the sake of their own personal advancement, while maintaining a flimsy illusion of liberal compassion for the underdog. Their hypocrisy was brutally obvious to all except the most naive and the most doctrinaire Democrats. It was clear to most on both the Right (or, if you prefer, the Alt-Reich) and the Left that Clinton and her minions were hell-bent on continuing our nation's neo-conservative foreign policies of endless war and its neo-liberal economic agenda which made her corporate sponsors increasingly richer even as it made average Americans poorer. She cheated Bernie Sanders out of the Democratic nomination - the only candidate who offered Americans deliverance from this free market treadmill of the damned, and, therefore, the only one who would have beaten Donald Trump handily in the general election.
Beaten and battered and with their back to the wall, our desperate - and none too shrewd - fellow citizens chose change. They chose change in the form of a sociopathic, spray-tan orangutan named Donald J. Trump who did what he does best: he lied, conned and manipulated the working class to get what he wanted from them. He threw them a false life preserver of hope by promising to bring back jobs to the United States . . . . which is more than you ever gave them, Ms. Clinton because you were too busy courting the vote of conservative, complacent Baby Boomer retirees who had already made out while the going was still good.
You're responsible for this catastrophe, Ms. Clinton - you and your fawning, establishment toadies at the DNC - so stop disseminating the sinister, irresponsible rubbish about Putin and his hackers rigging the U.S. Presidential election with the help of Julian Assange through your media lapdogs at the New York Times, the Washington Post, Salon.com, CNN and MSNBC.
American democracy wasn't brought to its knees by some Bond villain. It was brought to its knees by your arrogance, corruption and bungling incompetence. Putin didn't fuck us over; you fucked up. Your driving, strident ambition, greed and lust for power lost you this election and perverted the course of democracy, most likely ruining the future of this nation in the bargain. Your overbearing sense of entitlement alienated the electorate, delivering the American people straight into the grasp of fascists.
But don't worry: you and your fellow wealthy elites won't have to pay any of the consequences. You never do. After all, that's what the average American citizen is there for.
Copyright 2016 © Curt C. Chiarelli