The One-Party Police State of the Republicrats
by Jack D. Douglas
Many years ago I listened to a detailed discussion by Ralph Nader and his team of legal advisors at a Book Fair on C-Span about why they had no chance of winning a presidential election. Simply put, they could not legally get on the ballots in enough states even with their immense teams of lawyers because the Republicans and Democrats had cooperated in passing a mass of complex, variable laws that created endless loopholes and obstructions at the state levels to make sure that no outsider like Ross Perot, even with billions of dollars, could ever again get on enough state ballots to win at the presidential level. I already knew that in general, but it was good to have such insider experience confirming my findings over the years. This morning I heard Candy Crowley of CNN interviewing Ron Paul about his Republican run for the presidential nomination. They noted the immense road blocks to any outsider inside the Party tent winning – or even getting enough Media attention to be back in the pack. She asked him if he would consider an independent run if he was blocked inside the Party. He said he’d tried that many years ago and they spent half their money just trying to get on the ballots, obviously not succeeding enough to have a chance, so he will not try that again.
All of those people could have gone into all the details about the many layers of legal and other obstacles the Republicrats have put in place to stop anyone from winning the presidency except a Party insider approved by the oligarchs and corporate money people who run the Party and its two wings. They could especially have talked about the ways the giant Corporations in the Party have bought up the Big Media, from the networks to the newspapers, and used them to shut out anyone persona non grata to the Party’s shadowy rulers. When did you last see Ralph Nader mentioned in the Corp. Media of the Party? Ron Paul has been The Invisible Man of American politics for decades because they shut him out of daily coverage, debates, etc., just like Ralph. They now give him some rough going-over at times in the Media because of the Tea Party and the more general voter insurgency among bright young people. But I’ve seen instances in which they simply drop him from the listing of poll results even though he is among the few top people and totally within striking distance of any one at the top by a few points. Ralph is totally disappeared. Is he dead or just Media Dead? I don’t know.