Break the Wheel, America. Break the Fucking Wheel

“Lannister, Baratheon, Stark, Tyrell, they’re all just spokes on a wheel.  This one’s on top and that one’s on top and on and on it spins, crushing those on the ground. We’re not going to stop the wheel. I’m going to break the wheel.”  – Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones

I realise that using a quote from a fantasy television series doesn’t exactly scream political intellect and academic foundation for the rant that is to follow. But I hope you will stay with me, and understand that my point is to illustrate my piece with a relatable piece of media, not to base it entirely on it.

Because Daenerys’ comment is so on point – so deeply, and excitingly accurate. It highlights exactly the problem of society and class struggle. It bares the backbone of the ruling class, the principle that keeps them in charge. Be like Daenerys Targaryen, and you too can be the breaker of chains. I’m not ironically talking now, it’s seriously true. Capitalism and the ruling class are ruining the world and it’s time to panic. It’s time to riot.

Hillary Rodham Clinton

What bothers me about the election is that the HRC camp has made their candidate virtually immune to criticism. It almost feels as if they utilise a flow chart similar to the script that telemarketers use to counter every possible argument. Whatever you say that can possibly harm Clinton and her election as POTUS is being effectively bounced off and redirected.

Hillary Clinton is not a popular candidate. A lot of people don’t like her and don’t fancy the idea of her being president. However, she is running against an extremely controversial, unpopular and dangerous candidate that makes the potential damage under her presidency pale in comparison. Does that mean that we have to support HRC unconditionally? And does it also mean that a possible defeat against Donald Trump is inevitably the voter’s fault? I don’t think so, but many Hillary campaigners have you believe differently.

As a result of the FBI’s reopened investigation in the e-mail scandal surrounding Hillary’s person, the election polls grew tighter again in the last few days. The predicted comfortable lead is shrinking as we speak and the race between Trump and Clinton is turning out to be a close call come election day.

Stroll around the internet a little and the blame is put on the voters. “Go register to vote!” The campaigners are screaming. “Look, Trump is catching up! Go vote on November 8th or everything is going to the dogs.”
Note that in this narrative the emphasis is put solely on the people that might stay home and not vote. There’s no talking about Clinton’s mistakes and what they mean, no talking about the good she can do as a president. No, the fault is with the voters.

Lesser Evilism 

We can’t talk about Hillary’s aggressive foreign policies as secretary of state, her relationship with Wall Street and her campaign team’s involvement in unfairly discrediting candidate Bernie Sanders. Scepticism of HRC is considered playing into Trump’s cards (no pun intended) and her misdoings are nothing in comparison with the long list of atrocities committed by Trump.

While this is not untrue, the danger of this ‘lesser evilism’ is that it effectively redirects every attention away from the lesser evil. Hillary doesn’t lean on her own strength anymore, she is becoming fully depended of Trump’s misdoings. A shaky foundation, as it turns out, because a relatively unimpressive news flash of an FBI investigation immediately chipped a good chunk out of her lead over Donald Trump.

If anything it shows an embarrassing status quo of this election, which is an extremely poor choice of candidates from both sides of the dysfunctional American two party system. The democrats picked a jingoistic conservative with a traditional capitalist agenda and a bureaucratic reputation, because they purposely sabotaged the campaign of their progressive, innovative candidate who actually wanted to change things for the better. The GOP meanwhile went for a right wing populist with a track record of corruption, tax evasion and pseudo-fascist sympathies and a reputation of misogynistic buffoonery.

The only thing the two can rely on are the bad reputation of the other. Neither Trump nor Clinton have any of their own merits to go by and rely on in debate and campaign. And their supporters behave accordingly. Many have chosen Hillary’s side, because Trump is just so ghastly. But this worrying trend completely erases the wrongdoings of Hillary and give her an unblemished march to the White House, not bothered by criticism from her voters. They have surrendered to their fate of having to vote for Clinton as the only viable option and thus refrain from criticism not to damage her already brittle advantage over Trump.

Cynicism Rules

The fact that Donald Trump is closing in on his contestant is her own damn fault. It’s not because Hillary is being slandered, it’s not because Millennials are lazy and apathetic, it’s not because of the media. Those might be factors to some degree, but mostly Hillary is just not popular. Period. She has Donald Trump to thank for the fact she getting any lead at all, same as Donald Trump as to thank the Democrats for giving him a fighting chance. If Trump had to compete against Bernie Sanders or Barack Obama he would have been murdered, flattened to a pulp.

But, cynicism rules. We don’t want to stand up against the bureaucratic, ruling class capitalist that will lead America to another decade of warfare and unrest. Because we are too damn scared of the rabid pitbull that the GOP is threatening us with. We shall refrain from criticism of Clinton, we shall settle for a lesser evil, we will keep our heads down and swallow it. Take one for the team, America.

Am I supposed to end this rant with the acknowledgement of the pragmatic necessity of voting for Clinton? Must I lament that it’s too late now anyway? Too late to elect Bernie Sanders, too late to take to the streets and demand change? Too late for a revolution? It was always too late. We should have done something earlier. We shouldn’t have this political system. We shouldn’t have let it get this far. And we will continue saying this every four years. Unless it ends now.

Don’t vote. Destroy the election. Pick up your banners, your guns, your sticks and stones. Don’t stop the wheel. Break the wheel. Break the fucking wheel.

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