FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail

No Contest

Fox, CNN, MSNBC, C-Span?

Or ESPN?

Politics v. Sports.

A friend of mine ? a life long political junkie ? told me recently that he used to watch more politics than sports.

Now, it’s the opposite.

Now, he’s given up on politics.

“No competition in politics anymore” he said.

Instead of Fox, CNN, C-Span and MSNBC ? he spends most of his time watching ESPN.

Where there are actually two sides fighting each other to come out on top.

Day in and day out.

Night in and night out.

Why is sports more interesting than politics?

Slam dunk answer.

Increasingly, Americans are starting to realize that ? on hard core economic issues ? both Republicans and Democrats are playing for the same owner.

Break up the six big too big to fail banks? (Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley.)

American people in favor.

Both parties opposed.

President Obama is reportedly now considering hiring Bill Daley as his new chief of staff.

Bill Daley ? for the last seven years, a senior executive for JP Morgan Chase ? one of the biggest banks in America.

And you are going to hear the White House advocate for breaking up the too big to fail banks?

No.

Get rid of the private health insurance corporations?

American people in favor.

Both parties opposed.

Tax the hyper rich?

American people in favor.

Both parties opposed.

Cut the bloated military budget?

American people in favor.

Both parties opposed.

End the war in Afghanistan?

American people in favor.

Both parties opposed. (With the Wall Street Journal reporting today that President Obama is sending 1,400 more combat troops to Afghanistan.)

So, the only competition is between the American people and the political establishment.

That’s the real contest.

But the American people have no team in the playoffs.

We’re not on ESPN.

Or Fox.

Or CNN.

Or MSNBC.

It’s a rigged game in Washington.

Both teams are playing for the same owners.

Wall Street.

The big banks.

The insurance corporations.

The wealthiest one percent that owns as much as the bottom 90 percent of the American people.

The military industrial complex.

My friend is right.

There is no competition in American politics anymore.

Why watch?

We know the outcome before the kickoff.

So, this weekend, America is going to kick back the barcolounger.

Pop open a beer.

And turn on ESPN.

Politics v. Sports?

No contest.

RUSSELL MOKHIBER edits Single Payer Action.

 

 

 

More articles by:

Russell Mokhiber is the editor of the Corporate Crime Reporter..

July 17, 2018
Conn Hallinan
Trump & The Big Bad Bugs
Robert Hunziker
Trump Kills Science, Nature Strikes Back
John Grant
The Politics of Cruelty
Kenneth Surin
Calculated Buffoonery: Trump in the UK
Binoy Kampmark
Helsinki Theatrics: Trump Meets Putin
Patrick Bond
BRICS From Above, Seen Critically From Below
Jim Kavanagh
Fighting Fake Stories: The New Yorker, Israel and Obama
Daniel Falcone
Chomsky on the Trump NATO Ruse
W. T. Whitney
Oil Underground in Neuquén, Argentina – and a New US Military Base There
Doug Rawlings
Ken Burns’ “The Vietnam War” was Nominated for an Emmy, Does It Deserve It?
Rajan Menon
The United States of Inequality
Thomas Knapp
Have Mueller and Rosenstein Finally Gone Too Far?
Cesar Chelala
An Insatiable Salesman
Dean Baker
Truth, Trump and the Washington Post
Mel Gurtov
Human Rights Trumped
Binoy Kampmark
Putin’s Football Gambit: How the World Cup Paid Off
July 16, 2018
Sheldon Richman
Trump Turns to Gaza as Middle East Deal of the Century Collapses
Charles Pierson
Kirstjen Nielsen Just Wants to Protect You
Brett Wilkins
The Lydda Death March and the Israeli State of Denial
Patrick Cockburn
Trump Knows That the US Can Exercise More Power in a UK Weakened by Brexit
Robert Fisk
The Fisherman of Sarajevo Told Tales Past Wars and Wars to Come
Gary Leupp
When Did Russia Become an Adversary?
Uri Avnery
“Not Enough!”
Dave Lindorff
Undermining Trump-Putin Summit Means Promoting War
Manuel E. Yepe
World Trade War Has Begun
Binoy Kampmark
Trump Stomps Britain
Wim Laven
The Best Deals are the Deals that Develop Peace
Kary Love
Can We Learn from Heinrich Himmler’s Daughter? Should We?
Jeffrey St. Clair
Franklin Lamb, Requiescat in Pace
Weekend Edition
July 13, 2018
Friday - Sunday
Brian Cloughley
Lessons That Should Have Been Learned From NATO’s Destruction of Libya
Paul Street
Time to Stop Playing “Simon Says” with James Madison and Alexander Hamilton
Jeffrey St. Clair
Roaming Charges: In the Land of Formula and Honey
Aidan O'Brien
Ireland’s Intellectuals Bow to the Queen of Chaos 
Michael Collins
The Affirmative Action Silo
Andrew Levine
Tipping Points
Geoff Dutton
Fair and Balanced Opinion at the New York Times
Ajamu Baraka
Cultural and Ideological Struggle in the US: a Final Comment on Ocasio-Cortez
David Rosen
The New McCarthyism: Is the Electric Chair Next for the Left?
Ken Levy
The McConnell Rule: Nasty, Brutish, and Unconstitutional
George Wuerthner
The Awful Truth About the Hammonds
Robert Fisk
Will Those Killed by NATO 19 Years Ago in Serbia Ever Get Justice?
Robert Hunziker
Three Climatic Monsters with Asteroid Impact
Ramzy Baroud
Europe’s Iron Curtain: The Refugee Crisis is about to Worsen
Nick Pemberton
A Letter For Scarlett JoManDaughter
Marilyn Garson
Netanyahu’s War on Transcendence 
FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail