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"Who controls the food supply controls the people; who controls the energy can control whole continents; who controls money can control the world" - Henry Kissinger

and yet...

"Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences" – Robert Louis Stevenson

Enough already

In response to an FT article by Edward Luce on 3rd November 2016, entitled ‘Obama’s last minute dash to stop Trump’

https://www.ft.com/content/817b9f2c-a199-11e6-891e-abe238dee8e2?desktop=true&amp%3BsegmentId=d8d3e364-5197-20eb-17cf-2437841d178a

‘It is not often a US president worries about the Ku Klux Klan — not in the last half century anyway. But in the closing days of the 2016 race, President Barack Obama is using that line to try to lift the tepid early voter turnout among African-Americans.

“If you accept the support of a Klan sympathizer, the Klan, and hesitate when asked about that support, then you’ll tolerate that support once in office,” Mr. Obama said on Wednesday without referring to Donald Trump by name.

There is poignancy to the fact that America’s first black president is having to cite what most people thought was a dormant — if not extinct — post-Civil War outfit to defeat a man who pushes “all the progress of the last eight years out of the window”. Yet there is also a fierce urgency to Mr. Obama’s last-minute schedule. Mrs. Clinton’s best path to victory is to make this election a referendum on Mr. Trump’ – Edward Luce

It has been clear for months that the mainstream media will do anything in its power to defeat the campaign of Donald Trump. Despite all that, he has not been dispatched. What has been achieved instead is that a rapidly growing number of people are seeing how the media has been reduced to a ‘mouthpiece’ for the establishment.  Nevertheless, it is also increasingly apparent that the media is not as powerful as its ‘owners’ thought. If it were, then Trump would be gone by now, his chances dead and buried.

But he’s still here. The strategy of first ridicule, then attack, and now increasingly desperation…has failed. More than that, it has backfired. Why? Because after two decades of corporatism disguised as free trade, after 15 years of foreign interventions and ‘regime change’ that have cost trillions of dollars and millions of lives, after twenty years of wealth transfer from the poor & the middle class to the richest 0.1%…people are willing to listen to someone who says - ‘you are being taken for a ride’…because clearly they are.

Meanwhile, the FT has consistently failed to get the point. So here it is again: This election is a referendum on the establishment.

The time for the media to understand and respond to this was a year ago, when you were warned by observers who didn’t have their heads wedged up their proverbial, including many of us here, that the rise of Donald Trump, and Bernie Sanders, is a symptom of something much bigger; that this is about millions of people across America saying ’Enough already’

If you’d listened to the message instead of attacking the imperfections of the messengers…then maybe you could have advised ‘Davos Man’ and ‘Bilderberg Baron Boy’ to wake up and smell the coffee – the vast majority of people do not want to live in a world designed by neo-liberal ideologues like George ‘Color Revolution’ Soros, neo-conservative warmongers like Victoria ‘Cookies’ Nuland or Wall Street spivs like Jimmy ‘The Whale’ Diamond.

But no listening has occurred…none…the big money that decides who runs for President, and their scribes in the media, have clearly decided that they prefer a controllable grifter like Hillary Clinton to any change in the status quo. Well, so be it. The backlash is gaining momentum, and should it wash up on the White House lawn on Tuesday night, please pass on a message to the aforementioned notables and their ‘associates’ next time you see them: Good luck trying to control Donald Trump - it really couldn’t have happened to a more deserving group of slow witted and socially useless people.         

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