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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

Ed Luce thinks Hillary Clinton's presidency is looming

In response to an FT article by Ed Luce on 27th March 2016, entitled 'Hillary Clinton's looming presidency'.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/3da1e618-f1c1-11e5-aff5-19b4e253664a.html#ixzz448GPGYGf

Hillary Clinton's most ardent supporters will be the Republican elite. To the increasing amusement of many of us, these clueless souls are so distraught at the prospect that their snouts may be removed from the trough...are so fearful that they might lose access to the conveyor belt of Congressional pork...are so apoplectic that they might have a guy in the White House who won't do as he's told...that they would vote for Lucifer if they thought he'd leave the status quo in place...which of course he would.  Luckily for them, so will Hillary Clinton. If she gets there...

On the other hand, if the law enforcement agencies of that great nation can drag themselves away from printing 'get out of jail free cards' for Wall Street; if they can spare a few minutes from the crime busting challenge of extraditing a chap who lives in a Hounslow semi with his mum; if they can finally remember where they mislaid their proverbial pair and strap them back on again...then Mrs. Clinton might be back in the senate where she belongs...this time answering questions under oath.

Never mind though Mr. Luce.  What does it matter if you're rooting for a serial liar; someone totally in hock to Wall Street, someone who will do exactly what they let her do, nothing more nothing less; someone whose most prominent quality is her sense of entitlement? No problem...better the devil you know than the devil you don't eh?

This election is not about Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. It's about a nation that is sick to the back teeth with an utterly corrupt political system, run by snake-oil salesmen and conmen. The only way to change that is to threaten its existence. That can ONLY be done from the outside, and it can only be done by someone who really doesn't give two hoots about what the elites think.  Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton is almost perfect for the job. Personally I’d prefer to see Bernie Sanders in the blue corner, for no other reason than I believe he believes in something, and he’s honest. 

This is not about the personalities - it's about a seismic shift in governance, and it is happening all round the world.  The elites have dined on self-service far too long, and people have finally got sick of it - that’s what a global downturn will do for you. And, that's what this election is about. Even if she wins, Hillary Clinton is not going to get the coronation she thinks she deserves. The next person in the Oval office is going to have to deal with ‘real’ change - the political transformation happening around the world is just starting. Mrs. Clinton is not made of the right stuff to deal with it - she is part of the problem, not the solution.

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