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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's latest apology for Hillary Clinton

In response to an FT article by Ed Luce on 21st May 2016, entitled ‘Hillary Clinton and the ghost of Ralph Nader’

In a nutshell – Ed Luce is worried that Bernie Sanders will run as an independent and split the Democrat vote - handing the election to Donald Trump. He also thinks Hillary has a message problem…

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/92254422-1e95-11e6-a7bc-ee846770ec15.html#ixzz49JBJhoZ3

“Mrs. Clinton’s detractors seem to believe she is a uniquely wooden candidate with a frustrating inability to come up with a memorable campaign theme. Her political skills are indeed woeful. If full-time politicos are unable to define what Mrs. Clinton stands for, the distracted swing voter does not stand a chance”

Hillary Clinton stands for Hillary Clinton, and will represent the interests of the money that put her there, primarily Wall Street. 

It's not that “her political skills are woeful” Mr. Luce - that’s not her big problem. She has two drawbacks that are much bigger than that: Her second biggest problem is that she cheats, she lies and she's for sale to the highest bidder. Her biggest problem is that a critical number of people are waking up to that.

I can understand professional politicos being confused, since they live in a bubble of self-importance and hubris, and many couldn't find their own noses in a fog. But I think you vastly under-estimate the 'distracted swing voter'. People are not so dumb as the politicos would like them to be.

If she makes it to the election without being arrested, apart from that being a sad day for US Justice, she will be dissected during the campaign. She may think she's already been vetted - if she thinks that, she's in cloud cuckoo land. Trump knows stuff about Hillary Clinton that she will not cope with. He's utterly ruthless, and he doesn't care what people say about him - she's never faced anybody like that before. By the time that Trump has finished with Hillary Clinton, she'll wish she had been arrested by the FBI.

I hope that Bernie Sanders is the Democratic nominee - at least he's honest. The US establishment elites, Republican and Democrat, and the 'money' behind them, have presided over years of decline for the majority of people, contrasted with years of great wealth and power gathering for themselves. A vote for Hillary Clinton is a vote for more of that. I hope the American people have finally had enough of it. Trump vs. Sanders would a contest between two 'outsiders' - people that are not already bought and paid for by Wall Street, or surrounded by their lackeys on Capitol Hill.

A country founded on a desire for personal liberty and a belief that anything is possible, can do much better than any of these three. But for that to come about...and right now...anyone but Hillary Clinton.

Gideon Rachman is worried about the loss of American greatness

And in other news – Saturday 21st May 2016