In a so-called “Democracy Forum” held on the Indonesian island of Bali yesterday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rightly criticized the cost of the recent president and congressional elections ($6 billion at last estimate), calling it a “battleground for capitalists.” Proving that he well understands the modern American political machine, Ahmadinejad further stated that “democracy has turned into the rule of a minority over the majority.” Truer words have seldom been uttered.
Say what you will about Ahmadinejad as an Islamic dictator with his itchy trigger finger resting on nuclear bomb blueprints, but his cynicism about 21st century American politics and elections are right on target. American democracy has become a rule of the minority over the majority and a battleground for capitalists. Anyone who believes President Obama is not a capitalist is deluded. Obama is just as much a capitalist as Romney, the difference being that Obama wants everyone else to be state-dependent drones. The 2012 election proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the highest office in the land is for sale to anyone with enough money to purchase it. The will of the American people was not on display on Tuesday, but her soul was—and the soul of America is pale and green, exactly like the color of her money.
Ahmadinejad also referred to nuclear weapons, but only in passing. “Today,” he said, “there is the development of some weapons even more dangerous than atomic arms.” I’m not exactly sure what he meant here, but I would agree with this statement. Modern weapons of warfare are primarily ideological, not physical. Obama’s class warfare and nanny-state policies are far more damaging to individuals than any nuclear bomb ever could be. Greed, resentment, and ressentiment are tearing the American republic apart at its structural seams. The fact that more than $6 billion dollars were spent clamoring for the White House and congressional seats reveals that there is much more at stake than a political job. Money is spent in order to make more of it. If you can convince yourself that this $6 billion was being spent for your future, then I’ve got a nice bridge to sell you.
Both sides had much to gain by getting their boy or girl into office, and both sides were willing to put up a huge amount of money to ensure this would happen. And the takers had the media on their side, as Dan Gainor makes clear:
“Obama didn’t win despite the numbers. He won because the media didn’t report them… The onslaught against GOP candidates was huge. The left/media strategy was merely to link Romney with any social conservative they could and hype what that candidate said.”
Indeed. Like Ahmadinejad said, it was a “battleground for capitalists.”
The real problem with the election, and as Ahmadinejad also pointed out, was that this election was a textbook example of the minority ruling over the majority. Most Americans simply want to be left alone to feed and raise their families and live their lives in peace. However, the majority, although agreeing in principle, could not come to agreement in practice and has splintered itself into a hundred different factions. The obvious result, especially when the minority is essentially united against the majority, is that the minority—operating as a whole—can easily defeat the fragmented majority. This tactic has worked in the past and will continue to work until the majority recognizes that ideological warfare is being waged against it. Why waste a bomb when you can use words and empty promises much more effectively?