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America's Ceausescu Moment: Will Election 2016 Boil Over?

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: US, Clinton, Trump, Sanders, Election 2016, Media )

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What is a Ceausescu moment? Politically aware people above a certain age know immediately what I mean. They can remember the shock on the face of the Romanian dictator when a horde of workers broke from decades of placid obeisance and...


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JL A (281)
Saturday March 26, 2016, 9:18 pm
The 1968 Democratic convention and related events were also such a moment firming up the anti-war sentiment of the country...thanks Judy

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 26, 2016, 10:21 pm
Yes--and JL that was the first time I voted, 1968. I do think a large portion of Democrats and a small portion of Republicans will snap in about 2-3 mos.. But, if Trump stays in and persists with his incitement to violence--which it seems that this is his primary role to do--I do think there will be a battle between those different politically, religiously, racially, sexually, ethnically. Don't forget, we're being primed to fight amongst ourselves so that we won't unite and revolt against the corrupt machine and the corrupters. The 1% are frightened, as they know this is the 99%'s last chance, most probably. In 1997, they announced that they required a drastic reduction in population, globally. Well, they've been doing a great job, with wars and the unleashing of various viruses, bacteria, germs, poisons, Lyme Ticks, radiation and methane leaks, tainting of drinking water and food. They need the space you are in and what's left of natural resources. So, I predict that by summer's end, there'll be huge battles, mob mentality, among the masses with Obama imposing Martial Law. He'll remain in office and call of the elections. Bernie is the only good soul running, and the only one with integrity that the bulk of the masses would accept. Can't have that!! Ty Judy.

Animae C (509)
Saturday March 26, 2016, 10:41 pm
Thanx Judy

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Sunday March 27, 2016, 4:07 am

Vivian B (169)
Sunday March 27, 2016, 3:37 pm
I'm afraid of the elephant-based convention that is going to happen more than the Democratic one. At least, we have a modicum of civility in our party. The elephant-based idiots have already called for an Open-Carry convention that will surely 32nd in bloodshed and a lot of it!

Mitchell D (82)
Sunday March 27, 2016, 4:37 pm

Edith B (146)
Sunday March 27, 2016, 9:13 pm
I prefer Bernie, but I will vote for Hillary if she gets the nomination. Yes she is establishment, but we have a better chance with her than any of the clown car running for the Republican nomination. I feel sorry for any democrat who would actually vote for Trump.

Louise D (44)
Monday March 28, 2016, 2:34 am
I suspect that there will be the flabby bodies of Cruz & Trump found hanging in their underwear from lamp post in much less a Ceausescu moment and more a Mussolini moment. Though I am very curious how Sanders and Clinton will run as it is a far more civil affair at least Bernie Sanders has not stated that he would not copulate with her or rodents ... but then Ted Cruz is from Texas and that sort of thing is perfectly legal well with rodents I suppose.

Peggy B (43)
Monday March 28, 2016, 2:49 pm

Judy C (91)
Tuesday March 29, 2016, 7:11 pm
This article nails chillingly what deep s*** we are in. However, I welcome this moment. I relish it, really, even though it's scary, too. We don't have to sit through another insipid, insincere, exercise like the last election was. Even after being bitterly disappointed with Obama, he was the best prospect in the forced-choice duopoly. People like Rocky Anderson offered a glimpse beyond the status quo, but he was, of course, stifled.

The People are so disempowered and exhausted from the struggle to survive amid the ever-rising COL and long-stagnant wages that I think the political establishment is caught way off guard by the surge of populism we are seeing. I welcome the current political upheaval and the coming of this "Ceaucescu moment" as the author describes it:

"In no society should we expect anything close to fully rational political behavior, in the sense of all individuals understanding their fundamental interests and acting accordingly. All politicians cultivate the arts of suasion to a greater or lesser degree, and other institutions (the state, the media, the church, civil associations, etc.) play a weighty role in shaping public opinion on political questions. The public, for its part, is not necessarily aware of the extent to which its political opinions and sensibilities are being manipulated. Perceiving this manipulation – this «manufacturing of consent» as it is often described – requires a certain level of political consciousness. However, when the manipulation is clumsy and transparent, and when the manufactured consent is exposed to be grossly out of line with society's fundamental interests, then the stage is set for a sharp, even radical repudiation of the status quo. Further, if we add to this mix a political and media establishment that is complacent and incautious, then a Ceausescu moment is in the cards, when the establishment is caught off guard and cannot control the political upheaval from below."

As we used to say in the 60's, "Right on"!
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