What a total waste of the ability to breath. Sorry, I mean money.

September 11, 2008

How much does it cost to run for the US presidential nomination?
Conservative estimates say $175 million. Which should be enough to get the alarm bells ringing. It’s pretty simple to see that the candidates might be compromised by this excessive financial burden.
How many people do you have to promise favours to before they give you the money to fight for presidency? By the time you get to the point of even standing you must owe more favours to people than you can remember. So, once one of these idiots has won the election, is it any surprise these massive corporations turn up and start asking for these favours to be cashed in? If we’re not careful, we’ll end up with this sort of muppet in the White House.

How far are we from this happening?

How far are we from this happening?

If you want to see how murky the links are between government and hugely profitable corporations, try typing ‘Halliburton’ into Google. And then be amazed as you see the former government officials who leave office and then join Halliburton. The company who just so happen to be one of the most major beneficiaries of the post-Iraq bun-feast of construction contracts and oil.
Back to the presidential candidates. They shouldn’t be allowed to run up campaigns that cost a country’s national debt.
And they seem to have got even worse since 9/11. Don’t get me wrong, I was, and am, appalled that human beings can be so de-sensitized (and brain-washed by extremists; the Koran preaches love, not hate; I’m still not a fan as it is a religion and is, therefore, used to control people) that they can kill and maim without any thought for the victims, their families and their friends. It was a truly horrific act that seems to have redefined America’s supposed place in the world.
Now (and, again, this is not linked to the Twin Towers atrocity) but the US government should perhaps look at its foreign policies for a clue as to why the world seems to be against it. On a very simple level it’s sad that it has taken such a horrific event to awaken a nation against the scourge of terrorism. The very same nation that spent 30 years financing the ‘troubles’ in Ireland. A little sub-note: ‘The Troubles’ is the biggest euphemism in quite some time. It’s like calling the Middle East a slight hiccough (that’s hiccup for the Yanks). I find it truly unbelievable that a nation that knew what was going on in Ireland found that they could still drop some money in a box ‘to aid our boys’. And that they didn’t have the foresight to see that they were responsible for killing and maiming hundreds of people. I hope these idiots now realise what they have done, and make some attempt to redress the balance by volunteering to help people less fortunate than themselves. It reminds me of when Clinton arrived saying he was going to stop the violence in Ireland. And the cynics amongst us wondered if he just meant that the Americans were going to stop financing both sides.
And it’s not like the US doesn’t have a history of this sort of thing. Vietnam, the US armed them and then decided to fight them. Afghanistan, they armed the Mujahedin and then changed their minds after the Soviets had left. And let’s not forget Iraq, where they armed them to the teeth in an attempt to defeat Iran (who America obviously saw as an even bigger threat). They then promptly changed their minds again after they’d seen Iran defeated.
And we all know how well these campaigns have gone. Vietnam – a stunning coup de grace where the US kicked ass. Iraq – we’ve got that one well sewn up boys (or at least we’ve got basic control while we pump out all the oil). And Afghanistan, another war which bogged down the troops and has led to a prolonged and (increasingly pointless) occupation.
I’m absolutely not trying to disrespect the memories of the poor souls who died in the World Trade Centre outrage. I think the loss of life was pointless, stupid, crass and inhumane.
I am, however, trying to point out that the US might want to have a look at itself and try to be a little less ‘playgroung bully’ and slightly more inclusive in the way it thinks the world should be run. I have no inside knowledge, but I’d be amazed if Iran doesn’t find the heat continually turned up. Which will, almost certainly, lead to a US-led attack on Iran. Just because they don’t believe in the same god as most Yanks do isn’t a good enough reason to attack them. It’s called a fear of the unknown. Why not try talking to them? You’d see that they are just people. With lives and families and hopes and dreams and aspirations. They are not ‘bad’ because they aren’t white and christian.
I’m not really very white (my skin is almost a light blue, as I’m Scottish) and I don’t believe in any god. I have some cooking oil stored in my kitchen. Should I be worried? (I think the answer is ‘I doubt it’ as I’m sure ‘W’ has no idea where Scotland is. If you’re reading this George then we’re just next to Texas.)

Just after I had posted this, Scotty read it and then he happened across this image (see below). Which sums up the presidential insanity pretty nicely. Thanks Scotty. He’s an art director that I’ve worked with in a few agencies over the years. He’s started freelancing, so you can get his skills working on your marketing whenever you want. Visit his site here and see what he’s up to.

Who wants to punch a president?

Who wants to punch a president?

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