What Comes After 'Hope and Change'? Boss Tweed in a Pantsuit

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Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

It’s been fun reading smug commentaries on the low hanging fruit at the Republican National Convention. College graduates and other serious thinkers who spend twelve hours a day on Facebook unanimously agree that we are witnessing the end of the Grand Old Party ― a sad conglomeration of terrifying, predominantly white dinosaurs who are ruining America.

On the whole, we think popular disgust with the Republic Party is warranted. We’re just amazed that the Democratic Party ― which over the last eight years has quietly institutionalized nearly every horror of the Bush Doctrine ― can nominate William Tweed in a pantsuit and still be taken seriously.

It seems silly in retrospect, but eight years ago millions of Americans were convinced that our long national nightmare would soon be over. Illegal wars, secret drone programs, mass surveillance, extraordinary rendition, extrajudicial assassinations and corporate welfare would soon be painful but distant memories of a brief but very dark age.

Of course, there’s a very good reason why Obama’s presidential campaign received a prestigious marketing award.

But now it’s 2016; empty promises of hope and change are no longer dangled on a stick for voters to chase after. The electorate is supposed to be satisfied ― even grateful ― that they will be graced with their first female president; the fact that Hillary Clinton is a power-hungry parasite who represents everything that is wrong with America is immaterial.

When you go from “hope and change” to “not Donald Trump”, it’s clear that something has gone terribly, terribly awry.They’re not even trying to butter us up anymore.

Considering the vast resources and political machinery at her disposal, there is actually a shocking lack of enthusiasm for Hillary Clinton. Her supporters have long ago abandoned any attempt to argue that she is a visionary. Instead she is simply the “pragmatic” choice who has the necessary “experience” to get things done in Washington.

And as Cornel West points out, Hillary has plenty of experience as a “neoliberal disaster who generates a mass incarceration regime, who deregulates banks and markets, who promotes chaos of regime change in Libya, [and] supports military coups in Honduras.”

It’s unreal. Like Dr. Pangloss espousing his airtight philosophy to his doe-eyed pupil Candide, we are told again and again that Hillary Clinton represents “the best of all possible worlds”. Don’t be ungrateful. Rejoice!