The American political system has won again and it was sad to watch... even if one knew precisely, exactly and with absolute certainty what was going to happen, months or years before the result, it was still Shakespearean tragedy in the unfolding.
We're talking about Wisconsin of course, and the fact that the outcome was preordained - written in the proverbial stars - did not prevent an epic poem from being written in the process.
An independent working-class movement was hijacked, a real struggle was transformed into a routine electoral contest, the fight was completely usurped and "reinterpreted" by the Democratic Party (one of the two most worthless political parties in human history), the battle was shouldered by the exceedingly empty organizations of the philistine "left", and in the end... they "lost".
Certainly, if they had "won", that would also have been a loss. But, this was more ironic and more theatrical... and it was guaranteed to depress the largest number of working people for the longest period of time.
In the end, the ambiguity of the result ("well, we won two out of three... errr out of six"), the complete absence of any Democrats of note (not even Bernie or Dennie or any of the other members of the dwindling number of "ies"), and the redoubled efforts to waste countless thousands of additional, future, working-class hours to achieve further meaningless results - those were only icing on the cake.
The final insult was allowing the "activists" to watch one county in Wisconsin steal the election... on television... for the fourth time in a row... with the fourth wave of indignation demanding that "this time" there would surely be an "investigation"... with more certainty that there won't be... despite the fact that the electoral theft itself was irrelevant. More of a final insult, really...
The list is just too long: 5600 independent electoral jurisdictions, 50 independent states, Senates, 51 executives, bought off courts at a dozen different levels, two institutionalized political parties which aren't really parties, and an organized scheme of political corruption that exceeds anything similar in political history.
It may be that there has never been a fair or democratic election in the whole of American history... and yet the swamp demands its tribute, and those to be sacrificed continue to march into it.
"What else can we do?"
As I write this, London burns. Despite all of the philistine commentary, the "riots" are an expression of the complete success of the "mother system" to the American morass. Suck the masses into fruitless silliness, break up their class solidarity, prevent every outlet for their grievances... and in the end you still get fight-back but in the most spontaneous and ill-fated way possible - something which emulates the sickness which produces it.
"Show me what democracy looks like."
"This is what democracy looks like..."