As the American election approaches apace I, like many other Aussies, am watching it with my jaw on the floor. It's just astonishing how obviously corrupt Hillary is -- not to mention her whole bloody party! Without a doubt she's used her political power in the most outrageously selfish and unethical ways, and consistently gotten away with it. But the more lurid, dodgy developments there are the deeper into denial and obfuscation she and her spin merchants go. Dutifully, the MSM keeps trying to cover for her, keeping the focus on Trump (although that does seem to be changing a bit now).
Then there are the polls. Most mainstream pundits are still saying she continues to lead in them. Well, I don't know how reliable they are. And there are so many to choose from. It's a bit like climate science. There's a lot of cherry picking going on. Also, many of the samples have a preponderance of Democrat voters to start with.
Still, given these factors, it's amazing that the contest between Clinton and Trump continues to be so close. You'd think that huge swathes of the Democrat base would have just thrown their hands up in the air and gone, "FFS! This woman is evil. Her party is not what it used to be. I just can't vote for them any more."
But nup. Heaps of them are still gonna vote Democrat -- knowing full well what a buncha dirty dogs control it. You can only conclude that these people just don't give a shit about how utterly corrupt and cynical this ghastly woman is, and how craven her underlings actually are.
And I think this says a lot about the power of indoctrination. Clearly, millions of US citizens really do see society as being rigged against them. So they want to see it rigged somehow in their favour a bit. That's what Hillary says she'll do (although of course she doesn't follow through on that -- just says this to get their vote). The reason they see their nation this way, and believe that only the Democrats can help them, is because they've been taught this from an early age.
It's this victim mindset that is so toxic. In extreme form, it's often a big part of criminals' motivations ... One of the main reasons career crims can be so shameless about what they do is because on a really deep level they think that crime pervades all of society anyway. They think that simply by going to work they're being stolen from. They see cops as thugs and the law as a way of keeping this big ugly scam going. As a result they believe that breaking the law is no biggie. So why not go for it?
So much of what the Left teaches people is a milder form of this criminal mindset. Those who believe it are usually not thugs or thieves themselves, of course. But they see themselves as victims of a rigged system. That's why there's so much derision about Trump claiming that the political establishment and the MSM are rigging the election against him.
Trump is far from perfect of course. But in a political sense he's a clean skin. Nothing he's done so far in this realm (or even in business, I suspect) is anywhere near as dodgy as what Hillary, her vile hubby and their elitist cronies have been up to for yonks. So when the law gives her a pass, and the MSM colludes with her party in a brazen attempt to get her over the line this is rigging the election, no doubt about it.
But those rusted on Democrat voters just scoff at this. "Yeah sure, Donald," they snort. "You've had it easy. Everything's rigged, anyway. So I'll go with the one on my side, not yours."
As Trump himself would say: Sad!