Paul Craig ROBERTS - Former Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury for Economic Policy in the Reagan Administration
Has any American previously been able to run for the presidential nomination while being under investigation by the FBI for security violations? That Hillary Clinton so easily escapes accountability indicates the immunity of those who serve the deep state.
And serve the deep state the Clintons certainly do as is indicated by the $153 million in “speaking fees”—read bribes and payoffs—that CNN and Fox News report the Clintons have been paid by Wall Street, the mega-banks, and corporate America. This sum does not include campaign donations or donations to the Clintons’ foundation.
Mike Lofgren defines the deep state as the powerful private interest groups (the One Percent) and the more or less permanent personnel who comprise the One Percent’s operatives in the government.
Despite the appearance of blatant corruption, Hillary is in the lead for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Either American voters are inured to political corruption or something else is going on. Stephen Lendman reports that Hillary, aided and abetted by the Democratic Party and election officials, is “winning” primaries through fraud.
Here is Lendman’s account:
Clinton Stole Arizona Primary
by Stephen Lendman
America’s political process is too corrupted to fix, election rigging commonplace throughout the nation’s history.
Power brokers control things. Ordinary people have no say whatever, voting a waste of time, why half the electorate usually opts out.
Clinton is heading toward gaining the Democrat party nomination with considerable electoral fraud help. Sanders appears being denied what he might win if the process was fair and square.
A Clinton presidency is the worst of all possible outcomes, a greater nuclear war risk with her in power than any previous nuclear age US leader – especially with neocons infesting Washington, anti-Russian/anti-Chinese sentiment pervasive.
America wants unchallenged world dominance. Achieving it depends on eliminating both global rivals – by color revolutions or war, the latter risking nuclear confrontation, madness endangering humanity’s survival.
Clinton stole Iowa by rigged coin-flips, Massachusetts and Nevada by old-fashioned fraud, Arizona the same way on steroids.
Voting was suppressed by greatly limiting the number of polling locations – forcing Arizonans to stand long hours in lines, denying thousands a chance to cast ballots once stations closed, or simply walking away in frustration.
In the 2012 primary, Maricopa County, Arizona (Phoenix the county seat) with over four million of the state’s 6.8 million population had 200 polling places, 60 on March 22.
The outcome was predictable, rigged to assure Clinton won. With 1% of the vote counted, media scoundrels declared her victory – thousands still in line unable to vote.
Was Sanders denied victory rightfully his? In 2008, turnout was 250,000, on March 22 just 83,000.
Rep. Ruben Gallego (D. Phoenix) said “(l)ets be clear. Vote suppression happened…disproportionately affect(ing) poor people and people of color,” having to travel to distant polling stations, faced with endless lines intended to deny their franchise.
Many people are physically unable to stand in line five hours to vote. Others refuse for good reason.
Most Arizonans cast ballots by mail, mostly women or elderly voters, more likely to favor Clinton – her early lead used to declare victory.
Thousands had their party affiliation changed from Democrat to independent or other designation, preventing them from voting.
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton demanded a Justice Department investigation not forthcoming or whitewashed if initiated.
On Wednesday, Sanders said “(w)hat happened yesterday in Arizona should be considered a national disgrace.”
Arizona was classic electoral theft, the process rigged for Clinton, perhaps an indication of what’s coming in November to stop Trump if all other methods fail.
(Stephen Lendman can be reached at [email protected] Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.)
The deep state is now openly defying the American voters. Pat Buchanan describes the plot of the neoconservatives to steal the Republican nomination from Donald Trump. That the plot is publicly known and not hidden behind the scenes is an indication that the few who rule America are so confident of their power that they are not afraid to reveal that the United States is an oligarchy, not a democracy, in which the only purpose of voting is to put a Democratic dress on the oligarchs.
The oligarchs are as insouciant as the voters themselves if the oligarchs intend to put into the presidency a warmonger who has declared the President of Russia to be “the new Hitler.” There is no greater irresponsibility than to aid and abet conflict between heavily armed nuclear powers. Instead of a warmonger, the United States needs a president who will join with Vladimir Putin in working for peace and cooperation.
The fate of the world is at stake.