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Money, Money,Money: the voting illusion

It’s election season. The amount of significance that can be attributed to that term varies for each individual, and this writer can state early that when it comes to general elections, such events grab very little of my attention.My serious attention anyway.

Election campaigns are sensationally entertaining, whether your politically minded or not.


The UK has just announced the depressing results of the general election (Conservative majority), while canvassing and election campaigns are still ongoing in the US and Ireland. Ireland is more preoccupied with its referendum on Gay marriage as of late, so the US will be the focal point.

It’s safe to say Obama will be ousted, so who will take the throne?
Clinton, a token of traditional US political history, and slightly more approachable because of the possession of a female reproductive system, which enforces an illusion of change, reform, good warmheartedness?
Or Bush, another token for the more violent, radical, and- lets face it- stupid side of US political history?

Or a variety of other candidates: Romney, Paul, Cruz, Rubio?

Who will you, the people, vote in?
Who will you, the people, pick? Who will you, the people, elect into government?

The answer to all three?
No-one. lobbyists-1-300x230You, the people, in addition to your opinions, and votes, have very meager influence in the lobbying and campaigning that takes behind closed doors, or sometimes out in public. With the Multimillion and billion dollar fiasco that is US lobbying and Campaigning, best believe when you simply follow the money in politics, your going in the right direction.

Take the Koch Brothers for example. With the intention to spend $886 Million in the run up to the 2016 election, ensuring who they want in power gets power, only the naive could think they’re little box-tick is enough to change the system.

But we know that, right? It has to be largely accepted, whether we like it or not, that general elections and voting is largely just a show. We know how it goes- they stand up there, say some speech, make some promises to do this,that, and the other, and we watch and say “Great”.

But deep down we know it’s all bollox.

Its largely accepted: Politicians lie.
We Expect Them to Lie.

But we still go and vote, fueling this endless cycle of pointless nonsense.

If anything, the voting process is there to assure Politicians and Government, that it is they who still have the power.

Anyways.

From following US news, specifically honing in on whenever the Dangerous Duo  are involved, their names resound in my mind like some evil duo of boss’s in a video game; or a partnership of villains from a movie. Perhaps the New Avengers movie (I should state clearly here I am not familiar with comic books at all), with the creepy pale Brother and Sister, who, at the beginning, use their powers for evil; until they realize the extent of the mass destruction they’ve unleashed.

Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver=Koch Brothers.

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I can’t be the only one who see’s it.

A threat to free speech? Irish police arrest Anti-Austerity peaceful protestors, some as young as 14.

Ireland has seen some controversial measures by the Garda Siochana with regards to what has been dubbed “political policing” by some politicians and journalists the past week.

Within the last 7 days, 11 Anti Austerity and Anti-Irish Water charges protestors (including political party members)  had their homes raided by up to 8 law enforcement officers at a time. Some of those arrested were as young as 14.

The manner in which the arrests were carried out has been heavily criticized, with regards to the timing of such arrests (some as early as 7 in the morning) and the waste of Garda resources used to execute the arrests (24 policemen were used to carry out 4 arrests).

One such arrest involved Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy, who opened his door to 6 Gardai (policemen) who raided his home, and then hauled him to the police station for hours of questioning regarding an incident which occurred in November 2014.This involved the Irish minister for Social Protection Joan Burton who, after implementing extremely harsh and controversial tax measures and budget cuts, met unwelcoming crowds when she presented herself in one of Dublin’s biggest socially disadvantaged areas, Jobstown, Tallaght.
Rather then address the crowds or answer questions, the minister sat in her car on her phone while protestors chanted slogans and obstructed her vehicle. A primarily peaceful protest, the most extreme element’s occurred when the Minister was hit by a water balloon from one of the protestors. A cement brick was also hurled at a Garda vehicle by a bystander.

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Burton has advocated a number of controversial and harsh austerity measures to repair the damage of the Irish Banking crisis, in which the mistakes and debts of bankers sank the Irish economy, and plummeted the country into debt, the burden of which was then passed to the taxpayer. The Minister has also oversaw the illegal privatization of Ireland’s water resources.
2 months after the events in jobstown, 11 people including 2 children and 3 political opponents of the Ministers Party, Labour, have been arrested.

Also, efforts are being made on behalf of the government, and Irish media, to stifle publicity about the arrests

“Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy was silenced when he attempted to raise concerns over “political policing” in Ireland’s parliament on Thursday.

The Ceann Comhairle, responsible for chairing Irish parliamentary debates, ruled he was out of order. Murphy’s microphone was subsequently switched off”

-RT.com


Are such actions an attack on the right to protest and free speech? And, more alarmingly, is political policing being used to quench opposition in the run up to Irish General election? The arrests are blatantly an attempt to criminalize the Irish Water protestors, however to the contrary, the events seemed to have reinforced the view of many that the Irish government is quite openly, resorting to desperate measures to quench any political opposition to them and their policies.

Outrage at such authoritarian measures have been expressed at numerous protests throughout Ireland, and even abroad, with a protest taking place outside the Irish embassy in London last Wednesday.