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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Bond v. Bourne for President: Deception and the Presidential Campaigns

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With Trump and Clinton, just like with James Bond and Jason Bourne, what you see is not real. It's a highly produced package of illusions.  But Bond and Bourne are very different.  With "Donald J. Bond" you don't know what you are going to get, but you know it will be outlandish, spectacular and frequently silly.  The hubris is readily apparent.  Women will be portrayed as sexual objects.  The rules won't apply to the high roller with all the extravagant toys.  The "bad guys" are easy to identify and the good guy promises us that he (and we) will always prevail even though there is no way he (and we) could survive if this were real.  The fakery is so apparent that at some point in the show Donald J. Bond will look in the cameras of the "biased and corrupt" media and wink to tell us that he knows that we know that this over-the-top political blockbuster is fake.   

With "Hillary Rodham Bourne" you do know what you are going to get - a thoroughly trained, highly effective operative.  She is flawed but highly capable.  She is trapped and tormented by the brainwashing of decades in the do-loop of campaigns, money, public office, money, power, and money.  She breaks a lot of rules, but in her mind it is for a "good cause."  She deceives you in order to survive.  The FBI is after Hillary Rodham Bourne and it's hard to tell if the FBI is good, bad, or some of both. But unlike Donald J. Bond, Hillary Bourne wants us to believe the show is real. Rather than wink in the camera to acknowledge the fakery, she looks through her binoculars and assesses us.  She is smarter than us, better trained than us, and she can make us believe the illusion is real.  With a not-so-subtle arrogance she calls us at the end of the movie and says, "Get some rest, America.  You look tired."

It is a sad day when the two major political parties, both of which have capable leaders who could ably serve as president, offer us over-priced popcorn and ask us whether we want to see Bond or Bourne every day for the next four years.Image result for jason bourne binocular

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