Amerika: The Mad Magazine of 2016


The world has always been somewhat crazy. Each century has had its share of violence, greed, exploitation etc. Yet, as most philosophers and spiritual thinkers tell us, the more we proceed into the future, the more we should evolve and progress, not regress. Well, the 20th century sure killed that theory, didn’t it? Two major world wars, with the disgraceful phenomenon of a Nazi regime in one of the most industrialized nations sure, upset that apple cart. Then, a Cold War between the two major 20th-century powers held the entire planet back from real and fruitful progress. Alas, this new century, only a mere 16 years old, seems to be regressing upon that same terrible path.

Imagine having a total nincompoop placed in the office of president for not just one term, but two? Imagine having many of our fellow citizens actually believing that our (secret perhaps) government had nothing to do with the events of 9/11. Then realize how that gave concert to the most dastardly act by our nation: The illegal and immoral invasions and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan! Once again, so many of our fellow citizens still, to this day, believe the lies and disinformation perpetrated by the nincompoop’s regime. Meanwhile, our economy is on the verge of financial ruin by the marriage of massive military spending and the greed and deceit by Wall Street predators.

These disgraces proceeded into the next con job orchestrated by the Fat Cats who run things: The election of a new stooge AKA Mr. Hope and Change. He sure did his part for these seven plus years to maintain the power and influence of the Military Industrial  Empire. How brilliant these handlers are. They found A) a Democrat who had a record of compromising his principles repeatedly, B) a man who is as much white as he is black, yet who allowed himself to be portrayed as the latter, (wonder how his white relatives felt about that)and C) a ‘commander in chief’ who religiously followed the advice and consent of the war hawks and bankers. This was exactly what the nincompoop’s regime did in relation to the occupations, phony wars and of course the Wall Street bailouts.

The next section of this Amerika 2016 Mad Magazine is our current presidential horse race, replete  with continued saturation in the media of the Two Party/One Party political mania. It is as if there is NO other options for we poor voters at all. You either are with, as Ralph Nader used to say, Twiddle Dum or Twiddle Dee. Take a look at what this empire serves up to you. We have a super rich  (shall we say ‘filthy rich’ ?) reality television star, flying under a phony populist banner. A man who has done virtually nothing for working stiffs in his entire business life, yet attracts them like flies to **** only because he is the anti-politician. He promises to ‘ bring jobs back to America’. Yes, he will, and what kinds of jobs will they be, low-paying nonunion ( he is nonunion by the way ) factory jobs at $10- $15 an hour that will not support a family? Or perhaps the kinds of jobs he is used to hiring in his hotel and resort businesses: doormen, janitors, chambermaids, kitchen help. HIs main opponent would love to see our nation transformed into a ‘born again bible toting, rifle shooting police state that rules the world with military might’. These two clowns just love to talk tough about bombing the **** out of any enemy chosen for the moment. Yet, where was ‘The Donald’ during the Vietnam era? Did he sign up to ‘fight the good fight’, or did he show his disdain for the whole mess by active protest along with other college peers? As for the other joker, where was he during the first Gulf War? How come he didn’t sign up and fight those terrible A-Rabs that he now wants to bomb into smithereens? What a joke!

The final section of this Mad Magazine Amerika 2016 belongs to the ‘We feel your pain’ Democrats. Enough should be known now about Miss Killary, just from her opponent’s rhetoric during the debates… except of course concerning the Libyan Massacre, because ‘Feel the Bern’ supported that disgrace. Miss Killary is so far to the right on the important issues concerning the Military Industrial Empire that even the  ultra far right wing Koch brother think she is not so bad after all, and maybe quite ‘presidential.’ As for ‘Feel the Bern’, the man has great ideas concerning our working stiffs and standing up to Wall Street etc. Yet, when it comes to the same Military Industrial Empire, he remains silent. Why not? He is, after all classified and running as a ‘Democrat’ isn’t he? He won’t go against his president and all the terrible things that man has allowed to happen under his name (continued occupations, extraordinary rendition, drone missile attacks, bank bailouts to name but a few). Plus the fact that Bernie will have all these fine young first-time activist kids being told that he will support Miss Killary once she gets the nod. Methinks leaders of new movements (as he calls this ‘Feel the Bern’ thing) should lead by example.

So, this new issue of Amerika: Mad Magazine of 2016 will be difficult to purchase in your mainstream outlets. Sorry folks. You need to really study history and ‘truth to power’ to enjoy it… once you can find it out there!


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Philip A Farruggio is a contributing editor for The Greanville Post. He is also frequently posted on Global Research, Nation of Change, World News Trust and Off Guardian sites. He is the son and grandson of Brooklyn NYC longshoremen and a graduate of Brooklyn College, class of 1974. Since the 2000 election debacle, Philip has written over 300 columns on the Military-Industrial Empire and other facets of life in an upside-down America. He is also host of the ‘It’s the Empire… Stupid‘ radio show, co-produced by Chuck Gregory. Philip can be reached at