The great misery of politics – I say misery as there is no mystery involved in it, nothing spiritual.
The below in quotations is a comment I made in the the blog Vawa – Violence Against Women ACT and an addendum I’m adding.
“There is an obvious value in what is referred to as “political correctness”, but it like anything liberals attach themselves to is always, always, taken to the extreme – they haven’t a clue about finding a middle ground or common sense.
They want more than anything to be seen as Santa Claus with a bag full of toys that will fill every wish list anyone may have. The Valentines Day lover with a box of candy and a bouquet of roses.
That’s the public persona they want to advance, behind closed doors they take the same lobbyist money, participate in the same “junkets”, and write in the same loopholes in legislation as recompense to the same corporate demi-gods as their counterparts do.
At least the Reps are more brazen and open about who they are and what they’re up to.
As a bloc not long ago the Dems cast their vote for John Stewart as being the most trusted “journalist” in the country.
To begin with Stewart isn’t a journalist, he’s a “comedian”( if you call peppering every sentence with the F word comical) and at best a “social commentator”, but he’s hell on the opposition and that’s what matters.
Under the Bush admin there were 28 drone strikes – under the current administration the number exceeds 800 – drone strikes that in the majority take out more non combatant men, women, and children than terrorists.
Under Bush two whistle blowers were prosecuted…under Obama, six thus far – I don’t see anything “liberal” or humanistic in that. I don’t see “change” or “transparency”.
It may sound like I’m giving a pass to Bush but that isn’t so, he may well be the most inept president this country ever had, and that’s saying something as there’s a couple of more years to go and the verdict isn’t in yet – all I’m saying is whose trying to fool who?
On the other hand Reps take their marching orders from the Koch brothers, wet themselves to remain in good favor with Limbaugh, think Fox News is holy writ, sign no tax pledges with a one percenter, and would tattoo their entire body with stars and stripes if they thought it would serve to make them appear more patriotic, more “god fearing”.
Trickle down means trickle up to them – raising the minimum wage or taxes on the obscenely rich and corporations means their biggest donors might lose a buck or two -they have a hive mentality that says all others are drones and should be content with their station in life.
Keystone is a prime example, they love it and don’t give a rip about the environmental risks and do everything in their power to characterize it as “good for America” and a real “job creator”.
That’s BS from front to back, 4,000 temporary jobs – 4,000, not the 20,000 they claim, and not a single drop of that oil for this country – that is until it is sold on the cheap to other nations and then makes it’s way back to the U.S. at a profit. Therein by some mysterious calculation known only to them dependency on foreign oil is reduced.
Fracking? Oh yeah, they’re behind that with the same arguments. Safety and environmental regulations? They want to repeal them all with the same story.
Birth control and access to it? Can’t have that because “god” wouldn’t like it. Got raped and impregnated? Too bad, you probably asked for it or were dressed too provocatively, suck it up and get on with life, be thankful you don’t get stoned or receive a couple of hundred lashes in the Rep version of Sharia law.
Poverty stricken, handicapped, disenfranchised? Get a Job.
There are no jobs? Well then prowl the dumpsters behind those fast food joints, panhandle, anything, but we don’t want to hear it – God bless America, this is the land of opportunity, and we’re here to serve you.
You’re a woman and want equal pay? Get real, after all you are only a woman.
Funding for daycare so you can work and not lose your house or get tossed into the street? Ever think about foster care, leaving them home unattended, or sending them to work in the coal mines? Hey they’re your kids, and don’t start that access to family planning thing again – try abstinence, God will bless you for it and we’ll call you a patriotic American.”
I think some opinions I hold could be classified as conservative, some as liberal – if so that’s the result of trying to find the middle ground, balance.”
The great misery of party politics is they both want to be seen as the home team, a desire that has led to competition and opposition as the standard rather than serving the common good.
What one team advocates for the other is against as a matter of rote, and the game becomes singularly about winning and advancing to the playoffs, which one could liken to the campaign trail and elections.
The ultimate prize is of course making it to the Super Bowl of presidential elections and coming away the winner.
Along the way tailgate parties and rallies are held commonly referred to as primaries and conventions – with conventions being a high point where fans can adorn themselves with hats, shirts, and even makeup bearing team logos.
They can toot horns, toss confetti, and meet actual team players who will exhort them to stand strong and crush the invaders.
There’s an unmistakeable frenzy about it, one that is encouraged as it makes for good coverage – it becomes something more than a sporting event, more than a rally or convention, it is about nationalism – good,bad, misguided, or whatever, the fate of the nation hangs in the balance, the enemy are at the gate and a call to arms has been issued. You’re either a “patriot” or one of “them”.
Do your duty, defend your parties version of the Republic convinced that even in their desire to prevail they would do nothing to mislead you.
This is war and Uncle Sam wants you, so much so he’s doing double duty as a team mascot for both sides.
Doesn’t matter which representation, doesn’t matter if Uncle Sam is presented as a braying ass or a monolithic procession of plodding beasts clinging to each others tail as they are being led along, only the need, the duty, and that Uncle Sam is looking you squarely in the eye and pointing to you.
The nature of games is that there are winners and losers, in the game of politics it isn’t always possible to distinguish between the two.
It isn’t always possible to say victory is in hand, right has prevailed, and the Republic can sleep at night.
All along the watchtower fires are lit, songs are sung by the faithful -Hossana to the King, “Hail to the Chief”, as the gears of Corporatocracy grind inexorably on and the new season of games begins.