Monday, February 1, 2010

Rants: Turn Out the Lights, the Party's Over

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There doesn't seem to be much worth talking about in the political realm any more. The whole game has now been so transparently exposed for the sham that it is, that it is impossible to discuss it as though it had any legitimacy.
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I see the recent SCOTUS decision as the nose under the tent of eventual one-party rule--i.e., "the Corporate Party"--and I'm quite certain that following the nose comes the hump(ing).
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To the extent that an Obama is opposed to the "System," he is largely powerless to do anything about it. The fact that he has these congressional majorities and still can't get anything done ("He can't lead, Gladys!") is due largely to the fact that he is the most legitimately "grassroots" POTUS that we've had in my lifetime. Much of his campaign war chest came from individual, small donations. And much of his organization was done by actual engaged citizens, rather than by union operatives and the usual crowd of partisan hacks.
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This looks like a good thing--"democracy in action"--until one comes to realize that by trumping "the game" with actual democracy, we have elected a man with no power. He has no chits to call in. He has done no favors in the past for powerful men, upon whom he can now call to scratch HIS back. He can state his goals as eloquently as hell, but he can't get them enacted as legislation, because he has no political leverage. The Dems in congress can't be pressured by the White House to risk displeasing their corporate sponsors, because Obama has no means of punishing them for non-compliance.
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All the Republicans need to do is stonewall while Obama fails, and then get swept back into power, big-time, by the now limitless access to corporate money that those who go-along-to-get-along will enjoy. It's over. America will soon be a one-party vassal state, or else the perpetrator of WWIII in an attempt to get out of debt by killing the lender.
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This is a good time to be getting old.
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Cross-posted in the comments section here.
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4 comments:

William R. Barker said...

Thanks for the cross-post link, Rob; Moose checked in just the other day (or was it this morning?) and I'm hoping that Mad finds his way back one of these days.

(*WINK*)

I really wonder if RAG ever drops by my blog (or yours, or Ed's) to take a look at what we're up to.

I haven't visited his site for quite awhile, but I'm guessing he's been blowing in the wind - changing his tune - like mad over the past few months (particularly since the November '09 elections, definitely after Brown's win) as the message of "Barker-like" conservatism has left the past predictions of the Georges and Frums in the dustbin.

BILL

Rodak said...

Me as a cowboy, and you as a sailor. Who'da thunk it? Get us a cop, and Indian and a construction worker and we've got a gay doo-wop ensemble, eh?

William R. Barker said...

I'm secure enough in my gender identity to give a shout out to the Village People and note that "YMCA" is one of my favorite wedding songs!

BILL

P.S. - "In the Navy" ain't half bad either!

Anonymous said...

Who the HELL (except Ellen DeGeneres) sings YMCA at A WEDDING Bill?!?


---MS