Cynical Synapse

Tue, 15 Mar 2011

Some Things Don’t Get Better With Age

Filed under: Behavior, Budget, Congress, Government, Politics, President, Rants — cynicalsynapse @ 8:09 pm

Twilight Zone

Like politics. When I was 18, I was idealistic and relished the right to vote. I considered myself a supporter of one of the major parties at that time, although I’ve never been a member of any party.

After the first couple of presidential elections, I began to cast my vote more on the basis of the candidate I thought was the lesser of two evils. That was the end of any semblance of party allegiance, although I still tend to identify with one over the other. And I’ve always been opposed to straight party ticket. The vote all one party lever/box/chad/radio button simply panders to laziness and facilitates thoughtless lack of reasoning on the issues of the day so people can say they voted. A straight ticket vote is like a plebiscite in a dictatorship; there’s no real choice there.

Candidate Obama was not my choice for president in 2008. In fact, most of the candidates raised my ire by dissing Michigan. Nonetheless, I never expected the divisiveness and extreme partisanship that followed Mr. Obama’s inauguration. It seems politicians, and those who consider themselves political pundits, have lost all sense of civility. They refuse to compromise, or even discuss matters, with the other side, simply because.

Pig putting on lipstick

Before the elections in 2010, it was Democrats Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi who were arrogant as hell and did whatever they please. Now it’s Republicans stonewalling everything based on the “will of the people.” Wake up! We voted for change (except in Michigan) because we were tired of politics as usual and failure to deliver. What did we get? A pig with lipstick. We’re halfway through the fiscal year and there is no sign of an honest-to-goodness effort to sponsor and pass any appropriations bills, one of Congress’ key Constitutional obligations.

Lest you all consider this is a strictly US phenomenon consider, and all of my rant just to introduce, I Wish by Uncommon Sense:

I find it really hard to care about Canadian politics these days.

The same old parties are ranting along the same old lines about the same old things. Not a one of them offers or even wants any change to the system. Sure they gripe and moan about how “they” would do it differently, about how “they” are the only ones offering any new this or that, but the fact remains that if you look at it really hard you can see that all you need to do is change the faces, and the rants spewing forth across the house could come from any party at any time.

We don’t have political parties we have pragmatic collectives who feed, vampire like off the votes of those who they dupe into their ideological lairs. Conservatives sell their souls in the hope that their particular status-quo will be maintained, Liberal voters pant and repent at the altar of progressive reform while the Dippers don the revolutionary garb and wave the red flag of socialism. All, in the end, get exactly nothing.

Our politicians word is written in water and nailing down any ideal (other than their prime directive of “thou shall get re-elected”) is like nailing jello to the side of a battleship in a North Atlantic gale.

The best-worst thing is I can see an end to it, but it relies on the end of the entire system, which is to say a political or social or economic apocalypse the like of which has never been seen.

I imagine an Atlas Shrugged type collapse, a greatest depression, widespread social chaos spread across the entire planet. I see an unstoppable absolute and irretrievable end to the world as we know it and it think…

I wish.

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5 Comments

  1. CS, I find it difficult to find a place to start about this. I’ll be 68 next month and have been interested in politics since a young man also. And there isn’t one thing you’ve said here that isn’t 100% true.

    Growing up in the Southeast, I grew up a Democrat. Just my surroundings, I guess. And I was a Demo until Johnson. While 90% of the south turned against the Democratic Party due to President Johnson pushing the civil rights law through, I turned against them over the Vietnam War. Johnson, like Bush II, lied to get us into a war (Tonkin Gulf incident). But it was the fact the Party stood behind him that turned me away. I became a Republican.

    When Richard Nixon pulled his stupid trick and the Party stood behind him, I turned again and became an Independent. And while I’ve never had any regrets of either action, I am, today, ashamed of having ever belonged to either.

    It wasn’t just Reid and Pelosi (in the ranks of Democrats) that caused problems before, although they were the leaders; therefore the “buck stoppers”. And as bad as they were – and they were bad – I’ve never seen anything like what is happening today.

    Any non-democratic nation looking at what’s going on in America today has to be thinking ‘that’s something we certainly don’t want’. And who could blame them. Our politics over the past 20 to 30 years has made a mockery of democracy (Republic).

    The “don’t-give-a-damn” aggressiveness is unparalleled. The objective is obvious: Take it all, take no prisoners; or kill the nation. For the very first time in my life I have a genuine fear of what we will look like in 20 years. It’s a horror for me when I think about my beautiful grandchildren, of which the oldest is only 6.

    Comment by The Old Man — Wed, 16 Mar 2011 @ 5:20 am

  2. Thanks for the repost. The system is broken, your lipsticked republic resembles a democracy more and more each day and my “Constitutional Monarchy” never even saw the lipstick in the first place. Bah!

    Who is John Galt?

    Comment by Zip — Wed, 16 Mar 2011 @ 1:00 pm

  3. @The Old Man: You’ve summed it up nicely—er, succinctly. There’s no “nicely” about it.

    The only positive, if one could call it that, is the divisiveness is more clearly between classes and has dropped the racial overtones used during Obama’s first 2 years in office. The incivility is still there, though, and even ratcheted up a notch or two. Sigh.

    @Zip: My pleasure. I’m not a big reposter (although that might not seem the case recently). Your post said everything that was on my mind better than I could have. 🙂

    Comment by cynicalsynapse — Thu, 17 Mar 2011 @ 5:39 pm

  4. CS, I re-read your post, and I am still very taken by it. I’ve written a short post on my blog linking to this post. Again, keep up the good work.

    Comment by The Old Man — Sun, 24 Apr 2011 @ 10:12 am

    • Old Man, I’m flattered by your cross post. While we may disagree on particular views, we are definitely united in disdain for the current political dystopia.

      Comment by cynicalsynapse — Mon, 25 Apr 2011 @ 10:02 pm


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