Monday, August 29, 2005

A Pox on Both Their Houses

Frank Rich tells it like it is -- to Republicans and Democrats alike.

All I have to say is: Dean was right. The Democrats sold out, and are thus shackled into riding this out with the Republicans they supported. The Republicans are in worse shape, but the only thing keeping them alive now is the fact that the Democrats are as bankrupt, politically and ethically, as they are -- on Iraq.

Hillary Clinton has managed to make me sick, now, too. First, about-facing on abortion, and now playing to social conservatives on, of all things, video games, which, as Rich points out, aren't actually killing any Americans, unlike the Iraqi quagmire.

Here's hoping Bernie Sanders wins, at least! And that someone of either party with an ounce of sanity, a healthy dose of the reality principle, and a modicum of courage will inherit the Empire in 2008.

I think the best we can hope for is a Marcus Aurelius -- let's not pretend we're a republic anymore.

And if I see Bill Clinton show up with one more Republican, I'm going to vomit. Will someone please tell the DLC to just leave the party, please? Go join the Republicans -- hell, it'll move the center back to the center, and outnumber the wacko fundy funders and founders of the Bush junta's foundering fiasco. (That last sentence was for Spiro Agnew.)

Perhaps an unknown, like the gentleman who ran such a close race in Ohio, will be our next paladin. Anyway, we can only hope for benevolent monarchy at this point. I'll take that over fascism any day.

Maybe I'm upset by this hurricane, but I really don't see much real hope from either party. Haven't in years, which was why I was for Kucinich, and then Dean. The character assassination/set-up of Dean -- by both parties and all of MSM -- may have been the final death knell of our republic.

I hope, of course, to be proven wrong. There's always a chance of a populist revolt.

The only problem is, will it be a left-populist or right-populist revolt? Hard to tell in a country where Ann Coulter is taken seriously.

New Zealand's looking better and better. Plus, they have hobbits there.

Which makes us Mordor? Nah, merely Isengard -- used by cleverer and even more evil personages to do exactly what Mordor wants us to do. At our own peril, and for their own ends. Of course. Greed, fear, and hubristic arrogance make one easily manipulated.

Off to bed, to awake to a devastated New Orleans, I fear. I hope, again, to be wrong about that, but latest word has it that 150mph winds and 20-foot surges are about to hit the Big Easy, which is mostly several feet below sea level, in a few hours.

Ain't life grand? Kiss your loved ones, strive to make this world better, vote with your pocketbook (it's the only vote that actually is counted in our utterly corrupt nation), and basically take Dr. Rieux as your model for the good life. If you don't know who I'm talking about, find out. For your own good.

Here's to better days!

6 Thoughts:

Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

I'd vote for a Hobbit!

Monday, August 29, 2005 12:37:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

LOL. Seriously. Tx for the laugh!

Monday, August 29, 2005 12:49:00 PM  
Blogger Lores Rizkalla said...

doug, have we found a point of agreement???!!

i think both parties have sold out. i would love to see worthy candidates on both sides.

i have the same frustration with republicans showing up on stage with democrats all the time. if there were genuine agreement, i'd be fine with it. but, bush and kennedy, newt and hillary, bush sr. and clinton, frist and hillary...it goes on and on. it all seems very political, on both sides.

Monday, August 29, 2005 2:34:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Lores, I actually think there is a huge amount of common ground among the 99% of this nation that doesn't have real power.

My main frustration is with the political process -- it is a sham. I think that to fix it, we need public funding of elections, a ban on lobbyists, and instant runoff voting. That way, you'll see the nonpowerful running for office, not just shills for corporate America.

One thing: compromise is the nature of politics, so it's not that per se that I have a problem with. It's the magnetic force of transnational corporate agendas -- which, as I've been trying to point out on your blog, offends the socially conservative as much as the progressive, although the progressive doesn't have the cogintive dissonance caused by believing in market fundamentalism -- that attracts pretty much all "mainstream" candidates and media orgs to itself.

Thanks for the post! :)

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 12:00:00 PM  
Blogger Lores Rizkalla said...

i think we in agreement in as much as ANY agenda, corporate or otherwise, that isn't in the best interest of the people of this country is a real problem. It disgusts me when i see politicians on either side of the aisle catering to any special interest.

thanks for the welcome :)

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 1:08:00 PM  
Blogger Demotiki said...

Doug,

Don't be a Peste, who is the good Dr.

Once again I have to tell you to stop being so pessimistic. Let's review a little shall we. The people chose all Gore in 2000, the Supreme court chose Bush. In 2004, the people once again chose the Democrat, the vote-stealing Republicans stole that one too. The people are fed-up with this government. In 2006 a new breed of democrats will retake the house. In 2008, Clark will win the election for President. By the start of the next decade we will be on our way to becoming a strange hybrid of European socialism and American pragmatism. The future is so bright I gotta wear shades.

Having said that, we need to fight the good fight. I don't have a single friend who has given up yet and I have made a number of new friends who have only recently joined the fray. They got the guns but we got the number. Rock on.

Friday, September 02, 2005 8:52:00 PM  

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