Weekend wound up

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Reminds Me

That one true thing is this: Follow the Money. If you follow the money, you'll get the right answer in politics 99 percent of the time. I've witnessed this first/second hand during my time in government and politics. Most of the time the fight plays out along this narrow street, Democrats on one side and the GOP on the other. Each side gets excited from time to time, thinking their side's view is right and different and good. But the truth is -- as the American Prospect piece illustrates -- that the moneyed an powerful classes in the country have us all by the balls. George Carlin boils down the piece in this bit from back in the day:

http://www.balloon-juice.com/2010/07/26/the-presience-of-george-carlin/

To say we are all screwed and don't know it is only pointing out the obvious to anyone who reads this blog. The real point is: can we change things when the best we can hope for on the left side of the spectrum is Obama, a corporatist/conservative who just doesn't seem able to fathom why anyone would want to go an get all radical and all? I will say this... the loony tune batshit insane right wingers now winning primaries are on to something. They get that people recognize that the powerful get a hell of a lot more than their fair share. They may be idiots on a stick, but they are pointing that stick in the right direction. The shame is that liberals don't seem to have the fortitude nor desire to find a leftish and intelligent way to focus this anger of the people and then channel it toward real change that helps us. Ultimately, the solutions Democrats voted for just helped the moneyed classes, and ultimately the teabag-o-craptastics won't understand how they are being used by the bib biz crazy machine to do the bidding of the gazillionaires. That's a shame. I mean, this here democracy is quite a great theory, too bad in practice it never quite works out.

Greg

Right you are

The shame is that liberals don't seem to have the fortitude nor desire to find a leftish and intelligent way to focus this anger of the people and then channel it toward real change that helps us.

We have a reluctance to appeal to the most base instincts of the human species. We think that reason can ultimately prevail. We don't want to climb into the gutter with teh baggers.

I believe this will change soon, and that the change will herald in a new era of violence and class warfare worldwide. The next generation of Americans will be the first to be less safe, less secure, less prosperous and more oppressed than the generation that came before them. It is a sad and sobering thought.

Ugh

The landscape seems horrid now. Up is down and black is white. I am amazed at the facile mendacity of the GOP message machine, which cynically caters to the ignorance of people who, whatever else you say about the crazies, really just want some kind of security. They think the problems are with "The Mexicans" or "The Muslims" or "The Communists." The only way to do this, it seems, to not be in the gutter going ugly to ugly, is to have a leader who can explain, who can champion what REALLY needs doing and explain it along the way. Truly, I really thought, for brief moments, that Obama could be this guy. I feel all the sadness that he is not. I, of course, should have known better. But, heh, we all need some hope.

Maybe we need to just duke it out, and live through the ashes. Who knows? Maybe our children's children will be able to free a phoenix from the Orwellian nightmare to come.

Greg