Saturday, May 19, 2012

Menu Item: Pol du Jour

One of the many reasons why I think we have the problems that we have...

Allegiance to our political parties.

That is foremost on my agenda today, exposing how loyalties to the party are killing democracy and our way of life.

I drove by a house today with an Obama / Biden 2012 placard in the window.  Now I'm the first to concede that there are people out there that ought to support this duo, and I'm not going to condemn them for it.  I may not understand it, but he has a natural constituency.

What was striking about the placard I saw today was that it was in a window of a home of someone I know.

Oh my gosh, right?

But I'd admit that of all my acquaintances, they would be at the top of the list of suspected stooges for the party.

I can't go further drawing generalities out of anecdotal experiences without revealing that after a couple political conversations in the past, when I exposed the strawman for who he was, that he refuses to engage me in politics anymore.

And there you have it,  in microcosm.  An individual, no different from millions of other individuals, who so ardently pimps the party's politician du jour, that he neverminds the particulars of why he's spending his clout on the person at all.

But that is how it is today.  Reverse the party in residence at 2600 Pennsylvania Ave. and I'm certain chapter and verse of all the petty, quasi-villainous, and or immoral behavior of that President could be recited for my distasteful pleasure.

Its behavior from both sides. Though recent history has a plethora of examples where the left just doesn't care that their guy(or gal) is dastardly in much the same way as the scoundrels they condemn on the right.

To deny that is to admit ignorance, and proves my point.

Enron is to Solandra?

Drones are to Patriot Act?

Gitmo is to Gitmo?

Fast and Furious?

We can't expect the people we elect to be anything but what they are today, that is unaccomplished bad actors, if we don't scrutinize those who prefer to have us believe we are in their best intentions.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

They Don't Get It.

I really like to over think voting.  I do.  For all the weight my one vote has out of over hundred million, I spend an exuberant amount of time thinking about which way to go.

Maybe I don't get it.  In light of my contention that it doesn't matter anyway which of the two major party candidates we elect, that our path is still to ruin, why shouldn't I just free my mind to follow sports unfettered with all this political silliness.

But here I go again.

I was in conversation with my beautiful wife when I let my mind and mouth run off on a splendid diatribe asking what's the point of liberalism today.

They are winning, that is to be sure.  So why aren't they doing what's right,  winning for long term success?  If they did that, people like me, people who think about things like this, would be able to think about other things. Like soccer.

So sorry soccer, until we get this issue resolved, I'm afraid I don't have any time for you.

Here it is, we are getting deep in the election year, and I'm already over thinking the choice we have to make in November.  Obama, and his leftist inclination with an added touch of pragmatism, vs Romney, with his right leaning economics influenced by centrist accommodations.

I'm thinking that neither choice is going to make this government any more sustainable.  I'll give the benefit of the doubt to Romney though, cause Obama left me with no benefits to the doubt I already had about him before he got elected.

Now, obviously, it's clear that Obama isn't interested in creating a sustainable government, in fact it appears his goals are diametrically oppose to rational and sustainable government.  Which of course lies bare the claim of his non-politically allies, that he is indeed pragmatic.

Pragmatism may sound like philosophy, but like obscenity, I know it when I see it.  Getting further in debt with no plan out of it, isn't very pragmatic.

The point to me is, as I've said, this form of Government is unsustainable.

The truth of politics is that the liberals are winning, but they are destroying the prize.  The conservatives are losing, but what they are fighting for is a prize that the liberals would claim, cherish, and call their own.

Democrats do not have to win another presidential election for some time and their agenda will still move forward, the younger Bush Administration is contemporary evidence of that thought.  I accept that, even though I am a conservative.  I'm at peace with their agenda moving forward, my choice for President almost  always loses, but I have my own little way of protesting the direction.  You're reading one way, another is I work to discourage voter turn out.

My acceptance is metaphorically related to reading a good book that you know will end poorly.  Not a romance but a tragedy.  An ugly, historically epic, and equally avoidable yet unavoidable tragedy.  By definition you know it won't end well, but you're enjoying the read, or the life as it may be, so your not counting the pages to the end, you're just wrapped up in the here and now.

I realize this isn't going to end well,  I look upon liberals as the villians in this tale, they are not happy with winning.  They want more.  Not aware of what they have, and unwilling to listen to their countrymen who caution against their lavish spending with money they don't have.

Want to impress me with largess? Craft a system that pays for itself, that has savings and limited commitments. A bank account that could buy other nations, not drag other nations down.

Liberals could aid their own cause,  but while their goal of champion government in all respects moves forward, who are they really helping?  The poor today aren't climbing, that is evident.  With the system we have, tomorrow's generations will have to pay for this spending, thus robbing them of life and prosperity.  That sure doesn't sound like liberalism is a boon to them either.

So liberals want more and to contribute less.  That can't be disputed.  Clearly adding more government, to a government that already is not paying for itself, is asking for more while contributing less.

Help yourselves to restraint and true pragmatism, liberals, please.  For your sake, as much as my own.