"...it's not the training to be mean but the training to be kind that is used to keep us leashed best." ~ Black Dog Red

"In case you haven't recognized the trend: it proceeds action, dissent, speech." ~ davidly, on how wars get done

"...What sort of meager, unerotic existence must a man live to find himself moved to such ecstatic heights by the mundane sniping of a congressional budget fight. The fate of human existence does not hang in the balance. The gods are not arrayed on either side. Poseiden, earth-shaker, has regrettably set his sights on the poor fishermen of northern Japan and not on Washington, D.C. where his ire might do some good--I can think of no better spot for a little wetland reclamation project, if you know what I mean. The fight is neither revolution nor apocalypse; it is hardly even a fight. A lot of apparatchiks are moving a lot of phony numbers with more zeros than a century of soccer scores around, weaving a brittle chrysalis around a gross worm that, some time hence, will emerge, untransformed, still a worm." ~ IOZ

Mar 31, 2010

The lesser evil, y'know...

The Democrats and other liberal kneelers didn't hate what George Bush did. They hated George Bush. They didn't so much despise the wars, the encroachments on civil liberties, the torture and the torture network, the abortion and science restrictions, the theft of the remaining shreds of the commons, the entrenchment of corporate behemoths as they loathed who went about making it possible.

Think of a  "hallowed principle" these kneelers won't compromise, when their princes hold the bulk of the thrones, and please get back to me if I've erred.

I can think of countless people less easy to hate than George Bush, Dick Cheney and the rest of the gang of looters who followed Bill Clinton, and improved upon his smarmy, less overt corporatization of the Republic.

Not a difficult emotional state at which to arrive, honestly. Pity or hatred, calumny or condemnation, Poppet George earned it all.

But, the differences between Barack Jesus Reagan and the Poppet's followers come down not to ideas,*  so much as temperament and personality. Some people loyal up for the testosterone warrior alphas. Some people get their beta validation from serving the seducer alpha.

Liberals and conservatives belong to the same social order. Members of both groups rather broadly accept that people with guns and offices ought to tell the rest of us what to do, for our own good of course. Sure, they disagree about the against whom, and even the cui bono, now and again.

But neither segment of the voting public takes any significant, notable umbrage with voting for people to rule. Or, the fact that the same class of people ends up ruling us, time and time and time again.

When it fleshes out that Barack Jesus Reagan, McPalin, Clinton, Original White Reagan, Poppy and Poppet Bush all pretty much aim for the same ends, no one ought pretend surprise.

And when it also follows that the current crop of licensed sycophants (yes, you JournoListians, et al) jumps to defend Barack Jesus Reagan for the exact same shit, when previously done by Poppet Bush, that they leveled their moraline ire (and made their fame and fortunes) against, perhaps we who walked away ought ponder how this all can change?

Today, lesser evilism in the age of Barack Jesus Reagan has lost it's last fragile underpinning. At least as I see it, you probably cannot find a more McPalin position that "Drill, Baby, Drill!"

So, what's the difference between the War Hero and the Constitutional Scholar?

The batch of sycophants, shills and kneelers defending the decisions of those with power.

I don't know if this means that the ground is ripe for more walking away. I still have a lot of thinking and learning to do, about this subject.

 I do know that this confirms for me, yet again, that walking away from all that adds up to the best decision I've made in a very long time.

* -  Except as hollowed out campaign slogans, and Barack Jesus Reagan pretty much dispensed with all that, in lieu of the perpetual chanting of two one word slogans, and a three word anodyne for the rigors and pains of tempered, original thought.


druff said...

"Think of a "hallowed principle" these kneelers won't compromise, when their princes hold the bulk of the thrones, and please get back to me if I've erred."

yeah i can't do that. i heard tony perkins or one of the xtian repubs call on the base to stop giving money to the RNC after the stripclub scandal broke. under what conceivable circumstances would a leading lib make any such appeal to their base?

Jack Crow said...


In one regard, Republicans and conservatives have it easier. Their whole political stake is built around "gubmint bad, industry good. So, when Republicans fuck up at governing, and when their principles are compromised along the way, they can always fall back to "gubmint bad, so we told ya so."

Liberals, especially the Donkalot institutional variety, don't have that fall back. Their tent is staked to the ground with "gubmint, in the right hands, is good for you, and you, and you...and hey, even you!"

So that they must constantly do rearguard actions, explaining and justifying and reframing all the shit people do once they get that government power and taste for having armed staffers.

Kos will always be able to call for Mo'Betta Dems, and whomever currently leads the Courtiers Court will defend what the current liberal princeling does, because to do otherwise is to admit that...

...liberals with power do bad things with it, liberally.