Continuing my new thing I’m sure will be welcomed by few-to-none; dispersing my opinions.
Here we go . . .
Politics: holy crap on a cracker!
Honest, I get at least two or three mailings each day trying to convince me this or that candidate is a lying scum that should have been drawn and quartered the moment they were born, but because they weren’t they now are all about destroying the very fabric of the universe and I must help in stopping them by voting for a different scum.
People, as people do, often place me in one camp or other when it comes to my political affiliation. This usually comes about from me criticizing something, and readers assuming I must be one of “them bastages lowlifes in the ‘other’ party”.
Here, let me set the record straight . . . I have very little respect for liberals as a group even as I hold to some of their ideals, and I have very little respect for conservatives as a group even as I hold to some of their ideals.
The problem I have with both is . . . they are dishonest to the point of doing anything, saying anything, and hurting anyone in their pursuit of power.
If it isn’t obvious to the general population, Will Rogers said it best:
“The more you read and observe about this Politics thing, you got to admit that each party is worse than the other. The one that’s out always looks the best.”
. . . and . . .
“On account of being a democracy and run by the people, we are the only nation in the world that has to keep a government four years, no matter what it does.”
Those two quotes summarize some of my feeling about government. The rest of my feelings are not as charitable.
What’s making me sad is that we keep reelecting the same scummy people to office. Whatever happened to the cries of “throw the bums out“?
Around now some reader or other is formulating the following thought in their mind:
“Emilio, you ignorant pig; it’s obvious (insert Republicans or Democrats here as is your wont) are much worse!”
Stop, please. I’m not interested in your opinion of the party you did NOT vote for. If you cannot find fault with the politicians or party you voted for, I don’t want to hear from you because you are obviously blinded by misplaced loyalty, or worse yet, live by that ole scapegoat for responsibility “the lesser of two weasels”.
I say that because first and foremost voters need to take responsibility for the people they put in office and the party they align with. If you cannot do that, you should not be talking to me. If you cannot find fault with the politicians or party you voted for, I don’t want to hear from you because you labor under the illusion they have no faults.
That said, I hold conservatives and republicans to a higher standard than liberals and democrats.
I figure it is in the nature of all politicians and politically affiliated people to lie and distort facts, but conservatives and republicans hold themselves up as more moral, more honest, and more truthful just on the basis of believing in imaginary beings.
Liberals and democrats have a greater facility and propensity for lying, but conservatives and republicans have this whole holier-than-thou thing I really find annoying.
Do you know when politicians are lying? When their lips are moving. I know, an old joke, but it still works.
In the next month we’ll see an escalation of lies, half-truths, low blows, accusations, counter-accusations, all in the name of either keeping or recapturing the Senate.
In the process there will be promises made, all with seemingly genuine concern for the plight of the voters, or minorities, of the middle class, of the poor, of the immigrants, of the . . . well, pretty much everything and everyone.
We are, after all, going to decide on the direction the most powerful nation in the world should take.
We’ll do so by voting for career politicians who have already proven themselves vulnerable to the wants of special interest groups, who are going to ignore the will of the voters, and who, once in office, will be more interested in the next round of elections than actually governing.
Ultimately, even more than politicians, I hold the voters to blame. Do you know the saying “throw the bums outta office” I mention above? Well, what people actually mean is “throw the bums in the other party outta office. My bums are all good. Honest!”
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