Tuesday, May 18, 2010

You'd Think...

In a nutshell, this is exactly what is driving me slowly crazy. There's nothing really surprising that the guys who lost power are trying to get it back; nor, given who they are, is it unexpected that they'd be lying to accomplish it, saying the exact opposite of what's factual, day after day. It's not even startling that the so-called news network which is unapologetically committed to carrying the polluted water of those democracy-hating prevaricators echoes and enhances the dishonesty.

What's so deeply disappointing is the ease with which so many fellow citizens have bought it. How thoroughly they've forgotten where we were on January 20, 2009, and how we got there. What's so deeply disappointing is the banality of the political "debate" over solutions; and the fact that our electorate, in numbers big enough to make a difference, are so lazy of thought and absent of knowledge, so used to being fed easy solutions and graven images that they neither notice or even care. That's what's disappointing, and I've said it time and again.

There's much to worry about; there are decisions President Obama has made and priorities he's elaborated which which I have problems, and I've said that, too. But I don't doubt for a minute that he's trying to find and do what's best, and that he's hampered by unprecedented obstinacy on the other side. I acknowledge that the problems he faces -- we all face -- are so huge as to be nearly impossible. Neither have I the slightest doubt that we'd be much closer to solutions were the opposition party, as constituted in Congress, even a little bit willing to help out. To work for solutions rather than destruction. And, most importantly, if the public were able to face facts rather than to seek to reinforce their need for victimhood and easy answers. (Socialism. Nazism. Ignoring terrorism.) But that's simply not the case; and, it seems, given the rise of magical thinking and the deliberate destruction of education that it might never be again.

It's likely that the next elections will bring major shifts in political power. Faced with governing again, will Republicans simply resort, as always, to their discredited solutions of tax-cuts and deregulation? And will the public let them, once again, embody that clich├ęd but true definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result?


  1. Geez, Frank, you're making me miss my other trolls.

    By the way, did you read the article that pointed out if job creation continues at the pace of last month (doubt it, but still...) by the end of the year there'd be more jobs created than in the entire eight years of bush?

  2. Umm Sid,
    thata way to not respond to a single one of my ingenious bullet points. And this "Trolls" the only reason people even bother dippin there toe in your internet pool..
    here's one of your "One Word" sarcastic answers right back at ya..
    Job "Growth"?? One Word: "Census"
    too bad the next ones not scheduled until 2020, or about the end of the second Palin administration...


  3. Umm, Frank, the only new non-bulleted bullet point you made is the one I responded to with an impressive HTML enabled link. The rest, I've responded to, I don't know, a hundred years ago when you started making them. Over and over. And over. And over.

    And over.

    And I agree about your attraction to other readers. That's why I don't delete you. You complete me.

  4. OK, I read your National Urinal article, and your right, more jobs created in 2010 than during the entire Bush administration, if current trends continue, which they never do.
    Of course theres that little issue of the FOUR EFFING MILLION jobs lost during 2009, and I'm responsible for 3, had to let the second pool guy, 2d maid, and my "personal trainer" go, times are tough allover, you know...
    Its like sayin JFK's Texas trip was a success if you don't count Dealey Plaza..
    P.S. Gitmo's still open



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