We are in the process of creating what deserves to be called the idiot culture. Not an idiot sub-culture, which every society has bubbling beneath the surface and which can provide harmless fun; but the culture itself. For the first time, the weird and the stupid and the coarse are becoming our cultural norm, even our cultural ideal.
Surely nothing could be more indicative of this than a
sixth seventh eighth season of 'Brothers and Sisters' or present opinion polling forecasting ascendance of the same Republican Party that not so long ago presided over eight years of economic stagnation and decline for all but those few conscientious citizens with stock portfolios weighted heavily toward defense contractors, big pharma and fossil fuels.
These are in fact the same selected officials who in their infinite wisdom gave us more stringent bankruptcy laws for individuals--as if credit card companies needed anymore help raping street cleaners and bus drivers--and prohibited Americans from buying cheaper Canadian pharmaceuticals despite the fact we have this thing called the NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT. Just for good measure they also loosened regulation of banking interests (and I do mean INTEREST, as in compiled interest on the oceans of red ink these grubs amassed while they had control of the purse strings) investment firms and multinational corporations, all in the wake of Enron and a scant eight years after the first S&L debacle.
Wonder how this has been working out for all the good folks in foreclosure country who seem to want these civic minded stalwarts back in the saddle again?
we they forget. It seems like only yesterday the dynamic duo I like to refer to as Dr. Evil and Mini Me--wouldn't those have made great secret service code names--upon re-selection embarked on the most stupendous campaign to reimburse usurers for their exotic speculations since the portentous denouement of one of their more ambitious speculative enterprises at Versailles.
So what's changed then?
Well, not very much of anything as it turns out. Two years into his term it's finally dawned on even the most partisan democrats and liberal independents that the Obamessiah didn't come as advertised. Boo Hoo. That wouldn't have come as a revelation to anyone who had gone to the trouble of discovering who the paragons of virtue were underwriting his ambitions from the start--since his selection to the U.S. Senate anyway. Goldman Sachs alone contributed more than $1 Million to his Presidential campaign--and that's only what they were required to disclose. Free speech, don't ya know. Gotta love Scotus, corporations are people too.
To say Barrack Hussein Obama has been a disappointment is like saying Lindsay Lohan has trouble keeping a low profile. There is every indication that very much like the previous White House occupants, the current administration is simply not in touch with reality much less the plight of middle and working class America. To exhibit one stark example, last month when the President came to Seattle to raise money for Patty Murray, he used the occasion to 'sit down' with a handful of small business owners at a Deli in Pioneer Square, presumably to discuss 'economic rejuvenation'. This sort of window dressing is a hallmark of every administration, but you would think in these historically challenging times for those at the helm of modest entrepreneurial enterprises it might have occurred to the Rhodes Scholars who set up the photo op that shutting down many of the small businesses and vendors in the surrounding area for a good part of the day (for security reasons) might result in something of a mixed message being sent.
I wonder if the same protocols are effected when the President visits Wall Street?
So no, things are not good.
Having said that .. .. ..
Are you sh_______ me!
Bring back the Party of Lincoln Savings and Loan?
Shall we bring 'Great White' back to West Warwick while we're at it?
Sarah Palin defies expectations by not getting lost on the way to the microphone. The woman needs GPS to find the crapper on an airplane. What's really scary is that Bristol procreating with Wasilla's version of K-Fed has probably spawned evolution in the Palin gene pool. Mitch McConnell is the beltway bagman for every CEO who wants to outsource your job to the third world, and every venture capitalist who wants to outsource your income to his high risk indemnity fund. And John Boehner .. John Boehner is a reptilian shape shifter more than likely thinking everything Joe Barton says. Boehner is exactly the sort of lizard who would come up with a tag line like “tell Senator Asshat BP doesn't deserve a handout” for an 'issue advocacy ad' currently running to build opposition to the newly proposed 'energy tax' BP presumably would have to pay until the selected officials give it back to them in the form of some loophole.
If you liked the Newt, you'll LOVE the lizard.