Nothing’s Impossible in a Representative Democracy

Hi readers.  Thanks for coming by for a read this morning.

I don’t pay much attention to politics, but it’s truly a temptation I’m going to have to consciously resist this year.  Watching an illusion vanish happens so rarely it might be a crowd pleaser.  Barnham and Bailey coming to town sort of thing.

The magnetic field is in the pure curiosity of just who-the-hell’s going to bother voting.  And for whom.  With Kennedy/Johnson it was the graveyards in south Texas carried them into office when live voters weren’t getting the job done.   This time the graveyard residents might be undecided.

Political parties used to try for voting blocks.  Teachers.  Unions [hardhats one way, the rest, the other].  Hispanics.  Blacks.  Senior citizens.  Young voters.  Businessmen.  Law and Order folk.  Anti-this, Anti-that, pro-this, pro-that.  But now that’s all gone into the grader-ditch of political strategy. 

Not much doubt the ethnic blocks are going to find themselves lacking in enthusiasm after the past few years of diatribes and hate rhetoric without a word being said to neutralize it.  Unions?  Hell, unions are history and both parties have done everything in their power to make it so.  Small businessmen and tradesmen being killed by Chinese competition for a decade?  Old folks having their Social Security pensions threatened with ‘entitlement’ slogans?

The WE OFFER NOTHING, BUT THEY’RE WORSE! approach to electioneering is something new, maybe exciting.

Maybe it’s time to find a vacant FEMA bunker, unplug the communications gear and pretend everything already happened.  Whatever that might be.

Old Jules

10 responses to “Nothing’s Impossible in a Representative Democracy

  1. Is there room in that bunker for my wife and me?

  2. I’ve always voted, only because it gives me the right to criticize, but this time around I’m tempted to say “To hell with it, they’re all the same and none of ’em give a damn about the ordinary person anyway.” The problem with that is I’m enough of a cynic to think I’ll be playing right into their hands. It’s a damn conundrum!

  3. It’s depressing, but it seems that voting is always about picking the lesser of two evils. Being fiscally conservative and socially liberal means I am just SOL. Nice post.

    • thegreenstudy: US citizens, seems to me, repudiated royalty and aristocracy out of one side of their mouths, hungered for them out of the other. Manifested itself throughout US history if a person stops to examine the folks, families, gene pools who’ve dominated US politics, financial matters, direction and historical events, then until now. Just replaced the British aristocracy with one of our own and pretended. Locked ourselves into being SOL because we loves our kings. Gracias, J

      • That’s true, although I think these days, corporations are king. More so now that our Supreme court has supported their status as individuals, with individual rights. The average citizen feels like just a bit of flotsam in an ocean of corruption, but now is not the time to give up and relinquish what few rights we do have. I’m voting, albeit with a sense of futility.

  4. “If voting changed anything it would be made illegal” ….I think George Carlin said that, whoever it was nailed it though….

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