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Response to freshwest (Reply #101)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 12:01 PM

113. Thanks

It's hard to tell sometimes, when folks are just venting on a blog, whether they possess a general understanding of their responsibility in the democratic process. It's really a shame that it's come to a point where most of the citizenry only understand what they've learned from the sitcom generation of TeeVee. They learned how to discredit by disrespectful faux peer pressure and preying on the ignorance of their surroundings... including their clueless peers. The problem with that generation of nonthinkers is that the emotional aspects of put-down interaction and reveling in the best put-down line to be the best at anything, king of the snappy quips, is that is has found it's way into our democratic process. I think that is mostly due to the fact that politicians have found it useful fodder to rile up the masses so they don;t have to do much more than prove to be the rudest in the room to win the day, as we saw yesterday in the House Comte Hearing. Good thing the Dems shot back with a rational argument, that's what I expect of them and to point out the BS that has been taking place in the absence of real governing.

What I see in the form of social transformation (for a while and especially in the Clinton impeachment - the end of Bu$h in office) is that the general public have taken the paradigm described above, to a sustained zenith with the most dangerous consequence. That being that we have been led into baseless war with a large sector of the global population, waving our collective weenie at them and all the while claiming that we have the god-given right to do so because we have the guns to do it and the appetite for all their resources. It seems that sine we want something we are granted some divine right to just take it because we have the bully machines to do it. And hardly anyone wants to notice that what we are taking is the most dangerous poison... like heroine addicts stealing some really bad batch and wallowing in the fact that we cheated the dealer. All that money could have been spent on education, renewable energy and cleaning up our act... instead we opted for the alleged drug of choice and kicking the can of rehabilitation down the ditch until we find we are hanging on to the drain grate calling for the social services we gutted years ago to come and save us from ourselves. This practice was revived by R$ this election cycle, hamRove was a major player in that strategy.

That consequence is biting us in the butt and the WR clan can't see it because they are blinded in their emotive state, with no rationale desired or sought to understand that they are being duped, they just know they are getting screwed only they are looking in the mirror without recognizing that they are screwing themselves. The worst case scenario for the "smoke and mirrors" cliche.

Through this emotional mechanism, the electorate have learned that the government is evil, in some cases they are right but they don't understand why in many cases, and that paying taxes is for fools. Both of us understand that taxes fund everything the government does (except for paying the big perks that the plutocrats offer our elected officials). But what the wealthy seem to forget is that they couldn't have gained any of that wealth, or most of it, if we all didn't pay taxes to fund our progress as a people. No roads, a lot less commerce etc. It's not like they pay for our primary education so we can do the work that makes them the money, I think that's a fundamental problem with the RW clan too, they just don't get it. (Went to a hearing years ago regarding Clinton's Roadless Initiative and one of the RW hate clan yelled out at one point, "Don't tell us that the BLM's been taken over by the federl govamint!" Many of us had a hard time not bursting out laughing since they were a mean looking bunch in the back of the room by the door.) It was actually sad, what's going on now is sad as it's the same thing in essence.

But that's just my take on it...

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