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Alcibiades Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-19-05 11:38 PM
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73. On "Them"
I know a few of them, and have even been to a few meetings. They are oligarchs, and, yes, Virginia, they are behind Bush. It's not a secret, you can just read the names of his contributors to find out who "they" are. The political process is set up as a genteel silent auction for them, but they have placed bids on both the Republicans and the Democrats, so they win no matter who wins.

George Bush isn't their puppet. He's one of them, a full-fledged member of the club. They will not blink an eye at sending your son or mine to die in Iraq, but they would never, never hang one of their own out to dry.

They have three weaknesses. The first is hubris. It is the arrogance of power that has led to the current state of affairs. A more statesmanlike gentleman than Bush would have been able to accomplish his aims, fool the people, and stay within the rule of law. This brings us to the second weakness, which is inbreeding. Unlike most primates, even the most stupid of "them" can marry and breed, and their wealth prevents them from being selected out of the gene pool. They also have a tendency to marry for looks rather than brains. If they have no countervailing traditions encouraging exogamy, in generation 12 you get G.W. Bush, in generation 13 you get Paris Hilton, and it gets worse in later generations, until you get folks who make the Habsburgs look normal. Their third weakness is single-mindedness. Although this is often seen as a virtue, it can be a vice. Your regular person will turn before driving off a cliff, but one of "them," deeply filled with a sense of their own rectitude, convinced that driving off a cliff is something that cannot happen to someone of character and distinguished breeding, and secure with the self-sufficiency that a lifetime of being shielded from the merest possibility of failure can bring, will drive off the edge double-quick, stomping on the gas as they go.
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