Thursday, April 1, 2010

Politics in the U.S.A.

I haven't involved myself in the day to day minutia(sp?) of politics. From what I gathered growing up it seemed more like controlling people's attitudes than anything else.

I believe that in general, people, the majority on the bottom of the heap, lean, at least slightly to the left of centre. No matter how many businessmen or right-wing academics or pundits claim that the capitalist system will look after them, time and time again we've seen that the 'haves' tend to look after themselves and completely ignore the 'have-nots'.

I have been watching the political news on television lately, noticing what a drama it all is.

Passing the health-care bill is hailed a giant success for the people of the U.S.A. who, according to (at least) right-wing pundits isn't going over well with those people who stand to gain from these new rules.

Anyway I feel that there is a big picture here, where the control of the U.S.A has been compromised by corporations who hire ex-government employees for large dollars to help them control overall outcomes. I understand that it is dynamic, situations are mobile and such but it seems to me that Bush and his gang got in and rolled over the 'will' of the American people so hard that they got themselves booted from power.

Does this hobble the corporate interests? Not in the least. Seems the the left can be kept in check AND pushed to aquiece(sp?) to their agenda by simply paying right-wing extremists, propagandists and media to help block any forward movement of government while ALSO having watered down, right of centre bills passed and being hailed as great victories for the left.

Seems to me that part of PNAC's agenda was, and is, to bankrupt the U.S.A, a libertarian agenda, where they deliberately bankrupt the government, fulfilling their own prophecy that 'government' doesn't 'work'.

Apparently NOTHING has changed, in this regard, after a solid year of the new, so-called left-wing majority in the three branches of government in the U.S.A.

The new POTUS seems to be prepared to give lip service to the coming environmental catastrophe likely due to global warming, while 'negotiating' using environmentally risky ventures, for the sake of bipartisanship? Bipartisanerry? (Don't know, who cares?)

But trying to please the libertarian agenda of NO government is ludricous, isn't it? There is no middle ground. There's either good government or bad government, not some good government and some no government.

Obama is a fool for trying to compromise on an issue that has no compromise, on an issue where there IS NO compromise to be had.


mac said...

Honestly Dude, I don't think it matters a which political party is in power.

Either side will kowtow to the "powers that be", as you so eloquently stated.
I often wonder how it is that Ron Paul has such a good following most of the time, yet fails to garner enough support come election time - Then I figure it must be because he won't play nice with the good old boys (whatever you call the power elite?).

I believe that whoever gets elected has assured 'whatver' that they will, indeed, play along.

Harvey said...


minutia(sp?)= minutiae (Latin feminine plural)

aquiece(sp?) = acquiesce (French derivation)

But...who gives a shit, anyway?

As usual, I agree, at least in principal, with your present post.
To me, all of this boils down to what Winston Churchill is alledged to have said: "Democracy is the worst form of government ever devised by Man... except for all the others!"
True representative Democracy is inefficient, unwieldy, and subject to an inadequately educated/interested electorate. I think that history tells us that we (at least in the U.S.) generally get the quality of Government we deserve. It seems to me that what we have currently is about the best we can hope for, given the immensity and diversity of the U.S.A. (and probably Canada, as well). That the last administration managed to run roughshod over certain Constitutional guarantees and hand some financially devastating (to the rest of us) perks to its cronies in Big Oil and Banking, in general, is neither the first time nor the worst example of such governmental behavior in our history. Nor is it a surprise that a left of center administration finds it necessary to continue with the same dependence on "special interest" input and acceptance of "how things get done" in Washington. Nevertheless, we must always at least try to hold the noses of our elected representatives to the grindstone, and, if they behave badly enough for long enough, throw them out and give the thieves and demagogues of the other party another chance.