Monday, November 22, 2010

786 Politics Fatigue

786 Politics Fatigue

A reader asks "how much did 'we' really spend on Obama's latest junket?" That's the wrong question. The right question is "what are we going to get back from the trip, what is the benefit to the United States?" It leads one to think that self proclaimed capitalists don't understand capitalism.

Maybe the US benefited from the trip and if so, it was a success and the cost doesn't matter. Whether there was a benefit is up in the air, so far, and maybe always because we won't know what went right because of it. But, capitalists, you have to spend capital, whether bucks or political, to gain something.

Another reader asks how come there are no fraud protections in the Initial Public Offering of stock in the new General Motors. The answer is in what's called an "S-1," a document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission that discloses stuff like that to help you make intelligent investment decisions. This particular S-1 was filed last August. Now, three months later, it's a big deal? Where were the cynics when the thing was first submitted and approved? You don't think it's a good investment? Then don't invest.

Both of these questions are straw men, something set up in order to be easily knocked down. They are part of a continuing assassination attempt against a humanly imperfect President. Oh, wait. Aren't they all imperfect? Well, don't bother with that. Let's just concentrate on the Kenyan Muslim Socialist Homosexual Windbag with the TelePrompTer.

Supporters of the President call him "extraordinary." Maybe. Critics of the President consider him Satan's right hand man, which he isn't. He's a pretty smart, handsome and articulate man who's trying to make America a better place. You probably can say that about anyone with whose policies you agree.

Both the religious right and the non-religious right have thrown frag grenades into their own political party and turned it into a blank rubber stamp which approves nothing, advocates vague distortions and platitudes, and produces national chaos. And those frag grenades have accomplished their unannounced purpose. They have taken mid-road Americans and turned them into cynics.

The relentless drumbeat of Fox News, Sarah Palin, the radio talk show creeps and the internet blogger creeps have created a nation of middle road compromisers into people who just don't care anymore. They have turned rationality into despair. Political fatigue. The new battle cry of the middle? "Let the bastards do what they want. I can't be bothered with all that. Just go on and do your stupid, corrupt thing and leave me alone."

So look forward for this: Prayer in the schools, Ten Commandments in the courthouse, free reign for the "special interests," unless they represent labor and the average man and woman. And after that, look for rising prices and rising pessimism. Workers of the world, unite. You have nothing to lose but... no ... wait. Workers of the world unite, you have nothing. Period.

I'm Wes Richards. My opinions are my own but you're welcome to them.®
©WJR 2010

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