I used to believe we were a republic and the people had a voice. What I realized is that we are a dictatorship of 600 with slops thrown to individual political parties to keep the masses appeased. The “culture war” and “partisan bipolarism” is a made up, contrived set of issues to keep us all snapping at each other instead of looking at the man behind the curtain.
Oz knew he could not get rid of the witch, so he sends Dorothy off to do it under false pretense. She was so fearful of his giant head that she didn’t realize that he required machinations to create it.
People seem to believe that Democrats care about people. They think so because of the lip service to the cause of gays, lesbians, and trans people, or the lip service to blacks and Hispanics. Lip service and the occasional social bone is easy to do because it gains votes and also makes money for the Congress–it also allows them to have MORE power, instead of less. It’s a win-win for them.
A real social bone would be to clean up and end the drug war with minimum mandatory sentencing which has put a generation of black and Hispanic men behind bars. But they won’t do that because it gives them LESS power and LESS money.
Here is a progressive take on it, not mine: http://www.forwardprogressives.com/due-process-up-in-smoke-the-deas-special-operations-division-is-watching-you-too/
Republicans believe that the Republicans in Congress are pro-national defense and pro-morality. I chuckle over that. Creating problems all over the world makes us LESS safe. When has stirring a hornet’s nest made you less apt to get stung? When has war made people less angry? Never.
War is used as a tool to expand wealthy and influence, but rarely to keep people “safe”. They hide behind “support the troops”. Well, I support them by not wanting them DEAD. How’s that for support?
All either party does is fool you into giving them MORE power and you LESS power by creating problems then “solving” them for you–only its never really solving anything, it’s just growing government.
In the immortal words of Cicero:
A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear