As someone who has literally “partied for a living,” (in special events) I claim this with absolute authority:
The. Party. Is. Over.
It’s time to turn off the music, turn up the lights, present the bill, “gather up your jackets and move to the exits” and if necessary–and it obviously is necessary–call the cops. And yeah, I remember the number. It’s 9/11.
The Republicrats need to go home, and don’t even get me started about a third party–because what this country really needs is a second one.
This was the first election cycle that I voted for any Democrat. Frankly, for this Buckeye, it felt a lot like sitting on–then cheering for the Maize and Blue side of an Ohio State-Michigan game. But then it occurred to me, if those teams switched uniforms and the Bucks wore Maize and Blue and the Wolverines wore Scarlet and Grey–how many of the fans would ever notice they were actually cheering for the opposition? More importantly–or at least more interestingly–if the fans knew of the color switch, would they choose to cheer for their team’s colors or their players who happened to be wearing the opposing team uniforms?
“Things that make you go, ‘hmmm.’”
Unfortunately, party and team loyalties–like other destructive habits–run deep, and as can be seen from election statistics, 98.8% of Americans who participated in this year’s election, voted Republicratic, deciding between the R’s and D’s largely based on their own historical preference. But should we really chose our representatives through habit? Who’s to say whether red is more American than blue? Or donkeys are better than elephants or R’s are preferable to D’s? These are all abstract symbols, and since neither represents anything that actually opposes the “alternative” how can we say we have any choice at all? It’s like taking the “Pepsi challenge” via some kind of shell game.
I googled “opposition party.” The third entry of the 4,290,000 results was a link to Wikipedia which stated, “Opposition parties are created by the governing groups in order to create an impression of democratic debate.” I read through page after page of “opposition party” entries from around the world, but the first American mention of “opposition party” was on page four which referenced, “Bob Barr beating 3rd party opposition.”
This “3rd party opposition” is a joke. The grand total of America’s entire third party “opposition” represented a total of 1.2% percent of all votes cast for president!
Wow! That’s some threatening “opposition!”
The next American reference to “Opposition Party” was listed on the sixth page of results and also quite literally a joke. In fact was “The Word” of the Steven Colbert Report.
The fundamental ingredient for freedom is choice. A rose by any other name may still smell as sweet, but whether a candidate is labeled as Republican or Democrat they both smell like and are full of–how shall I say this politely–it.
In Bill Moyer’s recent interview of Kevin Phillips, Phillips described the country as being “centrist…with tendencies towards frustration.” Moyers then asked, “Where is the emerging majority today?” to which Phillips replied, “I would say it’s the emerging non-majority. In a lot of ways [the Republicans and Democrats are] a duopoly, a double monopoly that no longer has meaningful ideas but has entrenched interests.” Phillips went on to say, “It’s also clear that we have socialism coming in a big way, but it’s socialism for the rich. You know, the profits go to finance [companies] but the liability [goes to] the taxpayers.” To this, Moyers summed in agreement with just two words, “State capitalism.” Phillips agreed, saying, “The bailout [was] state capitalism.”
State capitalism is of course when the government owns the corporations. This is better known as ‘corporatism’ but Moyers would never want to alarm the American people with a word commonly interchangeable with fascism, so he kept his listeners lulled into continued comfort with the kinder, gentler term of “state capitalism.” Unfortunately, the fact remains that both parties overwhelmingly supported the bailout–the US’s “state capitalism.” That means if you are among 98.8% of American voters who voted Republicratic, who did you really cast a vote for–the Fascists or the Corporatists? Horns? (They win). Or tails? (You lose).
When Moyers asked what “ballooning debt, sliding home prices, recurrent money supply expansion, growing inflation, peak oil, crumbling dollar [and] stagnant wages” had in common, Phillips responded that they were all part of “…not worrying about the ordinary person but sort of faking him or her out with friendly statistics and feel-good stuff. We are in an age of disappointment. And I don’t think that’s going to be eradicated easily. I’m not sure it will be at all.”
One thing is for certain, until the American people vote for something other than the Republicratic party:
There. Will. Be. No. Change.