Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Many Loads of Shit

Not that it detracts from my disgust for Senator Lieberman, but Glennzilla lays out a portrait of a rot that runs far deeper:

[T]here is a reasonable debate to be had among reform advocates over whether this bill is a net benefit or a net harm. But the idea that the White House did what it could to ensure the inclusion of progressive provisions -- or that they were powerless to do anything about it -- is absurd on its face. Whatever else is true, the overwhelming evidence points to exactly what Sen. Feingold said yesterday: "This bill appears to be legislation that the president wanted in the first place."
It's quite a little political system we've produced here in the USA. There are two nominal parties: the one consisting of knuckle-dragging, warmongering, Bible-thumping, lying, shrieking anti-intellectuals who shamelessly promote the shortest-possible-term interests of business, and seem to derive their popular appeal, such as it is, from the same nihilism, paranoia, cruelty, and misanthropy that draws people to dog-fighting and snuff films. Such is the Republican party, and given its ways, the Democrats can do almost anything in the vicinity of public policy and come off as sober, high-minded, and responsible.

Consequently, while one side is drooling and barking insanely, worth observing only periodically to ensure that none of its members is approaching with a sharpened shank or chewing through his own tongue, all the substantive policy-crafting, such as it is, occurs between the least and most wild-eyed, reality-indifferent, and business-subservient wings of the Democratic party.

Thus the Democrats do exactly what they can easily get away with, almost anything -- always, by some crazy coincidence, landing in a spot that's to the liking of big-dollar interests -- and attempt to portray it as adequate. Or they portray it as the best we can hope for given the grim political realities, at which point the camera points at John Boehner, Sarah Palin, or Dick Cheney lunging wildly from behind a bite-mask, then back to the Democrat throwing up his hands in a gesture of helplessness. Q.E.D.

Speaking of which, remember "hope" as a loaded political term circa 2008? What a load of shit.


Domestically Challenged said...

Fucktards, the lot of them!

I just can't seem to get over this. My disappointment runs deeper than any crevasse I have ever encountered and *I* didn't believe in HOPE in the first place.

What's worse is that I think back to my dear beloved Bill with such a sense of pride and adoration for him and his regime... and now I wonder... were my memories all skewed by youthful naivete???

MandyinTX said...

Obama has never cared about real healthcare reform. He just wants to give more people tax money to buy insurance. For this reason I can't believe the big-business backers aren't behind him 100%.

Dale said...

DC, I don't think so. Clinton had his ups and his downs, and his health care thing failed in a slightly different way.

Mandy, who knows? I think the insurance companies are, at this stage, playing a bit of Braer Rabbit with this. No doubt they're giddy at how effectively they and their whores have steered this, and now they're just going for extras. They have 80% of what they would dream up, so why not keep whoring until they get the full 100? It has worked spectacularly well so far.