I don’t feel good today. I guess that I’m just pretty sick of it all.
Not because the things that we talk about in the political sphere aren’t important, I’m just tired of the problems never getting solved and the rehashing of the same old things over and over and yet over again. As proof, I have been reposting things that I wrote one, two, three and even up to five years ago – and the problem is that they are just as applicable today as they were then…
That disturbs me – and it should you, too.
It indicates that we have not really moved one inch toward resolving these issues, we just keep re-framing them, re-ordering the words, changing the names and having a go at each other all over again. It has become all about the loudness of the shouting and not what the shouting is about. Case in point – the New York Times article that I posted about yesterday on Hurricane Sandy relief – rather than focus on the help being given by private citizens and that not being given by the government agencies, the focus was how unequal we all are and how that makes all those white people who were helping hypocritical, bigoted and racist.
I wish it would change – but it won’t.
The American left have become the masters of deflection, perfectly executing the Muhammad Ali “rope-a-dope” strategy on a national scale, shucking and jiving until the American public lose interest and then heed the calls that we “just need to move on” so that “we can get back to work for the American people”. They just won a national political election, running on exactly nothing other than pitting group against group long enough to cross the finish line.
It has been this way since they realized that they needed a way to keep Bill Clinton in office in the face of clear guilt. I guess it really depends on what your meaning of “is” is after all.
There is a tactic that goes something like this: we say “Look, it is a scandal that four Americans were murdered in Benghazi”, they say “this is unfortunate result but it is not a scandal, it only seems that way because you are talking about it”. Another variant is what Bob Beckel used yesterday on “The Five” – Eric Bolling and Dana Perino said something to the effect that it was Al Qaeda that murdered the ambassador – Beckel said “No, it wasn’t. Al Qaeda doesn’t exist and besides, nobody in the government says that they did it”, so the argument becomes about what the group is called rather than the fact that armed militants with an axe to grind against America killed American citizens…bur somehow the identification of the group invalidates that there was a failure in policy and security and that those failures were watched in real time from Washington.
Deflect, delay and discourage. That’s Obama’s second term plan. Run out the clock.
Dishonest, diversionary and pompous…
I keep that up in the masthead as a reminder of Joe’s 180 Degree rule. That was what I was called by a local Panama City, Florida leftie who had lost the debate on a particular issue and this was his parting shot at me.
The American right wing plays right into this deflection tactic with all of their hyperventilating over the scandals – scandals that the leftist owned media yawns and they do not understand that the louder they yell, the more the left points to that yelling as evidence of how fake and trumped up our outrage is. Fast and Furious, tax cheats and radical czars in the President’s cabinet, Solyndra and now Benghazi, all examples of true scandals that would have ended a Republican presidency are treated as if they are nothing. The left has successfully planted the thought in the mind of the public that the importance of a scandal is inversely proportional to the level of discourse surrounding it and if that doesn’t work…play the race card because to question a black female political appointee is sexist and racist or something…
I’ll bet that comes as big news to Condoleezza Rice after what she endured during the Bush administrations – being called a “house nigger”, a “Prissie”, being the subject of racist cartoons and to openly be called a liar by elected Democrats.
Sooner or later we need to get the clue that there is a way to defeat this “rope a dope” and that is to land a knock-out punch. We need to keep our mouths shut, stay out from in front of the cameras and do the hard work of investigating and revealing the truth until we are sure that there is convincing proof and then lower the boom. The evidence is there, it just needs to be handled in such a manner as to create an overwhelming case to convince an American people that 50% of which are conditioned for “reality show” theatrics and the other 50% just bone tired of all of it.
I’m so tired of it all that I’m about ready to test the theories of both sides and let the left run wild. I think that would end in disaster – but it would be a disaster that comes about much faster than this death by a thousand cuts that we are suffering now. Like ripping off a scab, better to get it done and over with to start the healing.
Time for at least one Party to be the adult.
I hope there are enough serious people left in elected office for it to matter.