Key Largo

After taking some time ‘off’ and coming back to blogging and politics with somewhat of a new perspective, I find that I do not have a new perspective. I have the same old perspective. Frustration.

Frustration that the first nation ever ostensibly founded to serve the Greater Good of The People….instead of the greater good of the King or the State itself, doesn’t.

Frustration that America has not yet grown up. As I have been walking through the corridors of my past for this last week, one oft repeated phrase from my youth resonates with my feelings for America…..”You have such potential, if only you would apply yourself!”

I now better understand the frustrations of virtually every teacher and guidance counselor I ever had in school! (Before realizing that it was actually school ityself that was cramping my true potential, and fleeing to learn from the Sacred Mountains instead!)

Now that I am old and wizened, I am frustrated that America is not living up to it’s potential. I want this very young (as countries go) to live up to its potential….to live up to the ideals and words it was founded on. And I am supremely frustrated at the assclowns that keep it from doing so.

And thus we come, in today’s rambling reentry into blogging, to the Three Pillars of Assclownism.

Republicanism.

The Media that enables it.

And the Democrats who pander to it.

Thanks to  MinistryOfTruth for the story and GOGB for compiling the video, we now have a record of the Acme of Assclownism

Markos has been writing about the lack of a quality that is simply essential to being a good human being and living up to your potetential as a human, and until we as American humans live up to our potential, America can never live up to it’s own potential. That quality is empathy. And the opposite of empathy is greed.

Being possessed of greed to the point where one lacks empathy is a symptom of a particular human condition: Being three years old.

When one is an elderly or even middle aged man or woman and yet behave as if you were three years old, that makes you an assclown.

With the video above we see the true depth and breadth of Assclownism. Two three year old boys in grown-up bodies, wishing a horrible death by terrorism on OTHERS…….just so they can get what THEY want.

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But it turns out that that wanting, that greed, that lack of empathy is NOT the real problem….even though one must say that wanting the death of your fellow citizens is indeed A problem…..this is the real problem: They don’t actually know WHAT they want.

We turn now to the the script of the Bogie movie Key Largo for illustration, in the form of a conversation between returned WW2 hero (a hero is one who sacrifices for others out of empathy) and the washed up gangster Johnny Rocco (played by Edgar G. Robinson, insert appropriate accents!)

Johnny Rocco: There’s only one Johnny Rocco.

James Temple: How do you account for it?

Frank McCloud: He knows what he wants. Don’t you, Rocco?

Johnny Rocco: Sure.

James Temple: What’s that?

Frank McCloud: Tell him, Rocco.

Johnny Rocco: Well, I want uh …

Frank McCloud: He wants more, don’t you, Rocco?

Johnny Rocco: Yeah. That’s it. More. That’s right! I want more!

James Temple: Will you ever get enough?

Frank McCloud: Will you, Rocco?

Johnny Rocco: Well, I never have. No, I guess I won’t. You, do you know what you want?

Frank McCloud: Yes, I had hopes once, but I gave them up.

Johnny Rocco: Hopes for what?

Frank McCloud: A world in which there’s no place for Johnny Rocco.

Rocco is holding the residents of a hotel hostage. During a hurricane. Rocco refuses to give local residents shelter from the hurricane in the hotel.

Many people die in the hurricane, because of Rocco’s lack of empathy, because of his willingness to sacrifice not himself, as the hero McCloud did during the war, but because he is willing to sacrifice the lives and well being of others to get what he wants…….even though he can never get what he wants. Because you can never fully have…….more.

More is a mythical desire, having all of more is a mythical state. And yet that is what Republicans want, and what they have convinced there fellow Americans that they should want.

Regardless of reality.

Regardless of the storms that are raging, Republicans want more. Regardless of the fact that when storms are raging, we all have to do with less, we all have to sacrifice….for the Greater Good of All that are trapped or threatened by the storms. But even in the midst of the greatest and most powerful of storms, when reality dictates that we all join together and cooperate in sacrificing our smaller needs fro the Good of the greater need….Republicans STILL want a mythical more.

James Temple: Will you ever get enough?

Frank McCloud: Will you, Rocco?

Johnny Rocco: Well, I never have. No, I guess I won’t.

And they know what to do if they don’t get it!

Frank McCloud: You don’t like it, do you Rocco, the storm? Show it your gun, why don’t you? If it doesn’t stop, shoot it.

Or even better, have someone else, have Osama bin Laden shoot it…..and then nobody can blame you!

Then you will not have to take responsibility.

For anything. Since you are three years old and thus incapable of accepting responsibility for any of the terrible things you have done. And thus you are forced to blame every else for you not having more.

So what is the solution to all of these three year olds in adult, Republican, bodies?

Ironically, the solution to the juvenile behavior of the three year olds is…..youth.

Think Progress has a piece about DADT


Yesterday, the president hosted a meeting commemorating the 40th anniversary of the gay rights movement where he reiterated his desire to end the policy, saying it “doesn’t contribute to our national security.” Appearing again on MSNBC last night, Fehrenbach, who attended the White House meeting yesterday, said that Obama told him privately that a “generational gap” is the biggest obstacle standing in the way of overturning DADT:

 

FEHRENBACH: I told him the situation for me was urgent and I needed his help. […] He looked me right in the eye and he said, “We’re going to get this done.” And then he continued to say, you know, everyone seems to be onboard. We’ve got about 75 percent of the public that supports this. He said, but we have a generational issue. And so, there is some convincing to do, that there is a generational gap it seems and some of the senior leadership.

Fehrenbach called it a “reasonable answer,” adding that “the young officers and the young enlisted corps” he works with find this to be a “a non-issue.” “I sort of suspected that maybe the people that were a little bit disconnected were some of the senior leadership,” he said.

The Old, White, Men of the “Senior leadership” are the ones who are acting like three year olds. Their feeling of privilege and superiority and their desire for a mythical world where they and people like them…… but NOT Others ….have more have elevated them to the position of Head Assclowns. They are willing to have Others sacrifice so that they can maintain the illusion of more……by refusing to give anything to Others. One of the basic precepts of More, is that “I have More as long as I can prevent others from having anything.”

Thus we can give billions to the banks because they are “like us.”

But we can’t have Public Option Insurance because the Public is ….other.

But the good news is….the Myth of More is dying off with it’s practioners and defenders:

WASHINGTON – American adults from young to old disagree increasingly today on social values, ranging from religion to relationships, creating the largest generation gap since divisions 40 years ago over Vietnam, civil rights, and women’s liberation.

A survey being released today by the Pew Research Center highlights a widening age divide after last November’s election, when 18- to 29-year-olds voted for Democrat Barack Obama by a 2-to-1 ratio.

Almost 8 in 10 people believe there is a major difference in the point of view of younger people and older people today, according to the independent public opinion research group. That is the highest spread since 1969, when about 74 percent reported major differences in an era of generational conflicts over the Vietnam War and civil and women’s rights. In contrast, just 60 percent in 1979 saw a generation gap.

Asked to identify where older and younger people differ most, 47 percent said social values and morality. People age 18 to 29 were more likely to report disagreements over lifestyle, views on family, relationships, and dating, while older people cited differences in a sense of entitlement.

All over the world, as we see in Iran, the young people of today are rejecting the Myth of More. The morality of More. If one can indeed call that morality.

The Youth demographic of the 1960’s changed the world. Barack Obama is a product of that. His heartfelt ideals (though disappointingly unrealized in the political world so far) and emphasis on empathy are a direct reflection of the environment in which he grew up, an environment informed by the Ethos of Peace and Love that the Hippies introduced and post ’60’s world unconsciously and unwillingly absorbed and grudgingly accommodated.  Today, there is an even larger ‘contingent’ of youth. Roughly half of the worlds population is under 30. And they too have unconsciously absorbed and unknowingly embody and are bravely acting out the Ethos of Peace and Love. The Ethos of Empathy.

The young people of today are actively adding their revolution to the cultural revolution of the ’60’s. Building upon the Ethos of Empathy and acting to fulfill it’s promise and the promise of their inevitable contributions to enhance it.

It is only the Assclown Dinosaurs still seeking the Mythical entitlement of More that are holding the world back now. The world has already passed them by, they just don’t know it because they are incapable of seeing beyond the bubble of their expired entitlement. Let us do what we can to hasten their demise.

 

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    Wow! It feels like I have been gone for an entire Blog Year! It will take a while to refocus and not just ramble on endlessly, lol.

    In anticipation of questions….Mom has passed, I am tired from traveling and emotionally exhausted, but am doing fine. But it is quite an adjustment to know that she is no longer in the world.

  2. I KNEW I should have had more than two kids.

    I didn’t know at the time that I would be supplying a revolution.

    • Edger on July 1, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Like maybe a lobotomy, to calm him down?

    The CIA pretty much created al-Qaeda… they’ve been partners for years.

    When it happens the first thing that should be done is hunt down Michael Scheuer in whatever cave he hides in no matter where in the world it is, arrest him and his friends in the cave, read him his Miranda rights, give him a habeas hearing, charge him formally, try him in open court with all the rights due anyone, present this video as evidence, convict him, and lock him up forever.



    No need to invade anybody.

  3.  for clearly pointing out the Three Pillars of Assclownism.

    I find inspiration in the fact that young voters are sympathetic to socialism. Perhaps more young people are seeing through the farce of corporate capitalism.


    Adults under 30 are essentially evenly divided : 37% prefer capitalism, 33% socialism, and 30% are undecided.

    Ah, it would be nice to see more elected Bernie Sanders across this country.

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    Also,  I think it’s cool that the first comment was published at 11:11:11. Make a wish!

    • RiaD on July 1, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    i don’t think it was rambling at all, more…. free-flowing

    i’m happy your family celebrated your mom’s next step in her journey

    sharing memories & laughter lift the spirits

    good to have you back

    ♥~

  4. a major weapon in the US” before the government starts to “protect us”????  Protect us by killing us????  Protect us from what??  Democrats?  Progressives?  Democracy?    

    And Beck sits there and lets this guy continue ranting, then gives a very low key, mumbled CYA type response that he’ll use to try to duck responsibility for encouraging this guy and for not responding the way any sane and responsible person would have.  

    Most non-faux “journalists” in the media would have told Scheuer that such a statement not only was totally inappropriate, and insane–might call into question  whether Scheuer allowed his political views to influence how he handled intelligence and whether he misused his position as head of the Bin Laden unit at the CIA.

    Note to GOP’ers like Scheuer, and their enablers, like Beck, (& his colleagues at Fox rightwing nut Propaganda Network) who continue to provide a forum for sedition:  Besides being bats**t insane–your words are treasonous.

  5. I’m glad to see you back.  It’s quiet without you yelling.

    🙂

  6. Or lack of empathy.  They cut across all barriers of age, race, gender.

    Indeed, from the (I assume same) Pew report:

    “Of all the good things about getting old, the best by far, according to older adults, is being able to spend more time with family members. In response to an open-ended question, 28% of those ages 65 and older say that what they value most about being older is the chance to spend more time with family, and an additional 25% say that above all, they value time with their grandchildren. A distant third on this list is having more financial security, which was cited by 14% of older adults as what they value most about getting older.”

    14% most interested in financial security just doesn’t sound all that greedy.  And I’d guess that the older adults in the Pew study who “cited [generational] differences in a sense of entitlement” were complaining about their childrens’ sense of entitlement, not their own.  Which seems to be a perpetual generational complaint, handed down through time endlessly.

  7. I hope you and your family were able to celebrate her life while mourning your loss.  It sounds like you have an excellent attitude about it.  

    I’ll be interested to see how the younger generations deal with the frustrations you described.

    First, they have more immediate frustrations (as do other generations):  finding a job, buying a house, getting a car loan, etc.

    How will they relate these basic problems to the failures of political leadership?  And will they translate that frustration to more political engagement than did previous generations, who could plug in their iPods and tune out the world’s problems?

    We older farts will need these young people to push our wheelchairs at the protests.  It would be nice if they paid attention while pushing.  

  8. …to the certain, but frustratingly slow-seeming, change.  We want it now already!

    Glad to hear of your family reunion and the sharing of your Mom’s passing.

    We move on to our own turn.

  9. The Youngs are realising…. hey everything is fucked and the Olds are thinking…hey hope everything doesn’t get super fucked after I am gone.

    And here in America does anybody really even know what capitalism or socialism even is? We know quite a bit about consumerism.

    Sorry you lost your Mom but glad you were able to connect up with your family to reflect and celebrate life in all of its forms.

    • Adam on July 2, 2009 at 12:26 am

    I spent a significant chunk of my life with a Cold War mentality. The threat of nuclear war was ever present. I grew up within a couple of miles from what everyone I knew was almost certain a primary target. “Getting nuked” nightmares are still a pretty regular occurrence. Nobody I knew growing up thought they were going to make it to 40.

    Thanks to growing up in the those circumstance, my standards are pretty low. I look out the window in the morning, and doesn’t look like one of the sets from The Day After, it’s a good day.

    You’ve forgotten what you’ve been taught, buhdydharma. Life is suffering. To remind you that life is suffering, I’m forced to make you suffer. Just press the play button above…

  10. Gen Y’s and Boomers… from Harvard Buisness Review… they talked about this on my car radio (NPR?) the other day.

    The combination of Generation Y eagerly advancing up the professional ranks and Baby Boomers often refusing to retire has, over the course of a few short years, dramatically shifted the composition of the workforce; each of these generations is roughly twice the size of Generation X, which lies between them. More important, Boomers and Gen Ys are together redefining what constitutes a great place to work. As we will show, they tend to share many attitudes and behaviors that set them apart from other generations. These shared preferences constitute a new center of gravity for human resources management.

    Since Im a 53 y.o woman with a 12 y.o. daughter, I have an interesting POV. She, and some of her friends, kind of blow my mind sometimes.

  11. The Three Pillars of Assclownism should be right up there with the other oft quoted sutras.  This one has the advantage of being in English and not Pali or Sanskrit.

    I’m sorry to hear about your mom passing.  Welcome back.    

  12. last one.  Sure, that’s a crazy statement by that dude.  But I honestly don’t see a damn bit of difference between the final policies and agendas that come out from either party.  What infuriates me is we know the problem is money, i.e, the influence money and power buys.  Virtually everything in this fucked up political system is geared toward special interests, banks and corporations, and the MIC.  

  13. and I have to leave for retreat, maybe that is.  There is an attack on the entire family now as I gather more information from those higher veils.  It is like Star Wars Jedi Knight training only online without Yoda.

    Sorry about your mother and you are lucky you didn’t have my mother.

    30% probability of bioweapon release “unicorn” flu by mid October.

  14. the dinosaurs are not the only ones keeping the status quo in place, you know the real rulers, leaders, the ones who get the bucks the contracts the jobs. Cause they are innovative and creative and we must all realize that profit makes this country great. Otherwise where would we be? More is the American way and Obama he loves it it’s what makes us great. The rest of you don’t like it it’s a ‘deal breaker’ then take a hike.. It’s electrolytes, we love it it makes our world go round.

    The they is not just them it’s all of them they are the same. they love the money money they could care less  about the people . Our country has been reduced to the profits of [delusion past and future. Broke my deal, and I never had one with the Repugs, as for the Democrats, I’m done. They suck they have no thing to offer but more of the same with a better huckster, whose wearing thin.  

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    I am so sorry about your mother’s passing. May peace and love surround you.

     

    • jamess on July 2, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    with all the energy, love, and lessons,

    your mom has shown you, given you, over the years.

    and then the circle completes.

    contentment vs need

    that is scale that must ultimately be balanced,

    for us to reach that true potential.

    Wisdom sees the path between the two.

    welcome back, buhdydharma

    peace to you.

  16. …..”You have such potential, if only you would apply yourself!”

    These men are truly acting like children.  I find the public regression on display incredible.  My respect level is very low for these men in office.  I can’t take any of them all that serious.

  17. May you rest and find some peace, my friend.

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