(Okay Kidz! I am in better shape and sat down to write again, yay! This is what happens when my brain is halfway between politics and spirituality, lol, and I just let it flow!)
The political Left that is. Us Dirty Fucking Hippies are still alive…and are or soon will be heading back into insurgent mode. Sniping from the hills, taking what prisoners we can, if we are lucky we may even be able to shoot down a chopper or two.
But from jbou, (haha) to kos and Keith, to Nancy Pelosi and Hollow Reid, and everyone in between, everyone on the political left has just been dismissed from the conversation.
The Macro Worst Godammed Thing about this pivotal moment in political history….is that Obama did not even talk to Pelosi and Reid before making a deal with the
He bypassed, and gave nary a thought to not doing it, the entire Left Wing of American Politics in his froth mouthed screaming headlong rush into the arms of the Daddy Party.
It was not just YOU who he emphatically and (breaking The Angry Black Man Rule) angrily called a Sanctimonious Purist, it was, by not even consulting the Establishment Dems, everyone even marginally on The Left. We do not matter. Our positions and policies do not matter. Our opinions, the opinions of the only group of people who have been proven to be continually correct about fucking everything, do not matter.
All that matters is “getting things done.” Which, since the Republicans have at least a tiny scintilla of negotiating chops, means that the only people who matter are those keeping him from “getting things done. It does not matter what those things are, so all the Repubs have to do is say no and he will do whatever things they want him to.
If the Left says no, it does not matter. He will just deal directly with the Right, cutting the Left out of the power loop completely. Just watch, the few good Dems left in Congress will try to block this deal from going through. And McConnell and Boehner will twist enough arms to get the Repubs to vote for it and it will pass.
If the Dems DO mount a filibuster, he will not deal with them, he will twist their arms. While patting the Repubs on the back as “reasonable actors.”
The point being, after taking this position he cannot go back.
He has no choice now but to make the Congressional Dems his enemy, since they will be screwing up his brilliant deal.
And if the Dems are his enemy, those to the Left of the Dem Establishment….are now the equivalent of terrorists.
And he will NOT be negotiating with us, as he just has with the Hostage Takers, because we have nothing he wants. Not our votes, not our money, not our GOTV. He is now counting on Citizens United to get reelected. And of course the stupidity and gullibility of the American Voter.
Before this pivotal moment, The Left still had the illusion that they had power, at least the power to influence. That illusion has now been stripped.
The Left will NOT be listened to.
Unless of course The Dems and The Left unite, put aside past differences and recriminations and rise up in a coordinated effort to stage mass Tea Party like protests while at the same time the Establishment Dems stage a protest of their own, using all of their power.
This will not happen.
Maybe someday, but not before 2012. The Dems will once again eat shit, The Left will once again fracture over tactics and there will be no unified front.
I may be prejudiced, having already decided to withdraw from politics, I may be having a confirmation bias moment….that politics is now useless. That The Left will now, finally, start flexing its power.
But I don’t think so, and really after the hundreds of times I have said it in the last 40 years….getting to say I Told You So again gives me a mere nanosecond of ego based frisson.
The Left needs to reform, regroup, reload and, in its coming years back in the Wilderness…..find something to fight for.
There was a time when Republicans and the Ruling Class could be morally shamed into acting human. They have (thanks in part to being able to get away with stealing elections, starting illegal wars and torturing, all while growing obscenely richer) stopped pretending they have morals. And if they have no morals they cannot be shamed. And since they have ALL the power (even the power to make Democratic Presidents enact their policies for them) there is no longer any leverage that can be used to even rein them in.
Until The Left rises up and REALLY fights back, which will not happen before 2012, as they search frantically but vainly for some way to proceed other than rising up and taking to the streets…The Left has been stripped of any power it might have had.
By a Democrat.
If the Democratic President says straight up to The Left, STFU….as both Clinton did and Obama now has, no one else is going to listen to The Left. They are now, as the folks who call him the “only adult in the room” wished for….relegated to the role of pesky children. And their policies such as “not killing and torturing,” “Not allowing poor people and seniors to starve and freeze to death,” and “saving the planet from destruction as a human habitat,” will be treated as amusing suggestions from children.
There was A Moment.
George Bush was not an accident. And it was certainly not an accident that Dick Cheney chose himself to be Vice President. If you believe that the universe makes some kind of sense and is not just a series of random chaotic events, you must ask yourself: what was the purpose of George Bush and Dick Cheney?
And if looked at in a certain light, with a certain perspective, one could say that their purpose was to show the world the true face of evil in government. And how easily that “banality of evil” is accepted.
We encourage people in our society not to use the word “evil” in political discourse. But if killing innocent men, women and children, and systematic, planned programs of torture are no longer considered evil, then what is evil? And if there is no evil, then what have we become?
George Bush and Dick Cheney were no accident. The face of evil was exposed to the world and to the American people so that we could make a choice. And for many of us who voted for Obama in the 2008 election, we believed we were making a choice, a choice for change away from evil, away from corruption, away from greed trumping all in American politics.
There was a moment. That Moment has passed.
A moment where America, and by extension the world had a choice to turn away from evil.
There was a moment where we could have changed. There was a moment to be seized that could have changed the entire path of human history. There was a moment to be seized where we could literally save the planet. That moment has been missed.
And now we see not the face of blatant evil that was so grimly and expensively revealed to us, but the face of the lesser, long-term, pervasive, corrupting evil that comes from not seizing such a moment. A slow decline, as we slouch towards the paroxysms of a dying empire. We’re nearing the bottom of the slippery slope, where nothing is immoral, where nothing is unjust, where nothing is outrageous, where any act can be justified and rationalized if the cloud of moral uncertainty and denial and moral rationalization has only been thickened enough.
We are no longer in a malaise. We are now in a malaria infested swamp. Where even our elected heroes who come with the promise of change and hope are swallowed by the corruption of a dying way of life that does, in its death throes, threaten to destroy the planet itself. That moment has passed. Now the world awaits the next moment, the next moment that we might seize to turn around the spiral of death and destruction of greed and moral hazard, the slow slide that ends in the acceptance of assassination, the toleration of torture, the approval of aggressive war and the making of the middle class into prey for the powerful.
The voices of the powerless, once held up as the beacon of a responsive democracy, of a government that even cared about its people, let alone was of, by and for them … those days are gone. And as we wait for a new possibility, a possibility that was not taken when the specter of evil was so blatant, it is a possibility that will now be harder to seize, as the confusion of a rudderless society rationalizes its moral degradation with helpless cynicism borne of lost chances.
A moment of decision, a tipping point, a fork in the road, will come again to the human race. An opportunity for us to rise to our potential rather than sink to our lowest common denominators will again appear.
When that moment comes….WE must be prepared to seize it, to amplify it, to assist it.
The Good News (heh) is that the world is so rudderless, so confused, in such a moral (and political) fog……….that that Moment and whatever form it has taken will be able to cut through all of this bullshit like a fucking knife.
In my opinion, and according to my inner guidance, that Moment will appear not in a political form…as politics moves ever further from any sense of morality due to worsening conditions for the People of the Planet, it will arise in a Spiritual Form, a Moral Form.
As an across the board rejection of what the Human Race, under the guidance of the Ruling (and immoral) Class has become.
In my opinion, our job now is to prepare for that Moment.
Which includes caring for each other and as many others as possible as we go through the NEXT iteration of bald faced evil that will be necessary (unfortunately) to shake the Human Race out of its lethargic journey to the absolute bottom of the slippery slope of Human Nature. Caring for each other, nurturing Love, and a pretty damn exciting journey into finding, exploring, and as much as possible, spreading a NEW WAY for Humans to relate to each other. Morally and politically.
Because all politics really is is the argument over how to relate to each other morally.
And that simply cannot be done in a culture, a country, a world….that has no moral center.
We passed up one moment of destruction that was also our Moment of opportunity to change. Now we will have to wait through more destruction for the next one….as The Universe counts down our time to destruction as a species as we know it.
We only get so many Moments, before we make the planet uninhabitable. Let’s TRY to be ready for the next one.