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The “Racists are now ‘left of the left’ Oxymoron” (emphasis on ‘moron’)

Some of you may be wondering where I disappeared to.  I am sitting on the lanai of a rented condo in Maui, looking at a the clouds.  It’ll pass, I’m sure.  Today, we are taking the road to Hana.  It’s early morning here.  I finally got a decent internet connection.  I’ve been following the news off and on in the past couple of days and was amused to find that someone in the White House is now calling single payer advocates the “left of the left”.

The “left of the left” is not just your typical Birkenstock shod, bamboo sheet sleepin’, compost eating, Berkeley professor type.  No, the “left of the left” ranks right up there with Pol Pot.  Single payer advocates are scheming to force the helpless American citizen into the iron manacles of mandatory CAT scans.  But first, they will implement a regime of preventive medicine.  All of the hypereducated Whole Foods Nation shoppers will be rounded up into exercise and nutrition camps where they will be chained to treadmills and will sweat side-by-side with old, ugly, working class, uneducated women.  They will be made to listen to some perky blonde chic who looks buffer than they will every be as she spouts hour after hour of pseudo scientific drivel on the benefits of taibozumbayogalates- to a disco beat.

But that’s not all.  Any time they want to get emergency services, they will have to sit in a waiting room, decorated in Soviet decor circa 1952, with 500 illegal immigrants and their screaming, feverish children whose noses are pouring rivulets of snot.  No one will get special treatment, not even if they arrive in an ambulance straight from the golf course where they have been struck by lightening.  You wanna know why?  Because we will all be paying such high taxes for those snot nosed brats that there won’t BE any golf courses any more.  No one will be able to afford the greens fees at the private courses and will have to share the tees at public courses with the sweaty, unwashed Tiger Woods wannabees.

(The BFF, who likes getting lei’ed, just filled up my coffee cup.  I could get used to this.  Where was I?  Oh, yeah.)

And let’s not even go there with the choice of doctors.  You will be lucky to get a doctor at all.  The government will actively recruit adolescents who show some talent for applying bandaids and administering drugs to attend to you with their tender mercies.  You’ll have to bribe them with hot new laptops to get anything stronger than tylenol and they will constantly remind you off some psyche shattering slight as they probe you arm with needle, drilling down through subcutaneous adipose tissue to tap into your veins for a routine blood test.

This is what is in store for us if we let the ‘left of the left’ spread its vicious propaganda of the efficiencies of government and economies of scale instead of individualized policies, lovingly customized for the special needs of each and every one of us by the beneficent, bipartisan and uniquely American health insurance industry.  Is this what we want, people?  To be forced into Tricare? Like my mom?  The Fox News watcher who loves her government insurance?  Ahhh, what does she know?  Stupid racist Martin Luther King Jr lover.

How short our memories are.  It was only last year that we long-haired, hippie type, pinko fags were stupid racists.   And now my 70 year old mom is a long haired, hippie type, pinko fag.  It’s kind of late for her to have an identity crisis.  I’m so confused. Of course, we probably *still* are racists and don’t even know it.  The White House has probably never seen the likes of us.  We’re both ignorant bigots and anarchic, civil rights types with a penchant for healthy living.  One thing is for sure: Obama wants nothing to do with us and he’s making a point of telling the whole world how utterly repellent we are.

Well, until he needs our votes, of course.  Then we’ll just be stupid, racist, lefties with no place else to go.  Consistency is not a problem when your goal is “to fool enough of the people most of the time”.   Good thing he doesn’t need our help on health care insurance reform because he’s not gonna get it.

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The Culture of Cannibalism in US Politics: The Cycle of Corruption

MarkTwain_arts Mark Twain, in “Cannibalism in the Cars,” suggested that cannibalism of the body politic is a logical outcome of the practice of the political values of the elected representatives of the United States, in dire circumstances. What would occur, if such dire circumstances did not require a natural disaster, but became a systemic feature of the political landscape?

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The current economic crisis and America’s abject failure to provide economically-efficient, affordable healthcare are two examples of dire circumstances that are systemic features of America’s political landscape. Both crises are the results of bad governance. Both circumstances are direct products of the growth of influence of en-corporated political interests (encorps) in the system of governance of the United States. Bad governance, in both cases, involves a betrayal of the public trust that is manifested in not regulating the encorps in a way that protects the public’s interests, especially with respect to not meaningfully regulating the encorps ability to influence government officials.

The United States was born wary of the power of vested interests to influence public policy. Alexander Hamilton’s comments in the Federalist Papers are an example of this concern. .

In republics, persons elevated from the mass of the community, by the suffrages of their fellow-citizens, to stations of great pre-eminence and power, may find compensations for betraying their trust, which, to any but minds animated and guided by superior virtue, may appear to exceed the proportion of interest they have in the common stock, and to overbalance the obligations of duty.

Unfortunately, keeping the vested interests out is not a simple matter. How can it be when parties themselves are collective expressions of a set of weighted interests? Frankly, it is sensible for people of like purpose to strive together to achieve their aims, and there is nothing necessarily insidious about the practise. In fact, it’s a cornerstone of Democracy and civil society.

It is also, however, the entry way for corruption because the crux of the matter is not that people have differing and competing interests: it’s that they differ so greatly in terms of their power to realize those interests. When the power to realize those interests is used to unjustly deny the interests of less powerful, but equally or more deserving citizens, through a donation that is traded for a piece of unjust legislation, then it can be said that a positive feedback loop of corruption has been initiated.
The overly simple analysis that follows attempts to describe the basic workings of this system.
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His name is Clayton Bigsby


Ooooh, a scary white racist with guns!  Wanna meet him?

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