Friday, December 7, 2012

Exercises in Futility

1) Naming and calling your cat.
2) "Trying to apply reason to one who has renounced it."
3) Rooting for the Cubs.
4) Trying to work with Republicans instead of what we ought to be doing, which is putting the puss of every one on a wanted poster, unleashing Dog the Bounty Hunter on them and outlawing them out of existence. Although I'd also settle for siccing on them Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.

     If the endlessly comical sight of Mitch McConnell filibustering his own bill yesterday, which led Majority Leader Harry Reid to rightly characterize the Republican Party as being unable to "take yes for an answer", isn't a ready-made commercial for filibuster reform when the 113th Congress convenes on January 3rd, then nothing is.
     Yes, folks, if you're just tuning in, Mitch McConnell led with his chins and walked right into Harry Reid's bluff to call to a vote on a bill that McConnell himself had endorsed and found himself in the ridiculous position of filibustering his own bill. No doubt the tea bagging goobers in Kentucky who keep re-electing this toxic terrapin into office every six years are prolly cheering him and think he's the most shockingly brilliant statesman this nation has ever produced since Sonny Bono. Or whaddn't he that there feller what sangs for UTube? I dunno. Hey, boys, watch this! Oh, shit, call 911...
    You'd think after watching since Election Night this sad, sorry clown show during the mercifully brief time Republicans are actually on Capitol Hill that they're done for. Between McConnell filibustering his own bill just to spite the Majority Leader, John Boner and others screaming about the "fiscal cliff" which is actually a patio step and otherwise carrying on as if they didn't see their numbers in both chambers of Congress erode faster than an Indonesian shoreline after a 30 foot tsunami, that they'd be done for.
     Although it's obvious the President is finally growing a budding set of balls only because the Republicans took a thumpin' on Super Tuesday, the fact is Obama is finally digging in his heels a bit and not so willing to go along with the free market lunacy that's become the entire centerpiece of the GOP's platform. They're in the weakest bargaining position they've ever been in since late 2010 and even Ann Coulter is saying the Republicans should just cave on extending the Bush tax cuts because they lost the election.
     And losing Ann Coulter is kinda like losing your favorite Halloween witch decorations. You can put other shit out there but it just ain't the same or as fun.
     But to think the GOP is now on bended knee and that they're lost their way or have seen the light and the error of their ways is to catapult oneself back into the euphoric first hours after Election Night 2008, the night Obama got elected, the night the Democratic Party scored huge gains in Congress after riding Obama's wide coattails. Remember when we were saying the Republican Party was a regional rump party, that we'd pretty much relegated them to the south?
     Well, they sure showed us two years later, didn't they? They came roaring back on a tide of red tea manufactured by corporate entities run by ALEC, Dick Armey and the Koch Brothers and made the second half of the President's first term about as pleasant as a rope party in 1920's Alabama.
     We should never underestimate the mindless propensity and capacity of the American people to vote against their interests. Because we who do so learn our lessons about as well as the Republican Party, which is to say not at all. And the Republicans never see the error of their ways as much as they then layer more code words and dog whistles over the same old message: Lower taxes. Repeal. Impeach. And fuck women, the young, the old and infirm, black, Latinos, gays.
     They'll be back. Oh, maybe it won't be in the next election cycle but maybe the next, the 2014 midterms where they'll create even more headaches for the President in the last two years of his term than they did the last two years of his first. And they'll be screaming about fiscal discipline while we forget they were the ones who steadily marched us over this fiscal cliff of which they're now screaming starting with Reagan. And they'll be screaming about jobs while we forget they were the ones who lobbied for the outsourcing of jobs. And they'll be screaming about the necessity of austerity measures while we forget the firemen, cops and teachers who get pensions really aren't the reason why so many of us are doing so badly.
     So we'll elect these psychopaths into a majority position in one chamber or another and maybe even the White House. Because we are simply the stupidest, most willfully ignorant and misinformed nation on earth, a nation that wouldn't recognize what democracy's supposed to look like if it crawled up our fat, Laz-E-Boy-shaped asses and farted Yankee Doodle Dandy.
     Laugh now... while you can. Like Arnie, they'll be back and fronted by slick David Duke grifters, pimping harder than ever for Wall Street.


At December 7, 2012 at 3:22 PM, Anonymous CC said...

"We should never underestimate the mindless propensity and capacity of the American people to vote against their interests."

That includes folks who voted for Obama despite hating his policies.

At December 7, 2012 at 3:26 PM, Anonymous Comrade Rutherford said...

This week I've had two different email conversations with people who have said, "I vote for Republicans" but when I asked why they would support (insert litany of GOP abuses and inhumane policies), they said, 'gee I didn't know any of that'...

People that aren't political junkies like you and me just don't know how brazenly evil the Republicans policies are.

At December 7, 2012 at 4:24 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Absolutely, CC. That's why I didn't vote for him.

At December 7, 2012 at 4:27 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Comrade: I was talking to a dear old friend of mine in New Hampshire just a few minutes ago and I began telling her all about the NDAA, the ordeals of Susan Lindauer and Valerie Plame, Obama's assassination lists, the drone strikes and she reacted pretty much the same way. "Wha...?"

At December 7, 2012 at 6:33 PM, Blogger Stan B. said...

Yes, sir! May I have another!


At December 8, 2012 at 10:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exercises in futility:

Voting for the lesser of 2 evils.

I voted against Romney. By doing so I happened to picked Obama. Had Dysentery
been Romneys opponent I'd have opted for Dysentery.

The 3rd Way sucks...I wish the Democrats would cut these fuckers and Blue Dogs loose.

At December 8, 2012 at 11:27 AM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

I hope by "the third way", you're not talking about Green or other third parties. I voted for Jill Stein and I'm happy with my choice.

But, yeah, if I had to vote wither dysentery or Romney, I'd definitely vote for dysentery.

At December 8, 2012 at 1:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

JP, I was refering to the right leaning regressive corpratists.
These losers are a drag on the Democratic Party.

As for the Greens, I'd love to see the progressive Dems bring them into the fold.
Dem-Greens or Green-Dems, both sound good.

At December 8, 2012 at 2:09 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Oh, the Blue Dogs. Oh, yeah, big time. We've gotta put them in a political house kennel for sure.

At December 11, 2012 at 10:08 AM, Blogger mistah charley, ph.d. said...

I didn't name my late cat (his first owner did), but he would come when called by it (although I eventually switched to a particular whistle - it carried further). He spent a lot of time outdoors, but when I called him he would come in. I admired his authenticity and engagement with life.

This is your Pau – what a great cat
Enjoy your Pau and love him like that

Groove with the rhythm, bopping down the block
move his paws and tail as he go hip-hop

Purr at the neighbor, purr at the sky
Life is a blessing – why ask why

Energy moving his fur and bones –
This is his life – this is his home

Something good happen – maybe soon
Maybe next week – maybe next June

Count all your blessings – let go of strife
This is your Pau – treasure his life.


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