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Although Promethean Times tends to regard all office-seekers as suppurating anal abscesses until they can demonstrably prove otherwise, we are constantly amazed that so few people feel the same. Now, nearly EVERYBODY claims they hold politicians in contempt–complaining about the government is fun and easy after all. But if you begin to name specific politicians, these same people will almost always hold in exception those one or two politicians whom they believe are, unlike all the others, really trying to serve America’s needs. “Oh…well, not Senator Schmidlapp. He really tries to do good things for people.” No, he tries to steer federal funding to his state so that (if he’s ‘clean’) he can secure reelection, or (in the likely event he’s dirty) make some of his cronies rich.
If there’s any better indication that your pet pol is a douchebag, it’s that he (and we don’t mean to exclude lady politicians–those plucky gals have achieved a level of suckdom every bit as pronounced as that of their male counterparts) lies to you constantly. In fact, that’s why you vote for him.
Take Obamacare, for example, having inflamed the public once again in light of the Supreme Court’s decision upholding the plan. Two very distinct narratives have emerged from Washington. To know which of these very different scenarios your politician blindly adheres, you need only to look at the letter after his name.
If there’s an R after his name, then it’s a sure-fire guarantee he favors the tableau of a morally bankrupt America which has been decimated by socialized medicine, more akin to the grey homogeneity of the Soviet Bloc than to the America remembered by the true patriots. Obamacare is the end of life as we know it.
Not so, say the Democrats. If your boy has a D after his name, he believes that Obamacare is the only salvation for a bloated, moribund nation fattening itself on its own entrails. Not only will this miracle panacea halt America’s precipitous decline, but it will rapidly replenish the nation’s coffers, cut down skyrocketing medical costs, and transform America into the Care-Bear land of cuddly goodness it was always meant to be.
So are the Republicans right? The Democrats? Maybe something in between?
Here’s what we know, folks: We don’t know. There may be plenty of good reasons to support or oppose this legislation, and it is not unrealistic to believe economic models can predict Obamacare’s effects with some degree of accuracy. But that’s it–it’s a guess, either way. An educated guess? Sure–but a guess nonetheless.
Now, that’s not true–Smaktakula–I’ve seen statistics that show… ~ Yeah, but did you understand them? No you didn’t. You’re trusting an economist who did the number crunching for you. Hey, he might be right–but you don’t know for sure.
Socialized medicine has been tried in other countries and… ~ And this is different. It’s a different plan in a different country. It could work just fine here, or it could be a bust. It’s okay to have an opinion, but remember–you don’t know.
Because of Obamacare, children born today can expect… ~ Okay, now you REALLY don’t know.
So you don’t know for sure. Why then, do you believe your politician does? Do you suppose he’s smarter than you are? Have you heard these people talk at any length without a teleprompter? They’re ALL Joe Biden.
So while he may have formed an educated opinion (or just as likely not) as to whether Obamacare will deliver the nation to a magical pixie-land of unending happiness or consign us to the dustbin of history, he really can’t be any more certain of it than you.
Why then, do our politicians on both sides of the aisle and their pet journalists discuss this significant issue with a certainty that would make the most brainwashed cultist look like a half-asser? It’s because they’re turds–turds who have no respect for your intelligence. So please, have a little for yourself and don’t vote stupid.
As an Aussie I won’t get involved in your politics except to say: That was a darn good read… !
Thanks, Carolyn! I guess that’s the difference with Americans. We’re NEVER afraid to talk at length about subjects we know nothing about…
I worked for almost eight years for the dreaded HMO and I honestly do not know if they can pull Obamacare off. There are so many variables when it comes to health care and what will work for the majority of people. (It would be nice to have affordable and good health care available to everyone) I bet cross n shield is frothing at the mouth wanting to get a bid in to be contracted to administer these benefits! I’m really not sure how I feel about it…and you delivered your post in a funny light but still thought-provoking.
Thanks, Chica Blanca! This was a great comment, and there are two things in particular that reassure me that however you vote, you don’t vote stupid.
1) I worked for almost eight years for the dreaded HMO This tells me “I’m not talking out of my ass.”
2) and I honestly do not know And this tells me “I have intellectual integrity.”
Jennifer Worrell said:
…and I’m sick of not knowing. Today’s politicians make me want to stock up on ammo and canned corn. I agree, Smak–the only thing i DO know is that the douchebags on my TV are all self-serving TURDS.
Agreed. And I think the black & white zero-sum game that Washington plays with itself actually keeps us more in the dark than if they were willing to express a little uncertainty.
Jennifer Worrell said:
Smak for President!
You’re so sweet! But sadly, if the weed didn’t kill my candidacy, the events surrounding this incident certainly would.
Jennifer Worrell said:
Maybe, maybe not. I think politicians spend too much time hiding their “skeletons.” How do you lead a society that you don’t fully understand? The Pres. should be currently clean, but sometimes a “checkered past” leads to an enlightened perspective.
I’d agree. And I’ve seen the limits people will go if they’re even considering a political career. I knew two guys in college who had such aspirations. Both were very careful not to be photographed “partying.” One was just sort of a “fake,” and the other was a monster. The “fake” is currently a state senator. The monster was a little too aggressive with women in college, and he’s a lawyer now. I know a lot of things about a lot of people that I would never say if they ran for president. But if this guy ever ran for DOG CATCHER I would talk to the papers so fast it would make your head spin.
Jennifer Worrell said:
Good! There’s a difference between people who make mistakes and learn from them and human freaking vermin.
Smak would make a great President, even though he likes the Wiggles.
Folks, I’m not gonna deny it, but he’s using inside information against me!
Befriending me on Facebook will backfire on you…
My friend, do you somehow suppose that this is news to me?
Well, considering YOU were the friend I mentioned I had emailed in the post I linked for Jenn, if you have to spill any of my secrets, the Wiggles is hardly the worst of them.
This was published while I was on hiatus, right? Le Clown is stepping out of this one, letting Eric take over. I’ll soon comment on your post, Smak.
Jennifer Worrell said:
That’s okay. I’m pretty sure Cheney used to moonlight as Barney.
William Miller said:
I would have no problem with the Republicans criticizing this new health care law, if they had actually proposed a reasonable alternative to it. Just saying “No” is not a policy proposal. It is what my five-year old says when I tell him it’s time for bed.
Still, I can’t argue that they’re all a bunch of douche-bags.
It is what my five-year old says when I tell him it’s time for bed
Oh yeah, I know all about that one…
I agree that the Republicans have offered no overall plan to address the nation’s healthcare needs (although in fairness, I think some degree of tort reform, which they have suggested, is an essential part of any overhaul).
One thing that people say regarding the healthcare situation does bother me a little. You often see commercials with people lamenting that they had to sell their homes to afford medical treatment. This is very, very sad–and nobody argues that medical costs have spiraled crazily out of control. But the one issue I have with that approach is that, to my thinking, it overlooks one important issue.
Look, if one of my boys, my wife, my grandma or I got sick, I would HATE to sell my home to pay for that treatment. It would hurt like hell. But I would do it a heartbeat, because I am LUCKY to have a home. I’m not trying to be insensitive–I know there are people who have worked their whole lives to afford their homes. But if you take away my home, what do I have left? Well, pretty much everything, only now I’m like millions of other people.
William Miller said:
You make some nice points. I agree that tort reform has to be part of the solution, and the Dems are wrong to drag their feet on that one. I don’t think, however, considering how much we already spend on health care as a society, that it is necessary that anyone should lose their house due to catastrophic illness. In a country that still leads the world in GDP, there’s no reason that this has to be a Darwinian, survival of the fittest society, which seems to have bizarrely become the latest fetish in American politics. Contrary to what some people seem to believe, Ayn Rand didn’t write the Constitution.
That sound you just heard was me picking up my soapbox and dashing it to the ground, smashing it into hundreds of pieces. No more of that shit. Lets have a rum and coke, and we’ll call it good.
Well said, Bill. Particularly:
there’s no reason that this has to be a Darwinian, survival of the fittest society,
Yeah, that’s been tried before. It made an impact, but couldn’t be called a success.
Carrie Rubin said:
I’m not so sure all democrats are touting the health care law as the be-all and end-all, but rather they support the concept that something must be done. Change is hard; not all of it will be good; some of it may need to be altered or restructured; but a starting point is needed. Maintaining a dismal status quo is a poor solution. But I get what PT is saying about it seeming like there’s no in-between. The line has been drawn, and no one dares inch over it.
You make a good point, Carrie. In our defense, sometimes we have to paint with a broad brush to make a point.
This might prompt you to reply, “Wait…But isn’t that the very thing you just spent 8,000 words castigating politicians for?”
It is, Carrie. But if there’s one thing we’ve demonstrated consistently in these pages, it’s how very much at ease we are with our own hypocrisy.
Carrie Rubin said:
And we readers expect and encourage that hypocrisy (from PT, not our politicians). Which is why we keep coming back to this site. Well, that, and I keep hoping more of those “anonymous” commenters will get ruffled and spout their tirades. Those are fun to read…
Carrie Rubin said:
Hey, I see there’s already an anonymous commenter here! But he/she was nice to you, so that’s not as much fun to read…
El Guapo said:
Sadly, my opinion is that there’s no way to pull the lever in the booth and not vote stupid.
Not gonna stop me from trying though…
I hear you. With the choices we have before us, it’s sometimes a “Damned if you do” thing. But if you’re an informed voter, not voting seems like the worst thing you can do.
However, I’m not one of those “VOTE OR DIE” people. Everyone has the RIGHT to vote. That doesn’t mean they should. I am all for voter apathy among the uninformed.
Voting Stupid is as American as Apple Pie
Truly you are a wise dog (canis sagacious)
Smak, I so love you for taking this on. I don’t do politics or religion on my blog. But you’ve nailed it here, taking the bad/good of every situation (and each side) and weighing it out. I want a country that’s fair for everyone concerned and that’s all I’ll say, but it’s a difficult task to achieve. You’ve written something funny, inspiring and given it as this: there is no black/white (and I mean that metaphorically) solution; there is only what we have and as intelligent voters we have to figure out what’s best. The times, they are a-changin….
Smak, I just left a brilliant comment and it disappeared. So….you’re funny, your take on things are funny and provoking. I believe in a country that gives fairness to all, but my hubby and I have these discussions all the time…most of what you’ve brought up and what we ponder over — what is the solution?. Ah, the times they are a-changin….
Madame Weebles said:
All true, Smak. The only problem is, given the options sometimes, the only way to not vote stupid is to vote for Teddy Roosevelt as a write-in candidate.
Well–what about Rick Santorum?
Wait, wait–hear me out.
You know how, when you’re driving and you have a blow-out, although it seems counterintuitive, the thing to do is turn into the skid.
Sure, Santorum’s a pretty stupid choice–maybe even the stupidest choice ever, but suppose–just suppose, mind you–that if you’re able to push stupid to the cataclysmic level, if it Einsteins around on you and becomes light-speed smart. That would be way cool. The notion of a USA ruled by a hyper-intelligent Santoro-Villain is so delicious I could contemplate it all day (figuratively speaking; in reality, it’s often gone in 60 seconds if I don’t write it down).
You know, when I hear about people having jobs in Thinktanks where they sit around on their asses all day and come up with unworkable plans that sound really cool and get paid a lot of dough to do it, I think “Why not me, Lord? Why not me?”
Re: your logo, the Peace in Our Time. Ray Davies has a beautiful song on his Workingman’s Cafe album titled, you guessed it, Peace in Our Time. Ray Davies has written quite a number of very beautiful songs and this is one of them. Anyhow….
Office-seekers as abscesses works for me. I’ve always regarded the occupational choice of politician as among the most suspect.
Take away those teleprompters! Let’s hear their nonsense. And vote accordingly…
That is what happens when you have a culture that places too much importance on personal wealth (and bragging about it), and not enough about looking after each other. It baffles me why people are not crying out for healthcare for everybody, which does not leave you with a debt mountain if you have a more serious injury. Why people are not looking at Europeans and saying, I want as much holiday as they get. Why people do not realise that with out (affordable) education, the next set of idea makers, inventors and so on, will not exist, or they will be educated in a different country, and stay there, thus bringing that country forward. These are easy things to look up in terms of where the US ranks in various matters.
Anyhoo, none of this will change until there is a political system where ideas are better communicated, and people better educated on the issues. When a news show discusses something, it should have people from all sides of an argument, so other people can make up their own mind, and not be biased. It is one thing a politician saying he has plenty of experience in business and will create jobs, but another when he expresses not one idea on how to do that. I could rant on. I shall stop now.
Why people are not looking at Europeans and saying, I want as much holiday as they get.
Right? One only has to look at the situation in Greece to know that Americans are big dumbheads
.Why people do not realise that with out (affordable) education
Disagree. Higher education is not for everyone. If you try to make so you weaken it. It’s already happening. I don’t mean that education has to be super-exorbitant (although I went to a private college and was paying for years and years and years), but that it shouldn’t be a gimme.
which does not leave you with a debt mountain if you have a more serious injury
I sort of spoke to this in one of the comments above. To me, this is one of the weaker arguments for affordable healthcare (I think there are many good ones), and gets to the heart of what does make Americans different from Europeans. I don’t want to lose my house if I get sick, but my house is not a right. Nobody OWES me this house.
Thanks very much for the comments though, because it’s definitely helpful to have an “outside-in” perspective. Sometimes it’s difficult to see the forest for all the trees.
Who said American’s were dumbheads other than you? You might want to consider that there are a lot more European countries than one, and that whilst things are not perfect in all of them, i.e. that is not to say there are not some failing economies for similar reason to the US economy, but there are plenty of good ideas there. Why would you not want to look at certain things and think ok, why do they have it like that?
I can see the line of thinking that too many people think they are owed something in life when they need to earn it, that is just a reality that many need to get with.
I think you are wrong about education and it maybe that I did not explain myself clearly. Higher eduction isn’t for everyone, but it should be available to those that want to get it. Around about the time I moved over here, many teachers got laid off in this area, seriously reducing the options that were available to those that could get to education, and therefore were not able to learn what they wanted to. Not everyone can afford to relocate. But to say that would weaken it, what exactly does that mean? Are you saying that if more people understand more things about the world they live in then the knowledge becomes useless? That education should be elitist? Improving literacy skills, maths skills, and much more can only benefit a country. It gives more opportunities, which in turn creates more opportunities.
On the healthcare issue, I’m not a big fan of the healthcare reform purely because I don’t think it is the best system to begin with. As you point out, there are good arguments for and against it. But I do believe that healthcare for all should be a given. The system in the UK isn’t perfect, but it works fairly well. It was put together after World War 2 in the times when the UK was struggling a bit, which it was for a good 10 years or more afterwards. It was put in so it could provide a foundation. People didn’t have to worry as much about it, and could get on with rebuilding their lives in other areas. In a civilised society, healthcare should be a right.
You’re welcome on the comments. A bit of healthy debate is good. I’m not idiotic enough to think I am correct all the time.
And on re-reading it, I don’t really care for the way my reply comes off (except for the final part). While I did pick out the points in your comment with which I disagreed, I’m in agreement with much that you said.
No worries, I won’t get offended. There is nothing wrong with a bit of passion, or a bit of debate. I’m sure we both agree that the country could do with some of that.
I do like living over here, and I like the people, so I’m not saying my points for the hell of it. I would like to see things we can all enjoy and build on, for us now and for the future. When I see where the US is dropping in literacy, and maths and more, it scares me with my son being here (although admittedly the UK has been dropping a bit on those also).
Actually, in thinking about this a little further, I think I owe you an apology.
For this: Who said American’s were dumbheads other than you?
Nobody did. I unwittingly employed a rhetorical tactic that I particularly despise in serious discussion and endeavor not to do (because I do it very easily, as here, if I’m not careful). I see it all the time and it drives me nuts. One guy (you in this case) makes a flat statement–let’s say, “School lunches are too fattening.” The other guy (me, here) changes the context and then hits you back with a question or statement that’s a trap–“Some of those kids don’t even get to eat at home, you know. Do you just enjoy seeing children go hungry or something?”
Doing that can be “funny,” and will impress people who already agree with you, but it’s got no substance.
It’s a weak tactic (although it was knee-jerk, and not a tactic as such) and I’m sorry. I also owe an apology to myself, because that kind of thing is beneath me.
Well it made me dive in with a quick reply so in that sense it did a job. Apology accepted, if not really required, but I take your point. I wasn’t offended.
I meant to add yesterday that the post was good. Much better to put up some views on a blog than say Facebook, which the odd one or two of my friends do. That speaks to nobody as most friends either agree, or are not interested and won’t read it anyway.