RANGER AGAINST WAR: Hamster Wheel of Despair <

Friday, October 12, 2012

Hamster Wheel of Despair

 Walkin' like a one man army 
Fightin' with the shadows in your head 
Livin' up the same old moment 
Knowin' you’d be better off instead 
If you could only 
Say what you need to say 
--Say What You Need to Say, 
John Mayer 

The word is a force;
it is the power you have to express and communicate,
to think, and thereby to create the events in your life…
But like a sword with two edges,
your word can create the most beautiful dream,
or your word can destroy everything around you 
--The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz 

A prudent question is one-half 
of wisdom 
--Sir Frances Bacon

It is hard for me to summon up much interest in the upcoming Presidential elections -- this from one who was once most enthusiastic and involved in the whole campaigning shtick.  But it was hard to resist taking a peek at last night's Veep debate, and I was rewarded for my curiosity by a feeling of being intellectually sullied.

Everything about the event disappointed, from the vapidity of the moderator's questions to the insincerity and alternating inanity of the participant's responses.  My country's real color travails were buried under faux "painful" non-topics like abortion, and the rebuilding needs of other nations who do not love us, but love our vanity for the largess it funnels their way.

Ranger said that he understood from the debate that Vice President Biden had expressed that since there was no more mission in Afghanistan, that we should pull out.  While I heard Biden express the former, I did not hear the latter. One may not infer anything, especially from those who have been less than forthright in the past; especially, not from a politician.  One must be immaculate with one's word, and brave enough to ask the questions.

I winced as Joe Biden rolled his eyes in the dismissive gesture which helped Al Gore Lose a debate and an election.  In the United States it does not matter that your foe is an idiot or disingenuous -- we are a nation that defends one's right to be wrong.  In a better world, one's power of reason would surmount any feelings of revulsion or disdain.

Understood that Biden is fighting to appear viable in a world where "D'oh" suffices as a rejoinder; still, it was sad to not hear him counter Martha Raddatz's hokum question about abortion by putting her and it in its place: Roe v. Wade is the law of the land, and we are a law-abiding nation. Period. Biden's and Ryan's perspective are non-starters.

Instead, we were treated to Ryan's pablum about watching "The Bean's" heartbeat during the sonogram, and Biden's attempt at Catholic parity with Ryan.  How refreshing it would have been to turn from the politics of vested interests to those of a nation in great need -- the true domain of The Executive.

Whatever happened to the concept of the Presidential debate?  Going back 52 years to Nixon and Kennedy, ones hears actual topics of national import being discussed.  True, Nixon may have lost due to his ominous 5 o'clock shadow, but still, the candidate's rhetoric did not fail.
Succumbing to the politics of appearance in 2012, Ryan appears to me, a zombie.  As in Night of the Living Dead, all he and his sort need do is perdure; theirs is the future.  There is something appallingly messianic in the posture of such ones.

I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  Everybody likes him a little salvation.

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Blogger FDChief said...

Frankly, given the weapons-grade stupid that Biden was hearing if I'm been him I'd have been openly guffawing. The eye-rolling and sneering was appropriate given the level of idiocy Ryan was showing.

Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 9:14:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

While I do agree, I don't know that The People understand this level of ironic disdain, so it gets dismissed as, "Oh, you know that Joe ..."

Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 9:27:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger basilbeast said...

I have a fairly well-read and intelligent nephew and his wife, and kids, in KCMO, who think that neither Obama nor R&R deserve their vote. There's that anecdote.

I didn't watch all of it, I nearly choked when I heard Biden mention the work Obama did about the mortgage industry. *click*

I'm convinced Obama will chop away at SS & Medicare/Medicaid if he's re-elected, so he can get his Great Grand Bargain to prove his credence as the Great Transcender, or something like that.

Cynical, you may think? Realistic, sez I.

Anywho, Jill Stein gets my vote and I'm totally involved in the local stuff here. We got a good candidate for County Atty, State Senate each, and civil rights for LGBTs.

Imagine that, voting for rights.

But that's the state of things as they are. National politicians who sell us out to the highest bidder right after raising the hand to take the oath to protect and defend . . . something.

I've a quote for you, from a former neighbor just north of you, Walt Kelly

Traces of nobility, gentleness and courage persist in all people, do what we will to stamp out the trend. So, too, do those characteristics which are ugly. It is just unfortunate that in the clumsy hands of a cartoonist all traits become ridiculous, leading to a certain amount of self-conscious expostulation and the desire to join battle.
There is no need to sally forth, for it remains true that those things which make us human are, curiously enough, always close at hand. Resolve then, that on this very ground, with small flags waving and tinny blast on tiny trumpets, we shall meet the enemy, and not only may he be ours, he may be us.



Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 5:00:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...


I was having the same thoughts re. the "two" candidates, and thought Jill Stein the better choice. Of course we know how it goes in the U.S.: "Why through away your vote on a 3rd party; choose the lesser of two evils."

Obama may be "Romney Lite", but maybe not even that light.

I was encouraged by Ross Perot's showing in '92, but that was bought with the exposure that money buys, and Stein does not have that sort of exposure. Nonetheless, I am watching to see what kind of enthusiasm she can generate.

"Forward" -- yes.

Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 6:17:00 PM GMT-5  

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