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Thursday, February 07, 2008

The friggin election

You may well ask, gee, uh, Bruce, what's with the fashionable cynicism regarding the election? The answer is well put by Scott Ritter in his report "Iraq's Tragic Future":

The continued ambivalence of the American population as a whole toward the war in Iraq, perhaps best manifested by the superficiality of the slogan “Support the Troops,” all the while remaining ignorant of what the troops are actually doing, has led to a similar amnesia among politicians all too willing to allow themselves to seek political advantage at the expense of American life and treasure. January 2008 cost the United States nearly 40 lives in Iraq. The current military budget is unprecedented in its size, and doesn’t even come close to paying for ongoing military operations in Iraq. The war in Iraq has bankrupted Americans morally and fiscally, and yet the American public continues to shake the hands of aspiring politicians who ignore Iraq, pretending that the blood which soaks the hands of these political aspirants hasn’t stained their own. In the sick kabuki dance that is American politics, this refusal to call a spade a spade is deserving of little more than disdain and sorrow.

Nothing has changed since the 2004 election, which centered on a farcial debate on "mistakes" and mismanagement of our ongoing war crime.

The people who don't participate in the sick kabuki dance -- Gravel, Paul, and Kucinich come to mind -- are marginalized and ridiculed. The rest on the so-called left are either kidding themselves, or are ten times more cynical than I am. If you know the war is a lie and that AIPAC controls our politicians, and you say nothing and participate in the charade anyway, as does the supposed leading light left standing, Barack Obama, you are no better than Bush and Cheney. Or you are a fool who thinks you can change things by playing on their court. It may be a bit of both. It's a sad spectacle, either way.

Wish you wouldn't conflate Ron Paul with "the left." Ron Paul is like the stopped clock that is correct twice a day. He represents the ethical bankruptcy of the anti-democratic forces of extreme conservatism, an Ayn Randian on the face of it.
I'm not equating him with the left, just pointing out that he doesn't participate in the charade of the war on terror. I think he deserves credit for that. Did you see him make fools out of McCain and Romney at the last Republican debate? It was sweet. But he does have a naive faith in privatized services. And, yeah, I've gleaned anecdotally that he's a racist. But I don't think he's vicious.
I see what you're saying, with "the rest on the so-called left" coming where it does, but that's where the rest of the supposed anti-war position is. And doesn't everyone know Paul is on the right?
I have actually been to kabuki theatre, and can truthfully state that I'd rather be in a Yugoslavian prison. Not sure who coined the kabuki analogy, but it aptly and definitely describes our political stage.

I am about to go caucus for Barack Obama, because I know damned well that he will get us out of Iraq. He's just smart enough to know that he can't say it too much, or in the wrong places. This guy whipped up a demonstration on the streets of Chicago in October of 2002, against the coming Iraq War. He hasn't changed his spots since then, and he has managed to stay on that strange stage we are cursed with.

I respect your vote for Kucinich. He's the Barry Goldwater of a new movement, and I hope the time is compressed in its progress by comparison. My wife and I do not think we could bear 4 years of McCain.

Someday, somewhere on a kabuki stage, the cast will cast tradition aside and start singing ABBA songs. This is not a starry-eyed optimism, Bruce; it is from the close study of how orthodoxies go down hard, and from the structure of scientific revolutions.
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