by Emmett R Smith
Until yesterday’s refreshingly issues-oriented debate between Democrat Party presidential hopefuls messrs Clinton and Obama, the Democrat Party was showing every sign — to outsiders at least — that the hypercredentiallist-ridden mess of contending clientles was within an ace of throwing away the very victory positively intended for them, by Nature and Nature’s God so to speak, in this 2008 election year.
The scope and the tone of the infighting made one think that the “democratic” elements in America’s altogether rather bogus “two-party system” were irretrievably doomed to rehearse all the kinds of fights that possibly could be dreamed up by the aging beatniks, and “their womyn,” of the Luv Generation. It is after all at the very heart of all of the endless lunacies of Baby Boom nana-nana-boo-boo styling and uniquenessism that we all preen and strut even now, clutching at our empty Viagra bottles and on the brink of death and hellfire, going “nyaah, Maaaaan…your music SUCKS! Mine’s COOL! Plus I got a better DEGREE too, phooey to YOU!” This sort of swill indeed threatens to follow and inundate us all, America’s Most Disappointing Generation, right through all of the looming urinaceous nursing homes, and other killing-centers, and so straight on down to Hell.
As my late Uncle Emmett (b 1920) of rural Eagle Lake in Squawbunion County, in southern Minnesota, always said in 1968 when I would come around the family farmstead on college breaks with my face hanging out, declaiming that “modern up-to-date people just don’t believe in the Devil anymore” and all the rest of my new-found (pre-evangelical!) Lutheran college Minnesota DFL moral relativisms:
“Well…the Devil ain’t worried!”
And, in fact, He really was not — at least not until yesterday’s oddly principled and high-toned debate.
Whereas this all is but a part of the normal process in the Democrat Party, a lifelong Democrat and friend assures me, and he says further:
“Lifetime insiders know full well that infighting is our credo. The more set-tos we launch during primary time, the healthier the party becomes in the end.”
The purgative value of some good fighting is indisputable as a human matter— and this point, namely that it clears the air so things can perhaps move on, assumes greater salience in view of the fact that there was orchestrated yesterday a debate between Mrs Senator Clinton and Mr Senator Obama that concentrated on issues rather than personalities. Indeed there is a new feeling abroad now that they have (through my old pinko friend’s brawl-process!) bamboozled and impressed and fooled generally their respective claques so sufficiently within the Democrat faction, that the possibility now of the two running on the same ticket is no longer entirely to be ruled out.
Something very like that is what the rhythm of American political life certainly seems to long for and to be demanding at this time.
But the fact remains of course that neither of these two Democrats nor the Democrat faction writ large are conservative in the specific American constitutional sense of the term, and so one will not be voting for them. But then Mr Senator McCain and the rest of the Rudy G, Baby, Rape Ugly Con Schwarzenegger fakes are not either, and therefore one cannot possibly vote for any of these upscale road-kill ruffians and dead coffinnails, either.
Indeed, my old college classmate adds this, about Republicans:
“What fractures [the GOP]…is a persistant tendency of certain [cliques] to stay home from the polls when not getting their way. Messrs Limbaugh and Hannity, not to mention the venomous Coulter Hydra, are already hitting the airwaves to assure their minions that it will be okay for them NOT to vote in the general election if they can’t get a right-wing hero to shoulder. The ultra-conservative [sic] mindset is willing to punish the party it currently occupies by inflicting a loss now and then. That assures their [internal — ed] supremacy in election cycles to come….”
There is a great deal of insight in all of that, and when I was an active Republican in the 1960s and 1970s, we had the idea as a minority party that, in the words of the sainted Mrs Senator Margaret Chase Smith:
“Thou shalt not speak ill of another Republican.”
Now that principle has certainly gone right straight to Hell, as my leftwing friend points out, and now what it comes down mainly is two brawling untidy factions contending for this miserable trinket of federal power, mainly to subsidize and pay off the respective clientles, the TI (Thieving Interglobal!) CEOS or the Useless Helping Professionals & Outland Third Tier City Managers (the UHPS&OT2CMS), under whose tutelage of course no one and nothing ever “gets better,” not really. (For to do so of course would be both “elitist” and therefore impertinent, at least implicitly racist AND sexist no doubt…plus a threat to continued and ever-increasing “free” professionalist subvention from off of the government.)
In short, the Rebooblian Party is at least as fractionated as the Democrat aggregation, and much of it is due to the fundamental dishonesty undergirding the whole criminal enterprise of today’s pretty categorically crooked two-party sham. It is because both factions (neither is a bona fide party) are “liberal” in the bowel-loosening adventitious sense, all seeking to grab onto and tinker with the levers of immoderate power.
And please note:
The grotesque and clearly mentally off, grimacing, Ann Coulter, the disagreeable & Irish (!) Hannity and all that load of fundamentalist Christ-recrucifying “nationalists” and World Power obsessionals and NeoCon quacks are therefore neither really American patriots, nor are these cryptic Zionist fascisti “ultra-conservative.”
This is because their main agenda actually and self-evidently is personally showing off, getting on Tee Vee and saying violent and shocking, “politically incorrect,” things. They are a load of overage adolescents whose “concern” for America is at best tertiary to their other prior obligations to 1) their zitsome egotisms, and 2) the unworkable tragedy of the Israeli trauma-state.
Whereas the ne plus ultra of American conservatism in the proper sense is constitutionalism with an emphasis upon 18th century literature & enlightenment studies. In those good old days, of course, people of messrs O’Reilly’s & Kennedy’s “class” — when they were not otherwise occupied lynching free blacks and bitching about “The Jooz” — had to use the back door, doff their caps and say howdy-do, Sir! And, brother, they to be real servile about it and a very good thing that was, too….
And so it is, were November’s poll to be done today, ‘twould be Obama-Clinton (in that order, NB) over McCain-Ragtag & Bobtail, by two percent on the popular vote.
[Emmett R Smith all rights reserved 1 February 2008]