by Emmett R Smith
“Let us not neglect the proven impact of the Internet on politics.”
This is a widely-professed notion of the day, “online,” but it leaves unaddressed the problem of sufficently discerning thought about our present problems. For how often have we not all choked down the following slimy dollop of cold oatmeal?
“Government is not the answer to our problems, government is the problem.”
And last night’s gray ironic brocolli:
“Heard it before. Old line from Reagan, although I would agree that Reagan did, indeed, make government into quite a problem.”
Alas, the problem of good governance cannot any longer be pared down to any strictly so simple and cheery an “either-or” formulation, neither of the problems we have now nor of any possible solutions.
As is proven by its very widespread denial by uncritical fans of the two-party system (sic), the fact is that government over time as it expands exponentially does create more (and more) “employment-opportunities” for the statistical sociopaths among us. This is probably cyclical, hence the periodic cleansing collapses in history. They are of course horrid for those who must go through them, and so one asks: Does it have to be this way? Certainly, our ramshackle lash-up of today is way oversized, almost daily increasingly not fit-for-purpose, topheavy and characterized across the boards by increasing credentialed employment and decreasing efficiencies:
“Hi, I’m a Trained Liberal, glad you met me…now, if you’ll just sign these mandated documents giving me, er, us access to read your mail and your bank account….”
All complicit in this postmodern context and time are of course functioning anachronistically as late-modern nationalistic state liberalists, making free play to fidget witlessly with the levers of federal power. This thus includes the GOP so-called NeoCons [look up con, in French — no wonder these braying asses hate frogs’ legs! — BW] and on all sides the moral average declines with the sheer numbers trying to play the slots.
Does it have to be this way?
In principle, emotionally, I am a Democrat and do want to help people, using goverment to do it — but, the Hell of it is that the sheer supervisory problem becomes unworkable. Matters are more-and-more in the hands of people who cannot even govern themselves, to paraphrase Bette Midler:
“So many credentialed professionals…so few courtrooms!”
On scale it remains possible, I think, that smaller entities as to population could make democracy work over a longer term. I am thinking of Switzerland or, for example, of Norway, where a small population were able to agree a longterm sovereign wealth-fund for social purposes during the North Sea oil “boom.”
If US central authority (and the kind of nationalistic distasteful personalities it attracts) really becomes entirely unworthy of respect by the most of us, it could be that the states would in good time call their own convention, re-federate under the original Constitution and Bill of Rights, and with more autonomy state-by-state. Does it have to be that way?
Well, not every call for states rights today is “racist” because of the history of the 1850s, and I for one would certainly support inclusion, in any new document of re-federation, of the 14th amendment, equal protection under the law, which properly understood secures to all citizens all of the rights and duties of citizenship, regardless of race and anatomy….
Now, could it be that way?
Certainly now it becomes possible, for today China and India hold more and more of the notes. And, if they suitably continue to bamboozle themselves as cheerful peoples on their way up in history so often do, and if they are further carefully misled as to the implications of “re-federation,” like Mr Pastis’s zebra-seeking crocodiles( “Hokay, dese white neocolonial —holes —ing up now, falling apart!”), Asian markets in a helpful non sequiter could very possibly be persuaded to NOT let US nationalists have any more loans and, instead, to underwrite new state currencies.
As well they could help drag in the UN in their own interests, against US federalism and in support of self-determination by the states — like Bosnia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Kurdistan….
“Sergeant, I hear some yammerhead God-damn FOOL starting in back there about ‘balkanization’ and ‘foreigners,’ EVICT the brain sonofabitch and let the adults get BACK to a serious parliamentary meeting!”
On another two-ring circusy more tinhorn note and in closing, alas, Senator Obama is having trouble with some of the older generation I see, Pastor Jesse Jackson is manifesting an unfortunate (and, racially divisive) display of emeritus-syndrome, whereas la Hillary remains of course in some Obama partisans’ opinions “still a bitch!” This is all the more harmful to the Democrat Party as the GOP Old Gila Monster lolls in the Tempe sun, itching his psoriasis and hissing in a rotten-egg way:
“Obama for President? Why that God-damn young punk couldn’t make a scab on a President’s ASS!”
Naturally if there is even an inkling that that poor endangered old lizard is going to get set up in place on the midway in his stuffed beady leather hide by the Diebold folks (and the UK NuLabour-Israeli rightwing) I’ll vote for Obama…but for me until then it’s Dr Paul and the idea that maybe soon Americans will not so much rediscover their old freedom as — let down for good and all at last, by misgovernment and bad economy! — to carry a humane and neighborly liberty to new heights of achievement.
[Emmett R Smith all rights reserved 10 July 2008]