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2008 Is Going to Be a Very Strange Year

Posted by honestpoet on January 7, 2008

After we invaded Iraq, I repeated at the forums I frequent the phrase, “Is it 2004 yet?” to sum up what I felt. Silly me, I actually assumed the American people would have the sense to evict these liars from the White House.

It was too depressing to follow that with “Is it 2008 yet?” Not only did it seem way too far away, but now I have no confidence that the American people will have the sense to vote for change.

The only candidate I see who could offer real change is Dennis Kucinich, and, as usual, he’s hardly in the running, because he has common sense, and I’ve found there’s nothing actually common about common sense, and it’s not something the American people seem to appreciate in their politicians.

Now, we’ve got Obama, whom half the nuts in the country think is part of the Illuminati (a group that doesn’t really exist anymore, and never did anything real while they did — the OTO and the Golden Dawn accomplished much more in terms of opening up possibilities for astral exploration, for example), Clinton (talk about more of the same — egads, having the legal and insurance lobby running things? no thanks), Romney, who’ll never be elected because he’s Mormon (a religion many Christians don’t recognize as part of their club), and Huckabee, a former Baptist preacher (please save us from such a fate…having lived 13 years in the Bible Belt where Southern Baptists behave like Hilter’s brown-shirts in their evangelical zeal, I can’t imagine what would happen with one of theirs in charge). And McCain. Well, at least he’s been to war, and doesn’t approve of torture. But something about him doesn’t seem quite right, either.

Last night I finished reading Milan Kundera’s excellent book The Curtain, an essay in seven parts on the history of the art of the novel. It’s fascinating, and of course, as an escapee from Czechoslovakia after the Soviets invaded, he’s got real perspective on the importance and relevance of politics on people’s daily lives (and deaths) — he knows that when things go badly, artists are often eliminated by the powers that be. It makes me glad to live in America, where we do have some small protections, but I don’t take such things for granted. I don’t put it past Big Money to assassinate uppity poets.

One of his themes is the omnipresence of stupidity. And boy is he ever right. Folks are stupid. What really scares me about the current situation, though, is that the stupid have been in charge for so long now in America, they don’t seem to want to give up power even though they’re running the country into the ground. What is this distrust of intelligence? Why wasn’t Kerry elected? Why won’t Kucinich be elected?

I guess I’m going to buy a farm and live far away from people, and watch, like Robinson Jeffers did, while the stupid people of this country continue to elect stupid men who will continue to behave stupidly and make America the fool of the world.

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8 Responses to “2008 Is Going to Be a Very Strange Year”

  1. Though I tend to agree with you, I’m hoping that with Obama in office there will be enough of a push in the right direction to get this country moving back on track. But if pretty much anyone else wins, I’m out too. Finding a place where there are no people and raising my family.

  2. honestpoet said

    It seems the only option, which is sad. (And stupid.)

    This country could be so much more than it is, but the stupid among us won’t let it. It’s time they realized that, like height or weight or anything else, intelligence (or its relative lack) is a simple fact, a characteristic shaped by a combination of genetics and nurture. No one wants to admit that they’re not bright, but there’s no scale or measuring tape to make one face up to reality. No one wants to admit they’re crazy, either, and yet there are so many nuts among us that it’s rather frightening…when you look under the surface and begin to discover what they believe about the world, you realize that you’re walking among folks who really are not on the same planet as you are, in terms of the reality they inhabit vs. actual, fact-based reality. To quote the chemist and psychonaut Alexander Shulgin (from my right sidebar), “Once the shift is made from a process of reason to one of faith, everything can be made to fit your thesis.”

    How do we help Americans value reason over faith? Whether it’s faith in old scriptures or newfangled conspiracy theorists, this unwillingness to deal with facts, this willingness to take other people’s word for things, is the root of the problem.

    Is chaos so scary? Is it that we’d have to take responsibility for our futures, rather than blame the Illuminati, or the Devil, or those evil Muslims? I suppose that IS scary, taking responsibility for how the country is run, in the same way assuming a mortgage or having children is scary. But come on. Isn’t that better than NOT assuming such responsibilities? I thought this was supposed to be the home of the brave?

  3. EuroGeek said

    As a non-american, trying to follow the Presidential race, it is very reassuring to read sensible comments written by critical, open and educated US-citizens. The only way forward for the US to find back its place as a world champion of democracy is to show a real changes through voting for the right candidate…

    Honestpoet is right. It is time for the American People to take its responsibilities, and accept chaos as an evolutive factor rather than a disease which corrupts all religious, social and economic aspects of life. Whether we want it or not, China and India will soon represent 50% of the population of the globe… and their approach to some global issues starts to be more creative, realistic or positive than the U.S. So, get back to work, you responsible, educated Americans!!! Make sure your voice is heard. Forget that a lot of the US decisions have been based on the choice of making more and more money, and re-connect with essential values that have made the US so different for centuries, and which include openness and empathy. The whole world needs it!

    And you’ll see that the US will become the country of reference again, for billions of Europeans, Chinese, Muslims or God knows who… and that the planet will spin just a little better! Good Luck to you, Guys. May God, Allah and Buddha help you all!!!!!!!!

  4. honestpoet said

    EuroGeek, what’s really interesting about this election is that it’s the first one in which whites are no longer a majority of the voting public. That might also explain why there’s a flair in racist fearmongering.

    Race here is still a very real issue (it doesn’t help that we were founded via the genocide of some folks and the enslavement of others), though we like to keep it swept under the rug and pretend we’re past it.

    So is the separation of Church and State, which has been seriously eroded since Bush came to power, esp. after 9/11. Rather than distinguishing ourselves from the theocrats who attacked us by asserting our secularism, there are a large group of folk who seem determined to establish their own theocracy, just with a different flavor! Ugh!

    And don’t be too reassured by my open-mindedness. I’m afraid I’m in a distinct, somewhat persecuted minority! They don’t like smart folks here. We make them nervous.

  5. Monte said

    1. Heard a surprising thing on Deutsche Welle early this morning: European nations, they felt, were long past the novelty of women serving as elected leaders, but stilled astonished at non-whites doing so. Intriguing.

    2. Just read a few minutes ago a comment by Jim Wallis: Lyndon Johnson wasn’t a civil rights leader until Martin Luther King, Jr., and Rosa Parks made him one. The point of the piece was that politics only changes as a result of social movements external to it; that may be afoot.

    3. What’s wrong with McCain is that he thinks bombs bring progress, has consistently supported Bush’s war, has advocated bombing of Iran, and is simply an ardent militarist who dislikes torture because it messes up ardent militarism. He is neanderthal in outlook.

    4. Obama is certainly no perfect candidate. But he is arguably the most brilliant (not many top their Harvard law classes or teach Constitutional law at U. of Chicago). I am hoping that his reluctance to be defiant in the mold of Edwards and Kucinich is simply awareness that defiance feels good but doesn’t bring lasting change. Opponents must be heard and dealt with in as productive and respectful a manner as possible, or change only lasts till the next bad American temper. MLK is the example of someone who brought millions into a durable transformation (BTW, his doctorate was in theology, and he was profoundly religious without being theocratic); Bush and Rove, by contrast, forced their views down our throats, won temporarily by demonizing internal and external enemies, and unwittingly became the Humpty-Dumpties of their views.

    To which I say, “Ho-ho-ho!”

  6. honestpoet said

    Great post, Monte, and well timed. I was about to kick off a campaign to have everyone write Kucinich in. I still might.

    Since you did me the favor of numbering your points, I’ll number my responses so I can honor them all!

    1. Let’s remember that Hitler was European. The whole “white power” business started with him.

    2. Yes, I hope so. Let’s keep it up.

    3. Thanks for clarifying that. I’m so against torture I might have made the mistake of thinking for a moment about voting for him, depending upon who the other choice was.

    4. Brilliant is good. But I’ve heard some rumors about some bad sexual indiscretions, and I’m afraid the media moguls may be storing them up for later, which could put a Republican in the office AGAIN. The rest of point 4., of course, as you can imagine, has me nodding.

  7. Monte said

    Here’s hoping the rumors are wrong. But anything’s possible, isn’t it?

    I’m astonished (how naive I am!) to see Media drag their feet on correcting the Iranian speedboat story, and leave the impression in the public mind that Iran actually did make a threatening gesture. Reminds me of the NY Times’ misquote about “wipe Israel off the map,” which became part of American consciousness, and never was corrected, despite it’s obviously English-colloquial nature.

    One does hate to become a sucker for conspiracy theories, but it does appear that Big Media is increasingly the mouth of the Big Business monster, which appears to be, in turn, the author of the US’s foreign and domestic policy.

  8. honestpoet said

    Well, that’s the difference between silly theories and significant ones.

    If you read Columbia Journalism Review, you’ll discover that the monopoly of the media is hardly a theory. Whether it’s a conspiracy remains to be seen, but it sure does look like it.

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