Blissful Ignorance. Really? Bite me.

2016 Protest

NOTE: This post was written in rage, and originally published on March 12, 2017.  I deleted it within hours, not in the mood for a social media barrage from both sides of the administration’s loudest supporters and haters.  Like them though, I have strong feelings about the “swamp” (cesspool?) growing larger in DC, in both parties.  I have often regretted removing this post, so here it is.

A tweet in my timeline last week strongly inferred that those of us not participating in “The Resistance” and not availing all our free time to the news media’s political reporting, were not being good citizens.  It also stated that we’re all too comfortable in our state of “blissful ignorance”.  This got me pretty cranked up.

Ignoring the talking heads and spin doctors is not “blissful ignorance”, and neither is non-participation in street protest.  It’s one reaction to not being able to determine which news reports are credible and truthful, due to paid-for bias and the rating wars.  Add my core belief we are way past the point where any number of us in the 99% could collectively do anything to bring about change.

The two choices given to us for President of the United States of America last November shows that the ruling aristocracy in America owns the government, and that’s the way it’s going to stay.  Our children and our planet do not factor into their actions, as their only concern is keeping their power and satisfying their greed.

Follow the Leaders?

Follow the Leaders

For a long time, my biggest problem with the Federal Government has been its inability to get any meaningful work done for the American people.  I attribute this problem to both major parties making their sole objective blocking all initiatives of the other party from ever getting off the ground.  Each leaves no room for the option of sitting around a table and working out a compromise.

The “My Way or the Highway” approach does not lend itself to constructive work being accomplished.  The reason this legislative practice became the all-encompassing objective for both parties is to position themselves for the next elections, which translates to senators and representatives keeping their seats, perks, money, and their place in the Aristocracy.  For them, these selfish concerns out-weigh what we all learned in grammar school was the real job description of their office: Serving the People.  It could not be more evident that they serve themselves, not us.

Looking at the current political environment at street level, I am saddened (and somewhat fearful) to see that We the People have seemingly accepted using the “My Way or the Highway” policy towards each other.  We’re now alt-right Trump supporters or left wing Clinton liberals – no middle ground, or room for discussion.  Street protests and rallies in favor of one side or the other are met with rowdy, sometimes violent opposition from the other side, often requiring police to be called into the fray.

We have become them.

I can offer no solution.  Those elected by generations of voters have created their machine, and are keeping themselves in ownership of the government, and also our lives.  You’ve heard me say before, I hate both sides of the aisle equally.  For me, the two presidential candidates left standing after the last party national conventions are shameful examples of what has come to be.  It would have made no difference who won, we’d still be in the same hateful state we are now.

If you got this far into this post, take a minute or 2 and view this older post.  It’s a little naive and wishful, but is a companion read to this one.

Have the Elite screwed the pooch? Are they ignoring the wrong Americans?

This post is aimed squarely at the wealthy and arrogant self-proclaimed aristocracy, in government or not, that is running the United States of America.  Your bargained wealth and political power has successfully locked up enough principles of democracy to where one of your rights is the sole privilege of deciding who can run for office, and who cannot.

Well, you messed up this time around.  This is evident in the slate of those left in the current race for President, as of this post date.

  • Sanders?  He may be the most sincere and well meaning of the lot, but your stranglehold on the legislature would make him powerless should he actually win office.
  • Cruz?  Really?
  • Clinton?  Her history from the beginning of her political career carries severe trust issues, and her “friend of the common folk” shtick is downright laughable.  If elected she will play her same script, investing more time lining her pockets and kissing Wall Street’s ass than being truthful and keeping promises.
  • And Trump?  Not your choice I’m sure, but you’re to blame for what he’s accomplished thus far.  His supporters are the Americans you have ignored the most.  They hate you more than you can imagine, not any more than I do, for your lack of concern for the working class and your childish refusal to compromise with each other to get any real work done in governing.  They are supporting this bigot and total ass solely to prevent any candidate you present from sustaining the status quo.  I can’t argue with that reason, but also can’t support Trump any more then I could support Adolph Hitler or Bozo the Clown.

To the Republicans among you aligning with the “Conservative Christians”, you are hopefully learning that sleeping with those that put their religious beliefs above proven science and established laws is not helpful to your goals.  Yes, they should be free to practice their faith as they see fit.  No, their beliefs and strict definition of morality should not be declared law over all Americans.  Conservative Christians will never be satisfied until missing church on Sunday is a mid-to-serious felony and our Constitution and Bill of Rights are rewritten to line up with their strict interpretation of the bible.  And like Barry Goldwater warned us and has been viciously evident, they do not compromise.

Be aware that the Christians you are ignoring have faith, are believers, and have families.  They participate in the rites regularly but are more selective as to which condemnations they accept as moral law.  Some of these families, and families they care about, have sons and daughters that your Conservative Christians are targeting to have unpleasant lives.  Your Christians may stop short of branding the foreheads of these sons and daughters with big red S’s for “Sinner”, but their intentions are all too clear – nonacceptance, banishment, segregation, criminal status.