You know, I've lived a few years, and as such I've seen that there is not so much evil in the world as there is misdirected good.
Run that through your mind a few times today.
A real problem is when people are so sure they are right that they don't allow for any other opinion than there own. My own observation is that this "my way or the highway" crap comes from people who are so insecure in their own world view that they need others to embrace it so to validate themselves.
People who cannot live with their own doubt must control the actions and beliefs of others. They must, at all cost, make others conform to their view or they loose the battle for their own soul. Or at least they appear to think.
Absolutism means you must make everyone just like you. Even at the cost of another living fully functioning human being.
Jacob Bronowski, in his excellent television series, The Accent of Man" says it here in words and images that far out weigh anything I can type in a blog.
Boy, there's a term you don't hear anymore.
Today, I live in a state where the GOP candidate sometimes runs unposed . But that's a whole other subject.
As recently as thirty years ago ( wait until you hit your sixties and that wording won't sound as absurd) our current president would be considered a moderate republican by most standards.
The current opposition paints him with a word pallet using words like socialist and radical. I've even seen protest signs calling him a communist and a fascist at the same time. Do these people have any sense of history?
The GOP seems to have been overrun by zealots, with zero tolerance for things that are basic to the American style of Republican/Democracy. Ideas like debate and compromise are held at arms length, like some dead rat found on a kitchen floor.
I'm sorry it's come to this.
The legislator from my current home state, Senator Hatch, was good friends with Senator Kennedy. They lunched together quite often I'm told. These days I disagree a lot with the Senator from Utah, but I still respect him, as well as his office. Now this man is facing opposition from members of his own party, because he is not perceived as conservative enough.
Yes, I voted for President Obama , twice, (in two different elections) . Have I been disappointed ? Some. You could argue, I feel, that I'm still voting for a Republican now and then. Just one from thirty years ago.
But I haven't given up on my ideals, and I haven't lost sight of the idea of compromise .
That's it. No pictures, no video, no links. Just the way I feel.
Any (rational) comments?
The political events of the last few weeks prompt me to write the following. Comment on any or all as you see fit.
ROVE V MADE men
One person that I would not like to be right now is Karl Rove. Once known as “Bush’s Brain”( a title that give the term damned with faint praise a whole new depth) his new persona is out of some late forties film noir classic involving a schmoe who is into the syndicate for several thousand dollars.
But its millions of dollars. Hundreds of millions, of other peoples money, that he bet on elections. Not one, let me repeat that, not one of the the people he poured truckloads of cash into got elected. Not one. I’m sure that these high rollers are savvy enough to expect that a few of those liberals would get in under the wire, but all of them?
Of course, Karl is not the only dodo bird to get whacked over his rich and important head that day. The Koch Brothers come to mind. I envision them wiping their wounds with Brawny paper towels, and wiping the meal of crow from the corner of their mouths with Mardis Gras napkins. Or Zee Napkins. Or Vanity Fair napkins & paper towels. Its alright they own all of them.
And they owned the money they lost.
But Karl? Sadly no. He lost other peoples money. Powerful peoples money.
LETS GET ONE OF THOSE
Already, the GOP is making noise about how they can turn the tide in 2016 by nominating Marco Rubio . (He’s Latino ya know.)This is a direct result of a Republican meme that I call, “Lets get one of those.”
The Democrats did well with Hillary Clinton. The other side of the aisle said, “ Lets get one of those.” and came up with Sarah Palin. Obviously, all the GOP saw was ovaries.And it was such a great choice. Four years later, the party was spending time and money distancing itself from her. And she still hasn’t got the memo yet.
As soon as the Grand Old Party was aware that Obama was popular, and Black, word came down from on high “Lets get one of those.” And Michael Steele was found. It took awhile to find him. He was once the Lt Governor of Maryland. Also, the only republican to ever hold that office. He lasted two years as head of the party. They dropped him in 2011. It would seem , the Republicans sweeping the House the year before was less than the party hoped for. You can see Michael now , regularly , on MSNBC. He’s appreciated by that forward leaning news network, because he comes across as well spoken and rational. No wonder his days as the head of the Republican National Committee were numbered.
They also like to bring up Bobby Jindal , which is kind of ironic, as most republicans seem to think that he is African-American. In truth, he is second generation Indian-American. And thats not to be confused with American Indian.
The point is, The GOP seems to think that black people, women and other minorities vote for a candidate for the tone of his skin and the shape of the candidates junk. The GOP honestly seems to believe that the American voter is a shallow little troll who never looks deeper than an i1080 tv screen will allow.
There has been a constituency of voters who think this way, and there always will be. But their numbers are NOT on the rise.
NOW, ABOUT THAT CONSTITUENCY
Yes, you don’t have to tell me that they are still about. But lets ignore the bigots for a second and zone in on people who just plain ignorant.
By ignorant, I don’t mean people who don’t agree with me. Let me give you examples.
Recently, I was shown a diagram of how all the counties voted in the past election. The person asked me, without the slightest bit of irony in her voice, “How could Obama win , with all these states showing red?”
I tried to explain that the votes are based on population, noy geographical area. I reminded her that in many of the cities I had lived in, one city block held more people than the county we both are living in now.
I don't think she bought it.
Another conversation involved several people who were complaining about the electoral college. Hey, I'm with you on this one. It should have been replaced after the invention of the telegraph. Or at least the telephone. Television? Well, surely, the internet makes it obsolete. *
But the basis of this particular argument was that Romney lost. Huh? I jumped in with that Obama won the popular vote also.
I’m not making the following statement up:
“But if they stopped counting the votes early, Romney would have won”.
Of the five people including myself, the only democrat in the bunch, three of them shook their heads yes, quite thoughtfully.
Maybe we are doomed.
* Okay, Richard A. Posner has some good reason for keeping tis mess here , avoiding run offs being the best, but I'm still not convenced. The whole thing gave us George W. Bush.
Sometimes I like to talk about movies that you might not know, but really should. Things that deserved to be seen several times.
Damn good movies.
“A Face in the Crowd” 1957 B&W Ratio 1.85 : 1
If you ever watched “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” (and you know I did) you heard him reference this movie all the time. He often called Glenn Beck, “Lonesome Roads.” When you see the movie its easy to know why.
Marcia Jefferies (Patrica Neal) is a college girl with a reel to reel tape recorder looking for human interest stories for a local radio station. The county jail seems like a good place to start looking for specimens, and she gets a great one within minutes. He's Larry Rhodes (Andy Griffin), in jail for drunk and disorderly and wearing wife beater shirts.
During the interview, Larry proves to be a force of nature in his own right. He pulls out a guitar and starts ripping a a blues riff about how he's ten thousand miles from home and doesn't even know his name. It's easy to see that Marcia is smitten.
She gets Larry a regular spot on the local radio station, and right away he becomes both a local success, and quite a hand full. It doesn't take him long to discover the power of radio to manipulate the common folk. And he's finding that he has a growing distaste for these yokels .He adopts the nickname “Lonesome Rhodes”.
Soon local television beckons, and not long after that, the big time. Before long he's rubbing shoulders with network presidents and Presidential Candidates.
Along the way he picks up a manager Joey DePalma ( Tony Franciosa ) who cinical enough to see right through Lonesome almost from the beginning. Mel Miller (Walter Matthau) a streetwise television suit is equally unimpressed.
He also finds Betty Lou Fleckum ( a young Lee Remick in her first role) twirling her batons in at a local fair ground. He sees her as the perfect accessory and marries her immediately. Marcia feels ambushed by this sudden move, as she saw herself and the woman to tale the Lonesome out of Rhodes.
Larry even puts her on his show, with batons blazing. Unfortunately, she turns out to be a one trick cheerleader..Larry looses interest in time, but she adds more to the plot a little later.
Lonesome is becoming a king maker, and he knows it. He's the one who'll show the street monkeys and snuff queens who to vote for and what to think. What Lonesome has forgotten is that he was made a king maker by that other great dispensary of power. King Television.
Over in the discussion section of IMDB.Com, there is a thread of people who compare Lonesome to President Obama. These are people who have been eating from the petri dish again. As I said earlier, Olbermann would call Glen Beck “Lonesome Rhodes” all the time. The analogy held up well. Both men were know nothings who read and believed their own press releases. Both thought nothing of telling people what to think and say . I wouldn't be at all surprised to find out that the Obama thread is some sort of twisted “get Keith” meme.
Now comes the irony. The director , Elia Kazan, claims that the inspiration for Lonesome came from Ronald Reagan. Well, think about it. In 1957, Reagan's political career was barely past the Screen Actors Guild phase. On TV he was he still hadn't even hosted an episode of “Death Valley Days” yet, but he had been hosting “GE Theater” since 1954. And just like Larry, “Lonesome” Rhodes, Ronald “Dutch “ Reagan got started in small time local radio.
The movie is avalable through Amazon.com You can help me out if you buy it by clicking on that link.