Friday, May 19, 2006

This I Don't Get. . .

Why Are So Many Politicians Kissing The Lunatic Fringe's Asses?!?
by The Old Hippie Because The Fact That So Many Are - Scares me.


The whole of the GOP, and even, (too many,) of the loyal-opposition Democrats, are literally kissing the right-wing-nutjob's, and the born-again lunatic fringe's asses, and ignoring the "us" of the reality-based, and rationally sane of America - Why?!?  Is it because they actually believe they, the seriously ignorant and insane, outnumber the rest of us, the sane and rational?!?  And that they "know" that without the voting support of the American born-again ignorant masses they will lose their elections?!?

May be.  Since only about 25% of eligible voters actually voted in 2000 for Gore or Bush, (~12.7% for Gore, ~12.4% for Bush, and approximately the same in 2002, and 2004, and not including or marginalizing the impact of the proven crininalization and corruption of the voting machines in all 3 of those elections,) they may be correct.  The large majority, of that minority, were/are those nutjobs and lunatic fringe that only listen to the large born-again media networks, and the media they were/are "told" is okay to listen to, (i.e. FOX.)

We in the progressive media, and the reality-based blogosphere, are hearing how much impact we are having - But - It is an impact that has, so far, only impacted the "us" of the reality-based rational and sane Americans, not the majority of the voters that completely ignore "us."  It is way too obvious that politicians today "know" where the votes are.  They are with those they openly court, whether reluctantly or not.  And right now - It is the "nutjobs and lunatics" of America that they are openly courting.

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It has become blatantly obvious - What I don't get - Is why have so many rational Americans, (the "us" of the supposedly rational, sane, reality-based, and not-blinded-by-the-propaganda,) "allowed" it to get to this point?!?  Why?!?

This memorable quotation is from Sir Alex Fraser Tytler (1742-1813.)  Scottish jurist and historian, he was widely known in his time, and was professor of Universal History at Edinburgh University in the late 18th century.  The quotation is from the 1801 collection of his lectures.

"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government.  It can only exist until
the voters discover that they can vote themselves largess from the public treasury.

From that time on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most
benefits from the public treasury, with the results that a democracy always collapses
over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.

The average age of the world's great civilizations has been 200 years.

These nations have progressed through this sequence:
from bondage to spiritual faith;
from spiritual faith to great courage;
from courage to liberty;
from liberty to abundance;
from abundance to selfishness;
from selfishness to complacency;
from complacency to apathy;
from apathy to dependency;
from dependency back again to bondage."


Do you believe that the nutjobs, the lunatic fringe, and/or those that profit from their ignorance and bigotry, and/or the dangerously opportunistic corporatist profiteers, and their sycophants. . .

Care that you care?

[Disclosure: This is cross-posted at Truthout.org's "the town meeting" forum - Linked Here.]
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1 Comments:

At 5/20/2006 9:03 AM, Blogger Alan said...

Yes they care that we care, but I would say: They take notice that we care. To them we are the enemy and they take notice about their enemy. We are to be ignored, repressed economically, and whenever we can't be ignored then framed as the lunatics. Ultimately is all about greed and power. I would presume that they cater to the nut jobs because they have a high voter turn out due to the nut job organization. The nut jobs were once countered by the union vote and the southern vote both effectively marginalized by a thirty year campaign of disinformation, that unfortunalately, the democratics did not address effectively. They still due not address effectively or speak in a clear voice of truth of what is going on. Why? Because if a democrat spoke the truths of FDR he would be trampeled upon by his own party by the corrupting corporate interests that are inside it.

 

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