The Random Griffith

The audacity of dopes

Posted in politics and other ramblings by Jackson Griffith on 18/10/2010

One of the things that continually astonishes me is the chutzpah of some of the so-called conservatives in this country. I mean, they sat there like complete morons waving their little flags for eight years while Dick Cheney and his meat puppet Jorge Arbusto drove this country into a metaphorical ditch, and as soon as they lost the White House almost two years ago, the right wing started in with all this business about how Barack Obama and the Democratic Party ruined the economy and turned the United States from a constitutional republic into some kind of socialist nightmare where old folks are pried forcefully from their Buicks in Walmart parking lots, their voting records are examined to filter out those few elderly liberals who aren’t driving Volvos, and then the Republican oldsters are shunted off to death camps in Barry Hussein-O’s gulag.

Ahem. I won’t comment on the irony of flag-waving so-called patriots operating out of the Joe Stalin playbook. The wimpy liberal in me says, oui, I understand that people are stressed and angry and feel all discombobulated about the way things are going, and it’s easy to point fingers when Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity and Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck and the rest of the cheerleaders of the flying-monkey contingent of the right wing are pointing fingers. But then the part of me that has had enough of this nonsense wants to tell anyone who offers these feeble clowntime excuses for an argument that their inflammatory Foxaganda doesn’t pass the smell test. As in: “You clowns had eight years in the White House to stack the deck they way you like it, and now there’s a different crew running things, so please go to the back of the room now, sit down, STFU and let the adults fix the mess you idiots made when Dicksferatu Cheney and Jethro Mussolini were calling the shots.”

This entire business makes me a sad panda, though. I really don’t want things to be so polarized, and I have more than a few friends who profess conservative Republican politics, and I respect them for their positions, even if we have a “we’ll just agree that we disagree” stance on discussing the issues. Yeah, I know, it sounds crazy, but it really pains me that I can’t talk politics anymore with people who watch a lot of Murdoch media programming, because I really get sick and tired of being called a goddamn communist by people who don’t have the open-mindedness or patience to sit down with me and have a reasonable discussion about what’s going on in our city, or state, or country, or the world. And this makes me deeply sad.

Because I really think we can learn from each other. I don’t think politics has to be a dirty word. I think that business and government people can collaborate on finding solutions to what appears to be overwhelming problems. I think that strength springs from diversity much better than it can arise from closed systems, and that maybe some kind of swarmintel solution will materialize that we’re just not seeing right now, in kind of the way an ant colony that is much smarter than any of the little ants running around spraying pheromones on the ground to mark the path. And I don’t want government apparatchiks running everything any more than I want to see government drowned in Grover Norquist’s proverbial Dupont Circle bathtub so that the brothers Koch and the rest of the GOP rogues gallery of robber barons can rape and pillage whatever they haven’t gotten round to raping and pillaging yet.

So that’s what I’m thinking this Sunday night. Maybe I should go watch a baseball game. —Jackson Griffith

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  1. Jim said, on 18/10/2010 at 10:52

    When you start out your argument for your side with insults and put downs of the other side, is it any wonder that you get called names yourself. It’s evident you are passionate about your beliefs and opinions but if you ever expect to discuss anything with anyone in a productive manor, you need to take it easy on the insults. I’m not saying we should bury our heads in the sand but most of this stuff is way beyond our control and all we are left with is our opinions based on what we think we know based on what we have been told by a biased media or internet. It’s a stacked deck on both sides of the isle. I am saddened as well by the polarization of our country but I try not to wear my political opinions on my sleeve.

    • Jackson Griffith said, on 18/10/2010 at 21:53

      Hey, Jim! Funny that when I read the first few words, I know this was gona be my wiser older brother. More later (off to work), but, yeah, I should have been more specific about those insults. I meant them to be directed to the people who sat quietly through eight years of Bush-Cheney (or the loudmouths who told some of us to shut up and get with the program), but are all about trying to find every method available to impeach the current officeholder. It’s just sad that conservatives and liberals can’t establish any kind of meaningful dialog these days.

  2. Warren Bishop said, on 18/10/2010 at 14:59

    Dead on brother, dead on …

  3. sean said, on 18/10/2010 at 22:27

    If a liberal calls a conservative a name, the liberal is name-calling.

    If a conservative calls a liberal a name, the conservative is simply telling it like it is.

    That’s the conservative view.

    Now, flip liberal and conservative in those two sentences and you have the liberal view.

    That’s politics.

    Same as it ever was.

  4. Mark Hanzlik said, on 18/10/2010 at 23:55

    Jackson, I was thinking this blog entry was a bit tamed-down compared to some of your others. It seemed like you were looking for a middle ground for all of us to share an exchange of ideas and opinions.

  5. Lisa said, on 19/10/2010 at 00:37

    I am SO with you on this, Jackson!! The conservative media has riled these people up into a such a frenzy with ridiculous bullshit that I just want to throttle them when they say the stupid things they do. I too would love to be able to have a reasonable discussion with my conservative friends, but it is just so difficult to do. Your brother is right, it’s hard to have a discussion when insults are thrown, but it seems that the conservatives can’t help but do this because that is what they are fed by Fox, Limbaugh, et al. and they don’t seem to be able to filter out the over-the-top crap and hate mongering they promote.


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