Old @$$ parents, step aside. Teens rule!

distressThe political state called the United States of America, as delimited by its Constitution for the United States of America, is long dead, dammit.  There is no authority, no real laws…only rules.  Lots and lots of made-up-as-we-go, ad hoc, for-sale-to-the-highest-bidder(s) rules.

While I’d love to reignite that Spirit of ‘76, put a leash on politics and live our lives as individual, free people at long, long last (we never did it right, you know), my fellow old @$$ Americans want none of that, and have, like almost all old @$$ humans before us, fallen into the trap of fear, aggression, envy, greed, sloth…and a ruling class.  And as with all human societies before us, we’ve started the proverbial lemming dash toward the cliff and into the historical abyss of stupid people doing the same stupid stuff again.

Sigh…

However, as this is our collective choice, and I’m unable to dissuade the collective We The People from this historically old @$$ self-destruction, I’d like to offer a suggestion that may make our national immolation a little more pleasant:

CourtesyFlushGet rid of the US Congress.

Yes, I mean it.  Let’s just get this over with.

The US Congress is less relevant to our lives now than are pottymouth teens and cerebrally vacant pop stars.

Most regulations/rules are written by unelected bureaucrats now. The POTUS has found a pen. Judges have always felt they’ve got legislative and executive powers, and the rest of us have long since agreed.

So let’s admit we’re not a Republic anymore, and just be done with the zombie hearings, histrionics, stupid “make a statement” legislation, pontification, and terrible, misleading, fearmongering campaign ads.  Nobody pays any attention to debates, or cares a whit about facts anyway…so let’s drop at least the most visible Hatfield v McCoy tribalism, corruption and useless distraction, and render 535 vestigial organisms extinct.  We can find some other way to rename roads and post offices.

Put them out of our misery.

We probably wouldn’t even notice.

And it’d certainly make Primary Election cycles much more tolerable.

How, you may ask, could we do this? Wouldn’t it take an Act of Congress?

Nah.  Nothing does.  Not budgets, wars…nothing requires those people anymore.  They’ve happily made themselves superannuated cartoons of needless frippery.

This whole world of grownups and formalities and stuff is done. We’ve been telling kids that The Future Belongs to You, You Are Who You Want To Be, and You Can Do Anything long enough that we all apparently want it to be true.

We grownups are clearly not up to our accountabilities.

HoggSo…NoGun
This guy can lead us to a Brave New World!!

 

 

YOU!C’mon teenagers, you know we messed up…It’s Your Turn to Finish The Job!

 

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Fearing our own shadow

The Land of The Free has been surrendering freedom hand-over-fist because the Home of The Brave is scared of its own shadow.  Almost literally, its own shadow.

wwii-rubbleWe’ve for generations been the arms dealer and political destabilizer to the world.  Our CIA and armed forces have taken down one dictator to prop up another for the past seventy years.  Our government has lied about its wars, warmongering, entangling alliances and foreign interventions for much longer than that.  Our CIA and NSA have been spying on the whole world, including every person within our own borders, as well as prying into foreign elections (and our own) for long enough that it’s disingenuous to complain about foreign spies and foreign interference in elections…unless we claim we’re the only ones who’re supposed to do all that.  To everybody.  All the time.

We are the most heavily-armed, most globally nannying and bullying, domestically intrusive, imprisoning and militarized nation of all time.

It is our own shadows that both terrify and genuinely threaten us now, and, surprisingly, in the past, too.

While nobody ever says it exactly like this, the most common justification I ever hear or see for USA’s Fear-Aggression Syndrome is: Our past screw-ups necessitate today’s screw-ups.

Rational people can look at the USA’s past mistakes reasonably.  Our government made horrible, deadly, costly mistakes when it was far smaller, less powerful, less secretive, less snooping, and vastly less heavily-armed and militarized both globally, and domestically, than today.  But ironically, the closer we get to the present, the more wrong we call right, and the more we justify today’s wrong by yesterday’s wrong.

We all know that slavery and native genocide was bad.  Only the more educated among us know that the wars against Mexico and Spain were motivated by greed and desire for empire, and had nothing whatsoever to do with protecting American liberties and land.  But very few consider how Teddy Roosevelt stimulated the Empire of Japan and the USA helped create the Soviet Union, however, so we tend to think of WWII as a wholly Good War, where the USA wore white and saved the world for liberty and justice for all.

Bellamy2The point is that, the closer we get to the present, the more our views of USA government become disconnected from reality.
Even after we learned that the Vietnam War was justified on, at best, a screwup, we tend to think of USA government as a benevolent god of peace and love, incapable of wrongdoing (though we keep seeing new wrongdoing every day).

This is a freakishly weird phenomenon.  But it’s also the nature of tribalism and idolatry.  We love our team, and we hate the other guys.  We can’t see the wrong in our idols, teams, champions and leaders, but we know that the other peoples’ idols, teams, champions and leaders are pure evil.

In other words, we see the past more clearly than the present.  And we see other sinners more clearly than we see ourselves.

So, as a result, we exemplify the exact opposite of The Golden Rule.

This is self-immolation.  We have so many impending disasters of fiscal, social, monetary and military nature, that we desperately need a revolution of heart and mind.

You can’t be the Land of The Free if you’re not the Home of The Brave.  But no nation can survive at all with this kind of stupid.