Monday, September 3, 2012

Do Crazy People Run Our Country?

An interesting thought after surviving watching the Republican National Convention last week: who the hell is really running our country?

This is not a condemnation specifically against "conservatives" or "liberals," but against those who decide what is "conservative" and what is "liberal': the men and women at these conventions, the campaigners, and the politicians that run our country.

There were some fairly obscene things going on in Tampa last week. Conservatives fighting other conservatives for control of the conservative movement, Ron Paul supporters nearly brawling with the Republican establishment...

And the moral of the story, at the end of the day, is that most of us are tired of it. We're sick of it, we're burned out on it. But those in control are ok with that; in fact they actually prefer it. When people get burned out, they're more likely to pick out soundbites without bothering to fact check; they're more likely to rely on a facebook meme as a source of policy analysis.

Take the below gem from Mitt Romney, where he relates 23 million Americans unemployed, and that this makes Obama "0-for-23 million," using a patronizing reference about if he were a coach, he would be fired.

Does anyone else not understand what's going on here? First of all, by my estimation, the unemployment rate is about two-tenths of a percent lower than it was when Obama took office. At the least, that makes him somewhere in the neighborhood of 500,000-for-23,000,000.

Second, if the unemployment rate sits at about 8.1%, then that means that there are about 284,000,000 employable people in the United States. Out of the 311,000,000 population. 9 out of every 10 people in the US are of an age and a position where they are seeking a job? That's not right.

So the politicians are nutty, but that's not the half of it. Have you ever met one of these people who go to the conventions? I've met one or two (I have no special involvement in politics, I just happen to have become acquainted with a few in my life on chance) and they are nuts. They're pretentious, they're condescending, they're very, very angry. They're always right, you're always wrong. Not just in politics, always.

These are the people that are controlling our country. When you start to listen to them talk about the ways they subvert primaries and votes, you really sit back and scratch your head and think "huh - these are the kinds of people who are the reason why our world has so many problems."

It's not just that I wouldn't want these kind of insane (they'd call themselves "passionate") people to run our country, it's that I wouldn't want them running my McDonald's! They're obnoxious, they're rude, and they're crass - and what's more is that they're under the impression that all of this is ok, because of their political standing. 

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