Sunday, December 18, 2011


    No matter what Reverend Moon may believe, Adolf Hitler in the afterlife is still a son of a bitch. Trying to get him to reform is like trying to get cancer to change its ways. Cancer does what it does because that is what it does. So it is with Hitler. And so it is with the American political system. Oh, gee, if we could take the big money out of politics then yes then things would be better, we moan like children on a battlefield despite the evident fact that (a) all money is big money, and (b) the system would mutate to accommodate the life-saving measure so that the industry of American politics would continue in its uncorrected manner. To call the present system corrupt is to call Hitler corrupt or to call diabetes corrupt. These things do what they are. They deliver what they promise. Hitler ordered the extermination of a people. Diabetes causes people to urinate excessively. The American political system misleads people into thinking they have substantial choices. Each does precisely as guaranteed and whatever levels of evil they may possess, they are at least direct about it.
    If only this, then. These italicized words are the geometric axiom for the new millennium. If only this thing would have happened, then and only then would things be better. For instance, if only the Supreme Court hadn't ripped us off, Gore would have become President and things would be different. If only Robert Kennedy would have dodged the bullets, the Vietnam War would have ended sooner. If the dog hadn't stopped to take a crap, he would have caught the rabbit. No, wrong, and stupid. Most people would concede the point that if things were different then they wouldn't be the same. I refuse to go that far. I would say instead, "If things were different, we wouldn't know about it."
    I used to be troubled by the lack of viable third party candidates in this country. In my life time, there have only been three people running for President outside the major political parties who have garnered anything like national attention and at least two of those have been insane: George Wallace in 1968, John Anderson in 1980 and Ross Perot in 1992. I will leave it to you to determine the two out of three psychopaths. None of the three was viable, none of the three had a chance of being elected, and it wouldn't have changed things at all if any of the three had been elected. Change the oil in your car, paint it a different color, rotate your tires. But if you go to bed owning a 1942 Buick, all the minor repairs in the world will transform it into a 2012 Lexus. 
    The temptation is to blame the individuals involved. Hey, they say, if Ralph Nader had only been more reasonable, he would have had a chance. If only Eugene Debs hadn't been in prison. If only Ed Muskie had known how to eat with a fork. 
    The American political system is far bigger than any one candidate and as a matter of fact it is now even bigger than America itself, thanks in no small part to the Citizens United Supreme Court case, although for at least one hundred years things have been two far gone to repair. Nope, reform is just another word for nothing left to lose. And nothing ain't worth nothing and it sure ain't free. 
    I admit to feeling encouragement from the Occupy Movement. The OWS has a lot of system people very nervous because for the first time in a very long time the system people feel the hot breath of outrage against their jugulars. I suspect a lot of good will come from this. In fact, our only salvation as the inhabitants of this fragile country may lie with the Occupy Movement. But even if nothing tangible materialized, the OWS will have already been worth the trouble just for scaring the scrotum up into the bowels of the miserable lunatics who ran off years ago with the American political machine. Everyone can see the time has come to steal it back. Cheers!


Joyce said...

Just an aside to your "ifs" paragraph (which you probably know) - there are many people who have either forgotten or do not know that Mitt Romney's father, George Romney, ran on the republican ticket for president in 1968. He lost to Nixon, but still worked in Nixon's cabinet.

George Romney's history, not to mention his association with big business via the auto industry, is very convoluted, and somewhat interesting to say the least.

Wonder how much of George exists in Mitt, other than the obvious DNA?

Phil Mershon said...

Thanks, Joyce. I wonder, too. I think Mitt is quite a bit like his father in the sense of intending to make the best of the situation regardless of how it turns out. One other thing, and perhaps you see this too: Every time I look at Mitt Romney I believe I see a person who is absolutely certain of his own victory. Not in a cocky way, just in a calm and certain way. Could be my imagination.