OpEd: Don't Vote! Politicians Will Get In!

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On 9/11 two things happened to me:

1. I started smoking again, after having stopped, cold turkey, 17 years before.

2. In the evening of that fateful day I turned to my partner and said: “Shit, the plane that should have hit the Capitol Building, preferably with both houses in full session, is the only one that missed its target.”

My partner looked at me horrified. I don’t know how the words flew out of my mouth but I know now their roots stemmed from my growing revulsion toward our political system. A revulsion that has festered, more and more, with each passing session of Congress. Used cars salesmen have gained respect in the last 25 years; they are no longer the most mistrusted people on earth. Congressmen and Senators have claimed the title of scumbags. A crown they do not want to let go. And in a few days we have a midterm election. I know this because I can’t turn the TV on without having to sit through one negative ad after another. The candidates don’t even talk about what they want to do if elected, or what their vision is, they just throws feces at their opponents. Nothing constructive is ever said. I keep blessing the inventor of the mute button on the remote control.

When one thinks that they can’t sink lower than the sewers they already swim in, here comes the latest winning entry from New Hampshire State Rep. Steve Vaillancourt (R) who compared Congresswoman Annie Kuster (D) to a “drag queen” in his blog “Miscellany Blue.”

"Let's be honest," Vaillancourt writes. "Does anyone not believe that Annie Kuster is as ugly as sin? And I hope I haven't offended sin. If looks really matter and if this race is at all close, give a decided edge to republican challenger Marilinda Garcia." Furthermore, in the weirdest start of a gubernatorial debate, Florida Gov. Rick Scott initially refused to take the stage because Democrat Charlie Crist insisted on using a fan to keep him cool. People like these make Newt Gingrich appealing.

I have always considered myself an intensely political man. Joined and supported a party, rejoiced in its victories, believed that its accession to power would bring the country closer to social justice and prosperity for all. But also gave the other side the backing they needed when they won, including the benefit of the doubt. I am now engulfed in a sense of helplessness which is compounded with the failure to understand what happened, what went wrong, as if body snatchers from another planet took over and imposed on us a system of Dysfunctional Pseudo Democracy. The Left came, gave space to the Right, which gave room to the Left. Nothing changed. Disillusionment wasn't swift but I eventually reached the current state of political despair and dark cynicism. I can say with certainty that there is a preponderance of psychopaths at the top, with a clinical absence of empathy. Like creatures from a science fiction movie. Irresponsibility and total disregard for the good of the country is the norm in a game where the word bipartisan has become anathema. Obstructionism is the rule. Paralyzing the Government with blackmail is the favorite sport of the elected gasbags. The word “do jour” is negate instead of negotiate. Too many times I feel we are ruled by thieves and liars. It is as if the last remaining vestiges of restraint and shame have been overcome and it is no longer necessary, on the part of the political elite, to pretend that they are anything less than what they are: power hungry self centered monochromatic greedy narcissistic bastards.

Their ego-cancer makes them unaware of the mounting disgust the population at large feel at the way we are ruled. It doesn't even matter at this point if the people have voted for or against any politicians they now despise. We the people would be happy to lock them all up in the local church, set it ablaze, and throw away the keys.

There is very little hope for change. Although they often talk and promise a better world, especially on the campaign trail, not one of them gives evidence of having any desire to change this rotten system because it works so well to the real purpose of maintaining power for themselves, and the benefits that come with it. The people be damned. Keep them sick and poor. They are easier to control. The member of this caste are predators who use charm, money, manipulation, intimidation, religion and fear to manipulate others and to satisfy their own selfish needs. We routinely elect barbarians who take what they want and do as they please without guilt or remorse. We should start blaming ourselves for accepting the status quo because we elect these sociopaths and pay their salaries.

Unless you have a permanent lapse of reason you have to admit that those who represent you belong in a three ring circus, or preferably in a loony bin.

I am exhausted by how stupid everyone is getting. More to the point: you know they didn't get up there by themselves, they don't belong up there, they don't know what to do while they are up there. They are elevated beyond their ability to function. Civility, class, style have gone by the wayside, hysteria has taken over, elected politicians resort to innuendos, sneers, manipulation, misrepresentation, greed, and unsubstantiated attacks of the opposite side just because it is the opposite side. I fear that the rules our nation so successfully followed for more than 200 years were designed for another time, a different breed of human beings.

It’s all a facade, a big fraud perpetrated against the American people, a far too real and tragic reality show. The modus operandi is to talk about God, family and guns, preferably with southern accents, while robbing us blind and destroying what little is left of our democracy.

That’s why this time I am going to pass. What can happen anyway? Another crooked politician will get in? Placing hopes and dreams in the hands of men who say they are on God’s side is never a good idea. It’s A Highway to Hell.


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