Common Ground

4 years ago
Hi ho, friends and neighbors. Today, I shall rant. I haven’t ranted in a good long while and I miss it. Besides, ranting is like sex -- if I don’t get some release for my tension I get cranky. No one wants a cranky Fokker.

Today my rant will be preceded by the rant of my Good Friend Twinkles. I’m calling her Twinkles mostly because the envisioning her face when she reads that her code name is Twinkles is making me giggle. Anyway, here is Twinkle’s rant, which I will comment on and then use as a jumping off point for my own seething rage.

“Semi-political rant, so advance apologies: Tomorrow, I'm supposed to vote for the next Governor of VA. The problem is that I think all of the candidates suck. And between friends and family, I've got everyone telling me that I'm a moron because obviously THIER interest is INFINITELY preferable to my worthless objection and so I should just vote their way. My dad, in NY, has been lobbying me to vote Republican because he won't take away our gun rights. Never mind that he doesn't seem to think science is real and wants to legislate my hoohah (the candidate, not my dad). My friends on the left argue that I MUST vote Democrat because all Republicans hate gays and women and minorities and Christmas and unicorns and are EVIL EVIL EVIL EVIL. To which I am apparently obligated to repeat the following "Not all Republicans are in the Tea Party, and "Republican" isn't actually defined as "hateful moron". Which is usually followed by "but I don't like that dude's politics and choices all that much either". I've had people on BOTH sides point out why the Libertarian is a horrible choice and I REALLY shouldn't do that (did you know that Libertarians think that "female" is an acceptable reason to fire people? so I was told today.) So depending on who I'm talking to, I'm stupid, ignorant, racist, homophobic or anti-American. And I'm tired of it. So Fokkin TIRED of it. So, for the first time since I turned 18, I'm probably not going to go out to vote tomorrow. Because it's the only choice that I'm left with that I can live with.“ Boy howdy, do I feel her pain.

Now, we are not on the same “team” vis-à-vis politics. She is on Team Moderate Republican of the Central Right. I am on Team Bleeding-Heart Liberal Do-Gooder who wants us to embrace the socialist Nordic system of government. Twinkles isn’t a Tea Bagger and I am not a Communist, but otherwise our poles are far apart. Our major commonality is that we have no one to vote for without agonizing reservations.

Considering that the last two Democratic presidents are politically to the right of Richard Millhouse Nixon, I think she should just go to the Donkey Side to meet her needs, but she has a loyalist affection for what her party once was. I can see why that would be important to people.

Don’t believe me about Clinton and Obama being Right Wingers? Remember what Clinton did to “reform” Welfare and deregulate the markets, and what Obama is currently doing. Now, you tell me where they really live on the political spectrum:

Which brings me to my angst. Even when the putative “left” wins, I lose. I don’t vote for a candidate that represents my ideals; I vote for the person who is not quite as far on the Right wing side of politics.

To vote for a candidate with my whole heart, I have to move to Vermont and vote for Bernie Sanders, who poots rainbow glitter like a unicorn in my opinion. Or maybe move to Massachusetts to vote for Elizabeth Warren, who is the kind of Democrat who actually gives a shit about the not-fokking-rich and thinks the government should tax billionaires for the common good. Being a liberal makes her an Eisenhower Republican, BTW. However, as a Teddy Roosevelt Republican I can live with that.

If you want more information about how America took a right turn in 1980 and just kept going, I suggest reading William C. Berman’s book,America’s Right Turn. If you want to read how that Right Turn took us straight down the crapper, read Age of Greed and/or The Wrecking Crew and/or What’s the Matter with Kansas?

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