January 25, 2013

Morning Line: The end of politics

Sam Smith - The absurdly hyperbolic coverage of the Inauguration reminded me that politics is really dead. In its place we have a merger of corporate business (aka campaign contributors) and show business (aka politicians) not unlike the relationship between corporations and their advertising. We, as a culture, have become so used to it that we no longer care that Lindsay Lohan isn’t much of an actress or that Barack Obama isn’t that great a president. We just want them to play the part.

Which is why Hillary Clinton is so much more popular than, say, Joe Biden. Biden is a politician. He lacks the looks, the style, and the manner of an actor, except as a humorous, historical bit character known as Joe Biden. Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, does it all extremely well and in the style of the moment.

In truth, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are leaders of a collapsing republic, a collapsing economy, and a collapsing culture. But their style helps us to avoid facing such things. As long as the act continues, we don’t have to.

And the black/feminine aspect is a not insignificant factor. Obama and Clinton have three major classes of supporters:
  • Those who share their ethnicity or gender and are so delighted to finally have someone of their ilk in power that the details of their actual politics is a minor factor.
  • Those who don’t share their ethnicity or gender but share their politics and are pleased to have them to brag about.
  • Those who were afraid that someone of Obama’s ethnicity or Clinton’s gender might be problem and are grateful that they aren’t..

Will we ever rediscover politics or will our lives be forever controlled by corporate funders and the political equivalents of the Geico gecko, those we can love without really knowing why?

If reality does return, it will probably be about the same time that a losing captain of a major football team actually tells a TV reporter that “I screwed up every frigging way” instead of the blather he was coached to say by some communications expert.

Meanwhile, we can look forward to Chris Matthews finding ever more parallels between Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama.


Anonymous said...

Did Sam Smith warn people away from voting for Jill Stein and encourage them to vote Obama just so he could indulge for the next 4 years in posting article after article after article after article exposing the stark raving evil that is Barackackack Obama?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Anonymous said...

tell me, please tell me: just how stinking high does the globalocal pile of preventable corpses have to grow - and just how extremely far does the criminally engineered deprivation-for-billions ON 100% FRAUDULENT GROUNDS have to go - and just how unnecessarily imperiled does our planet have to be... before the gaggle of comatose left media mavens who are dreaming they are awake finally finally grok the fact that history has already proven that gradualism in theory is perpetuity in practice.


yes. that's right. i'm just a weensy bit angry with everybody who lent their voice to "be practical and sacrifice single-payer on the altar of obamacare" and "romney will be worse"

invent all the wooly-worded excuses you will, grant yourself as much license to ignore the magnitude of the consequences of your bovine acquiesence as you can - but in this old broad's opinion: if you refuse to draw a line in the sand in the midst of all the stupendous injustice and stratospheric suffering this poor world is boiling in - you have lost your moral compass and all your good sense, too.

It is incredible to think how astonishingly far people can go - only to see so astonishingly little.

Strelnikov said...

"....indulge for the next 4 years in posting article after article after article after article exposing the stark raving evil that is Barackackack Obama?"

Sam Smith was trapped; he could not vote for Rmoney, Stein was doomed, so he swallowed his loathing and pulled the lever for BHO. Just because you vote for somebody doesn't mean you can't rip that person to shreds on the Internets.

Anonymous said...

bullshit circular argument, strelnikov - Sam Smith voluntarily aided and abetted the marginalization of Jill Stein and single payer when he was perfectly free to stand up loudly and proudly against the puppet in the white house who licks the boots of tyrants and spits the polish in your face.

Anonymous said...

The current system was put in place by Nixon's court in 1976, when corporate speech became political free speech. Politicians have no ability to say what they will do and then do it, unless they are corporatist. So genuine politics is only played by the right, which prefers this form of disguised dictatorship. This is identical to the 1850's when slavery controlled the government, and only Sumner spoke up to attack the slaveocracy. The bulwark against the money power, the Jefferson-Jackson Dems, Bryan, Debs, TR, FDR have been routed and need replacements. This can only come by voting out politicians who won't commit political suicide on behalf of abolition of money in politics. This is the vulnerability of the right which relies on the Southern anti-bank vote, where old fashioned anti-plutocracy would unravel their coalition. A new majoritarian anti-corporate party would displace one of the two current parties and end the duopoly, or as a voters movement transform both parties into anti-plutocracy parties. You don't get this without surviving pushback from the police state, as OWS is learning.

Anonymous said...

American politics is not hard to figure out. It's about Boston saying what needs to happen and then getting everyone else on board. Those who attack Massachusetts are enemies of the nation. Hence Romney's residence as a colonial governor and the bullets aimed at the Kennedys.

Anonymous said...

France has had five republics since 1789. Why is it so hard for people in the US to see we've had more than one, too?

November 22, 1963.