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Friday, September 01, 2006

The KKK took my baby away

Thank you Senator Byrd. I have seen the light. There are times when I am not completely cynical. These are the times that I am stupid. Fuck it all. Accountability. I couldn't believe a Dem would place the hold. I was wrong. I had really hoped that the taliban had become so overtly evil that there really would be a rise of good - like in the Stand. But, nobody is walking to Colorado. No-siree-bob. The party out of power just wants the spoils of power. Pigs at the trough.

Don't get me wrong, the taliban is evil and soulless. The alternative is superior. But that doesn't mean I have to like it. For me, I need to disengage from politics more. No more politics posts. More posts about my cat.


Blogger Vanilla Bullshit said...

You don't have a cat. Byrd is 148 years old and will be out of the Senate soon enough. The trends with the internets is toward more accountability. People want sunlight in politics. Even if some manipulating politicians don't, I do have faith that even enough of a percentage of Republican voters want sunlight that the popular will plus organized internet-based pressure will bring about reforms in the ares of political public disclosures.

Ironically, many Republian voters have deluded themselves into thinking that either a) it's really the Dems who are corrupt or b) all politicians are the same that they should be willing to be called on this bluff. It's the same bluff that makes Republican sycophants forward those emails talking about how Byrd was in the KKK 50 years ago like Strom Thurmond et. al. and therefore Democrats are the real racist party. "Accountability" is something they emptily mouth, but their voters can't legitimately flip flop if their bluff gets called.

11:13 AM  
Blogger TubaOnFire said...

I would disagree that there is any trend toward more accountability. As the electorate gets more partisan, there is less of a chance of switching teams. It would greatly disappoint me, but not surprise me if there were few real changes in Congress in 2006. What taliban douches are sitting around going, yeah, my party has sent the country to the shitter, I better try the other one?

Politics has become this bizzare game of rallying the base, and getting the people who believe your story to the polls. It is a logistic challenge, not policy or ideas. In the effort it takes to convice one taliban to vote Dem, the taliban can dig up 5 people in the KKK who didn't vote last time.

The two party system is an abject failure. There is too much responsibility on the people and the media not being lazy idiots. I think a parlimentary system has a better chance.

1:44 PM  
Blogger Vanilla Bullshit said...

I am talking about something different. In this particular bill, the issue was two pork-ridden Senators were holding up a bipartisan bill that gave Americans more sunlight into public expenditures. I believe that kind of accountability is being driven in no small part by the ability for the internets to quickly organize and galvanize support for such bills.

Conisder Net Neutrality. Five, ten years ago, that bill was a done deal. Today, there is a real pushback, even from some unlikely political allies.

My overall point is this. More sunlight is inherently progressive. Sunlight leads to better government and Republicans lose when the government is run better, more efficiently, and is more answerable.

Will the Taliban and racist Republican shitbags still exist? Certainly. But pictures of George Allen with the KKK, er, CCC will move around ever faster. Technology has definitely some bad side effects, but it can also lead to more political accountability and to better government, even if the process can seem maddeningly slow.

6:08 PM  
Blogger Vanilla Bullshit said...

I should also add that I'm not disconcerted when I hear a Dem is doing some sleazy things like Byrd. Because I take comfort in the fact that it's the principle not the party. The principle is: sunlight and accountability is good. Tom Coburn co-sponsored the bill with Obama, and Coburn is a crazy fucking Taliban evil shitstick from Oklahoma. But the bill is the right bill. Principle over party. I am not in the least worried that resting with principle undermines my belief that Democrats on the whole have more things right than wrong, and that Republicans on the whole are wrong about just about everything.

6:12 PM  

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