I haven’t felt much like posting of late. Every time I think I might want to write about the many currents of national or local politics, I start to circle the drain thinking about just how low the state of our republic has been brought.
We are stuck in orbit about a giant black hole of putrescent denial, tidally locked to this giant sucking center of political dysfunction. We are stranded, unable to break free from this dead star of ethical and moral decay. We seem not even to recognize our plight, even though the utter nullity at the heart of our national politics has brought us so low that we have allowed the Bush Administration and the GOP to torture people, to violate our constitutional rights without even a fig leaf of legality, and to murder and maim innocent Iraqis in spectacular numbers so that we needn’t face our own folly. We can’t address the shameful attractor at the bottom of our national psyche because we can’t even stand to look in the mirror for fear of
what we’ll see there.
The GOP are eating the their own as they try not to face reality. Ron Paul makes a statement as unobjectionable as it was unoriginal about the blowback responsible for precipitating the contemptible crime of 9/11, and his party wants to crucify him. It’s not because they don’t share his view, but because any rational examination of the past 6 years will start to unravel the emperor’s clothes, and nobody wants to see the result of that. So the GOP primary will become a contest to see who can grunt most threateningly and throw his feces the furthest.
Democrats are little better; our elected officials seem inveterately unable to take a principled stand on anything, craving only a prolongation of their power, as if power was given to them by the American people for no reason, and carried no mandate to act. First impeachment, the constitutional remedy for a President who has lost all confidence of the people and Congress, is timorously taken off the table. Now it seems any principled stand on removing our troops from Iraq is being bargained away. Rather than paying what little political price there may be to do what the majority of Americans want done, we are going to compromise on the one thing for which there should be no compromise. So the Democratic primary has become a contest to see who can ignore the giant sucking black hole, or, failing that, notice only that all the light seems to be fading, as the black hole devours it all, and suggest that perhaps we need to turn on another light.
So, I feel sick. Sick at heart. I’m looking for hope. I’m going to read Al Gore’s new book this week, but I don’t expect it will make me feel any better to know that the one guy who isn’t afraid to point out the corruption at the heart of our current situation and call it foul, still says he won’t run for President. Anyone for an Arizona Draft Gore committee out there?
UPDATE: Grijalva just announced that he will be voting against the Iraq War Supplemental. Thank him. He’s one of the few, the proud, the head free of rectum.