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John Boehner as Don Quixote: The Knight – Errant of Politics and Economics

Like our infamous hero who set out on a series of dubious quests, so does our infamous Speaker of the House lead us along a series of mishaps that does nothing but bring disaster and despair upon his loyal followers – and the nation he pledged to lead.

The cry of “Fiscal Cliff!”  rings out from the Speaker’s mouth with much the same absurdity as Don Quixote’s claim of “giants!” in one of his first adventures.

“But look, your Grace, those are not giants but wind mills.” replies the knight’s faithful companion Sancho.

“But look, Mr. Speaker, that is no fiscal cliff, it’s just that deal you made two years ago, coming to fruition.”    Just as Don Quixote raises a false pretense to attack the windmills, so does our Speaker blurt out a false pretense of economic danger to attack the political process – creating an emergency where there is none.  One received a dislocated shoulder, a broken lance, and wounded pride.  The other further injured the faith of a nation, set up a path to a more difficult fight, and created even more divisiveness.

And just like Don Quixote, our John Boehner continues on his quest to make an issue where there is none, spinning tales of fantastic economic gallantry based on fiction rather than reality.   “Plan B, I have a Plan B!”  He touts as he works the press and the public into frenzy over another possible, (maybe, this time???) compromise.  Alas, Plan B was nothing, literally nothing, since he didn’t have the support he knew it needed.   Ah, but injuries are sustained even in this little ruse.  Again, America learns that her leaders are not all they claim to be – “we have a plan, but we don’t have support for the plan.” I can hear us expelling a collective “Huh?” along the same lines that Sancho exclaimed when Don Quixote declared that approaching sheepherders were indeed fierce and terrible enemies with whom he must engage.

“The Debt Ceiling, The Debt Ceiling!”  What about the debt ceiling oh faithful leader?  “Well, its…its…its THERE, in front of us.”  Yes, we’ve always had a debt ceiling, your Grace, we’ve always just let it pass. “Well, that’s just preposterous!  Of course we’ll fight the debt ceiling; henceforth it shall not pass for free!”

“Marauders, thieves, murderers!”  Don Quixote exclaims to Sancho and the stars, as they listen to the cacophony of some approaching group or other.  Our infamous hero takes off into the night only come upon a caravan of mourners, complete with a corpse upon its death bed.  No longer is a mourning group able to pass unmolested, it is accosted and defiled under no precedence except that which exists only in the illusion of the perpetrator.

Damage report:  life threatening wounds inflicted upon our hero, and a national credit down grade inflicted upon our nation.

Not to fear though, our hero has a holy remedy, a sacred balm, which will cure all wounds and which is available only to the divine knights-errant.   Some tincture of mixed herbs administered thusly to Don Quixote’s faithful Sancho afflicted him with an admirable bout of loose bowels, and a non-magical carpet ride by local villagers because his Squire refused to pay the bill.  In our universe, the recipe for a similar balm (deemed affective by the order-of-the-knights.  ie. the republican party), consists of spending cuts without a balance of revenue to pay for existing debt – spending cuts that only serve to slow down an already weak economy that is still recovering from the economic loose bowel episode of 2007. Sancho was wise to refuse further treatments of his master’s exotic balm.  We should be so wise.

In the end, our infamous hero came to his senses and realized he had been living in a false reality.  His realization came only at the expense of his humiliating defeat however.  Who knows what humiliating battle might befall our dear Speaker, let’s hope common sense prevails and he avoids such an ordeal.  I do fear for us though, as a nation.   Having a leader crying over injustices or fighting battles that are non-existent has been a drain on us as a nation.  I worry about the degree of polarization taking place amongst us because of false claims and illusionary thinking.   Please, Mr. Speaker, let’s stop the charade.  We are better than this.


“I DON’T CARE!”: The conservative mantra and the demise of U.S.

Emotions are running high this election.  Facebook is burning up with heated conversations of family members and friends.  I’ve noticed a dangerous pattern within my conservative circle of friends and family – that is the utter tenacity to cling to untruths.  I have struggled  immensely trying to understand this mindset.

One of the things I observed is that many come back with the statement, “You can have your opinions, I’ll have mine.”  This is true.  The problem is that I am not disagreeing with their opinion.  Neither am I offering my own (most of the time).  I am merely setting the record straight with the truth.

I offer to read any books, links, or resources they would recommend so that I can research on my own, “You know, in all my readings I hadn’t read anything that says…so I’d love to read what you have.”  After all, I am forever posting links to Mother Jones, CSM, and The Guardian.  I do so hoping that they are read and I am willing to return the gesture. I almost never get anything back. (As a side note, this tactic has been a goldmine of information.  When those who take me up on the challenge do send me something, I find some amazing….ly insane information out there).

No matter what tactic I took it didn’t matter.  They cling to their misinformation adamantly. Recently, one person sent a very enlightening remark.  “I don’t care!”

There it was.  The light bulb went on for me.  There are people out there who just don’t care.  It doesn’t matter what the truth is, it doesn’t matter where the benefit lies, they just don’t care.

“Okay,”  I thought, “I suppose that’s one way of choosing to handle the truth.”  But then I considered it further and I came to realize that choosing not to care poses a serious threat to the greatness our country has achieved and it highly reduces any ability for us to be greater still.

Not caring about the truth strips us of the ability to reason and robs us of our capacity to grow again.  How can we plan for a better future for our children if we deny the reality of that future?  There can be no compromise on vital issues such as balancing our need for oil versus the need to keep our planet healthy if many of our citizens just “don’t care!”  How can we keep our government accountable if a great deal of its voters just “don’t care!”

The bottom line is this: when one side of the table doesn’t care about the truth, there can be no discussion.  No discussion means no moving forward, no progress, no growth.  Zip, zero, nothing.  The conservative mantra of “I DON”T CARE” about the truth is one of the most detrimental ideas to happen to our nation.  It is blatantly robbing us of our ability to be great.  In all sincerity and passion, I hope they come to care about that.

Be Well,

Frankie

 


Demagoguery in the U.S.? Probably not.

The recent and enjoyable spat between Ann Coulter and the rest of The View crew again reminded me that many of us still cling to the ideology of ‘The White Man’s Burden.’  It is an ideology born of bygone days from the time when ‘guns, germs, and steel’ were overwhelming less industrialized societies and annihilating them at a god awful pace in the name of Colonization and Imperialist snobbery.  If Ann had her way, this thought process is a dead issue (somehow its death blow came with the OJ Simpson verdict ??????).  The reality is that the imperialist idea (and its inherent racist tenants) is still alive and well today in the Republican party, it’s so blatant in fact that yeah, any normal attempt the democrats make to ensure equality could be interpreted as demagoguery, being interpreted of course, from the perception that only rich white men matter.

It doesn’t take a genius, for instance, to look at all the pictures and videos from both recent party conventions to realize that one party is way whiter than the other.  And way more male.  Translation:  obviously one party embraces a true representation of our nation.  It doesn’t take a genius to see the implications of white republican convention women throwing peanuts at their African-American sister saying “This is what we feed the animals.”  It doesn’t take a genius to realize that Republican efforts to curtail ‘voting fraud’ are blatant attempts to disenfranchise millions of black, Mexicans, and other minorities.  Why?  Because those minorities typically vote Democrat.  Why?  Because Democrats typically take care of them, along with the rest of the nation, much better than Republicans.  It doesn’t take a genius to understand that the efforts to re-build New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina were wholly geared toward the rich and the white. Current demographics support this trend clearly. New Orleans’ rebuilding was financially underwritten by private contractors and approved by republicans who stood to profit hugely from those private contracts.   It doesn’t take a genius to see that our prisons and judicial system are highly geared toward criminalizing young African-Americans.   It certainly doesn’t take a genius to understand that republicans dislike our current president simply because he is black.

See, when there is obvious effort to disenfranchise our minorities, democrats don’t NEED to patronize anyone, simply exhibiting basic human compassion is enough to balance the scales.  As long as the “White Man’s Burden” ideology is lurking around, such a simple act could look like demagoguery from the narrow view of the republicans.

Be Well!

Frankie