Stream of Consciousness: The Road to the White House from the Comforts of My Couch

Feb 17, 2012 by

   

   

 

(Note to reader: I do not profess to be an expert in politics. I find the state of politics in the United States, and throughout the world, utterly deplorable yet highly comical.  If you’re searching for intelligent political commentary, you won’t find it here.)

I am up late these days.  Weekday late nights are spent isolated: shuffling through albums, conjuring up ideas for the site, reading, or mindlessly clicking away from channel to channel in hopes of finding something desirable.  The wife and child are sound asleep experiencing act II of their nightly dream.  I lay awake deep into the night’s interior monologue, but nothing too worrisome or serious keeps me from eventually dosing off.

Its 11:00 PM, I turn to some cable news program, doesn’t matter which one, since they’re all similar.  The only difference seems to be what team they blindly root for or against.  Sometimes the program is satire driven; other times it is branded as serious journalistic news coverage.  Either way, I find each of the shows amusing in their own right.  The ones that don’t know they’re funny are comedy in its truest form. 

The person inside the television is trying like hell to get me riled up about some issue or dishonesty uncovered I should care about.  His argument invariably fails and he heads to commercial to regroup for the next segment.  This cycle repeats ad nauseam; I tend not to worry, maybe I should.  

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I tune into the Republican debates strictly for entertainment.  Four men running for President, laying out their agenda; I sit back like I’m watching a comedian in the throes of an off night. 

Watching these men debate is like watching the Olympics; I know I should care but I don’t.  I will see them next time around; thankfully it’s a long four years from now.

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Qualifications to run for President of the United States seem reasonable: rich and mildly good-looking.  Otherwise, you may have to take the Abe Lincoln approach:  possess a handful of universally appealing ideas and a backbone.

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I find it somewhat ironic that all four men running for the Republican nominee display a rather negative tone regarding the United States Government.  Think about your job.  If your CEO was leaving, and the person being groomed for the position spent all their time trashing the organization, along with everyone in it, would you want that person running your company?  Would they inspire confidence? 

I know I simplified the four candidates disregard for our government and the people who hold high level federal jobs.  I understand each thinks they are the right person to improve our democracy and turn around our economic misfortunes, but can’t they sprinkle in a little positivity.  Never mind, I am naive in that thought, move ahead with your negatively charged campaign and hope for the best! 

“Everything has gone to shit! Vote for me!”

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We are conditioned to think candidates running for the office of President stand for something.  I focus but still come up empty.  What exactly do they believe?  This tactic is solid political strategy, a way for the candidate to not be saddled with ideas and be held accountable to them. Their hatred, or simulated dismay, for Barack Obama is crystal clear; everything else is ill-defined.  

Out of the four Republican candidates, Ron Paul stays true to his principals.  He rarely waivers from his beliefs regarding our society’s fading civil liberties.  Paul knows all too well that some of his ideals are unpopular or “out there.”   Whatever your take on Paul, at least he comes off genuine and has the balls to stand up for his ideals.  It’s a shame that America doesn’t want a person who strays far from political games.  We say we want a person who sticks to their beliefs and are honest.  In reality, Americans want the exact opposite. 

The media is too strong a force; your brain is quickly rewired to think that Ron Paul is nuts and Barack Obama is not a citizen of the United States.  You end up voting for someone with the same faith or hatred of policies you have. Paul is not electable some say; before you know it, a campaign is put forth to deem him anti-military or simply out of touch.  It is just another use of false blanket statements keeping us all in front of the curtain.

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Ron Paul would like to run the government like a local Ace Hardware.  Not much overhead, a few isles of needed essentials, and closed on Sundays. 

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I listen intently to Newt Gingrich’s moon colony idea.  The absurdity is mind blowing.  I long to return the five minutes I wasted listening, I head to the shower to clean myself of Newt’s dirt and grime. 

I guess Newt thought that Floridians would eat this shit up.  I waited for it, but it never came.  I ask myself, “is this really happening?”  Newt continues on with ramblings of urban sprawl on the goddamn moon.  Not once does Newt end with the following statement, “just kidding, folks.” Instead, he concludes the moon fable with something about the Chinese’s eventual plans for a moon voyage.  The U.S. must act first! (Somewhere in Beijing a few members of the State Council are laughing hysterically.) I get up from the couch, shaking my head, chuckling to myself about what I just witnessed from a person that people of South Carolina thought highly of. 

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The posh thing to do in America these days is to grossly generalize and label anyone and anything.  We do this without a lick of evidence or facts and feel no remorse when we do it.  Our society as a whole has no use in moving beyond this notion.  Labels act as the cliff notes; we don’t have to be bothered reading the entire book.  How are we to decide on anything, especially when casting a vote, if we must form our own opinion from conducting our own research?  Who the fuck has that kind of time on their hands? 

I wish that someday in the near future there is no R, D, or I in front of a candidate’s name when splashed on the screen.  

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Is it too much to ask for a whole week of silence from Mitt, Rick, Newt, and Ron?  It would be so refreshing to not have them open their mouths with whatever shit crosses their minds.  I know this a pipe dream but I continue on with it anyway. 

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Candidates are already labeled; so to ensure we validate our choice of candidate, we hop on the internet and research important matters such as: what companies they’ve gutted, their 2011 tax returns, read thoughts of their unwarranted convictions towards the gay community, and most importantly who they fucked.

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We get engrossed with these empty promises from candidates.  Presidential candidates quickly forget how our country has a process for how a bill becomes law.  So during a presidential campaign all you hear is when I am elected president I will do this and pass that.  Then a month in to their presidency, they throw up their hands, mumble incoherently about their frustrations with Congress, and slide into becoming a gutless figure head.  Reality can be tough to swallow.

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On Tuesday night, Rick Santorum won decisively in Minnesota, Missouri, and Colorado.  Proof that even Republican’s don’t give a shit anymore and begin setting their sights on 2016.

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When nothing is owed or deserved or expected
and your life doesn’t change by the man that’s elected
If you’re loved by someone, you’re never rejected
Decide what to be and go be it

Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise-The Avett Brothers

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If you are looking for a savoir to all the problems in this country, I feel sorry for you.  How come two brothers from Concord, NC understand this and the rest of us continue the search for something that doesn’t exist?  Religion, when used inappropriately, has this same premise.  Do not live your life or make choices waiting for something bestowed upon you, relieving you of all your problems.  Pleasantville is a mystical place.

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Don’t vote.  If you don’t like what you see on November’s ballot, my advice to you is to walk away.  Don’t vote for that candidate you dislike the least, make a bigger statement.

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Do you wish lobbyists were an elected position?  It would be nice for Americans to vote for lobbyists we want to see hanging around Capitol Hill.  Better yet, I would love to vote for a bill that Congress can’t ever agree on?  Just post that up on ESPN.com, cast your votes, and see how the rest of America voted!

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Need a soundtrack to a crummy US economy?  Enter Bruce Springsteen’s 1982 album Nebraska

Now I been lookin’ for a job but it’s hard to find
down here it’s just winners and losers and
don’t get caught on the wrong side of that line
Well I’m tired of comin’ out on losin’ end
So honey last night I met this guy and I’m
gonna do a little favor for him
Well I guess everything dies baby that’s a fact
But maybe everything that dies someday comes back
Put your makeup on fix your hair up pretty and
meet me tonight in Atlantic City

Atlantic City-Bruce Springsteen

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As always, thanks for the perspective Boss. 

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