And it may be the only thing that makes a dent in the philosophy of a great many people. Suffering has a way of doing that. But that’s all I have at the moment. I’ll be back to writing fresh insights another day I’m sure but today I’m mourning the death of something. Not that Romney lost, which is too bad because I think he would have helped begin to turn around some things to manage that fiscal cliff as it comes right up under our tires around the first of the year. No, what I’m mourning is the death of civility. I have never seen so much nastiness and rage and envy and hate. I can’t imagine, had Romney won, that I would have posted taunts on my liberal friends’ social networking pages, or goaded them and gloated about it. I’m sure I would have risen above that. That seems to be an anomaly any more. Nor do I believe I would have called a friend a raving Socialist/anarchist because he supports Occupy things and events. But I was called “cray cray” today by someone on the left who I had suggested may want to watch that D’Souza film 2016. I don’t even think I said I agreed with all of it — simply that it was an interesting angle on the leading from behind thing. And I was called crazy and another right-winger who had “lost her mind.” Huh. I guess I need to stop reading and watching anything subversive. I mean, Gonzo journalism and Nietzsche –both of which have their own elements of crazy — are definitely out. Funny, because the person who screamed his position-of-power rage spiral at me (curious, since his guy won, for him to be so angry) has an affinity for both of those things. Anyway, had a good cry about how nasty things have gotten — and all you have to do is hear “voting is the best revenge” and see Biden smirking and being a [jerk] in the 2nd debate to know where it comes from– and now I’m ready to do what my Pops suggests: make your world a little smaller, surround yourself ONLY with people you trust, get back to basics, get to work, and try not to let the next four years become unsurvivable. The truth is, I’ll be fine. But some people won’t be, and you can bet that most of those kids voted for Obama. And for the ones who are a little higher up the chain, they won’t ever admit that they are not as successful as their parents were at their age and that they had a hand in making that situation a reality. Here’s the way one leftie put it to me, in case you’re interested in how they think. And maybe it’s time we should be…It’s misguided, sure. But it’s important to know the enemy you fight:
“Partisan intransigence should not be rewarded with electoral victory. The Republican party made it their duty to throw a wrench in the machinery of politics and this Congress accomplished less than any other Congress ever. Pure obstructionism. Why should they be rewarded for this? Do you really want that as the template for political success in this country? Radicalism lost last night. Even Jim DeMint recognized before last night that if Obama won, they’d have to relent on taxes. Jim effing DeMint. Anybody with an understanding of economics and finance outside of the republican propaganda bubble acknowledges that the only way to get out of the black hole of debt we are creating is to cut expenditures AND raise taxes. THE ONLY WAY. Entitlement cuts are on the table and have been on the table in this administration. Sure, they’ve come with the condition of tax hikes, but they are on the freakin’ table. And republicans said no way, no how. Amazing. Entitlements can be reformed right now. Taxes can be cut again in the future. And republicans can lead that charge.”
I think the “only way” is a bit overstated there. And he’s always been a bit naive about what’s been on the table with his preferred administration. But he has dared me to enjoy myself for the next four years. Heh. I will. Will you? The difference between us my friend is that I know how to survive with less. And be happy. I think you lack the second part of that equation. So, thanks a whole bunch for helping keep the gridlocked status quo a reality. Someday, when you’ve come through this delusion and you realize it was comprised of some pretty little lies, I won’t make fun of you for learning that hard lesson. That’s also where we differ. But let me tell you something: for the people I know who are legitimately struggling in this economy, even though you did the right stuff and got your degrees and worked your butt off, and had the kids and the second income, and are still struggling — I apologize. I love you and we’ll get it all worked out. I wish I could say I had convinced more people than I have but sometimes the incentive of common sense isn’t as attractive as…other, more tangible incentives. But don’t lose faith. It’ll be okay…I love you.
Anyway, here’s a piece I agree with. And don’t talk to me about statistics and math blah blah blah. There’s a lot about this election that has the appearance of logic but is anything but. You can hold me to that.