Finally writing. I’ve been trying to get this out for about 2 weeks but it never really coalesced to the point it made any sense in my head. But, in light of the already infamous jet out to play golf upon expressing mild discomfort over the public 7 minutes of beheading, some coalescing has occurred. I’m about to get all Mr. Smith goes to Washington on you, so fair warning…
I knew when I moved to Washington, DC, in some far-off, detached way, that people here did things for reasons that were more self-serving than anything I’d likely seen before. And I’ll be straight up honest: you don’t have friends in this town if you’re unwilling to accept this reality. Recently I made a statement about loyalty to a group of friends and said something, in defense of a friend, that defending him was what you were supposed to do for your friends. The look I got was one similar to a shock back into a world where these concepts existed. It’s not that people are bad, just that they’ve adapted to their environment and it’s a very hard thing to stand outside of the group. Trust me, because I know. If you stand outside the group, you don’t get the things they can give you, or get pushed up the ladder, or belong to the club, or whatever it is you might need. There’s this weird fake elitism — fake because it’s not really born of excellence — that’s really all about fitting in. Seriously, DC is a giant high school. It’s very strange. A giant den of solipsistic teenagers that fret over what to wear and if so-and-so is going to be at the party, or if they’re going to get a bad grade at work tomorrow for showing up late and with a hangover. And anything real — like a man with a serious job getting his head sawed off — flits in for a minute and the requisite sad faces appear. But only until it’s time to hit the fundraiser after work. Then the smiles light the rooms again.
And all that’s okay when you’re talking social groups, drinking buddies, ladies’ day with the kids, or some other relatively innocuous event or group. But here’s the rub: it’s not okay when you’re talking about the advancement of an ideology that saws mens’ heads off and tells you there will be more where that came from. It’s not okay to give a frowny emoticon and then skip out on the golf cart for a long day on the links. It’s the behavior of a spoiled child living in a man’s world. And, while I am surrounded by people who share the brief outrage and nothing more, I suspect that, one a deeper fundamental level, people really are kind of sick of it. It’s exhausting having to play a game of charades all the time and act like you’re charmed when inside you’re sort of disgusted and annoyed (I think Morning Joe showed best what happens when you just can’t stand to act anymore). Because the deal is this, and I think I’ve been around long enough to say this: the false elitism fails every time. It fails in small ways and in very large and scary ways. The thing these guys (and girls) are best at is self-promotion. They spend most of their time doing that rather than actually accomplishing the things they run off at the mouth about, and they will flash shiny things in your face and talk about their accomplishments in perpetuity. Until the real results are examined, either by comparison to their peers (usually information not easily offered up) or just as a standalone result (Benghazi), the idea is to sell the narrative of excellence. But these are not the kind of people you want running things when times get tough because, as mentioned, their real skill is the art of self-promotion and, sorry to be hokey, razzle-dazzle. They will present their accomplishments as if they are the only ones capable of the feat, when in actuality, there are others — usually many — doing the same thing, and very often, a whole lot better. But these hucksters rely on the naive for their immediate ego boost and to then go tell the story far and wide in exaggerated terms. It’s a sad little game. And it often is the last refuge of those so desperate for power they misunderstand their limitations and fail to recognize the things they actually do excel at.
Since it’s all about Iowa leading into the midterms, that guy Braley seems to be an example of all this. Maybe there’s hope for him to get back to his humble beginnings — you can live well and wealthy and still be humble. You guys know that, right? — and if there is, good for him. Maybe someone can lead him that direction. But his prissy statements about law degrees and advanced degrees got me to thinking: Nearly all of my siblings have college degrees, several of us even have secondary degrees — I have a master’s for example. My younger brother is pursing a law degree as we speak. Does this mean that my father — who does not have an advanced degree — is no longer to be listened to? Because he’s a shitload smarter than either Daniel or myself when it comes to a great many things. That comes from 70 plus years of business and life experience. It’s this kind of thing on steroids, and I do believe, because this false superiority is such a failure, people have had it up their eyeballs with it. My Pops and I had a pretty good talk recently about a lot of different things and he said, “Let me tell you something, the next president we have is going to have to be extraordinarily strong because they will be making unbelievably difficult decisions about putting people in harm’s way. They’re not going to like the job.” And presumably that means they won’t be afforded the opportunity to hit the golf course at a moment’s notice because while we’re controlling the panic, the world has gotten a great deal more dangerous. And I don’t want someone leading who thinks that they know more about anything because they sucked up to their professors long enough to get the degree. And I speak with authority on that having witnessed it personally for three years. And this is what we face, like it or not. Also, which is it? Are they an imminent threat or aren’t they? Ollie North on the news right now talking about IS and their passports to the West…
Anyway, there’s a general feeling of being over it, to use the vernacular. Your stunning ability to talk about how great you are hasn’t really translated into you ACTUALLY being great.
Also, just for fun, there’s this. Because we’ve got the world’s respect right now. Clearly. (Very likely because the Chinese also don’t care where you went to law school).
At some point I want to get back into this. Because it seems to me that Assad did some bad things and I’m not sure an “alliance” with him is a very good thing. But I get the strategy I guess. Strange bedfellows. Because I’m fairly certain we were arming who we thought were “good” Syrians to help fight Assad and ended up causing a huge problem in the process. Is that why we’re helping him now? Because we basically caused the problem? And are we sure these weapons are going to the Kurds? Because we don’t have the best track record with oversight.
And here might be the reasons why. Read the whole thing, it’s stunning.
Which brings us to the deepest level of Obama’s hell, which is his anti-American foreign policy. When Obama was re-elected in 2012, the very first thought I had was this: A lot of people are going to be dead because of this election. How disastrously right I was. Since their assault on George Bush and their sabotage of the war in Iraq, Obama and the Democrats have forged a power vacuum in Europe and even more dramatically in the Middle East, which nasty characters have predictably entered with ominous implications for the future security of all Americans.
Take one aspect of this epic default: Obama’s lack of response to the slaughter of Christians in Palestine, Egypt and Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of Christians have been slaughtered and driven from their homes in Iraq – over half a million by some counts. This is the oldest Christian community in the world dating back to the time of Christ. What was Obama’s response to this atrocity until a group of Yazvidi along with the Christians were trapped on a mountain side, and politics dictated he had to make some gesture. His response was to do and say nothing. Silence. Even his statement announcing minimal action to save the Yazvidi and the Christians mentioned the Christians once in passing while devoting a paragraph to the obscure Yazvidi.
What this unfeeling and cold response to the slaughter of Christians tells us is that Obama is a pretend Christian just the way he is a pretend American. What he is instead is a world class liar. That is because his real agendas are anti-American, anti-Christian, and anti-Jewish, and obviously and consistently pro America’s third world adversaries to whom he is always apologizing and whom he is always appeasing. Obama lies about his intentions and policies because he couldn’t survive politically if he told the truth…
Speaking of, this is fairly easy to believe. The tragedy is that we in this country have afforded them the power to do this kind of thing. Why would you empower the vengeful?
Yeah, I don’t see the magic either. They seem to be okay when deconstructing history — even though even that seems a bit revisionist — but they’re tragic at current events.
Okay, I my or may not have been listening to that new Taylor Swift song over and over again. It’s really good. And I have a free dance class tonight so I can take all my moves to the studio.
This looks very, very promising. I’m legitimately excited about a television show. That’s somewhat rare…
One of my favorite books as a child. Also shows promise.
And speaking of those tech skills, there are other lucrative applications for you out there gamers…
Reminds me of the twerp. Who I’m pretty sure I saw picture of recently, and he was wearing a neon yellow shirt, the same color my 7 year old nephews are crazy about. Because that’s entirely appropriate that he would pick up on the fashion trends of children.
This guys has an interesting, very sexy voice.
Heh, just made me laugh. Thanks Cat.