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The Wrongologist

Geopolitics, Power and Political Economy

Friday Music Break – November 7, 2014

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, they deserve to get it good and hard.” –H. L. Mencken

What has changed in our recent elections is that most American people live lives of barely suppressed ill-feeling. Americans have become hoarders of grudges, with voters believing that current politics bring only a sense of outrage, a feeling of being pushed aside, and made to feel small, or diminished.

They see those in power not as helpers and protectors of our people and our traditions, but as predators, out for whatever they can get. Our politicians see their own ideas for change as blessed, and the ideas of their opponents as damned.

Elections should attempt to bring out the best, not the worse in ordinary people. But in 21st century elections, this superordinate goal exceeds the people’s grasp.

Our political process has devolved. We have a deterioration of our public conscience, a smothering of community spirit when it comes to the vital issues of public life. Great ends are to be achieved by tawdry, underhanded or inadequate means.

We now try to reach political heaven mostly using the methods of hell.

Songs for today’s music break

We start with a song tribute to a guy that doesn’t let democracy mess with his plans. Its “Go Hard Like Vladimir Putin” by A.M.G. You had to expect there would be a Putin rap, and it comes straight outta Moscow by two black guys who emigrated from Africa. K. King, is from Zimbabwe via London, while Beni Maniaci is from Kenya. Both moved to Russia in the early 2000s to study medicine in Volgograd. It isn’t clear if they are still in medicine after this became a huge hit in Russia, but they say they are booked solid through December:

Difficult to imagine someone saying “Go Hard Like Barack Obama” or, “Go Hard Like Mitch McConnell”.

Next, a song that hopes democracy will solve the world’s problems. It is Jackson Browne who has a new album and a new song both entitled “Standing In The Breach“:

Sample lyrics:

You don’t know why,
But you still try for the world you wish to see.
You don’t know how, it will happen now after all that’s come undone.
But you know the change that the world needs now, is there in everyone.

Regarding our democracy, the Wrongologist simply doesn’t get it: Those most at risk of disenfranchisement, more regressive taxation, greater risk of losing their jobs, safety net and reproductive freedom, can’t be bothered to go to the polls.

Meanwhile, working class whites vote against the ACA—the best thing US government has done for working class people since Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid.

What a country.

 

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  • Jimmy G says:

    I have been holding back on commenting because I didn’t want to gloat over Tuesday’s win. After days of partying and painting the town Red, :-), I thought I would put in my two cents. The people voted and made their feelings regarding the direction of the government known. The President and those that think like him have decided that the people are idiots and must be protected from themselves. He is going to use his executive power to do what he wants. He couldn’t get it done when he had control of both chambers of Congress. People like him but not his ideas. It must be tough to have all of that power and still not know how to use it. Oh well…he’ll make an executive order…congress will smack him in the nose and nothing will get done. I don’t think anything has changed from last week. GO Congress!

    The ACA is the greatest thing since Social Security?! Perhaps SS wasn’t such a great idea. Just a differing thought from one of the ignorant masses.

    November 7, 2014 at 7:09 am
    • Wrongologist says:

      Good Morning Jimmy! Glad to see you going “Hard Like Vlaidimr Putin” today. Too bad your hard-on is for Social Security. Otherwise, your glee at drubbing Democrats is something I fully understand.

      November 7, 2014 at 7:37 am

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