I am seriously worried for the United States. I’m beginning to think that the predictive qualities of Idiocracy will outstrip Nostradamus, the Bible and the Mayans.
Look, I know that we face many difficult challenges. A lot of things have gone wrong and more will go wrong. This is to be expected because Republicans have been in charge for most of the last four decades.
Do you really think that you could have Anti-Government Republicans in charge for 30 plus years and actively working to destroy the infrastructure of government without causing system failures? If you do, then you are living in candy land (or a tea infused lotus dream).
The oil spill in the gulf is is just another result of snorting deregulation fairy dust with a Markets-Are-God hi-ball chaser night after night for decades. When you let industry capture regulators and dismantle effective governance, you guarantee a catastrophic failure. The spill is evidence of this, so was that mining disaster in West Virginia, same thing when it comes to that financial meltdown and the same thing will be true when the next system fails.
And when it does, like idiots, we will not blame the failed philosophy of the modern Conservative movement. Nope, we will blame President Obama, liberals and Democrats–because that is what we are used to doing. More than that, we will ignore facts and worry whether or not the optics of the response are right. We will all ask: is we yelling loud enough yet?
We are all Ed Henry now.
Who is Ed Henry? Oh, he is one of the biggest numbnuts in the Washington press corps. He works for CNN (which may help explain why the network is useless as a source of news). Back in March of 2009 President Obama held a press conference and Henry asked the predictable dumb question about why Obama wasn’t sufficiently outraged about the issue of the day. Henry’s smackdown by Obama was delightful:
ED HENRY: On AIG, why did you wait — why did you wait days to come out and express that outrage? It seems like the action is coming out of New York and the Attorney General’s Office. It took you days to come public with Secretary Geithner and say, look, we’re outraged. Why did it take so long?
THE PRESIDENT: It took us a couple of days because I like to know what I’m talking about before I speak, you know? (Laughter.)
I am still fine with a President that seeks to work in the reality base world and one that seeks to understand complex situations before sprouting off. I know this will disappoint those who think we can send frogmen a mile below the surface of the ocean to seal the leak with Popeye-like ingenuity and cartoon magic. I also know that this lack of Cross-Fire urgency and hyperbole from President Obama has given Mr. Matlin (and many of his DC beltway pals) the vapors. Poor babies and poor us because these wankers are framing the debate.
I listen to the things these so-called “smart” pundit people say and I am amazed. Hypocrisy, spin, bullshit and deep magical thinking are all that is offered–and of course people buy into it.
Without the spill, does anybody think that the effort to reform the way the oil industry was regulated would have gotten any support? I don’t think so, but now everybody seems to think that in hindsight it should have been job one. At the very least they think that Obama should live down to their idea about what an angry negro President should look like.
Dumbfuckinstan. We are living in Dumbfuckinstan and we are all Ed Henry now.
I’m sure this is what the founding fathers had in mind.