Can’t Be True?

Charles Pierce I hope does not nail it again with this little paragraph out of Altercation, but it may be true, it may be so. Somebody say it isn’t so!

I have no hope for the next 56 days. None whatsoever. Reality’s relevance was lost somewhere between Invesco Field and the Xcel Center. We’re going to get lofty post-partisan dreariness from both presidential candidates, and a vicious 1992 culture-war brawl under the radar, which will be thoroughly deplored in public by the people who profit from it most. I shouldn’t have to watch Karl Rove tell me about the American people and how they vote. I should get to watch Karl Rove being hauled off in chains to Danbury. The major television networks will curl up into a ball roughly five minutes from the start of the first presidential debate. The whole campaign is now going to be conducted on the level of pure mythology. If they had any intellectual honesty whatsoever, the people on TV would dress in white robes and divine the campaign through the movement of waves and the burning of laurel leaves. For a minute back in the spring, it seemed like the country was ready to admit to itself that it poisoned itself with bull***t over the past seven years and was prepared to issue itself a corrective. Not any more. We’re back to “personality” and “character” and “narratives” and all the other stuff that keeps anyone from thinking about what’s really at stake here.

Karl Rove in chains to Danbury — now that’s a good idea.

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  1. Dragonstar’s avatar

    There’s a part of me that wonders if there’s any point in voting – whatever your country or party. Eventually it all boils down to shouting and publicity, and very few people actually get the person they want.
    But we must keep voting, if only to prove to ourselves that we tried.
    Does that sound defeatist? Sorry, didn’t mean it that way.

  2. Mardé’s avatar

    I sure know what you mean, Dragonstar. One does wonder whether it’s worth it to vote or make any difference. The problem is it gets harder and harder to get at the truth. We’ve got a case of information overload with the media, and so much propaganda coming from all directions.

    One could almost say that the very nature of truth has been corrupted in America. We have fascists like Karl Rove and Newt Gingrich running around free. They are very dangerous. Then we have media fascists like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Bill O’Reilly. I’d better stop now before I get myself into a frenzied tizzy and cause my blood pressure to shoot over 200!
    :roll: :mrgreen:
    Naw, my BP has never been that high!
    But thanks for your comment, Dragonstar!


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