How Not to Govern 330 Million People

Rand-cid tea.  The other day I discovered an old cup of tea in my garage that I had left there during the winter months. It was a laboratory exhibit of mold and other microbial lifeforms.  So goes rancid tea when it is ‘unregulated,’ so to speak.

Platitudes are swell.  Governance is damned hard, sweaty work. I recall, as Jon Kyle recently remarked, those 2 AM philosophical discussions in the dorm room when ‘life’ was a bubble floating in the World of Delusion.  Grand ideas, no reality.

Those Tea Party folks and others on the two ends of the political spectrum love to play with and pronounce pious political platitudes. Yukon Barbie and Rand Paul are expert in spewing philosophical jargon much as we did during our college days.  The application thereof is altogether a different matter. Take ‘war’ for example.  Any fool can start a war [GW Bush] but it takes a real statesman to avoid one.

Rand Paul got his curly locks singed the other day and, not surprisingly, blamed ‘others’ for his idiocy.  The delusional Paul never asked himself that second, important question- the one that asks, ‘How will this work out in society?’  Especially in a society of 330 million people?  No doubt his theoretical bubble of libertarianism would be just fine on some island in the Mediterranean,  but applying it to this 21st century nation of a third of a billion people requires a bit more skill and a whole lot of adjustment.

So it goes with all of those wing-nuts, left and right.  The religious ones too.  Their idea, their vision might be swell, but, like the Edsel, the application of it may not always be easy nor, in fact, a  desirable outcome.

President Obama has met the wall.  Those grand platitudes he raised on election night in Chicago were all swell and dandy, but many came to  a grinding halt the day after his inauguration.  He’s the captain of an enormous, sluggish ocean vessel not a sleek, maneuverable skiff.

Many career paths require, towards the end of the classroom courses, a practicum of some sort- a time to take the skills and apply them to the real world.  Paul and the other political science ‘philosophers’ believe, in their World of Delusion, that they can merely step right into the world of governance and, poof, everything will be just grand.

Tea spoils if it isn’t tended-to, as my overflowing garage sample proved. Welcome to the real world, Mr. Paul.

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9 thoughts on “How Not to Govern 330 Million People

  1. My first comment is a reaction to your use of the word, philosophical” as an adjective modifying,”jargon”.
    Philosophical would tend to imply that there was a system of logic behind the jargon. After all, philosophy, defined is a system of reasoning and this jargon is well…just plain jargon.

    Look at the incoherence of the people who claim to be standing in the shadow of the teabag umbrella. We have the medievalists, who claim that war is the natural condition of humans and we have to eliminate the “other” before they eliminate us, the so called self defined libertatians who want to form a sort of national neighborhood posse to enforce their local witch hunt of the week…as well as let everything go “free range” as in free range pesticides, free range financial institutions, free range racism, because “the people can take care of themselves with their common sense”, Yeah Baby, let’s hear it for Bobby Jindhal and his opinions on government regulation of the oil industry, THIS WEEK!( as opposed to his opinions, last week) Let’s be frank, reactionary political decisions based on populist jingism is in nowway a philosophy.There are many grey areas of illogic that the vagueness of the populist rabble rousing jargon you refer to, can appeal to, but is it a philosophy? No.

    In fact to infer that these folks have a philosophy might be pretty upsetting to many of them as philosophy implies inelectuallism and we know that intellectuallism can only stir up TROUBLE!

  2. Hello Muddy,
    That is the lesson of John Nash’s “Game Theory.” First you have to identify all of the variables that need to be factored before you start playing out the scenarios of “actions / reactions” in the decision making process.

    Example being that I know for a fact that the Pentagon played every scenario for the Iraq invasion using John Nash’s “Game Theory,” before President Bush (puppet master Cheney) ordered the troops attack. All KNEW that there was no long term success for the U.S. and that Iran would end up with the majority influences in Iraq…..but neo-con ideology could not be bothered with real facts when they were so busy making up “Weapons of Mass Destruction” stories and commit the Federal Offences of making known the identity of a CIA operative because her husband publicly pointing out this lie.

    We have all known how well this has worked out for us all and yet many Teabaggers still insist on going down this same thought process.

    Here in lies the weakness and the “not followed through thought process” problems with many of the statements / viewpoints of the Teabaggers and their heroes / icons / and mentors.

  3. Ah, but yes, my friend.

    On the button.

    And it is. If their name is Dumbya or Rand or any of the other names of the nepotism-chosen insiders who pretend to be outsiders just long enough to obscure who they really are and where they come from to do whose bidding.

    And then the wars start.

    And the tax cuts increase.

    And the payouts go atmospheric.

    Welcome to the land of America – Land of Milk, Honey and Bottomless Cup of Taxpayer Victims.

    Proud victims usually.

    Let’s see if this election cycle changes anything this time. . . .

    S

    Paul and the other political science ‘philosophers’ believe, in their World of Delusion, that they can merely step right into the world of governance and, poof, everything will be just grand.
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  4. Faith and trust in politicians is often an anathma to good government. The Tea Party has more faith in Sarah Palin than in their own eyesight. But what if you can’t judge whether someone is lying or not?
    Let’s not forget that The Tea Party Movement is actually a wholly-owned subsidiary of FOX news, and was predicted by Frank Capra’s “Meet John Doe.”

  5. Thank you for the comments. The point of my post is to highlight the fact that the United States is NOT the same nation as it was during its inception and yet libertarians and far-rightwingers pretend that it is. There are one third of a billion people living here now who are not ‘all white’ and who did not all come from Europe. Further this is not an agrarian society with cheap slave labor. Blacks are free and vote as do women. And there are 50 not 13 states. And this is only the beginning of the comparison.

    Nostalgia has its place in the human psyche, but not in governance. We ain’t what we used to be so let’s stop pretending.

  6. I’ll clear something up for the sake of microdot
    “Let’s not forget that The Tea Party Movement is actually a wholly-owned subsidiary of FOX news.”
    The tea partyiers aren’t owned by anyone. The inspiration for the tea partys began with a speech by Bobb Basso and grew from there. The first tea partys that started about 2 years ago happened via meetup and facebook. Private individuals set them up, obtained the permits and invited speakers to the events.
    The first tea party in Toledo was wholly thrown together by a divorced mother of 2 or 3 kids.

    The “tea party express” on the other hand, aren’t the same folks who started the original tea parties at all.
    THAT entity is the band of GOP coattail riders (hijackers IMO) who’s group reeks of McCain’s “straight talk express” all the way down to having damned near the same bus with an altered paintjob on it. The tea parties have been created by individuals…who don’t own a bus.

    Muddy,
    “There are one third of a billion people living here now who are not ‘all white’ and who did not all come from Europe. Further this is not an agrarian society with cheap slave labor. Blacks are free and vote as do women. And there are 50 not 13 states. And this is only the beginning of the comparison.”

    And what part of the constitution does that 1/3 of 1 billion NOT represent? And, how many millions of immigrants left their home countries to go someplace where they DO have guaranteed freedoms? How many millions STILL come here for those freedoms?

    Yes, we’re a long way from being a fledgling agriculture based society but, are you saying that since blacks and women are allowed to vote and we’ve added states that the constitutional form of government is now obsolete?
    Rubbish.
    “We ain’t what we used to be so let’s stop pretending.”

    So what are we now? What constitutional rights no longer apply? Which rights are YOU willing to cede?
    Explain to me why it matters one bit one-third of of a billion non-whites make a bit of difference as to where constitutional government is concerned.
    Do they NOT want the same as their white counterparts?
    I highly doubt that all those non-white immigrants left their home countries because they were suffering from too much freedom.

  7. Hello Muddy,
    I just did a piece this morning on the Texas Board of Education giving the history and even some quotes from one of the members of the board. REALLY GOOFIE STUFF!!!

    This past Saturday, I was listening to a talk radio early in the morning headed to the Chesapeake Bay to go on a fishing trip with my son-in-law. I wish I could have recorded the program because if I did not know that the Texas Board of Education member being interviewed was serious…I would have thought it was a comedy joke. Un-Freak’in Real!!

    Just as we can all hear those who will say that America has the best medical care in the world, and as this posting with facts shows that this is not even remotely accurate, so were the comments from the official representative (who also claimed to being a Teabagger) of the Texas Board of Education member’s comments.

    Maybe the rest of the more sane States in the Union will stick with the History Books they have for a few more years instead of purchasing the Bull Crap that Texas has just sanctioned.

  8. Sepp- What constitutional rights no longer apply? Which rights are YOU willing to cede?

    None, Sepp, the Constitution is just swell. May I ask, rather, what part(s) of the Constitution do Tea Party members ‘believe’ are being removed? Or is it all just another part of that magical World of Delusion in which they live their odd lives?

    Engineer- Maybe the rest of the more sane States in the Union will stick with the History Books they have for a few more years instead of purchasing the Bull Crap that Texas has just sanctioned.

    I’m hoping that there will be a movement in the Normal States to reject any new textbooks with revisionist history lessons. Money may be a factor this time for the publishers.

  9. I also asked…
    “Explain to me why it matters one bit one-third of of a billion non-whites make a bit of difference as to where constitutional government is concerned.
    Do they NOT want the same as their white counterparts?”

    YOU stated that everything is different now that those folks make up a part of the population…
    What is different? Since you said you weren’t willing to cede any rights…and I highly doubt that non-whites or, women would either…what is it about a constitutional government that we’re “pretending” about?

    Nobody is pretending that America is still 1787. All the rights we have to personal liberty and protections from intrusive / abusive government still apply.

    I think it’s YOU who’s “pretending” something is wrong with that ideal.

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