A million years ago, a dead white guy said that the greatest threat to civilization was “huge organized forms of self-righteousness.” He was referring to stuff like Communism and Fascism but — harebrained nihilistic death cults though they were — at least they had a coherent body of thought behind them (yes, Fascism too, if anyone would ever bother to read it). Today’s huge organized forms of self-righteousness lack even that.
Example: The other day I was driving to work and saw that the town must have an election coming up — there were signs everywhere reading “So-and-So for Mayor.” The name sounded vaguely familiar, which is odd, because I don’t follow local politics in cities I don’t live in. So when I had a free moment I googled up So-and-So… and hey, whaddaya know, he’s a failed Congressional candidate from a few years ago, from another district.
Who says politics is just showbiz for ugly people? This clown is a character actor from central casting, indistinguishable from every other central casting clown Our Rulers see fit to bestow upon our “elections” every few years. Should he not get elected mayor, So-and-So will no doubt be parachuted into some other town to run for alderman or something. His resume and biography don’t matter — he once got elected to something, somewhere, so he’s “electable.” He’ll die in office, and his obituary will gush about “a lifetime of public service”… though it won’t mention all the publics he’s served, since someone might notice that he’s not from any of those places and none of his so-called constituents could pick his mug out of a police lineup. See also native New Yorker Hillary Clinton, or stalwart Chicagoan Alan Keyes, whose totally Constitutional qualification to run in those districts was “once changed planes at La Guardia and O’Hare,” respectively.
Hillary Clinton is, in fact, far from the worst violator, though since she’s the most prominent lately let’s roll with that. Does anyone here think Hillary Clinton has any personal convictions at all? Ideological convictions, I mean, since we all know that she’s deserving of a whole bunch of the other kind — securities fraud, insider trading, espionage, murder one….
To ask is to answer. Hillary Clinton is out for Hillary Clinton, full stop. As president, she’d have executive ordered up mandatory school prayer, concealed carry, and NASCAR attendance if someone paid her enough. She’s more brazen than most — other hags who make noise about Feminism would at least be a little embarrassed to stay married to an out-n-proud philanderer credibly accused of multiple sexual assaults — but it’s a difference of degree, not kind. “Liberalism” pays better than “Conservatism,” so she’s a Democrat not a Republican.
Actual ideology requires deep reading, sustained thought, and a backbone, three things which very few of our fellow citizens possess — certainly none of the casting-couched mercenaries we call “politicians” do. Whether that’s a byproduct, or the point, of the modern educational system can and should be debated, but the end result’s the same either way. What’s the State for, anyway? Why should the people get to vote on stuff? Come to think of it, just who are The People, and how did they get here?
Nobody currently occupying, or running for, any political office in the land has any clue. Which is, as the Smart people say, problematic.
*I was going to shoehorn in some conceit about that old 90s tv show My So-Called Life, but that’s too cute and nobody cares. But since I haven’t posted any pictures of attractive people recently, here’s Jordan Catalano.