posted on Nov, 28 2017 @ 02:23 AM
a reply to: TrueBrit
No, I wasn't particularly surprised by that. The U.S. has the appearance of being so insanely partisan right now that it appears that the centerists
have become extinct. It's not really the case,it's more a matter of an incredibly vocal minority on both sides of the aisle. The citizenry is heavily
divided, but those in government... Not so much in practice.
It's the natural and inevitable outcome of enduring a political duopoly in our federal government for the last 240 years, which in reality is a
defacto single party and a party whose only real allegiance is to the business and lobbying interests who put money in their pockets. Their
constituents are an inconvenient obstacle because they have to occasionally do a song and dance to maintain the facade.
Unfortunately, the way things are going the last 9 years and at the rate it has increased the past year, especially so since Trump won the Republican
nomination, the unfettered masses are truly in the midst of the partisan divide that our representatives present themselves as being in. That level of
partisanship has emboldened the extremes on both sides and frighteningly so.
Between the proud nationalists (née racists emboldened by trumps campaign platform and promises of returning America to some fictitious and idealized
version of the 50's) echoing 1930's Europe on the far right end of the spectrum and the extreme far left who has become increasingly violent things
are only going to get worse before they get better.
And say you point out with the example of the new tax plan on the table currently, that divide will only widen just as the disparity in wealth/income
will as the middle class ceases to be as power and money are consolidated by the upper 10th percentile and the lower class slips farther below the
If people actually put down their smart phones, unplugged from the internet and begin to stand up for themselves against a government out of control
and no longer for the people by the people... things could begin to unravel in ways unseen since the last quarter of the 18th century. I'm really
bummed out that I've got kids that have to grow up in this type of political climate and I'm wishing. I had got that vasectomy a little sooner. I jest
mostly because these kids are what keep me going everyday and I wouldn't trade them for anything. I'm just a little frightened of the world I brought
them into and frightened about the unnown variables that will come into play the next few years.
Maybe I should stop paying so much attention to politics and stick to science and playing my bass. The politics of Anthropology are nowhere near as
stressful as watching that orange sack of excrement tweet his inane babbling day in and day out or pull stunts like using a ceremony to honor 90 year
old Native Americans for their vital assistance in ending Japanese domination of the Pacific in WW2 to mock a senator while standing beneath a
portrait of Andrew Jackson whose biggest accomplishment prior to becoming President was nearly exterminating the Cherokee, Creek, Seminole, Chickasaw
and Choctaw on the Trail of Tears. It takes a special kind of moron to utilize that type of setting to honor a couple of Native Americans with an
Ok... Rant over