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Vomit Politics

Following the current endless news coverage of this presidential primary season makes me sick. I have never seen and heard so much empty-minded hype and over-exaggeration of so much unimportant political crap. I have wanted to puke when I:

Hear Hillary Clinton define and trivialize “change” that so many Americans sincerely want in our government and political system as simply replacing George W. Bush with her!

Keep reading the never-ending nasty, childish and cult-like comments by Ron Paul supporters that probably have done considerable harm to his campaign, especially in turning off millions of Americans that are as fed up with our corrupt two-party system as they are.

Heard that Dennis Kucinich who I thought so many people admired because of his anti-establishment views tell his Iowa supporters to switch their votes, after he fails to get 15 percent in the caucuses, to Obama when, as any sane person can see, it is Edwards that is infinitely more anti-establishment than Obama.

See the absolute ignorance and cancerous religiosity of Huckabee.

Keep seeing the utter dishonest demeanor of Hillary as she obviously follows the advice of all kinds of consultants telling her how to speak and act in an attempt to sell herself as something she is not: likable, honest and trustworthy.

Continue to listen to the insincere assertions of Biden, Dodd and all the other minor candidates that they really have a chance of winning anything, as if people should respect such obvious lies or, worse, delusions.

Do not hear ANY of the Republican and Democratic candidates clearly say what I hear Lou Dobbs saying all the time: namely that most Americans see a corrupt and dysfunctional two-party stranglehold over our political system that must end.

See Mitt Romney keep smiling and lying as if he is oblivious that intelligent people see him as a complete and total phony that is nothing more than an apologist for the status quo plutocracy.

I know that I am not alone in being so turned off by the current primary season that places so much importance on what a miniscule number of Americans do in two states that in no way fairly represent the diversity of our population. The sole function of the mainstream media seems to be to convince us that we actually have a competitive political system, when nothing could be further from the truth. Welcome to vomit politics in the world’s greatest delusional democracy.

Posted by Joel S. Hirschhorn at January 3, 2008 1:52 PM
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Comment #242073


I think the American people are well trained and all they really want is more disposable income so they can buy more gadgets destined for the dump and more great vacations.

Posted by: jlw at January 3, 2008 2:27 PM
Comment #242077

Hey … I love my gadgets!!

What makes me want to vomit is the statement…

‘I am running for President because I want to change the country that I love.’

Posted by: dawn at January 3, 2008 2:39 PM
Comment #242079

Joel, the whole thing makes me want to puke too, because most (if not all) are all FOR-SALE, pandering, on all sides of the issues, soft on illegal immigration, despicably pitting American citizens and illegal aliens against each other for profits and votes, in bed with their elitist donors, as evidenced by the massive amounts of money pouring into IOWA, and the fact that 99.85% of all 200 million voters are vastly out-spent by a very, very tiny 0.15% of all 200 million voters that make 83% of all federal campaign donations of $200 or more.

How is throwing more money at corrupt, FOR-SALE incumbent politicians going to make them more responsible and accountable?

And with the two-party duopoly’s perpetual, cu$hy seat-retention rates of 96.5% (since year 1980) in Congress, it is delusional to think Congress is suddenly going to voluntarily reform itself.

It will have to get MUCH worse, before it can get better, because the only motivator that is more powerful than greed, complancey, and apathy is the painful consequences.

Americans will be less apathetic, complacent, and disinterested when enough of them are jobless, homeless, and hungry.

Perhaps, only then will enough finally understand that it did this did not all come about by mere coincidence, and repeatedly rewarding irresponsible, corrupt, FOR-SALE incumbent politicians with 95% to 99% re-election rates is not working. BTW, watch Congress give itself another raise next month (the 10th in 11 years) for the fine job its been doing, despite its dismally record low approval ratings.

Either way, as long as we have the privilege to vote, we have the government we deserve.

Posted by: d.a.n at January 3, 2008 3:10 PM
Comment #242081

I don’t like any of the Presidential candidates.
About all I can say about the whole bunch is that there are several that I dislike MUCH more than the rest.

Our choices aren’t very good.
All the more reason to vote out as many corrupt, irresponsible, FOR-SALE, incumbent politicians as possible from the severely bloated, incompetent, plutocratic, Do-Nothing Congress as possible.

Posted by: d.a.n at January 3, 2008 3:25 PM
Comment #242084


How about an Affirmative Action Program for third parties.

Posted by: jlw at January 3, 2008 3:40 PM
Comment #242087

Joel… although I agree our primary system is a farce, I find it to be more of a laughable one than a vomitous one…

A few items:

Heard that Dennis Kucinich who I thought so many people admired because of his anti-establishment views tell his Iowa supporters to switch their votes, after he fails to get 15 percent in the caucuses, to Obama when, as any sane person can see, it is Edwards that is infinitely more anti-establishment than Obama.

It’s called pragmatism. Edwards will not win. He will come in third. The race is between Obama and Clinton… who is the more establishment of those two? But… you shouldn’t even be caring what Kucinich says, because in your own view:

Continue to listen to the insincere assertions of Biden, Dodd and all the other minor candidates that they really have a chance of winning anything, as if people should respect such obvious lies or, worse, delusions.

If this is true, Kucinish should have pulled out long ago, right? And on that last one… I can’t believe this is coming from someone that writes for the third party column… a minor column that has no chance of ever winning, as if people should respect it? puh-leeze… You should chill…

On the lighter side, and on the primary season topic, a pretty funny piece written by an ESPN writer speculating how the NFL season would be covered if it were covered in the same way as the primary season… I love it when my two favorite hobbies mix like this!

Posted by: Doug Langworthy at January 3, 2008 4:49 PM
Comment #242091
It’s called pragmatism. Edwards will not win. He will come in third.

Wasn’t it just 4 years ago, before any primary, that John Kerry was considered to have no chance as well? Never underestimate the power of the fruit loop progressive wing of the Democratic party to elect the completely wrong person for their nominee as president and end up handing the job over to a Republican… again…

Posted by: Rhinehold at January 3, 2008 5:01 PM
Comment #242094

RH… too true. Let’s just hope the fruit loops listen to those in Edwards’ own home state, as they seem to be done with him… really makes one wonder.

Posted by: Doug Langworthy at January 3, 2008 5:20 PM
Comment #242098

Joel, welcome to American politics. Messy as making sausage and often just as gross. But, the people at least have the ultimate power, even if they choose not to exercise it or use it rationally and intelligently with a plan of their own as voters to wrest that power for themselves.

Posted by: David R. Remer at January 3, 2008 5:48 PM
Comment #242112

$$@@#!!&*^$@ Gadgets,

My laptop just crashed. Oh Well, send it to the dump and cosumerate me a new one.

Posted by: googlumpugus at January 3, 2008 8:16 PM
Comment #242136

God Bless Huckabee’s Ignorance and Cancerous Religiosity. :-)

Posted by: Leap of Faith at January 4, 2008 2:21 AM
Comment #242153

Joel,
Most of your observations about the candidates are right on. People who can see the big picture get frustrated by the many that can’t.

Instead of getting sick about it, try to enjoy it.

Posted by: Schwamp at January 4, 2008 7:29 AM
Comment #242168
Most of your observations about the candidates are right on. People who can see the big picture get frustrated by the many that can’t. Instead of getting sick about it, try to enjoy it.
It’s hard for the “People who can see the big picture” to “enjoy it” when “the many” are going to take most of us down with them (as the 30+ year trend continues (or worsens)).
  • Posted by: d.a.n at January 4, 2008 11:06 AM
    Comment #242238

    well it all sucks, true, but Lou Dobbs is as bad as the rest. He is the most dogmatic, closed minded of them out there. He needs to wear a kings crown and parade around in his “new clothes”

    Posted by: kathy at January 4, 2008 6:08 PM
    Comment #242340

    Kathy, I tend to agree with your opinion of Lou Dobbs. There’s a hint of pompousness in his style and delivery. However, despite that, in all fairness, I think that Lou Dobbs is correct on many of the issues (illegal immigration, border security, warfare on the middle-class, government corruption, waste, incompetence, etc., etc., etc.), despite his root motivations (which may be that Lou Dobbs is in it more for Lou Dobbs than anything else).

    Posted by: d.a.n at January 5, 2008 6:38 PM
    Comment #244192

    I don’t know which is worse,what we have is a
    ” Three Ring Circus ” ring 1, Hillary vs. Obama,
    ring 2, McCain vs. Romney, and ring 3,” Political
    Pundit’s ” trying to make since of it all !
    Republican’s,Democrat’s and Independant’s
    are one in all of the same,they are Politician’s
    looking out for # 1.


    ” Case Closed ” !

    Posted by: j.i.m at January 29, 2008 9:17 PM
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