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Commentary :: Politics
The Difference between Heads and Tails (pt. 2)
05 Jun 2013
Boy do we like teams! There’s just something about human nature that compels us to pick a side and then just stay there arguing for the merits of that side or not, no matter what. We do that in sports, of course, and why not? What’s the harm? We can cheer when they win and feel disappointed with them when they lose. And, when we turn off the TV, close the app, go to a different web address, turn off the radio or leave the pub we can take the memory and emotion with us as much as we choose and leave the rest behind.
And that’s all it is with sports, just a little emotion, with no real investment. If LeBron doesn’t do as well as we hoped this time, “d**n!”, but there’s always the next game. A-Rod comes up short, and it’s “aaawww man!”, but there’s a next time. David Akers misses the field goal, it’s chips in the air and spilled beer either way, but he’ll have another chance with the Lions. Georges St. Pierre doesn’t exactly keep us from yawning this time, he will again sooner or later. It’s entertainment, and we love it, and as a result of that love, we hurt when it sucks, but we hurt with them, whether the team or individual whose team we feel a part is successful or not.

Their losses don’t really impact us though outside of that, not for most of us. It won’t raise our taxes, if our favorite team fumbles and loses a game, even if that’s it for the season. If our favored fighter loses, it doesn’t mean our men and women will be sent overseas to die in battle, so some wealthy oil company, neither you or I collect profits from, can grab more oil and get wealthier. If our favorite fighter loses, it doesn’t mean more of our tax dollars are to be wasted on Palestine and Israel that take it saying it’s for peace, but use it to keep the conflict going so they can just keep takin our money. If our favorite team loses a game by striking out worse than if they got paid to, it doesn’t mean we will now be vulnerable to another potential bailout occurring in the future.

But political parties are not sports team, no matter how much we wish they were. Many of us treat them like that by picking a side, then, no matter what, just blindly supporting that team even if they abandoned the very things that gave us reason to support them in the first place. They can betray everything we believe in, what they told us they believed as individuals and what their party was supposed to stand for, yet so many of us just vote for them … just because. Names and heavily funded campaigns with all the lights, bells and whistles, like that of George W Bush in 2004, and Barack Obama in 2008, do not represent what people stand for or will do once elected, they represent the desire to get elected, that’s it.

The problem with our just blindly supporting one party over the other, and, looking at the even greater picture, the two party system, is not Republicans or Democrats, it’s both of them being the exclusive representatives of all we stand for. No matter how much they hype up the differences, what colors they wave or what symbols they display, what we have seen is not much difference at all when it comes to many issues that have faced us over the past fourteen or fifteen years – maybe more. During that time the net worth for the majority of Americans has declined, while that of the wealthy 1% has exploded making them more wealthy than ever. Yet this is made so in no small part by our taxes, whether it’s for a bailout, a war or just a lavish expansive military instillation on foreign soil to protect their businesses, that we are forced to fund. That ain’t a free market system in action, and it’s both sides of the same coin, Democrats and Republicans.

They both did this. For all the talk from Democrats in 2006 and 2008 about bringing change no matter what, once they got in they spent all their time biting their nails and sitting on the ball except for one piece of legislation until the window passed or the Tea Party that, though I don’t agree with them, were also supposed to bring change they never did. All their big stars did was add to the obstructionism, not bring fresh voices to the table and help pass legislation informed from multiple viewpoints.

And when they screw up and turn us off, where do we go? What if there are certain things we agree with that Democrats, for example, are supposed to stand with, but certain things about them we don’t like? Where do we go? We can choose from multiple places to sell us oil, food, beverages, internet service, phone service, not to mention the myriad of individual products. We have so many different kinds of chips, beverages or fruit do we have to select from to fit our specific individual tastes. And for all their talk about what is fair or is not, why do Democrats and Republicans work together so hard to keep us from being able to select other voices if we want as leaders? How fair is that?

Take the recent issues the Republican Party has been facing. An article published by TPM recently discussed an internal party report the GOP is taking a sobering looking at. The article states, “The 95-page report by the College National Republican Committee, based on in-depth research by the Winston Group on voters aged 18-29 nationwide, warns of ‘a dismal present situation’ for the GOP when it comes to Millennial voters.

“’Neither technology, nor policy, nor branding alone will fully endear the Republican Party to a generation that has now twice broken for a Democratic candidate by historic margins,’ the report concludes. ‘Yet a message and narrative that focuses on economic growth and opportunity cannot exist without substance behind it. [T]here are still many items in the Republican economic agenda that young voters have not been sold on.’” (

And they just can’t help but to be “Republicans” left and right these days, as if the report got them so scared they just started throwing up Republicanisms all over the place, as if they were a perfectly healthy female model that some fashion designer just told looked too much like a woman to really be pretty. The article quotes the report as saying, “Uncommitted young voters may not be enamored with the Democratic Party but they have a terrible opinion of the GOP.

“’In the focus group research conducted in January 2013,’ the report said, ‘the young ‘winnable’ Obama voters were asked to say what words came to mind when they heard ‘Republican Party.’ The responses were brutal: closed-minded, racist, rigid, old-fashioned.’”

( It’s amazing they don’t already know this, but in 2013 in America, those are not great selling points for getting folk behind you, especially younger voters.

So what did the GOP do? (:rollseyes:) We’ll start with this gem from just the past few days uttered by a leading member of the Texas Tea Party, “Audio posted by Democratic group Battleground Texas on Tuesday has Ken Emanuelson, a leading state Tea Party figure, answering a question about black voters at a May 20 Dallas County GOP event. ‘I’m going to be real honest with you,’ Emanuelson said. ‘The Republican Party doesn’t want black people to vote if they are going to vote 9-to-1 for Democrats.’” (

I mean if that doesn’t sound like some Southern leader during the 60’s telling Freedom Riders, they can go where the sun don’t shine, what does? Then to make up for it he says, “What I meant, and should have said, is that it is not, in my personal opinion, in the interests of the Republican Party to spend its own time and energy working to generally increase the number of Democratic voters at the polls, and at this point in time, nine of every ten African American voters cast their votes for the Democratic Party.” ( I mean he basically just repeated himself.

And it isn’t just Black voters. The report states, “Latino voters in particular ‘tend to think the GOP couldn’t care less about them.” Yet one of their intellectual elite and members of the heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank that former President Ronald Reagan drew much of his policies from, recently stated that we need to stop allowing Latinos into America because they will lower our nation’s overall IQ.

In 2008 he said, “’Decades of psychometric testing has indicated that at least in America, you have Jews with the highest average IQ, usually followed by East Asians, then you have non-Jewish whites, Hispanics, and then blacks.’ He continued: “’These are real differences, and they’re not going to go away tomorrow, and for that reason we have to address them in our immigration discussions and our debates.’” Yet this is the guy the think tank Republicans have been drawing their policies from for decades, commissioned to help draw up a report on immigration. These guys act the part of the terrible acting villain in a low budget straight to DVD C level Sci Fi flick, like Karl Lagerfeld dresses the part.

The next clump on the compost heap (not in chronological order, or necessarily order of offense) is when some guy they dragged out of a hole in a tree, Saxby Chambliss, gave his thoughts on the overwhelming crisis of female soldiers being raped in record numbers in our military. This has been a big issue of late, and it hits us all, as these women have served our country, many of whom signed up after 9-11 willing to die for us all. The GOP report further stated, “The ‘intelligent’ brand (among other positive attributes) is seriously undercut by outrageous statements made by errant Republican voices that are inevitably repeated over and over in the media.” (

Yet in the middle of a hearing on the matter in Washington this ‘brain surgeon’ says, “The young folks coming in to each of your services are anywhere from 17 to 22 or 23 […] Gee-whiz, the hormone level created by nature sets in place the possibility for these types of things to occur. So, we’ve got to be very careful on our side.” ( What did this guy get educated inside of a Fruit Loop box? What’s he gonna say when he’s actually faced with rape victims? Let me guess, something like, “Y’all shoulda had did like my grandmomma and tie one of them there what they call a dental floss around your finger. That’ll put the root on them and scare them away. That’s some for true wisdom right there.”

The sad thing is that for all their preaching about rights and the little guy, Democrats will never turn their backs on Republicans. They run the presidential campaigns together. Sure they call it the CNN, FOX, MSNBC or PBS debate, but the people that set up and arrange them are a committee called the Commission on Presidential Debates. It was formed in the mid to late 80’s by Democrats and Republicans. They usurped power from the League of Women Voters, a non-partisan group that set up the debates and asked real questions, not fielded questions agreed upon by both candidates ahead of time, that then act surprised when given those questions.

If Democrats really stand behind what they say, when Republicans do the terrible things they say they do, why don’t they form debate sponsorships with the Green party, that is more along their lines of thinking? Why don’t they join forces with another conservative party, if they want a conservative perspective? Why don’t Republicans allow the Tea Party to be their own party and set up debates with them or the Conservative Party or Libertarians? The two party system is a racket and a business that is in business to keep themselves in power.

I mean what do conservatives do if they aren’t prejudiced? They have nowhere to turn, and it’s because Democrats and Republicans will not allow us to have that break, or that choice. What choice do progressives that don’t agree with wars for oil, intrusions upon civil liberties and sending corporate lobbyists straight to government branches by setting up external advisory boards, while claiming it’s “getting rid of lobbyists” have? The Green Party and other progressive party’s are not allowed on stage, even by the supposed “progressives.” It’s a power sharing arrangement between two jealous siblings – envious of each other, but even more jealous of those outside of their little incestuous circle. They are business people that have been looking for money and power, and while they have, the middle class has become significantly poorer. ( It started when President Clinton was unable to prevent the bubble from bursting at the end of his term, as George W Bush was unable to prevent the housing bubble from bursting at the end of his term and never stopped.

The rich have gotten richer under both parties and starting at the end of the Clinton administration the middle class got poorer. That is why the majority of Americans now side with neither the Republicans nor Democrats. Because, man, heads or tails we lose, and as a result, we need some new teams!

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