Wednesday, October 29, 2014


It is the political season.  I have done my best to switch off the noise. ....  to no avail.  I cannot deny my roots.  Political discussion was one of the staples of family dinner growing up.  I was taught to respect the process as it is the only game in town and any refusal to participate at least at the ballot box served me up just what I deserved.

Mom more than once while watching Huntley & Brinkley on NBC, " If they don't vote, they have no right to complain".

Dad would grunt his agreement and continue reading his paper, his book, his notes on the latest garden plan or Heathkit electronic gadget he was putting together.

So here we are a week or so from the Mid-term elections.  What to do?  Vote for an individual?  Vote my ideals?  Vote a straight party ticket?  Or vote as I have for at least the last 15 or 16 elections and cast my vote in defense.

I have always felt most comfortable in the middle.  Straddling that imaginary fence that divides Left from Right.  Held in low esteem by the lock n loaded believers on both sides during much of the year, yet come election time, both sides try to schmooze my vote from me by cranking back the hardline rhetoric they use most of the time.  Suddenly they become "moderates" and I am supposed to throw my straddlin the fence sad self on their side on the first Tuesday of November every other year.


Both the Democrats and the Republicans are responsible for whatever it is our country is now.  They share equally in my mind the good times and the bad times they have put us through.  ....................  At least up until the Right went off the deep end some years back and allowed the John Bircher-Koch mentality to hijack their message.   Because of their "I won't play unless we use my ball" mentality, I am voting against them from now on.  .......  Hmm ....... Actually I guess I started voting this way a couple of elections back.  Regardless, no Republican will get my vote.

Later ........................................


BBC said...

I don't give a shit who you vote for, when it is over we are still going to be fucked.

MRMacrum said...

BBC - If History is any indication, you are probably correct.

BBC said...

All is lost, have a fucking drink. LOL

Kulkuri said...

It's going to have to get a lot worse before people realize who is fucking them. I have relatives that are blindly spreading the propaganda of the oppressors. Some don't have a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out of, but they are mouthing the bullshit from the Uber-rich!!

The Blog Fodder said...

If we ever figure out why people vote against their own best interests we can take over the world

Ol'Buzzard said...

it is pretty simple: fifty percent of the people are on the down side of the IQ bell curve (and it doesn't help if they are educated by fundamentalist parents in the religious south.)
It has always been that way and will always be that way.

the Ol'Buzzard

MRMacrum said...

BBC - All doesn't need to be lost to have a fucking drink. Hell, letting the dog out is enough for me to celebrate with a nip.

Kulkiri - Yeah it will have to get worse, but as it has in the past, so it will be in the future .... the unwashed masses always have their way in the end. Seems there is rampant stupidity at both ends of the economic rainbow.

Blog Fodder - Word.

Ol'Buzzard - All in all, I don't think organized religion has been much of a help in the past century at the least, North South and everywhere in between.