I’ve scrolled back over this site, and came to realize that I have reduced it to a spot where the contributors just dump the detritus of their shutterbuggin’ fingers.
Kind of like an electronic version of a porn star’s tits. Or worse. . . .
No more. Why, take Health Care Reform.
Fifteen months ago, Thomas Paine would have posted a lengthy screed against the government and its foolhardy, lying ways in “doing the right thing” [i.e. health care restructuring], and I might have posted a piece about either the government’s and parties’ end-justifying-the-means approach to the debate, or a common, rather stock analysis of the “gee, it looks nice, and sure feels good, but the risks are enormous” variety. And Torqueymada could easily point out the Bush-like methods of President Obama, setting up straw men and false choices in a [more literate and articulate] series of obfuscatory speeches intended to “enlighten.”
Everybody here feels all of those things.
And also feels some warmth and goodness about a country doing the right thing and trying to address an uncharitable world (without addressing the systemic flaws that made the situation easily occur, of course).
But I lack the energy. The MythMon would chime in with a thoughtful examination of one of the theses of the entry, drilling down to a more honed, and accurate, exposition. Jestaplero would, if he had the time to stop by, jump on something I said, and would [likely] faithfully defend the merits of many of the health care changes, and methods, whilst confessing one or two missteps. I would then take the bait, and engage, and Thomas Paine would feign umbrage. Chick Who Occasionally Enjoys Politics would pick up on the most interesting details, something we said without thought, and offer a new insight. Little Johnny Jewel would reminds us we’re all dunderheads. tomanonynous would urge the use of yellowjackets.
A few anonymous readers or newcomers might actually elucidate us.
That would all be fun.
But I lack the energy. I’m not going to change any minds. My constant refrain that both sides are fundamentally right, and both sides are fundamentally wrong – and that both sides are undisputably wrong-headed and craven – would fall on largely deaf ears. It’s easier to stick with your team, and not confess that the general manager is a boozed-up old has-been looking to get in his twenty years and be a consultant in Florida.
Oh, I forgot – the posts would be full of those inimitable digressions and stupidities.
Following on the heels of at least eight years of similar conduct, it also shouldn’t surprise anyone.
There are no good guys here.
I, of course, benefit from the changes – I will benefit almost immediately [well, my offspring will].
I will also “suffer” from an immediate tax increase, paying a surtax for Medicare. You know, because I’m one of the wealthy Americans who should progressively bear the burden.
It could, of course, all turn out great. I sure as shit hope so. That just depends on strong leadership and a willingness to make tough choices at each step of the way in the next twenty years.
You know, the strong leadership and touch-choice-making that the current leadership kicked down the road for somebody else to struggle with.
ADDENDUM: I blew past my one biggest gripe -- the tendency of just about everyone in the world to not treat their own world view, or position on an issue, as the right one, and presume that opponents are just dumb and/or evil.
Sure, people will admit "it could be better," but they blithely discuss these incredibly complex, difficult issues as if the solutions are only difficult to achieve because there's opposition -- not that they're difficult to achieve, and that that condition leads to opposition.
Or, more accurately, the form of opposition. Opposition will pop up as long as there's power to be grabbed.