Howdy-doo, frenz. I am currently feelin’ loose and waggly, thanks to the combined efforts of Michelle and BeckySharper in providing me with some sweet Canadian OTC muscle relaxers, which are even sweeter after two days of OHFUCKMYBACKOW OWOWOWWWWWW. So maybe this thread should be about awesome drugs or something, but instead, the methocarbamol fairies are urging me to talk about how completely jacked up politics are in the US.
Even if you don’t live here, you probably know that the US government–particularly the House of Representatives–is going through this bullshit Showdown at the DC Corrall about the raising the “debt ceiling” (the amount of money the government can borrow). John Boehner (R-OHMYGOD AREYOUKIDDINGMEWITHTHIS?) is being a complete douche, saying we need to cut every social program ever to curb spending, and refusing to raise taxes to a reasonable rate on corporations and the uber-wealthy, because that’s communism!!! Unfortunately for him, his plan is so wrong-headed that he can’t even get his own party to vote for that garbage, and even if it could get the votes, he knows it won’t pass in the Senate, and he knows that the President would veto it anyway. So he’s just being an obstructionist. He needs to be fired.
The Dem side of things isn’t much better. Rather than pushing for reasonable tax increases on those who can well afford them (to levels they have been at in the past), Harry Reid (D-No Problem Gambling with the Lives of the Most Vulnerable Citizens) and his team are helping us gently into a brave new world of Fuck the Poor by playing along with this “austerity” nonsense. (As I’m writing this, Obama is making a speech about this crap, still going on about “bipartisanship.” Kee-rist.)
Things are seriously jacked up here in the U S of A, and the only good I can see coming out of this is that a lot more citizens are paying attention to politics than usual. The question remains: how long will this last? Could this lead to a change in the electorate; an increased sense of that “of the people, by the people, for the people” thing? A new era in US politics?
I’m getting a bit far afield here (the fairies! the fairies!), so let me reel it back in a bit. I’ve heard, along with a lot of (understandable) pissing and moaning, comments like “I could do a better job than these clowns!” and “even my kid knows [facty-fact that some pol seems unable to grasp]!” While this is of course in some part borne of ignorance, it makes me wonder: could you or I do a better job? Would you even consider trying?
Which brings me to the FS-ST: would you ever consider becoming a politician? With the appalling rollbacks of women’s right to bodily sovereignty in the US, the who-knows-how-deep-it-goes corruption with Murdoch et al in the UK, and all the crazy crap everywhere else in the world: things need some fixin’. Do you, in all seriousness, think you could do something to fix it? Why, or why not? And what would you do?
You can think of this like waving a magic wand and saying “I’d XYZ,” or you can identify a specific issue you’d work on. You can note what you think is is the biggest issue in your world (local, regional, national, however you define it), or offer strategies for making the changes that you think are needed. You can give a reason why you couldn’t or wouldn’t run for office, but offer what you might do instead.
Magic wand: No private donations for elections. Public funding, short campaign season.
Biggest issue: Corporate ownership of government.
Reason for not running: I have zero dollars. I could never be elected in the US; also, as an atheist who lives in sin, I’d be dead in the water. That said, I think I’m smart and pigheaded enough to be of some use.
This could get messy and contentious, but the fairies and I are okay with that. My friends, I’m here today asking for your comments. Maude bless you, and Maude bless all the Harpies of the World.