Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Something Better Change

Do you remember America's 2008 presidential election? Sure you do, people went wild for "hope and change" and the libs were out in force, partying in the streets, while trads gnashed their teeth. I didn't grind my few remaining teeth, but I did watch Dallas Democrats whoop up the demise of the hated Bush as they danced, literally, in the leafy boulevards of Bishop Arts. 

You poor, mad, fools, I thought quietly to myself, as I sipped a glass of the right stuff from the vantage point of a street corner outside an overpriced restaurant.

Pull Your Pants Up, Fool

Nearly 8 years later, hope and change mania has turned into a choppy, sometimes explosive, discontent. The black urban poor aren't happy, witness Ferguson and Baltimore; it seems they're disinclined to be bought off with cell phones and food stamps. The pampered, whining, university elite aren't happy. For them, the Frankfort School revolution can never go far enough.

Student Stasi Whineleader

But that's not all. People looking for jobs aren't happy because, unless you're an artist, sorry, waiter, there aren't any, and people with jobs aren't too pleased either, as real income shrinks while prices rise. And it goes without saying that social conservatives are mad at what they justifiably see as an increasing attack on traditional values. Sorry, Christians, bake the cake.

Terrorists? Or Does The Government Just Want Your Land?

In brief, the vast majority of the population isn't pleased, and I'm being polite, with the way things are. Go figure, hope and change has brought us exactly what? Affordable healthcare that the poor get fined for not being able to afford and, wait for it, "Cait." Well thanks a lot, rulers, we may be poorer but at least we've got gay marriage and the awesome liberty to get a sex change.

In the meanwhile, in the public mind, a tiny minority of self-serving,  inside-the-beltway political insiders and their oligarch friends, continue to wax large without regard for the people they govern. I'll leave you with the Jeremiad ZeroHedge, commenting on the recent Oregon ranch stand-off:

This is what happens when people get desperate, when citizens lose hope, and when lawful, nonviolent alternatives appear pointless.
Whether the parties involved are blameless or not, whether they’re using the wrong tactics or not, whether their agendas are selfless or not, this is the face of a nation undergoing a nervous breakdown on all fronts.
Now all that remains is a spark, and it need not be a very big one, to set the whole powder keg aflame.

Behold Your Ruler?

Word to the wise. When you see big lines at the ATMs, get ready to get out.




LL said...

Donald Trump is campaigning on "hope and change". It's a common theme in politics.

Meanwhile it's raining in SoCal now, and the El Nino monsoon is expected to continue for the rest of the week. That's a crisis because people in the sunshine state do not drive well in rain. And all of those fancy mansions occupied (mainly by the likes of Jenner) slide down muddy hillsides.

What I'm getting at is when there is no rain, it's a crisis in CA. When there is rain, it's a crisis in CA. Politicians like Gore grow richer by pointing this out. Obama just gets on an airplane and flies to where there is no rain and golfs.

LSP said...

El Nino is a real menace, but our leader in the War on Weather doesn't care, he's off on a golf course, or crying, or both.

LL said...

El Nino is "the weather strikes back" at those who would wage war against it.

The war on the weather reminds of Hillary and Barack sitting on the beach, striking the sand with a hammer, and expecting something profound to happen as a result of their efforts.

Adrienne said...

Something better change.

No, it's actually "something will change." Situations don't remain static. They're either moving forward or moving backwards.

I think the wheels are ready to fall off this bus we call the USA. Oh, heck - make that the entire world. We are seeing the end result of the long march through the institutions. The populace is so dumbed down and so propagandized that they have no idea of what's going on.

So, I'm going to do what any freedom loving woman does when the sh*t is going to hit the fan. I'm going to the beauty supply and buy nail oil and a new clipper.

Men buy hats, women go to beauty supplies. At least we'll all look good.

LSP said...

Funny you should say that, Adrienne. I've bought 2 hats in the last week. A Justin "felt" and a ball cap.

LSP said...

The thought of H&O on a beach is profoundly disturbing, LL. El Nino's a hard enemy to beat, history proves that.

Adrienne said...

I know you bought hats - that's why I said what I said. And you look mighty fine in the Justin.

infidel de manahatta said...

Like I said before, I give it ten years before the powder keg explodes. Then America will look like Northern Ireland. Bombings, assassinations. And these will be the only weapons at our disposal. The state has the drones, the helicopters, the spy satellites. Our only hope of defeating them is through these tactics.

LSP said...

I looked all over for one in Texas, Adrienne, and couldn't find the right size, color, or price. Calgary came to the rescue. I'll use it for riding and generally knocking about.

LSP said...

Fighting talk, Infidel. If things get nasty, they'll get very nasty indeed. Let's hope Syria isn't the model.