Thursday, June 18, 2009

A Musical Interlude

The only thing I take exception to in this video is the idea that voting Republican is enough to fix the problem. There isn’t a dime’s worth of difference between the two parties. Republicans are spending us into oblivion just a tiny bit slower than the Democrats.

I often say (especially to liberals), “I hate Republicans! The only thing worse than a Republican is a Democrat!”

What’s necessary is a massive grassroots eruption that would put the politicians’ feet to the fire and force them to change their ways. Alas, I don’t think it will happen in time; the system will probably collapse first.

Hat tip: Zonka.

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. said...

Yeah Baron! What we need here is an American version of the BNP, right?

We get Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck to lead the party, after they grow Geert Wilders-style hairdos (or, more likely, get Geert Wilders-style toupees).

Kokor Hekkum for President!

Baron Bodissey said...

That's Kokor Hekkus, Nodrog. Get your Jack Vance characters right!

For those of you who are not Jack Vance fans, Kokor Hekkus was the vicious criminal featured in The Killing Machine, Book 2 of the "Demon Princes" series.

Henrik R Clausen said...

I don't think the BNP understands economics.

Of relevance: Peter Schiff is probably running for the Senate.

Dymphna said...

Gee,thanks,Zonka! Now I'll have that pea-pickin' song going thru my head all week.

I'll bet ol' Tennessee Ernie Ford would've sung that song for free if he were still around.

Here's one of the original versions on Youtube.

16 Tons

What a voice.I didn't know he had conservatory training.

babs said...

You might not think there is a dime's worth of difference but I recently got an email from the local tea party saying they were going to rally outside a town hall meeting of our Congressional Democrat that just happens to take place within walking distance of my home.
Not only will I be there to protest, I have offered my home as a rally point.
The time is long past for those that want sanity in gov't to get off their butts and do something about it.
Yeah, I get it, you can't show up for a mid day insanity like the unemployed Dems do but, you can turn off Dancing With the Stars, blast yourself out of your Lazy Boy and turn out for a town hall meeting in the evening.
Freedom is not free.
I actually think it has now dawned on a major part of the conservative electorate that "someone else" will not solve this...

X said...

I don't think the BNP understands economics.

Of course not, they're statists. They want to nationalise half the country.

Anyhoo, I'm off to Wales for a week. Does anyone know what the Welsh national drink is? I don't. I'm thinking fermented sheep...

Proud Infidel said...

While I agree the Republicans abandoned fiscal restraint during the past 8 years, to say that the Republicans spend just a bit slower than the Dems doesn't hold any water based on what I see. The Dems QUADRUPLED the deficit it took GW Bush 8 years to build in a mere 6 months. And that's before the health care and cap and trade scams are shoved down our throats.

When it comes to pissing the people's money away, the Dems are like the New England Patriots, the Repubs are like a Pop Warner team, to use a footbal analogy.

Arius said...

Isn't it Democrat party? We don't refer to Democratics, do we?

Jedilson Bonfim said...

Those in favor of cloning Barry Goldwater, please raise your hands...

Too bad wishful thinking is just that.

heroyalwhyness said...

Illustrating ProudInfidel's point is the following graphic posted at Doug Ross' blog:

A Financial Calamity, illustrated

Zenster said...

What’s necessary is a massive grassroots eruption that would put the politicians’ feet to the fire and force them to change their ways.

I had a similar discussion in the Philippines with the good Fathers of Naga City's Metropolitan Cathedral. They bemoaned their country's endemic corruption as incurable.

In my best diplomatic manner―which, admittedly, could use some remedial instruction―I pointed out how the current legal system allows their legislators to pass the laws governing corruption reform and, therefore, not much change could be expected from those who stood to benefit the most from perpetuation of those same criminal practices.

I then pointed out how the lack of punishment for such corruption constituted a sort of tacit approval for those practices.

After all, we're talking about a nation that went on to re-elect Imelda "1,000 pairs of shoes" Marcos to congressional office.

SIDEBAR: I hope you all realize that Imelda Marcos' original corruption trial threatened to span some TWO DECADES.

Yes, she asked the trial judge to walk a mile in her shoes. [rimshot]

I then had the temerity to suggest that, perhaps, their governmental corruption would end only when it became physically painful for Phillipine lawmakers to engage in it.

I was even so bold as to suggest that, perhaps, several of these corrupt legislators might have to DIE before others took the cue and reformed themselves.

Of course, the kind Fathers of Naga City Cathedral objected to this notion but NOT ONE OF THEM could suggest any alternative, not to mention one that might be anywhere near as productive.

Far be it from me to suggest that similar measures might be required in America. Perish the thought that our own corrupt lawmakers might experience a single moment's discomfort for whoring themselves to foreign interests, pork-barrel projects or simple outright graft.

Still, there is an irresistible appeal to attaching physical pain of some sort to those who engage in typical political corruption.

I'm confident that all of you recognize how I am limiting such a suggestion to only those Philippine lawmakers and, most certainly, not our own beloved politicians.

Zenster said...

heroyalwhyness: A Financial Calamity, Illustrated.

GAH! Don't do that! Our priceless moonshot is but a minute fraction of this current spending orgy? GAH!