Clock on the Wall
A lot of things are more or less a 'done deal' at this point; I'm not counting on environmental or economic conditions to be stable, let alone the political or cultural environment. So the imperative for me is about trying to reduce the chances of the "very, very bad" conclusion of this part of the cycle of American history. I've had enough of theocracy and government surveillance.
Xan noticed some signs. I have too.
I have been a pseudopaulite for a long time, and i’ll say it again: stop thinking about what his policies and opinions and legislation mean, when taken together. that is not the point.
i can’t say i’m well steeped in ron paul’s actual history. but i think i understand why he’s caught on this season. i really do, because i feel almost the exact same way as many of his supporters, with the obvious caveats.
as a progressive, of course i want to puke and gouge my eyes, as i consider the likely winner of the dem primary process. but imagine how much worse it would feel to be an honest republican or right-leaning independent!!! i’m spooging around the italics because i have so much pity for these people, i can hardly appreciate the sense of betrayal, confusion, and despair they must have.
it’s funny, i woke up thinking about (the mixed woman in) “Legends of the Fall,” which i guess is a book as well as a movie designed to sell clothes. if you don’t think about it too much, it’s sort of a great movie. if you do, you quickly realize that it is, from almost start to finish, one long recitation of pseudolibertarian conservatism with pretty people and horses. intellectually vapid, but romantically appealing. i think a lot of americans imagine themselves like the (male) characters in this film. they really want to believe that you can kill the indians, rape their women, steal their land, and when you retire in wealth and splendor to raise your children- the indians will love you for it. that’s the american conservative narrative ideal.
sorry, that’s too sardonic for the point i’m making. the paulites are people who feel betrayed, by the system, by history, by polliticians entrusted to care for a precious experiment with freedom. and they should, i do too. the fact that they have one (false) narrative to explain these feelings hardly matters to me. i have another, and i believe and can prove it’s more fact-based. either way, the conclusion remains the same. the system is heinously broken, it’s killing us Little People, and the only way to prove you understand that is to stand up against the prevailing media fable of “what America wants.” some folks are doing that with ron paul signs, some are blogging.
the vast majority of paul signs here are not “professional” grade. it’s very clear that many of them are placed by politically inexperienced supporters (cf I’ve seen a bunch on not-well traveled roads). i haven’t spent a lot of time at paulite sites, but i’m going to if he decides to make a third run after the media selects another republican for us. he’s been an independent candidate before, but this time around, it’s different. that i know for sure.
there’s no way i can support paul, not until he loses the whole ’wimmin need mindin’ schtick and drops the bible thumping moralism. but i think of his candidacy this year not as about his views, or the opinions of the electorate upon them. i think of it as the unthinking, underinformed reaction to killing pressures upon a populace denied self-expression. working people, religious people, and most importantly, young white people are coming to understand that the promises of our heritage will not apply in the next generation. that makes people angry, and it should.
for many, ron paul is the complicated problem in chemistry class that you get 80% right. sure, your conclusion is wrong, and you didn’t come up with the exact chemical formula that is the ultimate result of mixing two substances together and heating them. but you got most of the process right, and you understand the reaction at a basic level. our job is to correct that last hydrogen-oxygen bond of understanding, and show the paulites that together, we’re a vast majority who can command our own freedom and prosperity.