November 9, 2012

Dragon's Teeth, Sown

What happened November 6th? Well, Obama won, if you haven't heard. What didn't happen? The White House didn't flip. The Senate didn't flip. The House didn't flip. $2 billion later, nothing much changed. The GOP garnered even more governorships, and more statehouses. No big shit there. We all know there's no power beyond Washington anymore, so those are just Miss Congeniality contests.

But what happened? Two things.


Tactically

The Democrats beat the Republicans like runaway slaves on the ground game. They hustled, they got out the vote, for better or worse they isolated demographics and played upon their fears and ignorance. That's all fair. Democrats live politics. They are community organizers. It's what they do. And they did it very well. And they had the Chicago Machine behind them, as formidable a force as politics has ever known. They steal, they commit fraud, they commit crimes. But they don't even have to, to win. They just do that for fun. Republicans can't get up enough activists for a sandlot baseball game. You can't win the game if you don't show up.

And speaking of baseball, I've voted in 10 presidential elections now. Won 5, lost 5. That's batting .500. If I'm a professional ballplayer I'm in the fucking Hall of Fame. As I am not a professional ballplayer I am the median outcome in a cosmic game of coin flips.


Strategically

This is where it gets hairy. Anyone can learn to out-hustle the other side. That's just focus. It's worse than that. Obama won for the same reason the Greeks are rioting in the streets, and the Spaniards, Irish, and Italians are right behind them. Despite the smiles and the uplifting rhetoric, Romney's message was essentially one of austerity: we'll have to suck it up and tighten the belt before it gets better. And America did not want to hear that message. It burns.

Look, a lot of Boomers are going to retire in the next 4 years. And they don't want their applecart upset. Republican or Democrat. They paid in for 30-40 years. Don't fuck me now. Let me sit on my ass for the next 4 years, kick the can down the road one more time, and find my safe harbor.

It's as simple as that. We are indolent Greeks, only we actually produced for the last generation, and don't you dare touch that, you cocksucker. It is insanely selfish insofar as the next two generations go, but there is no decency left in this society. Every rat for himself.

Sliced and diced, I read a dozen different ways the Republicans lost. Most valid. But those are the symptoms. The diagnosis is thrombosis, as Jesse might say. I don't see the wheel turning for 10 or 12 years, but when it does it will be an outraged and vengeful Millennial demographic, likely libertarian with no care whatsoever for social issues, that will be dragging all of our asses, Democrat and Republican alike, off to be shot.

As we sow the dragon's teeth, so shall we reap. All of us. I'm surprised my children even consider me a human being at this point.

Posted by Velociman at November 9, 2012 9:07 PM | TrackBack
Comments

People like free shit. Old people like that medicare. Illegals and the poor like that free cheese and cell phones. No one wants to hear daddy say "Sorry we can't afford that" on Christmas day. They just want their stuff under the tree.

I was hoping that the talking salamander would work his mojo, but it didn't turn out. Oh well, maybe all these Mexicans children will pay in enough so that I can get a big fat check when I get old.

But i suspect I'll end up like that old man in the movie The Road.

Fuck.

Posted by: JohnB at November 9, 2012 10:10 PM

Not me. I may get plowed like the rest of us, but I refuse to take a penny.

Posted by: Pascal at November 9, 2012 10:12 PM

I know most of us boomers knew our FICA funds were stolen for use elsewhere and replaced with IOUs.

Some of us tried to reform Social Security but agit-prop by the Left and complicity by Progressive Republicans was used effectively to obstruct us. Personally, the wimp in me gave up. So this is my penalty -- a self-assessed means test. If other wimped out too, why gripe now unless you can't face the fact that you didn't even try to fight.

But if you did try to fight it and failed, you can at least alert the next generation to the tactics you encountered. You decide if the game which thwarted me* was similar to what stopped you. (Social Security was called the 3rd rail of politics only because so many "moderates" in the GOP helped make it so.) Then tell the world about it if you aren't to embarrassed to admitting having been gamed.

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* described here: http://pascalfervor.blogspot.com/2012/11/political-cowardice-and-social-security.html )

Posted by: Pascal at November 9, 2012 10:49 PM

I'm retired already, but I still preferred what Mr. Ryan was prescribing vs. the "it'll be fine if you just don't stare at it" plan of the current regime.

I'd like to make eye contact with my future.

That said, I'll probably be dead in my driveway when they start their next antics, anyway.

Posted by: doubletrouble at November 9, 2012 11:09 PM

It's time to shrug. Quit your job or retire, stop all charitable giving and only spend your money on food, ammo, whores and liquor. Sell your business and tell your employees to go see Slappy for their next paycheck. Above all register as a Libertarian and vote that way and send the current one party system down the toilet.

Posted by: IrishEd at November 10, 2012 8:24 AM

http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2012/11/friday-afternoon-roundup-what-went-wrong.html

Daniel Greenfield has placed within this post historical documents presenting communist Rhode Island, 1786. Every state had similar problems, which is why the convention was called. People who had an actual stake in the country or a sense of honor were terrified.

Posted by: james wilson at November 10, 2012 12:45 PM

The remnants of the 60's/70's liberal/academia boomer idiots run things now. Being a boomer I appreciate your comment about your kids' consideration.

The feeb in chief has also destroyed our international position and I fear for us in that arena.

Posted by: Kim at November 10, 2012 5:28 PM

Not much a citizen can do when your elected representatives are all in on the shell game. Why should they care, they have pensions for life after 4 years and free platinum coated healthcare for life which they awarded themselves in violation of the Constitutional law that says Congress shall make no law that does not apply equally to themselves.
I tried to opt-out of social security decades ago and was told, "you cant participation is mandatory".
Young working people today should be angry because they are paying for a system they will never see any benefit from. They should be angry at politicians who screwed the taxpayers and used the social security dollars to buy votes with. They should not be angry with the hard-working older generation who worked and paid into the system all their lives who are trying to scratch out a living from this government Ponzi scheme.
Youth of America, I know you don't have the experience and knowledge of what is happening in this country that older people do but at least educate yourselves and learn who your real enemies are and stop helping put Marxist like Obama in, he isn't going to help you.

Posted by: Dave at November 11, 2012 8:25 AM

3.5 Trillion dollars (around what the .gov spent in 2011) buys a lot of votes (of those claiming both D and R sentiments). I don't think that is going to change anytime soon.

Posted by: tobias at November 11, 2012 11:16 AM

Yeah Dave, my 38 YO son is angry. Tells me it's not right that his taxes pay my SS.

However, the fact that he has lived in my home with his wife and 2 children for 8 yrs FOR FREE made it hard to take him seriously.

'Course it doesn't make him angry when I loan him money to get his car fixed, or babysit the kids for free.

Posted by: johnnyreb at November 11, 2012 11:17 AM

And BTW, our REAL enemy is the Media. Without their compliance and downright complicity the elitists rulers couldn't get away with most of the shit they pull.

Posted by: johnnyreb at November 11, 2012 11:20 AM

You can't sell austerity to Americans not matter what party you are in, as Jimmy Carter arguably the most moral president we ever had learned to his chagrin (c.f the sweater video)

Also 40 million people on food assistance and a worsening economy are liable to put a lot of Democratic boots on the ground.

Demographic pandering doesn't hurt there either.

However given that Obama won by about 2 million votes in a low turnout year, the elephant did pretty decently.

Also as per economics, things have steadily gotten worse since the 70's, wages are down by roughly half. I can't see either of these guys addressing that point, how do we get wages up for the average guy?

The solutions proffered, more handouts (D) or more tax cuts by the rich (R) or more deregulation (L) none of them will work. The problem is deep and structural.

So its little wonder no one wants to change anything.

Sooner than later, change will come hopefully quietly and calmly but if not, well be prepared.

Posted by: Matt Strictland at November 11, 2012 3:04 PM

The streets are extended gutters and the gutters are full of blood and when the drains finally scab over, all the vermin will drown. The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout "Save us!"... and I'll whisper "no."

Posted by: anon at November 11, 2012 6:32 PM

Simply put...the liberal media is the forth, and ruling branch of government.

Posted by: Rocky at November 11, 2012 7:08 PM

@pascal:
I've seen on Western Rifle Shooters and elsewhere ''what will happen when the EBT (food stamps/welfare/section 8) stop?'' on the premise that things will rapidly go to hell as soon as that happens.
But what those writers and many of the readers don't realize is when the ''EBT'' stops so will quite likely SSI, Medicaid, Social Security and Medicare.
THOSE programs as ALSO ''welfare expenditures'' despite the inevitable ''but-but I paid into it all my life!''.
Since 1969 all FICA and Medicare taxes collected went into the general federal budget.
And paid right back out as any and all expenditures.
Welcome to the hard facts.

Posted by: YIH at November 11, 2012 7:25 PM

Then I might as well suck as much as I can out of the system while I can. We should all climb aboard the Cloward-Piven Express and suck the trough dry while we vote against the bastards who have destroyed the Republic.

Posted by: revjen45 at November 11, 2012 11:07 PM

Well, if we ever enter the territory of the domestic two-way shooting range, I'm first aiming for the journalists trying to cover the "story". That ought to get their attention.

Posted by: ruralcounsel at November 12, 2012 9:52 AM

I just want to be young enough to participate when the hangings commence.

Posted by: Casca at November 12, 2012 6:06 PM

I guess when 59 divisions or polling places have a vote count of 19605 for Obama and 0 for Mitt, and the percentage of registered voters voting is well over 90% things are good. Philadelphia, home of something but damn sure isn't thinking.

Posted by: James Old Guy at November 13, 2012 6:47 PM

Someday, unless they manage to raise the voting age to 55 or so, there will be enough young voters who realise that they're paying 35% of their check in FICA taxes (You don't really think they'll just leave it at 15% until it's dry, do you?) and that they're not going to do it anymore.

And the old folks will scream about SS and Medicare, and how they paid in (10% of what they're getting back) and how they thought they had retirement covered because the government promised and they don't have anything to fall back on.

All those old folks could have voted to dismantle the system, and planned for their own retirement, but instead they voted to saddle me with the cost of their retirement. They ran up the bill, and stuck me and my generation (and more so, the next two generations, I'm 36 now) with the check.

Well, when you make a deal with the Devil, don't act all shocked when you end up in Hell.

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