If there is anything we can learn from advertising, it’s that money buys love. Especially now, when jewelry stores stake their very viability on Valentines Day. As a woman, I can measure my desirability by how many men have bought me diamonds.
And, as a voter, I can measure my worth by how much money is in play to attract my vote.
I’ve been tremendously entertained by the internal feuding in the Republican Party. For one thing, it’s fun to watch two groups of people I don’t much like fight with each other. For another, it reminds me of the Democratic Party of my youth.
Back then, the donkey gang was allegedly taken over by the lunatic fringe, the dirty fucking hippies who got involved in politics to end the war in Viet Nam so they could stay home and do drugs and have abortions. It took the span of time from the McGovern campaign to the Clinton campaign for that image to fade.
The Republicans don’t have any hippies, but instead have the Tea Party (and it isn’t even the hippie kind of tea, nudge nudge). Roused by their principles, they got involved in Republican politics to end Obamacare and, eventually, the Federal government as we know it.
That’s not working for them. The kind of candidate who can win a Republican primary can’t win a general election. And the people who run the party are not happy about this. Karl Rove is raising money to put the grown-ups back in charge.
This isn’t a good thing, and I’m not saying that just because it suits me to have elephants lose. Rather, I believe in democracy, and I believe that voters should get to decide their candidates, and, eventually, their elected officials.
The downside of this attitude is that sometimes, the people nominate and elect crazy assholes, and then get the kind of laws that crazy assholes enact. And an uneducated populace elects an unduly proportion of crazy assholes.
The Tea Party is astonishingly uneducated. They don’t like science (see: creationism, women’s health and climate change), they don’t like math (see: economic policy) and they don’t like history.
It is an unfortunate truth of democracy that we’re all in this together, and we have to learn how to get along. I clearly remember that I decided to support Clinton in 1992, not because I agreed with him, but because I thought he could win the election, and would be better for the country than another four years of George H. W. Bush. The Tea Party is not yet at this stage.
“We don’t have to agree on everything to agree it’s time to do something,” Barack Obama said. But I guess that means the Tea Party is against it.
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