Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The post in which Chris talks about politics and falls into a spiralling panic

All U Can Eat - Ben Folds

The other day I was talking to Rachel about a girl we both know who is, for all intents and purposes, a self-serving, out of touch, ignorant, morally ambiguous bitch. But see, she's pretty. And I have this terrible habit of wanting to be an apologist for pretty girls' unacceptable behaviour because, you know, they're pretty.

So I stumbled upon something that I referred to as pretty girl syndrome, which is the wavering internal compass that guides this particular pretty girl, as well as several others I know. For those pretty girls reading, I'm not saying that every pretty girl is like this, just that it is a behaviour endemic of your kind (a).

As a pretty girl said female has spent her life encountering (and gravitating toward) weak-willed souls such as myself who can't build up the testicular fortitude to break down her fucked up little world view. So, she has learned that necessary and primary to every action, decision, viewpoint, etc. is that which she wants.

There's a difference between selfishness and want in this case; a sufferer of PGS can be wholly altruistic. But rather than being driven by a strong sense of what is right and wrong, or what have you, her motivation for altruism is that she wants to do it.

For example, a few weeks ago I was running through Bute Park and I saw a guy who was slumped over by a tree. My assumption was that he was your average park-dwelling drunkard but something about the way he was positioned made me concerned. So I stopped and walked over to ask if he was OK.

The whole time I was walking toward him, I was thinking about how I would prefer to just leave him there. If he was just some drunk guy, I didn't give a damn about him, and I should just carry on jogging because he's probably got a knife and will attack me as soon as I get close and so on and so on and I REALLY did not want to be dealing with this bloke. Not at all.

But my father somehow managed to instil in me a basic respect for people. So, cautiously I approached our man in a heap:

"Hey, mate, you alright?"
"I said are you alright? Are you OK?"
"Uhmff. Yeah. Fine. Got any change, mate?"

And off I went about my run. The point is, no matter how desperately I wanted to walk away I couldn't let myself because somewhere deep in my sad twisted soul is the belief-hope that people are good and that we should be decent to each other. And that overruled what I wanted to do.

But for a PGS sufferer, want is most important, and no decision can be made without it. Want is the foundation for all thought, action and deed. To this effect, no action, thought or deed needs serious vindication. Want is the only reason; it is the best reason.

And so we arrive at Sarah Palin. Woman is fucked in the head, yo.

And that wouldn't bother me but for the fact that she is representative of a great mass of people who think exactly like her. The modern "conservative" (b) movement has become little more than a horde of snarling monkeys whose alleged moral foundation is the fun-house moving floor that is want. In the immortal words of Karl Rove: "We create our own reality." (c)

The only reality is that of want.

McCain-Palin want to run the United States. With their want established, there is no other necessary vindication. So they can -- with free conscience -- lie, slander, and mislead for the sake of achieving this aim. In their mind they aren't doing anything wrong because they are working toward their stated want. And what has me waking up at night feeling sick is the reality that there are so many millions of people buying it wholesale; watching this all straight-facedly and with the inability to see that it's just a really bad Disney movie.

Actually, it's worse than a Disney movie. Because in a Disney movie Obama's adorable children would somehow dupe Sarah Palin into a character-exposing tirade in the middle of a stump speech. Like Homer Stokes in " O Brother, Where Art Thou?" she would expose herself to be a right-wing racist wingnut and everyone would boo and throw rotten vegetables.

But what would really happen in that scenario is that her faithful throng would cheer wildly and call for the murder of Barack Obama.

The pretty girl calls Obama a terrorist, pisses on the concept of rational thought, lies, misleads, and encourages the ugliest sides of the American mindset... and we just sit and watch.

This. Shit. Is. Fucked.

The child bride and I will be sending our absentee ballots in the post on Wednesday, in good time for November's election. Here's hoping they achieve something.

(a) And because I am so weak in the face of beauty I will even back away further and state that this is a behaviour exhibited in all facets of person; but I have only noticed it in pretty girls because they are the only thing I pay attention to. Because I'm a sexist. And Europhile scum. And a terrorist.

(b) I'm too lazy to go into this, but modern conservatives are in no way conservative.

(c) To be fair, that quote has never been fully pinned to Rove but to an unnamed person in the Bush administration who is generally believed to have been Rove. The full scary quote, by the way, is: " We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors...and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do."


Anonymous said...

IF you want some encouraging news, check out the latest tracking polls commissioned by Daily Kos: http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/10/7/14638/5653/517/622906

Anonymous said...

Hoping that you both get what you and the lovely country of your birth deserve. Enough of these right-wing bigots.

Crossing my fingers for you and your fair country-folk.

Regards across the blog-sphere.


Bethgun said...


Bugail Aberdyfi said...

I like Sarah Palin. I would vote for her.
Just for fun though!

Lucky said...

I'm debating who to vote for. You see, with the exception of Jesse Ventura, no one I have ever voted for has been elected.

But what if this turns out to be the year I get it right, instead of continuing the string of misfires? Jesus, I don't think I could live with myself if the wrong person got in and I voted for them.

Well, I'll get it figured out in the end..

Pearl said...

Ah. It's so depressing. The polls can say what they want, but I have no faith that what SHOULD happen WILL happen...

There are too many of them.

Nice writing, and keep the faith.


Peggi Rodgers said...

And I'm right in there with you. Sent mine in already. If those two win over Obama I think the U.S. is doomed. Thankfully I don't plan to go back. But I do have family there and I would hate to see them subject to THAT. :O(