Sunday, July 29, 2012

Politics, War and malignant Narcissism.

On another post TW said she didn't want to turn my thread into a political discussion. But really now, can you think of a better macrocosm to examine sociopath behavior.
From Stalin down to GW Bush, ego and eccentricity has been the bedrock for the thought that a select group of people know what's better for the rest of us than we ourselves do.

P. J. O'Rourke has been my favorite commentator on politics and other ways of the world since he was an editor at the National Lampoon. When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first thing to be bought and sold are legislatures. Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teen age boys. O'Rourke.

I can't think of a better way to describe the circle jerk on capital hill, and it's a safe bet that only flawed individual's would aspire to that kind of life. Even worse are the guys who acknowledge it's a den of inequity, but will tolerate it long enough to acquire and peddle influence after retirement. Like that adds some virtue to their endeavor?
I don't even care if my neighbor ever mows his yard again. But my neighbor will get himself elected to office and send some fucktard by with a 437 page manual of lawn turf regulations to site me for infractions. This is hypothetical, I keep my yard mowed. It's the one thing in my life I can assert dominance and control over without it talking back.
I can't imagine the flagellation in congress during war. It would boggle the mortal minds of us in flats and single family dwellings. You have 535 sociopath's all with a book of blank checks backed by the world's largest economic engine and all looking to get re-elected.
You'll get these entrenched bunch of entitled buzzards to do the right thing when:

I nominate Tom Waits for President of the World. Here is his campaign promises. 
Ones I can get behind.

Step right up, step right up, step right up,
Everyone's a winner, bargains galore
That's right, you too can be the proud owner
Of the quality goes in before the name goes on
One-tenth of a dollar, one-tenth of a dollar, we got service after sales
You need perfume? we got perfume, how 'bout an engagement ring?
Something for the little lady, something for the little lady,
Something for the little lady, hmm
Three for a dollar
We got a year-end clearance, we got a white sale
And a smoke-damaged furniture, you can drive it away today
Act now, act now, and receive as our gift, our gift to you
They come in all colors, one size fits all
No muss, no fuss, no spills, you're tired of kitchen drudgery
Everything must go, going out of business, going out of business
Going out of business sale
Fifty percent off original retail price, skip the middle man
Don't settle for less
How do we do it? how do we do it? volume, volume, turn up the volume
Now you've heard it advertised, don't hesitate
Don't be caught with your drawers down,
Don't be caught with your drawers down
You can step right up, step right up
That's right, it filets, it chops, it dices, slices,
Never stops, lasts a lifetime, mows your lawn
And it mows your lawn and it picks up the kids from school
It gets rid of unwanted facial hair, it gets rid of embarrassing age spots,
It delivers a pizza, and it lengthens, and it strengthens
And it finds that slipper that's been at large
under the chaise lounge for several weeks
And it plays a mean Rhythm Master,
It makes excuses for unwanted lipstick on your collar
And it's only a dollar, step right up, it's only a dollar, step right up
'Cause it forges your signature
If not completely satisfied, mail back unused portion of product
For complete refund of price of purchase
Step right up
Please allow thirty days for delivery, don't be fooled by cheap imitations
You can live in it, live in it, laugh in it, love in it
Swim in it, sleep in it,
Live in it, swim in it, laugh in it, love in it
Removes embarrassing stains from contour sheets, that's right
And it entertains visiting relatives, it turns a sandwich into a banquet
Tired of being the life of the party?
Change your shorts, change your life, change your life
Change into a nine-year-old Hindu boy, get rid of your wife,
And it walks your dog, and it doubles on sax
Doubles on sax, you can jump back Jack, see you later alligator
See you later alligator
And it steals your car
It gets rid of your gambling debts, it quits smoking
It's a friend, and it's a companion,
And it's the only product you will ever need
Follow these easy assembly instructions it never needs ironing
Well it takes weights off hips, bust, thighs, chin, midriff,
Gives you dandruff, and it finds you a job, it is a job
And it strips the phone company free take ten for five exchange,
And it gives you denture breath
And you know it's a friend, and it's a companion
And it gets rid of your traveler's checks
It's new, it's improved, it's old-fashioned
Well it takes care of business, never needs winding,
Never needs winding, never needs winding
Gets rid of blackheads, the heartbreak of psoriasis,
Christ, you don't know the meaning of heartbreak, buddy,
C'mon, c'mon, c'mon, c'mon
'Cause it's effective, it's defective, it creates household odors,
It disinfects, it sanitizes for your protection
It gives you an erection, it wins the election
Why put up with painful corns any longer?
It's a redeemable coupon, no obligation, no salesman will visit your home
We got a jackpot, jackpot, jackpot, prizes, prizes, prizes, all work guaranteed
How do we do it, how do we do it, how do we do it, how do we do it
We need your business, we're going out of business
We'll give you the business
Get on the business end of our going-out-of-business sale
Receive our free brochure, free brochure
Read the easy-to-follow assembly instructions, batteries not included
Send before midnight tomorrow, terms available,
Step right up, step right up, step right up
You got it buddy: the large print giveth, and the small print taketh away
Step right up, you can step right up, you can step right up
C'mon step right up
(Get away from me kid, you bother me...)
Step right up, step right up, step right up, c'mon, c'mon, c'mon, c'mon, c'mon
Step right up, you can step right up, c'mon and step right up,
C'mon and step right up


vicariousrising said...

I think the current state of US politics encourages narcissists and discourages real leaders from involvement.

I don't think it's any coincidence that my ex is heavily into politics. I'm not sure he's a malignant narcissist (although given my recent discovery of that nasty article he mailed me about the repeal of February has me second guessing my assessment), but he definitely thought he would save the works, yet seemed to have no real affiliation with real people. More the idea of people. He really got pissed at me when I said he had a Jesus complex.

Tundra Woman said...

He didn't have a Jesus "complex," Little One. You was talkin' to the MAN hisself!!!

(I'd put Leonard Cohen up for Veep. Janice Joplin if she were still alive for ATF. Since she's not around, my cousin Tony from Chi-town. Any questions "Why?" are "answered" on his Blog!)

q1605 said...

If anybody wants to check the blog TW is talking about it's the one on my list called No. 9. It's a very good commentary about the under belly of the art world in Chicago.
I don't think any one is deluded enough to think they will save the world. Not any more. Even if they do they get sucked up in the vortex of perpetuating the status quo so they can keep eating the slop at the government trough.
Makes me think of Everett Dirksen words. I believe about spending at the Pentagon.
He said you waste a billion here and a billion there and pretty soon your talking about real money.

Calibans Sister said...

Tom Waits, yes indeed. With Jon Stewart as understudy. Today Romney was addressing an Israeli audience, and he actually made threats against Iran. Great, just what we need, if he gets elected, another pre-emptive war. With whose money? With whose lives? On whose backs? When I think of the problems that could be solved in this country with more equitable tax policies, with a fraction of the money that goes to insurance companies, lobbyists, and investment bankers, not to mention the military industrial complex, it boggles the mind. Every citizen could get an education. People can legally buy 6000 bullets, but the prisons are full of people who sell weed.

q1605 said...

Thing is with Israel is that if they were not kow-towing to us they would just go fly over and bomb the bejesus out of whatever Iran is building/doing that is a threat and fly back and have some nice Latkes and other than some expressions of outrage nothing else would happen.

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