American Idiot

Well that sucked.

We just witnessed a bunch of under informed, corporate manipulated, over zealous right wing neanderfucks collectively take fists to to their own genitalia.  I’m always in awe when witnessing the great unwashed vote against it’s own interests and therefore those of the rest of us.  Makes me reach for the bottle.  The advent of the Tea Party alone has turned me into a stumbling, mumbling, albeit self righteous, inebriate this campaign season.

There’s copious tragedy to be had for sure.  How many gratuitous witch hunts, baseless persecutions and attempted impeachments does it augur?  A midterm toxic gift that will keep giving for some time.  A harbinger of doom.  The gastrointestinal of every logical, compassionate and sensible American is about to be challenged and no doubt frequently compromised into violent spasms of the peristaltic kind.

Rachel Maddow nailed it the other night when she pointed out that Democrats by and large have spent the last eighteen months pursuing policy over politics.  This much to the chagrin of the party faithful, some of whom regard it as weakness.  I confess I have seen it as such from time to time, though I was legitimately chafed over the absence of will to defend those policies.  Too much timidity by not vehemently and adamantly running on them.  Excellent and earnest policies.

Democrats too often enjoy the distinction of being fierce pussies.

President Obama rightly lamented the loss of some bold and courageous public servants yesterday.  He didn’t name names so I will.

Joe Sestak One of the highest ranking military officers to ever serve in the legislative branch (rear admiral), Sestak also earned a Master of Public Administration and a PhD in political economy.  One smart dude.  He’s pro choice, pro education, pro middle class, pro environment, pro health care reform and pro medical marijuana.  I have a soft spot for socially liberal military guys like Sestak and former presidential candidate Wesley Clark.

It bears mentioning that this one stung because his opponent, Pat Toomey is a complete tool.  He ‘s a dumbass.  He headed the Club for Growth, enough said.

Alan Grayson An outspoken man with an indefatigable courage for his convictions. Defeated by a goofcock teabagger. The man who famously characterized the Republican health care plan on the floor of the House and on national television as “Don’t get sick, and if you do get sick, die quickly.”  He defended his comment and in a House Floor speech stated, “I apologize to the dead and their families that we haven’t voted sooner to end this holocaust in America.”  He founded a website called NamesOfTheDead.com to “memorialize Americans who die because they don’t have health insurance.” and read stories submitted to it on the House floor.  He said of those attending the Glenn Beck rally to “restore honor”, “These are people who were wearing sheets over their heads 25 years ago.”  Grayson introduced legislation this year that would allow Americans to buy into medicare.  Then there’s this ringing endorsement from Sarah Palin, “It’s okay if the Republicans lose every seat in the Senate and the House except for one. As long as that one is Alan Grayson losing.”  I love anyone or anything that stupid bitch loathes.

Hard to find fault with a loudmouth who isn’t full of shit in cesspool of ones that are.

Russ Feingold He did his damndest for campaign finance reform and that is perhaps my number one issue.  He was the only Senator to vote against the Patriot Act because he actually read it.  He’s returned some $70,ooo in pay raises that he vowed not to accept. Since being elected to the senate in 93, Feingold has returned $3.2 million to the treasury from his office budget.  He voted against authorizing President Dumbya to use military force in Iraq in 02.  In 05, he was the first to call for troop withdrawl from Iraq.  Twice he introduced resolutions to censure Dumbya.  He favored and fought for single payer/universal health care.  He was one of the handful of Senators to openly support same sex marriage.  He actually walked out of a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting before a constitutional amendment vote to prohibit same sex marriage.  No soft money, very little corporate money, voluntarily capped his own campaign budget, discouraged lobbying groups from campaigning or spending money on his behalf.

Hey McCain, yo Palin, this is what a real goddamn maverick looks like.

I sincerely doubt the United States Senate will ever again enjoy such an honest and principled member as Mr. Feingold.  He has without question served his state and his country with a brand of sincere and honest integrity that’s been allowed to deteriorate into the archaic and all but obsolete.

Russ Feingold was defeated by another teabagging douchebag named Ron Johnson with no political experience but assloads of cash and  support from Dick Armey’s FreedomWorks.  Shame on you Wisconsin, you lose and so do the rest of us.

The new, less improved GOP, emboldened by the ignorant and even more cash infused by the plutocrats, has prevailed this inning with their slow pitch game of xenophobic jingoistic vitriol, distraction and deception.  However, metaphorically speaking, it is but a mere inning in a series of games the latest of which began sometime between 06 and 08.  What I’m trying to tell you is the ninth inning isn’t likely to occur until after 2012 and we’re still ahead.  We got our asses handed to us in a brutal and bloody battle but nobody’s won the war yet.

With any luck and a little serendipity, these fresh fools will stumble onto to the stage and wither under the lights.  And maybe Mitch McConnell’s stated goal of ensuring Obama is a one term president, as opposed to jobs and some meaningful and palpable sense of increased prosperity among the electorate, will further reveal him to be the one note dogmatic fool he so obviously is and lay bare the obstructionist avaricious priorities of the entire conservative/teabagger clusterfuck cabal.

But lest ye forget, you can’t fix stupid.

Fear can be on hell of a force multiplier, provided it’s impetus is the right one.  We can now justify being afraid.  Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to get your fear on.  It’s long since time you got your mad on.

“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” -Hunter S. Thompson

Drinks for my friends.


19 Responses to “American Idiot”

  • kathryn hopping:

    thank you thank you thank you…as much as it pained me to read this, especially regarding our brave fallen, i am encouraged to know 1. that you are in the world with a perspective that will keep sanity from dying; 2. that the good and the great public servants have been honored here; and 3. that the “world series” is not over; in fact, we’re only in game one, top of the fifth, and we have a great team.

    Hey, the Giants were “misfits nobody wanted”–and they did it. They fought hard and won with grace and style.

    We can, too.

  • Michael Douglass:

    Absolutely. All is not lost and I refuse to believe that all Americans are that stupid. Most are decent and thoughtful. It ain’t over ’til it’s over. And they will fuck this up so egregiously that it will be a horror show for them in 2012 because they are that stupid.

  • Michael…you just said what so many of us are thinking. Shock. Disgust. Depression. But then the anger sets in and we realize that they really don’t have all that control they thought they had. The only thing they have accomplished was a topsoil “tsunami” to wash over their dirt and filth. Now the fun begins…you may just have to toss some of those drinks my way…sigh

    • Michael Douglass:

      A topsoil tsunami indeed! It ain’t over yet.

      • That’s what I call it anyway. LOL… All I heard leading up to these elections was that the red wave was coming…a “tsunami” …I just brought it down to their terms and the truth. 🙂 Always love your posts, Michael…keep ’em up!

        • I was thinking more a night soil tsunami.

          The biggest claim held against Grayson (my Congressman) was for pointing out that his opponent was a cuckoo. Not just in the crazy sense, but like the real bird that it’s victims think is one of them and never quite realize its sinister agenda, of killing all those not cuckoo.

  • Americans on all sides are now so close to the insanity that is the tea party and political disconnect of Republicans as populists, that ours has become a warped reality, sort of a mass Stockholm Syndrome with large groups of Americans, like those in the Tea Party, expressing adulation and having positive feelings towards those interests that for all intents and purposes, enslave them to middle-class existences with little hope of ever really attaining what was once regarded as the American Dream. (read more here – THANKS TEA PARTY: America Now Held Hostage – http://wp.me/pNmlT-xp)

  • AdmC:

    Teapublicans I know yell at me and say THEY WON!

    I remind them the GOP did win the majority in the House BUT the Dems WON the majority in the Senate — SO NO MANDATE Teaperson that you are!

  • Joe Sestak replaced by a Florida resident, Alan Grayson by a corporate lackey, and Senator Feingold by an inept deep pocket who bought his “win.” Those who voted them in aspire to crash and burn: i.e., their so called “winners” will work to get rid of all they are living on: Medicare, Social Security, services for seniors and the disabled, including for all the military service people practically killed in Iraq and Afghanistan due to Bush’s wars so that he and his criminal Cheney could justify their taxpayer funded retirement. Meantime, the banks are paying nil on their savings. Since they consider themselves so rich to vote repug they will be lulled back to Wall Street to take risks they think they can afford, until the next bubble those financial wizards fix and then pop when the getting of all that paper gets good again. Then they will be left with the repug tax cuts. I prayI am wrong because there we all go while the beck hoards his gold and momma bear hides behind her fence.

  • Pam Veselinovic:

    Great article Mike! I’m sure you were as happy as I was to see Harry Reid stay in Nevada though! That was the one good outcome of the election; to dump Sharon Angle. Here’s an interesting tidbit for you: since Mississippi voted out Gene Taylor, the only democrat congressman in Mississippi who held the office 21 years, and did a pretty good job of it, Haley Barbour is so enthused – he’s pretty sure he’s running for president!

    Take that one and run Mike!

  • REIYA:

    YUNK…, WE NEED SOME SORT OF CLUB, A MOVEMENT TO RESTORE CONFIDENCE. IN CONTRAST TO THE FEAR BASED AMERICAN PATRIOT’S AND THEIR HELL’ A COSTLY WAR’S. ALL THAT PREMPTIVE AGGRESSION HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. I MEAN EXCEPT FOR THE WEALTHY INVESTORS WHOM ARE INVESTED IN THE INDUSTRY OF BOTH THE MILITARY AND PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX’S. YUNK’S

  • Junior's Ghost:

    I have always enjoyed reading your blog. I’ve even taken the time to reply here on rare occasion. I’ve kinda relied on your spunk to keep me motivated during political seasons. Granted, I don’t know the entire body of your efforts towards the cause, but what I’m seeing in your archives is troubling. I really enjoyed visiting here in the leadup to the 2008 election when you posted 25 blogs in October 2008. You posted 1 blog here in October 2010. I just want to know why. Where have you been? Please give me some of that spunk again.

  • Dragynn:

    Hey Michael,

    As always, right on the money and I do mean “the money” literally, I knew this election was gonna be a sick little circus, but I am afraid the 2012 election will be a clusterfuck so epic it may take decades to unwind, and only then if people wise up at some point.

    Good Op/Ed article in the New York Times :

    Our Banana Republic
    By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
    Published: November 6, 2010
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/07/opinion/07kristof.html

    Drinks for us all buddy.

    ~D

  • Junior's Ghost:

    Hello

    Hey Mike,

    are you still here?

    I have plenty of bud light.

    I have lots of good vodka and OJ.

    How about some screwdrivers?

    Sharron Angle lost.

    You helped win a good fight.

    Don’t go into hiding on me now.

    You are not alone:)

  • Junior's Ghost:

    Michael, where the fuck are you.

    I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but you have fans who follow your blog and actually get inspired by it.

    I’t would be nice if you would at least let us know that you haven’t been captured by some crazy Western Plains militia uniti or something.

  • Junior's Ghost:

    Michael,

    I’m on a missing persons search.
    You haven’t posted in a while and I’m worried.

    If you’re the victim of a pot bust, I’m sorry, I can’t help you.
    I never liked pot, but I love vodka.

    I’ll share some with you if you’ll please respond.

    C’mon Mike!!

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