big bad american- stop "the show," i want to get off
commenter on above post:
"It gets worse: Some months ago, up here in ‘previously marginally sane country’ (hint - due north of the continental US of A), sitting one evening in a busy pub/restaurant with three friends, I was surprise ‘attacked’, with much enthusiasm, by the question: “So who do you think’s gonna win the nomination?” This was just after Bill Clinton’s ‘other fraction’ had been hoisted into temporary first place by an electronic voting machine miracle in New Hampshire.
Now it was a noisy crowded place, not suitable for quiet tones or elongated dissertations. But I managed to say something like: “well actually, whoever combines superior covert operators with knowing how to kiss the right asses most fervently.”
Now it so happens that my companions said nothing in response. They looked rather stunned. So I managed to keep going a bit, and directed my remark to the person who had asked the question: “You see, there’s only a pretend democratic process going on. It’s actually a struggle between elite factions for power. They want you to get all excited about the process, and have people asking questions like the one you asked me. That means they’re doing a good job of manipulating people. ”
Still no response, people milling around, and I’m nearly shouting to make myself heard. “You know George Bush didn’t win either election, don’t you? ”
Okay, I got a little nod.
“So what makes you think after eight years of Bush there would be a legitimate election?”
Now they’re starting to glance around. Feeling a mite uncomfortable.
Then I took it right over the top: “You know like there were no 19 Arabs with box cutters hijacking those airplanes. There is no democracy.”
Close to social suicide. Where hast thou fled, oh buoyant spirit of the evening? .
But all was not lost. One of my companions did insist on paying for my beer. Though a bit gloomily."
h/t to dusterella for this find.
you can't speak the truth to people- it scares the bejesus out of them. most people are not used to the truth. they don't use it in their daily lives at their jobs, in their homes or with themselves. to do that would make them unhappy and we couldn't have that. there is no way to make true believers in anything disbelieve- believe me i have tried :) christian, republican, democrat or folks who think americans got talent- none can be swayed in their belief. and they will fight to the end for their belief.
it's too bad they won't fight for democracy as stubbornly.