You know, since I moved back down here in ’09 I’ve really disengaged from local and state politics. Oh, of course, Florida always feels like home to me, but I was never engaged down here like I’ve been when I lived other places. The Missy I am in other places is different here, especially now. Maybe because it always seems like I’m in the minority and I have to listen to constant babble and idiocy over my beliefs. Or maybe it’s because I’ve got too much going on to get in-depth with the issues and I filter to ensure that I’m aware but not too aware. Or maybe I’m just lazy.
But this week that might have started shifting a little. This week I’m doing some research and starting to engage. Not that this will make even a bit of difference. After all, the Florida State House is just as predictably red as the rest of the south… that Southern Strategy bidness worked like a charm, yo. And no matter what I say I’ll just be just another small, quiet voice of reason, lost entirely in the clatter of idiocy and hypocrisy, that’s laced with just a splash of self-serving blather. However, regardless of how pointless this exercise might be, to that noisy maelstrom I want to add this thought. When did politics as usual become a live action version of Grand Theft Everything State and Federal – Old White Guy edition? I mean, I know that the election of “that scary black man to the Presidency” did cement the Rethuglican deal to turn the old confederacy into the new party of racist jackwagonry, but instead of giving us statesmen and women, it appears that we ended up with nothing better than white collar Criminals, for sale to the highest corporate bidder who tucks a $100 in their garter belt.
Er, yeah. Ick.
Yeah, what I see today is the same as what I’ve seen since 2000 and “the stolen election”. A howl of outrage, a shout of “we have better ideas”, and then… then… then…
Nothing other than politics as usual, with fraud and misappropriation thrown in for funsies. Or, in other words, $crew you and gimme my 51%, oh and a tax break for the big guy who paid the bills to get me here, kthxcyabai. I’m disgusted. And quit with the pious moralizing and culture war bullshit because that’s all nothing more than bread and circuses thrown out to distract the uneducated masses while the political and cultural elites rape and pillage the state/country/planet. Seriously, does anybody think that restricting birth control is a surefire vote-getter for John Boehner? Or abortion restrictions did a huge amount for JD Alexander? No. It’s nothing but street cred. Talking the talk, while you’re taking the till. But they have to play that game in order to stay in office. In order to keep earning. In order to hang onto their 51%. At both the national and state levels they’ve got to patronize those pious and god-fearing constituencies who still think women have no place working outside of the home in order to keep the votes coming in. And those constituencies are notoriously hypocritical themselves. People who secretly love their p0rn and cheat regularly on their wives but sure as hell don’t want gays getting to do anything perverted like get married. Or their daughters being able to control their lives and their own sexuality.
That’s God’s business, not ours. Which I think falls under the same heading as the aforementioned infidelity and p0rn, oh, and birth control. Which, by the way, he’ll take up with all of us later. We can be sure of that.
But in the meantime, although these aren’t things that should be tying up the amount of airtime they’re currently getting, they are. Even though these are all non-issues that they’re using to keep us from seeing that they’re doing nothing else but giving the store away and holding onto their 51%.
But it’s that kind of garbage that’s what’s happening every day here in Florida, and everywhere else that’s turned red. We’re awash in a sea of distraction, while they use the tide and foam to hide what they’re really doing. In Florida alone the aforementioned Alexander has tried to repay campaign donations by outsourcing prisons, tried to steal funds from public schools to pay for new buildings at “for profit” charters, and is currently holding USF and the current students/faculty/staff of USFP hostage in his latest attempt at
strong-arm robbery getting his own personal state university right here in Polk County. A county, I must add, that will not contribute much to the student body of his University because our public schools are struggling mightily against overwhelming odds created by poverty that is aided and abetted by poor or no education.
Now if you’re reading this and looking for answers, sorry but I’m fresh out. I’m still trying to wrap my head around the idea that for 8 long years while Crawford’s Village Idiot was in charge Eric Kantor & John Boehner didn’t even know how to pronounce the words “we’ve got to cut the deficit and pay for increases by cutting someplace else”. And neither did anybody in the Florida State House while that Idiot’s other brother Darryl did the same thing down here.
And, no, they sure as hell did not. Fact check me… I welcome it. After all, I’m not crazy, or making stuff up here. I’m a Democrat. We don’t have to. You guys do it for us.
What I can offer is this. A simple idea, straight from that Bible you keep trying to hit me over the head with. The parable of the Widow’s Mite. You might or might not remember it. What with being so righteous and all. But the point is that each gives as they can… and that’s what our tax code used to look like. Before we decided that Jesus was a closet racist who wore Armani and drove a Range Rover. Put it back to those standards. Fairness. $5000 a year might not pay for JD Alexander’s dry cleaning bill, but around here that would go a long way. Oh, and while you’re reviewing that Bible, how about considering adopting a more intelligent moral code. Judge not, lest ye be judged. In other words, live the life you want for you and your family inside your house. And stay the Hell out of mine!!! Preach your religion, teach your own particular blend of holy righteous garbage, but don’t ram your overly simplistic viewpoint of right, wrong, and the world as you prefer it (white, male, and overly polite) down my throat. And in exchange for that? I’ll try to remember not to paint a pentagram on your yard or sacrifice my pet goat Fluffy in your Begonias.
Oh, and about those Begonias? I see Jesus is doing a good job of saving them. Aren’t you lucky you found his card? Now pay him a living wage and quit wondering whether he’s legal. He, and his entire family, are the reason you aren’t currently paying $10 for a Tomato and $20 for a head of Lettuce.
Something to keep in mind when you’re enjoying a Cobb Salad down at the Yacht Club.
I’m not asking for a lot here. Just a government that doesn’t make a frequent practice of urinating on my back and telling me it’s raining. FYI I have lots of weather apps and I can check that shiz out. No, if you’ll just do your jobs and remember that you serve me, and not that big money corporation down the road who paid for your roadsigns, then we’ll be cool. But today, as you’re misspending my money, giving sweetheart deals to people who could give a damn less about the quality of life in Florida except for when they come down in the Winter to play Polo and socialize, you are so totally not doing anything for me. You might also keep in mind that your friend the corporation isn’t going to be the one who’s pouring your tea when you’re back in town having lunch, after you privatize all the jobs and kill the industries you purport to love so much. That’ll be me, or someone like me, because your job creators took the money and created more jobs in Shanghai. So, if you keep up your current shenanigans and I end up being your Waitress? You might ought to worry.
Are you sure you want more tea? I think you’d prefer the Lemonade? We make it fresh, all day, every day.
Say, that sure is a nice suit you’re wearing… too bad about all that rain on the back of it.
Hate that for you. Really.