To the Point

There comes a time in every epoch when pragmatism simply evolves into extreme acquiescence and surrender to the forces of apathy and do-nothingness, a guarantor of the status quo in all of its easy, democratic criminality--its fortress of greed.--TL Simons

Friday, May 20, 2016


CD is disgusted with Bernie Sanders, but I'm not certain how or why that is relevant to my columns at CounterPunch.

BS hasn't been a visionary enough soldier to awaken the somnambulists, but isn't that what most leftists imagined to begin with?

While he was the wrong "socialist," I don't see the point in bashing Bernie.

I don't care if Bernie stays in the race and stumbles around like a drunkard in a dive bar, and I certainly don't care if he is causing Hillary Clinton, her team, or the WaPo problems.

I'm just not all that political, I guess.  I'm more interested in cultural criticism, as you'll note when reading me stuff at CP.  Politics is one of those thing that, like playing on the line in football, seems difficult to really understand unless you're in the game.

I was in the game for a couple of years as an organizer.  Not terribly exciting. The lust for power is more or less absurd.  Politics is absurd.

I guess my slant is that while I follow some of it, I don't find it to be interesting as a parlor game or as something to talk about, unless it's in the hands of a good comic like Colbert.  I admire Marx, and a few others.  But that has no bearing on anything.

Just as CD does not much admire Bernie's mostly white and young kids, whom he's convinced are a moment away from selling out--and of course he's right about that--I'm not particularly enamored with Clinton and her pre-sold crowd.

I think any reader here must already know that I have CD beat as we wallow in the curmudgeonly depths. I don't think either one of us cares very much about politics.  But I'm probably farther along. It's sort of a worn out deal.

I don't even like the military, which is to be blasphemous/treasonous in this country.  I find the Army-Navy game to be intolerable football and a toxic environment.

But yikes, is anyone other than Bernie actually talking about poverty and race relations in this election?  Maybe he'll mention those things again once or twice before he passes the trophy to HC.

Not that it'll make any difference. I'll just tip my cap to him if he does.

The last time they were given serious attention was in the Johnson years with the Great Society, and it got short changed and run out of the room by racists and warmongers, including Johnson himself.

Where have I gone wrong again?


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