Hillary Turns on the Demo Light

Hillary Turns on the Demo Light


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Personality has become important as a determining qualification for the presidency.

That’s the reason McCain and other capable politicians will never become president.



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Hillary Turns on the Demo Light

By Rudolph Lewis

33% of  the American people believe that Congress should be Bush’s rubber stamp.  33% expected Congress

 to bring the troops home yesterday.  33% haven’t the foggiest notion what they want.—Anonymous


That statement captures the American situation well—the present and the immediate future. It’s not a hopeful picture for those down below.

There exists indeed a measure of enjoyed comfort for a substantial number of Americans. As bad as it is, say, for the major cities with their black poverty and “high” crime rates, the American dilemma is not the murderous mayhem and starvation of the Sudan; nor even Israel/Palestine. So Americans are in no rush to roll up the Republican carpet of war and exploitation. The Demos are more concerned with recapturing the White House than with the impeachment of Bush. Furthermore, some of the congressional okayed fascist techniques might come in handy in stripping away Republican lies and Republican sway.

Look at John Conyers and his Party discipline. Demos know too (as well as McCain) that you can’t screw peoples’ lives up and not expect them to retaliate (that’s too unrealistic). Once you start the game; you must play to win. If not that, you must get even. So while you got the enemy down, you should keep him down. These sayings are commonsense Americana.

Bush and the Bushwhackers might have screwed up in how they played the game. But the game has been started and must be played out once it is started. Moreover considerable expenses and lives have been invested. One cannot just walk away from the table after you done spent Mama’s money. Somebody has to pay up. The game is now in Demo hands and the Demos have to clean up the Bush mess, his over-optimism of a clean sweep, and that cleaning can’t be done by “cutting and running.” So don’t hope for a quick Democratic withdrawal; the nation is deep into the Middle East (and good) as never before and some think they might get to enjoy it as much as Bush and the Bushwhackers.

Personality has become important as a determining qualification for the presidency. That’s the reason McCain and other capable politicians will never become president. They’re into game logic with deadly conclusions. It’s brutal and cruel. Politicians rather than artists imagine that such games possess the whole of life’s reality rather than just a metaphor of limitations.

McCain and his ilk just do not have the personality. Courage, endurance, focus, yes, they have that in abundance, maybe even on the battlefield. Yet such men and women are dull, lacking imagination, that is, they lack personality. Satellite radio listening and TV watching Americans have been conditioned for some time, however, on the importance of personality and presence. American political decision-making fell to this superficial level as our nation aged because the politics of the nation became too complicated, too complex, too modern, for any citizen to comprehend, or at least made to be so.

The majority of the electorate does not have the leisure or the inclination to puzzle it out, especially starting out where they are, the handlers tell his or her political candidate (personality, celebrity).  Can’t you see the picture? They drill their future Prince or Princess. That is, he or she learns to deal with American limitations if that knowledge is not already instinctive: American voters possess few ideological principles, not related to race.

Race, Americans know; they’re experts in such matters—three centuries of savage experience has made it a permanent feature in their blood meditations. They know how to read race and religion and sex. So people look for related signs (like attitudes toward the Negro) in the candidate. Americans are willing to make hunches and gambles, like playing the horses or the numbers, in these matters of who is most suitable and who will make them feel at ease (with a measure of judicial grace) in dealing with issues of race, religion, and sex.

Hillary has more personality than the lot on both sides. She’s been through the sex thing. She’s done had her say about the “Village”—wrote a book on it. Clearly, she’s more American than an Arab, more Christian than a Muslim. And that’s that. There’s no doubt about that. She can sweetly twist a knife in your back and smile. McCain can’t do that. He’ll want to ask his victims questions that Hillary doesn’t need to ask for she already knows the answers as well as her victims. Hillary does not have a conscience, I’m afraid: she has goals. With millions of how-to books published yearly, Americans are clearly goal-oriented.

Hillary is cool (tech-cool) and the nation knows she is cool because Americans have seen how she handled Big Bill the Smoozer and the wild bended knee of pornographic images exploding wires around the globe after his bedroom transgressions.  Tolerant, cosmopolitan, a moral relativist, maybe, but she was not amused. And she didn’t crack and there were no tears.

A lot of women admire that because they’ve been there. And some men too, if they give it a bit of thought, they’d want their woman to respond likewise. Of course, such deliberate personal calculations are in no way the best way to choose an individual to run a nation-state. It has not always been like that. Often it had to do with what principles were involved. But our contemporary is a postmodern world grown global. The nation’s running is on “automatic” and we have yet to find one who can truly steer the Ship of Freedom. But that’s not going to change anytime soon.

Yeah, you got to be willing to get your hands bloody at home and abroad to win in American politics, and you have to know how to be racist, as well. In a poll, people rated Kennedy and Reagan as the top two presidents in the last 50 years. Kennedy had his Castro and Reagan had his Gorbachev. There was national drama, personal drama—personality (at a celebrity level), that operates over and above the bureaucratic operations of government. Little or none of this fame by poll is based on political accomplishment, but rather on celebrity and personality. George Bush and his Bushwhackers have clearly lost their charm over Americans. They no longer sparkle.

America is in the dark. She wants to feel good about herself. Oprah-good! Hillary-good! These women know how to turn on the light.

posted 15 August 2007

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