>Kabuki Theater

>Does anyone dispute the notion that our nation’s political discourse is mere Kabuki Theater designed to distract from what’s really important? If so, this should dispel all doubts:

Former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin announced today that she will campaign for a handful of prominent conservative candidates this year, including her former running mate Sen. John McCain.

Are you fucking kidding me? After all the election post-mortems and passing of blame, after “Going Rogue,” which was basically one big venting of campaign spleen, to retaliation by McCain campaign head Steve Schmidt, and all the agita in between?

Remember McCain intentionally not mentioning Sarah Palin in his list of “GOP stars”? Remember Sarah Palin on vacation in Hawaii this Christmas wearing a campaign visor with McCain’s name X’d out?

I guess it’s all bygones.

So I’m thinking we’re all pretty much stage props in this theater of the absurd called American Politics. What do you think?

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28 responses to “>Kabuki Theater

  1. >ah, are we the audience, stage props, both and/or more? i go back and forth on that question. but yes, esp for the thugs, it's just Kabuki. if they were singers on a stage right now, i bet they'd be bored with their rather chorus line-y role. "No, no no. No, no no." the real acting challenge right now has been granted to the House of Democrat players. they have to do a wide ranging set of numbers, including the heart rending "Make Me Do It" and the soul searching "Why Can't I Make Them Love Me?" and the classic "Hope, Change" in all its Aretha-esque glory.

  2. >One of the reasons I've never gotten too deeply involved with politicians of any stripe is their penchant for "compromise" which translates to "selling out my constituents to get something that I want." It happens on both sides of the Gorge of Bi-partisanship but the dems still, perhaps because they still have some semblance of a soul, are a bit less rapacious than their GOP opposites.

  3. >I think you're absolutely right. These are all "the weapons of mass distraction."

  4. >What we see as the framework of our little society here… democracy, rule of law, schools, jobs.. is a false front like you see in the movies. Call it kabuki, call it a sham, call it a painted backdrop.. whatever. The reality of America is much much simpler. So simple as to not be believed even when it hits us in the face. 1. Taxes on weak, powerless and insignificant drones generate a shitload of money every single year. 2. Rich and powerful people harvest that money every single year and use it for their own purposes. 3. The military is the strong arm of the rich and powerful.It really is that simple. We're just not supposed to ever see it that way. But here's something you can believe…The Rich and Powerful see it that way. 37°52'18s N / 122°16'18s W

  5. >And just to make it even easier to loot the treasury, those hobgoblins in black on the Supreme Court just gave away the country: they voted to allow corporations to give unlimited amounts of money directly to federal campaigns & politicians. Oh.. don't forget to vote. Keep up the charade. 37°52'18s N / 122°16'18s W

  6. >those hobgoblins in black on the Supreme Court just gave away the country…Just heard that on the news, guess Kennedy was the swing vote. I guess it's Mission Accomplished Day for corporate America, they installed Bush-Cheney in the White House and got their TWO SCOTUS picks. They must be high-fiving at the country club.

  7. >A victory for free speech.

  8. >Mike W… "a victory for free speech". ?Can you not see how in the real world this will work out? Corporations with for all practical purposes unlimited money already have hundreds of lobbyists doling out suitcases full of cash to congressrats in DC to buy their fealty when it comes time for them to vote on legislation. In the real world this is called 'bribery'. Now corporations will be able to use that unlimited pot of money to directly buy elections *and* continue bribing legislators. Expect a torrent of doofuses to run in every crackpot district in America, funded to the saturation point by outside money. Remember, its not like you and your district are immune or above the effects of bribery. Maybe you don't like some of the left wing hot buttons. I don't like some of the right wing hot buttons. Either way, what YOU think and what I think don't matter anymore. Dump millions of dollars into small district campaigns and it *will* sway the electorate. SB is right. This issue was as critical to the Bushian Coupmasters as anything. The Supremes just solidified the Corporate Masters advantages. It is a black day for America. 37°52'18s N / 122°16'18s W

  9. >Can you not see how in the real world this will work out? He's just repeating the talking point he hears from Rush and the corporatists at Fox News. Seriously, Rush scored a $400 million, 10-year contract from Clear Channel, which just so happens is owned by Bain Capital. You know, the little Venture Capital company owned by Mitt Romney.Nothing to see here, folks. Move along.

  10. >He's just repeating the talking point he hears from Rush and the corporatists at Fox NewsAh, the standard retort of the intellectually deficient.Apparently someone doesn't realize she's not talking to a Conservative.If you want to talk about repeating talking points one only needs look at your gun-related posts on this blog. They are straight emotionally-laden talking points.Hell, some were 100% factually incorrect, and you didn't even have the intergrity to amend your posts to reflect the fact that what you claimed to be the case was in fact 100% verifiably false.

  11. >Mike W: "Ah, the standard retort of the intellectually deficient."SoBe, it is one thing to attack a position or idea. Attacks upon a person such this cross a line. If you are familiar with David Neiwert's book called The Eliminationists, you will see why I take a very dim view of this behavior.At the Swash Zone, we do not tolerate personal attacks. Shaw from Progressive Eruptions has adopted the same position. On the conservative side, Pamela of Oracular Opinion implements the same policy.This is unacceptable.

  12. >OT but of interest to SB's valued commenters…Trijicon the Bible Verse Company has decided to see the 'Light' (get it.. see the light…hahahah). They're knocking off the bible verse references in their government products and sending out modification kits to remove the offending text. Gee, could it be that the compulsion to proselytize is secondary to making the Long Green? Found this on TPM. And why would anybody ever trust a Preacher so personally insecure that he wears a wig? Just thought I'd toss that in there for Democommie :-)See, there was some good news today. 37°52'18s N / 122°16'18s W

  13. >I"m sorry but the repeal of McCain-Feingold being "victory for free speech" spiel IS a right wing talking point. I hear it from my conservative friends who get all of their information from Fox News and Rush and O'Reilly. And exactly *how* is it a victory for free speech? Unless you are a "person" named ExxonMobil or Monsanto? Please.And of course Mike has to turn every single debate into being about guns. Sorry, I ain't biting. This is about corporatism.

  14. >Southern Beale:You'll have to excuse mikey. If it ain't about the g-word and he can't regurgitate Master Limbaugh's talking points, he hasn't got much to work with.

  15. >Apparently neither you nor democommie realize you're not talking to a Conservative.As for repeating talking points one only needs look at your gun-related posts on this blog SoBeale They are straight emotionally-laden talking points.Hell, some were 100% factually incorrect, and you didn't even have the intergrity to amend your posts to reflect the fact that what you claimed to be the case was in fact 100% verifiably false.

  16. >mikey:It matters not what you call yourself, it matters how you speak and act. Your speech on this and other blogs that I see your crapola on would lead anyone who is NOT a gunnut, reichwinger to conclude that you are. There is a way to change that, if you really feel that you're being misperceived; stop acting like an idiot.

  17. >I'm not surpised that someone with your myopic viewpoint would conclude I'm a "reichwing Conservative" who listens to Limbaugh. After all, since I'm not a Marxist I MUST be a evil Conservative right?It doesn't bother me in the least to be "misperceived" by someone like yourself who has proven he's incapable of rational debate.

  18. >Problem is, mikey, I'm not the only person here. Now on your blog where you ARE the sole authority you can say and do what you like. Actually, I guess you can do that here, too, as Southern Beale is generous of spirit and kindhearted in dealing with mental defectives like you–but I digress.I would say that with a few possible exceptions the folks that spend time on this blog are, at the very least, weary of your narrow focus on that subject so dear to your heart. They are, unlike me, polite (perhaps it's that "southern hospitality" thing) and long suffering in their patience. You will have noticed two things, or should have:A.) Most commenters here, most of the time do not bother replying to you.B.) Other than Weer'd Beard, and a few other occassional commenters, most commenters here are not supporting you.You talk about me being "myopic" when it is you that is the shortsighted one. You come here to push your beliefs and do your damndest to alienate people. Either that or your just a troll (I personally lean toward that descriptor when thinking of you). In any event you seem to be tone deaf and blind to reality.

  19. >In any event you seem to be tone deaf and blind to reality.Boy, if that ain't the pot calling the kettle black….It matters not what you call yourself, it matters how you speak and act.Agreed. With that in mind I could use some "colorful" language to describe you, but I won't. Why? Because unlike you I actually have class. Well that and the fact that I actually back up my arguments with facts & logic, which means that I don't have to resort to petulant personal attacks in lieu of substance everytime I comment.And of course Mike has to turn every single debate into being about guns. Sorry, I ain't biting.No SoBeale, I didn't turn the debate into being about guns. What I did was use your gun related posts as examples of exactly what you now accuse me of doing; repeating talking points.

  20. >It matters not what you call yourself, it matters how you speak and act.So what does that say about you and SoBeale? You both have a history of blatant lying in order to push an agenda, then bitching and digging in your heels when someone calls you out and exposes what you've just posted as 100% false.

  21. >mikey:No, we don't have a "history of lying". See, that's one of the reasons I think you're a loudmouthed asshole. You accuse people of lying when you disagree with them. You insist that everyone must believe you because your sources are beyond reproach and brush off any suggestion that their sources might be as good. One of the things you are unconcerned about is that the NRA's leadership gets paid some pretty high dollar salaries for being shills for the firearms industry. I don't have the current numbers, but I think the current CEO of the Brady Campaign is paid about 4% of what Wayne LaPierre receives. Of course this fact doesn't trouble you in the slightest. You and your gunnut pals dismiss the concerns of reasonable advocates for firearms regulation as a lot of socialist, sissymary handwaving while, simultaneously, voicing fears about having all your gunz taken away by the evil gummint. Like many conservatives you think liberals are some monolithic group of weaklings who, nevertheless, are working in concert to deprive you of your rights. Meantime, people like Wayne LaPierre are collecting lots of money for stoking the fires of your fears. What is most pathetic about your continued presence on this blog is that you seem to have some notion that your gonna get some love, eventally, for "instructing" those who disagree with you. You're wrong.

  22. >I know, I know I'm always late to the posts.I hope someone is still reading late comments.Politico had a story yesterday or the day before about how the McCain's and Palin's hate each other. But, they said, for some reason (like McCain can't admit that he totally effed up picking Palin) they saty loyal to each other. (and Palin knowing she wouldn't be where she is without McCain.)I don't like Politico, I think they're a rethug rag. But I clicked a link and there it was, staring at me through my moniter.

  23. >Demo- the NSSF lobbies for the firearms industry. The NRA is an entirely separate entity.

  24. >mikey:Horseshit. I never said they lobbied for the gun industry, I said they were paid shills, a distinction you might not understand.

  25. >You insist that everyone must believe you because your sources are beyond reproach and brush off any suggestion that their sources might be as good.No, all I ask is that you actually bring facts, something you have proven incapable of.And yes, data direct from FBI UCR reports and BJS data is absolutely more reputable than some bought & Paid for "study" from MAIG.There's a reason that in every "discussion" we've had you were unable to provide cited evidence to back up your claims, while I had solid facts & figures.

  26. >mikey:You keep telling me that you bring facts and figures. Other people bring facts and figures and you and your friends dismiss them as bad research, tainted studies, etc.,. You have the intellectual honest of most dittoheads.

  27. >A "study" from an anti-gun group is not a "fact" no matter how much you wish it were.You've been consistently unable to bring facts into discussion or engage in any degree of intellectual honesty.That's also why you consistently deleted comments at your place that contained said facts. Since the facts destroy your position they must be supressed.

  28. >Oh, and you and SoBeale have repeatedly made statements that were 100% untrue. That's called LYING.Sorry the truth hurts your feelings.*like SoBeale's claims about "guns in bars" or her claim that Eric Thompson broke the law & sold weapons to two university shooters.