It’s becoming obvious to me that what Americans really want is a loud-mouthed smart-ass for president. I’m talking about the kind of person who is not too bright, but is really sure of themselves. In other words – a bully. Someone who isn’t above making stuff up. Someone who isn’t afraid to cut other people off mid-sentence.
Bill O’Reilly comes to mind. He’s perfect, and I’m not the first person to say this. O’Reilly has a loyal following, many of whom would love to see him run for president. Bill Moyers called O’Reilly a “pugilist” which fits him to a tee. Yep, Bill O’Reilly fits the profile. And Sarah Palin – she totally fits the model with her tough, fast talking, god blessing style.
But seriously, I truly believe that the whole political fracas that’s got everyone glued to their TV News/Email Spam/Op-Ed Columns is really just a glitzy circus designed to distract us from the real issues at hand, namely the rise of the facist state, the gutting of the constitution and the plight of the working class. I truly believe that any candidate that makes it to the top has been bought and put in place by the money that runs our world. As Ralph Nader puts it:
The expense of political campaigns creates a clear advantage for the highest spender. Money dominates the dissemination of campaign messages, mainly waged on television in the form of sound bites. This economic stranglehold of campaigns makes politics a game for only the rich or the richly funded. This silences alternative viewpoints and turns off many voters who do not feel represented by privileged candidates.
Count me among those voters who don’t feel represented by either party.
So yeah, the Republicans look different from the Democrats in the same way Mr. Nasty looks different from Mr. Nice on the All Star Wrestling mat. The Republicans play the role of the big, bad bully while the Democrats get to be nice little pansies. Meanwhile, the politicians who speak to my heart are droned out by the roar of the crowd. Bread and circuses, bread and circuses!