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'The American People:' Patent Pending

By Dave Roberts
Real AspenOctober 29, 2012

Where is the love? Gone.
Where is the sanity? Gone.
The end of living and the beginning of survival.

Otherwise known as election season. A time when the voting public are saddled up with political and moral dogma and herded into flag waving rallies to be taken for a ride by politicians and their crony pundits for the low, low price of their rational minds. Around this time, “The American People” becomes a living, breathing amorphous mass devoid of any form of independent thought; there simply to illustrate a point or draw a conclusion. A blatant and pathetic attempt at manipulation or worse, mind control, of the voting public: The American people.

Dave Roberts

I apologize for being a generationist but this sounds like something our parents would try to do. Dismiss a perfectly rational question with a rhetorical talking point, and expect to be taken seriously. Parents the world over have known this has never worked and their only hope is to resort to force, pull rank, deceive or engage in some other form of manipulation to get their own way.

If it really was only “just politics” we could all relax and wait for our parents to leave the room before lighting the joint again. But unfortunately we have politicians acting like bad parents making decisions on behalf of the rest of us, as though our choices and preferences either don’t matter or are unacceptable in their eyes.

The forthcoming election has reminded me clearly of everything I detest about my parents generation. The greed. The self-indulgence. The phony spirituality and religion. The breathtaking hypocrisy and bold-faced lying. The teabag memories of bad decisions that never got cleaned up. Corporations. The lack of concern for others and the environment. The petty fighting and judgmental sniping. Ugh, gross. Perhaps it’s always been this way and perhaps it always will be. I only have my experience to draw on with any degree of certainty, but as I look to the generation that preceded mine, the ones in charge, I don’t feel particularly warm and fuzzy.

We are told we must respect the views and beliefs of other people, that this is the path to tolerance and peace. Bullshit I say. Why should I respect a political party that would make the dispute of women’s rights a religious concern or a matter of policy? How dare they! I don’t expect them to respect my opinion that their beliefs are more a sign of mental illness than an illustration of their divine worthiness. I don’t care what they think quite frankly. I accept that I must share this planet with people whose ideologies and superstitions I loathe and vice versa. C’est la vie, let us just not interact. But where I do have a problem is when such people get to make decisions on behalf of others, especially the others who disagree.

I’m not a Democrat. I’m an “alien,” a one-eyed Cantabrian from New Zealand and we don’t get to vote here. Besides, neither of the parties in this country goes anywhere near left enough for my liking. Where I come from ‘left’ is not a bad thing, it means you left the past where it belonged. It means you progress as a society and you learn from the past so that you may build on it for the betterment of human kind. Sure we have political parties that lean in different directions but neither of them tries to manipulate or control people with their cheap moral compasses and twisted ideology. They would never get elected.

So if I could vote, I would have to vote Democrat because there really is no other choice. There are no George McGoverns or Ralph Nadars on the ticket, people who’s moral compasses point North, in the direction of sanity and true freedom, the kind that doesn’t come with pre-existing conditions. True, I could leave if I don’t like it here. But where would I go? There are few places left I should like to live that are not influenced by America these days. So instead I shall battle on and attempt to bring a voice to those who are fed up with all of it. Those of us that would rather kick the whole lot in the nuts than jump into the swamp with any of them.

Viva la revolucion.


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