The Election

The Left sits in its ineffectual, postmodernist hole, while the Right continues its descent into fantasy, ignorance, rage, and greed.

Where do I fit in?

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9 Responses to “The Election”

  1. Aurelle Says:

    The sage sits, centered.
    Men’s struggles sound, but afar:
    Nearer, birds’ sweet song.

    Mark, this came to my mind when I read your post. Please know how much encouragement and strength you give us through posting your thoughts. I plan to read your chapter “Consciousness Explained” again today – it is perhaps the most profound and true teaching on oneness that I have ever encountered. I bless and thank the birds who shared with you, and thank you for sharing the insights you experience with all of us!

    • markbittner Says:

      Thank you for this. I haven’t read “Consciousness Explained” in years, and I decided to join you. Generally, when I reread passages from Parrots, I flinch. I only see the mistakes. But I’m still very happy with that chapter.

  2. Margaret Says:

    My question, which is only partly political: When will I be old enough to know, all the way through, that I don’t have to fit? Wise enough not to care that I don’t? The first could happen; but the second, probably never. It seems humans are pack animals, and crave belonging, whether they want to or not.

    As for the Repubs, the spectacle of their wallowing in their triumphalism is the one thing that makes me smile today….all a good Dem needs to do is hunker down and wait for the day that will come. In exactly two years.

    • markbittner Says:

      I think there can be no great accomplishment without collective effort. And right now I don’t see a single organization I can join with any real enthusiasm. As the situation gets tougher, or when the next rising tide finally arrives, there will be something. I don’t doubt that. But for the moment, I don’t find myself truly belonging to anything.

  3. Sarah Says:

    I doubt most of us proles are meant to fit in rather than be spectators of the political process. Politics are for the very rich, powerful, and connected.

    Now, about the election. I’d worried more about the judges whose names had appeared on the ballot than I’d worried about the propositions. Actually, I’d worried that many voters would be too lazy to do much research into the judicial history or political philosphies of each before voting to approve or deny the candidacy of same. In this regard, the results of the election confirms my worst fears.

    Knowing full well that Jerry Brown would be stuck with them, Pete Wilson—oops, I meant to say Arnold Schwarzenegger—stacked the courts via the election. Every judge whose name appeared on the ballot had won by a huge margin, despite the lack of easily and publicly available substantial information about him or her.

    The only information I had easily found about most of the eleven judges whose names appeared on my ballot were their CVs and bland statements from each, in which he or she had promised to uphold and fairly apply the law. The lack of substantial information made me suspect they might be judicial and political extremists. My suspicions were confirmed when I found out that the Koch Brothers’-financed TEA (an acronym for Taxed Enough Already, apparently) Party favors most of the judges.

    As I said, the judges won by huge margins. This suggests that any one of three possibilities had occurred: that voters are too sh*t lazy to do even simple research about candidates; that the privately-owned voting computers are up to their old tricks; or both. Are voters generally more likely to vote in favor of people than propositions?

    So, I’m down in the post-election dumps. Can you do something to make me feel better—such as convince me that I’m all wrong about voters, voting computers, political manuvering by cynical politicians, and the like?

    Hey, the Giants won the World Series! 😀

    • markbittner Says:

      You have to look at the longer term. The movement that “won” the elections yesterday is the same movement that broke the economy in 1929. Roosevelt and the New Deal was the result, and they hated him for decades. But people clung to the safety the New Deal afforded them. Over time, they forgot, and so they were willing to buy into the Reagan fantasy, which had the goal of dismantling the New Deal. Three times since then the right wingers have busted the system—the Savings and Loan affair, the dot.com bust, and the real estate bubble. But the believers in the deregulatory fantasy and the false idea of freedom that it offers up is still attractive to a lot of people—people who don’t read or think very much, but who are willing to lend themselves emotionally to a myth. (I grew up among these people. I know very well what they are like.) We didn’t learn, even after going right up to the edge. My current assumption is that they will bust it again, this time for good. It will be the end of the Reagan era as well as the old system, which is fine. We can start again, and therein lies our hope. But it’s going to be a very difficult time. I’ll have a lot more to say about all this in the future.

  4. Phinium Says:

    Mark, I’m new to your blog — found it after watching Parrots twice. I thank you most gratefully for putting your thoughts into words here. I appreciate your wondering, your questions and your doubt — they feel like remedy after the noise of speculation and prediction these past weeks/months. Time to turn off the news for awhile.

  5. Karen Says:

    The Humane Society had two victories, one in Missouri helping to pass a proposition that restricts abusive puppy mills, and the other in Arizona that maintains the right of citizens to protect wildlife through the initiative process (this was a big push back against the NRA).

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