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adalger: Earthrise as seen from the moon, captured on camera by the crew of Apollo 16 (Default)
Monday, September 24th, 2012 12:44 am
With some thought, I’ve come to the conclusion it’s really not at all surprising that Ron Paul is so popular among the college kids. The TeaParty / Libertarian / Fiscal Conservative elements of the Republican Party have a natural “in” with the youth vote. They tell a story that’s very relatable if you still live with your parents, or have just recently moved out.

It’s easy to envision the government as the ultimate Mom and Dad. When you’re a child, authority means your parents. When you become an adult, the face of authority is the government.

What the Far Right want is to paint the Democrats as the mean parent. Who’s always telling you to watch your mouth, clean up your room,and turn your music down? Dadocrat. Mr. “My Roof, My Rules.” The one who tells you what you can and can’t spend your allowance on, but when you want to get a job, tells you if that’s what you want, then it looks like it’s time for you to pay some taxes rent and help out with the bills around the house.

The Republicans want to sell the idea that they’re the good parent, encouraging you to go out and get a job so you can afford your own house, and so they can stop needing to give you an allowance, because you want to be independent and self-sufficient.

But that’s not the whole story.

To carry the analogy to its logical conclusion, we need to understand that you’re fourteen. No matter how old you really are, in the government/citizen relationship, you are a teenager. You always will be. Governments are not around to help you become an independent sovereign in your own right. Governments exist precisely because there needs to be some authority to settle disputes between equal citizens who can’t or won’t come to mutually agreeable terms. They will always be able to send you to your room.

The parent the Republicans are trying to sell you doesn’t acknowledge that. The reality is, they’re ready to toss you out on the street at fourteen because you’re not contributing enough to the household. They aren’t going to make sure you go to school. They don’t want to pay the tuition anyway. They will remind you at every opportunity that your prescriptions are ruining them, but gloss over how much money they spend on their guns and multiple home security systems and spy cameras and hiring shady characters to snoop on the neighbors.

They make no secret of the fact your oldest brother is their favorite. He’s the only one who ever gives them birthday cards or presents on Father’s Day. Never mind that he makes you give him some of your allowance every time you want to use the laptop, or pick what’s on TV, or borrow his bike. They’re his. They bought them for him. He can do what he wants with them. But they aren’t going to buy you toys or things ofyour own, because there’s already plenty in the house. Go talk to your brother.

The Democratic parent is the one who’s really going to give you the support you need. “We care about you, no matter who you are or how you dress.” “Sure, you have a part-time job, but it certainly doesn’t pay enough to live on, so we’re not asking for rent, and if the pay is *really* crappy, we’ll even continue supplementing it with an allowance. And you’re always welcome to eat dinner here if the food budget is tight.” Do you want to live in your parents’ basement forever? No. But if the alternative is living on the street, it’s nice to know it would be there if you needed it, isn’t it?

Sadly, though, you (and I, and all of us) are caught in the middle of this nasty divorce. The Democrats are really trying to be there for us, but at the moment, all they can offer is words of support and some favors here and there. Why? Because anything of significance still needs both signatures, and the Republicans refuse to sign anything – even the checks for our mortgage and doctor’s appointments – unless they get their way on everything under the sun.

This is why I’m begging you, when the custody hearing comes up in November, to please tell the judge we want to live with the Democrats. It’s time for the Republicans to move out, and let us get on with our lives.

Share this, please.

(also on my tumblr.)

(Edited for some spacing issues I just noticed.)
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Thursday, September 6th, 2012 08:57 pm

An Evening At the Democratic National Convention

An Opportunity Missed

Scene: a stage at the Democratic National Convention. It is empty except for a podium center stage front.

[Enter President Clinton stage left, carrying a chair. He crosses to the podium, setting the chair down at the back of the stage a few steps before center stage. He then proceeds to the podium.]

President Clinton: So, I've got President Obama sitting here.

[Pause for audience reaction. As soon as the reaction begins to die down, President Obama walks out from backstage and approaches the stage left entrance. He stops there and looks curiously at President Clinton. President Clinton takes no notice.]

President Clinton: We're here to nominate a President, and I've got one in mind.

[President Obama looks at the audience for a moment. Then, during the following remarks, he walks slowly but confidently to the chair on the stage, where he stands listening.]

President Clinton: I want to nominate a man whose own life has known its fair share of adversity and uncertainty. A man who ran for President to change the course of an already weak economy and then just six weeks before the election, saw it suffer the biggest collapse since the Great Depression. A man who stopped the slide into depression and put us on the long road to recovery, knowing all the while that no matter how many jobs were created and saved, there were still millions more waiting, trying to feed their children and keep their hopes alive.

I want to nominate a man cool on the outside [President Obama takes his shades out of his shirt pocket, puts them on, and sits down. He continues listening.] but burning for America on the inside. A man who believes we can build a new American Dream economy driven by innovation and creativity, education and cooperation. A man who had the good sense to marry Michelle Obama.

I want Barack Obama to be the next President of the United States and I proudly nominate him as the standard bearer of the Democratic Party.

President Obama: [standing up] Thank you, Mr. President!

President Clinton: [turning, feigning surprise] You're welcome, Mr. President!

President Obama: I had to make sure the fact checkers would rate "President Obama is sitting in that chair" as at least "Mostly True" for you.

[President Obama shakes hands with President Clinton, exits stage left.]

President Clinton: [continues delivery of speech as written]
adalger: Are You My Mother? baby bird (waaaaaah)
Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 10:26 am
I think Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney should both divorce their wives and marry each other. Then Romney should get the Presidential nomination, Santorum would be the aspirant First Lay, Newt can run as VP candidate so he can go torment the Senate just like he did the house, and Ron Paul can be promised an appointment as US Ambassador to Somalia so he can see just what his kind of small government looks like in action.
adalger: Ron Paul: GET OFF MY LAWN! (paul)
Monday, February 27th, 2012 03:47 pm
In an effort to boost his polling numbers among older conservatives, Ron Paul has released a clarification statement regarding his Presidential platform: "Look, people," he said at a rally held at an AARP brunch Monday, "the whole campaign position comes down to one simple sentence. GET OFF MY LAWN, YOU DAMNED KIDS!"

Doug "Smoke" Wead later clarified, speaking to a group of reporters. "It's a little more complicated than that, but actually, not much. The Libertarian position is founded on certain basic principals. One, if a wrong doesn't inconvenience me personally and I didn't actually commit it, I shouldn't have to care about it. Two, if a wrong does inconvenience me, everyone in the world is responsible for righting it. Three, if a wrong was committed by me, then I should only have to do anything about it if the people inconvenienced by it can afford better lawyers than I can. Oh, and four, GET OFF MY DAMNED LAWN ALREADY!"
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Monday, July 19th, 2010 10:02 am

Here's yet another degradation of Iroquois sovereignty. This is somewhat a local issue for me, because I have to listen to people on a regular basis who cry because the stores on the reservations aren't charging sales tax on cigarettes. At least that issue is relatively immune to this kind of humiliation.

I suppose I have to call this a signal boost, though, rather than a personal issue. I'm told I'm 1/8 Blackfoot, but I have no idea how true that is, nor have I ever been raised with any knowledge of or participation in that culture. Still, it hurts and saddens me that other nations fail to respect the dignity and freedom of these free people in large part because we as US-ians have collectively and repeatedly failed to meet our obligations to them as treaty partners.

I can't say I'm surprised, though. Look how England treats the Irish; can we expect them to treat our natives any better?