I have been quiet about politics this week because I really had no desire to be part of the chattering going on about he DNC convention. There are smarter and more eloquent people out there already on that assignment. I did watch Obama’s speech last night, and let me tell you, he is a masterful speaker. I do not believe he can deliver all the change he promises, but if he could work on that 10 year plan, I’d be satisfied.
The ship is sinking and people are flocking to a candidate that represents optimism. I don’t blame them. Few people are able to face up to the reality of our political system. So if a candidate offers a little positivity in this world, the masses eat it up. So what?
The Lesser of Two Evils is Still Evil. That was my mantra in 2000 when I voted for Nader. I still believe it, but just can’t get that worked up about it anymore. The ship is sinking. If I have to hear someone deliver my pre-death eulogy, at least they can make it sound pleasing to my ears.
So this morning I am resigned. I don’t think any amount of voting for third parties, or crashing the gates, or taking to the streets with pitchforks is going to fix the gaping hole in the hull. This shit is going down. We can argue about whether the chaise lounge looks better by the cabana bar or next to the climbing wall, but we are about to take a bath in icy water.
Some might say I’m being cynical, or negative. I think I’m just being realistic. Whether Obama sweeps the election, or the Old Man steals it via Diebold, America is on the decline. The corporations have a stranglehold on everything, and they do not intend to let go until the whole damn house of cards comes tumbling down. So be it. I have always longed to live in a simpler system, where neighbors take care of neighbors and interpersonal relations are what define us.
So kudos to Barack Obama. He knows how to make corporate dominance and helplessness sexy again. And as my body becomes numb and I sink below the icy waters to rest at the bottom of the Atlantic, I sure as hell would rather hear an eloquent voice than some old man shouting, “YOU KIDS GET OFF MY LAWN!”