You may be forgiven some schadenfreude when you take in the fullness of the clusterfuck that is US party politics in 2013. On the one hand you have the weak-willed and undetermined Democrats and on the other the over-zealous, ideological extortionists of the Republican Party.
Those on the moderate right claim the government shut-down is a result of intransigence on the part of Obama to deal with the deficit and spending. The far-right admit it’s about ‘Obamacare’, guns, Jesus and taking America back. Whatever the hell that means. What we know for sure is that they’ve reached the debt ceiling and non-essential government services have been ‘furloughed’. Yes, add that bullshit to your urban dictionary.
Old white men filibustering about how to undermine each other and hold on to jobs the American people aren’t sure they want them to have is the real business of Washington. Incumbents can’t be defeated at the polls because they’ve gerrymandered their districts, changed the rules of engagement or just flat-out bought out any would-be usurper. This has created an expensive and destructive class of super-elites, funded by PACs and answerable to nobody who see it as their primary function not to serve, but to cling to office.
We are witnessing the decline of the American Empire – by the perversion of the structures intended to ensure fairness and democracy, where power would have checks and balances. Like Rome or Greece before it, ambitious men with ignoble purpose now twist and bend facilities that are there to solve problems and turn them into the source of new problems.
There is little difference between the Left/Democrat/Obama establishment and the Right/Republican/Romney establishment. That’s why they’re all soiling themselves at the rise of the Tea Party – who do represent ordinary working Americans.
Hmm.. Obama and the left are fighting for good ideals (like gun control, health care and a new way of dealing with toxic nations or groups) and practical necessities (like balancing the budget).
There’s no weakness there, or similarity to the republicans.
All that’s weak is the system. Theres too much money and too many rules in the political voting and decision making process.