10.29.12

The Nihilists

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Decline and Fall, Extremism, Fiat money fear and loathers, Psychopath & Sociopath at 10:28 am by George Smith

Sunday was a fine day in Pasadena, warm but not incinerating like most of late summer. You could feel the fall coming on as the sun set, the heat from the afternoon leaving for the sky. And so the closest thing I still have to a family member and I took one last year’s opportunity to grill chicken in the driveway, something we hadn’t done much since the death of a close friend over a year ago.

And while enjoying the day we spent a lot of time talking about what had happened to the country. How had our demographic, the white American, become so rancid and bad? And we had no answers. How could anyone be so driven mad by hate as the current standard of the Republican Party?

In Pasadena, there are stark examples of what the last four years of austerity have wrought. California has been a smaller version, ahead of things in the rest of the country. Before the presidency of Barack Obama, it had a Republican minority that made governance impossible.

Because of the legislative rule that all law having to do with taxes and the budget requires a two-thirds majority, the unimportant party paralyzed California. It ruined the political career of one its own, the celebrity governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was torn to shreds on the horns of its extremism.

And in Pasadena, something I see every day, PCC — the city college, is now virtually undone. Sure, it still has students and the buildings are there. But because of austerity and the Great Recession, there isn’t the money to teach anyone. There’s no money to pay instructors, no money for anything. One of the jewels of the California city college network, long a way for the disadvantaged to at least get some manner of education that might help in the American labor force, sits idle. You can maybe take one course a semester.

From KPCC, Pasadena City College’s radio station, months ago:

“They come in, they’re admitted, but there are no classes. They want that basic English, basic math, all that, chemistry, history courses. And it’s full,” Scott said.

Last year the system as a whole turned away 137,000 students who could not get into a single course.

“It’s sad to think that we’re looking at a group of students who are thirsty for higher education, all of which would enrich their life and enrich the economy of California, and because of a lack of state resources, we’re having to limit it,” Scott said.

Gen said those numbers don’t even include the number of students who may get one or two courses but will take much longer to reach their goals.

He said this is especially problematic when the community colleges are often relied upon for retraining and updating skills during an economic downturn.

“It’s not happening because we’re not willing, and not because there are too few students, but because we’re not able to get funding,” Gen said.

The Republican Party, which can’t get officials elected anywhere in the state that isn’t lily white in the hinterlands or near San Diego, have brought on the destruction of everything.

And this is what Mitt Romney will deliver to the rest of the nation of he inexplicably wins in the first week of November.

The party of nihilism and know-nothing will take over, people who believe in naught but maximizing theirs and squeezing and persecuting everyone else unlike them.

A party that disbelieves science.

A demographic in which reason and truth mean nothing.

And it’s frightening.

Because so many have bought into its toxic philosophies, repellent beliefs that 50 percent of the citizenry are parasites, that the Federal Reserve needs to be destroyed, that gays, women and non-white immigrants must be hounded. The astonishing burning animosity toward everyone not the same color. There is no bottom to the vat of poison it has tapped into.

The question occurs to me: Why have they NOT run Ted Nugent for political office? In a fit of rage, he’ll at least honestly curse a woman on national television, then explain it away buy saying he was passing a kidney stone and dosed with painkillers.

From Krugman, today, excerpted from a blog entry:

[If] these people triumph, science — or any kind of scholarship — will become impossible. Everything must pass a political test; if it isn’t what the right wants to hear, the messenger is subjected to a smear campaign.

And from his column:

[It’s] their general hostility to anything that helps the 47 percent — those Americans whom they consider moochers who need to be taught self-reliance.

Before the weekend, the Associated Press ran another of those stories on the Heevahave Vote — the so-called “undecided voter,” and it’s lead subject, a white middle-aged man named Kelly Cox, was from California.

The lede graphs:

Who are these people who still can’t make up their minds? They’re undecided voters like Kelly Cox, who spends his days repairing the big rigs that haul central California’s walnuts, grapes, milk and more across America.

He doesn’t put much faith in either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney. But he figures he’s got plenty of time – a little more than a week – to settle on one of them before Nov. 6. And he definitely does plan to vote.

“I’ll do some online research,” said Cox, co-owner of a Delhi, Calif., truck-repair shop. “I don’t have time to watch presidential debates because it’s a lot of garbage anyway. They’re not asking the questions that the people want to hear.”

On-line research. It’s to laugh, tossed-off horseshit.

From two weeks ago:

First, the debate made [these undecided voters] want to do more research on the candidates. “I need to research some of these facts,” one skeptical sounding woman said.

And they’ll research us into total failure, given their way.

Cox, said to be from Delhi, is from the other part of California, the great dusty wasteland, in this case somewhere between Modesto and Merced, that votes Republican but will have no impact due to the electoral college. (Don’t believe me? May you be stuck there some summer, driving the highway north and south.)

In this itself, the AP story was a joke. It’s banner undecided voter was someone whose vote is irrelevant next week.

Stay home, skip the on-line research, Mr. Kelly Cox.

Nationally, the state is going for Obama. His vote won’t matter at the national level. Neither candidate has bothered to campaign in the nation’s largest state.

However, at the local level it has been quite another thing. Because it’s the small extremist white minority in California that has managed to strangle the place, a lesson for the rest of the country.


Laugh or you’ll have to cry.

Hat tip to Pine View Farm.


From the Washington Times, today, in interview with Steve Forbes:

Other pro-growth reforms would increase government tax revenues needed for these programs by stimulating the economy. One would be to adopt, yes, a flat tax. It would go a long way in achieving the prosperity that Mr. Obama never achieved with his monstrous spending. A flat tax would reduce taxes for many people …

Returning to a gold standard is another much-overlooked reform. Most people today, including most politicians, fail to appreciate how our current system of fluctuating currency values is a drag on the economy.

6 Comments

  1. Chuck said,

    October 29, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    It started with Reagan (as governor), who, I think, secretly hated education, followed by Prop 13. It’s all part of the idea of “give the people whatever they impulsively want in order to get elected.” To hell with leadership. Education was the diamond in the crown of pre-Reagan California.

    Government by poll, instead of leadership. A sure way to get elected. Cut taxes, then fund the deficit with bonds. The rich buy the (tax-exempt) bonds.

    Never thought I’d yearn for the likes of Nixon, but there you go.

  2. Christoph Hechl said,

    October 29, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Reagan, in my opinion, was the single worst president the US ever had (including George W.).
    He was the one who started the “lower-taxes-for-billionaires” he started the logarithmic increase in military spending and the search for new sources of enemies to use all these shiny weapons on.
    He almost started a nuclear war through sheer stupidity.
    Americas foreign policy was changed and until now never returned back.

  3. George Smith said,

    October 30, 2012 at 9:09 am

    You’re not wrong. California has not contributed great presidents to our times. I’d have to score it 0 for 2. Texas at least furnished Lyndon Johnson who wanted to do right and then was consumed by Vietnam. But what was the country’s extremist nature has become uncontrolled and it took the war on terror and the last twelve years to put it firmly into the mainstream. Bad times and really bad leadership, not all of which is the responsibility of the GOP, which just took best advantage of it. You look around the wasteland of Democratic leaders, and save for Obama and maybe one and a half more, they’re worthy of the same contempt Hunter Thompson laid on the pack — McCarthy/Muskie/Humphrey and McGovern (the latter whom he did admire a little) in ’72 for Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail. You see the same types of hopeless ruling class white guy party hacks, except now they’re shinier, who don’t stand for anything, have virtually no interest in populism or defending alleged core principles.

  4. nita scott said,

    October 31, 2012 at 3:59 am

    I’m glad someone with guitar-hunger is making sense of the election – was gonna stop by when you had the guitar-barbecue a month or so ago just to shake your hand and urge you on – this’ll do tho –

  5. Bonze Anne Rose Blayk said,

    October 31, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Yeah, I would say that it’s a mystery, but it seems to me to be a function of obsession with the End Times… and the inevitable loss of economic supremacy BushCo kicked into overdrive with a combination of insane wars (ground wars in Afghanistan and Iraq) and tax giveaways for the mega-rich.

    And toxic propaganda. Micro-channeled hatred on The Internet hurts, a lot.

    Sincerely
    – bonzie anne

    PS: Your video at the end is pitch black, and it links to … nothing. Social comment, perhaps?

  6. George Smith said,

    October 31, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Huh, works for me right now. Sometimes the embeds glitch and YouTube is slow to serve them. They do a couple other idiot tricks too to save bandwidth on their less popular clients. But I digress.

    I’m glad someone with guitar-hunger is making sense of the election

    Thanks! Another week and we’ll be breathing a sigh of relief or bracing for the 1 million pound shit hammer.