Fracking politicians (1)

Collage: Alan McCluskey
Have they become so dumb, so deaf, so blind, so hopelessly unfeeling, so caught up in petty squabbles if not bloody skirmishes, wary of friends and foes alike, so enamoured of their own words that they are ensnared in their own bullshit, so worried about sinking ratings, their eyes riveted on opinion polls and the rumblings of social media, so pressured by lobbyists slipping white-washed cheques in wide open pockets, so engrossed in engineering an endearing  and enduring image, so faithful to their ideology while enslaved by procedures and rules and the status quo, so afraid of being singled out, caught with unclean fingers straying where they shouldn’t go, so obsequiously obedient to their party line, so bound to the glorious market place that promises to save those who save themselves, … that they have forgotten they are human beings and neglect the welfare of the world and the people who live in it?

(1) Yes. I know. There are a good many politicians that fight for a more humane and caring world… This text is about the dominant crowd that don’t.

Outrageous wins hands down

Forty-five* will not endorse Paul Ryan as Republican splits widen says The Guardian. It’s almost as if the candidate is seeing how far he can go before he gets booted out on his ears, except that the more outrageous the things he does and says, the more despicable they are, the more the mass of his supporters clamour for him to do more and ultimately be elected. This is not democracy. It’s some twisted TV reality show during which competitors try to outdo each other by the most outlandish and unacceptable behaviour cheered on by a frenzied crowd. It’s “Kill the pig”, TV style. Except it is is the pig that is the killer not the killed. What do you expect, he’s a multi-millionaire. This is not Lord of The Flies. The spectacle has erupted in real life and not on a deserted island or on a TV set. And if someone doesn’t have the courage to put a stop to it, we are all going to be dragged into the nightmare.

*- Forty-fifth president