Fracking politicians (1)

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?… (Read more...)

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.… (Read more...)

Challenging democracy

Why so much disrespect directed towards politicians? The buffoons, the liars, the twisters-of-truth, the fear-mongers, the hate-makers, the racists, the wall-builders, the divide-and-conquerors, the off-with-her-headers, the its-their-faulters, the power-hungry führers, the mad hatters, the control freaks, the drug-pedlars-for-sportlers, the you-know-who-I-meaners. The problem is not so much this foul-mouthed, foul-breathed breed of would-be politicians, but the fact that they are acclaimed by the crowd, granted legitimacy by a vote and handed power over our futures.(Read more...)