The John Podestas of the world must be quietly closing the doors behind them, retreating to a soundproof inner sanctum, and just absolutely exploding with an uproarious ” BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!” Does the phrase “Taking candy from a baby” ring a bell? ” Shooting fish in a barrel?” “Child’s play?” The liberal progressives don’t even have to raise a sweat these days, do they? They are the beneficiaries of all the planning and hard work that went into the programming and conditioning of the formerly traditional American politico-cultural society in the past few decades or so since they realized the Soviets weren’t going to be around to help with the effort anymore. And so the Republican Presidential Campaign of 2012 has devolved into name-calling, accusation, adoption of left-wing media tactics and self-inflicted foot-wounds. We are reduced.
Professor Gingrich had a brief, shining moment during one of the debates when he castigated the media for attempting to distract the candidates and the electorate. We do not favor “Callista and I” as the next occupants of the White House, but not because Newt doesn’t recognize subtle, and not-so-subtle, orchestration when he sees it. Why is it though, that when the whole world, the entire literate and conscious world knows that the Social Democrats only have two cards to play – the bleeding heart card and the race card – our team members seem to spontaneously combust in thoughtless acts of throwing these cards out there on the table so the libs won’t have to? Well, one of the reasons of course is the one we referred to above. Our presidential candidates are human. They have been exposed to the same demagoguery, the same propaganda, the same cultural indoctrination everyone else has for the last four decades. So that, even if they know better, even if they recognize the trends, even if somewhere inside themselves they realize the stakes, they are susceptible to the same backsliding and politically correct method of dealing with situations as is your average senatorial candidate. And just as capable of pandering to the current audience or target group as the basest politician, whether they have “spent their life in politics” or not.
The other thing is power. We must never forget that, while we, the people, are yearning, thirsting, hungering, sometimes even starving for a hero, all those vying for the top job, whatever image of altruism they project, however much they tell even themselves they are doing it for their country, somewhere in there they know they are reaching for that brass ring. While not one of them is to be condemned for that, indeed a little ego and self-confidence and drive are to be expected of leaders, we also need to be mindful of the vainglory factor.
But for us, the people, for ‘we the people’, the latest developments, indeed the whole ebb and flow of the campaign so far, it doesn’t look promising. We are not ‘feeling it’. There is an underlying foreboding that once again somebody is going to select our candidate(s) for us because our constitutional conservatives are going to be suckered into some sort of pro wrestling-type ‘cage match’. And it is agonizing to watch, because the other side has nothing, absolutely nothing. Obama has descended into incoherent ranting and dodging from venue to venue to try to avoid being cornered on any topic or issue, including all of the ongoing scandals. And the activists and strategists are at long last only able to muster caricaturish union thugs and clueless teenyboppers to bray and bleat unintelligible things in the street. One wonders if maybe it wouldn’t be best for everybody, we the people and the candidates, to just suspend the whole campaign thing and let the Democrats simmer in their own stew, rather than to keep dancing to the tunes played by the media and the Centers for American Progress and Communal Thought.
Or maybe one or two, or the top tier, or some number, or all of the candidates need to sit down, or be sat down, and advised of alternate scenarios, different forums, perhaps even urged to demand different debate formats, or encouraged to shun certain media outlets. Or somebody needs to take out a full page ad in the New York Post blaring “Look at yourselves!” Or something. Who’s going to be the big person, the adult in the room?
Or maybe somebody just needs to …….go rogue.