Oct 302011
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Cover of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers&...

Cover of Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Burned out with politicians

I don’t think there is any group of people for which I have more contempt and frustration today than politicians. Now it is always easy to have contempt for the politicians on the ‘other’ side. I’m not talking about that. The politicians I really can’t stand are those that pretend to be on my side of the political spectrum. To a man (at COC we very strongly take the position that the pronoun ‘man’ is generic and includes both sexes without discrimination) every politician seems to undergo some ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers‘ moment after election and become an alien who speaks in code, has no honor and thinks that voters are dumber than doorknobs. From my side of the politics, it’s hard to know if voters on the other side feel the same way about their politicians. Since they are dumb enough to vote those lying scum bags into office, it is hard for me to imagine that they would even notice how they are betrayed and misled. Still, I suspect that this contempt for politicians goes beyond party affiliation or political philosophy. I think we all know, whichever side we are on that the people we send to Washington are worthless dirt bags. We rationalize the stupidity of our behavior by saying that our worthless dirt bags are better than the other side’s worthless dirt bags.

And so we feel OK.

The whole election process is so grueling and demeaning that real human beings turn away in horror from the idea of running for elected office. Our candidates are all masochists, psychopaths or suckers and getting elected takes them to full out sociopath level. Trying to find a real , sincere human being on the ballot is a hopeless task. Which brings me to Herman Cain.


I know that some will reject Mr. Cain outright because they can’t support a candidate who thinks that Americans can do better without all the government intervention. But I’m asking all you government-dependent suck ups to cool your jets for a moment and just consider the man himself. If he has managed to score in the polls, it’s not because he’s a union whore dependent on the labor leaders. There aren’t any big corporate sponsors either. And all you have to do is listen to the man for a moment to know why. No filters! No pandering to special interests. No layers of political speak.

He’ll never make it to the finish line.

Have you wondered how and why the country has gone loony over the last 50 years? Granted , you have to have a few years under your belt to actually know what this country used to be like but I believe that even a relatively young 40 year old knows that America is not the home of the free when smokers are forced to huddle in the alley under an umbrella to get a smoke and it is illegal to smoke a cigarette in a city park because of the horror of second hand smoke. I don’t smoke. I have never smoked. I hate the smell of cigarette smoke and always request non-smoking hotel rooms. But I know that the American way of life is dead when people are not free to light up a fag. Free enterprise invented smoking and non-smoking zones and life went on without jackbooted thugs to make sure that no whiff of smoke ever inadvertently entered your lungs.

So three cheers for Herman Cain

So even if Herman Cain was not a creature on my side of politics, I’d be singing his praises as a real human being and wishing him well with his political career. If only there were more honesty and transparency in politics and politicians maybe we wouldn’t have the mess we have today and maybe there would be elected officials that we could really like and respect.

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