Originally Posted by Roy
You know, when I see politicians getting absolutely vilified by the most extreme elements from both the left and the right at the same time, it makes me think they may be doing something right...
I hope you are right about these poor vilified politicians doing something right, Roy.
However, I think this essay actually vilifies the political system and American culture more than just a politician per say.
I think that this brutally honest essay shines a light on some seriously harsh truths and penetrates through the corporate propaganda that is considered the "safe, mainstream middle." These harsh truths are not easy to stomach... because as the author points out, "Reality is complicated. Reality is boring. We are incapable or unwilling to handle its confusion. We ask to be indulged and comforted by clichés, stereotypes and inspirational messages... Reality is not accepted as an impediment to our desires. Reality does not make us feel good."
Remember, the mainstream middle told everybody that the housing bubble wasn't an issue and that the people on the "extreme" left and right margins, who were disagreeing with them, were cynics and doomsdayers. The mainstream middle kept saying everything was peachy right up until the very day it could not be hidden any longer. It was some of these same "extreme" left and right people who got it right YEARS before it happened. I remember all this vividly because I read and listened to the "extreme" left authors - and even one extreme righty name Peter Schiff - back in 2006 and would tell my friends about this stuff. Time after time after time I was ridiculed and called a cynic or a conspiracy nut because I spoke such "extreme" stuff.