Barbarian at the Gates: Kleptocrat Fatigue

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    • #407369
      Ohio Barbarian
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      I am suffering from Kleptocrat Fatigue. I am tired of watching Democrats who either serve kleptocrats or are kleptocrats themselves do what kleptocrats do without being able to do a damned thing about it, so I am going to pull back from political discussions somewhat, including here at JPR, and start focusing on things that I can do something about, like maintain the house, the yard, and my own mental, spiritual, and physical health.

      This has been coming for some time, but Joe Biden’s actions after he won the election were the last straws.

      I don’t recall seeing any President break so many concrete campaign promises as quickly as Biden has. Biden didn’t make many definite promises, but most of the few he did make he has already broken. In fact, he broke the first one, to send $2000 checks “flying out the door,” before he was even inaugurated.

      He promised to go back into the agreement with Iran, Russia, China, Britain, France, and Germany on the uranium enrichment deal, but broke that by insisting that the Iranians, who didn’t break the agreement, prove their good faith before he proved his, an impossible demand that his people know the Iranian regime will never meet. Then he bombed their militia in Syria. Not exactly the move of a peacemaker.

      He promised to immediately get kids out of cages on the border. They’re still in cages.

      He promised to raise the minimum wage to a paltry $15 an hour, and has just recently gone back on that one when he could still force it through.

      He promised to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement. Oh, he did that, so credit where credit’s due, even though the agreement isn’t enough to even really get started on addressing climate change.

      He shows every indication of keeping two other promises, though one was made behind closed doors. “Nothing will fundamentally change,” he assured Wall Street. Oh, he’ll keep that one. “I will not ban fracking,” he said.  No doubt he’ll keep that one as well.

      None of this surprises me, or most of you. Neither do the actions of the so-called progressive Democrats, who will never buck the Party when it counts and never use what little real power they have when they have the opportunity. Don’t worry, though, Squad fans, I’m sure they and Bernie Sanders will send cleverly and strongly worded Tweets from time to time, but that’s all they’re ever actually going to do. Talk about a loyal opposition. That’s them. Loyal to the kleptocratic Democrats when it counts. In return they get to keep their celebrity politician status, sell books, and collect speaking fees. Must be a nice life.

      I just don’t see the point on commenting on all of the horrible things the Biden Administration is going to do, and all the good things it could do but won’t, on a daily or weekly basis. I’m not surprised by any of this. Biden’s a good politician. Once bought, he stays bought. He’s going to do exactly what the kleptocracy wants, and I already know what they want. So do most of you.

      I’ll tell you, in general, what’s going to happen for the next two years. The Democrats will get some sort of relief package through that will help a lot of ordinary people some and many others little, if at all. Whatever it is, it won’t be enough. Where’s My 2K? bumper stickers will eventually appear. (Anybody know how to get in on the ground floor of that one? @sffh, there’s a fundraising idea for you). The real economy will be sluggish at best in November of ’22, and we may be in a new war or two by then. The Republicans will take both Houses of Congress.

      The Democratic Party really isn’t a political party anymore. It’s a money-laundering operation that makes more money when it is out of power than when it is in power, so they’ll be quite happy with that. Democrat congresscritters who lose re-election will find themselves in lucrative board of directors positions for corporations and Democratic-allied NGOs, and they know it, so they won’t put up too much of a fuss against the Biden policies that will cost them their seats.

      Meanwhile, the same people will come on here and other places to tell us how much substantially better the D’s are than the R’s, and how supporting third parties is foolish and childish, and how not voting is either sulking or in effect voting for the Evil R’s. Others will advocate for the left taking over the Democrats from within, but that’s already been conclusively proven to be a failed experiment. It won’t work.

      In my own district, I expect Nina Turner to win the primary and the general election, and then be changed by the Democratic Party in Washington instead of changing it. Maybe she’ll surprise me, but I’m not hopeful. That said, she probably represents the best chance of someone surprising me in a good way. Maybe she’ll even get disgusted and change her affiliation to the People’s Party or something. I would like that very much, but I’m not going to hold out hope for it.

      If I sound depressing, I should. This is depressing. It’s also an honest explanation of how I perceive the political world in Washington. I see no hope for peaceful, electoral reform. It’s simply not good for my mental health to be focusing on it as much as I have been, so I’m going to focus on other things for awhile; I don’t know how long that will be.

      I’ll still be around to comment some and to post some articles I think might be of interest, probably with an emphasis on foreign affairs. I’m also planning a two week road trip through upstate New York and New England in late summer or early fall, when hopefully motels will be open and masks will no longer be required, so @thouartthat and @davidthegnome should expect some PMs. Oh, and Pittsburgh’s not far at all, @mrmickeysmom. Neither is Detroit, @kentankerous. Yes, some road trips are most definitely in order later this year.

      So if you don’t see me around here as much, don’t worry about me. Just take care of yourselves and raise some hell whenever and whereever you can. And have some fun.

       

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

    • #407374
      JonLP
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      It is hard for me because I’m worried about the future. Not just the return of Trumpism but Biden is already breaking promises like you point out.

      I enjoyed the discussions. Even when we disagreed you were civil and usually when I don’t say something that means I agree with what you’re saying.

       

      Let this radicalize you rather than lead you to despair - Mariame Kaba

      Like many public systems, GOP want to rip the battery out + say the whole car doesn’t work, so they can sell it for parts - AOC

      • #407389
        Ohio Barbarian
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        Even when we disagree, I know your heart’s in the right place.

        It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

        You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

      • #407428
        ThouArtThat
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        @ohiobarbarian

        Hi ob,

        Good to hear from you.  Your observations, as noted below, are gospel to these ears.

        “The Democratic Party really isn’t a political party anymore. It’s a money-laundering operation that makes more money when it is out of power than when it is in power, so they’ll be quite happy with that. Democrat congresscritters who lose re-election will find themselves in lucrative board of directors positions for corporations and Democratic-allied NGOs, and they know it, so they won’t put up too much of a fuss against the Biden policies that will cost them their seats.

        Meanwhile, the same people will come on here and other places to tell us how much substantially better the D’s are than the R’s, and how supporting third parties is foolish and childish, and how not voting is either sulking or in effect voting for the Evil R’s. Others will advocate for the left taking over the Democrats from within, but that’s already been conclusively proven to be a failed experiment. It won’t work.”

        Much like yourself, I no longer see a point in expending life energy on lost causes like the democratic party or the two party duopoly.  Like many others, 2016 and 2020 were lessons learned in how broken the political system within the US has become.  Sooner or later one has to choose between the best life one can make for oneself or expecting a broken system to reform itself.  The former leads to some measure of mental health.  The latter leads to mental degradation and ill health.

        With 2016 and 2020 the toughest of disappointments, my remaining energy will be directed toward constructive activities and growth.  Life is just too short to waste in self-destructive activities.

        I look forward to your forthcoming road trip through the Northeast.  It will be good to associate a real living breathing person with more than an online persona.  Your visit will be highlight of 2021 for me.  Let me know your travel plans as they mature and please keep in touch.  All the best.

        TAT

        “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
        - John F. Kennedy

        "The further a society drifts from the truth the more it will hate those who speak it."
        - George Orwell

        "It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."
        - Jiddu Krishnamurti

        "Sometimes a pessimist is only an optimist with extra information."
        - Idries Shah

        "A riot is the language of the unheard."
        - Martin Luther King

    • #407375
      Pam2
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      I understand the fatigue. I need JPR though, to feel connected to like minded people. I don’t have that in my day to day life.

       

      • #407390
        Ohio Barbarian
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        That’s my wife. And my stepkids and their friends are either socialist or libertarian, mostly, and even our immediate neighbors agree on most of the important things. So I’m not isolated. I’d never thought of that as a luxury before, but I guess it kind of is. I just need to get back into my Zen for awhile and lower my blood pressure and lose some weight.

        It’s a lot easier for me to do when I’m not in front of a computer all the time.

        It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

        You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

    • #407378
      KenTankerous
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      Go on out in the back yard and enjoy some fresh air. Do whatcha gotta do to get your soul nourished and refreshed. This whole situation we find ourselves in is a massive boatload of suck, and justice warriors need some shore time to charge the batteries. The profit motive never takes a break; we have to. Come on up to beautiful Michigan any time, I’ll treat you to the wonderful legal ganja and maybe some tequila. Eventually covid should loosen up a bit and we can do a tour so I can show you D Town as I know and love it. Hopefully nothing horrible happens between now and then.

      We’ll miss you, cousin. But the porch light will always be on for you. The snow is just about all melted up here, I imagine it is for you too. Beautiful day for a walk. See ya when I see ya!!  Peace brother!!

      "If we define an American fascist as one who in case of conflict puts money and power ahead of human beings, then there are undoubtedly several million fascists in the United States."
      - Henry A. Wallace
      (FDR's Vice President until he was forced out by the corrupt forces of obscene wealth.)

    • #407383
      Mr. Mickeys Mom
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      @ohiobarbarian – I know you’ll say, “yes”, but may I cut and paste some of what you’ve said into this week’s contact with the kleptomania players, a.k.a. my Congressional Rep’s and U.S. Senators?  Thanks in advance.

      Let’s just see here, Mr. & Mrs. America if you’ll rise to the occasion and wake the fuck up in light of the “new” boss…. same, but really QUITE a bit worse than the “old” boss.

      This is one of your more righteous rants, babe… It’s content fits like a glove…. MUCH more effectively injecting a recouperative elixir for the American public to take and way more effective than what we feel we are being told we should inject into our collective arms.

      Shut up, Mr & Mrs America and just be glad it’s the Biden/Clinton clone world tour posse bus driving us to the next stop whilst we play along. The anemia that makes us weak now is this economy’s precursor to the real hit we are gonna take before someone “significant” says, “the enemy is us”.

      Oh, and please go fuck yourselves, SV.

      Hell, no... I'm not giving up...

      • #407392
        Ohio Barbarian
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        You’re right. This is not a fare thee well, but I really have a headache from all of that headbanging and need to drink more green tea than bourbon, rum, or gin. I’ve got to get into some more healthy habits, which means I have to get away from the laptop a lot more often than I have been.

        After all, if the revolution does come, I don’t want to miss it by a couple of years because I didn’t take care of myself. @satan would never let me live it down!

        It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

        You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

    • #407397
      mrdmk
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      Politics is more of a blood sport than a comforting hobby of intellectual banter. There are real world consequences.

      Sorry to say this, miss you already.

      If you cannot dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit WC Fields

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    • #407403
      David the Gnome
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      To really limit the amount of time I spend reading about or discussing anything political.  It hasn’t been easy, but I’ve definitely cut way down on the amount of news I read and the overall amount of political discussion.  It helps, because I know that, at least for now, nothing I can say or do has the power to really make a difference.  Time eventually will.  The current breed of oligarchs, democrats and republicans will eventually be gone.  No empire, however powerful, can last forever.  That is one of the few things I have that gives some comfort.

      I tried to give Biden a chance – I really did, but it took him almost no time at all to remind me of what kind of politician he really is.  He’s just another one of the shmucks.

      While it can be hard, I try to spend more time thinking about things I’m grateful for.  Seeking out what bits of positive information and news I can, occasionally.  My life is much better than it was a few years ago.  I’ve reconnected with my son who I hadn’t been able to speak to in over ten years.  I’m making some progress in therapy – and for the most part, I’m okay.  Thinking so much about these things that I have no control over was making me angry, bitter, frustrated.  I think that the system is broken and that, for the time being, the best we can do is focus on our own circles, local politics, things like that.  Make a difference by volunteering or donating to good causes that aren’t “non profits” run by millionaires.

      Eventually, things get better.  Mao, Hitler, Stalin – all died and their particular brand of psychotic fucking asshole eventually went with them.  The same will happen to this time’s politicians.  The American empire, like every other empire throughout history, will eventually become much, much weaker and smaller – it is already happening, really.

      We might not get to see the world we dream of, but in time I do believe that change is inevitable.  I believe that humanity will continue to progress (with drawbacks – even massive ones – along the way) for many centuries to come and that ultimately the problems of our time will be replaced with new problems.  Progress, eventually.  Our short lifetimes as human beings are drops of water to an ocean – and really, who the heck knows what might happen next?

      Things change, that’s the gist of it, it is inevitable if you really think about it, that our society, our Nations, our whole world will be vastly different in 100 years – and much more so in 1,000.

      All of that said, if the time comes, I’ll be happy to join you in a final adventure to Valhalla.

      You’ve been a good friend over the years – and while I don’t post much anymore, this one deserved a response.  You’ll always be welcome in my neck of the woods.

      • #407408
        JonLP
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        It is like a Norse or a Viking Heaven isn’t it?

        I have been playing Assassin’s Creed Valhalla a Viking action-adventure video game that takes place in 9th Century Norway & England.

        I have been distracted by politics lately but I should get back to playing that game. Your reference reminded me of the game.

        Let this radicalize you rather than lead you to despair - Mariame Kaba

        Like many public systems, GOP want to rip the battery out + say the whole car doesn’t work, so they can sell it for parts - AOC

        • #407442
          Ohio Barbarian
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          Valhalla sounds boring after awhile. How much fighting, dying gloriously, being brought back to celebrate in the mead hall and getting laid can one man stand for all eternity? Each of the gods have their own halls with their own names and own traits. Some are basically universities and laboratories, some are pastoral and peaceful, some are adventuresome.

          The mythology doesn’t say whether one can take a tour or not, but I hope so.

          It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

          You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

      • #407445
        Ohio Barbarian
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        I walked down the street today, at the end of which I can look down quite a hill to Euclid Creek at least 500 feet or so below. Today, the trees were bare, with white birch standing out here and there among all the maples and oaks, the creek was running fast from snowmelt and I could clearly hear it rushing, and there were still large patches of snow along its banks. Quite peaceful, really.

        Too bad the garbage truck came around to ruin the mood. OTOH, I was glad to see it still coming round on the same day it’s supposed to. One day, I thought, such regular services might stop…See why I need to get away from politics for awhile?

        Hey, when does the first snow usually fall in Maine? I think I’d rather miss that on a road trip.

        It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

        You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

    • #407469
      Utopian Leftist
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      “A time and a purpose to every thing under heaven….”

      Happy trails, Pardner. Keep fighting the good fight (but always remember to fill your own cup before anyone else’s).

       

      "All fascism is a result of a failure of the left to provide a viable alternative." ~ Trotsky

    • #407564
      eridani
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      Given that most of the population approves of it?  Not the part about their kids coming home in body bags–just the part about jobs in the “defense” industry that pay well.

      Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

    • #407710
      David the Gnome
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      @ohiobarbarian

      Although, really, it depends on the year – and things have been pretty unpredictable lately.  Could be mid to late October – but usually not before then, that I can recall, anyway.  Its crazy – yesterday it was almost 40 degrees, today it was some 10 below 0 when I got up around 6:30 – as low as thirty with the wind chill, nasty, bone chilling wind.

      Now that its march, I’m really looking forward to some warmer weather – and next week, so far, looks like it will be in the 40s.  The sun, not freezing my balls off every time I go outside, yeah.  Maybe I’ll get out more this summer.  Walk down to the river, or go visit my parents at the lake, assuming I can get the vaccine some time in the summer.  We’ll see.

      As for (Valhalla) how much fighting, drinking and screwing you can do?  I don’t know, but it would be good to find out!  I suppose I might get bored eventually – and I doubt Valhalla is big on books.  Hmm.  Got to be a happy middle ground somewhere.

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