The current liberal clatter over yet another Dem "capitulation" (i.e. acting in their political/financial interests) is most amusing to witness. Truly, there are no bigger masochists in America than those who pledge allegiance to the mule. You can beat them, kick them, piss and shit all over them, and they'll come crawling back for more, hopeful gleam on their soiled faces. Why they don't break out the leather hoods, slapper whips, and ball gags and fetishize their surrender is a mystery, but then, libs are often the biggest teases. Maybe they're saving that for election night.
Any conscious person over the age of 25 who is surprised by major Dem support for the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 is either deluded, desperate, or so whacked out on yagé that the mere formation of cogent thought is a minor miracle. Then again, I like the idea of countless liberals taking yagé trips. If nothing else, it keeps them occupied with inner-space, and who knows, they might make some conceptual/political breakthroughs before returning to this plasma plane. A long shot admittedly, especially when they see the savage mule's tail rise up and they slide beneath the beast to get crapped on. But one must remain optimistic, even as the shit piles rise. What ya gonna do, vote Green?
Touring the lib sites for cheap laughs yielded some pleasant discoveries, namely, a growing number of liberals who have had it with the system. Like Neo in "The Matrix," many are opening their eyes for the first time, seeing the Real World for what it actually is. They are not happy, however; many expressed sadness and depression. To be expected and part of the process. It's not easy to realize that you've invested in a fantasy and were played for a fool. I've been there and understand completely. And it doesn't get any easier, as people like us are decidedly in the minority. But it's the first, necessary step to freeing ourselves, for without that, there truly is no hope.
Yet, the major libloggers and their followers will have none of that. If you are left of center, you belong to the Democrats. End of story. One beloved blogger made some nasty noises about those daring to dump the mules, tapping out a little screed that would gladden any Stalinist. No matter how much blood the Dems drag this blogger through, loyalty will be maintained and insisted upon. This is seen by many as a courageous stand. Like I said, we have a long way to go.
The main problem for liberals like this is that they cannot see a world without Democrats. More, they don't want to live in a world where the mule party's extinct. Oh, they'll bitch and grumble and sputter here and there, but in the end, they are ruled by fear. This works beautifully for those with political and social control. It's always helpful when the veal calves cage themselves, for the cage provides the illusion of safety, despite what's waiting down the corridor. The very idea of escape horrifies them, much less the demolition of the entire edifice. So there they remain, passive, trusting, not completely content with the arrangement, but too frightened to make any significant break. Besides, if they moo sincerely enough, perhaps their keepers will alter the institutional structure that keeps them in place. It hasn't worked yet, but tomorrow's always another day.
Many liberals consider me cynical and unrealistic -- or worse, not "pragmatic." But I reject those categories. Despite my darkest prose, I still believe that humans are born to be free. Granted, it's getting harder to embrace this mindset, yet I do, regardless of the daily insanity I read about and personally witness. Of course, there's always the chance that I'm the one who's deluded, and I accept that as a real possibility. Anything's probable in this relativist madhouse. Still, I've seen and experienced enough transcendence to know that there's another way to live, but it's not going to be handed to us. And those of us who fight for it will encounter true hatred and spite, primarily from our liberal cousins, but from reactionaries as well. Too many people have deep vested interests in domination and control. As friend IOZ says, unplugging from them is the only way out. After that, the real work of honest, meaningful solidarity begins.