The Politics of Distraction

RMS Titanic

This is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. It’s kind of an appropriate political metaphor. Let’s say your ship is doomed. You want to be rescued. But as Captain, you don’t necessarily want to be perceived as incompetent.

So, politically, if you don’t have a message, be certain to delegitimize your opponent’s message while your ship is sinking. Because if you can’t win then neither should they. And that’s what this is really about these days.

The Republican party is the Titanic. There are only a few hours left in political parlance. Everybody is scrambling for a place in the last lifeboat at this point. The Republicans are desperately trying to win the extreme Tea Party vote at the expense of losing the moderates and undecideds. They’ve pretty much made up their minds by now. Latinos, African Americans, Women; if they haven’t decided to vote for Obama or decided not to vote at all, they will soon enough.

Romney is a joke. He doesn’t want to run this nation; he just wants to make sure Obama doesn’t. That’s the only platform. If we can’t control it then neither will they.

Our partisan politics is a result of that dogma. There is no message from the right so make sure that you distract everyone with a non-issue. Contraceptives?!? That’s really where you want to go? That’s like saying you’re against breathing. But, hey; you want to destroy the Republican party, knock yourselves out.

On the other side, could you stop wasting our time while you’re drowning? You keep introducing meaningless bills in Congress so we’re distracted and can’t get anything meaningful accomplished. Seriously, you’ve tripled the amount of anti-abortion bills (which will all fail) and numerous other bills like re-affirming the national anthem or some other nonsense.

Yeah, we see what you’re up to. It’s the equivalent of a political Hail Mary pass. If that’s all you got then it’s a sad day to be in your party. You’re about to get served and it’s gonna hurt.


About Mr. Universe

Mr. Universe is a musician/songwriter and an ex-patriot of the south. He currently lives and teaches at a University in the Pacific Northwest. He is a long distance hiker who has hiked the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. He is also an author and woodworker. An outspoken political voice, he takes a decidedly liberal stance in politics.
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One Response to The Politics of Distraction

  1. ryackov says:

    Moderates are put off by Obama as well, recent speechs by him are attempts to garner support among his party’s hardline supporters.

    The current political establishment is sinking. Radical movements such as the tea party or the occupy movement are coming to the fore. Considering that several years ago someone bit off someone’s finger at a healthcare protest rally, if things get worst, we will Weimer-style street battles.

    Although Ron Paul’s movement (while the precursor to the Tea Party, it is also anathema to it) is taking over the Republican Party at state conventions, so who knows.

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