Opinion: Not Suffering Hubristic Fools Gladly, or Why I’m Voting for a Woman … not that one, never, ever that one

Sorry, but I have zero patience anymore for incompetent ivory tower establishmmentarian hubris; for people who went to the “best” colleges; for people who are well-schooled, but poorly educated in real-life; for people who check off all the right career boxes, but lack wisdom and judgment.

People who David Halberstam wrote of ironically in his book title, The Best and Brightest, which Warren Bass of the Washington Post summarizes

The term “best and brightest” has become an insult, not an accolade, thanks largely to Halberstam’s magnificent, scabrous epic about the policymaking blunders that swept the United States into Vietnam. This classic work is part of the Vietnam canon, but it is not really about Vietnam; it is very much a Washington book, focused on the surety of the hawks stateside rather than the misery and warfare in Indochina.

I think hubris is an apt word in this case

… from Greek hybris “wanton violence, insolence, outrage,” originally “presumption toward the gods

People who time, after time, after time, after time … have let us down. People whom we put into positions of political power who have failed spectacularly. People who would be described by the internet as Epic Failures.

gov epic failYet we’re continually told that they know better; that they’re The Best and Brightest.

Even the ultimate government insider organization, The Brookings Institute has noticed, and produced a list of 41 different failures, either through lack of over-sight or outright cluelessness.

Supposedly, these people, whether they self-label themselves as Republican or Democrat have completely floundered. The top five failures can blamed on both of the establishment approved political parties. 9-11 is totally on Bush and the Republicans. The financial collapse of 2008 was started in motion by Bill Clinton, but accelerated by George Bush. Hurricane Katrina is 100% Bush. And the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is all Obama. And Abu Ghraib wouldn’t have happened without warhawks like Hillary Clinton cheering it on.

People have died because of their hubris. And in our quadrennial political system we’re told we have to vote for this person, or we have to vote for that person because the person from that other political party will destroy your life and the lives and future of your family. But when push comes to shove, they keep voting against my, and your best interest. And they explain it away because they know better than those other people in that other artificial made up club.

Sure they agree to disagree on fringe issues, like gay marriage, and abortion, but really how many people are going to marry someone else of the same sex, or get an abortion?. I’m not diminishing either issue for those people involved, but for the vast, vast, vast majority of the population neither of these are going to come up in their actual lives. But how much time is spent on these issues on cable news, or talk radio, and debated in congress?

Think about how similar they are on other issues


The distraction is what they’ve learned from the Romans, i.e. panem et circenses

They have the same corporate owners. On a smaller scale, I’ve been to California state Democratic conventions, and if you’ve never been, one of the first things you’ll notice are the corporate sponsorship signs … everywhere.

I believe in the Democratic Party of Kennedy and FDR, but sadly that’s ancient history. I used to think of myself as JFK’s description of a liberal. But that definition of liberals, and Democrats seems to exist only in a few individuals anymore.

I’m done

I will not suffer fools gladly for people in charge. When those people have the ability and power to destroy people’s lives by war, and oversight failures through a combination of abject incompetence or through wanton political ambition.

To bring the incompetence theme to a personal level, I used to work for a Fortune 500 company and our office and plant was downsized because of shortsighted ambition for financial gain. It was a combination of our local managers, and corporate managers who made poor decisions, and also our largest client which happened to be Hewlett Packard.

Hewlett Packard at the time was run by someone you may have heard of, Carly Fiorina, who ran Hewlett Packard into the ground. Her decisions contributed to our company downsizing and in the process several hundred people lost their jobs along with many employees of our vendors.

Back to politics. Do I really need to do a list of the voter suppression, corporate kickbacks, charity fraud of one of the major party candidates? And the excuses of that person’s sycophants make me ill

I will not vote for the lesser of two evils anymore, because after George Bush and Dick Cheney you can’t scare me.

I’m voting for Jill Stein










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