Both Sides Now ...
Superman. Clark Kent. Both trying to nail Lois in their own, constrained
genitalia kind of way. Both fighting a never-ending battle for truth
and The American Way (not to be, in any way, confused
or associated with the first two undertakings).
clearly, the left-wing, socialist liberal what,
writing for a major metropolitan newspaper, and all. And Superman, the
right-winged vigilante who used his own body as an unregistered handgun.
both, one in the same, playing overtures for the Lois Lane
Labia or LLL as its referred to in socio-academic
And so it is with our political players: Democrats and Republicans, Liberals
and Conservatives, both sauntering through the very same space at Ladies
Night, and you the American voter
"There is no Republican Party; there is
no Democratic Party. There is just one party ... and you're
- Joseph, 2004 -
A longtime friend of mine who had worked with the Republican party for years
would, more recently, retire from the field. Disillusioned with her own side
as I had become with my own she would now cite the Republicans
Democrats, Version 2.0 Enhanced Premium. For
now there was little to distinguish between the opposing parties.
Indeed, somewhat similar sentiments would be voiced more recently by another
friend, veteran conservative talk host, Rick Seiderman
Our problem isnt Obama, said Rick. Our problem
And how right (no pun) Rick is. For, as of this day, true conservatism
may be romanticized in almost nostalgic-like terms at least when
referenced to the Republican party ... you know the former
standard-bearer of conservative ideology, now seemingly left to folklore
But Rick, perhaps, is more correct than even he realizes as the Republican
party and the Nuevo-Conservative movement make the very same
mistakes as liberals and the Democratic party have made in years past
Whoa, hold on, Joseph, you pause to ponder. What
is a Nuevo-Conservative, as you put it?
I can best describe it in terms of what a Nuevo-Conservative
isnt: The Nuevo variety is not Barry Goldwater
or William Buckley, both of days gone by. For neither one of these
would be drawn into the bullshit
that preoccupies the Nuevo-Conservative. Not even Ronald Reagan would have
been so suckered like this. Read on
Barack Obama stands as the best thing that has happened to the Democratic
Bill Clinton. But not for the reasons
that most of you think, whether you be liberal or conservative ...
For the Nuevo-Conservative and The Republican Party Obama,
himself, has become the distraction that which ranks among the most
potent of all political weapons. Nuevo-Conservatives, not merely
driven by hatred but consumed by it, are not just taking
their eye off the ball
its been dropped to the floor,
progressively bouncing its way down the stairs to the basement ...
and seemingly without notice. The only ones who do notice are the
true conservatives, more recently overshadowed and perhaps doomed
by the Nuevo-Conservative.
Consider Rick Seidermans words once again
our problem. Our problem
is ourselves. This, as a variant of
we have met the enemy, and the enemy is us. But heres the
The enemy isnt among the conservatives, true and
actual. Rather, the enemies are among those who have seized and hijacked
conservative ideology, twisting and deforming it, making it an arena that
plays host to a group of angry and embittered malcontents, much like Frankenstein
villagers with torches and pitchforks. Kind of like what would become of
Rick now streams video commentary from home ...
"Obama is not a dishonorable human being.
He's a liberal period. End of
"Our problem is ourselves. And if we want
to get our act together, we better learn how to be good
Former conservative talk host, Rick Seiderman
Superman. Clark Kent. One in the same.
Elsewhere on the Internet, I would write the following as it related to the
Tea Party phenomena sans an actual phenomenon:
To me, the Tea Parties weren't entirely different from a variety of
liberal protests, past and present ... a silly-hat, party-like atmosphere,
popularized by fashionable trend and to little ultimate effect.
Dont delude yourselves into believing that such efforts represent actual
accomplishment. They dont. Grass Root efforts are far more frequently
romanticized than they are, recognized no matter what the media coverage.
Most any political consultant would tell you the same thing, if they were
to be honest with you breaking your little, enthusiastic hearts. Change,
itself, has become increasingly intricate and complex over the past few decades.
And the roots of the grass generally lack the sophistication required to
transform. Indeed, if the change desired was to emerge, it wouldnt
be by their hand or seed.
In short, you can dump all of the tea you want
still dropping the acid. Its not that these street-level, maniacal
menageries are entirely meaningless. Merely silly. Pointless. Fruitless.
Most change is beyond the scope of their influence. Its not
the tea leaves. Its who you have in your Rolodex. And most of you
dont even have one. And even if you did, the people in
it would likely be confined to ineffectual fellow malcontents, such as
unavailing. You might as well just pick up the cold
cut assortment at the supermarket and throw a bash in your own backyard,
for all the good it does you.
I could have just as easily written the same thing about my liberal
contemporaries. Superman. Clark Kent. One in the same.
Indeed, on both sides, most political protests and issue-based
rallies are to the benefit and glory of key organizers,
wholly independent of shared sentiment or mission. Play the fool,
as you please. I choose not to.
Hell, even conservative Rick used to attend some of the late 60s protests
just as a vehicle to pick up some bleeding-heart pussy. Ironically, he was
probably more successful in his endeavor than that of the rally, itself.
In fact, I know he was
In truth, the litany of Vietnam protests of the 1960s did absolutely nothing
to abbreviate Americas involvement. In fact, many conservatives argue
that they prolonged it. While I, myself, havent been able to find any
absolute cause and effect relationships in that premise, the protest movement
certainly wasnt successful in expediting Americas withdrawal
and non-victorious victory.
From anti-abortion protesters to gays on militant parade, as it relates to
effecting actual change
Silly, silly people. One in the same.
Just say you want to have a fucking party, make a little noise, and
call it a day. But at some point during your political bacchanal, have a
look around you and take note of the ones in absence those
of any real and tangible influence. And forget the Media
People, you idiots. Youre just their inventory.
those from the Left and the Right will continue
to believe that they can change the world with a Magic Marker and a few pieces
of poster board. Hell, throw them a tube of glue, along with a package of
glitter, and theyll think theyve died and have gone to Protest
Heaven. But neither side will ever realize or even want to know
that change cant be crafted
out of a Craft store.
Its not the Civil Rights 60s anymore, children. Again,
change has become far more intricate, nuanced and
closed-circuit in the decades since. As to the actual
change agents in the Beltway, you dont even know who they
are by name. They never campaigned. You never voted for them. They
lurk in the halls. As such, you have no email addresses or telephone numbers
Superman. Clark Kent. Both from planet Krypton
"I used to say, 'conservatives are full of shit,
and liberals are full of bullshit'. The difference? Those who are full of
bullshit are the ones who know they're full of shit, but proceed anyway.
Conservatives were merely full of shit, wholly unaware. But now I think they're
both dealing in bullshit."
- Joseph, 2009 -
In these more recent days, Ive grown increasingly disappointed in the
conservatives or Nuevo-Conservatives, rather, making the same mistakes
that Ive scorned my fellow liberals for
Intellect is trumped by emotion. And a near-pathological hatred has overtaken
reason. In fact, as of this writing, conservative Rick has stopped
listening to both Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh while also
naming our mutual friend and conservative-newbie, Joyce Kaufman, as being
a member of the ilk by way of his video commentary. Rick and I may have
originally come from two different places, but we often end up on a similar
as I peruse the FaceBook page of my longtime and dear friend, Joyce, I see
a disturbing trend ... Yes, no talk host has complete control perhaps
any control, in an absolute sense of their fan base
their followers. But one still has to ponder who they
attract, what they attract and why ...
Frankly, I see a group of some very angry people
sometimes going to some very dark places on
Joyces FaceBook. Often ignorant. Frequently inarticulate. People who
seem to find their comfort-zone Snuggie somewhere between a straight
jacket and a rubber room. Think Ted Nugent with a brain-targeted, steroid
injection. In this new Obama world, the daily battering is beyond what even
Bill Clinton ever endured
For the liberal or the Democrat this may be regarded as a
good thing, odd though it may seem. For these manic Nuevo-Conservatives
are the ones who have taken their eye off the ball, lacking
focus, doing absolutely nothing to push true conservatism forward.
Just as I had cautioned my own liberal brethren, you cant move forward,
solely preoccupied with putting out fires, consumed by your own hatred.
Those who have long known me may well wonder why I should even care
that conservatism, at the twisted hand of the Nuevo-Conservative, is fucking
up. That I should celebrate such a trend. But ... I just can't. I derive
no satisfaction or joy from it. For I know that when either side
liberal or conservative becomes so immersed in bullshit, it
isn't good for this country no matter who you are, or from
where you may hail ... Give me old-school, Bill Buckley or Barry Goldwater
any day ...
But, instead on this day, as of this writing, the
Republican Brand (as its now being described) often
identified with conservatism, whether remaining valid or not
has fallen to a 25% approval rating ... the lowest in history (by one
poll NBC/Wall Street Journal). And, in a series of other polls,
while 40% of the American people cite themselves as conservatives,
an equal 40% prefer not to be identified
This, combined with the remaining 20% freely identifying themselves as
liberal. For the conservative who takes the moment to consider
these trends, it cant be good. There should be no comfort for
those citing themselves as conservatives out-numbering liberals
by a ratio of 2:1
Youre looking at the wrong numbers, and not
fully coming to grasp with the ramifications associated with the 'unidentified'.
I was originally going to write a piece cautioning liberals
on this day
That, despite recent successes, they werent
entering the dawn of a new and enlightened, liberal age. Instead, with the
very day following Election Day, they were crossing a threshold where
they could end up
losing it all and fast.
But if Nuevo-Conservatism remains on its course, liberalism
and the Democratic party can, indeed, keep the champagne flowing
I do believe that true conservatives know this. Sense it, at
For while the Nuevo-Conservatives are so entirely preoccupied with looking
at the birds and the planes
Clark Kent may, indeed, end up with more