Asses Confronting the Pacyderms with the Naked Truth!
Let’s start with a quick lesson:
Pachyderm – A person who is not sensitive to criticism, ridicule, etc.; a thick-skinned person.
Ass – A slow, patient, sure-footed domesticated mammal used chiefly as a beast of burden.
See where I’m going with this?
Firstly, let me say that I am a life-long Democrat. My support for President Obama has been unwavering since his exemplary campaign inspired us to sweep him into office 3 ½ years ago. But it is precisely what has happened since his election that made me realize just how apt these definitions are for today’s political parties. I personally feel that if everyone on Capitol Hill did their jobs as well as the President, our nation would be much further along towards the change he promised and has worked so hard to fulfill. But this has certainly, undeniably, not been the case. hich brings me to my third definition.
The Law of Attraction – This universal law* brought to the forefront of our global consciousness by the film, The Secret, in 2006, is a theory far too broad to fully explain here. You can find info on the universal laws in the ancient text, The Kybalion but most people by now are familiar with the concept. Basically the LOA states that the universe and everything in it vibrates at different frequencies. Whatever frequency you’re generating is the frequency you’ll attract, like a tuning fork vibrating with a resonant note. “Like attracts like” is far from the full definition but will work for now.
The meteoric rise of the “black guy with the funny name” took all of our breath away. He burst onto the national scene with true swagger, not that made-up cowboy crap, but the confident, sure step of a true leader. Against all odds, and I mean all odds, he was elected to the highest office in the land: The 44th President and first African American to transcend our troubled history. The page turned on November 4, 2008 and, as with all great American movements, it was We, the People who had once again changed the trajectory of our past towards a brighter day.
The Alaskan Barbarian at Home
Sarah Palin was the forerunner of the movement that would run counter to the hope and change that pervaded our national psyche in 2008. She tapped into a regressive vein, manipulating the fears of Whites who now faced a reality that challenged an identity that was centuries in the making. Sigmund Freud would likely identify this group as “authoritarian personalities” or “antidemocratic … those particularly susceptible to authoritarian appeal.
In his early study, The Authoritarian Personality, Freud says that these individuals “are intolerant of ambiguity” and that “When matters are complex, they impose their own rigid categories on them. Their thinking is therefore is largely in stereotypes.” “Authoritarians …” he states, “… show exaggerated concern with strength. Feelings of personal weakness are covered with a façade of toughness.
They are usually preoccupied with masculine virtues, and they stereotype women as feminine and soft. Authoritarians are cynical … distrust the motives of others and are generally pessimistic about human nature. They view members of social groups other than their own as outsiders who are different, strange, unwholesome, and threatening. They reject outsiders and place many of their own aggressive impulses onto them. They place stereotyped labels on outsiders.”
Sound like anyone you know?
Rather than take on the specter of introspection, this negligible but noisy faction of the White citizenry set about creating their own reality. Governor Palin (do you still get to be called ‘governor’ when you quit before your shift is up?) I dub her Queen Sarah of the Pachyderms. Her Hitler-esque rhetoric (yea, I said it) began the gradual thickening of the (cerebral) skin that would ultimately morph into the condition of today’s Republican Party.
Their unprecedented defiance in the face of unprecedented challenges is nothing short of treason, in my view. And the fact that they’ve stated their vile intentions, shamelessly adding bounteous lies and blatant attempts to steal the election, only confirms my point. Let’s add a fourth definition here: Treason – “A violation of allegiance to one’s sovereign or to one’s state.”
It is not a term I use lightly. As unpleasant as it is in today’s polite society, it applies when the Minority Speaker of the Senate states his expressed agenda is “To make sure that President Obama is a one-term President”. Doesn’t the President represent the nation? If you want him to fail, what exactly are you saying about the country you so-called serve?
The unprecedented filibusters, led by the Speaker and cronies, to block legislation that would move the country forward during these tumultuous times – even legislation they drafted and supported in the past – isn’t merely an expression of opinion. We don’t have to guess here. They have told us plain and simple what they want to do. And it’s only because of a corporate-owned media that we’re even treating it like a rational debate.
Considering the headway Republicans have made, in spite of an arsenal full of hate & lies though short on facts, might indicate an exceptional use of the LOA. When I watched them carry the Pachyderm torch from one administration to the next at the end of 2008, ignoring reality and transferring blame as if there had been no election, I predicted it would be seen for the farce that it was. But their Svengalian tactics proved more formidable than I could have ever imagined, and I watched in slow-motion horror as the tide of the “disappointed” grew, sweeping up liberals and conservatives alike.
No matter what President Obama was able to accomplish, the Pachyderms and a castrated MSM was able to counter with opinion, innuendo and by putting lies and facts on the same platform as reason. Truly a masterful demonstration of the LOA, in some ways: Focus only on what you want.
Feel it in your bones and reality will bend to your will. Apparently, seeing a Black family in the Oval Office is enough for the authoritarian personality to imagine with all his or her heart, the return of the right kind of people to the White House. The kind of people who look like them, even if they have no core and will gut the very programs they need for survival.
They can even be told that their “leaders” are going to take the few crumbs they left them and know that they will still vote for them because, until things are “in order” again, the Pachyderms cannot rest. So, armed with only the delusions of atrophied minds, the Republican presidential nominee is polling neck and neck with President Obama. Which brings us to the Asses.
I think the most amazing thing for me as I watched the unimaginable wave of “disappointment” against President Obama were the “supporters” of the President who so easily jumped ship. The same people who railed against racist tactics of their opponents during the grueling campaign were now disappointed because President Obama really wasn’t a “magic negro”. For the previous eight years they were comparably mute on “disappointment” in the Bush administration but now, they were oh so angry and so very disappointed.
They had placed their bets on the cool Black guy and he turned out to be “Bush Lite”. Forget that 1/3 of our three branches of government were unremittingly sided against him. Forget that he passed Health Care Reform, Equal Pay for Women, ended DADT, got banksters’ hands out of student loans, came out in favor of gay marriage, killed Osama bin Laden & most of his minions, just to name a few deeds. And he did it all virtually on his own with the Democratic senate before they got bulldozed by the Teapublicans in 2010.
No help from the Republicans even though we faced the worse economic crises since the Great Depression. Forget all of that. Guantanamo is still open (even though Republicans blocked its closing), there is no single-payer (but you can no longer be denied coverage for a pre-existing condition), and some Bush policies are still in place (even though the Republicans have blocked the President’s appointees to vital positions in unprecedented numbers). The Asses, perpetual curmudgeons, are bearing the burden of “reality”, reams of fact-filled analyses they’re now buried under.
Case-in-point. The overwhelming consensus about First Lady, Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention was that is was a powerful, heartfelt speech deserving of much acclaim. Every liberal I excitedly asked about it said something to the effect of, “it was great, but …” This kind of reaction is common among Asses, their commitment to carrying the burden of reality never far from the surface.
No undying support from this group. Which is the very definition of “fair-weather friends.” They’ll never be caught off guard and, you know, happy. You would never hear any Pachyderm utter the slightest word of discontent about any of their flawed candidates, no matter whether they were recreating women’s bodily functions or whether they talk to chairs. Never! The Asses’ “sure-footed” ability to scrutinize and discern is misplaced in this newly created reality of the 1%, billionaire puppet-masters.
Facts have no place in this new world and the Asses’ failure to see that their abilities are mostly serving the bizzaro reality of the Pachyderms, only adds to the confusion and doubt so effectively stirred up by their opponents. It is part of the reason why Mitt Romney’s joke of an etch-a-sketch campaign, is even close to President Obama’s reelection campaign. With the preponderance of facts on their side, the Asses are creating their own reality where they could lose the gains they’ve made by ignoring that essential fact in favor of “being right.” Didn’t we go through this in 1980?
In a world where the truth matters, thoughtful debate is a welcome part of our democracy. But in a world where the truth is crucified daily, without question or follow-up, if you want your candidate to win, you’ve got to jump on board and stop feeding your opposition ammunition. I mean, what exactly do you want from this President? Perfection? It all just stinks too much of the meme that Black people have to be twice as good to be equal to their White counterparts; a meme that has played out throughout American history.
The Pachyderms said as much during their convention as President Bill Clinton summarized during his keynote speech last week, “[Republicans] left a mess. [President Obama] has not cleaned it up fast enough, so put us back in.” And too many Asses are running right along with the herd. That anyone on either side could forget in such a short time the precipice we were hanging from just a few years ago and even toying with the idea of returning to the policies that brought us there in the first place, is a reality I just can’t comprehend.
The thing is, in my view, President Obama, couldn’t have done any better with the hand he was dealt. And the grace & class he’s displayed through it all is the sign of the kind of leader we need in these times. Yet the Asses find stepping on their own good fortune irresistible, working the LOA against their own interests by focusing on what they don’t have rather than turning towards the bright horizon President Obama is relentlessly working to create for us all.
This election has never been about policy as the Pachyderms have no interest in governing. All they want is to get that Black man out of the Oval Office and if they have to take the whole shebang down to do it, well by golly then that’s what they have to do. Listen up, Asses. Take heed. The Pachyderms are playing for keeps. What’s your game?
So far the evidence shows that there are folks on the right and the left who lack the emotional intelligence to delay gratification of their personal desires in favor of the whole. These people must have what they want, NOW and can’t seem to see past the ends of their noses, even if it means they never get what they want … and worse.
At this point, all the Pachyderms got is money. The heart has left the party. It’s why they tend to be such miserable fucks who not only want to keep all the goodies they’ve piled up on the backs of the average citizen, but also want the crumbs that might possibly have spilled over to you. It’s an insatiable hunger, a chronic insecurity that could never be filled any more than the Golden Calf could fill the Children of Israel.
One main component of the LOA that they’ve missed is that if what you want is contrary to the needs of the whole, then, ultimately, it cannot succeed. Theirs is a losing strategy and I think they know it but it’s all they got. When you’ve traded your soul for profit, a piece of paper becomes the only resource you have. They won’t stop, can’t stop themselves so it’s up to us to help them out.
So, Asses, you who were so done in and cowed by the Pachyderms’ relentless meme about “Obama’s failure” that you couldn’t answer the question “are you better off now than you were four years ago?” with the fact that, yes, we undoubtedly are, you must find some backbone. Stiffen your spine to stand with your President.
If you’re not sure how to suspend your self-righteous attitudes, draw from the oblivious resolve of your Pachyderm brothers and sisters. I know and I agree that this is not the way to run a democracy but desperate times call for desperate measures. There is right on your side. Common good and what President Obama has begun will strengthen the country for everyone, together.
So, to conclude, for the average citizen, Pachyderm or Ass, if you, Mr., Ms. Miss., or Mrs. 99%, sit back and watch the 1%, or heaven forbid, support the lucky fellas who actually did steal your pensions and homes in plain sight, got to keep it and continue to reap record profits, if you allow them to admittedly steal the White House, using the money they raked in by scamming you? What exactly does that say about you?
But, like our President, I’m an eternal optimist. The Pachyderms who claim broke when it comes to paying a few more dollars in taxes, are pouring billions of dollars into PACs and Super PACs trying to buy the election, in spite of the weakness of their candidate. I think it will prove a waste of money in the end, because in the end, we really aren’t that stupid. The truly stupid ones are just louder. If we really were that dumb as a nation we would’ve fallen for the Mama Grizzly, oh Queen of the Pachyderms, back in 2008 and we all know how that turned out.
What is at stake here is our democracy and that is no joke. Our predecessors fought and died in order to leave this place, envied by much of the world, to us. The torch has been passed to us and this is what we must continue to fight for. The choice is clear and, as long as we live in a democracy, the choice is always ours.
The Choice Couldn’t be Clearer!
A foward looking Barack…or a backward looking Mitt
* The Universal Laws are all inter-related and are founded on the understanding that everything in the universe is energy, including us, and that energy moves in a circular fashion. At the microscopic level, we are a whirling mass of electrons and energy atoms spinning rapidly. In fact, everything in the world is comprised of energy and we are intimately connected with this sea of energy, this sea of whirling electrons. ~The Kybalion as translated by Drs. Milanovich and McCune
September 22. 2012