It does not hurt, on our little isolated island here at this blog, to try to walk in the shoes of regular people.
I recently became reacquainted with a man I knew years ago, a newscaster, and became Facebook friends. He knows everyone who is anyone, and his list of friends includes people whose names I recognize as important in the Montana sense. They were or are in news, politics, business. They are each in a cloud, as we all are, a dense smokescreen difficult to penetrate called “me.”
The most prominent aspect of these men and women, which cannot be dispelled or penetrated, is that they are either Democrats or Republicans, very few of the former in Dave’s group, and that difference is a permanent barrier. From that distinction they draw their life force, their raison d’etre … , a sense or moral and intellectual superiority. As the Broadway song says, “No, no you can’t take that away from me.”
Democrats and Republicans are different personality types, though I regard them equal intellectual caliber, and I do not mean that in a derogatory sense – none of us is without those abilities. Use and development of intellectual abilities vary.
Republicans, generally, have latched onto Randian economics, that they are each stand-alone productive machines put upon to involuntarily give up their hard-earned wealth to support ne’er do wells. The concept of “going Galt” holds real sway. They really believe they make of made it on their own ability without assistance. They sense no web of support or ease of access to the wealth machine. They do not sense any privilege.
But I tend to like them more that Democrats. They don’t have to hide their attitude, don’t need to defend it. They can be genuine, and that is refreshing. When they pay homage to free markets, even as in my view no such thing exists, they are sincere.
With Democrats we get into the world of tolerance and degradation of standards of excellence and achievement. All of that has to be set aside to make everyone equal, and God forbid that perceived inequality be based on race, gender, or any of the many contrived varieties of sexual differences cast about today.*
It’s no wonder they look down on one another. I only wish there were more of those painful and unforgiving devices called mirrors.
I personally find Democrats to be the more offensive of the two sides. I spent enough time in the ranks in years past to become disenchanted, finding the party leadership to be far more cynical and manipulative than that of Republicans. Once that upper echelon is penetrated, public pretenses disappear, and there is an unveiling of sociopathic ambition. Their followers tend to be of the nurturing type, as opposed to more rigid and authoritarian Republicans. There is no hesitation at the top to exploit those instincts for unspoken but real objectives that are meant to do great harm. Obamacare comes to mind, as does the Green New Deal. Only Democrats can achieve such monumental oppression and think it a public good.
There is some genius at work in this superimposed “two” party system, to be able to separate people into groups and exploit natural differences. The squabbles that go on, the debates and elections, are all about etherial swords and daggers, as I see it. No matter public proclamations, party leaders are used to appeal to different voting blocs while serving the same masters. Election outcomes really matter to partisans, however. When they win, they are ecstatic, when they lose, depressed. I have noticed, especially with Democrats, that after the elections are over they turn off politics. They are blissfully unaware of the real activities of their people once put in office. There is no accountability.
They are, both sides to varying degrees, in this manner unaware of the true machinations of political leaders.
*I recently learned that Caitlin Jenner’s penis, which he elected to keep, must be referred to as not “his” but rather “hers.” I have limits, places I cannot go, ideas I cannot fathom. If he kept it aboard, he is a he.