For People Who Think

March 7, 2012

Headline: Red Meat and the Base

Filed under: Uncategorized — 4peoplewhothink @ 5:00 pm

These are undeniably hard times in any number of ways, but there’s one thing we all can be thankful for:

With an incumbent President, the Democrats aren’t having a primary fight this year. That’s cause for rejoicing because I couldn’t bear to watch politicians of BOTH parties pandering to the clueless extremists in their ranks – to the real whackos of both the right and the left who constitute what political experts call “the base.”

That term sends chills right up and down my spine. Al Qaeda translates to “the fortress” in English. When I wore a U. S. Air Force uniform our fortress was called “the base.” In this case, the “base” of each party seems made up of people so dense, so illogical and so blind to facts, information and reality that they might as well belong to Al Qaeda. They’re not thinkers; they’re believers. And much of what they believe is dead wrong.

So, I’m finding all the pandering to “the base” on the Republican side alone so annoying that I’m afraid that the top of my head might blow off. The base is so blindly receptive to distortions, fantasies and outright lies that the politicians who want to be President can’t resist feeding them an endless stream of distortions, fantasies and outright lies.

That’s the “red meat” the political commentators on TV are always talking about. When you hear the term “red meat” you should understand that the phrase translates literally to another word, the first syllable of which is “bull.”

A prime example:

Newt Gingrich promises that if he’s elected President he’ll deliver two-dollar-a-gallon gas. How? Drill, drill, drill, that’s how, and keep everything that’s drilled for use by Americans. He never mentions that oil — like gold and other hard commodities — is priced and sold on a world market. He never mentions that the U. S., with about five per cent of the world’s population, uses 22 per cent of the world’s oil and has less than 1.5 per cent of the world’s oil reserves.

And he’s going to deliver two-dollar-a-gallon gas? Oh, yeah. He’ll do that right after he sprouts wings and flies across the Pacific to China, which is where an increasingly larger share of the world’s oil is going every day.

Right now gas prices are soaring because of dark, threatening storm clouds hovering over the Mideast, but over the long haul the real problem is China and India and all the developing countries around the world. They’re now building industrial economies and using more and more oil in doing it. That won’t go away. We need to find a serious way to deal with it.

Drill, drill, drill is not that way, and it’s not serious. Good, effective electric cars might be part of the long-term solution, but Gingrich says he dislikes them because they don’t come with gun racks. Tragically, he did not seem to be kidding.

Michelle Bachmann (remember her?) made the same two-dollar-a-gallon promise that Gingrich made the other night in the Arizona debate. And the halfwits in the base, stroking the tattooed images of Pamela Anderson Lee on their guts as they slouched in front of their TVs, all said, “Yeah, dammit, Ma and Pa, that’s what we need – more of that there drillin’!”

They’re just hopeless. And if the Democrats had a primary going we would hear politicians in that party saying something equally stupid, I’m sure – say, a Mercedes-Benz in every driveway paid for by confiscatory taxes on the one per cent. And the Democratic party base would display the same dismal gullibility as the GOP base. That’s what people in “the base” are like. They’re classic rubes, wherever they live.

Ultimately, we’ll keep energy prices down through the development of new technology – wind, solar, better batteries, whatever. The problem is that any real solution is a long way away from the marketplace under the best of circumstances. This drill, drill, drill red meat just means that it’ll take longer than it should to solve the problem because so many people in the base are so dismally thickheaded. They lack any functional grasp of what’s really going on around them and seem to be as happy about that as pigs in … well, red meat.

If all this depresses you as badly as it depresses me, then cheer yourself up by visiting my Web site at forpeoplewhothink.com.

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2 Comments »

  1. “And if the Democrats had a primary going we would hear politicians in that party saying something equally stupid, I’m sure – say, a Mercedes-Benz in every driveway paid for by confiscatory taxes on the one per cent. And the Democratic party base would display the same dismal gullibility as the GOP base. That’s what people in “the base” are like. They’re classic rubes, wherever they live.”

    I don’t believe this for one minute.I NEVER heard this kind of craziness in 2008. I have far more respect for the intellect of Democratic voters.

    Comment by blackbirdmarsh — March 8, 2012 @ 3:37 am | Reply

  2. Let’s also think of improving public transportation so that we are not traveling one or two to a vehicle. I suspect that some people who would like a paying job would like to take a bus or tram to the workplace. Years ago I used to say that when you move to the suburbs the first loaf of bread costs $2,000. Things are different now, including the cost of a car.

    Comment by Nancy Johnsen Curran — March 31, 2012 @ 3:13 pm | Reply


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