Good Morning Banambo Crambo,
According to Fox news, two-hundred-and-thirty-seven (237) members of Congress are millionaires. That’s 44 percent of the body – compared to about 1 percent of Americans overall.” I had no idea! Whatever happened to Mr. Smith and his trip to Washington DC?
This collection of cacophonous clucks has no problem cashing their six-figure check! Also, my fellow committee member may have a point! I hate like hell to acknowledge anything he says as credible because most of it is bombast. While I tend to keep my political rhetoric to a minimum and encourage others to do the same, my associate has been claiming for years our government is an oligarchy. I’ve always said politics is more or less a hobby for the wealthy, but never realized to what extent.
“Oligarchy is a form of government in which power effectively rests with a small elite segment of society distinguished by royal, wealth, intellectual, family, military, or religious hegemony. The word oligarchy is from the Greek words for “few.” Certainly, we can claim wealthy as a serious factor here.
He hasn’t been in office a week and we’re seeing glimpses of Trump’s tweeting, phony facts, and bullshit but in spite of his “outsider” status, he falls squarely into camp oligarchy.
Commercial entities that act in complicity with, or at the whim of the oligarchy are how it works. But before I give too much credit to someone who knows better, I should mention there are experts in this field that have made compelling arguments that justify and prove democracies are always oligarchies!
To me this defuses things and my knee-jerk reaction to do nothing is like the rest of you. But the ‘Iron-clad law of oligarchy’ simply states, that “all forms of organization, regardless of how democratic or autocratic they may be at the start, will eventually and inevitably develop into oligarchies.
The primary reasons for this are simple. The technical indispensability of leadership and the tendency of the leaders to organize themselves and consolidate their interests is the ultimate boys club. “The gratitude of the led towards the leaders, and the general immobility and passivity of the masses is a void easily filled.” While I made this observation years ago, I didn’t realize I’d bought into the ‘Iron Clad Law of Oligarchy!’ jeez.
For the two or three of you still reading this morass, we’re all friggin sheep! Few of us aspire to let alone realize a career in politics are perfectly content to let those who have achieved success, amassing wealth and influencing others to make the rules.
In other words, the cream always rises to the top. My late friend Poo would be quick to remind me that turds also rise to the top. So what do we do about it? You throw one out only to be replaced by another one perhaps even worse than the previous turd.
Well I don’t know about you, but I’m going to do what I always do—“Fuck it Dude, let’s go bowling.”