This Karl Marx guy might be on to something.
I’m not referring solely to his sweet neck beard– though that is quite sublime. No, it turns out the 17th century revolutionary had at least the kernel of a good idea buried in the reams of nonsensical theory he churned out.
Yep, the man whose ideas launched centuries full of bad politics may have only been 98% batshit.
That other 2%? That is the nugget of truth in half of his famous quote.
“Religion is the opiate of the masses”
You see Marx felt that religion was the ultimate answer to “life sucks, then you die”. He felt that to a poor person living in the 1800’s life really had no meaning.
You busted your hump, never progressed and never had anything to look forward to except more subservience.
To Marx, this perfectly explained why religion was so big.
If there is no meaning or happiness in this life, why not create an imaginary next life where everything works out for you. In so do doing you might actually be able to stomach the oppression of today. “Blessed are the meek” sounds pretty awesome to the meek after all. To Marx, religion was akin to the Fleetwood Mac mantra “Don’t stop, thinking about tomorrow.”
Marx was famous for harebrained theory like this. In fact he was so kooky he was fairly maligned in his age. So much so that He was routinely kicked out of every country he ever called home.
I guess California wasn’t around back then.
But I think Karl may have actually been on to something. Oh sure he was 150+ years early and he misdiagnosed his opiate, but other than that his theory is at least 6-10% sound. It wasn’t however religion that is the opiate.
Today we have a new opiate to keep us happy in our oppression– it’s called politics.
It turns out our two party political system is set up not to govern, but rather to distract us. The R’s and the D’s have us believe that there are two sides to every issue and that they each inhabit one. FoxNews and MSNBC perpetuate the myth.
The truth is that this is just a ruse to keep us distracted while our “leaders” print money we don’t have, hire consultants, collect pensions, have affairs and make new rules to retain power.
Think Marx and I are lying? Consider President Obama.
To Republicans his statist agenda is marching us into an abyss of debt, he routinely wipes with the Constitution, and some even thing he may ultimately deliver the Revelation. So the democrats are winning right?
To hardcore democrats he’s an abject failure. Gitmo is still open, the war in Afghanistan rages on, he’s authorized more drone strikes than Bush & Cheney and civil liberties are beaten daily. The left wing of his party is enraged.
So what are the congressional Republicans up to?
They have abandoned their position on every meaningful social issue, are focusing on obstructionism and have taken to trying to figure out which demographic group they need to pander to in order to stay viable.
And all the while Rome burns. Nothing gets done and the fed keeps greasing the printing presses at the treasury.
The debt we think is chugging toward $20 trillion is more like $200 trillion when unfunded pension liabilities and entitlements are factored in and yet the budgets keep multiplying, the staffs keep getting rich, and the lobbyist dollars continue to roll in.
So what is a God-fearing patriot to do? Pack a lot of canned food and head for Montana?
Maybe, but not yet. I refuse to believe this constitutional republic cannot persevere. Wimps like Marx ran from a challenge, we need to do what Americans do best. Stand and fight.
What does that look like? Four humble suggestions
1. Vow to never vote for another incumbent.
Politicians are our employees, their job performance is tanking, and they should all be fired. This is indisputable.
2. Find a third party that you like and support their candidates.
Independent, Libertarian, Constitution party, Green party, American Socialist party it really doesn’t matter as long as they speak to you and your issues and they aren’t affiliated with the crooks in DC today.
Heck you could even steal a page from Montgomery Brewster and vote “none of the above” just don’t for one minute support the status quo. The status quo built this mess. John Boehner is more like Harry Reid than you’ll ever know.
3. Encourage your honest friends with integrity to run for public office… any public office.
One honest soil conservation commissioner is better than none. Don’t be surprised if your friends decline however. It will be a tough sell as politics is one step below prostitution, but the only way to take back our country is to get honest people in the system.
For our current leaders, our candidates, your detractors, your kids and the future of the greatest country on the planet.
What do you think?
• Are my four ideas viable? If not, why not?
• Jeremiah looked for one righteous man in Jerusalem and failed. Would DC generate any hits? — be specific
• Am I full of it? Is your politics glass half full? Why?