The Debt Hostage Crisis was loud, tiring, annoying. The storyboard was tragicomic and absurdist. In the whole farce, what was there for the public to demand, when it was so apparent the scene was not set with the public cast in any role, on or off stage? If the national economy was held hostage, it was by a federal government that has been hijacked by special interests and apocalypse mongers. While these thugs wrestle for control, they play out endemic problems of American democracy.
Big Money in Politics [times] Racism [minus] Sustainable Livelihoods…
(1) I am so angry with Obama for rolling over further right, for gaming with the general welfare in the first place, for selling out at such a low price.
(2) Yet I am so angry with the disrespect shown him and the refusal to let him govern, with the war-talk of would-be secessionists, slashing and burning everything in sight, so incited since we dared to hope. If hope took audacity, they want to show him his place.
(3) In the same stroke (and with the deal), they have viciously attacked the very infrastructure through which our increasingly multicultural, multiracial populace should have the capacity to make democratic demands as a public.
…[equals] Democratic Exhaustion. Mainstream narratives don’t make sense of this nonsense. Available modes of participation don’t redress problems at the their source. I’m angry, I’m tired, I’m split against myself. Left and right are split, the center is exploded. How do we go forward in the everyday? Where do we take a stand in such a terrain? Where do we get the energy to hold ground?