As some of our more veteran readers have commented on, it would seem like our blog has been fairly silent in regards to political issues. Well, it’s time to tell the truth behind why this has happened. I am only speaking for myself, when I write that I was silenced by a right wing conspiracy led by Powerlineblog.com and baseball writer George Will, who had discovered that I also work as a male prostitute, much like former White House reporter Jeff (Bulldog) Gannon. These righteous men told me they would expose my very lucrative, lubricative business, if I didn’t stop my political postings.
Well, I will no longer be silenced. I feel no shame, as my job has pleased so many wives of ultra-conservative men, who needed to know what life is like outside the missionary position. Sure, many of you just want to read about baseball, but dammit, I’m a man with a diversity of interests and sometimes I will need to illuminate on the political world. Here is my first installment in quite sometime.
It’s a joke that our country cares so little about conserving energy. Sure, SUV sales have slowed down slightly, because of higher gas prices, but we are still gluttonous in our thirst for the crude, crude. The savior to our desperate oily desires, according to the Republicans is drilling in the Alaskan wilderness. Now, I’m someone who believes in protecting our enviroment at (almost) all costs. I say almost, because sometimes you need to be pragmatic, especially when you have little political power. (see Democratic party)
If I would have been sitting on the Senate Energy Commission, I would have offered a compromise. I, Mr. Liberaltarian, would support your new drilling in Alaska, as long as part of the bill, we mandate raising our average fuel standards 3 mpg over the next 5 years. Now, would this have passed, considering the strong lobbies of the oil and automoblie industries? I don’t know, but it would have made for a great political issue for the Democrats to have on their side.
Americans are selfish pigs, who love to consume and don’t want to be told they can’t. This is a human trait, not just an American one. If Europeans had as much wide-open space in their countries, I have little doubt a majority of them would be driving Suburbans to their soccer practices. The Democrats have been the more responsible of the two parties on the issues of fuel and enviromental conservation, but they lose out on getting a majority of American voters on their sides, because they don’t frame the issue, pragmatically.
Are you better off, just because you feel righteous indignation over your bought and sold gaseous enemies, when they are the ones who are getting their agenda pushed through? It’s time for some classic Bill Clinton triangulation of Republican concepts, taking pieces of their proposals and then adding important things to them, which make sense to the voters. Ideological stances are good in debates, but have left the Democratic party in the sorry state it finds itself in today. The only way extremist will lose their power is if the moderates in both parties come together on issues like this which are generally what the vast majority of what Americans desire.