Friday, November 5, 2010

Tribal Passions

So an atheist anarchist walks into a bar in Texas. No, really, I did.

It was a piano bar and a fun time, packed with drunken people singing with and swaying along to the music of beloved pop songs.

The piano players (2 of them) tried to stir us up even more by talking about football teams. Please! I am way too intellectually advanced to care which pack of overdressed mesomorphs trample the other to victory.

Then they tried to wave the militaristic Fort Hood flag. Please! As a kind and loving citizen of the planet Earth, I am opposed to the US plan for military domination of other peoples.

Then they divided the bar into two halves, and announced a singing contest - judged solely by volume.

There I was - singing as loudly as I could so that my side could beat those dirty bastards on the other side of the bar!

How fricking easy it is to manipulate we humans by emotion and tribalism.

I was the same way during the election.

Intellectually, I know that the system is rigged, the media biased, the voting machines preset.

But I still got all caught up in the excitement of my Green tribe going against those bastard Demopublicans!
And I'm still mad that they used the system to stomp us down. I am bitter that my fellow citizens, here in my homeland of Dumbfuckistan, are unable to see through the lies and hype that we are constantly fed. I feel that we will never overcome the ability of the ruling class to play us for fools with their advanced and efficient propaganda machine.

We are like the dissident yeast in the vat of tasty sugary barley and hops, saying "Hey, slow down the party! We're going to eat and reproduce ourselves into poisoning our environment!"

How's that working out for us?


Daro said...

Vote with your feet.

Anonymous said...

Daro, you mean kick the other guy into submission?

Pangolin said...

Well, we all know what kills the yeast in a keg of beer.


Which is why alcohol is one of the few, legal, recreational drugs. It clears the decks for a new generation of suckers.

David G. said...

Interesting election result, eh? The two war parties are still there but one has swapped some power with the other.

The Corporations are still there and their money is sloshing around Congress and the Senate and every man and woman has their price.

The wars are still proceeding and new ones are on the radar: Pakistan, Yemen, Iran, who knows where else?

Hillary is in Australia trying to tie us in deeper in America's plan to control the world using the dollar and military force.

The more things change...

Flimsy Sanity said...

I am a little agnostic. How else can you explain how hilarous things are. The Tea Party with a bewildered beauty plotting over tea with Rove the Mad Hatter? Names like Bobbett, Madeoff, etc. I have to believe there is laughs from beyond or why bother?

Thanks for the the laughs. Sports always make me laugh too (people chasing a ball for hours is a dumb thing - paying to watch it is outrageous). They say it relieves aggression, but from what I hear it reinforces it.