Election: America As An Idiocracy With ADD And Stockholm Syndrome

Americans have just traded the little hope for some change that the Obama administration was timidly trying to bring to the country for anger, fear, and ignorance by relying on “solutions” which have caused a down hill spiral for the United States for the past 30 years. As I am writing this, the GOP and their Tea Party allies  have secured a majority in the House of Representatives , and made gains in the Senate by already picking up four seats.

As it is turning out, a majority of American voters didn’t vote with their heads once again. Instead they voted with their “feelings” or their guts and against their own interests. It is not the first time and it is unlikely to be the last. After all George W. Bush was reelected in 2004 after starting two wars in his first term in office. In 2006, voters said  “enough is  enough” ( a Democrat slogan) and decided they wanted the GOP out. It seems that they are having a change of heart again in 2010 with electing the same people they could not stand in 2006 and 2008. That said, the unrealistic enthusiasm which took Barack Obama to the White House wasn’t fully rational either, but if nothing else it had the merit to be based on naive optimism and not on  negativity.

In the 2010 election cycle, brawl is in and brain is out. Russ Feingold, arguably one a the smartest guy in the US Senate,  lost his seat in Wisconsin. But to compensate this poor performance in the Mid-West, Californians have given a victory to Jerry Brown for governorship, and Barbara Boxer seems to have a clear shot at defeating Carly Fiorina. Also in the West, NPR just announced that Harry Reid managed to narrowly beat the Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle.

Remember The Bush Years? America Has Attention Deficit Disorder

A lot of voters have decided to blame President Obama for a situation he was not instrumental in creating. The attention spam of many voters is so incredibly short that it qualifies as a psychological disorder. Blaming Obama for the lack of jobs, the global recession and the general sense of malaise in America is like blaming the plumber you call after some very rude guests made your toilet overflow  after taking a big dump in it. How can people be so forgetful, masochist or just plainly dumb ? Bush, Cheney, Rove and co. took an enormous  dump on America, and the world by starting two wars and crashing the global economy, yet a majority of voters has just rewarded Rove and his new accomplices with a political comeback.

In 2008 America hired a janitor / plumber in chief to clean up the mess of the Bush administration. Yet, because the United States of America is like a teenager suffering from ADD, few realized that President Obama did not have at his disposal a magical wand to make all the problems disappear overnight. Just like a teen suffering from ADD, a lot of Americans except immediate gratification in whatever they do or they throw a tantrum. That is what the Tea Party is: the expression of a tantrum created by fear, anxiety and confusion.

But beside ADD, it turns out that in 2010 America is very much like an abused woman coming back to her brutal husband for a second round.

America’s Stockholm Syndrome: “The Party Has Just Begun”

On August 23RD  1973, two automatic machine-gun carrying criminals entered a bank in Stockholm, Sweden. They started blasting away with their guns terrifying the bank employees. One, a prison escapee, told the bank employees that “The party has just begun”. The two bank robbers held four hostages, three women and one man.

For the next five days the hostages were held in a bank vault and strapped with dynamite. After their release, despite the fact that they were threatened, abused, and fear for their lives for five days, it quickly became apparent from interviews that they supported their captors.

Clearly, the hostages had established a strong emotional bond with their captors. One of the woman hostage later became romantically involved and engaged to one of the criminal, and another of the woman hostage started a fund to help the bank robbers with their attorney fees. The oblivious voters who elected the GOP today are just like the two Swedish women: they were beaten for eight years but they want more, in retrospect they fell in “love” with the torturers war criminals.

What To Expect Next? Gridlock On Domestic Policies And Full Blown US Imperialism Abroad

With the GOP in control of the House and with enough votes to block anything they want in the US Senate, what we can expect from Congress is gridlock for the coming two year. Further, we can also expect from the GOP and their junior Tea Party partners to do they very best to overturn the health care reform and the financial reform bill. They will put efforts into it, and by doing so will undo most reforms made by the Obama administration.

Abroad, the very few positive improvement  made by the Obama administration in foreign policies will be challenged and ultimately taken apart. With a Republican controlled Congress do not expect the US and NATO to start withdrawing troops from Afghanistan in 2011; do not expect any pressure at all put on Israel to stop the expansion of the illegal settlements of the West Bank and East-Jerusalem. The GOP win means that America unilateralism and full blown imperialism is officially back with a vengeance. With the GOP very much back in the foreign policy loop, what will be the next country invaded by the United States? Iran, Yemen, Somalia, North Korea who knows, but what we can count on is that “all options will be on the table”, and especially military ones.

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18 Responses to Election: America As An Idiocracy With ADD And Stockholm Syndrome

  1. Ole Ole Olson November 3, 2010 at 12:46 am

    Solid piece here Gilbert. Elections have consequences, and the consequences of this election are not good for the country or world.

    • Gilbert Mercier
      Gilbert Mercier November 3, 2010 at 1:00 am

      Indeed, not good is an understatement. I don’t think the foreign press fully comprehend the negative consequences of this election. And it is not only for the hope of any peaceful resolution in the Middle-East, but also for US relations with the EU, China and Russia. Let’s keep in mind that the worst proponents of US unilateralism will be heading a bunch of committees again. Also we should not expect ANYTHING to happen in regards of climate change and global warming for a very long time.

  2. Bilgeman November 3, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Mr. Mercier:

    I’m having a GREAT day…how ’bout you?

    • Gilbert Mercier
      Gilbert Mercier November 3, 2010 at 8:37 am

      I am sure you are, but it is only temporary.

  3. rj November 3, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Unfriggin believable,
    How can any right thinking adult believe the drivel you spewed this time. “obama timidly trying to bring change” yea he’s timid alright…when it comes to showing subserviance to the Saudi King, as I recall that bow was no way timid, it was a full fleged bent knee bow…
    yet when it comes to berating average everyday working americans who just want our politicians to follow the constitution, lower taxes and reduce federal spending of our money, he is in no way timid in stating to anyone who will listen that we are his and their enemy.
    The dems have held veto proof majorities in both the house and senate for the last 4 yrs, and a child born today incurs an immediate debt of over 30k.
    Anyone who believes that the large swing to the left followint the election of this knucklehead was good for this country as a whole is delusional.
    He got 53% of the persons who voted, and acted like he had 98% of the whole country.
    What he and the left failed to comprehend is that a huge portion of disgruntled conservatives stayed home, and a larger than normal portion of the tax sucking democrat dependants voted and massive numbers of independants voted for him out of a misguided sense of being able to convince themselves they were not racist and of course the liberals just had to be able to brag they voted for him to prove they were not racist.
    As for the tea party being a party of tantrum created by anger, anxiety and fear…how bout a party of peeved off conservatives who decided enough was enough and it is time to rein in the washington elite and their enablers. This movement is not about pubs, dems it is about standing up and doing the right thing even when it is not popular… that seems to be the one thing that politicians forget and liberals have never done.
    In this world people fall into one of three general catagories
    Sheep go with the wind
    Wolves who prey on the sheep taking what they want from the sheep
    and
    Sheepdogs who keep the wolves at bay
    Ya gotta ask yourself, am I a sheepdog or wolf or food.
    By the way you failed the test,
    1. front sight
    2. trigger
    3. slide
    4.takedown lever
    5. slide release
    6.magazine release button
    7. rear sight
    8. safety
    9 hammer
    10 back strap
    11 grips
    12 lanyard loop
    13 magazine

    • Gilbert Mercier
      Gilbert Mercier November 3, 2010 at 12:03 pm

      RJ, I have to admit you do know your way around guns which I guess is not surprising considering your political “philosophy”. Now, let me ask you: Are you a wolf, a sheep, a sheepdog or another category you forgot about, that is a wolf in sheep clothing?

      • rj November 3, 2010 at 2:07 pm

        proud sheepdog, been serving in one way or another since I was 20.
        Yes I support and defend your rights to say most anything you want even insinuate I am different than what I present.
        Proud Conservative, uncompromising, cynical, truth telling, self sufficient, defender of true victims.

        • David November 3, 2010 at 6:57 pm

          “How can any right thinking adult believe the drivel you spewed this time. “obama timidly trying to bring change” yea he’s timid alright…when it comes to showing subserviance to the Saudi King, as I recall that bow was no way timid, it was a full fleged bent knee bow…”

          What does this have to do with “timid timing”? I mean this was like “My TV broke today… oh an airplane!”

          • rj November 4, 2010 at 6:50 am

            Wheres my reply ?

            • rj November 4, 2010 at 10:36 am

              guess i spoke to harshly of his highness the emperor with no clothes, or school records, or law review articles …the I go again…sarc

  4. toyotabedzrock November 3, 2010 at 11:28 am

    I think it’s more of a battered woman syndrome.

    • Gilbert Mercier
      Gilbert Mercier November 3, 2010 at 12:07 pm

      Battered woman syndrome falls into the same category than Stockholm Syndrome. In all cases: abduction, abused, battered etc the syndrome implies that the victim establish a pathological emotional relationship with the abuser.

      • rj November 3, 2010 at 2:20 pm

        Gilbert, you are right on the specifics of battered woman syndrome, but I gotta say a sheep dog or wolf would never suffer stockholm or BWS
        The wolf is the hostage taker/woman beater/child molesting maggot… the sheep is the beaten wife or abused child or hostage… the sheepdog is the defender of the beaten, abused, hostage….now ya know what I do for a living….in case you were wondering.

  5. David November 3, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    ha!

    Well, at least there was something happening with this administration. You know what’s going to happen now? Nothing. GOP will block everything Democrats do. Then we will elect another moron, this time from the republican party who will undo everything Obama did and dig us an even bigger hole. Then the Democrats will get elected and the cycle repeats…

    This country will be dead if we don’t end up with a dominant 3rd party.

  6. Xocowolf November 4, 2010 at 12:50 am

    I mostly agree with you, but I differ as far as the wars go.
    First, we’re more than halfway pulled out of Iraq. That was the illegitimate war that BushCo got us into and should never have done.
    Keep also in mind that the Afghan war is considered to be “Obama’s War,” politically speaking. There’s enough of a Tea Party element in the new class to give this Congress the possibility of cutting the strings to that. U.S. out of Afghanistan before July ’11 — hey, Taliban, wake up, you’re on! Today, a couple dozen Afghans die at the hands of U.S. and coalition soldiers a day. Under the Taliban, it will be a couple dozen *an hour.* Mostly women and children. Good-bye schools. Good-bye art, music and dancing. Old men dragged out into the streets and beaten because their beards aren’t long enough. Soccer fields repurposed as execution grounds, remember that?
    I’m thinking we’re going to see a second Fall Of Saigon, with us airlifting thousands of Afghani women and children out of Kabul and Karachi as we withdraw our troops. We’d have to, if they’re to avoid a bloodbath the likes of which even Bosnia couldn’t imagine.

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  8. pacer November 8, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    It’s true that the election of obama was, to an extent, a mistake.
    If instead, he had lost the election, allowing McCain to take hold of presidency, Obama would not have been started out in the end of bush’s wreck of a Champaign; McCain would have driven us in the right direction.
    After four more years, Obama would have gathered more experience to handle the White house, but instead, McCain elected Sara
    Palin. Now hells breaking loose because the president requires more experience for what he’s left to handle.

    • rj November 10, 2010 at 11:41 am

      dont get me wrong obummer is an elitist leftest and his election did one good thing, it showed the average american who stayed home in protest of rino mcblame the truth about how far the left really wants to take the country.

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