The Problem

It’s hard to witness the state of American politics — the daily activities in Washington or the 2012 general election campaign — without the uncomfortable sensation that you live in a banana republic. Because we are the direct beneficiaries (or targets) of what’s going on, politics in America have become tragically entertaining.

Which house subcommittee will parade another amendment banning contraceptive freedom for women in South Dakota? In Kansas? What new Ethics Committee charge will Rep. Darryl Issa — famed for spearheading a contempt of Congress vote against Atty. General Eric Holder — bring before the chamber? Which representatives will attempt to block votes to raise the debt ceiling letting the entire global economy collapse in flames?

Even though both parties partake and benefit from the million dollar Super PACs this campaign season, I believe only the Republican Party is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the banking industry and the interests of the 1%. Still today, they listen to their own music with ear buds so deeply imbedded in their skulls that they need surgery to remove them. Good luck trying to get them to see reason, common sense, or to make policies that will lead to jobs, which would create for them the Armageddon-like scenario of improving the economy under President Obama’s watch.

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About Fe Bongolan

Fe Bongolan is a writer, dramaturge and actor living in Berkeley, California. Along with her Planet Waves column "Fe-911," Fe performs with Cultural Odyssey's "The Medea Project -- Theater for Incarcerated Women," which produces work empowering the voices of incarcerated women, ex-offenders, women with HIV-AIDS and young girls. A long-time Planet Waves fan and an employee in the public sector off and on for 30 years, she describes herself a "mystical public servant." When it comes to politics, she loves reading between the lines.
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7 Responses to The Problem

  1. Lizzy Huffy says:

    Thanks for this piece, Fe. It’s funny cos yesterday I was sent this piece (below) to translate about Super PACS – and was hoping to get more info on PW, and sure enough your piece turned up!
    “The real problem remains that money has our democracy in a choke hold (…).We need the first presidential election under Citizen’s United to fail the very people who stand to benefit from that Supreme Court decision. Yes, well said.
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/07/08/obama-s-money-worries-the-republican-superpac.html

  2. bkoehler says:

    Brendan,

    Very well. :)

    Fe,

    It’s a real soap opera; just keeps on keepin’ on. Even Dallas and JR have returned!
    be

  3. astrodem says:

    Well said, Fe! Well said indeed.

  4. Brendan Brendan says:

    Gol dang it Be, we ain’t gonna use no French doohickey! This is Amercia, we gotta use two horses and a rope to draw and quarter him right proper.

    Mittens is such a mistake for the R’s, his run will and should taint the down ticket races across the country. Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of people… :-)

  5. Fe Bongolan says:

    astrodem and be:

    The word is really almost. Not sympathetic really. The cluelessness is just amazing. Like the Bourbon kings in Versailles as be suggests.

    astrodem, I saw that link in Huffpo. The speculation alone about the tax returns is Mitt’s “birth certificate” controversy.

    It’s a sad and funny thing this is George Romney’s son. Romney senior ran the last time Uranus and Pluto were in aspect. Mitt’s dad would be considered a tax and spend liberal by today’s conservative standards and a communist by the Tea Party. That his son is attempting to do a George W and try to outdo his dad during this Uranus-Pluto cycle — well psychologists, mythologists and playwrights have covered this topic in-depth.

    I’ve followed the thread of your discussion with Starlight on that matter bk, and know what you’re inferring here. For those who are interested, you should take a look at the discussion thread there about Romney in Nancy’s current article. The astrological analysis is quite revealing, particularly in the exchange between be (barbk) and Nancy (Starlight). Saturn and Chiron is not a good mix when you’re trying to do better than Dad.

  6. astrodem says:

    This article kind of speaks to your sympathy for him. Though, personally, I don’t feel sorry for him one bit. Romney has been running for president for years and has had presidential aspirations for at least a decade, maybe longer. It’s obvious that his tax returns would be an issue if he became the nominee and that non-disclosure would cause him huge political problems. The fact he failed to prepare for this illustrates how deeply arrogant and politically incompetent he is.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/18/mitt-romney-tax-returns_n_1682539.html

    “Mitt Romney has been determined to resist releasing his tax returns at least since his bid for Massachusetts governor in 2002 and has been confident that he will never be forced to do so, several current and former Bain executives tell The Huffington Post. Had he thought otherwise, say the sources based on their longtime understanding of Romney, he never would have gone forward with his run for president.”

  7. bkoehler says:

    Hi Fe,

    I kinda feel sorry for the guy too, but not in a “my heart is breaking” way; no he who would be the leader of the free world is merely the public puppet of the “let them eat cake” strata of society. No doubt he has some backed-up karma he must pay for, otherwise he would off-shore himself to some Caribbean island and kick back. However, there is no fear the voters in this November’s election would ever elect him President of the U.S., unless of course the election was rigged. Well, just in case we best polish up the guillotine to make sure it’s still sharp. heh heh heh!
    be

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