so it is that i find the squabbles between alternate ends of the donkeyphant highly amusing. like kids fighting over the last piece of halloween candy, the only time they can ever agree is when insisting that they and only they are the ones entitled to have it all to themselves. however, since handing that last indivisible piece (for they will insist to you that milky ways are NOT bifurcate-able) to either one cannot possibly resolve the disagreement, (leaving as it will one child smugly and braggadiocially delighted, and the other bitterly resentful of the entire world and everything in it), the only fair thing left to do is to confiscate.
at which point, the wailing cries of unfairness go up in unison.
i know my children hate me for it, and will hate me for it forever, but i could never keep myself from laughing once it got to that point.
so it is that i find the bipartisan teeth-gnashing about the "naivete" of libertarianism to be so highly amusing. setting aside for a moment how profoundly disturbing it is that both sides might be so adamantly disrespectful and opposed to--gasp--citizens rights being actually respected, the bottom line is that when the candy of a person's vote no longer appears possible to be coerced, possessed and exploited, the caster of that vote can only be conceived by the major party apparatchiks to be as a child themselves, too out of touch with political reality to be respected in the least, and only to be berated, ridiculed and cast out from the inner circle of political savants.
republicans all seem to be asking themselves why they lost this week, and to a man and a woman they are pathologically unable to conceive that it might be because they were childishly insistent on the candy of legislated morality. ("ban all abortions, even when mothers die bearing their rapists' children!!!". "gays are subhuman and should feel lucky not to be arrested for their crime of loving another human being not on the party accepted list". etc.) democrats, on the other hand, and no less cluelessly, are congratulating themselves for a 50.2% "landslide" thus "proving" to themselves that rejection and repudiation of the values of 49.8% of the electorate is their highest calling. ("if i pull a living human being only halfway out of a woman's vagina and kill it, that's not murder, that's 'choice'! "i don't care what you believe, i need to confiscate your money to pay for everything you abhor", etc.)
yet, suggest you accept neither, and you're immediately beset by both children as "naive" and "childish" and unfit to decide the future of this once-great nation.
i know it's ok, because i'm laughing at all of them. nope, my candidate didn't have the proverbial snowball's chance. nearly 100% of the electorate (all but 1% by the latest tally) believes adamantly that personal liberty is anathema to good government, and limiting that government only aids terrorists and criminals.
oh well. my nra sticker and my aclu stickers still get along on my ukulele case. at least there's that...