The US political campaign season is swinging into full monetary gear. With so many average people hurting, and backed into corners, it’s hard not to be thinking about politicians.
There have been, and still are, good people in politics who believe in the promise of democracy, and who are willing to honestly represent and to serve their constituents. We should encourage and support those decent politicians, because they are thin on the ground. We desperately need good government in this world, and we’re not getting it.
One of the finest characteristics of political life in my small New England town is tolerance. Opponents who holler and rail against each other in Town Meeting also know that when you live in a small place, everyone needs each other. In small towns, when people are sick, or when there’s a death in a family, friends, family and neighbors will often stop by with food or comfort, or just show up and help take care of chores. Around here, you’ll often find that your political enemies will be among those who stop by to offer help or solace.
But, returning to “thin on the ground”, consider stereotypical pols. Squamates, most of ’em. Buncha lying snakes-in-the-grass. And they are also lying (and lying) in the halls of congress and in the corporate and bankster boardrooms. So many forked tongues it’s a wonder anyone in the country has a tined implement left to eat with.
It occurred to me the other day that the Romney campaign may not actually worry about Mitt when he says whatever the people he’s talking to at any particular moment want to hear, no matter what he’s said before to anyone else. Mitt may not even worry that one of his high campaign officials called him an “Etch-a-Sketch”.
I’m going to propose that his endless stream of contradiction is a calculated marketing ploy. Why? Well, since Mitt has by now taken every possible position on every possible topic, it could be said that by contradiction and elimination, he no longer has any discernable position on anything. Which from a marketing standpoint can be a good thing.
Oh phooey, you say. Really, take a minute and think about it. Why do businesses now favor picking made-up, meaningless names for their products? “Kodak” is an early example of this naming treand. Coined words with no “baggage” give marketers a blank slate upon which to project their advertising. OK, propaganda. Consumers then project whatever they imagine, or often, what they’ve been told, onto the product. Now that “Romney” has become a word with no meaning, his handlers and advertisers have free rein to create whatever “Romney” they want, to whatever niche they’re trying to collect votes from.
It’s a remarkable strategy , if you ask me. Particularly if it’s a deliberate tactic. It’s strategy that’s slithery and breathtakingly cynical.
Mythology gives us a word for a creature whose attribute just may be the ultimate goal of those evil and venal creatures who slither at the top of the power and money heap.
Amphi, as you know, means “both”. Greek for “to go” is “bainein”. Who, or what, could possibly perform such miraculous and simultaneous going-and-coming?
The amphisbaena, that’s who! The amphisbaena is a serpent with a head at each end of its body.
The perfect politician.