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Democracy Is a Dead Experiment

It’s sleeting! And snowing!

I continue in my terrible mood!

I can’t tell whether this is a temporary aberration or whether I am succumbing at last to the seasonal affective disorder that traditionally grips me this time of year. There’s been fallout – very minor fallout but still: fallout – from two situations that I realized after the fact were probably brought about by negative reactions to my personality.

Negative reactions to my personality?

I know, I know: It boggles my mind, too.

But apparently, I should have suffered two fools more gracefully than I did. They did not take kindly to me pointing out, You are wrong, wrong, wrong. And incompetent.

(I was right, though.)

I had to infer the negative reactions from subsequent situational edicts since the people in question were not about to ‘fess up they were miffed. And imagining the conversations behind the scenes made it seem like a bigger deal than it was.

Oh, well.

If you have a strong personality, people are going to react to you negatively from time to time. Unless your need to be liked is so intense, you’re a Zen master at protective mimicry. I do have a fairly strong need to be liked – it’s that Libra ascendant, doncha know -- but since my sun sign is Aries, my default mode is angels rush in where fools fear to tread. I'm a veritable Joan of Arc! Outspoken at times when the most strategic course of action clearly calls for biting my tongue.

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This morning’s media headlines are also making me cranky. Oprah for President!

I want to crash the various editorial meetings, so I can ask, Haven’t you had enough talk show hosts as President?

I mean, do these people not see that while Oprah's wampum may be a different color from Donald Trump's, it's the same clamshells?

I don’t have words for how awful the prospect of an Oprah candidacy seems to me or for the empty feeling that rises up inside me when I see people whom I otherwise like and respect going, "Yeah, yeah, yeah! Oprah's gonna beat Cheeto's ass! Har, har, har."

When it comes down to a choice between Narcissistic Billionaire from Column A or Narcissistic Billionaire from Column B, you're up against the reality that democracy is a dead experiment.

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bb_lurks
Jan. 8th, 2018 10:34 pm (UTC)

Jenny McCarthy for CDC Administrator!!!

mallorys_camera
Jan. 8th, 2018 10:43 pm (UTC)
YES!
mexpatriot
Jan. 9th, 2018 12:07 am (UTC)
I think, to be fair, Obama's presidency opened the possibility to a Trump presidency.
mallorys_camera
Jan. 9th, 2018 12:21 am (UTC)
Care to expound? :-)
mexpatriot
Jan. 9th, 2018 03:45 am (UTC)
Well, inexperienced "black" Pepsi lawyer. I wasn't living in the US back then, but it seemed that people voted for him because he is "black." The quotes are because of perception, marketing. He is bi-racial, rather than black in reality.

At the time of his election, I was living with a bunch of Mexican gay communists and an American gay black man. They were all, like, "So, the Yankees (Yanquis) think they can wash away their sins by voting for a black man! What idiots!"

So, yeah, novelty. Obama was a novelty that opened the door for a Trump novelty. That's what I meant.
mallorys_camera
Jan. 9th, 2018 12:04 pm (UTC)
Interesting. In retrospect, yeah - race did play a role in my decision to vote for Obama in 2008. In the sense that Obama's race speech was one of the most honest speeches I'd ever heard a politician deliver, and I thought (mistakenly it turned out) that it would set the tone for his tenure.

I didn't vote for Obama in 2012.

I get what you're saying about novelty vote begetting novelty vote. It's an interesting theory. There may be some truth to it.
rosegardenfae
Jan. 9th, 2018 01:31 am (UTC)

Oprah? I suppose in the world we currently inhabit something that bizarre could happen. That seriously fucks with my head.

mallorys_camera
Jan. 9th, 2018 12:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I am finding it deeply disturbing as well. Like it makes me want to gnash my teeth and become a hermit.
rosegardenfae
Jan. 9th, 2018 12:11 pm (UTC)
Sheesh, I'm already a hermit, what comes next?
cah1470
Jan. 9th, 2018 03:16 pm (UTC)
I honestly don't think this is a thing beyond Twitter and I would be shocked if Oprah ran. She is in her 50s and has quite a great life and I don't think she needs a presidential run to improve her brand the way pussygrabber did. It feels like everyone is bothered by identity politics now that there are a random few running I could actually identify with which is annoying. From my perspective the choices have been awful for a long time and while I don't see Oprah for president as a thing I don't think Booker or Hilderbrand or Biden who will need a walker by 2020 as viable either.
mallorys_camera
Jan. 9th, 2018 03:26 pm (UTC)
I agree with you on all accounts.

I think Oprah 4 President is entirely an invention of the media in their never-ending attempt to extort our attention.

If I hadn't already made a decision to avoid all current events coverage beyond an hour or so each morning reading the Washington Post and The Guardian, I would certainly be doing that now. The media is beyond shameless in the way it attempts to manipulate people.

There is absolutely no one I see as a viable Democratic candidate for President right now. There aren't even people I see as viable candidates in my local elections beyond the county level. And that's disheartening.
cah1470
Jan. 9th, 2018 03:52 pm (UTC)
Yes I agree it really is shameless. I consider awards shows clothes porn so I typically watch or at the very least watch Rachel Zoe's updates on instagram so I saw the speech. I have tried to limit my media intake for quite awhile now so I was really surprised when I began seeing folks responding to the whole Oprah for prez nonsense. It's like snowmageddon 2018 or renaming blizzards they are basically whoring for our attention. It doesn't help that POTUS is better at it and on Twitter at 3am.
mallorys_camera
Jan. 9th, 2018 03:59 pm (UTC)
I couldn't even do the clothes porn this year. The whole Let's leverage #MeToo by wearing black! from all those publicity whores (who I'm absolutely sure knew all about Harvey Weinstein back in the day and did nothing) just nausiated me.

I do loves me some Rachel Zoe, though, so maybe I'll check out her Instagram. :-)
sulphuroxide
Jan. 9th, 2018 05:42 pm (UTC)
omg you're an aries with a libra ascendant @@ that's crazy! i guess it makes sense.

well, with an oprah pres at least she can sit down and talk with people, ask them questions and work out an understanding. i mean, just being able to have a conversation... much preferably better than trump.

though i do agree with what someone else said; an anonymous career bureaucrat who has no other venue than that administrative would be best.
mallorys_camera
Jan. 10th, 2018 11:49 am (UTC)
omg you're an aries with a libra ascendant @@ that's crazy

And I have a Scorpio moon! :-) Just in case I'm not intense enough already. :-)

Oprah would make an excellent head of state. If the U.S. wants to implement its own constitutional monarchy, I'm all for installing Oprah as the Empress of the Empire. Maybe she can disburse wise advice like Queen Elizabeth II gives her Prime Ministers in The Crown. But she shouldn't be running the government.

Though, of course, neither should Trump.

Edited at 2018-01-10 11:50 am (UTC)
sulphuroxide
Jan. 10th, 2018 01:41 pm (UTC)

Well. If she took the job seriously and hired the right ppl and really listened to them. I think that would be ok... Being pres is so unique I'm not sure anyone is truly prepared.


Scorpio moon too? No wonder why you're so opinionated :p

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