Tuesday, February 9, 2010

"Movements" According To MOMCOM

We recently discussed Science According To MOMCOM.

Today we take a look at what MOMCOM thinks a great political movement is, focusing on the "T"-party (Republicans), whether astroturf or actual grass roots, who have caused a twinkle in the eye of the nostalgic MSM.

The press, a.k.a. MSM, tinkers with an explanation of the practice of "letting off steam" as if it was the industrial revolution deja vu all over again.

The great convention where Sarah Palin spoke, and poked "hopey changey" fun at the center and left (composed of performers in an election that carried 9 Bush II states away from the right wing, away from her) garnered a whopping 1,100 souls.

That is fewer zealous participants than the first day of shopping after Christmas mob that literally tramples people to death with "excitement".

That shopping movement happens every year in good political times and bad in many malls around the country.

Nevertheless "the T movement" is being touted as a major movement by MSNBC and other "neutral" news media. But not the venerable Fox News of course (hehe).

The MSM portion of MOMCOM is trying to have a baby by saying there is a lot of unrest in the country.

Ok so they are aware of that reality. Good. So is everyone else.

But they want to paint a false scenario by saying that this unrest is totally encapsulated in the far right frustration with losing the last big elections big. Bad. Nobody really believes that.

Thus, as Bart Simpson says, someone needs to tell the MSM that they are only going to have a cow with this strategy.

Both the left and the center are just as frustrated as the right.

The major frustration emerges from one good thing and one bad thing.

When the voters reject "W" with their votes, a good thing, they want it rejected by those they elected.

The major frustration also comes from a bad thing: politicians don't get it or don't care about the vote of the people after the election.

Are we going to have a generation of frustration, because the "W" compass is the only one they sell in Washington, no matter how the people feel about it?

The slow train that runs on that steam is a different kind of slow:
People starving and thirsting,
grain elevators are bursting

Oh, you know it costs more to store the food
than it do to give it.

They say lose your inhibitions,
follow your own ambitions,

They talk about a life of brotherly love,
show me someone who knows how to live it.

There's a slow, slow train comin'
up around the bend.
(Slow Train, Dylan). That train is harder to stop, once it gets going, than it is to get it going at first.

Playing with the toy T movement as if it was the real one is a fools errand and playing with fire.


  1. Dredd,

    I think the phrase "letting off steam" pretty much sums up the entire Tea-Party "movement," if they even qualify for the term. Not that they're even all that blustery these days - probably as good a sign as any that the rank and file can only stay pissed off for so long, no matter how bad their personal plight might be.

    As for the slow train, it runs on corporate time (a little slow these days) and only serves corporate destinations. Rumors that that will change any time soon remain, alas, ever illusory - always just over the horizon. That's how it was planned - much more dramatic that way. Thank goodness that the Democrats have at least been good enough by their inaction to show us the truth of things. It may not set us free, as the old line goes, but it'll at least open some eyes as to why our plight is so miserable, and that's worth something in itself.

  2. disaffected,

    Well said.

    First comes freedom from deceit.

    Then the train jumps the tracks and makes its own.

    Slow but sure.