Tuesday, February 10, 2009

BI-PARTISANSHIP-ISM DOES NOT EXIST


I have heard the constant cries of many of "unity" and "bi-partisanship" and ending the divisive politics of the past. I have had it with this fantasy. As Americans we are united! Yet, we hate each other. We are all Americans whether we are mentally challenged democrats or highly intelligent republicans. But we are NEVER, EVER, EVER, NEVER, EVER going to be united when it comes to political policy. That's just the way it is and the way it has to be or we are not America. Its what this country was founded upon...disagreement and debate. There are no democratic ideas that you could convince me are of sound logic. So please, let's just leave it at that. Its a relationship that works. Its functional and dysfunctional at the same time. No one died because republicans think our current President is shy on economic and foreign policy gonads. The country isn't on the verge of civil war because democrats were standing in the train line instead of the brain line when God was passing out their lobe. Its just how it is with Americans. We argue and disagree. This is a nation of professional competitors who are playing a game and each player wants to win.
Its really mostly liberals who want "love" and "unity" and an end to partisan politics. Not me. No way. What they are really saying is, don't fight us or we will call you a nasty divider. Disagreement is what this country needs to survive. With no debate there is no America. So stop with the double talk. There is no such thing as bi-partisanship. I am a partisan and proud of it.
People think because they rip on someone from their own party once in a while that it makes them credible and "objective". Nope it doesn't. It makes them dumb and dumber. As a matter of fact, I have some advice for Barack Obama. Mr. President it behooves me to tell you that you should in no way shape or form become bi-partisan. Bush tried loving, touching and squeezing the opposition and they pretty much stabbed, shot and bit him in the ass, back and head. So seriously, stick with your own kind. You will be better off than to try to hang with your enemies. They want you gone in 4...capreesh?! Let me put it to you this way...its like trying to hug and make nice with your rapist. Nobody in Washington or in America wants to get along, they only want the upper hand and to be in power. I'm just keeping it real BO.
Smoking the lefts doobage is not something I am personally interested in. It only makes libs stronger and me dumber. But it is what makes America great...we can hate each other and love each other at the same time! It's really bi-polar politics and not bi-partisan politics. I love you Dem's. No I hate you. Republicans suck. But some are nice. See it doesn't work. Stick to the hate. Please.

20 comments:

M said...

(I am a partisan and proud of it.)
When you start making the T shirts let me know. I want one. Hell, I want 10. Good stuff!

MRMacrum said...

Written like a true party hack. Keep up the good work. But sticking to the hate works for me. I will continue to hate mentalities like yours from either side of the aisle. So I guess this means we will get along famously.

El Cerdo Ignatius said...

Nikki, I totally agree that bipartisanship is much overrated. Usually it means one party or the other has junked its political ideologies or values and has caved to the other. So it is a morally neutral proposition, since bipartisan does not define right and wrong. It could be the right thing to do, and it could be the wrong thing to do. Depends on the situation.

But you lost me here: People think because they rip on someone from their own party once in a while that it makes them credible and "objective". Nope it doesn't. It makes them dumb and dumber. It's a humourous way of making your point, but I think there is value in ripping one's own party from time to time provided it is from a principled position. I wish there had been more Republicans ripping on their own party, and in particular, ripping the hulking, sweating, quivering, bloviating, equivocating, snivelling, jellied blobs of overspenders in the Congress during the years 2003 to 2006. Darn few Republicans said anything about the GOP's transformation into fiscal unrestraint and ineptitude, but they bloody well should have. Since they didn't, it makes them look more than a little inconsistent and even hypocritical to be screaming about the Dems' spending decisions now.

I make the point about criticising one's own party from a principled position to distinguish from those in either party who attack their own side of the aisle for other reasons. Some of these may include a desire to win attention from the press; to present the appearance of "independence", "intellectual honesty" and "objectivity" when in fact there is really no substance behind the facade; or to cultivate a reputation as a maverick or a contrarian, which, like bipartisanship itself, are morally neutral terms.

The point here is that there is a time to rip on one's own party, and there is a time to be partisan. If the Republicans had figured out which was which, they might have hung on to a few more House and Senate seats the past two election cycles.

Nikki said...

M, It would be a a great Tee for sure! :)N

Nikki said...

MRMarcrum, Its too bad I don't fit in with the republican party famously...but I am still a hack! :)N

Nikki said...

El Cerdo Ignatius, I undertand what you are saying and its a great point...Its basically what I am telling Obama to do, stick with your own party. Parties need their butts kicked obviously often, but I hear so many republicans who today sound like democrats in their criticisms. Its funny you should mention that part of the post because I really am the opposite of what I am saying...I am a moderate who has no problem compromising and watched Bush try to hold out a hand to dems only to have it slapped. Republicans did turn on him and abandon the President and it made him virtually powerless and McCain even more so in this last election. Had Republicans supported the reaching out effort or at least supported the party, The election would have gone the other way. It turns out they belly-ached about "pure" party principles and lost. Obama was really the liberal and McCain was the democrat. Sometimes sticking to your guns gets you, well, Obama. For me its one of Bush's big mistakes. I criticize my party al the time, for being too partisan. HA! How hypocritical is that! Great comment! :)N

Sandi said...

As long as we have two parties in this country (which I'm quite sure we always will), there will be partisanship. And that's not a bad thing. Checks and balances and all that. I only wish that when it came time for the government to make decisions, they put what's best for the country ahead of what's best for them and their party. They can still fight and haggle, but the intent should be to do what's right for America as a whole. That's what frustrates me the most. I frankly don't care if the agenda smells like Repub or Dem - I just want it to smell good!

namaste said...

i think you should offer blogging classes.

my favorite line? "bush tried loving, touching and squeezing the opposition..." hahaaaa!!

Nikki said...

Sandi, It would be nice if they all agreed upon what was truly best for our country, this is the crux of the problem. Politics aside for our safety and our prosperity. :)N

Nikki said...

Maria, here is your first lesson...pick your favorite song from the 80's and throw a lyric from it somewhere in your post! lol it never fails for me if I can't think of anything to say...go for the jingle! HA! HA! I kill me...so sad that I am really serious. hehe :)N

Righty64 said...

I AM A REPUBLICAN PARTISAN! And, proud of it! I am with El Cerdo on the need to kick our own into shape when they need it. I voted for our governor, Benedict Arnold twice. And the reward now is that my sales tax goes up to 9.25%. I will have the pleasure of paying not just my state income tax, but a 2.5% surcharge. See, this is what we get when we elect "moderates" posing as Republicans. I want to give a shout out to South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint! He has been consisant in his opposition to the so-called economic "stimulus" scam. And, in the same spirit, I will even give one to our friend, Sen. John "F--- You" McCain for his stand and offering an alternative. Now is the time that we need to stand united against the Obamaslaught!

mikez said...

I don't understand what you mean when you say that Bush tried to be nice and bi-partisan but the democrats slapped his hand. Really? So who were the folks that were part of the 80 approval rating he enjoyed after 9/11? Weren't they democrats? Who were the folks that supported him and his Patriot Act/ Military Commissions Act / illegal war in Iraq? None of that would have happened if Bush didn't get the support from deomocrats. In fact the reason Obama won was the democtratic primary was because he showed how much the other condidates went along with Bush's policies, the same way he beat the mavericky Mccain. (by the way, McCain was never a Maverick, that's a marketing tool and everyone who fell for it is a tool as well) Regan, Bush Sr., and Bush Jr. all enjoyed democratic support in there first years in office. They were in essence given the respect and a chance from the opposition. The same is never seen from the republicans. Even they would rather see the country fail than give Obama a friggin chance, it hasn't even been a month. Already Obama has reversed laws that allowed businesses to continue to pay women lower than men as long as they can decieve the women for 180 days. Why doesn't that get some support from you? But as you said, you prefer not to get along with the other side. Okay, your choice, but refusing to see a good thing just becaues it comes from the other side is willfuly ignorant and a devastating philosophy for progress.

mikez said...

Something you may agree with:

Republicans are more willing to go to war (fight, be macho, kick ass jack bauer style).

Democrats are more willing to be diplomatic (talk, sympathize, *you can come up with whatever wussy refrence you want here*)

But with this very elementary contrast we can see why liberal dems are more inclined towards bi-partisanship (diplomatic) than conservative republicans (fight to see who's right).

Oh and if repugs were smarter than dims as you suggest, then why havent you guys figured out how to "take over the universities and courtrooms" as the conspiracy minds suggest?

Oh, I always laugh at the so called liberal conspiracy in our schools and courtrooms- how the hell did the lazy, pot-smoking, free loving, liberals ever become so organized? It's rediculous.

Look at the greatest minds who have contributed to our lives the most. A trend is seen: they gravitated away from organizations of any kind, mainly govermnet and religion, and political parties definately as well. By being partisan you take away the chance to really grow and contribute.

Nikki said...

Mikez, It is true that Bush enjoyed high numbers after 9/11. As a matter of fact his approval rating was one of the highest in history at 91%. While he did handle the situation well, it also goes to show America pulling together in a time of tragedy. His high and sustained approval rating would prove to be to his demise later in his Presidency. Democrats could not have a sitting President with such power and a dominant congress as well, operation defeat Bush was in full swing as you even had Al Gore down-playing 9/11 and Iraq within 3 years of the attack. In order for the opposition to win an election, they have to show or portray the party in power in a negative light, its the name of the game. Why people can't admit this is beyond me. Republicans do it and so do democrats.
Your comparing Bush support after 9/11 to bi-bartisanship doesn't wash. He is still considered to this day to have stolen the election from Al Gore who wanted only to recount highly democratic areas in Florida. The bitterness still exists and how do I know this? I have the blog posts and comments to prove it. Even after showing a NYT's article that Bush legitimately won, it still wasn't enough.
Instead of me listing all of the democratic legislation passed such as Perscription drug program and how he spent more on education than any other President, he gave more to AIDS in Africa(even Obama admits that one)He increadsed funding for the National Science foundation and Institutes of health. He was portrayed in the media as hating children when not passing the CHIPS program when in reality he gave CHIPS MORE money and it eventually passed but you never heard about that in the news. I could really go on and on about program spending that was to the demise of republicans who went along with at the time a popular President. Eventually the Iraq war put Bush in his place with low approval numbers and republicans began to turn on the unpopular President and started calling him out to "return to republican principles"...thus his own party now was his opposition for political purposes.
I don't think calling out Obama on his worthless stimulus package means that I rip for no reason. I would support the same bill were it called what it is, a spending bill. As far as McCain goes, not my pick. Latching on to "Bush failed policy" as an all encompassing truth is inaccurate just because it was a good marketing tool for an election and a popular position. We all know the American people can be sheep.
I hear what you are saying, but I think you are wrong about progress. There is nothing progressive about demanding cooperation because its your turn. That is just elementary school. I appreciate you commenting. :)N

Nikki said...

Mikez. the greatest minds are liberals? OK that is one of my favorite elitist intellectually superior liberal philosophies. Being partisan means debate...if we all agreed we would all be the same. Are you saying your ideology is superior to conservative thought? :)N

Nikki said...

Righty you make an excellent point...Benedict is definitely a democrat in disguise and needs an ass-whooping! :)N

Ducky's here said...

I thought you guys all hated Chucklenuts too.

mikez said...

Nikki, go read my comment about great minds. What I said, and it's clear, is that they gravitated away from organizations of any kind, mainly govermnet and religion, and political parties definately as well. I wasn't trying to associate myself with them. I'm basically saying both of our idealogies are flawed and our stubborness to say we are right because one of us won an election is flawed as well. anyhow, I am smarter than everyone though :P

Nikki said...

Mikez, I get your point and it is well taken. I think your best point was about those who won an election being right...It goes with our poll taking society. How many times have you heard a poll in a report and it sounds as though because an issue is supported by a poll it must be correct. Both ideologies are heavily flawed and how we do stringently align ourselves with mediocrity! And yes you are smarter than everyone else, but not me! HA! :)N

mikez said...

ha ha, what is whit our "frat-boy" mentality. We have to have the biggest guns, rockets, and other phalic symbols (i.e. washington monument) and we always know who's right by comparing the size of our polls!!!