There is no doubt we’re on the right when it comes to politics, and this blog serves as our sounding board for our thoughts and ideals. We try to do it with humor and not the anger that seems to dominate the blogosphere, but we don’t always succeed. One topic we’ve railed on from time to time is actors entering the political arena, and we haven’t always been very kind to them (see Sean Penn). So when we wrote about the comments on an entry at Huffington Post last week by actor Steven Weber we took a couple of pot-shots at him while ranting about the comments he received over there. Much to our surprise, he found us and started commenting. This led to an idea; why not start talking?
We invited Weber to post for us thinking he would say no, but, much to his credit, he said yes. Below is the first of what we hope will be many posts from him. We do not agree with his opinions on politics, the war, regulation, media ownership or damn near anything, but if you can’t have a debate with your opponent (and that’s what the Left in this country is, our opponent, not our enemy), then we’ll never win. So we choose to take them on, indirectly always and directly when possible. But be we and Weber want your input as well. The comment section is open for you to rebut or agree with him and he will reply there as he sees fit and time allows.
Two simple rules: 1 No matter which side you’re on, don’t be a douchebag. Write whatever you want but this forum is for debate, not being an asshole. 2 We allow you to enter any name you want when you post comments, so you can use any name you want except Steven Weber. We have his email address, you don’t. If you comment under his name and didn’t enter his email address, your comment will be edited to show that you are a fraud and we will enter your email address on every spam list the planet has to offer. This actually falls under rule number one, but we wanted to be clear.
Other than that, have at it! No questions are out of bounds because no one is forced to answer anything they don’t want to. We want a clean fight, but a bloody one. As long as when it’s all over we can sit back and have a drink together at the end of the day, it’s all good.
Politics, shmolitics – by Steven Weber
What the hell is it good for nowadays, anyway?
I mean, since Ted Q. Voter has about as much potency as a crawfish
fart jettisoned in a hurricane and since policy is determined by the
lobbyists doing the special interest slap-and-tickle, the energy
spent by Republicans and Democrats denigrating each other’s symbiotic
doctrines is, quite simply, retarded and might be better spent
providing, say, better lighting in airport men’s rooms. Politics has
become as culturally relevant as obese transvestite prostitutes in
tube-tops arguing over turf on The Jerry Springer Show. But the
political process itself has also taken on the essence of a low-brow
brawl, like Goya’s painting in which two behemoths stuck knee deep in
a quagmire, seemingly unable or unwilling to escape, are doomed to
beat each other with cudgels as the rest of the world watches,
cringing from a safe distance.
While much of the progressive legislation of the last 70 years has
been challenged, derided and in many cases gutted by those who prefer
an “ownership society” to country in which its government judiciously
wields a safety net, there has not been a reasonable reassessment of
America’s needs in the 21st century. Instead, it seems that far from
benefitting individual Americans, it is the corporations that have
reaped the lion’s share of benefits, leaving the poor, the elderly
and the disenfranchised in increasingly precarious positions. The
presumption of an “ownership society” is that people do not need
intervention, that if anything, a person in trouble lacks moral
fortitude, that if they stopped being lazy rabble and detached the
business end of their faces from the government teat, they could
become productive, profitable members of this great country of ours.
But widespread though that attitude is, it is flawed, short-sighted
and dangerously arrogant. It has the same divisive logic that drives
someone to want to eradicate (por ejemplo) all affirmative action
programs because racism no longer exists. The solution to our
country’s (and our world’s) problems lay not in tribal chest thumping
or a reversion to slicker versions of feudalism but in abrogating the
extremist’s hold on power, to make it harder for those with
immoderate doctrines to monopolize the media, the major political
parties and most importantly, people’s attentions. The game’s become
more candy than candor. And candy leads to millions of pyorrhea-
ravaged mouths in search of a decent and affordable dental plan.
All I’m saying is, can’t we all just get along? And if not, can’t the
sex be better?
Update: We’ve been getting emails asking why he hasn’t responded yet from a lot of people. Just wait, the man works for a living and he doesn’t have a job that has him sitting in front of a computer for 8 hours a day (and if he were sitting in front of one it would probably be a prop). He will when he can. Chill out, it’s all good.