Stop reading now if you don’t like the word “asshole.” You have been warned.
This is just a bit of a rant.
Back in high school I had a friend who had a theory about people that really rings true, at least in the USA. It was very simple:
There are two types of people in this world: the assholes who know that they are assholes, and the assholes who think they are not assholes.
Pretty simply put, everyone is an asshole.
Now, take that thought and apply it to the US government. You have the red assholes and the blue assholes (and a few that fall somewhere in between). Now, most of those red and blue assholes think they are not assholes, however there are a couple who fall into the category of “know they are assholes.”
So, we have lots of assholes in the government, currently being lead by the biggest asshole of them all. Certainly this guy falls into the category of “thinks he is NOT an asshole,” but at this point everyone knows his true colors, it is merely a question of whether they admit it or not.
On the blue side of the spectrum you have a bunch of assholes who generally are looking out for the people and some sense of equality. On the red side you have a bunch of assholes who are only interested in aging their own asshole and compete to see who has the biggest asshole. The reds are more interested in corporations than people.
Where does that leave us? Well, in the last four years, the blue assholes can’t get their shit together to stand up to the red assholes. They make stupid decisions that cost them victories. The red assholes, embrace their technicalities and manage to put the worlds largest asshole in the most powerful office.
So now, when the people actually need their government to be working for them, what is it doing? Working against them. We have a Supreme Court who is, on the biggest stage, legalizing voter suppression. We have the asshole-in-chief who is still more interested in his businesses than in serving the country that didn’t actually vote for him. The people are trying to sort shit out on their own, but get blocked by the assholes in the government.
We could be leading the world in this crisis, but instead, we just look like assholes.