Minor League Shitball.
The crap these guys keep throwing at you, not bothering to explain why you would ever want to vote for them.
They just want to make sure you weren’t gonna vote for the other guy.
And the ones who actually have something to say about anything you wouldn’t want to hear about anyway get politically preposterous and poetically absurd…
but those sons-of-bitches know how to talk about it. Oh yes.
Those silver-tongued sycophants just don’t know when to stop, which is usually shortly after they run out of words, a significant amount of time since they ran out of coherent thoughts.
It’s not just the wing-nut elements you hear from, not just the extremists of both parties and the self-proclaimed patriots of the third party who slither through the compost heap of pre-election rhetoric.
Your guy can have the biggest ring in the show, but it’s still a fucking circus and he’s feeding off the same slop as the others.
So we’re desperate for someone we can trust. Someone who speaks for us…
and it doesn’t matter which kind of “us” you are, you’re looking for someone who can relate.
Relate to you.
We’re desperate to hear what we need to hear, so desperate that many are willing to settle for less as long as it’s what they want to hear from whoever serves up the most of it.
No matter who that might be, just so long as the platter’s pretty.
They keep reminding us to vote.
We have to remind ourselves to think.
A simple-minded gardener named Chance has spent all his life in the Washington D.C. house of an old man. When the man dies, Chance is put out on the street with no knowledge of the world except what he has learned from television. After a run in with a limousine, he ends up a guest of a woman (Eve) and her husband Ben, an influential but sickly businessman. Now called Chauncey Gardner, Chance becomes friend and confidante to Ben, and an unlikely political insider.
– Written by Scott Renshaw, Stanford University
President “Bobby”: Mr. Gardner, do you agree with Ben, or do you think that we can stimulate growth through temporary incentives?
Chance: As long as the roots are not severed, all is well. And all will be well in the garden.
President “Bobby”: In the garden.
Chance: Yes. In the garden, growth has it seasons. First comes spring and summer, but then we have fall and winter. And then we get spring and summer again.
President “Bobby”: Spring and summer.
President “Bobby”: Then fall and winter.
Benjamin Rand: I think what our insightful young friend is saying is that we welcome the inevitable seasons of nature, but we’re upset by the seasons of our economy.
Chance: Yes! There will be growth in the spring!
Benjamin Rand: Hmm!
President “Bobby”: Hm. Well, Mr. Gardner, I must admit that is one of the most refreshing and optimistic statements I’ve heard in a very, very long time. … I admire your good, solid sense. That’s precisely what we lack on Capitol Hill.
from “Being There”, 1979
Screenplay by Jerzy Kosinski from his novella
Directed by Hal Ashby
Starring Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas & Jack Warden
“Life is a state of mind.”