Deniable Implausibility
By R. D. Flavin

1-11-2013

     Many of us use a variation of “You're full of it!” to express disbelief and acknowledgment of being played.  Excrement, feces if you must, is often mentioned in a culturally definitive context.  While some debate the oft repeated use of the “N-word” in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, the consensual acceptance of a blurred distinction between vulgar, pornographic, or rooted in a Hate Crime act may be easily differentiated in the speeches given in the United States House of Representatives.  Or, perhaps, the Dollar Menu at McDonald’s, but that's another column.  America's freedom from tyranny took up the rallying cry of “No taxation without representation” and there's deniable implausibility that we've achieved that goal on the floor of the House.  Apparently our Representatives didn't get the memo about implementing a better American work ethic.

     Arguably, it's the Republicans who have built the walls separating the floor of the House from addressing the Debt Ceiling.  And, sure, it would probably not be a good idea to look in the basement.  Those damned private contractors are most assuredly up to no good.!  The Republicans threw a last minute Left jab with their Fiscal Fist®, it was below the belt, and the fight will continue in a couple of months.  Now, debate about American debt isn't about spending too much, but about what we spend it on.  Which, in my opinion, is a shame as we should be able to walk, chew gum, trim fat, and have a fine dinner in that order.  The tab (var. check, invoice, amount owed, etc.) could be paid by cutting corporate subsidies and revoking the tax-free status of all religious institutions.  Let's discuss...

     The 'Debt Ceiling' difficulty could be achieved via the “Boehner rule” or a bad penny tossed in a neglected fountain.  I guess we'll just have to adjust...  Pulling another boner with matching dollars cut from spending and taxes added is like watching a pot of water attempt to achieve a boil ...with no heat.  It ain't happening without cold fusion or a Republican rule.  In our time, we've seen Conservatives side with Fundamentalists and both having costly beverages with the Tea Baggers, all united with anti-this and Auntie That – going for the simple: Democrats allow and Republicans forbid.  Ouch.  I thought we weren't supposed to negotiate with terrorists?

     Back in the pre-evolutionary day, before The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution et al., Americans were advised through Thomas Paine's Common Sense about the occasional wily whims of elected officials with what's believed to be the most popular and successful (pamphlet) publication in per capita American history (Paine 1776).  Paine believed that “having elections often” would compel elected officials to re-visit their constituents so as to properly represent the interests of the voting electors and not cultivate a personal, non-voter agenda.  The work was an inspiring success and remains so.  However, The Holy Bible has long been a best-seller, yet few folks abide by its suggestions, and though The Lord of the Rings was voted the favorite novel of the Twentieth Century, some still attempt (via Jackson) to ...simply walk into Mordor.  Two years ago, Speaker Boehner's disrespect of public service led to the lowering of America's credit rating because of a lack of confidence in our ability to compromise and work together.  It's happening again.

     The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (H.R. 8) provided us with a couple of months, like sending pizza and burgers into a hostage situation, but it's forestalling the inevitable.  Some economists believe we should suffer a collapse and re-build accordingly.  Though I'm a huge fan of the saying, “People only change when they have to,” it's one thing to entertain personal struggle and growth, but it's an unthinkable other to consider kicking the whole country to the curb because of a preference of AM radio over FM – satellite and Internet (including download purchased) listening are alternatives to silence.  And, no, I don't support nihilism or socially specific annihilation.

     The midget-porn industry has struggled with legal constraints regarding unprotected sex and STD testing, but has ...beaten off PC challenges that it should be regarded as “Little People” porn.  Our economy and debt-crisis is likewise pertinent and won't go away if one uses different names.  Even small dogs go to Heaven...  We're committed to forming a “more perfect union” and we should honor that commitment.

     America doesn't hesitate to vote someone off of Dancing With the Stars, but won't write their congressman or congresswoman when it's the right thing to do.  Yeah, I voted, I'll do it again in a few years...  It's deniable implausibility to care beyond common complaint.  Hey, what can one person actually do?

Bibliography:
Paine, Thomas. 1776. Common Sense. First through Third editions. Philadelphia: Bell; W. and T. Bradford. The full quote is: “But as the colony increases, the public concerns will increase likewise, and the distance at which the members may be separated, will render it too inconvenient for all of them to meet on every occasion as at first, when their number was small, their habitations near, and the public concerns few and trifling. This will point out the convenience of their consenting to leave the legislative part to be managed by a select number chosen from the whole body, who are supposed to have the same concerns at stake which those who appointed them, and who will act in the same manner as the whole body would act, were they present. If the colony continues increasing, it will become necessary to augment the number of the representatives, and that the interest of every part of the colony may be attended to, it will be found best to divide the whole into convenient parts, each part sending its proper number; and that the ELECTED might never form to themselves an interest separate from the ELECTORS, prudence will point out the propriety of having elections often; because as the ELECTED might by that means return and mix again with the general body of the ELECTORS in a few months, their fidelity to the public will be secured by the prudent reflection of not making a rod for themselves. And as this frequent interchange will establish a common interest with every part of the community, they will mutually and naturally support each other, and on this (not on the unmeaning name of king) depends the STRENGTH OF GOVERNMENT, AND THE HAPPINESS OF THE GOVERNED.”

And three hundred more,

Rick

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