this is what democracy looks like

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I originally took this photo for a never-written post about THIS! Jeanane, why hast thou forsaken me? I’ve loved you for years!

Democracy over ego, always, right? Tell it like it is, and fuck the consequences, right? I’m not running for office, nor will I ever. Herewith, I have no need to keep my reputation clean…..right? Thus, in the spirit of community improvement, I present you with a giant raging rant.

And away we go.

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Oh dear.

OK: I’ll take a lot of deep breaths and possibly a valium or horse tranquilizer or bong hit or something and will try to explain it all somewhat coherently. Because I mean our dear old mayor Jason West no harm, really, and it’s important to explain that I hate on him because I mean well. For serious. Nuance, no one ever understands it.

I think he has a good heart and is super smart and can do a lot of good in this community. But when you strut around town putting your allies down (much like I’m doing right now!) for years and always put yourself first at the expense of people who have always tried to support you and basically just act like a dick to everyone for no real reason and yes you hurt your back and didn’t have good health care and possibly that plays a factor but man why did you screw up such a great chance to make such major change in this town and YES the gay marriages were AWESOME and as we all know part of the reason me and a bunch of other cool people moved to town but oh MAN how sour it all got to be and I just want people on the right and the Hillary-esque Democrats (that’s my shorthand for well-intentioned non-radical Democraps) to know that Greens don’t stand by people who treat people like you treat them and do you even realize how many enemies you made around town through your short-sightedness?and—well. Let me just pause there.

But….why? Why do I need to censor myself and calm down and play nice to people who should be able to take the heat? Again, I’m not being malicious. I’m telling it like it is.

(deep breaths, valium, horse tranquilizer, bong hit or something)

Boring middle-of-the-road Democrats vs. real leftists  / DUDES vs. awesome radicals

….sigh.

I dream of a political system where not only giant egotists can get elected. I dream of treating people fairly. I dream of a system where hard work, not puffed-up ego, is rewarded. I am idealistic teetering on the edge of idiotic, but who cares? At least I have decency, sir. At least I don’t compromise my value system. Even if I never get anything done my whole life, I will have had that. And that’s not nothing.

You know what’s saddest of all? Jason dreams of this world, too. I’m sure of it.

Was it ever thus? Will things ever change? Will feminists always feel they have to bite their tongues and deal with total dudeosity to the douchiest power all the time? Can’t we ever just get real work done? Why is spell checker acting like “douchiest” is a word? Is it a sign from god that I should give Jason a chance before I jump on him for past crimes?

Ha ha ha!! I’m an atheist, motherfuckers.

Watch out.

PS: You’ve got to love the right and their intense love for little-d democracy. What does our solitary erstwhile tighty righty New Paltz blogger recommend for tomorrow’s election? Not voting. Awesome.

6 Responses to “this is what democracy looks like”

  1. Martin McPhillips

    “I dream of a political system where not only giant egotists can get elected. I dream of treating people fairly. I dream of a system where hard work, not puffed-up ego, is rewarded. I am idealistic teetering on the edge of idiotic, but who cares? At least I have decency, sir. At least I don’t compromise my value system. Even if I never get anything done my whole life, I will have had that. And that’s not nothing.”

    May I?

    You have this fantastic business that your created. Great sense of aesthetics. Not nothing.

    What you should be worried about is that you are a writer.

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  2. Marla

    Dude! I know nothing about your political landscape in New Paltz other than what you’ve written (and that groovy gay marriage thingy I already knew about) but I so relate to what you’ve written. I just wrote an epic screed on liberal (insert whiny voice) democrats from a different vantage point on my blog. I think you were most generous, Lagusta.

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  3. lagusta

    Oh my gosh, a compliment from a Republican? A Republican who happens to be a wonderful writer in his own right? Mr Martin McPhillips, I like you. Some key differences in our worldviews not withstanding (abortion, etc. ad infinitum), I secretly think you’re crazy nifty. Crazy first, nifty somewhere down the list, yes, but nifty nonetheless.

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  4. Jess

    “Why do I need to censor myself and calm down and play nice to people who should be able to take the heat?”

    Yes, this. As an official/elected, that’s kind of his job to stand in front of fury and explain himself, right?

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    • lagusta

      I agree! But also, in a small town where everyone knows everyone, it’s always good to be nice too. I do consider Jason a pal, but some things just can’t be said nicely!

      Reply

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