Posted by PintofStout on May 27th, 2011
In our political system opposition is easier than being in charge. Not very many people like what happens and blame is placed on those in charge. Being the opposition puts a movement or party in line with the majority of unhappy folks. In our recent political history as I can recall it, the opposition party loves the rhetoric of libertarianism and freedom, regardless of which party they are affiliated with. In our elections, our two party system breaks down not into Democrats and Republicans – who the mindful observer can tell you are nearly the same party – but offense and defense. Offense is the party in power because they control the agenda and get blame/credit for all that takes place, unless nothing happens, in which case the other party is blamed for obstruction. Defense, then, is left to the team opposing nearly everything the offense proposes. The productive citizens and their earned wealth are the football the teams are competing for, of course.
While all this jockeying is going on with much clamor and hullabaloo, wealth is distributed to all players, teams and team administrators, sponsors (indirectly, of course), and the league itself with all of it’s administrators. Yes, much like a Sunday football game, the whole thing is a show that provides entertainment and distraction but is of little practical use. Lookout, here come the Republicans with their effective libertarian blitz package! The next series of downs may see the vaunted anti-war zone defense employed by the Democrats. Of course these teams are not defined by defense alone, although these are the identities that are used for the public. The offensive schemes used by both teams are the same and consist of lots of screens and end-arounds. Surprisingly, the media coverage of football and our metaphorical football are nearly exactly the same. To round out this whole metaphor, let’s all hope for a lockout and the breaking of the monopoly!