Politicians Resemble Costa Concordia's Francesco Schettino

Politicians Resemble Costa Concordia's Francesco Schettino
Costa Concordia (Image: Roberto Vongher Wiki CC)

I have always found it amusing whenever spin doctors begin wagging the dog in favor of their ideological beliefs.

However after a top Republican official, Reince Priebus, sparked a political uproar on Sunday by comparing President Barack Obama to disgraced Italian ship captain Francesco Schettino it got even more amusing. And sadder!

You know, I have remarked a number of times already that the GOP was in danger of making themselves irrelevant. Much of my reasoning has been based on the observation that the GOP has been engaged in a very dangerous game of obstructionism from the moment and the hour Barack Obama was sworn in as President of the United States. Sadly, that obstructionism has denied each and every American their right to have a functioning government consistent with the ideals of We The People in mind.

Exactly how seemingly intelligent people cannot comprehend that good governance requires diplomacy and compromise has always been beyond me, but as it stands right now, the GOP has done more damage than good in their efforts to convince everyday people that they are somehow a better than the alternative.

At the same token, though, the Democrats haven't shown that are willing to stay above the fray either.

If I have said it once, I've said it a thousand times already - both sides of the political aisle are abysmal when it comes to doing what is right for the majority of the American People. Both sides have been controlled by special interests and lobbyists - so let's not kid ourselves here. Government policy, at every level, has very little to do with making life for everyday people better as opposed to making life for the privileged better.

I, for one, do not take lightly the notion that what we have in America today is indeed considered Class Warfare - but like it or not - it is what it is! And the reason for this falls squarely upon the lack of ethics exhibited by politicians who have conspired and allowed our political system to become the dysfunctional bureaucratic mess it has become.

The way I see it -

all politicians bear a resemblance to Francesco Schettino!


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  • I'm not sure of the connection, except that the Captain was full of spaghetti when it comes out the rectal orifice, resulting in brown eyeballs, and so are most politicians.

    I wonder, though, how big an uproar this caused, since your link is to Capetown, South Africa, and Googling this doesn't bring up any U.S. sources to the top. Apparently a big story in Nigeria, too.

    The only thing I heard remotely close was the Republican of the week on Bruce DuMont saying "the November election is going to be all dirt throwing because Obama can't run on his record." Since his point didn't progress from that, I turned the dial.

  • In reply to jack:

    Jack, evidently cowardice is more of a sin in other countries thus the link, although there has been more than enough coverage regarding the "turd" you describe and have aptly connected the color of his eyeballs to that of a glorious vision of our politicians.

    As for Obama (and you know I am no big fan); the GOP has not made me comfortable as to where they are headed and at this point I must confess wondering if it isn't better to just reelect the president.

  • In reply to Michael Ciric:

    Anyway, it seemed to turn up on the radio and the FNC crawl (at the fitness center) later in the afternoon. Kirk's stroke still got more on the crawl than this did.

  • In reply to jack:

    Of course Mark Kirk's situation was also very unexpected given his regimen of exercise. Took me by surprise for sure. As for the Italiano Captain - my only point was that our politicians resemble the same cowardice displayed. Really hasn't much to do with the ship running aground - more of a comparison given the way our elected leaders (and I use the term very very lightly) duck at every opportunity to do the right thing. It literally takes an uproar for them to "get on up" the horse; i.e. legislation barring insider trading being passed. Naturally, the right friggin' thing to have been done by our less than illustrious body of fools is to have taken the initiative preventing that sort of thing in the first place.

  • In reply to Michael Ciric:

    In Kirk's case, I was surprised by the initial report because he was apparently fit enough to engage in annual reserve active duty.

    In last night's news, apparently 3 of the 4 Fla candidates had big mouths at 21:05 ET yesterday (and strangely I saw it on the BBC News while waiting for Craig Ferguson), but, again I didn't hear any policy, just Mitt sort of talking like the RNC guy.

    I also sort of liked Doubting Thomas's take that Mitt's financial disclosure is going to force through the millionaire's tax rate, even if that isn't Mitt's intent.

    On Congress, one would have thought that the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 would have covered them too, but I guess they relied on some bogus separation of powers issue.

  • In reply to jack:

    I'm with you on that. Plus he also works the war room regularly so I would think there is another level of stress there as well. Just goes to show - no one is immune from sudden illness.

    I can agree with Doubting Thomas assessment as well. As for the SEC not covering lawmakers, well obviously that was an "insider decision" (Pun Intended).

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