I know, Regarding Flies and Dead Mackerel doesn’t exactly whet the appetite, does it? But neither does this presidential election cycle, frankly. People who know me know that I generally enjoy the political seasons as they come, and thankfully, go. I work the angles with online news subscriptions to lock in lower weekly rates for just enough months that drag me kicking and screaming through the US presidential elections in November every four years.
In my view the Mac-daddy online rag is the New York Times. A true news junkie, which I’m not, could disappear after one click and be gone for days in the Times. In addition, I also do flybys of The Washington Post to see what stories they’ve missed this time, The Onion, in a feeble attempt to regain my sanity and The Guardian, which, like a mirror, reflects what it sees without the dizzying hype and self-drunkenness of its counterpart cousins in the US.
Today, within less than two months of ending (hallelujah!) what certainly will go down as the most bazaar, political season in history, I’ve become almost certifiable. I find myself starving for substance, for anything that remotely resembles relevant facts that I can take with me into the voting booth on November 8.
It took me awhile, but it’s finally happened. I’ve come to hate CNN, which is why I keep their news app at the top of my home screen. When I’m at the gym I strive for balance and discipline. I force myself to tune in Fox News and smugly declare to the buttons in front of me that keeping an open mind is essential—for five full minutes, until I realize that I’m peddling way too fast and despite a death grip on the handlebars, I’m sliding to the left and about to crash to the floor, whereupon I retreat, desperately pressing arrows that take me back to CNN’s anything but A New Day with Chris Cuomo and their mathematically balanced political pile of talking heads.
Meanwhile, the guy looking all buff to my right in his matching US Flag sweatband and matching workout shirt, (that somehow looks redder than I remember the flag looking), who’s also a “townie,” which means he knows everyone’s business, including mine, that I’m a Quaker and retired social worker-type with liberal leaning bumper stickers to prove it, politely smiles at me while shaking his head. Fortunately though my trump card with this guy is that we both know that I that worked with his nephew a decade ago and so we move on to the next machine with mutual smiles.
There. I feel better now.
People who know what to expect here at Rise This Day also know that I generally, usually, earnestly, almost always try to avoid politics and the whole vexing swamp of political discourse—mostly because the topic just seems to suck all the good air out of whatever room we’re in. Yet a few good and observant folks who visit here have also noticed in my Rise Up Quotes section that I have a page called “Weathering Political Seasons” that contain, in my view anyway, pithy observations by others about all things politics without being partisan.
To spare your index finger the stress of clicking around (hopefully that’s the finger you were thinking of using) I’ve included my Weathering (withering?) Political Seasons quotes in this post for your convenience (okay, and my pleasure). I hope that you enjoy them.
Regarding flies and dead mackerel
I don’t believe there’s any problems in this country, no matter how tough it is, that Americans, when Americans roll up their sleeves, can’t completely ignore.
– George Carlin
What used to be called liberal is now called radical, what used to be called radical is now called insane, what used to be called reactionary is now called moderate, and what used to be called insane is now called sold conservative thinking.
– Tony Kushner
On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
– H.L. Mencken
Sometimes I wonder if the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.
– Mark Twain
A tyrant is always setting some war in motion so that the people will be in need of a leader.
He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.
– George Bernard Shaw
He is brilliant but corrupt, like a dead mackerel by moonlight, which shines and stinks.
– Aaron Burr, describing a contemporary political figure.
Those who would give up essential liberty to gain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
– Benjamin Franklin
If you tell a big lie enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.
– Joseph Goebbels
Same old pile of crap, just a new swarm of flies.
– Will Rogers (who else!)
Text by K. Lee. Images above via the Internet. (As far as I know, you can’t buy the cat. But the interest is huge.)