Ron Paul and the other DC Reboot

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Yes, sometimes I talk about Batman.  Sprinkled hither and yon on this Daily Cocca, between comparisons of Netflix to NATO and calls for the Tea Party and the Occupiers to seize their common ground and change the political process, sometimes I review comic books or talk about the Hero’s Journey as it pertains to Barack Obama.  This is all very natural to me, but it may vex some of you.  I can’t apologize for this…it’s the wellspring of excess and insight we’ve forged together in postmoderndom.

From this melange, a few interesting metrics:  in general, posts about the DC comics reboot have the most traction on cmmunities like StumbleUpon and bring the most seach queries knocking.  Part of this has to do with the fact that I posted pictures of “the new 52″ at the right time, but more of it has to do with the online culture around fandom and the interest that piqued when the mainstream media first broke the story.

After DC Comics, things about the Tea Party have been gaining ground.  In particular, I’ve seen a trend here and on facebook for Ron Paul supporters to comment about their man without saying his name.  Very interesting tactic.  I’d love to hear more about why you’re doing this.  I have some ideas.

For the record, I like a lot of what Ron Paul is about.  He’s the only GOP candidate whose ethic of life makes any sense (anti-abortion AND anti-war), but we’re not cozy on everything.  Still, he’s the only guy up there who believes what he says and will keep on saying it until he’s unable or until we’re back on the gold standard and have fundamentally changed our financial and monetary systems.  And our foreign policy.  Good on you, Ron Paul.  That nexus of things the Tea Party is mad about and the things Occupiers are protesting is visible in large part because of you.

So the DC reboot and Ron Paul are trending topics.  Pardon the easy reduction, but a full reboot of Washington, DC, made possible by the Tea Party, Occupy, and their respective supporters and empathizers seizing common ground has been trending in my gut for a while.  My hunch is that the political tolerance of the great, disgruntled epicenter of the current American middle  enough far enough center-right and center-left to support a new kind of coalition of the willing.   Is Americans Elect the technological, electoral tool we’ve been waiting for?  Will it help us bypass the Two Major Parties and their Rigged Systems?”  I certainly hope so.  If not it, something like it.  And now.

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10 comments

  1. here is a thought… politicians aren’t the answer. Paul, Obama, Clinton, Bush, Romney, Clinton… no one person is the solution. But people, unified around the concept that too much power in the hands of government or business or a small group of people, can be part of the answer. I know you joke about your Kuccinich/Paul dream ticket, but I go one step further: it takes a group of crazy D’s and a group of crazy R’s putting aside all that easily divides them and works toward helping real people overcome the big government and big business working against them. What a concept?

  2. Speaking of electoral tools..
    Wordpress was smart enough to generate a topical-targeted-ad that was so seamless I thought it was part of the original post. The gist is that Costco has mounted a 22 million dollar campaign in Washington State to de-privatize liquor. If passed, I-1183 will close all State liquor stores and allow the sales for independent distributors (like Costco).

    http://protectourcommunities.com/

    It’s interesting because their political influence bypasses the scrutiny of both OWS and the Tea Party.

    There is no nexus to oppose pure cash.

  3. Why do i have to expend so much mental energy just trying to work out what the fuck this is all about? If you’re going to spread your message wider, whatever it is, you need to learn to write in plain understandable English.

  4. Ron Paul may make some interesting points and stay on message but, unfortunately, hardly anyone is able to hear them. I just happened to create a tag cloud (visual display of the words used most often) based on recent LexisNexis news transcripts from both Fox News and MSNBC.

    “Paul” does not appear on MSNBC’s top terms until I expand the rankings to the Top 75, whereas names like “Perry,” “Romney,” and “Cain,” are in the Top 25.

    Much to my surprise, “Paul” does not even make the Top 150 on Fox, and that is as low as my tag cloud tool goes.

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