Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Quotation Of The Day That Explains Everything About Contemporay Politics

The Twitterverse has a denizen @NietzscheQuotes who tweeted the following earlier today:  "A politician divides mankind into two classes: tools and enemies."  The quotation explains the current political crisis perfectly.

For Republicans President Obama is an "enemy."

McConnell and his colleagues are using the debt ceiling debate to destroy Obama's presidency even if responsible Republicans warn them of disastrous effects.

The traditional, common person definition of tool is something that can be employed to complete a specific task.  Politicians have long used voters as means to an end.  In this debate, tea party activists, medicare recipients, talk radio hosts, editorial writers, and nearly anyone who can cast a vote are cynically being used as tools to achieve an a desired end.  Both parties use attempt to use their supporters and opponents in this cynical manner.

The more contemporary definition of tool is "One who lacks the mental capacity to know he is being used.  A fool. A cretin."  For example, a young commenter might say, "John Boehner is Eric Cantor's tool" instead of the following:
Roll Call looks at how Eric Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House, has tried to deflect questions of his intentions as it relates to the speakership and current Speaker John Boehner. And it looks at how after walking away from the debt talks last week, he’s suddenly back as a key player now that Boehner has rejected a “grand bargain.”
The Hill also leads with the Boehner-Cantor relationship: “House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) does not wield the Speaker’s gavel, but he appears to hold a veto pen in the Republican conference.”
It looks as if Nietzsche is a prophet as well as a philosopher.

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