First, let me apologize for my long bout of silence. I'm certain I wasn't missed all that much, but still...
We are in the throes of Politics Season. No one wants to talk about tanks, or their family, or movies, or books. As if this presidential circus has some import. Bloody tough to have a sound conversation during Politics Season, because damn few people understand what politics are and how it works.
Politics is the coersion by force of law en masse of what cannot be achieved voluntarily by reason, individually. Simple. Doesn't matter whether you believe in the Divine Right of Kings, the wisdom of the Fuerher, or the sanctity of mob rule. Politics is the application of massed power.
We have some lawyer MOMs, so they at least understand the fungibility of the law. However, even lawyers (perhaps as a function of their profession,) retain faith in the system of law to produce just and fair outcomes. Nah.
The question is one of agency. Who has the ability to affect the law and those who would apply it? As important, who affects the mass perception of the law? Not you. A vote does not, in the real world, grant you agency. In truth, even money by itself grants you limited agency (politicians have a habit of not staying bought, which is why we buy both poiticians and their immediate threats. It's a numbers game.)
I'm not going to write a whole dissertation; just understand that the show that has you all rapt is just that:a show. I am by no means a player, but I have worked for players. I have personally given cash money to mayors, governors, the media and budgeted baksheesh to be given to presidents, senators and judges. I have personally met one of the presidential candidates, and personally know the people who hold the strings of the other.
I look forward to getting back to tanks and films
Cockail of the Day: French 75 In a champagne glass, 1 1/2oz gin, juice of a lemon wedge, 1/2 teaspoon of sugar, top off with champagne. Popularized at Harry's Bar in Paris (though invented at the Hotel Chatham for members of the Lafayette Escadrille.) Hits like the artillery it is named for.