Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Sometimes You Just Want to tell Them, F--- You!! [a rant]

Considering I am not borrowing money, and living pretty damned frugally, a quote like this from an elite blood sucker, living large on tax money, working for another blood sucker who will never have to be the victim of half his own initiatives due to built in exemptions, not to mention their pensions and other perks, pisses me off:

"Americans have to make tough choices about how to live within their means while still investing in their future, and the president's choices are no different. The president is looking forward to talking directly to the American people and sharing his commitment to making deep cuts, so that we can continue to invest in areas like innovation that will help our economy continue to grow," said Adam Abrams, a White House spokesman.

Oh? Americans have to make tough choices about living within their means? Who the hell are you to be spouting this patronizing pap, Mr. Abrams? I've been making tough choices for a long time, while your holy church, the US Federal government (along with state and city versions), has been going deeper into debt, misusing and abusing the military in bizarre wars of conflicting definitions and goals, while ensuring that we suffer scarcities in various energy sources, etc. And always FOR OUR OWN GOOD. Or the better good, or to stick it to the mythical evil corporations--who in fact are actually you. Only the evil ones are in partnership with you guys. You've done a good job running most others out of the game.

Do you think that facebook creep or any of the others kiss up to politicians due to some altruistic desire to see alleged "visions for the future" become law of the land? Hell no. The more of a Washington insider you become, the more your industry can prevent competition, skirt around matters of ethics and honesty, and the more raw power you get to wield in various ways.

Become wealthy enough and you can join the puppeteer club, and you can be one who pulls the strings while the rest of us watch the marionette show believing it is real.

So, Adam Abrams, you, and those whom you represent, make me sick and I would love to punch you in the nose, confiscate your wallet, strip you of any tax paid salary or pension, then have your creditors harass you because you can't pay.

Those who live within their means have watched their means dwindle in value. Food prices are up, utilities in many places are up, rent is high, and it costs more to travel a mile than it did not long ago. These things are traceable to government poicies and various restrictions. So, screw you, Adam, you hypocritical bastard.

And for God's sake, do not come back with some tale of George Bush. The problem is now you and your gang. He is gone, and your gang held many of the cards before he left. I will say I find it amazing that anyone could make me long for him to be back in power, or even Bill Clinton, but you guys have managed to make me pine for the good old days when we only had a few wars going, but we could still afford to fill the gas tank at least half full.

Of course you, Adam (and your gang), and they are all nuts from the same tree.

Campaign Advice

I think I should hire out as a campaign manager. It is clear that most politicians don't know how to win.

Number one thing a presidential candidate is going to need is a good logo. This is the realm in which the Obama crowd really broke ground. Obnoxious as it sounds, we've entered an era in which everything and everyone is considered a "brand".
Without that logo, I doubt Obama would have been elected.

So, you need a pleasant logo which means absolutely nothing but somehow implies moving into the happy utopia beyond.

The other thing you need is a meaningless, yet noble sounding slogan. Again, Obama's people nailed it down with the "Hope and Change" phrase. And, of course, "Yes We Can". In reality it means absolutely nothing. In practice it meant, even more military personnel fighting abroad, more debt, higher cost of personal mobility, etc. Instead of a change, as in slowing momentum or turning things around, we have experienced an acceleration in the same direction, and by design more than not. It is simply true.

Even so, there are always talking points. "Talking points" has become the politically correct term for propaganda and misinformation. Half-truths. It is important to realize that half-truth has become the new truth, if you plan to win elections. Of course, that is one of the items which has been a major factor for many years. Not like the logo and slogan advancements, the big lie, half-truth, has won the day since before the time of Lincoln.

So, if anyone is to put on a good showing, that candidate must be identified with a good logo. It has to be good on any scale--small or large. That's one of the defining points in logo design. Obama's logo people nailed it. The only place he screwed up on that was not claiming his daughter or some poor inner city youth drew it up and voluntarily gave it to him.

Slogans can be tough. Things have changed since the days of "Tippecanoe and Tyler too" or however that went. "I like Ike" is the only other one I remember.

Oddly, Obama's slogan wasn't about him. Everything else he does or says is. It implied messiah without saying, "He's the One". They left those comments to others.

If anyone hires me, I am going to be hard pressed to compete in the slogan and logo arenas. What so few realize is that the substance of the message means zilch. All you get by trying to honestly explain what you think should be done and how, is support from those who are already on your team, and ridicule from those on the other team. The trick is to say nothing, and make it sound noble.

So far, it doesn't appear like anyone's catching on. Maybe the Ron Paul people are closest to having a brand with that lovelution stuff. It's a bit complex, and he's too old and serious. If you actually try to explain things in truth and detail, you are like a sitting duck. Got to imply what's in it for the voter. Sometimes it is just the promise of being cool, and that the French won't hate you any more. Obama nailed that one as well, although some believed he was going to pay their mortgages and fill the fuel tanks on their cars. He never set them straight. That is how it is done.

I see so no competition in that race. Unless they hire me to groom the candidate for public appearances, and learn how to pretend to be the "Chosen One", these people have no shot. Now, if Hilary really wanted it, I suppose she and Bill could have some people offed, and she'd get there by playing on the victimization of everyone. Encouraging everyone to be victims works, but I think we saw how the logo, the slogan, and the air of mysticism worked even better.

Complaint will not work. Not in a presidential race. You cannot win by purely pointing out that the other side is raping and pillaging. You have to give that illusion of "vision". The only way to do that is to not actually define any vision that makes sense. It has to be vague, glorious, misty and mystical. Kind of like that "Bridge to the 21st Century" that Clinton promised. What did that mean? Nothing. But we envisioned a beautiful bridge, on a sunny day, with everyone walking effortlessly over the arching throughfare, Bill in front, leading us to the other side, where all was well. Not unlike the Obama logo

Maybe I'll work on a winning slogan and competitive logo. It is a challenge. Many candidates simply appear to be impossible to effectively brand with a good logo and slogan. Gingrich, for instance. The epitome of a waste of time and money if anyone really supported his candidacy. I don't care what your views, he has no chance, even with my help. Some of the others, I could help, but they would have to hide out and shut up for awhile, and make no move until I get there to fix their candidacy problems.

I suppose a logo full of sexual innuendo might not work out. Perhaps if the candidate is female, you could get away with a powerful phallic logo. Have to be well done, and at least appear to be subtle. Only a female could get by with that.

I guess I better rebrand my own life before I seek my fortune in campaign management. I do think I may be just what is needed. Besides, I want to see someone new in there. Not sure who, but a person who doesn't recoil at the thought of personal freedom and mobility, and who is not stricken with guilt because we aren't europe would be an improvement. The self hate in this country needs to change or there will be nothing left of us.

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