Back in 2005, I penned a screed, little read but appreciated by those few who did, attacking Republicons, Democridiots, and everyone else in between.
Today, Americans are more angry, scared, and frustrated; they’re retreating back to their Bibles and guns — oops! Poor choice of words there, let me rephrase that: We’ve lost faith in almost everything and everyone and are ripe for the picking by those who reinforce our deepest fears. Anyone for Glenn “I Really Am Crying, it’s not Makeup” Beck or Sarah “I’m Too Sexy for My Shoes” Palin? Rush “Bubbles” Limbaugh? Ed “The Whale” Schultz? How can anyone take them seriously?
What we need are leaders who understand our fears but have a vision for the future that is believable and attainable. Yeah, and I need a hair transplant — badly. But just when the good ol’ US of A needs forward-looking leadership, both the fat guys and the asses are looking backwards. Fred Hiatt, in the Washington Post of October 18, wrote in an op-ed, “…in this midterm election they [politicians] seem increasingly pointed to the past.”
Some Republicons want to repeal the 17th amendment, which called for the direct election of senators by the people. Return that right to the state legislatures as the Foundling Fathers wanted. Yup, just the kind of issue that will rescue America. And the Democridiots can’t stop thinking about yesterday, when they had George Bush to kick around, while the nonsense that business is the root of all evil does nothing but further isolate certain liberals from reality.
Wonderfully, the attacks aren’t limited to interparty squabbles. Democridiots are spraining ankles and dislocating knees scrambling away from President Obama’s legislative victories. Many Republicons decided it’s not o.k. to bound around in a Nazi uniform in the name of historic reenactment.
Best of all, Sen. John McCain’s daughter, Meghan, startled pachyderms & delighted mules when she said that Christine O’Donnel “is seen by many young Republicans as nut job.” On ABC’s This Week, McCain said O’Donnell “has no real history, no real success in any kind of business.” But the witch won the nod to be the Republicon candidate in Delaware. Go figure.
Posturing panderers to the public. Yeah, TARP and other rescue bills did nothing but increase the national debt. Without those, we’d be in a depression not seen since the 1930s. Precious few economists from either side would disagree with that. But it’s great fodder for the right, even when they’re wrong.
Harken to the Words of Jesus. Or, It’s Mine, All Mine
Love they neighbor as thyself? As times get tougher, Americans seem to become more mean spirited and greedy. Poverty in America is at a fifteen-year high, 14.3%, according to a Census Bureau report issued last Thursday. That’s one in seven, or 44 million Americans. It gets better: Twenty percent of children in America live in poverty. That’s one in five children, people. Does that statistic give you pause for even a moment? Do you care? Nah. Fuck the poor people. They’re poor because they’re lazy, genetically deficient, culturally diseased.
Of course, the real poverty rate is much higher, but it’s held down by two factors: people living with relatives or parents or sharing couches, and, most incredibly, a poverty rate for a family of four set at $22,050. And I don’t want to hear from college kids about how they live just fine in an apartment on $5,000 or those who argue that the figure doesn’t include food stamps and other government socialist programs. A family of four would be poverty stricken if they earned $30 thousand — or 40. But no one wants to face that reality. We’ve returned to the caves and are hiding under rocks, surrounded by what wealth we can accumulate.
Ah, if people would only remember their Bible, remember what it means to be good Christians.
Gospel of Mark, 12:30: “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 12:31: And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” [Emphasis added.]