Saw my first political ad today. A nice reminder to make sure I have lots of content on the DVR to cover up the event. I don’t think I can take a second more of lies and bullshit politics.
“What” you ask, or don’t ask, “You’re a political animal Sank,” Crazy I know.
I’ve crossed over to the dark side of cynicism, coupled with a healthy dose of disgust. I don’t know who to vote for to be honest. I know who I don’t want to vote for, Joe-Paul Mitt Ryan Hussein Obama, if you know what I mean. And once again I’m going to have hold my nose when I vote and select the candidate who I dislike the least. And, thanks to the Citizens United deal, I’m pretty sure it’s only going to get worse from a lying cheating standpoint.
4 years ago, I felt pretty good about voting for Obama. I liked what he had to say, I was quite weary of 8 years war mongering Bush policies, corruption at the highest levels of government, (Halliburton bidding for example) American concentration camps, the government torturing people in my name, my government wiping its ass with the constitution and so on and so forth. I wanted change.
On the other side, I was hoping for some new things like health care systems with equal access for all Americans, improvements to social programs to take care of our vulnerable citizens, our elderly, and a chance to quit debating fucking creationism and abortion and all the other red herring issues that do nothing to advance the country.
I liked the idea of change. I was proud that America could look past skin color and elect an African-American president. I wasn’t surprised when it started to become clear that Obama had a chance, that the wingnuts began spinning. My email was treated to every conspiracy theory you could imagine about his background, how he came to be a candidate you name.
Bottom line- there’s a scene from the film Trading Places where Eddy Murphy and Dan Aykroyd become part of an elaborate bet by the evil Duke brothers that people are a result of circumstance more than breeing. In the movie Murphy, acting as the managing director of the brokerage, overhears the Duke’s settling their bet in the men’s room.
Randolph Duke: [Valentine overhears the Dukes talking in the bathroom] Pay up, Mortimer. I’ve won the bet.
Mortimer Duke: Here, one dollar.
Randolph Duke: [chuckling] We took a perfectly useless psychopath like Valentine, and turned him into a successful executive. And during the same time, we turned an honest, hard-working man into a violently, deranged, would-be killer!
Randolph Duke: Now, what are we going to do about taking Winthorpe back and returning Valentine to the ghetto?
Mortimer Duke: I don’t want Winthorpe back, after what he’s done.
Randolph Duke: You mean, keep *Valentine* on as managing director?
Mortimer Duke: Do you really believe I would have a *nigger* run our family business, Randolph?
Mortimer Duke: [Valentine's eyes widen with outrage] Of course not. Neither would I.
Every time I get passed some bullshit email about Obama being a Muslim, or wanting to turn America into a socialist workers paradise, or that Obama care is the work of Satan, that scene from the movie kind of starts running through my head.
So I voted for change. And now he were are 4 years later, what’s changed?
We’re still at war. Slightly less so in Iraq, and we’re in the exact same place in Afghanistan. Pointless nation building for a bunch of people who really don’t want to get out of the stone age. I say, let’m fester where they are we can move on.
By the way as an aside, I think maybe we should quite handing our “allies” the Afghans guns, ungrateful bastards keep shooting us with them. Minutes after we hand them over it seems. “Fool me once” as Scotty from Star Trek used to say.
Lezseenow Bill of Rights… President Obama on December 31 of 2011 signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for 2012, and with his signature basically wiped out a little concept I like called Habeas Corpus. Basically, if you’re arrested you MUST be brought before a judge and be charged for something. And they have to do it quickly. Well, if you weren’t paying attention when this bill went through the Military can now arrest and detain you, and by you I mean foreigners AND American citizens, INDEFINATELY. That means as in as long as they like, regardless of evidence. All they have to do is think you’re a communist. No wait, I meant Taliban. Or Al Qaeda. Or have visited Pakistan. Or maybe India ‘cause that’s close to Pakistan. Well, since they don’t have to prove shit, doesn’t matter what they say. Detain away.
Seriously this thing is worse than anything Dick Cheney, not exactly a freedom loving patriot, tried to do in his years a shadow president. This is currently in court and for once my right wing friends should be thankful for the ACLU. No one likes Lawyers until they need one. Then they like’m a lot!
Concentration Camp- “A camp where civilians, enemy aliens, political prisoners, and sometimes prisoners of war are detained and confined, typically under harsh conditions.” American Heritage Dictionary.
Obama promised to close our concentration camps at Guantanamo Bay and in Afghanistan. The Bagram Theatre Detention Center if you don’t know. This is where the United States detains people without due process and tortures them.. just like the Soviets did and Nazis did and every other you name it bad guy. These camps are still open and still in the business of torturing in my name. This alone should be a deal breaker. .
Look, I get it that there are terrorists in the world who will do us great harm, I happen to believe however that the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights are magnificent documents that do not need to be altered or changed because some douchebag congressman doesn’t think our founding fathers anticipated terrorists or evil doors among us. Funny how people so intent on keeping the tenants of a 5000 year old book are quick to change interpretation of 236 document they claim to hold in equal reverence.
Uh Economy. It’s bust. Obama hasn’t helped, the congress hasn’t helped, the Euro fiasco hasn’t helped. No one want to do shit to fix this except, protect their own interests. All I know is when the two parties entrusted to making policy can’t negotiate with the countries best interests in mind, we screwed.
I’m pissed about the fact that the perpetrators of the current mess, who… and follow along here, BROKE THE FUCKING LAW by getting creative with banking and finance regulations, are all going to walk free, well my head is going to explode. Goldman Sachs executives just this week got a get out of jail free card from the Administration. Money talks.
I have to laugh, laugh through tears mind you. When Obama was elected my right wing friends went off about how we’d elected a socialist and everything thing was going to change for the worse. The government was taking over everything, coming after their guns, closing their churches, imposing Sharia law, opening the southern border to the Brown Horde.. and here we are, 4 years later and as I predicted it’s pretty much the same. The Ship of American Politics doesn’t turn very fast, it makes course corrections occasionally, but no President can institute a quick fix on anything.
So, who ya voting for Sank? How about Ron Paul.. Lemmie go on record Ron Paul and the Little Paul are psychopathic xenophobic racists so uh NO to the Pauls. I like America.
Romney? And go back to Regan fiscal policy that got us into this economic morass to begin with? Uh..Gee have to think about that one.
Which is a whole ‘nuther blog. Stay tuned.