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Thursday, April 23, 2009

The ides of change and Tea Parties:

First, I would like to welcome Becky C. at Just a Girl in Short Shorts to my blog roll. I find her posts engaging and thought provoking. While I disagree with some of her politics, in many civil liberties issues, we have common ground.

Second, you may notice my Obama button is gone. That's simply because the election is over, and we need to move on with our lives. While I think Obama has done a much better job than his immediate predecessor did in his first 100 days, the bloom is off the rose, and I have some areas of concern. I'm concerned with the debt we are leaving the generations to come. That said, I also feel it reasonable to conclude things had deteriorated to a point where no good choices existed, merely varying degrees of bad. While it was not a decision on whether to attempt to save the Kobayashi Maru, the situation was, and will likely remain, quite dire.

Like anyone with a pulse and a brain, I noticed the Tea Party protests on April 15. I understand and agree with concerns about the debt we are leaving the generations to come. However, this is not a new concern for me. Currently, our national debt is roughly 70% of the GDP and growing, and much of the growth of that debt occurred under the Bush administration. Where were these Tea Partiers a year ago? Two? Six? Eight? Where was their outrage over our children being crushed with debt because of wars we should never have fought and cannot possibly win? No, instead, we saw signs saying to send Obama back to Kenya. For fuck's sake, President Obama was born in Hawaii, NOT Kenya or any other nation on another continent. Also, they're actively criticizing a President of the United States of America? Wasn't that considered "un-American" by these same arguments for birth control just a few short months ago? It is un-American to substitute bigotry and spin for the reasoned debate whose endangerment has endangered this very nation. Debate the issues. Talk in reasoned tones with those who disagree, and be willing to listen just as you hope others listen to you. This is how you learn and grow as an individual, and this is how you help restore this country. Partisanship is all well and good, as long as it is tempered with reason and an acknowledgment of the love your opponent has for this nation. I said "opponent" deliberately, for wherever you stand, those whose views contradict your own opposes you, though this does not make that person your enemy, and it is this distinction that has been lost over the years, in no small part due to Fox News (with a few notable exceptions) and other extremists on the airwaves and in our seats of government, all the way down to the smallest town hall.

To those who say to send Obama back to Kenya, I ask this: Why aren't you saying "Send McCain back to Panama?" Unlike Obama and Kenya, McCain was actually born in the Canal Zone, which is now part of Panama. Besides, he's old, and the warmth may be good for his aching joints and his addled brain. Oh, and to those who mistake President Obama for a Kenyan, I ask that you stop sucking the dicks of white supremacists. To all else, including the President of the Untied States of America (misspelling intentional), a man who has already helped restore the honor and image of this great land, I bid you good night.

As for the new logo, well, this video will show why. While I am not involved with Baylout, I am aware of their existence and respect their opinion and their actions on behalf of freedom.


Snave said...

Untied States of America indeed. I totally agree with you about there probably not having been any better choices left to make than what Obama has chosen to do.

Everything was broken when he took office. I don't have a problem with him using the government to get things back on their feet. But I also don't like the debt... How can we be sure something like this won't happen again at some point, requiring even more financial sacrifice on the part of Americans? If there is a plan to prevent a repeat of what happened, then o.k. If they're just flying by the seat of their pants, I have a major problem with it.

That handful of extremists who shape right wing opinions... I agree, reasoned debate is the best way for American to marginalize the extremist views... on either end of the political spectrum.

It's odd how much Bush brought out the leftist in me, and now that we have a leftist president and Democratic Congress, I find myself becoming a bit more moderate in some areas. Go figure! 8-)

Mandelbrot's Chaos said...

I'm shocked by how much people on the right are listening to someone who admits to being a mere entertainer, Rush Limbaugh. If this were Europe, Mr. Limbaugh would be in prison for the most outrageous of his comments. While I'm glad that's not the case here, I find his comments unforgivable and everything about him reprehensible. If there is one thing wrong with America, it is him. For fuck's sake, he even had the chutzpah to blame a right-wing conspiracy nut extremist shooting up the Holocaust Museum on the LEFT. Imagine me saying the next few words like Whoopi Goldberg: "What the hell?!"

As for your views moderating, nature strives for equilibrium. When we had a president who was to the right of Atilla the Hun (and who should be brought before International War Crimes Tribunal at The Hague), a leftward shift was necessary to attempt to bring about balance. You have adapted, something the right has shown an unwillingness and possibly an inability to do.