Here we go! Another feeble attempt to reach out and make new friends across the width and breadth of this great land, across the ocean to the shores of Europe and Asia, to all ships at sea. It is time to get back to basics, by that I mean, “Love It Or Leave It.”
If you don’t like who got elected fine, go over there to those countries that we are building roads and bridges in, for people who ride donkeys to work, and watch your own kids go to bed at night hungry. Go over there and bitch about the government and then complain about the room they give you with the bars on the windows and the smelly bucket in the corner for a commode. Eat your bowl of gruel, laced with maggots for flavor, just get outta here.
Is America ready to rise like a real champion? Can we rise out of the ashes of the fire like the mythical Phoenix and soar again? A hard question and I am not sure if we have the answers anymore. We seem to have lost our moral compass, broken down our system of tried and true values, basically have trashed our Constitution and chucked it out the window.
As a friend of mine is fond of saying,
“We have thrown the baby out with the bathwater.”
Personally despite what Bush and his crew keep telling me, I don’t feel like a winner. When the bridge you are driving on collapses and you end up in the river, will you feel like a winner then?
It’s no victory for our country to have a broken and depleted military, a broken and depleted economy, with so much work to be done at home on issues of health care, poverty, infrastructure, education, environment, and perhaps, most of all, security.
And it’s no victory, that in attacking the wrong country, we boosted the enemy’s recruitment worldwide 500% and continue to bleed here at home. Finally, it is no victory for our children, reared in an America of such divisive antipathy, enormous debt, and tarnished standing. I shudder to even remotely consider what kind of world my precious grandchildren are going to inherit.
Despite recent boasts to the contrary, our country is not safer. It is not safer from without, and it is not safer from within. Building a fence on the border isn’t working … None of this is really working; it has been dysfunctional for a long, long time. We are just two ticks on the clock away from a suitcase bomb and we all know it.
The divisiveness brought on by the policies of George W. Bush and his supporters such as John McCain has created an emotional civil war. We have to ask ourselves, at what point emotions may even turn to violence here at home. When will the jackbooted police be knocking on your door. They have tapped your phones, compiled their inaccurate lists, and now read your mail.
What is coming next?
The American press is in shambles and just whispers, it has lost its voice. By and large, the media is going to do what’s good for the media. If that means covering the land for fashion, or fraud, or real issues, you can assume fashion their more likely target. While Americans died in the Middle East, Big Daddy Rumsfield was voted one of People Magazine’s sexiest men. Cheney shot a lawyer. Britney showed us her muff and Hollywood went into Detox on a regular basis, Mel Gibson shared his religious preferences, more people voted for the winner of American Idol than for Bush.
And all the while, the press pretended to be giving us the news.
Television and radio are not much better. Talk show hosts are going to continue to dispense their misinformation and stir the collective juices and soul of the country to their amusement. They are going to keep digging up a dead horse every day, just to see if it smells bad, and they are not going to give us sane and reasonable alternatives.
Don’t buy into it … You have a choice … your options are right there in your hand … it is called a mute button or channel selector.
Why settle for Oatmeal, when you can have steak? Do you really miss Sarah? Who cares. Palin has as much as admitted that she has no interest whatsoever in any culture but her own. Fine, I am glad that the electorate sent her home. It is that kind of lacking in basic curiosity and the void of insight or downright common sense, that comes with it which personified George Bush’s embarrassing Texas Country-folksy failings. We have all had enough of that.
Alaska when you get right down to the brass tacks of it, is basically a welfare state to begin with. Very little industry, heavily subsidized by the U.S. Government, who needs more of that? And recently they re-elected a convicted felon. Someone needs to put the brakes on this crap.
This is, for lack of a better word, simply the worst political climate in modern times. If we are to support hope, in a cycle of history that may be its last, then non-support for an elected president was a vote for cowardice. A vote not backed up by demand and participation, is an impotent one. A vote for hope followed by demand and action to realize it — is an American vote.
We voted this November, because we are Americans … This is our chosen method of doing things. We changed the flow or slowed the tide in our country by voting with our imaginations. A record number of our citizenry decided it is time, high time, to take a new approach to our problems.
As Erma or Ann, Margaret & Helen, or one of them gals would say …. Wake Up And Smell the Coffee.
We voted on a ticket of hope. Some voted their conscience. We voted to bring the boys home from a cesspool of indifference. And as Joe Biden says, “We voted for our patriotic duty to make a better world for our children by paying higher taxes.”
No matter how you voted … Whatever it or “whom” it was … it is now time to support them … not bitch about it. If none of this suits you and you do decide to leave, stop by Costco on the way out of town for your personal survival kit.
Me … I am staying put … I like it here.
“The cartoon courtesy of Center for American Progress” (online)