On the off chance anyone stops by here, I should point out that it's been four months since I put myself on hiatus because I was getting terminally bad-tempered and unable to look at issues with any degree of balance.
My attitude toward the extremist wing-nuts incomprehensibly in power in this country was getting...well, I was starting to use a lot of swear-words and think longingly of McCarthyite tactics like reopening Alcatraz and stuffing them all in there. So I decided to take a break.
In retrospect, allowing all of that bile to accumulate, with no regular venting, may not have been a good solution.
Okay, to please those on the Right, more specifically those wing-nuts on the Right who think no one on the Left appreciates them? Let's celebrate the personal freedoms being safeguarded by the Right.
After decades of Right-wing assault EPA, you'll be pleased to know that the only part of government you approve of, the bit that sprays white phosphorous and napalm on unprotected countries around the world and persecutes USofA citizens, has been doing a bit of polluting here at home. You might want to exercise your freedom to invest in some home-based water and food purifying equipment. Pricey, but it might be worth it, if you ever want Johnny to read. (If not, there's plenty of muck-raking, slime-based wing-nut talk radio for Johnny to learn his bigotry from.)
Those of you who think the one-half of one percent or whatever grand sum it is that the USofA contributes from it's GDP to world aid annually is just too much money? You'll be happy to read yet another report about how the Bush Administration's inadequate promise of $15M (later raised to $35M and then $350M in an disgusting display of Public Relations Poker) is unlikely to be delivered on. After all, governments lie about aid all the time. And looking at the way the current crop of right-wing mouth-breathers have failed to decently fund any aid program in existence over the last four years, domestic or international, I don't think you have to worry that anyone's going to nick your paycheck for an additional 1 cent a year for something stupid like food and medicine for people who don't have access to such luxuries, even if they had the money to pay for them.
You know what? If anyone tells you the Right is getting it wrong these days? You just ignore them, okay? Ignore people like those whiny Iraqis who say that being liberated by the USofA is worse than living under Saddam Hussein. Some people don't know how to appreciate democracy.
(And, hey, if you find it hard to ignore such things, why not focus on that pretty picture of alleged prisoner abuse being sort of like making a pile of nekkid cheerleaders? Because we've all noticed that, aside from slaughtering tens of thousands of civilians, nothing makes the Right-wing happy like obsessing over sex and once you get past any little scruples about fantasizing about under-age girls...well, that picture just makes that whole nasty Iraqi problem go away, doesn't it?)
And, finally, for those anti-feminists who are also infesting the right-wing these days, here's a link to make your frightened little hearts glad. Women? No make-up? No job.. A few more rulings like this and you he-men will be back where you belong...on the top of the heap of frightened, ignorant, and inadequate trolls!
And! Once you remove the wimmin from the work-force, or get them back scrubbing floors and answering phones, it won't be nearly as obvious that you're the scrapings of the employment garbage heap and that, after all, is what you're after, isn't it? You actually know you don't have the brains and ability to be a success, so you want to lower the bar so you at least look more successful, right?
Only losers grade on a curve, boys. And not matter how you distort the curve, you're still going to be losers.
And that's pretty much all I have to say to you.
Let us look over toward the Left. Plenty of good and bad there. The 'bad' seems to be the whipped cream on the Liberal Sundae these days, though. You guys have it right. You know what you want...there's no inability to define or articulate the issues. Your problem? You got disgusted with the kind of person climbing to the top of the "leadership" heap and you turned your back on the problem. You should have been throwing rotten tomatoes, sending letters, and making phone calls.
FOIAs have been filed to find the "other Armstrongs" illegally working in the pay of the USofA government to
tell lies about boost Administration policies. Drop the Democratic Party leadership a note and tell them that we want to belong to a party that could, itself, survive such an investigation.
In some places workers still have rights. It's the 21st century and people are still having to fight for the right to work in reasonably safe conditions. Drop the Democratic Party leadership a note and tell them labor rights aren't quite the done deal they seem to be assuming, and remind them that organized labor has been the backbone of the Democratic Party for many years.
The unjustifiable and irrational tyranny of mandatory sentencing rules is at an end. Drop the Democratic Party leadership a note and tell them that we don't want more prisons, we want a better way to deal with crime and rehabilitation. While you're at it, tell them that someone arrested for an ounce of powdered cocaine should suffer the same penalty as someone arrested for holding an ounce of crack cocaine. Ask them to remove these little exemptions that protect the rich and victimize the poor.
You might think it's too little, too late, but it's not. Maybe it's only in response to the public outcry, but as long as pharmaceutical corporations own a large chunk of the majority of the asses on seats in Congress, getting any decent drug pricing is a miracle. (Of course, it remains to be seen just what kind of cuts we'll be seeing. Drop the Democratic Party leadership a note and tell them we'd rather they didn't continue to sell their asses to corporations already enjoying tens of billions of dollars worth of financial assistance from the USofA government.
If you can't be convinced that individual action will get results, find a group of like-minded individuals to join up with.
For those beginning to realize that their "inalienable rights" just might be under attack, sign the pledge. The ACLU has been around for a lot of years and they've been fighting for all our rights for all of that time.
And, above all? Never, never, never send any kind of check or donation to any political organization without including a letter. Five dollars? Ten dollars? Fifty dollars? Doesn't matter. Always include a letter pointing out specifically what you want your party or organization to believe in, stand for, work for, and achieve. I guarantee you if one million people send $5 each and each of them says that "healthcare for the uninsured" is a priority, that issue will rise to the top of the Democratic Party's Issue Heap before the next press conference.
If you have five issues you care about, write five checks. Include a separate issue with each check.
If you don't write so much as a postcard...then keep your mouth shut. Because I'm tired of listening to people bitch that the "Democratic Party" doesn't stand for what they want it to stand for. If you want them to stand for something, try telling them. Because this whole "let them read my mind" approach just isn't working, okay?
I'm disgusted with you.
And for people from both sides of the political spectrum, join FairVote. They're already working toward the next elections. (Yes, they do happen more than once every four years.) An honest, open, verifiable, and transparent election process Is. Not. A. Partisan. Issue.
Next Up: The Right Is Wrong or What This Country Needs Is A Real Liberal Bias.