The outcome of the 2012 election broke my heart for America. I was disillusioned to realize how many Americans don’t appreciate the privilege of living in this blessed country. I was dumbfounded at the number of people who believe Obama and his administration have done a good job of it for the past four years, and why they trust him to do it better. I guess there’s nowhere to go but up for him, at this point. I still don’t get what they see that I don’t. Or maybe it’s something I see that they don’t. Or can’t. Or won’t.
The following are some random thoughts that I’ve been visiting for the past few days. Some of these are issues that came up in the election … some are just issues for the sake of being issues. And a lot of them are non-issues that have become issues.
Marijuana: Smoke it if ya got it. If you don’t got it, drink wine. Don’t smoke and drive and don’t smoke and operate dangerous machinery. Don’t drink and drive, and most importantly: don’t drink Jaggermeister. If marijuana helps ease your chronic pain from whatever, then do it. If it makes living in our deteriorating society bearable, then do it. Maybe I’ll do it.
Gay marriage: I’m all for people being happy, but I don’t think it’s any of the government’s business. We need to stop looking to crooked, corrupt politicians to “do something” about our issues. You wanna get married? Then do it before God and let Him decide if it’s legit. Don’t believe in God? Then have a pal marry you. I don’t know about anyone else, but I sure don’t need validation or sanctification from the government to justify my decisions. I think they outta stay out of marriage, period. What’s next? Having them tell you how many kids you can have?
Abortion: Wrong, no matter what the reason. Rape? Yep, still wrong to kill the baby. Besides, that’s a straw man argument, as pregnancy resulting from rape is so infinitesimally small that it doesn’t even rate a decimal point. So stop being so freaking melodramatic. And start carrying a gun so you can shoot a rapist before they do any raping. Oh, and stop filing false rape reports. Yes, it happens – more often than valid rape reports.
Birth control: If you want to have sex, you’re responsible for the precautions. If you want me to stay out of your bedroom (vis a vis homosexuality), then don’t demand that I pay for you to have sex. Your crotch, your problem. Try crossing your legs once in awhile. Men like mystery.
Socialism: Guess what? It isn’t going to work this time, either. Oh, and by the way, if you’re a true liberal who truly embraces personal freedom, you should probably stop supporting socialist politicians who have socialist agendas (aka the Democrat party). The only true liberals these days are libertarians.
Free stuff: It isn’t free. Never has been. Never will be. Someone pays for it, somewhere. Stop being so damned greedy. You want it? Work for it. Don’t want to work for it? Then go put on your bib and suck your thumb and hope manna drops from heaven for you (or vote for people like Obama so you can get a free cell phone).
The Republican Party: I like to call them the “Republicants.” Shame on the lot of you for letting it go this far. Better get your shite together or you might find yourselves on the outside of the New Tea Party. Stop being dolts and do everyone a favor: retire after a few years.
The Democrat Party: It isn’t Kennedy’s party any more. If you’re a D, you might want to start looking at who supports your favored politicians. You will find plenty of socialism to go around. And like the Republicants above, retire after a few years and get a real job.
The Constitution: It’s still a great document and it’s still relevant. My prayer is that it will find its way once again into the proverbial “Halls of Justice” someday. Soon. It has been the cornerstone of the most successful form of government. Ever.
God: He’s still the Boss, the Big Kahuna, the Head Honcho. Too many politicians think they’re above God. Careful there – He’ll slap you down like little gnats … be patient … His ultimate plan will be revealed soon enough. Until then, maybe we should stop being so Godless, eh? He’s watching, whether you believe in him or not.
Class warfare: The best way to get back at the rich is to become one of them. Knock off the envy – it’s ugly and it’s juvenile. People everywhere are buying into the big lie that wealth is divided into pie squares. It isn’t. And wealth isn’t static. You might be broke today, but much better off tomorrow. The important thing is to not remove the incentives for improvement. We have the opportunity to make our lives better here. Go check out some of the places where real poverty exists – where there’s not only a poverty of property, but a poverty of hope. Some people are born into that despair and will die there, because they live in places where it never changes.
War on Women: Really. Please. Go to Afghanistan or Iran. Watch while the community stones a woman to death for the sin of looking at a man. Watch them behead a woman for having an affair. Then come back and whine about your birth control. Seriously. If you think your crotch isn’t getting to enjoy all of its natural born rights here in the US, you should check out some of those countries in Africa where they circumcise little girls. How about refocusing all the energy you put into thinking about yourself, and instead start crusading for the rights of women who are actually being oppressed and abused?
Racism: Here’s what real racism is: “I won’t hire you because you’re black.” or “I’m going to hire you just because you’re white.” This is NOT racism: “I’m not going to vote for him because his policies are damaging our economy.” It isn’t Obama’s skin color that gives me fits – it’s his ideology and policies. His incompetence also gets under my skin. So does his deceptive nature.
Compassion/Charity: Compassion (or charity) is willingly reaching into your own pocket to help out your fellow human beings. It is not reaching into someone else’s pocket to help out your fellow human beings, no matter how morally superior it might make you feel. We are our brother’s keeper, not his henchman.
Conservatism: Maybe it’s time for a brand new party – one that respects individual rights AND responsibilities. One that looks at all legislation through the filter of the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence. A party that understands that less is more, when it comes to the size of the government.
Political Correctness: The uber-evil of our time. It started a hundred years ago with the Frankfurt School. It took on new form when people decided that God was obsolete and needed to be removed from the public domain – when the completely misconstrued “separation of church and state” thing was made up (you do know that no such phrase is in any of our founding documents). Look where it’s lead us: “Peanut butter and jam sandwich” is apparently a hidden racist code word. I grew up on the things, so I guess I’ve been discriminated against my whole life and didn’t even know it. It’s ridiculous.
Bullying: PC is bullying. Calling “racism” when it doesn’t truly exist is bullying, just like being a true racist is bullying. Taking my money to give to someone else is bullying. Demanding that other people pay your way, from college to condoms, is bullying. Gloating about your victory is bullying. Trashing someone’s Facebook post – on their own wall – with vitriol is bullying. Bullies are assholes. That’s all there is to it.
Lastly, here’s a terrific video. It explains why I don’t like the current administration’s policies. It has nothing to do with race, and everything to do with Obama’s anti-colonial ideology.