Sunday, March 07, 2010

I Am Angry

Speaking for myself (and maybe you?) I am beyond angry - so far beyond angry I don't even know what to call it. But perhaps unlike you, I doubt very much the system we have now is fixable. It's a sad, pathetic charade; the desiccated, ghoulish remains of what used to be a semi-functional democracy (or a functional semi-democracy, depending on your viewpoint). As Joe Bageant said recently,
"I don't know why everyone seems so outraged at how we've been pissed on by the Obama administration. Actually, it's a long standing tradition. The same old crew of elites has always been pissing on the citizenry down here. They've just had different presidents holding their dicks for them. I wouldn't worry too much about it "leading to electoral disaster?" Our electoral process IS a disaster. The electoral college is designed to thwart the popular vote. And regarding "If the Dems are going to rule like the Republicans anyway." Neither party rules. Corporations do the ruling. Politicians conduct the public sing-along about democracy."
My current cultural and existential focus has become increasingly centered around how to become food and energy self-sufficient as quickly as possible with the resources I have. I'll be posting much more about these matters in the weeks and months to come.
However, the following piece makes some excellent points, and speaks to what most of us have been feeling in spades. Personally, I loathe gutless, spineless, dickless wonders who crumble at the first hint of someone else's displeasure or opposition. I hate that trait in acquaintances, but hate it more than anything in people whose job it is to be a leader - supposedly able to make decisions and get things done. (Especially men-people, who have had the freedom, privilege and upbringing to develop those skills from day one. What the fuck is their excuse?! Nut up, ya pussies!)

By John Cory:
I am angry.

I'm tired of pundits and know-nothing media gasbags. I'm tired of snarky "inside politics" programming. I am sick of the bigotry and hatred of "birthers" and faux patriotic cranks and their GOP puppet masters. And I'm really pissed at the Democratic Party that confuses having a plate of limp noodles with having a spine.

I'm going to vomit if I hear the word "bipartisanship" one more time.

It was "bipartisanship" that gave us this activist conservative Supreme Court. A Supreme Court that says money is free speech and corporations are persons except when real people try to hold them accountable for their greed and poisonous ways.

"Bipartisanship" gave us the Patriot Act and FISA and illegal wiretaps and two wars and "free speech zones" and "no fly" lists. God bless bipartisan America.

I get nauseated every time the Senate explains how it takes a super majority to do anything for the American people. Tell you what Senate Bozos, if it takes 60 votes to pass legislation than it should take 60% of the popular vote to get you elected.

When some Tea Party crank says, "I want my country back," I respond, "No madam, you want your country backward."

When a deficit-mongering politician says, "How do we pay for this?" Why not ask, "What did you Republicans do with the surplus we Democrats left you?"

When a compassionate conservative says, "Healthcare reform is socialism," why not answer, "No, sir it is the moral and American way to care for people."

Yes, I can hear it now: "You are naïve and simplistic. These are complicated matters and require sophisticated solutions. Democrats are a big tent and strive for balance. But Republicans block our path at every turn. We are thinking and considering new ways to work in harmony with everyone."

Bite me.

The only thing you get with "harmony" is a Barbershop Quartet.

Democrats stop being Republican Lite. Stop whining about that mean GOP and their nasty messaging. Grow a pair, get a message, get a bumper sticker and hang it out there. Get some strong vivid talking points.

G-O-P = Greed Over People.

Greed Kills - jobs, people and the economy.

Terrorism is Viagra for Republicans: The more fear - the more excited they get.

When a soldier dies for America, who dares ask if they were gay or straight?

Don't act so shocked, Democratic Party. Have you looked around lately?

You're losing the young vote that showed up to elect Obama. You're losing those old enough to remember real Democrats. Why? Because you don't talk to them any more than you talk to me. You talk at me. You talk around me. You talk down to me. You talk about me. You don't talk with me. And you don't inspire and you don't champion and without that you are nothing more than an arbitrator of compromise and abdication.

You are facing a bully. Deal with it! Read the rest.

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Blogger Sara said...

All I can say is that self-sufficiency, or at least going in the direction of it, has really helped to distract me in a constructive way from the shitstorm that is the world economy, our new culture of ignorance (read: tea bag cult), and the mudslinging that is our elected gov't. In the end, I can't trust anyone to feed my family but me. So why not do that on my terms.

Are you going to keep chickens, Anna? I go straight to mine when I get home after work and decompress while they cluck at me about their day and scratch for worms and bugs. I love that I'll never have to buy fertilizer again. Or eggs.

7:19 PM  
Blogger Anna Van Z said...

Sara, I'm trying to find a way to create a safe, humane area in the pasture for chickens. I have a feral cat colony living on my property that I feed and vaccinate, and seem to have a fox den, visiting coyotes, and domestic dogs packing up and running at night. And quasi-pet raccoons. It's like Wild Kingdom or something.
I used to get yard eggs from the lady down the road, but since I haven't been able to I don't buy eggs. I will not support the poultry industry as it's extremely cruel, but if I had my own hens who could be happy and protected, I would like to have some eggs. I love chickens, and love to hear them cluck amongst themselves.
When I was a kid, I had pet ducks, chickens, and geese. That was some time ago!

8:02 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Anna, I have a colony over the side fence; my neighbor feeds the neighborhood ferals.

I can't pasture my girls all day, but they get supervised recess early evening before the sun goes down so its instinct for them to go inside at lights-out, rather than I'm shooing them in with a stick. So... they have a really large run which is walled with hardware cloth and a heavy tarp on top. And we have padlocks on all the openings to the coop and run. We were planning for clever raccoons, and for some reason don't get them in the backyard (knock wood). But that's not to say they're never around; I'm sure they are.

And, I'm with you on how chickens are treated commercially. It is completely despicable. Part of why I started keeping a small flock.

11:12 AM  

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