Saturday, October 18, 2008

Things Mama Forgot To Teach You: Two Sides To Every Story

I'm the kind of person that is curious. I read conservative blogs on a somewhat regular basis. As long as I can stand it and then I take a short break. I need to know what they are saying and I want to know the mentality of their thought, how they think, what they think and why. That's why it gets tired for me pretty quick sometimes. They are so unabashedly, immovably entrenched in their thinking that they work against the common good. Seems voter fraud and apparent stealing of the election is the big rage now. Gee, some of us have been hollering that or something similar for quite sometime now. They laughed it off and came up with all their special facts on why we had no facts. Maybe they can relate to how you felt now? Don't count on it, empathy is some french word or something apparently because its back in a dark dusty corner from what I can see when visiting our radical right brethern. It appears we are only suppose to take it seriously when they have a complaint. I even saw someone bold enough to infer there were few if any questionable tactics on the right. Brain scrubbed clean as a whistle. It seems they dismiss the most undeniable fact in all of history. The fact that there are at least two sides to every story. Being a beliver with that good ol authoritarian mind set that they are I guess it is understandable, but how in the hell do you deal with that? As a matter of fact some of them are so 'Individualist' to do things in common or for the common good is anathema to their thinking. They don't want to solve problems together as far as I get it. Just leave me alone is a battle cry for them.
Believe you me I am a great believer in diversity. I think it is the lifeblood of our country. Be it politically, socially, culturally, you name it. Their individualism seems to come from fear more than any ultimate desire for a better world or patroitism or some other virtue. I see lots of fear of everything you can possibly imagine on my journeys to the right.

What inspired me to this post?

Marshall Art is one I can usually stand a little longer than the others sometimes cuz Marshall has his days when he actually makes sense. I get the sense of and understand it as something well intentioned, whether I agree with his way of going about it or not. Then there are times like this when I wonder if hes losing that grasp on rational problem solving:

This thread at Sister Toldjah's reminds me of a discussion I once had somewhere regarding the fact that some people just shouldn't vote. That's not to say that I think the average American should in any way be prevented. Of course not. That would be wrong. But if there was some way to convince idiots to stay home and stop pretending like they know what they're talking about, that would be great. It would mean absolutely no Democratic votes of course, but if that's what has to happen, then so be it. In other words, if Dems really want to display their patriotism, they should stay home on election day. That one selfless act on each of their parts would be regarded by me (at least) as a true indication of patriotism unlike anything they could ever show by voting for Obama.........But as the link to Sister Toldjah's blog clearly shows, as well as the links from that post of hers, the depth and breath of stupidity amongst Obama supporters is the stuff of legend.........I could go on. Believe me, I could. But the question might be, what of you rightwingers? Surely there are rightwing counterparts to those you mock? And I'd say, get your own blog, ya loser! But seriously, if you put two chimps in a booth and they voted, the one who punched Johnny Mac's ticket is, by virtue of his choice, the smarter chimp. And it's not because the chimp is well versed on economics or foreign policy, but rather, considering their penchant for throwing pooh, they see Obama for what he is. But truly, more stupid than those highlighted in Sis' post are the educated and political of the Democrat community. They see Obama for what he is but their hatred for the right leads them to deny it or ignore it or to pretend it isn't true. And what is Obama? For all his sorry policy positions, his alliances, his world view, he's simply wrong for this country. Don't be stupid.

He was begging for a response with all that.

Well Marshall it's certainly easy to find semi bright or dumb people in this country but I'm called unamerican when I say it. It means I hate my country.

Here's some more dumb people

For being someone I consider bright you do miss the obvious sometimes. Like the fact that there are two sides to every story. Being a conservative is fine but deciding I'm dumber than a monkey because I'm voting for Obama is a bit over the common sense line isn't it? Hyperbole much?

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Random Thoughts Before The Election

I got a call this morning from, of all people, the National McWar campaign. Quickly the words William Ayers came up and quickly I hung up. I don't want to hear about Ayers. I have researched the topic and made up my mind. If they would have spoken on something that I found enlightening I would have listened. They get beat about the head with a hammer on this issue. It clearly turns people away from them but they keep saying “Ouch” it feels so good. Go ahead and provide an amusement park for the cult. We are busy trying to survive. We don't have time for games.

As far as the Acorn thing goes, just visit this site. It pretty much covers anything you want to know. Yes I am opposed to anyone fooling with the cornerstone of democracy. Regardless of party. The fact is there is far more to complain about than just Acorn or more accurately, some of their less than honest workers. When the rightists start complaining about ALL of it then I will join them. Until then it only appears to any clear thinking person as party over country.

The liberal label has turned into a proud stance instead of a smear in view of what so called conservatives have brought our country. So now it is time for a change of semantics. Now the buzz on the right is “socialist”. Redistribution of wealth, it seems, is a horrible thing unless it is redistributed upwards. That appears to be legit. No to me. Trickle down has been proven not to work. Don't believe it? Turn on the frickin tv. Check your retirement fund. Try to by or sell a house. Check this.
Here's some economics 101. Our society and economy is consumer driven. That means our economy is successful if people buy things (good, logical and totally valid arguments can be made for savings but neither is happening now). Before that can happen people need money to spend. When the top 20% have 85% of the money....well, that's not going to work. Call it socialism to be opposed to that economic theory if you wish but it isn't working. Am I saying we should have giveaways? NO!! I am saying it is time to start raising wages. The top needs to be compensated less and the bottom need to be compensated more. They earned it! If they don't, find somebody else. Good paying jobs are valued. When people work hard and the result is not reward but survival it is no wonder that people become “lazy” or hopeless or fail to grasp the value of hard work. Compensation is skewed to a dangerous degree. ANYBODY that thinks their contribution to success is 50 or 100 times as valuable as someone else in the business is a narcissist(let alone greedy). If the bottom 50% were awarded 25 to 50% more of the money one would see not only a huge boom in the economy but a growth in the savings rate too. It would also revalue work and the values we wish to support in this country. The cry of socialism is just people being fooled by the rich so they can rob them blind. You are a wage slave.

Finally something that makes me angrier than anything. Why is it ok for the rightists to hate our government with a passion, show disdain anyone to the left of Dick Cheney(most USers) and then call me and others America haters, unpatriotic, unproud of our country, whatever when I have a complaint? Why do they have the clamp on patriotism(they don't) and my complaints are called unpatriotic? It's nonsense and someday I pray they will understand why people find them irrational and their smears insincere.


Barbara at Mahablog had a post on spreading the wealth around. Making note of TRs 'A New Nationalism" which I have been trying to spread around for a while now, its worth a read.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Just Say No