I need to talk about something that’s usually to be avoided at cocktail parties and any event where the tearing of your fellow attendee’s limbs off would be frowned upon.
Now before your eyes glaze over and the drool starts to run from the corner of your mouth, let me say that this isn’t going to be about Obama. It’s also not going to be about McCain or Palin or Biden.
No no. This is a post about you. My American Brothers and Sisters. Siblings that are unfortunately thrust together not by choice, but by proximity.
Like the standard American family of today, we don’t treat each other the way we should. What would more smoothly be settled with a detached, calm discussion is quickly turned into a screaming match where invective and insult is catapulted back and forth like flaming pots of oil in a castle siege.
This seems to be the norm and standard for political process at all levels of our American government and media.
Above is a video titled “The Sidewalk to Nowhere,” and it is footage of McCain and Obama supporters divided by asphalt lobbing one-liners at each other. The procession of McCainies is headed to the McCain/Palin rally in Bethlehem, PA. In spite of the name, it seems like there’s not a Wise Man among the bunch in their journey to what I’m sure they believe is their new savior.
0:36-0:39 - “Obama’s a Muslim! He’s a terrorist himself.” 2:29-2:31 - “And he is a… a Muslim”
I couldn’t help but shake my head as the man-child and the aging pensioner belted that phrase sideways to the Obama supporters on the other side. His logic is flawed, and based on the idea that “some terrorists are Muslim, so all terrorists are Muslim. And if all terrorists are Muslim and Barack Obama is a Muslim, Barack Obama is a terrorist. QED, end of story, lets have lunch and vote for McCain.” A house-of-cards logic that falls to pieces when one considers that Obama is a Christian.
Personally, I don’t care what either candidate believes as long as it has nothing to do with his political motivations. Separation of church and state is paramount and, frankly, shouldn’t have fuck-all to do with who you want to lead your country. But then again, I’m an odd guy. Some people care about the color of curtains you hang in your living room more than the people who sit in it.
0:56-0:58 - “Commie faggot”
At the end of this video, I did not see a single Socialist bundle of sticks. My best guess is senility spiked with a bit of Metamucil and rum. Maybe his catheter snagged on the heel of his shoe, who knows?
0:19-0:27 - “Socialism, communism… GO TO RUSSIA! … Socialist swine”
Look I know this might be a wild idea… but when even Rush Limbaugh calls the bailout bill that was passed into LAW “Socialism” I can’t help but agree with the cigar-chomping mic-jockey.
The people they elected, just as much as the people across the street, made this bailout happen. When you consider what’s happening to the economy and that all taxpayers are footing the bill for these bloated wall-street fatcats, you have to wonder what these people are thinking (if anything at all). Perhaps they will take it easier on Socialists after we all scramble for pennies to bail out Wall-Street for a few decades and realize that our elected officials voted us all into Socialist law.
1:33-1:59 “Screw Obama! Boooooo. Die! European Socialist!”
Perhaps it’s just me, but I couldn’t help but compare the swaggering baby boomer to the droogs of Clockwork Orange. Maybe it’s the suspenders. Anyhow, let’s dissect what’ he’s saying here. He’s telling people across the street to “die” and calling them “European Socialists.” Is this any way to voice your opinions? Telling a fellow tax-paying American who is also enjoying their First Amendment rights to expire?
What does this really say about how people really feel in regards to freedom of speech? “Say whatever you like, as long as it’s in accord with my opinions.” You’re peacefully protesting what I believe in from a safe distance, and I think you should die because of it.
“European Socialist”? These are Americans, to the best of my knowledge. Nothing about them at the end of the video sends up a “I’m from Europe and I HATE YOU” image in my mind. I’m not saying that they are all American, but I didn’t see a St. George Cross or a European Union flag on the lot of them.
Socialist? What can be more American than protesting? Wasn’t the Boston Tea Party an act of protest, if not outright defiance of our government? Protests are as American as apple pie, the star-spangled banner and obesity.
2:37-2:49 “God bless America, my home sweet HOME”
Seriously? This sounds like a damned football hooligan chant the way they lace the last “home” with enthusiasm.
Look: I’m not going to tell you who to vote for. It’s not my place and it’s not right for anyone to try and make decisions for you in the first place.
What I will say is that in my eyes, a Gentleman or Lady should be accountable for every word they say, whether in the heat of the moment or not. It is dignity and respectability that we should be encouraging, not some Jerry Springer-style ejaculation of quippy malformed opinions fed to us by whatever slanted and biased media source we value and vomited up at the first sign of differing opinion.
Our people, our American people, are already seen for the most part as the global trailer park. Vocal stupidity flung as far as your throat will allow is only helping that image and hurting intelligent discourse in this nation.
So next time you see a supporter of the “other side,” I hope you consider sitting down and having a talk instead of walking by calling them names and asking them to find a new home 6 feet underground.
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