Of course, we are not advocating that, considering all the lies our lives seem to be based on, but reaction to certain truths in the last few months could seem to make a point for my argument.
April 6th 2008: "...they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or
antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or
anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."-Presidential
candidate Barack Obama. (full speech here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mayhill-fowler/obama-no-surprise-that-ha_b_96188.html)
And what did he say that was so wrong? Considering that said bitterness has been the foundation of modern-day conservatism for years.
It is that bitterness that has sprung up fears of mauarding bands of Mexicans taking over every 7-Eleven and McDonald's (though one would be hard pressed to find any white people filling out any employment forms for thier companies). Afraid that our children will be exposed to lurid sex on the web (forgetting that the same kids have seduced thier teachers into practicing said luridity). It is a fear that has turned formerly friendly airports into security/paranoia outposts that could have only beem dreamed by Orwell for "1984."
Not only do they cling to these things, but they have morphed all this into a timidity that has basically broadcast the notion that to them, freedom is a liablity, fear is an asset, and security is something that we could easily trade any right for.
Jan. 13, 2008: "“We are deeply involved in the importing of drugs, the
exporting of guns and the training of professional killers. … We believe in
white supremacy and black inferiority and believe it more than we believe in
God. … We conducted radiation experiments on our own people. … We care nothing
about human life if the ends justify the means.And … And … And! God! Has got! To
be sick! Of this sh*t!”-Rev Jeremiah Wright
First, those radiation experiments. It was known as the Tuskegee Project. Read here: http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0762136.html.
The importing of drugs by the CIA into the inner cities has been well documented, especially by acclaimed San Jose Mercury News reporter Gary Webb (http://www.narconews.com/darkalliance/drugs/index.htm).
As for the training of professional killers, see Blackwater. For starters.
As for white supremacy and black inferiority, not to mention the Rev's statements, superiority has been preached not just from white pulpits, but black ones as well. In fact the notion that your subset is truly the Chosen People of God has been tought to whites, blacks, Jews, Christians, Muslims, countries, regions, and football teams. These are the things that are said when outsiders are not in the room. It's just that this time, someone had the presence of mind to have a video camera and a YouTube account.
I remember as a member of the Bethlehem Baptist Church of Lawton, OK, I heard my kindly pastor say from the pulpit that us fine Black folks should not intermingle with those "Oriental" women, for they are plotting to turn all black men into Buddhists!
That's a novel idea...prostelization via copulation.
The bottom line many black folks are as racist as many white folks, keeping the same low profile. It's just the blacks don't do the sheet thing.
And racism in ANY form is wrong. But for us to rid it completly, we must recognize it in our own spirit.
Now we come to....
"We have sort of become a nation of whiners," he said. "You just hear this
constant whining, complaining about a loss of competitiveness, America in
decline"-John McCain campaign advisor Phil Gramm.
Phil Gramm has been getting brickbats all week for this statment. Actually he should get a medal.
There has been a lot of vitrol from the left about Gramm's statements, which is funny for all the whining we liberals do. But do not forget, CONSERVATIVES also can stomp a grape just as well.
Income, gas prices, immigration, that homeless guy on the corner....you name it, we whine about it. The problem is that neither side wants to actually find solutions to whatever problem they are whining about.
Examples are too many to list, and I do not have the stamina. So let me point out one. Energy.
I have heard the whines before. Over 30 years ago, in fact, when people were bitching about the extremly high price of eighty-nine cents for a gallon of gas. EIGHTY-NINE CENTS. And people were predicting WWIII if gas went up to five bucks a gallon.
Well, 30 years later.....lets say we haven't seen any mushroom clouds lately.
But its the same whines. We need to drill. Drilling will destroy the environment. We need to tax windfall profits. Don't tell Americans they can't make money. We need to free ourselves from foriegn oil. Gas is too expensive.
Everything except the one thing we should have done.......adopt a national energy polticy.
It's too easy to bitch and moan. There is no sacrifice there. There is no giving up something for a common good. Just blame anyone but yourself and let George or whoever do it.
And the way thing as are going, we will continue to whine about energy policy and a lot of other things as well.
Like the high price of gas that you are putting in the SUV. Solution: Ditch the SUV, get a hybrid (they make hybrid SUV's you know.....check Chevy, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota)
Whine about protecting your kid against the evils of sex? Solution: stop protecting them! Give them the information they need and if they still want to engage, give them a condom and a pill. ANd let them know that you will be there for them no matter what.
Whine about the President, your Governor, the Senate, the House, the Mayor, the Dog Catcher? Solution: VOTE! There is an election coming up. I hope you can make it.
Whining about how much money you are spending? Make more. You may have shined that Amway guy on the other day, but the guys in Ada just paide out 10 figures worth out in bonuses in 2007. SOmeone's getting that. And if that's not your thing, fins something else. But find something.
In other words, there are solutions to any situation. You just have to find it and activate it. And stop the whining.
That quote about Jesse Jackson wanting to rip Obama's balls off?
Obama voted for FISA with the retroactive immunity for the telecoms. He has not brought up any legislation or resolutions holding Bush accountable for his crimes. To my knowledge he has not halted the funding for this war illegal.
As much as I like him and despit the fact that I will probably vote for him....well put it this way: Jesse, before you rip something off, make sure there is something there to rip off.